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Boomkat Product Review:
Athens’ ice_eyes polish up their grimy greek tekkers for Hypermedium with a strong haul tipped to fans of Xyn Cabal, E-Saggila, Penelope’s Fiance
‘Vicious Circles’ chases up Xyn Cabal’s turn as Yara on the label with a like-minded take on mutant strains of grime and devilishly detailed sound design. It serves as fine introduction to ice_eyes, building on the styles on their tapes for Seagrave and Ernest D. Tapes with filigree levels of drum and synth programming that add up to dramatic, scrolling tapestries of hallucinatory club music.
To play favourites, the intricate dembow mechanics of ‘Hydro’ are impressive, as is the harder drive of ‘Crystalbody’ with its shatterproof melodies and jibber-jaw motifs, while the amorphous hardcore of ‘BH Agony’ also ranks up there with the lusher, bullet-timed, brokebeat ballistics of ‘Endless Chicks’, and their hyper-stepping spin on D&B dynamics in ‘Folded.’