Review: Sling & Samo are the Stockholm based duo that run Born Free with DJ City, however it is Sling aka Daniel Isling that flies solo for this release. As you can expect, it's jam packed full of lo-fi techno shenanigans that you've come to expect from the label. There's the A side standout "A Knife In Your Back" which is a gloomy and emotive slow burner, where those analogue synth tones slither away through all the tape saturation and those vintage drum machine patterns rattle away beneath the dust. On the flip, "I Feel Weak" picks up the slack with this energetic groove, powered by a funky Juno bassline and whirling/hypnotic modular soundscapes until "The Secret Is Out" closes this fine EP on a more optimistic note. This sunny and minimalist jam is a surefire groove you can play at any time of the evening. Born Free is a record label, club night and collaborative platform that has previously brought forth works by Baba Stiltz, Powder and Louis Guilliaume.
Review: Sling & Samo DJ's always on point Born Free label come correct once again with some music from a elder statesman of Swedish techno in Mighty Thor! Not the most familiar of names, Mighty Thor is one of numerous production aliases used by grizzled Stockholm artist Tor Lowkrantz, who has also served time as part of Grammy-winning dub techno outfit Hundarna Fran Soder. The Tralfamadore 12? represents Lowkrantz's first Mighty Thor output in some time, with a title track that's every bit as thunderous as you'd expect from someone called Might Thor. Complementing this, "The Will" is a wonderful slice of billowing dub techno laced with abstract acid, whilst a B Side remix from LIES artist Florian Kupfer is an exercise in foreboding droning techno that will appeal to fans of Acido Records.
Review: Little is known about the mysterious Sexazoid, aside from Born Free's claim that they've seen the name "written around Stockholm". The mystery artist's debut shows much promise, beginning with the droning electronics, acid-inspired stabs, woozy chords and hissing percussion of "Up & Coming". On the flip, "Emo Slave" sounds like vintage Armando dragged through a hedge backwards, whilst "Witch Doktor"-era Armand Van Helden looks on in bemused amusement. There's a similar feel to the sparse-but-heavy "Last Train II U", which comes on like a drunken, lo-fi take on Cajmere's more acid-laden moments. In other words, it's cheap, ragged, TB-303 sleaziness for dusty basements and rickety lofts.