Boomkat Product Review:
Emptyset boze some proper mechanical muscle on their debut full length for European electronica powerhouse, Raster Noton. 'Recur' is a clinical exploration of the colossal/crushed aesthetic they've explored to increasingly noisy degrees over the last few years, systematically pushing every element to its limits of ductility with canny use of "compression and rarefaction and the forcing of signal thresholds to their critical point." Operating at the stress point between experimental sonic architecture and corporeal club music, 'Recur' recycles similar ideas until they buckle in ever pleasing, dynamic and powerful forms over its nine tracks. With 'Origin' the album's central sound seems to oxidise from thick, heavy air, attracting and diffusing shuddering clouds of iron filings which take on ever more fascinating, complex geometries, from the convulsive glitches and slamming door kicks of 'Disperse' to the sustained menace of 'Order' to the retching, hyperventilating wave shapes of 'Recur'. The effect is pleasurably visceral and strangely hypnotic, especially when played loud.