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Surkit Chamber: The Melding

Format: 2xLP
Cat: ARTLESSLP 1
Released: 28 Sep 11
Genre: Techno

Tracklist
Side 1
1. "I Won't Follow"
2. "Look At Me"
3. "Freedom From Want"
Side 2
1. "Glass"
2. "Switchback"
Side 3
1. "Fate"
2. "Stow Away"
Side 4
1. "Buckshot"
2. "WRX"
Review

Martin Bonds is one of Detroit techno's lesser known but no less influential figures. As Reel By Real he released the 1990 classic Surkit, and now, with Surkit Chamber - The Melding he has released his first new material under the moniker in almost 20 years, a pitch perfect updating of the classic sound of Detroit techno. Abdul Haqq's Neuromancer-esque cover art perfectly encapsulates the meeting between man and machine which seems to permeate the album; tracks like "Glass" and "Switchback" utilise mechanical rhythms and metallic textures to great effect, whilst "Fate" combines the album's retro-futuristic sheen with jazzy keys and Bonds' own vocals, and as an album it strikes the perfect balance between the more avant-garde and dancefloor friendly Detroit production, especially on tracks like "Stow Away" which combines a particularly Drexciyan bassline with a more manageable tempo.

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