Just when I had thought that the whole electro-distorto-bloghouse scene had officially been completely played out, this album shows up and knocks me flat on my ass. UK duo Shadow Dancer had some of the standout tracks on the excellent "BNR Vol. 1" 2CD comp on Boysnoize Records last year, and the full-length album does not disappoint in any way, shape or form.
The duo's sound is relatively simple to describe, even though the music itself isn't very simple at all, it's incredibly fractured and detailed. But basically, they take the Ed Banger/Boysnoize sound to the next level. More glitches, more ADD headrush, more disco, more electro, just plain more. With the exceptions of a few tracks that mostly play it relatively straight (the sci-fi electro-disco of "Nightdrive", the oldskool acid techno of "Lower Left"), the duo douses their tracks in enough DSP glitch effects to make Kid606 foam at the mouth. But it doesn't sound gimmicky at all, the quick edits and random noises work to the tracks' advantage. It just sounds like a mutant version of everything great about dance music.
Obviously, the masters of this genre (if it even is one) are Justice, Mr. Oizo, Boys Noize themselves, etc. However, I think this album is easily better than any albums those acts have released, because unlike them, this album has no filler whatsoever. It's just straight up bangers for an hour. Any fan of modern hyped-up adrenaline rush dance music needs to seek this album out immediately. 9/10 -- Paul Simpson (1 May, 2009)