Review: Listen to "Operator", the spaced-out and atmospheric dub techno track that opens Henning Baer's latest EP, and you'll hear echoes of the heavy industry that once marked out Pittsburgh as the focal point of America's steel-making industry. It can also be heard amongst the ragged acid lines, sharp electronics, fizzing drumbeats and industrial attitude of "Pittsburgh Left", the EP's quietly impressive title track. Elsewhere, Baer fuses dub-techno and tech-house hypnotism on "AIIM" (which is also given a deliciously distorted industrial electro makeover by Kangding Ray), and goes the full L.I.E.S/Lobster Theremin on the redlined techno thrust of "Canadian Suit". An impressive EP, all told.
Review: It's high time that Berlin's Henning Baer launched his own imprint, and we're surprised that this is only happening now given the success of both his prior productions and of his Berlin club night, Grounded Theory. Manhigh kicks off with Henning Baer himself, gearing up the machines first with the bleeps and sporadic machine tones of "System Test (Nsdxit)", followed by the much more concrete and beat-laden shreds of drums on "Fighting The Dogs". The surprise comes from a rare appearance by Blawan as a remix of "Pan2945", with the Yorkshire native delivering some of his signature thrashing on the drums, and a fuzzy, drugged-out bassline that would have made Regis and Surgeon proud back in the days. The flip continues with more grey-scaled techno in the form of "Moving Ground", the excellent sack of squealing drones that is "The Last Quarter", and finished off tidily by the pouncing kick drums residing on "Copper Skin". Heavy duty gear.