Album review Scottish albums

Alex Tronic

For this, his second set, Alex Tronic’s head honcho has spoken of having ‘an emphasis on mood’ and wanting to create a ‘soundtrack for life with some dark elements’. Life has many dark elements and so too does this album. Bass lines rumble and simmer with cold fury. Keyboard passages solder off some of the ice with pulsating patterns and juddering rhythms that carry you off your feet and make you forget what you were brooding over. Light, then, follows dark here, just as it does in life, to have you dancing one moment and chilling the next. Alex Tronic has made a transition here similar to the one The Chemical Brothers made between Exit Planet Dust and Dig Your Own Hole. He has made, this time, a more rounded and multi-dimensional album, which can be both dancefloor pummeller and armchair ponderer.