Cyborcosis is a duo of electronic musicians from the UK with roots in the early ’90s house/trance/techno movement. They recently released Cyborcosys which is a nine-song album.
I graduated high school in the late ’90s and I went to a good amount of raves in Chicago. There was something really cool about raves back then because they weren’t advertised through social media. You heard about underground raves and sometimes they would take place in an abandoned arcade, a warehouse or some place completely novel. Those days are long gone but I still remember the music. I would say at least half the raves have something similar sounding to the album Cyborcosys.
The music on this album feels neo-futuristic. I felt like the imagery was somewhere between Bladerunner and The Matrix. The soundscapes are open and sprawl across cities, lights and technology.
The album gets going with “Spiritual Digital One” which cuts through with electronic beats, sharp synths and alien pads, It’s a driving song that meshes spirituality into the digital domain. On “Dr Cosis Dub” we get to explore ominous alien soundscapes not too far from a group like Boards of Canada.
On “Nitroxica” we go into hyperdrive.The BPM is increased and an arpeggiated synth creates a hypnotic web of sound. They have more success in hyperdrive with “Sw22” and “Bad Dreams” both of which explore metallic synth sounds, metronome tight electronic percussion and encompassing pads.
“Dirty Gangsta Instrumental” is a fitting title. There is a good amount of menace on this track. The song “Cynosurera” might be the highlight. It’s fast and I kept thinking of people trying to keep up with the dance groove. There is a fantastic breakdown that explores resonant filters before the straight ecstasy beat returns.
There were some similarities to Aphex Twin on “Novadrive” while the closer “Rockin Radiation” brings some vocals into the mix.
This is an album that felt more appropriate to listen to at night. I wanted to explore the city on a motorcycle like an anime character or maybe take a quick peek into the current state of rave scene. It brought back memories. Take a listen.
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