So, after a little break we’re back with a new release. This time we’re joined by the multi-talented production powerhouse that is Swarm Intelligence (aka Simon Hayes). Landing heavy with four bruising techno cuts that each find their own unique way of taking your head off, EAR017 is a bumpy journey through darker club flavours. ‘Flatlands’ opens things up, reminiscent of the type of marching, granite-heavy Brum techno of old – this is minimal in construction but maximum in its impact. Move forward to ‘Ground Up’ where demonic, dissonant keys take the lead above a rattling midrange that sounds like a corrugated roof ready to fly off. Opting for cleaner, elastic drum patterns on ‘Tingla’, Hayes swaps tense for dense, with a LOUD take on steppy techno, that’ll please fans of some of Blawan’s earlier work. ‘Skitz’ starts out an a more dub tip with a wailing, paranoia inducing hook and snaking rhythms, eventually joined by more hard-hitting broken kicks, leading us comfortably into oblivion.