Moody tracks on one of electro's top labels.
Elon's new Joonam side project with Nima Khalilian appears on Volume 3 with "Prada Thunder Cuns," where heavily distorted sub-bass overwhelms a decaying modular sequence. It's the only track featuring vocals, but instead of the deadpan delivery you'd expect from an electro track, it's a sample that has been scraped, scratched and faded into until it's indecipherable. Nomadic's "Phonologic" is the compilation's most bipolar track, where moody metallic pads meet energetic claps and clipped computer-game synths. The more hyperactive but still brooding prowls of Alpha 606, Morphology and Carl Finlow appear alongside newcomers like Calderin, Animistic Beliefs and Donor's recently christened SC-164 electro project. These tracks are noisy takes on what can be a fairly rigid genre, probably selected for their dark and dangerous sensibilities. From The Dark Volume 3 has veterans and emerging talent presenting a mixture of sounds without sacrificing electro's momentum. The sounds gets dirtier the deeper you go into the record, before snapping back to a classic style its final two tracks. They take the edge off a record that could otherwise get too serious.