Review: By now every vinyl enthusiast must be familiar with the Appointment crew. Founded by hardware enthusiasts Marieu, EMG, John Swing and Lucretio in early 2010, the four artists have been unleashing occasional live jams whenever they could meet up in the same city to thrash them out. To celebrate the Appointment label's tenth release, the team decided to issue their own individual versions of a single group production. Lucretio opts to transform it into stomping slowed-down gabber-rave, while Marieu takes an approach that's half broken beat, half ghetto house. John Swing's is possibly the most forthright of the lot, with a hip-house inspired version that slams hard, while EMG trades speed for sheer density, with a crunchy techno version that ploughs through all in its path.
Review: UK house don Wbeeza comes through with Purple, a second release on his own PFlymusic label which continues to push his Pekno manifesto - that's techno direct from the heart of Peckham for the initiated! If you are a fan of Wbeeza's output on Third Ear you will be all over this 12" (and if you are not what's wrong with you!) which commences in fairly unrelenting fashion with the industrial strength concoction of kicks, hats and criminally minded bass lines that is "Masterz of Disasterz". Following this, Wbeeza turns in a nicely submerged 2014 edit of "Day By Day" from his 2010 LP Void, whilst robot voice aside "I Want You Know" focuses on a sound not too dissimilar to some of the bruk vibes that were emanating from West London circa 2003 and is a considered highlight!
Review: Material by London duo Astrud Steehouder and Nina Bosnic, aka Finders Keepers duo Paper Dollhouse, gets pulled into new rhythmic shapes by Joe Cocherell and Montalk on this compelling record for Resilience. Given his background as drummer in DVA Damas and propulsive techno output on Frozen Border, Cocherell is well placed to reinterpret "Space III" as eleven minutes of kraut addled techno that you could easily visualise James Holden closing out a Sonar performance with. Complementing this, Resilience's in-house mystery production unit Montalk take a more abstract approach to "Drone 1", submerging the vocals of Paper Dollhouse in all manner of spectral delay on a remix that forgoes rhythm in favour of all encompassing atmosphere.
Review: Vester Koza has remained quiet as of late but he's back with his singular brand of deep house on his own Maslo imprint. While his previous 12"s were coated in a relatively upbeat and funked-out flavour, the PRISN EP feels darker, more expansive and ethereal, where Koza prefers the use of drones and abstract electronics as a base for his grooves. "Deciveid", for example, takes a broken, hypnotic beat and places it over subtle twists of noise, whereas "Bind_Dream_Service" is slow, jagged and lacking of a 4/4 beat...it's Vester Koza's industrial side coming out to play.
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".