- Shadowy UK producer Bleaching Agent first surfaced late last year with a pair of ten-inch EPs on the Avian offshoot Mira, which he now follows up with a twelve-inch three-tracker for Komisch called Contour Grip. He's got a soft spot for gritty, experimentally-tinged techno, and once explained in an interview that he only spends an hour crafting each track. That constraint yields a sense of raw immediacy in his music, but Bleaching Agent also makes sure to sneak in bits of nuance as necessary.
"Jain"'s snarling lead is scrubbed, scratched and stretched, which helps keep the track from becoming an aimless stomp. "Twwpk," with its oddly gleeful yelps, will probably be too abrasive for some ears, but I think it's the standout, thanks to some smart sequencing and wonderfully effective drum fills. "Compere," which sweeps a chugging minor-key riff up into the atmosphere while exposing a boiling bog down below, tops off another Bleaching Agent record geared towards weirder warehouse scenarios.