Review: London label Cartulis Music has struck gold with this release, turning to Swiss producer Dan Piu for a much-needed vinyl edition of his 1999 album Self Education. Renamed Living In Fear and featuring a rearranged, remastered grip of 11 tracks, it's hard to believe techno this inventive and original managed to stay as a limited CD release for so long. There's a rough and ready Midwestern techno finish to many of the tracks on offer, but between the tough impact of certain sounds there's a great deal of subtlety to enjoy throughout this album. Surefire floor workouts like "Self Education" meet with playful hip hop experiments to make for a wholly enjoyable, not to mention surprising, listening experience.
Review: Cartulis Music - run by Raphael Carrau and Unai Trotti out of Hackney - returns with Santiago Uribe for the label's eighth edition after previous releases by Trotti, Z@p and Reade Truth. The Montevideo Electric Recordings main man delivers a riveting selection of tracks on the Hacia Otro Norte EP, all taking their cues from hi-tech soul and sounds of the Motor City. From the rather John Tejada sounding "Normal", the deep Drexciyan electro of "Lessismorelke" to the frantic "IDT" going for that old-school techno vibe similarly pursued on labels such as Libertine or Art Of Dark at the moment - this is hot!
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Uruguay's finest house and techno export Z@p continues his welcome return to active service in the freakier end of the scene with this spot on Cartulis Music. "Tracid" has a clue in its title, and it doesn't take long to detect the brazen 303 baiting taking place through the core of this peppy workout. It's an effective weapon used in just the right way that should get bodies wriggling with approval. "That Break" meanwhile diverts into a kind of braindance territory with the titular drums matched with more wobbly synth leads and spooked out pads, and then "Acid Rhytms" rounds the EP off with a more reflective cut for calmer moments in the dance.