Review: It would be fair to say that Netherlands-based Potuguese producer Lake Haze (real name Goncalo Salgado) has released music on some impressive labels over the years. His bulging discography boasts appearances on Creme Organization, E-Beamz, Unknown To The Unknown, Shall Not Fade, and now Private Persons. In keeping with the latter label's raw and forthright vibe, title track "Atomic Label" is a sparkling slab of Kraftwerkian electro blessed with notable percussive and low-end weight. "Brain Hack" sees Salgado pepper another rolling electro rhythm with trance-like stabs and sci-fi melodies, while "Moscow Forever" sees him take a more foreboding, creepy and paranoid musical stance. Finally, "Laniaka" is a raw, pitched-down electro treat laden with vibrant, alien electronics.
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: The second 12" on Moscow-based mystery label Private Persons comes from Youngg P, a Ukraine-based DJ/producer whose debut release dropped on Kiev House a couple of years back. On the four tracks showcased here, he shows a good grasp of analogue house and techno dynamics. "Carpathian Rave" is a quirky, off-kilter jacker rich in buzzing electronics, liquid acid riffs and bustling house percussion, while "Ocean" fits the stargazing electronics of vintage Motor City techno to the saucer-eyed melodiousness of vintage Italian deep house. Meanwhile, creepy flipside "War" sounds like it was inspired by a mix of L.I.E.S style distorted techno and 1980s industrial funk. As for closer "Masher Track", it's a full-throated exploration of clanking, drum machine techno.