Review: Transhumanism is a collective of Dutch producers who first met on the dance-floor at Dave Clarke's Whip It party at Melkweg in Amsterdam, so that will give you a reliable indicator of their sound: it's brash, serrated electro that fires your synapses and awakens your every sense. Juan Atkins and Helena Hauff have been dropping it all summer and it's easy to see why. There is strobe lit action from Slaves Of Sinus, walls of high intensity sound from RXmode, rave tinged stuff from W1b0 and a more throwback jam from TFHats to round out a high impact EP.
Review: Pressed on visually striking turquoise vinyl, "Visual Distortion Of Reality" is prolific Italian producer Whitesquare's first outing on Life And Death. Fittingly, it contains some of his most sonically striking cuts to date. The title track is particularly potent, with pulsating funky acid bass, ghostly chords and gnarly TB-303 lines rising above a simple but effective groove. "Not Moving" is similarly impressive. It rolls along on a punchy electro groove before introducing wild acid lines that sound similar to those used on its predecessor. On the flip you'll find two versions of "Jasmine": Whitesquare's atmospheric, otherworldly original and an even punchier, moodier take from the ever-impressive DJ Tennis.
Review: Fresh from delivering two killer cuts on a split release with pal Jack Michael on Orbital London, former Osman artist Harry Wills pops up on LEMAK. There's plenty to admire throughout, from the subtle deep garage influences, bleeping melodies and rolling tech-house grooves of opener "Quench", to the shuffling deep electro pulse of ghostly closing cut "Grebe". By far away the most arresting cut on the EP, "Capri Swung", is sandwiched between the two. This sees him continue to develop his trademark garage-influenced tech-house sound by wrapping glitchy electronics and jammed-out organ chords around a bonkers, Luke Vibert style bassline and swinging two-step drums.