Stanislav Tolkachev - "Once A Cheater Always A Cheater" (12:26)
The Rare Breed Aka Regis & Christian Wunsch - "Reason Doesn't Sleep" (4:56)
Steve Bicknell - "Deeper Shades Of Grey" (7:24)
James Ruskin - "The Lake" (6:30)
Inigo Kennedy - "Dust-point" (5:38)
Review: Spanish techno veteran Christian Wunsch has decided to celebrate the 50th release on his esteemed Tsunami Records by bringing together some techno luminaries on a single release entitled 'The Future is Fixed'. From British legends such as Surgeon, who harks back to his House Of God residency on the sound of "Invisible Enemy", Blueprint's James Ruskin is in fine form on the hypnotic stomp of "The Lake", and Steve Bicknell (Lost) on the strobe-lit tunnel vision of "Deeper Shades Of Grey". Elsewhere, Ukrainian producer Stanislav Tolkachev delivers his idiosyncratic style of techno as always on "Once A Cheater Always A Cheater" and obviously label chief Wunsch appears too, collaborating with the mighty Regis as The Rare Breed - who deliver the contorted fury of "Reason Doesn't Sleep".
Review: The brilliant Chronicle has been quiet for a minute, but comes back in fine form with this keenly curated various artists 12" that re-affirms the label's vision of cerebral, deep and driving techno. Damon Wild shows his tender side on the gorgeous, immersive "Constant Search", while Ben Sims brings a tougher palette to bear on peak time percussive belter "Vicious Cycle". Steve Bicknell summons a fearsome, metallic dervish on the monolithic "Chapter Of Self", and Tadeo takes things bleepy, loopy and uplifting on "X Marks The Spot". It's a 12" of stunning modern techno from start to finish.
Review: Given that legendary London DJ Steve Bicknell was one of the earliest champions of "proper techno" in the UK, it's been heartening to see his recent renaissance. Renewed interest in his 1990 productions has allowed him to issue a string of previously unheard gems from the vaults. Awakening The Past takes this approach, too, serving up a trio of previously unreleased gems from 1998 - the wonderfully trippy, late night techno loop jam "Physical Life", ragged acid workout "Natural Vibrations" and even more psychedelic "Fearing The Mind's Fears" - and a cut recorded earlier this year in Berlin. Interestingly, the latter - an intense, bleeping, modular-sounding slammer entitled "Conscious Awakening" - sounds like it could have been recovered from the same dusty DAT as the other tracks, despite being 100% new.