Let's face it, in the wrong hands (and I'm afraid that means most of them, the exception being Venetian Snares of course) breakcore can appear cartoonish and facile much like gabber did in early '90s Rotterdam where all semblance of musicality was bulldozed aside in favour of extreme speed, aggression and vocal obscenity. In mid-January this year, Kaometry Records, based both in Berlin and Valencia, released "Mechanic Paradox" a mini-album by M.E.R.S. which is not only the best breakcore record I have ever heard but it also redefined the genre by foregrounding the superbly composed musical element of each track rather than allowing the avalanche of warp speed breaks to be the sole centre of attention. It was nothing short of a breakcore symphony and since then I've been waiting with no patience whatsoever for their next record to drop. First came Synthamesk's "Regression" in early April, an excellent record in its own right but a tad unfocused in places which was frustrating given the ideas this producer undoubtedly has in spades. Worry ye not though: Hitori Tori's just released "Legal Grey Area" is just as astonishing as the M.E.R.S. record and, but for the odd minor quibble I have about an over-sufficiency of vocal samples, might even have surpassed it. Musically, "Legal Grey Area" is a deranged yet melodic swirl of rainbow-hued synths that duck and dive amidst a tsunami of breaks that occasionally accelerate to such improbable speeds, your ears literally can't believe what they're hearing. The album's sci-fi theme is reinforced by a battery of samples from 1950s B-movies, crackpot ufologists and other assorted nutcase conspiracy theorists but the music is so futuristic anyway, 75% of them are extraneous. As I said though, that's a minor quibble and should in no way deter you from buying this extraordinary record. I don't know where Kaometry finds these producers but I hope they carry on searching for more, preferably with fanatical zeal.
Favorite track: Nellis Gunnery Ranges.