Review: More from regular studio partners Assembler Code and Jenson Interceptor, whose previous joint EPs for Boyznoize, Private Persons and Cultivated Electronics were little less than essential. First, turn your attention to superb opener "Random Pain", a melodious and evocative deep electro cut that morphs into something dirtier, darker and far more hard-hitting midway through. "HRL6" is altogether moodier and more Drexciyan in tone, while flipside opener "Drive Shift" fixes elastic electronics and gently pulsing motifs to an altogether more relaxed and rolling 4/4 electro groove. It comes accompanied by an altogether darker and moodier remix by The Hacker that boasts raw electronics, spacey bleeps and a slightly paranoid vibe.
Review: Earlier in the year, Ali Renault rebooted his Cestrian alias after a five-year hiatus via a suitably throbbing EP on E-Beamz. Here he goes one step further, pitching up on Mechatronica with a six-track mini-album of atmospheric, otherworldly treats. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the sludgy, hypnotic electro drums, foreboding chords and glacial electronic melodies of opener "Gradients", to the Drexciya style peak-time punch of "The Weir", via the wild acid bass, distorted beat-box drums and mind-altering computer electronics of "Cat Strain". Also worth checking is the druggy, industrial-tinged, pitched-down weirdness of "Everything" and the cheeky, Kraftwerk-sampling bustle of "Speak and Spell".
Review: Earlier this year, Florian Stoffelbauer donned the Heap alias for the first time in 14 months for an EP of pitched-down jams bristling with lo-fi synthesizer melodies and crispy drum machine hits. On "Beat Nouveau", his first EP for Mechatronica, he further develops this sound, drawing influence from the mid-tempo bump, trippy acid lines and faintly foreboding melodies of 1980s Belgian new beat. The title track sets the tone, with Stoffelbauer reaching for angular, alien electronics, moody bass, bubbly acid lines and eight-bit computer game melodies. The Gamma Intel remix of the same track is arguably even more druggy and foreboding, while "Tat Ark" is a psychedelic shuffle through slow electro drums and mind-altering electronics. If pitched-down ambient techno is your thing, closing cut "Beau Geste" should be essential listening.
Sync 24 & Luke Eargoggle - "Broken Electronix" (5:47)
UHU - "Never See" (4:00)
Privacy - "Miss You" (5:47)
Etcher - "Super-Translations" (5:53)
Review: Drawn together by a common "passion for the connection between man, mechanics and electronics", the artists on Mechatronica label all well-versed in the art of electro. Veterans Sync24 and Luke Eargoggle team up for the master-blaster that is "Broken Electronix", a menacing stab of a groove that dissolves into the more granular computer-world of "Never See" by UHU. On the flip, "Miss You" by Privacy is dark, spectral and hollow, while "Super-Translations" by Etcher feels like a ride on the same aquatic waves of electro giants like Drexciya. Excellent stuff.