Another salvo of electroid missiles from Dutch pioneers Frank De Groodt operating under the Sonar Base moniker. Spooky and evocative, Groodt's productions exude a kinda Blade Runner-esque quality that really works within the electro genre; conjuring up images of smoldering slag heaps, darting drone strikes and a radioactive luminosity... if you've ever driven past the Rocksavage Power Station late at night on the way to north Wales you will also resonate with these frequencies!
It opens with the full bodied, TB-303-smeared electro of ‘"he Deadly Storms of Uranus". Slices of snare tear through an acrid acid line with shadows stalking the backdrop - a turgid and terrific opener. The second one, "The Soul Of e1-Q42z" was only available as digital download before, but this track, with pitch-black, haunted synth sounds and rolling beats would perfectly fit in a horror movie soundtrack and fully deserves a vinyl release.
The 303 is once again employed for "The Journey Home", with Sonar Base lowering the BPM for a meandering work of dereliction. "The Swarm" is a hardy piece of raw electro too, but in comparison to the first trio of mechanized militia "The Swarm" is sheathed. Last one, "Photon Filers" is also on vinyl for the first time, and much like "The Soul…", it sends you severe shivers up and down your spine.
Frank de Groodt started releasing in the early 1990s, on Djax-Up-Beats (as The Operator, Optic Crux, Urban Electro) and on U-Trax (Sonar Base, Pieces of a Pensive State of Mind). Two of his later releases as FastGraph (on Klakson) got reissued in 2018. He is also involved in projects like Ultradyne and Random XS and one anonymous project…