One might be tempted to say a certain madness. Thousands of thoughts indeed. The emotional landscape of this EP suggests some dark forces at work in the mind of Quantec. ‘Lunar Orbiter’, for example, is teeming with rage, with metallic chords smashing into each other impatiently for the full eight minutes. Couple this with percussion that sounds like a whip and you have a dub techno soundtrack to frustration. The only problem is it needs a little bit of something else, like a breakdown, a bigger percussive drive or a frenetic drone rising from the inside to fully unleash all of that intensity.
‘Lunar Orbiter (Version)’ doesn’t let go either, inverting the original by dropping the pace a little to open up a gulf of space and lift the lovely bass melody to the surface. But even that space seems heavy here, physically denying the dub chords of the original by pulling them down into an echoing oblivion as soon as they emerge. Positively remorseful stuff, but beautifully executed, this version is perhaps even better than the original despite being much further from the dance floor.
‘Crescent Moon’ is dives even deeper into a downward spiral. More ambient, yet still heavy, it is the soundtrack to a burn out with power chords attempting to break through a flickering and phased white noise.
Overall, Moonstruck is a dark, unforgiving, and unmissable 12-inch from Quantec.