Boomkat Product Review:
Finally, the long-awaited return of Mordant Music's shadowy industrialist, Mr Maxted. Three years since his 'Momentum' and more still since the creepy ferric EBM of 'Lives & Privacy (94-89)', his re-emergence dovetails perfectly with current underground fixations on all things wavey, magnetic and spoolly. This is proper box bedroom machine music, strafed with streaks of vocodered voices and powered by the most brittle, prodding, gridlocked rhythms and minimalist synthlines with that wicked, foil-biting tang. Ten tracks range from boogie-in-yer-Y-fronts electro-pop on 'New World Down' to a mighty, eleven minute sh*t-the-bed zoner called 'The Scale Of Things' that comes off like MB or Thought Broadcast had they been brought up on a diet of soggy chips and Kestral spesh. We're particularly into the funked up killer 'You Face, My Face… Yours', and the lurking, pallid boogie of 'Stars In Her Eyes', and especially the achingly solemn synth-pop of 'Plastic People'. We'll leave you with the Baron's ever incisive summation: "Mr. Maxted takes time out from spread betting, worms & corrugated food to spool off ten further analogue MoonbeaMs from his Roehampton lair…gossamer flares & territorial snares lunge from the MainfraMe like bursts of condemned hysop…a need to convalesce might ensue…"