Review: Ukranian label Mutex have been plying their trade in high-quality techno since 2010, and now come forth with a full-bodied various artists EP that makes for an ideal summation of what the label is all about. Yan Cook brings a grainy set of textures to the fore on "99", but keeps the energy levels up with some crafty dynamics in the track to keep things moving. Mays has a clear love for dub techno chords, but the way they get deployed at syncopating intervals in the bar creates a wonderfully disorientating effect on "Rz". Things are more linear on Woo York's "Glory", but still the sound design and attention to detail on the driving chord lines and prominent drums make for a hooky track. Exploit is the more edgy of the choices on offer, as "2022" nags its way into a paranoid melodic loop built for uneasy moments on pitch black dancefloors.
Review: There's a simple yet compelling concept to Berlin label Reclaim Your City, with each release showcasing different techno-centric regions across the globe. Previous editions have canvassed Berlin, Paris, Rome and Barcelona and featured high profile names like Subjected, Zadig, and Giorgi Gigli. Dnepr and Vancouver are the locations here and the standard of artists is just as high and comes with a personal dedication to M_Rec founder Max_M, whose passing this year is still being felt among the techno community. Naturally Dnepr's Stanislav Tolkachev features, laying down a hefty A-side closer in "Follow Me" with more restrained efforts from Subforms and The Automatic Message offering some respite.
Review: The Weekend Circuit imprint have had an impressive two years since their first release by Dax J back in 2013. Since then, they have released relentless dance floor missiles by the likes of Developer, Rommek and Italy's Antonio De Angelis. This week, the label inaugurate the start of their Ground Fault Interrupt series with a four-tracker by its best and brightest: "Knights Of The Round" by Dax J takes a menacing kick drum and chucks it over noisy melodies and hypnotic bundles of ambience, Yan Cook's "Hidden" is deeper and more dubbed-out, "Control Room" by Developer himself is a wonky techno brain-melter in true Detroit style, while Antonio De Angelis goes all icy and stiff-necked on the chilling beats of "Polar". A techno affair.