Review: It may be 30 years since the first Meat Beat Manifesto album hit record stores, but the Jack Dangers-helmed outfit is still going strong. "Opaque Couche", the first "MBM" album for two years, draws on many of Dangers' well-known influences and inspirations (think dub, breakbeat, industrial funk, early jungle, EBM, mangled electronica and '80s electro), fusing them together on heavyweight cuts that bristle with sub-heavy intensity and otherworldly charm. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the early Orb style ambient house trip of "C/2015 V2" and acid-driven techno hypnotism of "Present For Sally", to the rambunctious jungle revivalism of "Critical Soul Vibrations", wayward industrial-electro of "Moving Pulse" and the horror soundtrack creepiness of "Hailing Frequencies Open".
Review: Since the tail end of the 1980s, Jack Dangers has been working alongside a range of collaborators to deliver bombastic, redlined electronic music that defies easy categorization. While Meat Beat Manifesto releases were once all-out dancefloor assault, these days Dangers' material tends to be a little more considered and melodious, even if the love of industrial sounds and clanging percussion hits remains. Impossible Star, then, is an otherworldly mixture of creepy but sparkling IDM, razor-sharp industrial soundscapes, rhythmically dense drum machine workouts, skewed, bass-heavy pop, weird ambient, bustling electro and dirt-encrusted, breakbeat-driven shufflers that subtly doff a cap to his proto-big beat years.