Review: Lock up your 303s, Roy Of The Ravers is back with a brand spanking new album and it's quite possibly his strongest and wrongest to date! Following a limited run cassette version of the album, Who Are Ya lands on gatefold vinyl and spans 10 tracks and nearly 60 minutes of top quality turns, which sees our star player's BPM rising up into tougher, more hardcore-esque territory (Supremacy Acid, Roy Shat Over Ref) Who Are Ya also takes in some seriously smoked-out, slow-mo squelchers (Phaelon Acid 4, The Box) essentially making it a game of 2 halves (no mid tempo tracks allowed - ok??!) Through-out all of the album's giddy twists and turns however, it's Roy's trademark 303 constantly on the boil that crowns him man of the match, as he dribbles it skilfully from in and out of the mix, making him top of the league for acid once again. Hoorar!!
Review: Earlier in the year, Luke Slater offered up one of the most full-throttle and mind-altering Planetary Assault Systems releases of recent times, "Straight Shooting". He opts for a similarly mind-altering, forthright fusion of sci-fi sounds and jacking techno rhythms on this fine double EP, which marks the British veteran's return to Ostgut Ton after a three-year break. It was apparently inspired by his experiences in Berghain and on tracks like "Red" - all looped bleeps, computerized rhythms and hazy vocal samples - and the thrusting, acid-fired tribal stomp of "Whip It Good" you can definitely hear the influence of the Berlin club space. It's there, too, in the wonky broken techno/electro fusion of "Kamani" and the feverish "Peru Drift", which sounds like a 21st century take on Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams".