The electro genre might be a little overplayed, but thankfully there are enough variations in Frank Alpine's music to make it stand a few inches taller than his congeners. Whether the disaffected vocal delivery in 'Heart is Grey' or the frantic pace of 'Night Sky' (which sounds like the perfect soundtrack for a car chase), he manages to create a slightly dark atmosphere for his self-titled debut album.

It's amazing that all the different shades of electronic moods come from the wallet-friendly Casio keyboards, showing that it's ingenuity and not budget what makes music rewarding. The self-titled album, coming out on Wierd (sic) Records, sounds aggressive as a kick to the teeth. A slightly friendly kick mind you, as in the end, it's electronic music that has a nasty habit of sinking in after a couple of plays. I even dismissed it on the first listen as a dancey album, but there is more. Much more.

Think of it as someone with a staunch attitude and a punk styling who chose synths instead of a 6-stringed axe with a cranked up octave and distortion combo. You might be thinking of stuff like The Prodigy, but be reassured that Frank Alpine never heads into that territory; he keeps his teeth sharp like sawtooth waveforms. Even in a track where the groove is slower ('Paper thin walls'), you do suspect that "here be dragons."

You could even argue that it's the soundtrack for a night out in a very grimy city. The soot covered walls where a thousand pissheads have thrown up at('Night Sky'), the scantly dressed girls that shiver from the cold but still want to walk around on those 3 pound shoes from Primark ('Painted Eyes'), the realisation that you wasted your money on a night out. It feels like the stuff of nightmares.

This is scary electro (really, really like the uneasy feeling in 'Through your Window'), there is an evil undercurrent present here, and it will be as unforgiving as a riptide. It's out to get you. Whether you can swim with it and save your life, or struggle with it, the decision is yours.