The brotherly duo that form Shadow Dancer have always seemed slightly incongruous bed fellows to some of the louder, throwaway sounds that have populated the Boys Noize label, their music hinting more at the sounds that label boss Alex Ridha grew up on. The Second City EP marks only their sixth release on the German label, but it's definitely an accomplished one, chiselling away at the Mancunian warehouse rave sound on the opening title track, before flipping proceedings for some true old skool electro on a Dopplereffekt tip with the brittle, spectrally charged "Mashine Code". On the flip, "Jamma" arises from the murky, reverberating analogue mists into a tightly wound acid flex bound by rubbery textures and abstract drum machine rhythms which descends into schizophrenic madness as it progresses. The duo end on an experimental note with "Voice Tracer" a track that commences in expansively atmospheric tone, gradually teasing out vast waves of industrial pressure and stretched vocal yearnings. Superb!
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