Review: Although most readily associated with Hypercolour, Unknown To The Uknown and his own Bodytrax imprint, Chris "Bodyjack" Finke is a regular contributor to the Dext Recordings' growing catalogue. In fact, this is his third release for the imprint since 2016. Head first to A-side "Nataraja", a polyrhythmic onslaught that pits twisted electronics, raw stabs and ricocheting drum machine cowbells against a rumbling bassline and heavy, broken techno style drums. Finke flips the script entirely on the flip, delivering a gut-punching electro workout that flits between sparkling, melodic sections and periods of foreboding heaviness straight out of Drexciya's post-apocalyptic playbook.
Review: Following up some great releases of late on REKIDS, 17 Steps and his own Hope Works imprint, Sheffield's Liam O'Shea returns to DEXT Recordings: a London based label floating around in a world somewhere between techno, house, UK bass and rave. Indeed the sound of "Activation" exists at the interzone of all the above, tying the styles together wonderfully much like the work of German legend Rene Pawlowitz. On the flip, Lo Shea takes on the brooding and mentalist sounds of late '90s drum 'n' bass - albeit significantly pitched down on the breakbeat science experiment "Pressure".
Review: More fine fare from Bristolian bass-head Otik, a producer last seen serving up a spacey chunk of percussively intense headiness on Intergraded's multi-artist "Orbitration". Our pick of a very strong bunch is "Dioxide", a pleasingly spaced-out post-dubstep exercise in sparse but weighty drums, alien electronic melodies and out-there aural textures. The obligatory rework can be found on side B, where the "Bruce Carbon Reduction" offers a skittish and fizzing dancefloor interpretation. Elsewhere, "Theia" is a crackling, slowly unfurling slice of yearning ambient bliss, while "Tuskanary" sees Otik pepper a drunken rhythm track with wonky modular motifs.