Review: David Letellier is in fine form on his latest outing under the Kangding Ray alias. While still inventive and left-of-centre in tone, the four tracks showcased on "Azores" are far less experimental in tone than some of his releases. Of course, there's still a trip into angular, introspective and quietly melodious IDM - see the title track - but for the most part the EP is focused firmly on the dancefloor. Opener "22 Halo" offers a perfect balance between broken techno rhythms and shimmering futurist electronics, "Polygon" is a panicked, intense and mind-altering club thumper and "De Tomaso Pantera" is a wild tribal techno ride through metallic motifs and droning, didgeridoo-style hooks.
Review: Last year Skee Mask put the Ilian Skee Series on hold in order to release the brilliant "Compro" album on parent label Ilian Tape. Here he presents the second undeniably dancefloor-focused ISS EP of the year - a robust and forthright floor-tracker full of what the Munich-based composer calls "unstoppable fruity brain benders". It's certainly a vibrant collection of cuts capable of setting the pulse racing, with highlights including the mind-mangling analogue electro/techno/breakbeat fusion of opener "Juug", the deep two-step techno skip of "RZZ", and the IDM influenced shuffle of "Slow Music". Arguably best of all though is the teak-tough analogue electro wonkiness of "Play Ha".
Review: For their latest must-have release, Steel City imprint Seven Hills has decided to explore the slim but uniformly impressive back catalogue of Airgoose, a short-lived project from Different Drummer co-founder Glyn Bush (AKA Biggabush, Lightning Head etc) and fellow Original Rockers/Rockers Hi-Fi member Richard Whittingham. First released way back in 1994, "Outernational Wah" is a slamming chunk of acid-laden, bass-heavy techno/house fusion laden with sweaty vocal samples, floor-shaking percussion and lo-fi, post-Bleep electronics. It comes accompanied by a cracking drum track ("Wah Beats") and the electro-influenced late night heaviness of 1995's "Programmable Rhythmer (Top Gear Mix)".
Review: Default Records has returned with its second release after compiling a roster of artists who are committed to establishing presence in the scene by pushing boundaries and pursuing excellence. Camelia starts us off on the A side with *Transferring*, which presents itself in a light and airy atmosphere. Its playful percussive notes are juxtaposed against its hypnotic groove making for a warm and easy listen. Macarie follows with *Flu*, a vibrant and dance-inducing sludge of gritty, piercing elements that seamlessly blooms into an emotional melody that is driven by its tantalizing rhythm. Label boss Exander shows the heavier side of his creative spectrum on the B side with *Odyssey*. The fullness of this cut accompanied by its intriguing and directive vocal is only enhanced by its delicate features and attention to detail. Closing out the compilation is Lulla's *Distort Time* which reveals all its insides with a symphony of glitchy bleeps and blops all reinforced by a cadence of drums and groove that stirs it into an electric soup.
Review: Under the clever Even Tuell alias (say it quickly out loud if you don't get the gag), Paul Rollmann has been a valued member of the Workshop family since 2009. Here he returns to the Hardwax affiliated deep house imprint with his first release of any sort for almost five years. Rollmann is in fine form throughout, opening with an alluring combination of crunchy, off-kilter machine beats and Music From Memory style ambient melodies (the wonderfully melodious "Rise March Mellow") before opting for a dustier and more lo-fi sound on pastoral techno workout "Highway Daydreams". "Domingo Nap" is a wonderfully spaced-out journey into trippy ambient territory awashed with delay-laden electric guitar motifs and fuzzy sub-bass, while closing cut "Sharp & Shallow" is a defiantly left-of-centre romp through glassy-eyed electro.
Review: Congestion EP is Frak's killer collab with the unconventional Go! Finger music platform. The Swedish trio shows off athletic skills producing fresh modern techno bangers, on the heels of a three decade trajectory, filled with countless highly appreciated releases. Some kind of "glorious habit", captured this time by the catchy Madrid label on vinyl. Bizarre 4/4 analogue-treated techno madness at its best! A brilliant vinyl slice of yesterday and today's nastiest Scandinavian floor-destroyer-dance-punk weirdo science.
Review: The incredible Mesak returns to the label with more wonderful electronic delights. If you know your electronics then you'll know Mesak and his out put, if you don't then you really should take the time and get to know his unique and very special sounds