Review: Ireland's Lunar Disko is back in the game with another one of their immensely entertaining collaborative EPs, and this one is featuring a selection of artists whom we feel particularly fond of. For starters, our man man John Heckle is in the place repping the UK-side of techno, leading the lines with the wonky, off-kilter electro-acid cut named "Steel Sky", while label regular Conan comes through with an insanely lo-fi techno cut called "Neptune Racing" that feels like it was made in the basement of a sweaty Chicago studio circa 1989. On the flip, 214, who is another familiar face, drops an aerial attack in the form of a paranoid, brooding artillery of glitchy electro by the name of "Deep Ellum", whereas VC-118A's relatively more placid "Face The Waves" delves into a much deeper and floaty downtempo mode for the early, early sets...
Review: "The third edition of the Exit Planet Earth vinyl series features four more exclusive intergalactic selections from Ralph Lawson.A
'Exit Planet Earth - Nitrogen' features a selection of pioneers and up and coming talent. First up is a true legend of the UK electro scene, Keith Tenniswood aka 'Radioactive Man', who creates a constantly evolving sonic trip called 'One Out'. Watch out for the surprise sting in it's tail too. Sharing the A side is the incredibly talented Spanish producer Annie Hall, arriving fresh from her stunning CPU releases. Annie creates melodic landscapes, layered with intricate string orchestration driven by deep bass.A
On the flip side Helsinki-based Sunny Seppa aka Sansibar shows exactly why he is fast becoming hot property following his immense debut album on FTP - 'Targeted Individuals'. ASansibar brings the record back to the 4/4 with a flowing yet subtle working of synths and pads. Also based in Finland yet hailing from Holland is VC-118A, who previously caught our attention with his track 'PCB' a firm favourite at Exit Planet Earth events. VC118-A delivers some deep space dub with expertly crafted production centring on low end theory.
Review: Dutch producer Samuel Van Dijk continues his aviation themed dissections of subaqueous electro with Flight Control, a superlative debut for the ever excellent Tabernacle imprint. Those who indulged in International Airlines, Van Dijk's debut album for Lunar Disko last year will find much to admire across the four tracks here; lead track "Terminal Code" sets the tone, snapping with a degree of rhythmic viciousness that's straight out of the Gerald Donald school of thought. The title track adopts a more optimistic, star gazing approach with the loose, blurry chords allowed to ripple delicately over the stripped back drums. Face down, "Depressurization" quite brilliantly descends into murky nearsilence at one point whilst "Blue World Below" is perhaps the best example of Van Dijk's capacity for razor sharp percussion and deep set dubbiness.
Review: It's been 18 months since Samuel Van Dijk last donned the VC-118 alias. Back then, he was releasing sophomore album Shift Register on Tabernacle. Here, he resurfaces on Frustrated Funk with a five-track EP that tends towards the introspective and melancholy. Of course, there are still notable dancefloor moments - see the locked-in analogue house beats, dubbed-out electronics and held-note bass of "Permutation" and the mid-tempo electro swing of "Verdictia" - but for the most part the EP is a laidback and poignant affair. It's a side of Van Dijk that we don't see that often, but one that he really should explore more. Certainly, the ghostly "Enter" and sorrowful "Sequence" are among the most memorable tracks in his already impressive catalogue.
Review: Boom! The merciless Tabernacle imprint welcomes Samuel Van Dijk back into the fold under his VC-118A name, after the Dutchman first graced the label back in 2013. Van Dijk is an artist whose been quietly releasing music under a number of different aliases including Mohlao and Multicast Dynamics for some time now but seems to have found his groove with VC-118A. This latest project is a little grittier and more lo-fi than compared to his other ones, where tracks like "Propulse" and "Central Zone" possess a glitchy, minimal tone in a slow-tempo electro coating. On the flipside, "Virile Frame" is a hypnotic and a whole lot more in the vein of classic electro, while Lost Trax remixes "Propulse" into a raging, pseudo-acid monster. Wet and wild.
