Review: Talk about the power of pure rhythms. 'Yek 166-3', to reference just one of four iterations here, is as propellant as anything you're likely to hear in a club, but if heard mid-party would be one of the most challenging curveballs you could ask for. Comprised entirely of tribal-like top end percussive structures set at breakneck pace, it's a great place to start with this release overall - a package that's as much about artistically accomplished complete tracks as it is providing workable elements for use in something larger. A DJ's delight, this isn't to say all four arrangements don't deserve to be heard individually. '134-17' growls and shimmers in a way that's subtly complex, ideal for headphone or big rig play. '128-10' is more about poised dark tech atmosphere, while '127-17' exists within looser frameworks, leading to more serene and relaxed results.
Review: If anyone deserves a career retrospective, it's Burnt Friedman. The prolific German producer has been plugging away since the turn of the 1980s, delivering consistently impressive releases that subtly doff a cap to contemporary musical trends whilst clearing standing in a myriad of electronic styles. Anthology 1980-2017 brings together a selection of his finest moments (some in unique edited form) from many vinyl-only imprints, alongside a quartet of previously unheard cuts. There's naturally much to enjoy, from industrial-era electronica and dub-fuelled electronic exotica, to warm and twinkling ambient bliss and jazz-flecked IDM curiosities. In other words, it's a fittingly impressive celebration of one of electronic music's longest serving talents.