Review: Mysterious hardware fetishist XY0815 recently pricked our consciousness via a fine contribution to Pulse Drift's Transmission Europa compilation. On this fine debut single, the man or woman of mystery makes good on that early promise. Perhaps what's most impressive is the variety on show. One minute, you're daydreaming of an unlikely collaboration between Kraftwerk and Pete Namlook ("Cygonic System"), the next casting glances towards the Motor City via the deep Drexciyan dive of "End of Your Orbit". The EP also includes a trip into psychedelic intelligent techno/electro fusion ("Octagon X"), a blissfully spacey ambient workout ("Lost Wires") and a punchy electro box jam ("Tool Matter"). A star is born.
Review: The latest volume in Brokntoys consistently excellent DDQ series comes courtesy of Elements of Joy, one of the lesser-known aliases of UVB producer Sebastien Michel. All four tracks originally slipped out on a limited cassette on Michel's own Body Theory label back in 2016, and here appear on vinyl for the very first time. Built around the producer's love of industrial, experimental new wave and dark ambient, all four cuts are fuzzy, dystopian and thoroughly alluring. Highlights include the foreboding, distorted shuffle of "Les Consequences De Mes Actes", the throbbing industrial-funk heaviness of opener "In Every Man" and the droning, guitar-laden growl of closing cut "The Great Struggle".
Exhauated Modern - "The Last Minute On Earth" (6:06)
Review: Brokntoys has released a number of superb multi-artist EPs over the years, so it's little surprise to find that their latest compilation style effort consistently hits the mark. Robert Valera impresses with the creepy, minor key techno/electro fusion of "Test 2" - a modular workout that intensifies in waves - before Bristol-based Glaswegian heavyweight Marco Bernadi wraps glistening, Vector Lovers style synth motifs around a shuffling, hardcore style breakbeat on "Tokyo Sunrise". Turn to side B for punchy and spacey electro antics from Vertical67 (whose "Out of Sight" is luscious), not to mention the widescreen chords, cinematic electronics and foreboding, spaced-out beats of "The Last Minute on Earth".
Review: Given the amount of jobs he has (Elevator Sound shop owner, modular synth show promoter and superclub manager, for starters) we often wonder how Marco Bernardi finds time to sleep, let alone conjure up new EPs of high quality machine music. This outing on Brokntoys is another fine collection from the Bristol-based Glaswegian. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the acid-flecked deep electro melodiousness of "Super Deep Voices" and glacial, off-kilter IDM warmth of "Plat+Form", to the deep space modular funk of "Miscopol" and the foreboding throb of the EP's acid-laden closing cut, "Soijien". Smart work from Bernadi... as usual.