At once the most enigmatic and devastatingly direct of electronic superduos, Mancunians Sean Booth and Rob Brown have been making harsh, robotic, acid-damaged IDM since before there was harsh, robotic, acid-damaged IDM. Though never really abandoning their roots in hip-hop and electro, they've taken cyber breakbeat insanity about as close to the breaking point as you can get without just listening to an Egyptian Lover CD skipping on a malfunctioning discman. Exai (sharing the pronunciation of the Roman numeral for 11) is their eleventh and longest longplayer yet. It's a mature statement from the elder statesmen, a nice blend of everything they love to the point of unhealthy obsession: '80s Kraftwerk minimalism, damaged ambient electronics, digging all the sexiness out of drum machine patterns and leaving it in the sun to die, moody late-nite synths. Dive in and explore their latest labyrinth!