Review: Following up appearances by veterans such as Josh Wink, Hardfloor and Acid Rain (Milton Bradley), Dame Music takes no prisoners on the third installment of The Melting Pot, delivering another series of unrepentant 303 ultraviolence. Label chief Bloody Mary steps up to deliver the punishing and disorienting psychedelia of "Acetic" awash in gliding resonance from that little silver box plus clattering 909 mayhem. Splice then lunges straight for the jugular on "Tactile", a frantic session where the abrasive overdrive of the kick will have you begging for mercy. Finally, the legend Thomas P. Heckmann returns since his appearance on the series' first episode - he delivers the seething restrained fury of "The Space Between".
Review: Some wicked underground sounds coming out of Ukraine (and beyond) on offer here by new imprint Hypnohouse. Darren Woollard aka Dawl who has been putting out some wicked grooves on Libertine, Furthur Electronix and Klasse Wrecks lately gets into some proper bleep techno action on "Output" while Kiev-based Trippsy finishes up the A side with the strobed-out and tunnelling sensations of "Flashback". Flip over for Uruguay's Fede Lijtmaer who channels some Dopplereffekt vibes on "Passing By" followed by Wulffius' retro techno jam "Salty Breeze". Tip!
Gus Gus - "Your Moves Are Mine" (Sanasol remix) (9:24)
Thor - "Black" (7:32)
Biogen - "Stream" (Sanasol Lost In Time remix) (6:39)
Review: Next up on the ever-excellent Oscillat is "Spellbound" by the supremely talented Matthew Dekay. This moving deep house jam uses a few key elements to make a soul-stirring confection for truly spine-tingling moments in the middle of the dance. From the slithers of vocal to the insistent key riff that bounces throughout, this is an outstanding slice of contemporary house music loaded with feeling. Mandar then take the original and inject it with a feisty peak time energy shot through with a little trancey magic and an acidic undertone. It's not a raging beast but rather an energizing workout for the brain and the body - just what you need in the midst of a marathon.
Review: EYA Records presents a double 12" of plush techno and house spanning styles, giving four producers the chance to showcase the breadth of their sound with two tracks each. Innershades brings emotive 90s swoon and peppy acid to the A side, before Two Phase U slips in a little uptempo robo-disco sauce and a feisty jack track. Otis takes things in the direction of wiggy proto-trance and bleep techno, and then Zots finishes up with freaky synth work dripping with mischievous personality. This is a set of tracks that demands to be noticed - don't sleep.
Review: EYA Records branch out with this crafty, wriggling slab of freaky techno diversions on new imprint Lonewolf. Meta4 twists all kinds of gnarly subversion out of "Four Body Centers," where the funk of foundational Detroit techno collides with the rampant machine messing of UK acid for stunning results. There's an eerie ghost train vibe hovering over Jorge Gamarra's "Pact", while "Langan" by Twophaseu drops a fresh UK twist on electro. Meta4 returns to bookend this ear-snagging EP with the equally catchy oddball trysts of "666blank", another devilishly deviant slice of underground party music for the ghoulish crew.
Review: Serbian twosome Tapan has previously released a handful of singles and a fine album - January 2018's "Europa" - on Malka Tuti, so this belated return to action should warm the cockles of all those who enjoy their esoteric brand of dancefloor exoticism. "Ghana" is a particularly potent example; a chugging chunk of mid-tempo heaviness that uses undulating acid lines, hypnotic electronic motifs and densely layered percussion hits to create a particularly mind-mangling mood. The track's inherent darkness is explored further on Front De Cadeaux's loose, percussive and thrillingly wayward remix. Over on side B, Tapan original "The Beast" - another trippy, bleep-laden experimental acid cut - is accompanied by a hypnotic, dub disco influenced revision by Odopt.
Review: Story has it that UK techno legend Tim Taylor paid a visit to DJ Slip in Minneapolis, where they collaborated on "Pleasure Unit" back in 1998 - and it quickly became a cult track. The intention was to return to work on some tracks from that session, and they entertained the thought of releasing them as an alternative limited series project named "Fear Of Music" on Taylor's Missile imprint. 21 years later, Dame-Music proudly presents the original track in all its barrelling and austere intensity, remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann. It also features remixes by Super Rhythm Trax's Jerome Hill, plus a truly pounding rework by label boss Bloody Mary that can easily match the brute force of the original, complete with a bonus functional "Drum Workout" mix.
Review: Thread is a collaborative project from Ben Micklewright and Marc Ashken, two long-standing figures in the UK's underground house and techno scene. After debuting in 2017 on Reach, the pair are back in action on O.C.D. with a varied selection of quirky machine jams. "Edge Road" is a twitchy tech house cut that nods to Thread's roots in the minimal scene, while "Derwent Way" explores a freaky strand of electro. "Holt Drive" has a more classic Drexciyan twist to it, and "The Alley" switches back into house mode with a heads-down wriggler that will worm its way into your cerebellum with ease.