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Justin K Broadrick & Kevin Martin (The Bug) rope in Anti Pop Consortium, Dälek, Def Jux’s El P & Vast, plus Toastie Taylor and more, for the industrial strength hip hop of Techno Animal’s final album.
First issued in 2001, ‘The Brotherhood of the Bomb’ saw the two mutant troopers JK Flesh and K Martin put the Techno Animal to bed after a decade square of running amok in the wasteland between rap, trip hop, dub noise and industrial musicks. The wordy gobs on board were among the vanguard of an “avant-rap” movement seeded in late ‘90s NYC. They favoured a verbose style of wordplay often expressed with a heavy dose of surreality and experimental syntax.
On ‘The Brotherhood of the Bomb’, Broadrick and Martin commanded the guest voices on a slew of hard and aggy beats that were arguably becoming an endangered species at the time, repped really only by likes of Dälek and Shadownhuntaz for years to come, and it would be nearly a decade before the likes of Death Grips, and later JPEGMafia, took up the industro-rap mantle and steamrollered it into murky bedrooms and earbuds everywhere.
Here we hear Techno Animal practically pass a torch in closing cut ‘Hell’ starring a glowering Dälek, while Chicago’s Rubberoom matches them for nastiness on opener ‘Cruise Mode 101’. We hear APC at a crest of their powers playing it weirdly kerned and alien in ‘Glass Prism Enclosure’, and Sonic Sum jumping on the divebombing, chopped ’n screwed D&B of ‘DC-10’, while TA trade in signature charred subs and drums on the instrumentals ‘Hypertension’ and ‘Freefall.’