Review: Somewhat surprisingly, this is Amsterdam techno stalwart Patrice Baumel's first release of the year, following an action-packed 2017 that included EPs on Kompakt Extra, Afterlife and Crosstown Rebels. As expected, both tracks hit the spot. A-side "The Hatchet" boasts some seriously bouncy drums, but also the twin attractions of a relentless, dubbed-out synth riff - very hypnotic - and swirling, effects-laden vocal loops that build to a climatic conclusion. Flipside "Serpent" is deeper and more seductive, with an attractive, occasionally sparkling arpeggio style melody line that bobs and weaves around Baumel's booming, mind-altering groove.
Review: After six months away, Melodious house and "neo-trance" heroes Mathame return to action with a fresh EP on Afterlife Recordings. A-side "Nothing Around" us is particularly potent, with guest vocalist Lyke passionately singing a small selection of key phrases over a rush-inducing backing track rich in sparkling electronics, chunky grooves, melancholic chords and summery melodies. Over on side B, "22" is a wonderfully hypnotic and quietly beautiful trip into deep techno, while the similarly shuffling bit sturdy "Fade Into You" expertly joins the dots between deep techno and high quality, stripped-back trance.