Review: Given his productivity and the reliability of his release schedule, we were a little surprised to find that "Dawn Chorus" is actually Boris Bunnik's first Conforce album for two years. It's every bit as impressive and alluring as its predecessors, with the Dutch producer wrapping a variety of 6am sounds - frosty chords, dew-laden melodies, sunrise-ready motifs and bleary-eyed riffs - around crunchy and largely weighty beats. These are rooted in classic electro, techno and IDM, offering both titanium-clad heaviness and loose-limbed dancefloor flexibility. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the grumpy dub techno flex of "Marooned" and "Incunabula"-era Autechre vibes of "Solstice", to the buzzing, early morning insanity of "Umbra".
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".