AVN #011 sees Shifted and Ventress' Avian label look to the USA for the first time, as it taps up New York producer Shaun O'Sullivan for a six-track EP under his new 400PPM alias. O'Sullivan already has a deep knowledge of techno developed over a broad range of musical projects as anyone who has heard his excellent releases for The Corner and L.I.E.S. will attest. Bookended by two stark explorations into noise, the EP is joined by four solid techno productions which all marry the hard-hitting industrial sounds of pioneers like Adam X together with the rolling percussion and impressive sound design of the Berghain school of Dettmann and Klock. The off-kilter syncopations and metallic clutter of "Monoculture" is a particular highlight in what is another essential 12" from Avian.
Exium, Kr!z (Token Records), Skudge, Bran Lanen, Rosenhaft (Killing Sources), Tripeo, Joachim Spieth (Affin), Charlton, Juno Recommends Techno, Sling & Samo, Bas Mooy, Victor Martinez, Ney Faustini, Gareth Wild (EarToGround Records), Kondaktor, MRSK, P.E.A.R.L.
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