Brainwaltzera returns to Analogical Force for a fresh EP of Braindance tales from the darkside beamed in direct from the Bunker.
Moving even further into uncharted waters, the Bunker EP finds the cloaked in mystery producer following up his/her/their(?) debut album Poly-Ana (a top 10 Bleep AOTY in 2017) and the lead cut on Modeselektor's recent Modeselektion Vol. 4 compilation by revealing a new side to the project: one as stomach-achingly strong on the techno as it is engrained in deeply cinematic overtones, yet as the title track makes clear is as seemingly influenced by 2-step garage as it is by industrial acid.
Opening track Bunker sets the pace with an urgent rush of bittersweet 2-step blues, walking the same streets as the white-label classics of El-B's woodblock rollers it's flourish into the abstraction is equally matched by the anthemic sonic wizardry of Legowelt at his most industrial. This is sharply continued on Trip, where Brainwaltzera moves further into the machine with a mechanical grapple that sounds like the Analord series if the label artwork had been designed by someone going mad with a paintball gun loaded to the brim with ball bearings. Nessova gifts us more of that dazzling SAW85-92 ambient techno glow that Brainwaltzera seems so easily to be able to nail with an authentic yet fresh edge. While Rubico Acid lets the 303 do the talking, the sweeping synth waves lay to rest the sort of gurgling acid rumble that calls to mind Monolake's Robert Henke if in the early 00's he had been cutting his distinct dub techno for Rephlex.
While Provatron's remix ends things with a killer junglist rewiring that adds some razor's edge breaks and twisted synth hooks to the mix, acting as a timeless reminder how much of this sound is influenced and indebted to the sharpest corners of mid 90's drum & bass.