This new stepper swells out of thin air like a monstrous child of Krautrock. Immense and minimal, twelve minutes of propulsive groove is overlain with the blues abstraction of Tikiman's guitar, the swing and effects of Marc Muellbauer's double bass, Delay's digressive steel percussion, and the otherworldly keys of Loderbauer and von Oswald.
With characteristic intensity, Mala's rebuild ratchets up the drama and dread. A mounting barrage of bleeps rains down on a vicious, clopping drum pattern and red-alert synths, with transfixing bass.
Such a powerful record to end the year.