The title track of their latest effort, ‘Mucky Star’, is a relentless tech-house affair, with deep basslines complemented by distorted vocals and plaintive lyrics – the perfect record to play during peak time hours of the night. ‘Calling You’ is woven from the same cloth with cutting stabs of broken snares tumbling alongside relentless beats and distorted synths. Caitlin Devlin’s vocals are used to a more significant effect here, lending a more human flavour to a cut that exudes a mood of euphoria, and confusion. Finally, the 12” contains an instrumental version of ‘Mucky Star’. Built from the same structures as the original, the dub is somewhat self-defeating: stripped of Devlin's deep and dark voice, the track forgets its purpose.
Pixie-techno might have caught up with Bodzin and Schumacher, and fans looking for late ‘90s hard techno Schumacher such as ‘Bassliner’ or his ‘Spiel 10’ collaborations with Ben Long would do well to look elsewhere. But others, myself included, will find a lot to love here: Elektrochemie’s humane electronica has more than enough peaks and alleys to lift the spirit. This is a great record.