Review: Following up some great ones by Matthias, Alec Falconer and Z@p & Santiago Uribe, Tone Dropout main man Darren Woollard returns with a new release of old school techno workouts for London's Art Of Dark. Indeed, prepare to turn on, tune in and drop out to the early '90s influenced bleep 'n' bass experience of "Something's Going To Happen", hear the drummer get wicked on on the acid-washed breaks of "Compute'' while B side cut "Rhythm Activated" is exactly kind of wacky new rave fantasy you'd hear on the dancefloor at Hoppetosse or the Libertine label parties in Berlin. More wicked material by an underrated legend - tip!
Review: Previously, London label Butter Side Up was probably best-known for offering up some quietly impressive EPs from rising stars Sweely and Christian Jay. This EP, which comes from high-profile Los Angeles-based techno producer Urulu (real name Taylor Freels) under his alternative Liquid Earth guise, is undoubtedly the fledgling imprint's biggest release to date. Across the four tracks, Freels explores the more psychedelic side of the Californian house and techno sound, variously doffing a cap to colourful 90s techno/dub house fusion (on the chunky and ear-catching "Transcedenton"), the Orbital end of the breakbeat hardcore spectrum ("Senator Bomgwater's Revenge", which sounds like it could have featured on the Hartnoll brothers' "Brown Album"), San Diego style tech-house (the Hipp-E and Halo-ish "Twisted Metal") and dreamy breakbeat techno (lovely closing cut "Neutral Circuits").
Rebolledo - "Windsurf, Sunburn & Dollar" (extended raw version) (10:30)
Slove - "Flash" (Pachanga Boys Hippie dance) (8:34)
Red Axes - "Camino De Dreyfus" (feat Abrao - Rebolledo remix) (7:44)
Review: Having issued the excellent Momento Drive mix CD by Comeme maverick Rebolledo earlier this month, Kompakt present this addendum 12" sampler featuring three considered highlights of fifteen track set for the vinyl selectors out there. The mix CD itself was a fairly accurate representation of what you'd expect to hear in a Rebolledo DJ set, and it's great to see an 'extended raw version' of the man's own axe heavy "Windsurf, Sunburn & Dollar" lining the A Side, Vic Reeves pub singer style vocals and all! Rebolledo has a hand in the B Side cuts too, offering up a trademark Hippie Dance take on Slove as part of Pachanga Boys with Superpitcher and turning in a devilish solo remix of "Camino De Dreyfus" by I'm A Cliche dons Red Axes.