Catnapp & Otto Von Schirach - "Rattle Snake" (2:38)
Gajek - "Large-Scale/Small-Scale" (5:14)
Redshape - "Dirt Box" (7:47)
Siriusmo - "Extra" (3:09)
Mouse On Mars - "Krautzig" (feat Drumno) (4:07)
Review: Modeselektor have never been all that keen on looking back, so it's little surprise to find that they've chosen to celebrate 10 years of their Monkeytown label with an album of brand new cuts. As you'd expect, it's rather good. As well as their own "My Friend The 201" - a rush-inducing fusion of glittering, star burst electronics and weighty bottom-end pressure - highlights include the insanely heavy warehouse flex of Shed's "Rigger", the off-kilter techno breeziness of Redshape's "Dirt Box", a skittish and jumpy workout from German veterans Mouse On Mars and a woozy chunk of experimental ambient/IDM fusion from Anstam.
Review: Rupture regular Outer Heaven will tickle your inner badboy with this highly anticipated return to the underground nuclear bunker of UVB-76. Four tracks of solid dark sonic matter "The Last Men" takes the lead with a powerful percussive hook maintaining a marching sensation that breaks into momentary splashes of breakbeat chaos. It's backed up the three more equally disarming and trippy tracks. "Blemish" is a swampy drill laced cut with noxious harmonics, while "Still Waters" takes us into the murkiest two-steppy territories you might imagine. Finally "Trapline" shuts, locks and bolsters the front door with a pounding steppy rhythm that's coated in echoes and dubby warmth. Buckle up.
Review: Brussels-based Driss Bennis aka OCB aka DJ.Booth serves up the tenth release on the local Night Moves imprint - run by Walrus and Ailsa Cavers. With his good pal Chris "Funk" Ferreira manning the console again, Bennis serves up a couple of fierce cuts here: on the A side get down to the classic electro beats of "Interflug" taking the very best of NYC and Detroit at the same time - that'll have you doing the Electric Boogaloo in no time. On the flip, the same booming bass heavy approach is all over "Rover" while merging the soulful melancholia of second wave Chicago - think Alleviated when you hear those dreamy bittersweet pads throughout.
Review: Straight out of Glasgow via Slovenia - Dixon Avenue Basement Jams are proud to present Maya Medvesek aka Nightwave on their new sub-label Neutralizer Records. With previous releases in recent times on exciting labels such as Unknown To The Unknown, Warp and Fool's Gold, she serves up yet more of her retro flavoured house, with a classic sense of bounce to it all. From the squeaky, life affirming and soulful bliss of "Rainbow Body, the brooding yet adrenalised EBM power of "Quadratic Mind" (which soon goes all Robert Hood/M-Plant on you) to the futuristically booming electro bass action of "Transmute" (feat Marnie) - this is one killer EP from start to finish. Tip!
Review: With previous releases from some of the top heads of the electronic spectrum, including Leif, Steevio, Arnaldo and more, the imprint UntilMyHeartStops returns with its latest release, this time for mysterious producer Ekeko. Rich analog tape waves sit nicely beside thick 909 rhythmic elements throughout this killer three tracker. The title track "Beyond Good & Evil" starts things of with strong spirit, taking pulsations of warping synths and balancing them with hazy club driven patterns. This theme continues through "FM Joy" and "Eye Ache" but with a wider focus on the dubbier elements of the electro and house spectrum.
Review: Man Band mandem Toma Kami returns to Livity with more sharp tools and insanity, this time in the form of "Negative Extasy". Each cut primed with big roomy broken beats, each cut more beguiling and trippier than the last, each cut rising in intensity; "E-Ache" warms us up with soothing harmonic stabs over a cavernous beat, "Aces" spins us round the stars with housey chords and pretty percussive vapour trails while "Suomi" is nothing short of a 24th century funeral march. For most the title track will be the highlight; more upbeat and bumping, with fat layers of percussion, it's Toma in pure peaktime mode... And everyone's invited.
Review: Since opting to release more music under his given name, DeepChord man Rod Modell has largely stuck to dubbed-out ambience and heady drone soundscapes. His latest full-length is a little different, though, offering up club-focused cuts that mix his usual fuzzy aural textures and dub-fired motifs with up-tempo techno rhythms. By his standards, it's a very forthright set, with highlights including the noise-soaked stomp of "Reiki", the thrusting heaviness of "ITO", the hypnotic slam of "Jade" - where breezy, early morning electronics flutter away above tough drums and a mind-altering bassline - and the boisterous peak-time techno anthem "Scrawler".
Review: DJ Central presents three new aliases on this elegantly put together 12". Conjuring up the perfect recipe for a DJ Cake, Central blends and explores the likes of pulsating atmospheric techno on the track "Balast", smoothly escalating breaks on "Ko Ko Dak Dak" and hazy crackling ambient on the finale "Daeksel". Unique, inspiring and truly excellent works from the one they call DJ Central.