Review: According to hard-working scene stalwart John Dimas, the 14 tracks that make up this belated debut album all reflect his "personal journey on this planet". The Greek producer has long been renowned for producing tasty house and techno treats that look far and wide for inspiration, so it's heartening to find that One Against Time sees him exploring those major influences - think IDM, hip-hop, ambient, D&B, acid house, dub, Detroit techno, tech-funk, Drexciyan electro, two-step garage and wild Chicagoan acid - in far greater detail. It's an approach that pays dividends from start to finish, with Dimas serving up evocative and ear-catching cuts that sound distinctively rich and melodious, despite the variety of styles and tempos on show.
Review: Artyom Ziobin's distinctive style of minimal house stands apart from the usual thoroughfare of moody, dubby shufflers. Instead the Russian producer reaches for a warm, disco-influenced sound palette which he then slices and dices into sleek, crafty party workouts with lashings of panache as well as studio ingenuity. Following appearances on Bump Foot and Grow Vinyl, the latest outing for Plantae comes via Elephant Moon, with lead track "Amber Light Of Ethereal Shadow" cutting a dashing figure across the soundscape with its busy but nimble mixture of synth splashes and stuttering drums.