Alex Smoke – Ring.Click.Tink. EP (VA003)

Glasgow’s minimal madman Alex Smoke returns to vakant with five brand new blasts of schizoid techno. He is building a reputation as one of the most innovative electronic producers around and his recent ‘Incommunicado’ album on Soma has been regarded as an outstanding debut across the board. His productions on vakant are more deranged and demented than his Soma output, and his ‘Simple Things’ EP kicked off the label in fine style last year.

For the ‘Ring.Click.Tink EP’ he has produced his darkest work so far. Kicking off with the venomous ‘You’re A Bit Rough’, a gnarling beast which will guzzle the dancefloor. Next, ‘Horizon’ is a crispy minimal killer with crunchy percussion and scuzzy melodies. ‘Gypo’ on the flip is another sleazy, mutant hunk of subterrainian filth and the EP is completed with the epic ‘Neds’ a compelling mind-fuck that twists and throbs throughout.

This is Alex Smoke at his most sinister and deadly.