Review: For the second salvo in their "Secret Sun" series of unreleased 1990s techno tracks, O.C.D has plucked five superb cuts from the dusty DAT tapes of Scott Featherstone, a period producer who released one 12" as Beyond A Void way back in 1992. They've found some genuine gold, too, with the five previously unheard tracks offering a melodious and floor-friendly mixture of languid electro rhythms, shuffling breakbeats, tight techno drums, weighty bass, colourful lead lines, atmospheric ambient techno pads, subtle Yorkshire bleep motifs and lashings of sun-kissed deep house melodies. Highlights are plentiful throughout, though we're particularly enjoying the sub-heavy swing of "Dat007", the Motor City influenced brilliance of "Ecordes" and the clanking sci-fi futurism of "Cheeting" [sic].
Review: The latest techno tale from the Amazing Stories crew is "The Earth Rehabilitators", a post-apocalyptic epic in four audio installments. Saverio Celestri sets the scene via "Ethereal", a deep and woozy chunk of machine driven techno warmth, before Jacopo takes up the reigns with a cut that brilliantly wraps bubbly synth melodies, fizzing acid lines and yearning chords around a chunky bassline and Motor City style drums. Otis moves the story forwards on "Axes Of Continuity", whose bleeping lead line and sleazy counter-melody help create a mesmerizing mood, while Fede Lijt delivers a cheerily glassy-eyed conclusion on the alien-sounding brilliance of deep techno-meets-deep house cut "Deflexion".