One of Hart's best records is called Shift Work, which is a clue towards what he's aiming for: he uses the repetition of dance music to mirror the grind of blue-collar life in his native UK. His latest Imaginary Forces record, And What?, lands on Halcyon Veil, the new label from Rabit.
The A-side is given over to three tracks attacking broken beats with static and screech. Each of them offers a twist, though the best is the title track, which goes through the motions of a weary lockstep march towards nothing in particular. Those patterns are drunken and scrambled on the other two, and their disorienting effect is amplified by a constant high-pitched whine. It's another device that feels mind-numbing, like Hart wants to wear you into submission.
The more substantial "Make Ends Meet" trades the screech for booming bass and breathing room, hobbling along for seven minutes in a wretchedly staggered gait. There's also a "London Something" version of it that comes out of leftfield—some kind of ragga jungle-footwork hybrid with floating blobs of low-end and spastic kicks. It's an invigorating way to end an EP that can suck the life out of you in just 15 minutes. Brief and somewhat single-minded, And What? might not be the most adventurous Imaginary Forces record, but it's one of the most intense.