Solid Space - "Destination Moon" (Red Axes edit) (5:37)
X Ray Pop - "La Machine A Rever" (Red Axes edit) (5:08)
Review: There's much to admire on this latest 12" excursion from hard-working Israeli duo Red Axes. On the A-side you'll find two brand new collaborations, the most notable of which is "NYX Tape" - a clandestine, mind-altering chunk of minimal wave drug-chug featuring the distinctive spoken word vocals of original no wave star Gina X (she of "No GDM" fame). Chloe Raunet AKA C.A.R lends her similarly stylish spoken word vocals to the EP's other original production, the acid-fired electro filthiness that is "5 Min". On the flipside you'll find two tasty re-edits of tracks from the Dark Entries catalogue: a dub-tinged, dancefloor-friendly take on Solid Moon's spacey "Destination Moon" and a rolling, club-ready tweak of X-Ray Pop's quirky electronic bubbler "La Machine a Rever".
Review: Back in the summer, XAN made his debut on Ron Wilson's 777 imprint via a forthright but pleasingly varied EP full of subtle techno variations. This follow-up for Private Persons is seemingly inclined, moving from the gut-twisted sub-bass pulses, starburst electronics and curious drum machine programming of "PP", to the skittish, breakbeat-driven lo-fi techno assault of "B2B". In between, the publicity-shy, Moscow-based producer variously turns his hand to loose-and-funky, bass-heavy broken techno ("Gallery"), metallic electro ("C") and swinging, intelligent techno influenced late night science ("Hotbed"). Throughout, the tracks retain an impressively atmospheric feel and speaker-bothering weightiness.
Review: German label Ecke Records returns with its fourth release, following up some great EPs by the likes of Squallfront and Data Room. This one comes courtesy of Xantrax, who first appeared on the label's inaugural various artists compilation - and he certainly ain't messing around here. The Marseille-based artist is clearly influenced by UK bass, as exemplified on the down and dirty off-kilter rumble of "Tekline". He doubles down on that one, inviting a true legend of the scene on board: Addison Groove gives us a real trippy electro-bass rendition, delivered in his idiosyncratic style as always. Followed flip by the steely, street-level stepper "Linetek" and the intricate hypnotising riddims of "0121" on the flip.
Review: There's a certain mysticism that hovers around Piramide Registrazioni, with its occult symbolism, mysterious artists and fuzzy, vintage sound. Label protagonist Xinner has been previously spotted alongside S. Moreira on Phonica Records, but here is sharing valuable wax space on Piramide 2 with Autre and Hawaiian Chips. Autre's version of old-skool deep house has an interesting urgency about it, and Hawaiian Chips turns out shimmering electro of the highest order. It's Xinner's tracks that stand out the most though, with synths straining under the weight of their own wobblyness and beats that punch out in clouds of reverb fog.
Review: The Poverty Is Violence stable are firmly established now as an essential conductor for rabid, rowdy and downright rasping mechanics from subterranean operators of all shapes and sizes. Anonymous but reportedly veteran Dutch producer XXX previously appeared on the label in 2016 with the wild Noorder Scannen 12", and now returns with a bludgeoning new release. There's a consistent metal grind to the percussion on Westzaan Doelen, while the synth tones in between tend towards the jagged and abrasive, there's space and poise in the arrangement to lift this out of knuckleheaded noise. "Don't Go After Her" reverberates with clamouring intensity while the beefy chassis of "Just The Two Of You" shimmers under an acidic glaze - this is full-tilt deviant music executed with finesse to match the grime.
Electro Music Union - "Electroshock Mountain" (5:55)
Sinoesin - "Static Bodies" (4:57)
Sinoesin - "Angels Of Altitude" (part 2) (7:55)
Electro Music Union - "Immortal Cities" (4:30)
Review: For a brief period in 1993 and 1994, British imprint Metatone released some seriously good electronic music. The label was the work of former Jack Trax man Damon D'Cruz and J.M.Atkins, who wrote and produced almost all of the releases under aliases including Electro Music Union, Sinoesin and Xonox. This fine compilation from Cold Blow and AVA. Records showcases the best of this work, drifting between deep and intergalactic workouts (see the spacey ambient influences and pitched-down grooves of "Angels of Altitude (Part 1)"), blissful ambient techno ("Structures 1"), rush-inducing dancefloor positivity (the overwhelmingly good "Structures 3"), spacey ambient ("Descent") and heavyweight, post-bleep brilliance ("Electroshock Mountain").