Boomkat Product Review:
Hardware badboy Krikor Kouchian follows a series of pearls for L.I.E.S. and that hugely sought-after 'Building Arnold Schwarzenegger’ score with another indispensable collection of free-hand ruggedness and squashed productions reminding us why he's one of the best in the game. Huge tip if yr into owt from the first pair of MMM 12”s to vintage Delroy Edwards - killer gear!
Harnessing a bucking bronco of a session, Krikor puts his machines thru their paces in 10 parts (plus 5 bonus tracks) ranging from kerb-crawling sleaze to scratchy ambient and some scorching hardcore techno and distorted electro over the course of ‘J.O.N.E.S.Y. Vol.2.’ Prone to bleed into the red, the tape follows a hunch for crazed rhythms and sour synths suited to striding or skulking around Paris late at night, living your crankiest life as protagonist in a noirish cyberpunk fantasy, off to score some power-ups or on some special psy-ops.
The track sequencing moderates its gait between the sizzling swag of ‘Walking Ghosts’ and the fetish club techno impulses of ‘Chainsaw Cut Rhythm’, or turning blind corners from the needling terror of ‘Phase Operator’ into the electro sludge of ‘Dunces Brain Food’, and the tighter prongs of ‘Mrs. 808 Screws U & Ur Crew Bass Mix’ in both versions, before leaving us on tenterhooks with the disco panic sequence of ‘Axe Murder Kill.’