Review: 10 Germany seem to get it bang-on each and every time! For a label who has released the likes of Ancient Methods, Perc and Matthew Herbert, among other legends, we'd expect nothing less than the spectacular and this is exactly what we got with this latest collaborative effort by Italy's Daniele Brusachetto, Jansky Noise, Human Larvae and Damaskin. Brusachetto's "Grigi Ma" is weird and wonderful pop tune set against a backdrop of cavernous percussion rattles, while Janksy Noise's "Black Night" is a full-on drone monster. Over on the flip, "Ruined" by Human Larvae is a fuzzy, noise-fuelled scorcher, and "Apocalypse" sees Damaskin produce the EP's only shred of rigidity thanks to its consistent 4/4 kick...accompanied by some rather gnarly power electronics, of course.
Review: Having debuted on Valcrond Video label last year with the Immured 12" under her familiar Xosar alias, Sheela Rahman now returns to the platform for some "shared make-believe" with founder Luke Wyatt for new project Body Tools. Taking a catalogue number as its title, this two track 12" follows a succession of Body Tools radio broadcasts on Berlin Community Radio and showcases a softer, more hypnotic side which in the case of lead track "Locusts & Lions" hits hard when the poignant piano makes its presence felt. "Brave" channels a strange, modern kosmische vibe that will really hit the spot deep in the mix.
Review: Personable, who goes by the passport name of M. Geddes Gengras, and also the alias of Fantastic Ego, lands on California's Peak Oil after a bunch of enticing escapades on the always excellent Opal Tapes. He brings yet more peripherally-minded house this time around, starting with the broken, jagged groove that is "Bushi", followed by the odd, molecular house sway of "New Balance". Flip to the B-side, and you'll find the coarse techno shock of "Cris Rose" - a masterfully performed bit of cognitive dissonance between sweet melodics and nasty drums - and the tamer, more cerebral flutters of "New Lines". All in all, a smokin' bunch of outsider joints.
Review: Nigel "Perseus Traxx" Rogers last used the Ellis De Havilland alias back in 2013, simultaneously releasing a pair of EPs to launch the Bunker 4000 series. Three years on, he's set to do the same. This first EP (of two) contains a sextet of straight-to-tape machine jams that variously pay tribute to early acid house, wild and experimental jack-tracks, Larry Heard, Jamal Moss, and mind-bending industrial techno. The beats variously swing and bang, the acid lines spurt from the speakers at odd intervals, and tape hiss rises and falls in volume from track to track. Each of the six tracks is eminently playable; taken as a whole, 1 is a pleasingly forthright collection.
Review: Kreon & Lemos continue their exploration of dubby motifs and crafty beat programming on this latest missive for Equivalence, and at this point it's safe to say anything could be possible from the adventurous Greek duo. Each of the artists has a side across which to express their own vision of "Avatone", starting off with Kreon. The urgency of the funky breakbeat rhythms powering both versions is hard to resist, with Kreon's version ramping up the nagging synth lines in between the drums while Lemos opts for a more meditative refrain around the intricate percussion.
Review: Minilogue member Sebastian Mullaert has been rapidly building on his reputation in recent years, and now he gets to enjoy an expansive double pack release on Default Position with plenty of remixers on board for the ride as well. The "Vocal Expression" of "Samunnati" is a sleek house jam sprinkled with shimmering chords, while the "In That Distorted Light" mix is a more cosmic, arpeggio-filled affair that aligns with the deep techno tendencies of the original. Wa Wu We heads into icy minimal territory on the "Simplification" version, while Knutsson/Berg take a nimble but ultimately simple approach in reducing the track down to a subtle core.
Review: Hailing from Hong Kong and more commonly found recording as S.Y., this release is the first music the producer has put out as Dopamine Rider, and it's certainly a record that thrives on unpredictable rushes of chemicals to the brain, making it a perfect fit on Discos Capablanca. "$ LFO" sports a techno framework of sorts, but it's really a vessel for strange ripples of FX and one-shot tones, but then "Personal FX" ramps up the freakiness with some atonal machine whirring that sounds like it's been wrenched from an errant modular system. "John Cage Is My Homeboy" is positively delicate in comparison, but it's by no means straight laced, and "Sai Ying Pun" finishes this adventurous EP off with a strange drum track that adds a little spice to the DJ tool format.
Review: A self-titled record on a self-title label, Syne is a new project from Dennis Huddleston who has previously been found twirling out ambient material as 36. There's an elegiac, B12-esque beauty to the tracks on this album, not least swooning opener "Syne 1". Grand synth orchestrations are the order of the day, from the bittersweet "Syne 4" to the looming murk of "Syne 5". At every turn Huddleston's proficiency for richly harmonic composition shines through, and strapped to a set of simply crafted beats it makes for some truly powerful ambient techno.
Review: Out of thin air, the mysterious Tokyo Ghost debuts with a killer four-tracker on his own, newly found label, and the vibe is very much on the looser, more organic end of the spectrum. "Tokyo Ghost" is re-treated and re-manipulated four times, across two sides of vinyl, and it's very much clear that this is a dubwise affair from start to finish. Airy swarms of ambience fill the spaces left open by the jittery, off-kilter percussion that swerves to the rhythm. This is the techno we like to hear. Full-bodied, filled with organic textures, and utterly ready to cause havoc on the dancefloor.