||1.||"Where There Is Only Light"|
||2.||"Distorted Images" (Mike Parker remix)|
Overseen by Shifted and Ventress, Avian has swiftly become an outlet for anonymous techno, with the almost comically named Shadows debuting soon after two killer transmissions from MPIA3. Any humour at the name is swiftly forgotten as soon as you unleash your record needle on the grungy chaos of the music. Lead track "Where There is Only Light" is an exercise in unrelenting techno brutality, commencing almost out of earshot but swiftly buccaneering into a speaker destroying groove that threatens to unleash its full force for what seems like an age but will still terrify some when it finally does. Flip over for the equally tarred textures of "Distorted Images" whose intensity is there from the off, the heavily distorted groove confidently expanding out into full blown floor assault - the accompanying Mike Parker remix recasts the track as an army of creeping robotic insects captured in perfect rhythmic stasis. As usual the presentation is impeccable; clear vinyl, clear polythene sleeve and expertly designed card insert.
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