Boomkat Product Review:
Club mutant Al Wootton (FKA Deadboy) shapeshifts bullish techno, squashed D&B and beatdown with typically insistent traction on his 2nd solo album with personal label, Trule.
‘We Have Come To Banish The Dark’ is Al’s follow-up to 2020’s ‘Witness’, and a starker, but somehow more user friendly, example of his recombinant production style. The nine tracks add up to the artist’s reading of the times, manifesting a sort of resilience to dystopia that balances aggression with hopeful club thrust and resistance to a “darkening world… the rising tide of fascism, hypercapitalism, and right wing politics.”
A steaming, Regis-like techno sidewinder ‘Descender’ outlines his untypically morbid outlook, while the Aleksi Perälä-esque rhythmelody of ‘All The World is a Hospital’ glimmers with hope, establishing an equilibrium of energies that carries the considerable weight of his works between the mid-tempo grind of ‘A Pox Cast’ to a killer turn of squashed acid D&B ‘Number, Weight, Division’ and the Forest Drive West-like techno stepper ‘May Your Angels of Light Accept Him’. We find him tending to more optimistic sorts of Full Circle-like Goan beatdown in ‘Devarim’, and taking full flight on the anxious acid techno of ‘The Norman Yoke’, with outstanding moment of modular noise recalling Marina Rosenfeld’s electro-acoustic dub on ‘Becoming Light’.