Boomkat Product Review:
Four delirious uptempo bangers intended to complicate the dancefloor from Rotherham's finest. An algorithmic acid bath of SND, Jay Mitta, Errorsmith - for the dancers.
2020's "File Under UK Metaplasm" was a stand-out records of the year, and Rian Treanor follows it up quickly with this short, sharp collection of "complications for adventurous ravers". If Treanor's full-length was a more conceptually-angled slop of high-BPM experiments, these four obstacles are aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Treanor put these tracks together for his own DJ sets, so the physicality is instant. 'Obstacle 1' takes a liberal helping of influence from SND, jacking up the tempo and pushing into singeli territory with lush chords dancing between ticking percussion. Even wilder is 'Obstacle 2', that rolls belching glitches into machine-gun kicks for peak 6AM-in-the-back-room perfection.
This isn't dance music for a 48-hour Berghain sesh, it's a psychically disorientating sonic neurotoxin, designed to make you feel something - anything. Rian even throws us a bone for good behavior with 'Obstacle 3', his attempt at bouncy 4x4. Tangled through circular synth sequences and shifting claps, that kick drum is almost regular - almost.
Just mindblowing, again.