Review: Michigan artist John Beltran has long embodied the evocative, richly textured techno sound that has so long been synonymous with Detroit. He is in particularly majestic form on this one, however, with opener 'Love Freq' bringing scintillating hi hats and synths over dancing beats that are brilliantly restless. 'Epic Soulmate' has that sombre synth sound that has you gaming off into the distance, rueful for a love you once knew, then 'Controller' brings you back down to earth on a more punishing groove laced with darker bass notes. The manic and freeform 'El Conquistador' is a perfect end to this EP, which journeys much further than most techno albums ever do.
Review: Anil Lal and Majkel's cult Furthur Electronix label is a hardcore favourite amongst real heads, and is something akin to a modern day for fans of Warp, Rephlex or Skam. It deals in fad-free and forward looking electronic sounds from another dimension and this bumper 19 track collection is a perfect overview of that. It kicks off with Mu Ziq's crusty electronics and then surges on a wave of cosmic energy through Hamatsuki' acid laced electro, dreamy post rave breaks from Kreggo and futurist jungle from DJ Mudak 2000. After the ambient laced first disc, things get a little deeper and darker later on with Lou Karsh's 'Liveelectro001' head melter a particular favourite.