Review: Fans of stripped-back, minimalist techno - particularly the Eastern European variant focused around Romania's thriving scene - will happily tell you that every release from Christi Cons and Vlad Caia's Sideways Invisibility Theory project (AKA SIT) is worth checking. This, a double-pack containing half of the tracks from their new album (a second part is also available) is certainly noteworthy. It features a quintet of trippy, low-slung late night workouts seemingly designed to operate in the cracks between tech-house and minimal techno. There are naturally subtle variations throughout - a nod to dub techno here, a psychedelic acid line or dreamy deep house texture there - but throughout, their focus remains firmly on wonky early morning workouts.
Review: French sonic visionary Luc Kheradmand AKA Voiski returns for fellow Parisian Kosme's Cosmic AD imprint. The label's third edition sees Kheradmand deliver some pristine futurist creations in his idiosyncratic style once again. Two selections on Chairlift Romance will undoubtedly suit the dancefloor, such as the deep electro of "It Reminds Me Of A Song" and "Running Through The Pines" - the latter is an acid inflected and melodic hypnotiser that's sure to get dancers trancing out under the strobe light. These are complemented by two ambient soundscapes: the glacial/celestial cosmic ascendance of "Icebreaker" and the haunting textures of "Becky's Gloves".
Review: The masterful Sven Weisemann returns to the album format with Inner Motions, his second long player of a storied career as a producer of supple, genteel house music. It's released, naturally, on the Mojuba label whose sound has been defined by Weisemann and compatriot Nick Sole, and offers an extensive demonstration of the Berlin based producer's capacity to combine heart wrenching musicality with the crisp dynamism needed for club play. Arriving in some typically luxuriant packaging from Mojuba, Inner Motions is apparently "inspired by electronic music's classic and timeless albums of the early and mid 90s" and its 12 tracks form part of a greater whole. As intoxicating a listening experience it is, Weisemann has still ensured some of the music here can be equally powerful out of the collective context with "Rejection" and "Evolver" notable highlights.