The driving “War Cloud” opens as an unforgiving banger, followed by the off-kilter stomper “Chance Shot.” Atop broken stuttering rhythms of “Foolish Pleasure” are the esoteric sounds of a malfunctioning SH-101 pre-repair. “Mudder” is pure, unadulterated wonk with fierce snare and hat interruptions. “Dust Commander” hits the throttle again — industrial techno meets pulp sci-fi nav console.
It all makes a ravey follow-up to the duo’s leftfield outing on Kirn’s imprint Establishment late last year, “XY Moods.”
Fittingly, the duo – each with experience writing about and producing electronic music machines – debuted a live version of the album for the legendary Berlin synthesizer gathering Superbooth.