First up to show off his Oberheim Matrix 12 and Roland MKS-80 synths is Sweden's Markus Enochson. On "Boo Hoo," they manifest themselves in a chopping rhythm and a huge, gothic synth motif that sounds like a refugee from a '70s horror flick; it's potentially rather enormous. "Boy" is a more sedate affair, its fluttering, skeletal tech funk of drilling synths and crunching percussion punctuated by a Speak & Spell vocal, while "Bad Choice" is a foray into dark disco, featuring what sounds like a twisted harpsichord doing battle with a relentless wave of devil drums.
It's a menacingly brilliant trio of tracks, although you're left wondering how Pearson and Lindblad will police their self-imposed analogue-only policy. Can we expect World Anti Doping Authority-style dawn visits on unsuspecting producers to check their gear, perhaps? One can only hope.