Review: The third release on Verdant frames AOS and Sonitus Eco opposite each other for an original production and a corresponding remix, plumbing the depths of submerged techno to dazzling effect. "Hubble" is a soothing lullaby of machine soul, which then receives a shot of adrenaline for the snappier "Red Shift" version. "Supernova" has a tougher framework, but the synths continue to reach for the stars with uplifting results. Then the "Blue Shift" version of "Supernova" taps up a melancholic house approach that wouldn't sound out of place on an early Kompakt release.
Review: The 2nd release for Verdant in 2020 'Limbic Resonance' is a double A side 12 sharing the hearts and minds of 2 talented producers. The imprint once again provides a stage for a nascent artist; Nesa Azadikhah from Iran is a key voice for the underground scene in Tehran. Her unique style of music assimilates her culture and personal experiences with a worldly and studious appreciation of deep techno. Alison Marks, an established producer from London has an enviable catalogue of releases as herself, Lumina and as a member of Wallflower with Leah Floyeurs. Notably heard on Rebirth and Dogmatik her music is typically filled with warmth and soul.
Review: The latest joint on Verdant comes from an exciting new collaboration between ESB (previously spotted on Echovolt, Leftroom and Heart To Heart) and Mihail Petrovski of Distant Worlds and Seventh Sign. This is classically informed machine soul as you would expect on Verdant, kicking off with the expressive deep techno stomp of "Subliminal Wave". "Phayse Distance" edges things towards the stratosphere with a staggered groove, plenty of cosmic acid tweaking and airy pads, and "Memory Upgrade" floats in a bath of mellow chords and submerged drums. "Permission To Dream" cools things down even more, ending the record on a particularly mellow note that B12 would be proud of.
Review: Verdant returns for a second round to explore more of that tender space between house and techno where the original machine soul spirit of Detroit rings out in every synth chime. Just listen to Havantepe's "Phosphor" if you need further proof. Low Orbit Satellite equally deals in luscious layers of harmony, from the languid chords to the chirpy acid lines and beyond. RV800 has a more mechanical outlook on "Lost Reality", channelling a little classic bleep energy but with a modern minimal veneer. Mick Welch rounds the EP off with a sublime trip through mellow techno sounds on "Ornate Trails".
Review: Verdant Recordings continues its quest to provide a space for lesser-known artists exploring the deepest pockets of electronic music, not least around the 4/4 axis. Next up on the label is the first public appearance from Interjection, a London-based artist who has been cooking up an immersive sound for some time. "Her Blissful Solitude" is a smoky deep house cut that drifts through heavy clouds of pads, while "Common Places" drops some brittle electro rhythms into the mix without lifting the veil of ambience. "Radiating Soul" has an equally intricate set of rhythms at work, with extra notes of 303 sprinkled over the top, and "Her Nocturnal Note" finishes the EP off with a shimmering trip out to complement the A1.
Review: Although he's kept up a steady stream of seductively dubbed-out techno EPs over the last few years, it's been a while since Jonas Thor Gudmundsson released an album under the Octal Industries alias. "Our Seasons" is in fact the first OI album for six years. It's a hazy, warm and atmospheric affair, with Gudmundsson layering lilting melodies and drowsy chords atop hypnotic rhythms that variously draw influence from deep techno, tech-house and his beloved dub techno. It's arguably far more club ready than some dub techno albums, primarily because Gudmundsson never gets too lost in head-warming sound design, preferring instead to prioritize the heaviness and headiness of the grooves underpinning his immersive soundscapes.
Review: Given the UK's lust for non 4/4 dance music, it seems like a crying shame that we don't produce more electro labels on a constant basis. Luckily, Verdant Recordings and us are on the same wave-length, and the label have answered our wishes with a heavy debut EP from a mixed bag of new and interesting talent. Fatal Tangent member John Sima steps up first with "Omni", a glitchy, metallic slice of deep techo, while Semantica's excellent Plant43 verges into more traditional Detroit pathways with the supremely industrial "Light The Way". Mihail P's "Prismatic" launches an all-out attack thanks to a bubbling succession of bass shots and hazy synth waves, leaving Leigh Dickson's "Follow" to take the tempo down with "Follow", a majestic, cold-hearted, pseudo acid bombshell wound down to head-nodding levels.
Review: The Verdant label continues to plumb depths others fail to reach in the search for the most immersive techno emanating from the underground. On this split disc, the A side is under the control of Sirko Muller, who unfurls a masterful take on dub techno and minimal house as subtle as it is sublime. RV800 then remixes "Affinity" and makes it into a bouncy, acid-flecked groover that remains true to Verdant's deep dynamics. Jonno & Tommo take on the flip with the sultry mood piece "Efficacy," a spooked-out trip of a track that gets flipped into a slippery electro number by Havantepe.
Review: Verdant Recordings welcome a new name with an accomplished past under other aliases. Joe Lucas has released on Tusk Wax, Boogie Box and Birdie as Causa, but here he becomes Sixtyone for a trip into the kind of ethereal techno excursions that have been shaping Verdant out as a must-check label for some time. "Caurel" sets things off in illustrious style before the more dubby tones of "Zelo" and the ambient pensiveness of "Tregnanton". Stojche delivers a punchy remix of "Zelo" on the B side before Hiver works some elegant rhythms into "Tregnanton", rounding out another sterling installment in Verdant's evolving story.
Domenic Cappello - "Not A Festival Track" (Basement mix) (6:57)
Stojche - "Decipher Language" (5:41)
Gauss - "Aperture"
XDB - "Satimak"
Leonid - "Woodwalk"
Life Recorder - "True Moments"
Review: The Verdant stamp of quality is well established by now, but it presses even deeper with the release of this high-grade compilation from a rich cast of subterranean seafarers. Steve O'Sullivan dons his Bluetrain cape for the slow-chugging, appropriately dubbed out meditation of "Sleeping With The Enemy", while Domenic Cappello creates a swooning string-drenched masterpiece out of "Not A Festival Track". Stojche's "Decipher Language" is a snappier affair, while XDB crafts one of his sublime, leftfield techno variations brimming with imagination to match its functionality. At every turn this is a compilation of top-drawer techno crafter with passion and originality - grip it while you can!