Review: Atmospheric Existence Recordings keep up their annual release rate with label boss Miles Sagnia inviting 1Dan and Bittersuite to join him on only the third release. Newcomer 1Dan opens proceedings with the sprawling soft machine funk flex of "Foundations", a track driven by gutter deep bass movements, steppy syncopation and rich sonic textures that no doubt helped influence the title of the EP. On the flip Bittersuite step forward with the upwards acid dub pressure of "Squeeze In" which steadily accrues an acidic overtone before a delightful left turn into a futuristic mechano soul rhythmic thrust. It's left to Sagnia to provide the final moment with the tightly relentless throb of "Can We Heal Them" that slowly reveals its inner acid brilliance.
Drvg Cvltvre - "Behind The Rows" (bonus Download track)
Review: Vincent Koreman's experimental techno label returns with four new tracks from AAAA & Tin Man, Meze, Baz Reznik & Ben R. Brown, plus a download code for two exclusive tracks from Drvg Cvltvre. 300 copies only.
Review: Mannequin boss Alessandro Adriani returns to Stroboscopic Artefacts with 'Embryo' - an immersive four-track micro-odyssey spanning across jagged ambient scopes,unmapped acidic grounds and further leftfield-friendly sonic territories, opening up the path for his forthcoming sophomore LP and first ever for Stroboscopic Artefacts, 'Morphic Dreams'.
Review: Some of the most promising Swedish artists on this new Moll release. The label is an excellent guideline of today's techno movement. Firm thumping kicks are at the base of these dancefloor monsters. The boys turn out to be full blown bassline engineers, pushing the envelope when it comes to supersonic frequencies.
Review: There's a delightfully celebratory feel about this debut volume of Cititrax Tracks, a new 12" series from Minimal Wave offshoot Cititrax. As beautifully presented as we've come to expect, Tracks Volume 1 boasts a quartet of dancefloor-ready smashers from a blend of new faces and label stalwarts. Amato (aka The Hacker) kicks things off with the glistening EBM funk of "Physique" - all restless synth refrains and pounding bottom end - before LIES affiliate Tsuzing go all dark, psychedelic and twisted on the thrillingly intense, acid-flecked "King of System". An-I go all DAF (with a touch of Front 242) on the fuzzy and dystopian stomper "Mutter", before Cititrax regulars Broken English Club delivers a storming chunk of industrial-tinged analogue funk ("Glass"). Bravo!
Review: The Cursory EP is the second collaboration between Italians in Berlin The Analogue Cops and UK bass producer Blawan. It's the debut release on a new label run by another Italian duo, Raw People, but what is more notable is that the release maps out new possibilities for that grey area where house, techno and bass meet. "Aurum", with its loose, organic drums, could be easily mistaken for a Workshop release were it not for the wired vocal sample and interplay between the spacey, ambient chords and the arrangement's cheese-wire percussive licks. "Illy" is straighter and more representative of the Analogue Cops' approach, with its filtered groove and insistent stabs underscored by firing percussion, but it sounds functional when played next to "Quarto". The standout cut on the EP is based on a driving but more offbeat rhythm, while viscous acid lines cosy up to crashing cymbals, creating a woozy, edgy feeling. Put simply, "Quatro" is the kind of track that captures lost moments from late nights without making the listener feel uncomfortable. Finally, "Sickle" sees the trio return to dance floor techno, but with a difference. Blawan's input ensures that the rolling rhythm is fluid and less regimented, while the rasping percussion that tracks the building chord is rougher than a Ryanair red-eye out of Berlin on a Monday morning.
Review: The Berlin-based aufnahme + wiedergabe label elect to revisit Legacy From A Cold World, last year's fine debut album from Black Egg, with the focus on one specific track and one special artist. As the recent remixes of Powell suggested, Michael Wollenhaupt's Ancient Methods project is perfectly tooled to instigate some truly inspirational reworks given the correct source material and his four versions of "Ohne Ha?nde" are the stuff of techno dreams. Wedged inbetween EBM, industrial and techno, the "Maschinendub" version is a wonderfully seedy affair, whilst the Accapella version fizzes with underlying menace. The Fundamental mix will please those seeking some thunderous techno whilst the closing "Pogo Im Saurebad Plural" version veers off into the realm of primitive electronics. Superb stuff!
Review: We live in a world filled with potential "Axes of evil". There is destruction hiding everywhere, and everyone is surrounded by continents which are infected with violent wars. So it is time to pick up the weapons we use best. and there is no better machine of mental destruction than this series of bone-crushing artillery. Blessed with powers reaching beyond bullets, daisy-cutters, mines and raging soldiers, the Audio Assault ARMS label brings all techno warriors that they need. The pure rage of highly infectious mutant underground techno! ARMS is a sub-label from the pounding Dutchmen from Audio Assault Recordings, Bas Mooy and Jeroen Liebregts. Always delivering quality rock - hard techno productions, showcasing various known artists and upcoming talents. On this tenth cut they present a special anniversary double pack, featuring an impressive army of techno warriors, fighting their guerrilla battle to put quality dark techno back in the place where it belongs. So take cover and hide!
Review: Drum machines, synths and sequencers are alive and kicking on this various artist EP from, Posthuman's Balkan Vinyl label which features Horror Boogie's Ben Pest and Planet Mu artist Chevron. Mark Archer, a name familiar to Balkan Vinyl, opens the EP with an electrified piece of four-to-the-floor techno funk, while Ben Pest boils down the instrumentation in "Scheduled Acid" for a track that sounds like a cooler version of Mylo's "Muscle Car". Posthuman takes the EP into spacey, Detroit, 909 techno territory with "Don't Rush", while Chevron powers up his 303 to supply a track as cheeky and acidic as what Killekill's Affie Yusuf can muster.
Review: Bari, Puglia based SUBOSC is helmed by producer Kaelan and presents four excursions through the more hypnotic and cerebral strains of techno. Berlin's Artefakt starts off on the A side with with the trance inducing reductionism of "Curvature Of Mind", while Italian Alan Backdrop returns after what seems like a long absence from the scene, but he's back in form on the exquisite sound design of "Quaraman". On the flip there's Kiwi Ben Gibson with the Millsian touch of "Floating Shadows" which will certainly draw you down into the abyss, while local duo Tripsolate & Redundaent offer up something a bit more different on the electro/dub techno crossover of "Akay" and as unusual as this hybrid must sound, it really works and is truly a highlight. Tip!
Review: There's no doubt that ASOK - AKA Liverpool-based producer Stu Robinson - has been one of the success stories of 2014. Following knockout releases on M/O/S Deep and his Scenery imprint, he pops up on Good Ratio Music with two more far-sighted and fuzzy sci-fi-tinged jams. There's a delicious shuffle to "The Fifth Book" - all bubbling Motor City electronics and foreboding chords - while "Probability Drive" joins the dots between vintage techno and sparse, otherworldly deep house. Flip for two tracks from Barcelona-based Good Ratio regular Baldo, who impresses with the fizzing analogue rhythms, Larry heard chords and subtle acid of "Axel Nebulae". His other contribution, "Seventh Dimension", comes on like the soundtrack to a drunken late night jog through desolate, post-industrial landscapes.