American producer Woody McBride believes "like that first knowing strum of a sitar, the pang of some electronica takes you to research a realm of oneness - free of the confines of a our still primitive human consciousness", a philosophy which is about as light as his music.
Proving that not all spiritually-inspired music involves crashing waves and mellow melodies, McBride prefers pounding kick drums and abrasive bursts of distorted, black noise. Pscenario is formed of four cuts of powerful hypno-techno, starting off with the strongest of the bunch, The Machine. Featuring a snatched sneer of the title from K Justin J of unknown indie band Iffy, it has no traditional build up, just setting off at a gallop of bruising tribal beats and savage electronic growling. Relentless and unforgiving yet strangely addictive, it stands tall over the dubby metallic clank of Pslow, humming head-nodder Dark And Low and the eventless meander of Do You Think?.
Not quite a transcendental experience from the man also known as DJ ESP, but a spirited performance nonetheless.