Through the past decade, Ron Zakrin has been an elusive but ever-present force behind Detroit's electro scene. Quietly making music under various guises and performing at high-profile events, Zakrin finally comes on at full throttle with Raw Voltage. Wasting no time in being confrontational, the hard-hitting combo of "Art School Fuckheads" and "Civil Symmetry" smack upside the back of the head before mellowing out with the Numan-inspired "Scalliwagz." There's also a nod of the cap to label owners/friends Adult. with "Machina Mundi" and to no wave synth pop pioneers with the absolutely brilliant "Frontline." The production is stark and extremely airtight, but that's the beauty of Raw Voltage. It's an album that takes the bare essence of a wide variety of genres and translates it into something new without being predictable and tired. Another home run from the Ersatz crew and a sign of good things hopefully to come from Zakrin.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston