Review: Danish imprint Nord has been an interesting label to watch develop since it began at the end of 2012. It's exposure was increased this year with the inclusion of DJ Spider's Northern Abyss 12" which earned its own remix EP featuring reworks from Anton Zap, Steven Tang and Token regular Ctrls. Now L.I.E.S. regular and Confused House co-founder Bookworms adds more credibility to the Scandinavian operation with a four-track EP of stripped back, throbbing and beatdown techno. "Compact Visual Nature" and "Location Unavailable" are slow burning, Northern Electronics/Donato Dozzy styled productions while "Outdoor" is lit with Legowelt-ish synths and slamming snares. Lastly the distorted beats of "STE-017" will sound most familiar to Bookworms advocates.
Review: Under-rated Detroit innovator Gary Martin is back. Not on his legendary Hypnotika imprint, rather DJ 3000's Motech which equally has been rather quiet of late. Who cares; they're here once again and in good form. The Robert Hood remix of "Well" is the kind of sure-fire, peak time cyclical treatment that this legend could lend a version to, but not of typical of him as you'd think.. It's great! The original (on the flip) is damn good too; a smooth and sleazy slow burner with enough atmosphere for those cool down moments. "We Get Down" is the usual sound of Martin; tribal and esoteric. The DJ 3000 remix getting possibly more minimal and soulful than the Hood remix heard previously.
Review: Many of the great record labels are born out of an already-established movement such as a clubnight, and this is the route Amsterdam techno crew Konstrukt have taken. The past few years have seen residents Doka and SHLTR bring Dozzy, Svreca, and Stan Tolkachev to the city and 2015 saw Konstrukt expand into a record label. The debut offering gave SHLTR a chance to demonstrate his production prowess but this second Konstrukt 12" finds them reaching out to some highly respected techno partnerships that have been previous guests. Cassegrain and Sendai bring the heat, each providing two weighty techno tracks that all emphasise the noisier side of their respective production styles. "Antennaed" by Sendai is a definite highlight!
Review: Few producers do the dub techno sound better than Rod Modell and on this second Atmospherica instalment, he shows why he is so revered. "Exploring The North" is dense and subdued, the hisses and crackles ebbing and flowing fluidly over a powerful sub-bass. "Pinewood Lodge" is more atmospheric and floaty, its chords flitting about like fireflies over a camp fire on the first night of autumn. Rounding out the release is "Shot Point". Immersive, hypnotic and ghostly, it washes through the speakers like waves crashing on a deserted beach at midnight. This is electronic music that is designed to get lost in.
Review: Since 1984, Laurent Prot has been putting out music as In Aeternam Vale, a project which has given us some of the best experimental beat music, the finest in darkwave and paved the way for many contemporary artists to do their thing. Although Prot had long periods of hiatus, the last five years have seen renewed interest in his work thanks to the efforts of Veronica Vasicka whose Minimal Wave label has issued several outstanding In Aeternam Vale retrospectives. Following his excellent Jealous God release, Prot now appears on the newly formed Linda Records with a devilish 10" containing three tracks that sounds as fresh and captivating as any of the music made by twenty-something year-olds now. "Self-Destruct" is an electrifying techno driver riding at a slow pace; "Non" ups the speed and drops in a heavy layer of pseudo-acid to the equation; "Inside" ties things off with a cavernous swarm of drones, sounding like the inside of a jet engine. DO NOT SLEEP.
Review: Native New Yorker Adam "X" Mitchell has long been a fan of collaboration, with a long list previous sparring partners including Ancient Methods, Navario Suaro and, of course, his brother Frankie Bones. For Mutiny & Disorder, he's joined forces again with fellow techno veteran Alistair "Perc" Wells. The duo begin in typically retro-futurist fashion on "Mutiny", whose rising and falling synth lines, dense beats and clanking hits recall the early days of Roman techno. The "back-to-the-future" feel continues with the warped riffs, spacey electronics, apocalyptic textures, surging sub-bass and thunderous rhythms of flipside workout "Disorder".
Review: Nordanvind Records is a new techno label from Sweden and judging by the country's past achievements within the dance music sphere, we're pretty excited about it! It's a collaborative effort from four rising talents in the game, some of whom have already appeared on quality imprints in and around the Scandinavian territories. First up is Skymn's "Memory", a broken jigsaw of a track with eerie background sonics; Nobody Home aka Marcus Henriksson comes through with the grey-scaled "Speglar", "En Liten Saga" by Fjader is a dubby techno affair surrounded by bleak drones, while Korridor - who has appeared on the excellent Northern Electronics alongside Abdulla Rashim - turns in "Somnolence", the top pick in our opinion and also the track with most movement and character. All in all, a rather fine bundle of cave sounds!