Review: Since making his debut back in 2012, Iulian Bivolaru has giddily charged between labels, showcasing his tech-house wares on such well-regarded imprints as Visionquest, Infuse and, most recently, Constant Sound. Here the Romanian label-hopper adds another imprint to his belt via a tidy three-tracker on Subtil. There's something wonderfully wonky about opener "Imaginary Forms", a druggy but pleasingly melodious mid-tempo workout rich in snappy machine drums and skewed analogue electronics, though the more foreboding and trippy "Gateway" is arguably equally as inebriated. Over on side B you'll find the delightfully spacey "Timeworn", a hypnotic and chiming affair that sits somewhere between IDM era ambient techno and mind-altering late night tech-house.
Review: Mihai Pol is undoubtedly the current favourite of Romania's storied minimal techno scene at present, and continues with his consistent output with a new one for Berlin by way of Frankfurt's Subtil here - after some thrilling outings on Telum, Synaesthesia and Ibiza's More Than Music. Pol's signature groove is bouncy and uplifting as heard on the reduced funk of opener "Lost Ark" which was no doubt tested thoroughly on Bucharest's afterhours scene. On the flip, two more cuts await: the tough bass-driven entancer that is the title track ("Making Waves") which could be used to easily lead in to the peak time, or the heady and infectious tool that follows - fittingly titled "Mentalist"