Dronelock & Ontal are back with a new EP on their jointly run Shadow Story label this November. ‘Phronesis’ is a welcome return for Bradford duo, Martin Cartledge and Alexander Church of Dronelock alongside their Serbian production partners, Boriz Noize and Dekode aka Ontal.
This uncompromising foursome already made a superb impression this year with their second collaborative EP, ‘Parallax’ in April, followed by their debut album ‘The Topics’ in May. Now after a brief hiatus, which has seen Dronelock take their stunning new live A/V performance on the road and Ontal prepare their new album, ‘Entropia’ for Ad Noiseum, they return with four fresh cuts.
The title track has a lo-fi restraint to its opening before it punches through with a quickening heartbeat and raw, jagged edges, while the appropriately named, ‘Splitting The Difference’ delivers layer upon layer of crackling drumwork. ‘Zootoxin’ brings a stuttering soundscape to life ahead of its weighty bass, which leads into the threatening knock of final track ‘Codes’; ominous and intimidating.
2. SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE