Review: Brussels' Cleveland has made a name for himself with excellent, left of centre drops on ESP Institute, Hivern Discs and others in the past. Now he's up on Kalahari Oyster Cult with more adventurous freakery that deals in outsider grooves and playful synth acrobatics that positively demand your attention. "Gamma" comes on with a steady broken beat that carries some wild lead hooks that show off Cleveland's confidence with his kit. "Ora" is equally marked out by dazzling analogue brushstrokes and expertly crafted percussion to send body and mind whirling. Then on the flip Piezo and Beta Librae both remix "Gamma", veering from tough, bass-led drum funk to cosmic incantations respectively.
Review: Colin Volvert's Kalahari Oyster Cult label continues to feed our minds with devilishly decent dance music that joyously grapples with classic rave tropes while bringing an undeniable freshness. Following a recent single from Nathan Melija and the excellent Systems E.P. 1 various artists 12", they're welcoming Hame DJ to the label for some tripped-out, trance-speckled breakbeat rollers from the surrealist dimension. "On 1" is a taut and punchy workout with loom bird samples, sharp chord stabs and sensual atmospherics, while "Zoot" takes things in a classic chill-out room direction with dubby bass and pinging synth modulations cascading through a sparse rhythmic terrain. "Nightlife" is a lusher strain of ambient techno with a smattering of acid, and "Erosion" rides a slow breakbeat and amps up the moody meditations to get the chuggy crowd going even deeper inside.
Review: French producer Nathan Melja has amassed a spotless discography on the likes of Mister Saturday Night, Antinote and Opal Tapes, and now debuts on Kalahari Oyster Cult with another terrific offering. "Synesthesia" is futuristic sci-fi techno with shiny synth lines and a hurried kick pattern that gets you on your toes while the bassline burrows deep. TTT affiliate and Incienso co-founder Anthony Naples steps up with the first remix. His version is more dreamy thanks to the array of background pads, then closing things out is Pariah with a punch groove that leaves the original's prying lead intact. Essential stuff.
Constants Of Nature - "Slow Symmetry Breaking" (6:21)
Review: Kalahari Oyster Cult tends to prioritize new music, though when boss man Colin Volvert does unearth an overlooked gem he has no hesitation in reissuing it. The "Systems EP", a multi-artist extravaganza that launched obscure Denver label Terraform Records way back in 1995, is one such gem. The A-side boasts a trio of varied but consistently good cuts from ambient techno explorer Red Shift (think acid-fired electro psychedelia, drowsy early morning bliss and picturesque downtempo goodness), while the flipside boasts a track apiece from three different producers. Ether's "Detonator" sounds like peak Meat Beat Manifesto (all razor-sharp acid lines, heavy bass and infectious breaks), Escape Artist's "Rain Eternal" is a languid electronica treat, and Constants Of Nature's "Slow Symmetry Breaking" is a woozy drift through outer space ambient.