Rrose – Merchant Of Salt (Sandwell District SD19)

Rating: 9/10

Sandwell District is rocking again, one year after gorgeous “Feed-Forward” album, and with Rrose’s second single expands the catalog with another push of turbo-charged techno. A signing of 2011, Rrose delivers two taut cuts, starting with flashlights and subtle drones in “Shepherd’s Brine”. Dramatic breaks and evil synth serpentines are applied to irritate any residential area.
“Waterfall” on the B-side drops the speed, but this steak is served as raw. Patients carving for lobotomy are admitted from the four-minute mark onwards, being before hit by huge copper-plated sonic pendulum. Love the title, “Merchant Of Salt”, too – it expresses both hope and despair.

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