B-Ton-K

2nd Vactor

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Drawing from several industrial and electronica sensibilities, Karl Kimmerl's project B Ton-K continues to cut a path with the release 2nd Vactor. B Ton-K keep the focus simple, using solid synth lines that appropriate other well-chosen sounds to add hook and complexity. The different approach that B Ton-K has taken leads the music to a very different place, although the root of this act's familiar musical aggression can be placed alongside acts such as Wumpscut or Suicide Commando. There is no single style in this release. From the portentous piano opening ("Stillstand=Rueckschritt"), 2nd Vactor changes direction, never falling into a single genre cleanly. There are high-energy tracks ("NS-10 Processor"), but the flow takes the listener through flavors of electronica ("Comunik Out") and more ambient soundscapes ("Sprawl") before an extended conclusion of power electronics of ("Nexus 6 [Hard Time to Kill]"). However, the feel is consistent, and 2nd Vactor does not seem like a collection of off-cuts. It is rare to see a release with some of everything, and rarer again to see it done this well. This, and the fact that music that 2nd Vactor refuses to submit to the laws of any single genre while still retaining its own character, make it a unique underground electro experience.

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