Review: Nigel "Perseus Traxx" Rogers last used the Ellis De Havilland alias back in 2013, simultaneously releasing a pair of EPs to launch the Bunker 4000 series. Three years on, he's set to do the same. This first EP (of two) contains a sextet of straight-to-tape machine jams that variously pay tribute to early acid house, wild and experimental jack-tracks, Larry Heard, Jamal Moss, and mind-bending industrial techno. The beats variously swing and bang, the acid lines spurt from the speakers at odd intervals, and tape hiss rises and falls in volume from track to track. Each of the six tracks is eminently playable; taken as a whole, 1 is a pleasingly forthright collection.
Review: The second part of Nigel "Perseus Traxx" Rogers' Ellis De Havilland double-header (his first since 2013's similarly formatted Born Out Of Cheapness & Frustration) continues where its' predecessor left off, with the producer showcasing more "straight to tape" hardware compositions. The seven tracks vary in tone, tempo and texture, from the druggy throb of "Track 1", and fierce-but-weird "Track 2", to the clicking, outer-space hypnotism of "Track 4", and Jamal Moss style acid onslaught "Track 6". They're all subtle variations on a theme, created with a relatively sparse selection of old drum machines, synths and samplers, but there's enough variety to keep things fresh and interesting.
Review: Guy Tavares makes a rare appearance on his own Bunker outlet under the Schmerzlabor alias. We're pretty excited to say the least given the fact that Tavares releases music once in a blue moon, and instead prefers to use the label as a platform for other sewer dwellers to excel. Four tracks of bitterly uncompromising steel funk, noise-fuelled techno driller-thrillers. Sounding like the inside of one of Tavares' famous bunker raves, the air is humid and drenched with fuzzy distortion, where beats collide and contort into sweltering bundles of dancefloor noise. A bloody bunch of chest-bursters, hawk-nosed and machine-licked. Viciously recommended and ludicrously unmissable. Bunker wins again.
Review: Oh yes, calling all freaks and warehouse dwellers! Another Bunker 12" is here and it's by none other than Guy Tavares, the imprint's eccentric boss and The Hague's most enigmatic party figure. Running his label out of his bunker, literally and physically, Tavares returns for the second edition of his Juggernaut series under the Schmerzlabor moniker. Untitled track names as per usual and a whole load of fury, so no surprises there. However, if you're haven't heard his stuff or the output on Bunker as a whole, and you're into distorted basslines, gnarly beats and general apocalyptic sounds then look no further. This is the real s*** and you're not going to get anything else as pure and direct from the source. Another massive and utterly essential techno monster from one of Europe's elite labels. Solid.