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Polluted clouds hang in dark skies like blackened organs and a rumble in the distance tells us the end of the world is coming. The Storm EP, which is not only a cracking illustration of the 303 as storyteller but a masterclass in sustained dread, is what it sounds like.

Opener Calendar Maya by Sandro Galli (128 BPM) sets the scene, its title recalling the long-standing Mesomerican prediction that it’s curtains for mankind at the end of this year, on 21st December, to be precise. Booming, cavernous sounds and fragments of white noise add to the sense of impending doom. If Zenith by Jeff Mills had a psychotic twin, then here it is.

Church Tank by Minimum Syndicat, meanwhile, radiates the menace of a bare swinging lightbulb in an empty basement and sounds like a lost track from Plastikman’s Sheet Music crossed with the nightmarish musique concrete at the beginning of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Acidulant’s Sound (134 BPM) maps outlands of aural paranoia. Two acid lines pulse and tumble, while on the fringes lurk strange, hypnotic noises, perfect for inducing a psychotic break should you need one in a hurry.

Walter One’s Bubble (150 BPM): what to say? How about that it’s a trance number that does absolutely nothing for me? Okay, and moving on, Erik Al-Yen’s Fantasy (130 BPM) is a serviceable thumper with a lovely grease smudge of a kick and a 303 that bubbles like lava streams, while playing us out, Scam’s Amethyst (128 BPM) broods like a cuckold with a loaded gun, simmering acid and snatches of speech appearing from within the dark mist. You like dark techno, sir? You like the acid? You’ll love this. In fact, I’d say that with the exception of the Walter One track, which I’m sure is fine, just not my kind of fine, you liking this applies right across the board. This is a great EP, tough enough to muscle in on your mix, textured enough for pure listening, and comes highly recommended. Check it out on Soundcloud here.

Cat no: CSX002
Release date: 28/11/11
Get it from: Juno download

Acidulant is Neil Hales from Malta, who as well as being a 303 devotee is also a qualified pilot, and therefore the closest thing to a proper space cadet to have graced these pages. He’s the kind of hard-working, industrious sort who puts his music out through a variety of labels (including Acid Hardwave, where you can download his earlier Acid Revenge EP for free) but this is his debut album and it’s a cracker: a masterclass in hazy beats and sci-fi atmospherics, top-class IDM for acidheads. It’s all there in the opening: Dark Sector begins by pretending to be a finely honed fusion of Electro Sounds and John Carpenter until a distorted 303 adds a smoky, spacey feel, and with the pace staying languid, segues into the Chicagoan acid and spine-tingling melodies of 6th Dimension. There are nods to the Rephlex school of frazzled acid, most notably on Controlled, while a mid-album one-two of Lollipop Trees and Space Station sounds utterly now, if not quite as distinctive. But Acidulant really nails it when he’s revisiting 1980s sounds, like the epic Sprite, where the kind of hard-edged electro beloved of Dave Clarke meets an acid line salvaged from the outer limits, and Textsurfer which rounds out the album with reflective synths.

Some links:

Complex Sound Sagacity

Acidulant Soundcloud

Another mix of all Soundcloud Acid, and there’s some seriously brilliant tunes in there…

The tracklisting is…

dyLAB - Acid Pass One
Alexi Delmano – Acid Burning Remix
Acidulant – S-Vpam
Otz - rebi
Minimum Syndicat - Lost Planet
Homemade Acid - The Place We're Looking For
Bekracid - Soulharvesters
Neatcorp - Exiles
Justin E - In the Mouth Of Madness
DJ Mente - Bicycle
Fil Devious - Trip Switch
Sisku Acid - Electricman
The Badger - It's not Rock & Roll... It's Acid!
Northeus - Greentooth
Imperfect Being - (You're All) Dreaming
David Diagonal - Autograft
Doorfer - Acid on Fire
Joey DJ - Teeth