Review: Datawave is the project of Brussels based Gaetan Votion, who returns to Natural Sciences for the first time since 2017's "Submersion" - which was featured on their V/A Future Works Vol 3 compilation. Taking up where he left off last time, Votion explores the dark and dystopian realms of electro bass on this self-titled EP, taking the best of the genre's classic aesthetic, while delivering a stylish and contemporary edge. From the A side's introverted and futuristic thriller "Hidden Outpost", through to the high energy workout of "Stellar Wind" on the flip, this certainly proves to be one of the week's highlights in our electro releases.
Us & Ours & You & Yours (feat DJ Overdose & A Tyrell)
Review: In a week where Murder Capital drop news of a debut album from MF Gesloten Cirkel, poppa label Viewlexx come through with a timely repress of the I-F classic Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass. First issued back in 1997, if you are not familiar with the title track from this record you might as well stop fronting you know about Dutch electro because you bought the last Legowelt LIES release and give it up. Raw, brutal, alien electro at it's finest, "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass" is a classic that will lift any set, and is of course complemented by three further jammers of the highest order. "Playstation #2" still sounds mental almost twenty years on. Essential.
Review: Franck Kartell has been waving the flag for French electro for quite some time now, but what we really like about this man's style is his ability to branch out to all sorts of misguided, psychedelic electronics. He returns to his favourite Bass Agenda with a storming LP, a glorious collection of industrial dance tunes that's make the likes of Henrich Dreissel very proud indeed. Coincidences is an album of many shapes and sizes, with some tunes made for the floor and others built for pure meditation, but there is a recurrent sound running through its nervous system, an elegant strain of high-powered Detroit funk. Don't get us wrong, this gets into some pretty sticky electro heaviness in many places, but there are also extended moments made of pensive, deep-as-hell instrumentation. It's bad-ass. TIP!
Review: First dropped in 1985, over thirty years ago, "No UFO's" paved the way for Detroit to unleash the beast we know refer to as 'techno', to the rest of the planet. Merging everything the Juan Atkins had heard through his adolescent years, from electro to funk and krautrock, his first outing as Model 500 will never grow old. Thus new reissue drops both the vocal and the instrumental, which are equally powerful on the floor. The bonus points come from the remixes: Detroit's own Moodymann makes his debut for Metroplex with a wonky, broken tech-house stormer charged by the original's bass, and sexified with the help of some blazing new sub-vocals from the master of funk; Luciano makes a surprise addition to the pack, dropping an ultra-sleek, minimalistic house mix that will lead this record being in the hands of thousands of different DJs across the globe. Big-dawg business.