DMX krew - Unhooked [UTR001]
Label: Under the radar
Over the years, Ed Upton has released an insanely large volume of records as DMX Krew, though his quality level as rarely dipped below "brilliant". While many of these EPs and albums explore his love of electro, he's not averse to exploring sci-fi techno, jacking house and throbbing Italo-disco. 'Unhooked', the track that opens his first 12" of 2022, is deliciously dark and creepy, sitting somewhere between the lo-fi techno of L.I.E.S, the acid-fired rave-era insanity of Aphex Twin and bittersweet dancefloor melancholia. Elsewhere, he peppers a crispy breakbeat with ghostly chords and bubbly lead lines on 'Orange Cat Print', summons the spirit of the apocalypse on doom-laden acid-electro number 'Didgerididnt' and delivers sturdy, mind-mangling electro thrills on 'Dust Devil'.