Huoratron's Cryptocracy puts dance-music conventions through the shredder
Cryptocracy (Last Gang)
Working under the cryptic name Huoratron, Finland’s Aku Raski has been making music for about a decade, but Cryptocracy is his first proper full-length album. It’s pretty fantastic, but not for the faint of heart. Filled with midrange synth squelches and beats that have been red-lined to the point of distortion, this is dance music for people who find dubstep insufficiently abrasive.
Raski annihilates clichés, and as a result, none of the tracks on Cryptocracy unfolds in a way you might expect. The producer, who has pretty much dispensed with the notion of melody, seems to take delight in putting dance-music conventions through a shredder and then taping the pieces back together in unrecognizable patterns.
Hence “Transcendence”, which takes the building blocks of ’80s acid house and (pardon my Finnish) fucks the shit out of them. By the end, all that’s left is a steadily throbbing pulse.
This isn’t industrial music, per se, but in terms of sheer noisiness and aggression, it comes close. The title track, for example, features creepy, repeated spoken-word snippets, and toward the end of “Dungeons & Dungeons” comes a sound that might be a sample of a jackhammer, or maybe a machine gun. And there are sirens in “Unblinking Eyes”, which are presumably from the ambulance that will come and cart you away if you’re foolhardy enough to try dancing to Huoratron.