Review: Techno cognoscenti Mark Broom and Gary Beck team up for some serious jams on Beard Man. Sprawled across the A Side is a Broom remix of Beck's "Luxar", a driving bomb that will please fans of Frozen Border and Sandwell District immensely. Broom's own "Redial" appears on the flip, which brings a more bouncey swagger to proceedings, with a shuffling groove riding deep beneath some rather nice sonar bleeps. Top release.
Review: The ever-versatile Mark Broom returns to his own label for a storming techno release. The title track revolves around a high-paced acid pulse, with the smart use of filters making it sound even more frazzled. Robert Hood repays the favour to Broom for appearing on his M-Plant label by delivering a heavy, visceral take on the title track, with the Detroit producer's signature metallic riffing and cast iron beats to the fore. Of a bigger surprise is Ben Long and Oliver Way's remix; although it's a high octane affair, the groove is pulsing and surprisingly fluid. Adding to this unexpected turn is Ben Long's 'late night' mix, where the veteran UK producer lays down a hypnotic, ambient pulse.