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Angel Plague (remastered)
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Cat: DNFELP 01. Rel: 05 Oct 15
Techno
  1. No Sense/No Reason (5:17)
  2. My Untied Hands (5:08)
  3. Day In Day Out (4:50)
  4. Because The Night (5:02)
  5. Looking Through The Eyes Of Love (4:43)
  6. Surrounded By Enemies (4:56)
  7. Skin Test (5:03)
  8. Drawing Me In (5:15)
Review: Female aka Peter Sutton has been a pillar of the UK techno scene since the mid 1990's. Of course, his successes have been helped by the work that he's done alongside his partner in crime on the Downwards label, Regis. While new material from Sutton has been scarce as of late, the Downwards label has done us the favour of reissuing 1999's Angel Plague, his second and last album to date. Unlike much of the bleepy, stripped-back gear that gets shifted these days, Angel Plague is full of wrath and poison, an eight-track bullet to the chest. The opener "No Sense/No Reason" is enough to give you a clear picture from the start, and the same sort of warped, machine-like drums are heard everywhere else across the LP. However, while many producers these days are hesitant to go that extra BPM faster, Female's work still sounds as daring as ever. The energy and charisma in this album is simply undeniable; you'd be crazy not to get it. Put down that minimal 12" and dop this on your speakers. WOOF.
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Grebenstein EP
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Grebenstein EP (clear vinyl 12")
Cat: DN 063. Rel: 08 Dec 14
Techno
  1. Principles Of Trust
  2. No, You Won't
  3. Principles Of Trust
  4. That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body
Review: The mysterious Grebenstein is the latest artist to grace Downwards. S/T boasts a similarly bleak, eerie approach to producers like Samuel Kerridge and Oake, undercut by the kind of tribal broken beats that made Regis' own In A Syrian Tongue such a landmark release. It starts with the searing drones and rumbling drums of "Acting Within Your Terms" before progressing into the utterly menacing tones of "No You Don't" and "Principles of Trust". The latter's dark soundscapes are underpinned by crashing drums and it is this element that makes the final track, "That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body" so memorable, as bombastic kicks and percussive volleys underpin the air of gloom
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Nothing Is Free
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Cat: LINO 71. Rel: 23 May 16
Techno
  1. Nothing Is Free (5:14)
  2. Nothing Is Free (Surgeon remix) (5:32)
  3. Kontorted (4:10)
Review: Downwards boss Regis surely does keep us on our toes still after all these years. After laying low for a while, he has got the label back in full swing after unleashing a monster EP by Simon Shreeve. This time he now presents new material by maverick producer and UK legend Justin Broderick under the JK Flesh moniker. The brooding grindcore dub of "Nothing Is Free" will be right up any Downwards loyalists alley, as will the snarling audio assault of "Kontorted" which slithers around walls of hiss, feedback and guttural low end brutalism. Surgeon's remix of "Nothing Is Free" blows the doors off in pretty spectacular fashion as always, exploiting the raw voltage of his famed modular setup brilliantly.
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Dial B For Beauty
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Dial B For Beauty (limited blue vinyl 12")
Cat: DNAM 001. Rel: 06 Oct 14
Techno
  1. Call 1
  2. Call 2
  3. Call 3
  4. Call 4
Review: Dominic Fernow dons his Prurient hat for this split release with Karl O'Connor as Ugandan Methods. As you might expect, it's not for the light-hearted; "Call 1" features the Downwards boss' dense, grainy broken beats mixed with Fernow's wounded screeches amid bursts of white noise. "Call 2" is built on a similar approach, but this time the churning noise and dense drums are interspersed with dramatic, dark synths that spiral and twist. The third "Call" provides a surprise, heading back to the loopy techno of early Downwards, but it's only a temporary deviation and the fourth and final "Call" sees the duo deliver a drum-led, droning rhythm.
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