Review: It's been a while since Zolta Pal last used the Jaffa Surfa alias. In fact, his last outing under the pseudonym dropped three years ago on Houseworx (the US garage-flavoured Pimpin' EP). This three-tracker happily finds him in fine form, delivering a more tech-tinged trio of aquatic deep house cuts. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the subterranean shuffle and liquid melodies of "Bazz" and heavy percussive bump of "Psy Lance" - all thickset, multi-tracked drums, calming pads and fizzing electronics - to the beatless bliss of "Preacha Bonus", which - unsurprisingly given the title - features a deep south preacher chatting over heady ambient chords.
Review: There's some seriously playful production styles at work when Akiko Kiyama and Laurine Frost team up for this tweaked out ride into sublime minimal techno. "Newmud" features the kind of tweaked out production that would make Ricardo Villalobos proud, stitched to a live-drum percussion set to give an extra flavour of funk, while "12 Steps" heads into wonderful leftfield territory peppered with intriguing piano lines and dubby chops of guitar. "Bridge The Divide" stirs another earthen beat up and gets the sound design rolling with a remarkable flamboyance, before "Give A Name" throws down some serious handclaps and drums for an energizing, primal percussive track of the highest order.
Review: Back once again on Hungary's singular Tape Hiss imprint, RDMA cuts a mysterious figure as per usual and, of course, bashes out some puristic techno waves like few others at the moment. Driven by a rugged and wholesome techno sound that owes much to the Detroit school of thought, tunes like "Passion Dance" and "To A Wild Rose, which dominate the EP's A-side, bounce and pounce with a forward mentality; the sound is dubby and dark, the only mission being to get people up and nodding their heads the blistering 4/4 showers. There's three more bangers on the flip, from the watery and disparate paths of "Blue In Green", to the minimal flex of "Arboretum", and the mechanical movements of "Arise & Shine". If you like you're techno raw and unfiltered, then you've hit the jackpot.