V/A :: Signs of Decay 2 (Solar One Music)

Signs of Decay 2 picks up where its predecessor left off with five tracks which all growl to their own different beat. As in Signs of Decay, the burning rancor of the TB303 is ever present, infecting each and every piece and sinking teeth into the dancefloor.

I was at a party a few months back. Tired adults attempting to keep the fires lit. People falling asleep, sprawled on couches, cigarette smoke wafting as liter bottles of cheap beer littered the floor. The mood was jovial, although the time of night was having a dulling effect. That’s when something cut through the thick air. Something biting and sharp. A record. A familiar record. The corrosive and spearing sounds of Signs of Decay were causing blood to pump and giving the revelers a well needed shot in the arm.

A second installment of that audio adrenaline hit has just hit shelves, this time with a different cohort of knob jerking miscreants. Impakt, an artist who has lain in the shadows since Resonant Escape back in 2011, serves up a bitter and depraved acid stained piece of electro, the reduced profanity of “Sodomacid.” The Hacker keeps the 303 coils coming. Bpm’s drop for “1111” as the French veteran builds tension and hammers home hard truths. The reptilian Crotaphytus turn out a track that is a far distant relative of their recent album on Further. Black and tar streaked, this behemoth pounds and thumps with vicious intent. Screams are subjected to snares, squawking keys with just a hint of humanity being allowed in. Flip over and a warmer tone takes hold. Legowelt’s rounded and smoothed sound comes through in “Droomtoestand,” spiking synth lines knob twiddled into lush squirm and playful noodling. Bournemouth’s king of the silver box, Chris Moss Acid, closes this second foray into dancefloor dereliction with “Cenobite.” Hiss meets the listener, a 4/4 rhythm attempting to make its way through. Lurking in that static, in the mists, looms a grizzly beast. Brutal acid grips, claps digging in nails for good measure as a final sensual assault closes.

Signs of Decay 2 picks up where its predecessor left off with five tracks which all growl to their own different beat. As in Signs of Decay, the burning rancor of the TB303 is ever present, infecting each and every piece and sinking teeth into the dancefloor. A collection of tracks that will definitely give any set, or party, a serious punch, probably one in the face.

Signs of Decay 2 is available on Solar One Music.

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