Here's something to quicken the pulse of any dedicated techno fan: a first new album from Anthony Child in Surgeon mode for five years. Predictably, From Farthest Known Objects is a strong set, with the veteran noisemaker delving deep into his collection of analogue hardware to deliver a set that pops and whizzes with far-sighted intensity. Perhaps the album's most impressive feature is it's wonky melodic appeal, with the Birmingham-born producer delivering fizzing, intergalactic refrains that sound like they were created on broken space hardware. While the rhythms are sometimes as dense and full-throttle as you'd expect, he also doffs a cap to Drexciyan electro, and the kind of distorted, hard-to-describe grooves that were once a hallmark of Autechre. It's a blend that works wonderfully well.
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