Review: For their ninth release, Berlin's mindcolormusic present another stellar release by a debutant, as well as an old schooler. Shane Teal aka Flux is based out in the Pacific Northwest U.S.A. and is said to have been recording music for over a decade, making anything from electro to drum and all that's in between. All these disparate influences can be heard on the unholy mixture of "2linx" which comes off sounding like some broken-beat offworld IDM experiment - and sounds pretty awesome. On the flip, it is over to Eddie Symons: a veteran producer based in the UK, who after releasing on his own Struktur and [d]-tached imprints, made his debut as Bovaflux for the Highpoint Lowlife label back in 2005. Four deep and dystopian electro bass offerings from Symons here, and we particularly enjoyed the Aphex/Autechre spounding melancholia of "Lmp_Nrg".
Review: Nachtzug (which means 'Night train' in Dutch) is a concept true to the Rotterdam Underground sound. Comprised of Norman Hecht and Stephan Glowatzky, the duo's first full-fledged double 12? album is brought to you by Freiburg's mindcolormusic. "AUX 4416" presents 'stored memories of journeys to different parameters and structures', from encounters with different places and spaces and creatures. It channels the same kind of harbour city sorrow that pervades the work of fellow locals Conforce, and hometown Italo heroes like Alden Tyrell. We are loving the slo-mo, contorted haunter "Undesired Ratio", Dopplereffekt style electro-noir on "Pyramids Of IXQS4" and "Granular Communications", the deepest of acid trips on "Magnetoloids" and that bit of neon-lit Italo ("Lazy Lazerz").