From Deewee Soulwax PIAS Whether mashing up Dolly Parton with Royksopp as 2ManyDJs, programming an ingame radio station — Soulwax FM — for Grand Theft Auto V, or recording as 15 fictional bands for the soundtrack to last year’s film Belgica, brothers Stephen and David Dewaele have never been shy of experimentation. The duo’s new album, recorded under its best-known Soulwax moniker, is no exception. Recorded in one take at the brothers’ home studio in Ghent, Belgium, in early February, From Deewee is based on the Transient Program For Drums & Machinery, the brothers’ touring concept hatched last year melding drums and analog circuitry on stage. Armed with a dizzying array of instruments, vintage synths and tech, the brothers have, unsurprisingly, delivered a largely mechanical, oft-industrial, electronic soundscape. Preset Tense starts off with a warped, spiralling synth line, steadily building in intensity before giving way to the leathery bassline of Masterplanned. Matched with vocals and steadily deafening drums, it’s a sign of things to come. There’s a hint of the bizarre throughout; some tracks remind of a creepy circus soundtrack, and the robotic aesthetic often struggles to connect. Others tunes such as Missing Wires, however, are all class. Its pulsating drum intro, playful vocal line and synth breakdown meld to create a chugging swagger that reaches its peak on a frisky outro. The Singer has Become a DJ is one of a few more uptempo grooves. Soulwax’s first studio album since 2005’s Nite Versions demonstrates the duo has lost none of its ambition, even if may have lost a little of its soul.