Muzika Electronic

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25 years into their career, Swedish D.I.Y. techno trio Frak appeared on American label Digitalis with this incredible LP. As with much of the group's output, their music is constructed with sequencers and drum machines, but even with the presence of thumping 4/4 rhythms and arpeggiated synthesizer basslines, it doesn't feel like they're crafting these tracks specifically for the dancefloor. On many tracks, the synthesizers bubble and splutter over like chemicals overflowing from test tubes and beakers. Other cuts, like "Varje Dag," come closer to Throbbing Gristle's version of synth pop. The four songs on the record's second side stretch out a bit further, with the racing "Pulse-Crack" being one of the album's most energized track, and the others being hypnotic techno explorations.

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