Review: Japan's new wave techno artist A.Mochi has again teamed up with Germany's Figure label, following his recognized Primordial Soup series that ran throughout 2010. Sticking firmly to his compelling signature sound of uncompromising basslines and intricate percussion, new EP C2m, which boasts a remix from Gary Beck, is as forward thinking as any of Mochi's previous releases and secures his rising reputation as one of Japan's leading artists. A-Side "C2m" plays with spaced out and droning tones, the haunting vocal pockets rife with atmospheric effects that take inspiration from the 90's rave era, yet sit firmly into futuristic experimentation. Flipping over, Gary Beck brings a different energy with an upbeat remix made for big rooms and festival vibes.
Review: A mainstay on Berghain resident Len Faki's Figure imprint, Jorden Hodgetts has not only become in demand internationally, but keeps holding a vital spot on the label's roster. His powerful tracks proudly wear his hometown's heritage on the sleeve and the Resurrection EP makes no exception. Exploring various angles of the Manchester musical lineage, the title track's relentless futurist fury gets things off to an impressive start while "Turbine" is totally geared towards Sunday morning peaktime adrenaline. "Xejn (8am mix)" explores something different on the downbeat IDM vibe while "Shackled Minds" goes for deeper and dubbier techno strains: think early Klockworks or Fachwerk.
Review: Minimal defender Len Faki makes an interesting move here with the launch of a new edits series as he seeks to re-appropriate DJ Hyperactive's techno styles into a style more compatible with today's dancefloors. First up "Wide Open" gets moulded into a lean but decisively funky workout that keeps the main melodic hook rolling throughout, and the beats coming in soft to let the sub bass do the work. Meanwhile "RX Tribe" jacks things up considerably with a bumping groove that funks up the tribal nature of the original, but make no bones about it, this is still a drum track first and foremost. Check it.
Review: Making a surprise addition to Len Faki's respected Figure imprint is the enigmatic Icelandic techno legend Exos with the Alien Eyes EP. He has gradually been making a more regular return to production via imprints such as the locally respected Thule, Symbolism and Madrid's Sungate - not to mention his recently inaugurated X/OZ label. He's built up a reputation over the years for his skillful and diverse executions of techno, and is quite the expert at cavernous dub techno (much like his father Octal) on the sinister locomotive groove of "Pulp", followed by the hypnotic tunnel vision of the title track and the mentalist depth charged weapon "Changing Planets" which is perfect for trancing out under the strobe light.