Review: Always a reliable destination for cult talents operating on exciting frontiers of techno, meandyou this time shine a light on J.S. Zeiter, who adopts the Analog 1 alias for some dense, meticulously crafted trips into the strange psychedelic underbelly of dub techno. "SM4L" features pastoral chord swells straining behind a babbling brook of high frequency sound design, while "Mistral" takes a classical approach to ambient composition, all yearning arpeggios and lingering keys. "Interlude" is a brief twirl around blown out drums and textural impulses, and then "SKIV Loop (Rework)" sets a more positive tone for the end of the EP, pushing classic dub techno sounds into a hazy, summery space away from the usual icy tundra the genre normally inhabits.
Review: As part of Mura Oka, Louis Vial has already been spotted on the excellent Latency label as well as delivering a solo EP to Collapsing Market earlier this year. He once again dons his Eszaid cape on this release for the equally fine Meandyou stable, tapping into the labels predilection for obscure variations on the fringes of house and techno. "777,7" is especially captivating in its insistent cyclical minimalism, drilling straight for the subconscious, while "Eyeless Mannekin" sets adrift in aqueous climes for a proper floatation tank dub techno immersion. Using subtlety as a powerful tool, Eszaid ably matches up to the quality that has come before on Meandyou.
Review: Manchester's meandyou collective have quite rightly garnered increasing amounts of praise in recent times, and principal among the reasons for that must surely be the presence of Herron. Also found working with Joy O as C/OR, Herron follows up the excellent 2015 EP The Night Garden with another brooding selection of leftfield techno offerings for those who like something a little different in their club 12". "A6" keeps the mood close and cloying with its ominous textures and pitched down vocal shards, while "Bad Timing" does wonders with a monolithic yet nimble bassline. "Recycle" brings a dustier deep house vibe to the record, while "Cold Hands" lays down warm and inviting synth lines shot through with a necessary strangeness before "Close" rounds the EP off with a disheveled tour through Workshop-esque 4/4 dynamics.
Review: While Palaphor may not be a familiar name, the artist behind it is deeply entrenched in the meandyou story. Manchester's premier stable of house and techno subversives have long vibrated to the sound of Juniper, and now one half of the duo presents a new stream of inventive machine expression from the outer limits. Even if the space and textures on this EP place it in the leftfield, it actually hits with immediacy and warmth that makes it incredibly easy to sink into. From the autumnal haze of "Depart" to the melancholic thrust of "Peace," this is a gorgeous addition to the impeccable meandyou catalogue. One can only hope there's more music from Palaphor waiting in the wings.