Officially out now, Throw Down Bones’ second album deals in crushing techno and euphoric acid-house

At long last, the formidable Throw Down Bones are finally back to pollute our senses and lacerate our ear-drums. Three years on from their sublime self-titled debut – which was one of the best records we’ve ever put out in its own right – the Italian duo have graced us with their latest collection, Two, which is officially out now. This time around the coldwave hypnosis has been thrown away and in its place looms a relentless, all-out assault of industrial four-to-the-floor techno coated in a euphoric acid-house sheen. Ah, we’ve missed these guys.

Where the old Throw Down Bones was better suited for intimate venues and psych fests (of which they were a frequent staple, from Liverpool to Eindhoven and everywhere in between), this new evolution sees them turn their eyes to the most underground techno clubs and the sleaziest warehouse venues. Imagine Fuck Buttons, Factory Floor and Aphex Twin jamming in a room together and you might come close but Throw Down Bones would be reluctant to point to any ‘influences’. For them, their corrosive industrial workouts are simply the product of their environment and attitudes, as opposed to who they’re listening to at any given moment.

The two key members of Throw Down Bones are Francesco Vanni and Dave Gali but on this album their producer James Aparicio also played an integral part in writing the record. Francesco spends his time building bespoke FX pedals and analogue synths under the name Noise Militia and James was formerly the in-house engineer at the Mute Records studio, his credits including Spiritualized, Liars, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, Mogwai and pretty much all your favourite bands. With Noise Militia prototypes littered around the studio, Francesco and Dave’s knack for instrumental experimentation and James’ studio prowess, it should come as no surprise that the result is a collection of tracks that push Throw Down Bones’ electronica right to the brink. If you like your music intense, punishing and ear-drum-rattling then this is the record for you.

The first three tracks on the album ‘First Follower’, ‘We Are Drugs’ and ‘Slow Violence’ lay out the bands mission from the off, bursting through a pulsing electronic throb are unrelenting motorik basslines that twist and contort as they circle around and around and around, layers of juddering hardware electronics constantly punching through. Then there’s ‘Golovkin’, a merciless all-out rave track that zaps you right in the cortex and the electro-throb of ‘Zero Day Exploit’ that, like a cyber-attack of the same name, is an unstoppable attack on the senses – it’s less in-your-face than the rest of the album but try and stop that programmed acid-tinged groove from tearing through your bloodstream. It’s too late, you won’t stand a chance.

If their earlier instrumental-oriented works leant into dance territory, then this is the band embracing that with open arms and wide eyes ready to soundtrack the mother of all parties, one punctuated by pure hedonism and a sense that this could very well be the last dance on this wretched rock. Anyway, I suppose we should stop waffling on and let you make your own mind up, you can stream the album in it’s entirety below…