Boomkat Product Review:
'The End Of All Things' is Tropic Of Cancer's tender farewell note to Downwards, collecting their two 10"s for the label together with a cover of Soft Cell's 'L.O.V.E. Feelings' and new, unreleased material - seven tracks in total. For some, Downwards' foray into this gloomy, gothic sideroom didn't sit well with their perception of the label's aesthetic, but for everyone else, their two 10"s and successive records by Pink Playground and Sandra Electronics - among others - on the DO series have marked out some of the most intriguing Downwards gear in years. The duo of Camella Lobo and Juan Mendez (Silent Servant) have summoned a very special sound with their breathtakingly spacious production and scarily evocative songcraft, from the dry-iced drift of 'The Dull Age' to the motorik dread of 'Victims' and 'Be Brave'. The new tracks add further dimensions to their loosely defined style, from the opiated droop of their Soft Cell cover 'L.O.V.E. Feelings', thru the incredible baroque excoriation of 'Distorted Horizon' to the cold-sweating EBM thrust of 'Chrome Vox', pitching them perfectly between the ethereal grace and romance of the originals - AC Marias, Danse Society, Jesus & Mary Chain - and a more modern, spatially rendered production reassuringly beyond the reach of any darkside dilettantes. Brilliant material - highly Recommended.