Review: Italian electro expert Heinrich Dressel returns after recent offerings for fellow Romans Mannequin, electronique.it and MinimalRome. This time for Zagreb based Barba, who've served up some great ones recently by the likes of Alex Cortex, Aubrey and Gosub. "The Styx Swamp" is classic electro vibes with a good injection of funk for added dancefloor dynamic. Label mate Perseus Traxx does a great job on the remix up next. On the flip, it's more of a classic, Larry Heard /Chicago deep house vibe on "Sailing The Nether Waterways" until that dark bassline comes rushing in, of course! Finally "Gray Slope" sounds very familiar.. even if it isn't. Maybe because it just channels that good ol' Drexciya and Dopplereffekt vibe so well: and that's a compliment.
Review: Last March Suction Records released "Dopamine", an album of unreleased late 1990s recordings by obscure and arguably overlooked Dutch producer Erik Jong AKA RX 101. "Serenity", the sequel, was compiled from tapes of tracks recorded in the same period. It's a little different to its predecessor, offering creepier, drowsier melodies and far more robust, redlined beats - the kind of metallic, mutant IDM drums associated with the mid-to-late 1990s output of both Autechre and Aphex Twin. The quality threshold remains high throughout, making us wonder why Jong's inspired creations weren't released when he made them. Whatever the reason, it's great that we now get to wallow in his soon-to-be-classic 90s IDM treats.
Review: This is the end of Rivulet Records after seven years of existence. Over the years, they have presented fabulous works by the likes of Jonas Palzer, Momo and Skipless. The very last release comes from co-founder Stanley Schmidt, who collaborates with his long time friend Hobor on the Made In Paint LP. For these two Leipzig based artists, it had been a long time in the making and to present this work as the final product felt just right. A captivating collection of downbeat electronica and ambient, that is for the most part textured and melancholic in its expression - while at time other lush and uplifting, There are even a few moments of dancefloor friendly techno, such as the soulful acid stomp of "Swirling Paranoia" or the ecstatic junglist stepper "From Outside".