Review: Owen Jay's Batti Batti label has carried a great selection of various artists releases throughout its back catalogue, and the tradition continues with this latest missive. The Palette EP kicks off with the ever-rising talents of Jayson Wynters, who plies a seductive strain of deep house on "Sherella's Kiss" that melts perfectly into the blissful, twinkling keys and gossamer percussion of Duccio's "Absurdation". Kiddmisha leads in on the B side with the sprightly electro of "Healing" before Weakmassive rounds things off with the mellow acid of "Sjhue," which matches a nagging 303 with sumptuous keys for a spine-tingling conclusion to a fantastic 12".
Review: Since serving up one of last year's most memorable albums in the self titled LP for Prologue, Voices Of The Lake duo Donato Dozzy and Neel have tread carefully, contributing only a track to Mike Parker's Geophone series. They adopt a similar method with this release for Concrete that sees them drop one production which is complemented by a flipside remix. Very much remaining in the techno netherworld, "531 Hz" is a ranging cut made epic by a vast space opening up in the top register, with a synth that reaches skywards in a kind of desert-based incantation that's as uplifting as it is beguiling. Kab and Minilogue combine for the remix that switches up the ethnic mood for a far more machine-driven ride through aquatic tones and melodies; a veritable oasis of a foil to the dusty A-side.
Review: Having built up a following over five years via their popular podcast series, Spain's Archaic crew has decided to launch a label. Their first missive is a multi-artist, compilation style affair that should find its way into the record boxes of some serious techno DJs. Experienced Ukrainian producer Stanislav Tolkachev hands side A, first delivering the mind-altering peak-time throb of "Sustainability #1" - all restless distorted bass, locked-in drum machine beats and sharp, undulating electronic lead lines - before creating an intoxicating mood via the angular modular motifs and cyclical acid flashes of wonky workout "Sustainability #2". Berlin-based Spanish duo The Transhumans offer up a punchy peak-time techno throb-job rich on minor key riffs and increasingly wayward electronics, while Dan Bohler's "Program and Control" will batter you into submission via Surgeon-esque beats, industrial noises and metallic percussion hits.
Review: After their first seismic collaboration back in 2016, DJ Bone and Deetron are back in action as The Storytellers and they've got six new mixes of impeccable techno for you to sink your teeth into. "That D Beat" comes first - a brittle, rasping monster of a track with frantic urgency and experimentation in equal measure, which then gets softened out a touch with the human elements that feed into the "Camouflaged" version. Deetron's standalone mix of "That D Beat" is a wholly different proposition made of deep, dubby synth expressions without losing the rhythmic energy of the original. "Blue Bird" is a gorgeous slice of machine soul that reaches for the stratosphere, only to take on a kind of bombastic heft when tweaked for the "Filtered" version. Then Bone does a powerful finishing move on "Blue Bird" that matches the strong melodic strokes of the track with his own uncompromising artistic signature - a match made in techno heaven.
Review: The Jaunt Records 10 years series shores up with the Land installment featuring another four adventurous souls that have the spirit of deepest techno in their bones. Stojche lets lush Motor City synths lead the way on the energetic "The Exchange" before AWOL gets into an intricate broken beat groove on the stunning "54.973379, -1.614705". Luke Hess brings some unabashed acid gurgles to the front of the mix on "TDY" and then Deep'a & Biri plot a course for dubby waters with the growling tones of "Pilgrim".
Review: It's been a good 18 months since we last heard from Pampa offshoot Hart & Tief. Like its' predecessors, the label's third 12" is a double A-side affair showcasing the work of two experienced producers. Stimming handles side A, serving up a rich slice of hypnotic but driving tech-house built around rolling beats, trippy effects and restless riffs. Over on the reverse, Dave DK opts for a more stripped-back, bass-heavy feel on "Saida 222", where nagging, metallic stabs and fluttering chords loop above a dark and foreboding rhythm track. Both tracks sound like tried-and-tested late night workouts, though it's Dave DK's contribution that's our pick of the pair.
Review: While the release of nd_baumecker's "Panoramabar 07" mix may have been delayed indefinitely due to "licensing issues", this second vinyl sampler has happily made it past the lawyers. Like its predecessor, it contains a trio of previously unreleased tracks. Ross From Friends kicks things off with "High Energy", a surprisingly cheery and sun-kissed blend of bouncy deep house drums, lilting pedal steel guitar motifs and drowsy, "Twin Peaks" style chords. Sometime Circus Company regular Dave Aju impresses via the cut-up vocal samples, melodious sub-bass, and broken house rhythms of "Wayahed", while Duplex steals on the show on side B with the intertwined synthesizer melodies, rush-inducing positivity and shuffling lo-fi deep house beats of "Isolator".