Cavern Of Anti-Matter: Void Beats/Invocation Trex

Palatial progtronica from Stereolab man.

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With Stereolab on indefinite hiatus, leader Tim Gane has been pouring his creativity into a variety of soundtrack work over the past few years.

He’s also fired up this new Berlin-based trio, bringing in Stereolab’s original drummer, Joe Dilworth, and synth master Holger Zapf. After 2013’s limited vinyl effort Blood-Drums, Anti-Matter’s first album proper is an epic amalgam of kosmische grooves and industrial drones, fizzing with electronic effects and the busy rattle of overlaid guitar and drums. The 13-minute Tardis Cymbals is a gripping piece of throbtronica in 78 time inspired by Gane’s experiments with drum machines, and the same post-Krautrock sensibility pervades Insect Fear, albeit with a slightly rougher, garagey feel. Tangerine Dream’s classic early 70s work is evoked on the truly gorgeous Echolalia. Most everything here is instrumental, though there are guest vocal cameos from Spaceman 3’s Sonic Boom and, on the terrific Liquid Gate, avowed Stereolab nut, Bradford Cox. You’ll also find echoes of post-punk innovators 23 Skidoo and This Heat in the mantric bustle of Hi-Hats Bring The Hiss. A revelation from top to toe.

Rob Hughes

Freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2008, and sister title Prog since its inception in 2009. Regular contributor to Uncut magazine for over 20 years. Other clients include Word magazine, Record Collector, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and When Saturday Comes. Alongside Marc Riley, co-presenter of long-running A-Z Of David Bowie podcast. Also appears twice a week on Riley’s BBC6 radio show, rifling through old copies of the NME and Melody Maker in the Parallel Universe slot. Designed Aston Villa’s kit during a previous life as a sportswear designer. Geezer Butler told him he loved the all-black away strip.