Boomkat Product Review:
As with the rest of sm-ll's UAN output, this latest disc is completely anonymous and totally essential - two in-the-red jerky industrial belters that offer a gruesome and contemporary take on the Pan Sonic or SND method. So heavy.
There's something reassuring about the anonymity of music that sounds like a factory floor filled with malfunctioning industrial machinery. UAN0011 is a standout release in an already essential catalogue - more slammed-to-the-wall and madcap than its Raster and Container-influenced predecessors and more grizzly as a result. A-side cut 'REC0013' is basically a single shuffled rhythmic loop that sounds like a robotic joint stuck in a broken process - each sound is subtly tweaked over the duration so what initially sounds minimal almost imperceptibly shifts into awkwardly arrhythmic chaos. With the shuffle and serious low-end, there's nearly a 2-step quality to this one - nearly.
Flip over to 'REC0014' and we're in sub-aquatic territory, with squelchy, pulsing synths sounding like fritzed circuit boards submerged in pools of primordial ooze. Mid-way through, the squelches appear to materialize into hi-BPM dancefloor thuds, but it's so heavily buried it's hard to completely tell. One for the Vladislav Delay devotees for sure. Exceptional!