Review: Ireland's Lunar Disko continues to impress since last year's Juno HQ favourite by none other than DJ Overdose. Here VC118A return to the imprint with a handsome, polyrhythmic three-tracker backed with a handsome remix. "Click" is a moody, late-night 606 jam, while "Vlucht Naar Nachtschade" brings the tempo down even further to reach sinister levels of deepness. Delta Funktionen's remix is nasty to say the least, heading further into a wormhole of electro doom, and finally, "Variatie Hoogtegraad" strips everything back into a melancholic groove surrounded by lonely, shadowy pads.
Review: Earlier in 2015, Samuel Van Dijk once again donned the VC-118A guise to deliver arguably his strongest release to date, Propulse on Tabernacle Records. Happily, B76 Over Land maintains a similar standard, with Van Dijk serving up a pleasingly cold batch of machine jams. Highlights include the fuzzy, cowbell-heavy Rotterdam electro of "Vapor", the skittering techno drone of "Vex", and the frankly wayward, dark ambience of closer "Din". That said, we're also fans of the superb title track, which expertly combines fluid, watery melodies and drifting chords with clattering, mechanical percussion.
Review: Over the last few years, Dutch electronic misfit VC-118A has delivered a number of killer EPs and 12" singles, each packed with sharp-edged electro, spacey techno, and industrial-strength analogue house. Shift Regsiter is his second full-length excursion - his debut, International Airlines, appeared on Lunar Disko back in 2012 - and offers an expansive and hugely atmospheric journey through his trademark sound. Naturally, there's much to admire across the 14 tracks, from the woozy, spaced-out electro-dub of "Input Mode" and the sparkling IDM of "Serial Data Transmission", to the ultra-deep throb of "Radiation Curve", and the hard-wired dancefloor bounce of the Drexciya-like "Apex".
Review: Some six months on from the release of an undeniably brilliant EP on Frustrated Funk, Samuel Van Dijk slips on his VC-118A guise for a first outing on Delsin. Opener "Vaxna" showcases his well-established dancefloor electro credentials, with the producer wrapping ghostly chords and foreboding noises around a decidedly Drexciya-style groove. Van Dijk goes deeper on the poignant, dreamy and melancholic electro shuffle of "Sepia", before opening side B with the intergalactic wooziness of "25H", where ethereal vocal samples and yearning chords drift across a deep space electro rhythm. Arguably best of all, though, is melodious and life-affirming closing cut "Versicolor", whose effortless beauty and emotive feel is matched only by the punchiness of the producer's beats and bass.
Review: When it comes to crafting melodious, emotion-stirring music, few producers are quite as capable as Samuel van Dijk AKA VC-118A. His latest album, "Inside" - his third in total and first for Delsin - offers further proof of his mastery of the craft. The set's genius lies in van Dijk's ability to flit between dark and light, joy and pain. So while some tracks are warm, fuzzy and far-sighted in the classically futurist vibe of the best Motor City electro, many others feel poignant and melancholic. It's a deep and colourful blend that guarantees an emotive ride from straight to finish. Check, for example, the yearning sadness at the heart of "Time Variant", the atmospheric ambience of "Integrated Circuits", the stripped-back and spaced-out brilliance of "Inside" and the swelling dancefloor hustle of "Dither".
Review: The long running TRUST label overseen by Vienna's foremost electro advocate DJ Glow present the first 12" in a three part compilation series called TRUST XV. Featuring contributions from a glowing cast of TRUST artists, each edition of this series will come housed in a full colour printed sleeve courtesy of dextro.org and "a short science fiction story, chronicling the fate of an interstellar mining operation on 61 cygnus e." Part One set the bar pretty damn high with Clatterbox, VC-118A, Morphology's Matti Turunen and Lok44 all dropping exclusive cuts, with "Intersecting Planes" from UK legend Clatterbox a particularly mind bending contribution. With DJ Stingray, Dez Williams, The Exaltics and Scape One amongst those slated to contribute on parts two and three, TRUST XV looks to be very a collectable series for electro heads.