Boomkat Product Review:
Raster end the year with what must surely rank as one of the SICKEST records of 2008 with the first installment of a series entitled Unununium from Japan's Kouhei Matsunaga and Toshio Munehiro, a name derived from the series of greek atomic numbers of the chemical elements 111-119. Kouhei has previously worked with Sean Booth of Autechre, Merzbow, Asmus Tietchens and Mika Vainio, with all of whom the pair share an aural aesthetic of exceedingly powerful and abrasive digital techno, serving the dual purpose of club wrecking and intense home listening. For us, this is the absolute business. When 'Entire Set' opens with broken slabs of boulder drums and rigid snare smacks sounding like some T++ syncopation on steroids, to the following stylus disintegrator 'Persedes' you know you're in the presence of something absolutely devastating. The frozen solid CoH styles on '_1' are purest techno mixed with a hardcore hiphop attitude, while '07414_0833' is a thoroughly destroyed rush of digital information maximised and then dismantled into a brain frying blast of smartness. 'Entire Set 2' completes the assault with a Byetone alike thump of dancefloor futurism mixed with signals that would make Merzbow ring home for comfort. If you've been feeling the latest direction of Alva Noto's new Unitxt project or Byetone's recent remix work, and got a good buzz from the Ae album, this is most certainly for you. ULTRA ULTREA HEAVYWEIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!