Review: After spending much of the last few years exploring forthright, mind-altering techno sounds under his given name, Thomas P Heckmann has recently started offering up new material from his Electro Nation project - an exploration of the potential of the electro form that was most active in the 1990s. He begins his second new EP of the year (there have also been some reissues) with the sharp, squelch-along club electro buzz of "Dope Head", before beefing up the beats and reaching for minor key melodies on the intergalactic pop of "Sucker Beat". Elsewhere, Heckmann successfully wraps warehouse-ready house stabs around bustling acid bass and snappy electro drums on "Virus", while closing cut "Juicy Beast" is a Fairlight stab-sporting sprint through NYC freestyle/early '80s electro fusion.
Review: Thomas P. Heckmann isn't short of aliases throughout his storied career, but Electro Nation is perhaps one of the most pertinent in these machine funk-loving times. Originally released and now reissued via the glorious AFU label (you'll have to look up the full title) back in 1996, these tracks sound like they could have been cooked up by a new-skool hopeful just last week. Full respect to Heckmann though, there's no faking the funk spilling out of tracks like "Machine Made" and "The Spider". Things take a more scuffed and experimental turn on "Freeze" (with a nod to Kraftwerk in the mix for good measure) and "Psycho Smurf" presents a slower, trippier take on acid electro to get your synapses wiggling as much as your booty.