Review: Noleian Reusse steps away from the Africans With Mainframes project he shares with Jamal Moss to drop a five track selection of ruffness on the Love What You Feel imprint. With credits for Creme and Mathematics to his name, you should get an idea of what to expect with the Black Tekno EP - veering away from the all too prevalent safeness of current deep house in favour of jagged rawness! Completely untitled, proceedings get off to a fine start with the loose jacking rhythms of the opening track and there's an ever present sense of unease that occupies the lower regions. The midway point even deviates into lullaby filled dubstep rhythms - thankfully shorn of aggressive basslines and instead filled with a creeped out synth melody. Disjointed analogue techno abstractions and alien machine funk are perhaps the best way to describe the flipside excursions. If you like your house to deviate from the template then this release is worthy of further investigation.
Review: It's been a decade since Underground Resistance affiliate Santiago Salazar made his debut on Los Hermanos. Surprisingly, this double pack represents his first attempt releasing an album, though whether Chicanismo was intended to be a 'proper' full length is a moot point. There's certainly plenty to enjoy, with Salazar melding his usual influences - deep house, Detroit techno, tech-house, Latin rhythms and dreamy, rave-era, breakbeat driven grooves - into a range of attractive, floor-friendly cuts. There's naturally much to enjoy throughout, from the title track's Motor City beats, heavy bass and swirling pads, to the bumpin' tribal rhythms and mangled tropical bird noises of "UKB to LAX".