Review: UK tech house heroine Miss Jools is still going. Since relocating to Berlin like many others she has since been closely affiliated with the Sol Asylum imprint run by good friend Julie Marghilano. It has proven to be a reliable imprint, backed up by some solid releases by the likes of OdD, Anton Zap and Dutch collective Dilated Pupils. It's over to Jools again for her second appearance for the label. Starting off with the dusty and bleepy reductionist groove of "Stepping Inside" it then gets a tougher and more swinging: remix courtesy of Berlin legend and Brouqade boss Dana Ruh. On the flip "Sorry Not Sorry" is a deep, dubby and atmospheric groove with some wonky/tripped out modular synth textures which will appeal to fans of the S.A.M. or iO Mulen sound. The sublime and hypnotic "444 Marjorie" is the EPs strongest moment by far and closes out the EP in style.
Review: The Sol Asylum label continues its minimalistic outlook on house and techno with a return from the Odd duo, Damian Daley and Danny Dixon. The pair have been brought in a reggae tradition thanks to their fathers and they both share a passion for percussion, something which can be clearly heard on both the pulsating push of "Vortex" and "Pyramid", two lciks which are sure to fill the floors at peak time hour. The deeper and more hypnotic "Sphere" tune ties thing s off in sci-fi tradition, where loose and airy synths glide above bric-a-brac percussion shots. Majestic
Review: Pressure Point first surfaced on Northern Italian imprint Castanea with the Fragments EP which featured a great remix by minimal electro hero TC80 from France. Now the mysterious producer appears for Julie Marghilano's esteemed Sol Asylum imprint with the impressive Process Theory EP, where he pursues more impressive microhouse grooves and sourced from what appears to be a pretty detailed modular setup amongst other things. The title track calls to mind the glitched up and quirked out reductionist funk of Perlon favorite Spacetravel, as does the subtractive jack of "S-Trig" with its infectious bleeps and blips. On the flip, we've got what's probably the most straight up groove on here with "Meter": essentially a barebones rhythm workout but boy does it pack some bump and shuffle. Finally "Liquid Flow" ends the EP in deep and emotive fashion where hypnotic pads and a mix of analog and digital microsampling carry a bumpy groove and it's perfect for your Sunday afternoon aboard the Hoppetosse.