Boomkat Product Review:
Following a brace of 12"s on Shifted's Avian imprint, Tom Russell brings his MPIA3 project to R&S for a roiling six-track acid techno workout purportedly inspired by vintage Robert Armani, Mike Dearboum and Djax-Up-Beats. It's broader and more funked-up than the industrial techno he makes as Truss for Perc Trax, and the results are varied: 'Crusty Juice' is a gnarly but completely forgettable opener, its foregrounding of distortion doing little to disguise its basic shortcomings, but things really pick up with 'Mountain Of Ash', a more fleet-footed number driven by an irresistible, Blake Baxter-style bassline and the awesome 'Acid Badger', a wild-pitching 303 bruiser that'll be doing serious damage in the hands of Surgeon, Perc, etc. Of the attempts to deliver rhythms more sophisticated than straight-up 4/4, 'Roly Poly Pab' and 'Your Orders' function as tools but there's little more to 'em than that, but 'Ridge Way' is more successful, with a righteously fucked ghetto-tech/electro swagger that owes as much to Andrea Parker and DJ Godfather as it does to Aux88 and Drexciya.
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