Review: Brokntoys – Lesser Mysteries

Just over four years and twenty-one releases in, London based label brokntoys show no sign of stopping anytime soon, with a prolific release schedule that has seen records from such highly accomplished producers as London Modular Alliance, Versalife, Marco Bernardi and Scape One, as well as a whole host of lesser known and more upcoming artists. It’s fair to say that brokntoys have quickly established themselves as a label to keep a keen eye on, with a music policy highly influenced by electro and techno sounds of old but with one foot firmly in the future.

Their latest various artists release, Lesser Mysteries, continues in that tradition, with a breadth of different sounds that vary from the broken, dreamy techno of Ben Cohen’s ‘Entrance’ to the more classic electro aesthetic of Stratowerx’s ‘Zero Hour Dispatch’. A particular highlight for me is Tharsis Shelter Unit’s ‘Start Transmission’, which begins with a haunting synth line that leads into an assault of stuttering drums and rumbling, menacing bass.

Monotoxine serves up a brilliant slab of dark electro in the form of ‘Positive Thinking!’, with its rough, saturated drums, twisted synth hook and detuning layers of synth ambience; and Furious Frank ends the B-side with ‘Night Rider’, a much more chilled and meditative piece of electro.

brokntoys have put together yet another excellent release with Lesser Mysteries and continue to prove their worth as a leading light in the current electro scene in the UK and further afield.

Words: Jake D Archer 

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