Electronic music royalty, The Hacker, returns in November with an analog-only album. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight reports.
The Hacker is somewhat of a legend on the underground electronic music scene. His brand of electro is known for its relentless assault upon the senses, and now he returns with an album inspired by his 100% live project.
Le Théâtre des Opérations is the title of the 8-track composition, available in November through the Dark Entries imprint. The album opens up with Underwater Sequence, which is a pure electro workout. This track sets the tone for the rest of the album. Raw, dark, and energetic.
Recently I’ve been feeling that there is something about electro that hands down beats techno. I can’t put my finger on what it is. Perhaps it is the elements of funk that the sound encapsulates, or the use of retro-futuristic themes throughout the sound that draws me to it. Either way, The Hacker proves to me time and time again why I love the electro sound so much.
Frozen Voices segues us quite nicely into the doom laden, post apocalyptic Time X, the narrative for which is provided by the Countess of Electro herself, Miss Kittin. If ever there was a tale of futuristic urban dystopia and a disengaged, deviant youth, then this is it. “Nothing to expect/Experience your deviance”.
Dancing Mechanic is frenetic in it’s drum programming, lots of top-end going on in this track, and we are quickly swooped into electro’s shadowy alleyways, as Dark Neon takes control of the album.
Body Diktat is all-out funk, swaggering into the conscious from the off and not letting go of you until you let go of your sensorium and hand it right over to Amato. This is possibly my favourite track from the album, especially when those grungy swells kick in at the 2:30 point. Stern stuff indeed.
Complicated Dances plays on the skittering percussion samples layered throughout the track, which weave around each other acrobatically while a bulging bassline threatens to burst violently through the back of the mix. We close out with Camisole Chimique, which is another funk infused track, filled with ricocheting lazer zaps and one of the squelchiest basslines we’ve heard in a long time. Excellent stuff from The Hacker.