Review: On the next record from Main Drain Studios, Chicago artist K-rAd brings two high-tempo cuts loaded with their distinct blend of bright, nimble production.
The A-side, "174_B7B5" is a total D&B tear-out. Thundering subs carry along waves of arpeggiated synths, while whimsical samples cut the tension of the winding breakbeat flurries.
On the flip side, horns fade in and out of "154_Materials Stardust Memories ", conjuring visions of a metropolis at dusk, with jazzy interludes telling tales while lean, skittering drums & warped bass lines pepper the road along the way.
Review: Since it rose, Phoenix-like, from the ashes late last year, revitalized Warp offshoot Arcola has delivered a sting of impressive EPs focusing on "experimental club music". The label's latest missive comes from one of the leftfield techno scene's rising stars, debutant Anastasia Kristensen. There's much to admire from start to finish. Check, for example, "Ascetic", an in turns clanking and chiming chunk of dancefloor IDM that recalls some of Autechre's finest early work, and the low-slung bass and clicking percussion of hypnotic techno workout "LXR Jam". The bounding, bass-heavy clatter of "Donni" is impressive too, though the best of the bunch - for peak-time floors at least - is the sweaty early jungle revivalism of "Ascetic (In Breaks)".