Review: 10 Germany seem to get it bang-on each and every time! For a label who has released the likes of Ancient Methods, Perc and Matthew Herbert, among other legends, we'd expect nothing less than the spectacular and this is exactly what we got with this latest collaborative effort by Italy's Daniele Brusachetto, Jansky Noise, Human Larvae and Damaskin. Brusachetto's "Grigi Ma" is weird and wonderful pop tune set against a backdrop of cavernous percussion rattles, while Janksy Noise's "Black Night" is a full-on drone monster. Over on the flip, "Ruined" by Human Larvae is a fuzzy, noise-fuelled scorcher, and "Apocalypse" sees Damaskin produce the EP's only shred of rigidity thanks to its consistent 4/4 kick...accompanied by some rather gnarly power electronics, of course.
Review: Fresh from laying down a killer remix of KiNK on Running Back, 17 Steps bosses Dusky offer up their first EP of 2018. The EP's title and opening track, "Amongst The Gods" - a wonderfully sweaty, retro-futurist peak-time anthem full of poignant chords, beautiful synthesizer melodies, bustling breakbeats and ethereal vocal samples - were named in honour of their late friend Jan Francis, promoter of London's infamous ATG Warehouse parties. Much of the rest of the EP sounds like it was tailor made for Francis' old events, too, from the restless piano stabs and fluid chords of "Angles", and the trance-inducing, arpeggio-driven chug of "The Captain", to the sweat-soaked, acid-powered techno intensity of mind-altering smasher "The Ace". There's no doubt their old friend would approve.
Review: First volume of house tracks picked from the Velocet catalogue, Nail's previous label, which he ran very badly between 1995 and 1997. Most of the unsold, OG copies now lay in his ex-wife's cellar, covered in mushrooms.
300 on clear vinyl, no repress.
Review: This March, the New York City-based imprint Absence Seizure will see its joint founders Abe Duque and Matuss join forces once more to deliver 'Seizure No. 11', following up on their recent collaborative effort 'Seizure No. 10' with another four tracks of soulful, stripped-down techno.
Review: Long-serving, jungle-loving experimentalist Christoph De Babalon is on a roll. This rock solid EP comes hot on the heels of his latest inspired album, "Exquisite Angst", which slipped out in early December 2018. The four tracks offered up here are typically bolshy and bass-heavy, with De Babalon mixing and mangling IDM and Atari Teenage Riot style "digital D&B" insanity to suit his own twisted ends. In terms of highlights, we're particularly enjoying the bass-weight, skittish breakbeats and ghostly electronics of "Harakiri" and the more loose and languid - but no less bass-heavy - flipside opener "Shakes and Shivers". That said the dark and apocalyptic "Endless Inside" is also superb.
Review: Reissue anthem alert!! Another Day drop DJ Bone's early material from Metroplex back onto vinyl with this tasty reincarnation of the 1999 juggernaut. When this badboy first came out, no one was doing percussion the same way as Bone, with tunes like "Shut The Lites Off" capable of destroying any dance floor with its sublime balance of harmonies and hard beats. "The Funk" offered new and curious shades of electro madness to the scene - a cocktail which still sounds fresh now - and "The Haunting" smashes out the funky techno for warehouse use.
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: Dedicated hardware hassler and devoted house head Alessandro Pasini has been working tirelessly to push his agenda of warm, classically-rooted house and techno played out live on an impressive spread of equipment. This second release on his Ascii Records label continues that mission in fine style, kicking off with the slinky acidities of "Commando" before diving into the tom-tastic immersion of "O-Ring". On the B-side "Calzer8" takes a more sprightly approach with its bouncy jacking drums and zippy synth lines, and then "Nightwish" takes things in a refined, deep direction without compromising on serious strut-ability. This is outboard house music how it should be done.
Review: Discrete Circuit is Berlin based producer Andreas Horn, who some of you may know as boss of the Aussie-Germanic connection known as the Away Music crew. Formerly a duo but now helmed solo by Horn, Discrete Circuit has had releases thus far on Dutch powerhouse Delsin and DVS1's Mistress. "Road Force" is a tough and gritty hardware focused jam, that relies on simple and subtle elements: a basic monosynth arpeggio and a 909 and it's all you need to stir up a frenzy here! The metallic hiss of said drum computer's hi-hats, in addition to a wonky analogue synth riff and overdriven kicks make up "Controlled Error" while B side cut "Circuitry" is something different altogether on this experimental industrial/noise cut.