Review: When Oliver Chapoy is in the mood to make dark and deranged electronic music, he slides into the Certain Creatures moniker and things suddenly turn rather nasty. His debut came a little while back on Styles Upon Styles, a wonderful independent label that has showcased the likes of Brendon Moeller and Archie Pelago, and the producer returns to the label with a buzzing LP. The eleven cuts on here are totally genreless, loosely bound together by gritty, hollow drum beats and grey-scaled atmospherics. Although tunes like "Passages" or "Je Est Un Autre" are driven forwards by an abstract idea of techno, the tunes never steer too closely to one style, and together make for an ideal listening experience with a twist. Moreover, the changes in energy from the beginning to the end are similar to the pace of a live set in a club. Dance to it, nod to it, listen to it - it's a deep and mesmerizing experience.
Review: Escape The Matrix sees the return of NYC sewer dweller Gut Nose, back on the Styles Upon Styles label that issued his superb 2014 album Filthy City. "Ten 18" is a noisy, loopy roller with a chopped up vocal thrown into the mix. It also has a punky undercurrent. Such rough and ready elements are pervasive elsewhere on Escape The Matrix. "Moon Lasers" revolves around a loose rhythm, dubbed out drums and atmospheric textures, while "Drifting to Parts Unknown" follows a similar approach, albeit to a faster tempo and noisier soundscapes. Gut Nose is also adept at making more musical tracks, and on "Enjoy Thy Flesh" even embraces jazzy keys, but he's primarily interested in noisy, at the fringes techno, as the fuzzy, frazzled live drums on "Crafty Gambit" demonstrate.
Review: Brit in Melbourne Kloke follows up previous releases on this impressive NYC label (and sterling effort in 2014 on Sub Squared) with something different. The intense Latin percussion workout of "PHONE" sounds like Sergio Mendes on steroids in this relentless epic, while "Rhythm #1" is more restrained in its exotic execution. Jamal Moss does an impressive job as ever on the remix. His analogue hardware jam turning the track into something else completely.