Review: Boogie Box launched in style last year with a release from the mighty STL, and now they're revisiting that strong first step with a clutch of smartly selected remixes from some deep cover operators. Juniper drops two dubs of "Haze & Kraze" that press squashed synth pressure, found sounds and splattering FX into tight but funky grooves with a distinctly nocturnal feel. Fold's dub of "Hide & Seek" spaces things out beautifully, taking a crooked, steppers approach that works wonderfully with the source material. Jonas Friedlich's own dub of "Hide & Seek" takes a dustier path through the undergrowth, completing a package of truly non-conformist techno that chimes with STL's own outsider spirit.
Review: Blundar is a label shrouded in mystery, although it seems aligned with artists like Lowtec and those orbiting crews like Smallville. The latest transmission on the dusty house imprint comes from STL, whose disheveled sounds is a natural fit for what has come before on Blundar. "Track 1" peers through a thick haze of smoke, exhaling pads and drones and keeping the bass pulsing throughout. The rest of the EP is given over to experimental and ambient tones, with the second track on Side B being an especially arresting piece loaded with melancholic contemplation. It's another strong addition to the Blundar repertoire, and another example of STL's skills and adaptability in the studio.
Review: Stephen Laubner never fails to deliver the goods, whether on his own label Something or elsewhere. Having recently popped up on The Untold Stories, this time around he's dropping his uniquely crusty compositions on Synthetic Gold. After a quietly disconcerting ambient opening, the leftfield grind of "The Taphead" pushes an uncompromising agenda of ragged bass and an unrelenting groove. "October Sunrise" by way of contrast is a more intimate, sweet natured affair. "Syntax Error" too taps into the softer side of Laubner's craft in a most mesmerizing of ways, but for the die hard fans fear not, there's also plenty of locked groove loops included to keep you tripping into infinity.
Review: Over the last decade and a half, Kenneth Christiansen's Echocord label - and its various sub-labels - have released some of the finest dub techno around. There's plenty of high-grade material to be found on this fittingly dubbed-out 15th anniversary collection. Made up entirely of previously unreleased cuts, it smoothly flits between ultra-deep shufflers (Arovane's "Strukture 1", STL's deliciously out-there "The Ancient Scale"), purist dub (Beat Phaarmacy's "Sunday"), and chunky, bass-heavy house ("Latonal" by XDB). Highlights come thick and fast, from the wiggling acid lines and hypnotic rhythms of Luke Hess's "Hoodmode", to the trippy, off-kilter grooves and hushed percussion of "Origin".
Review: With a great emphasis placed on presentation and artistic statement, Swiss label Les Points has already established itself as a serious operator within the bustling minimal house and techno scene. This split release from Barbir and Nicola Kazmir is yet further proof of the ambitious intentions the label has in delivering the most creatively inspired music possible, and there is certainly plenty of music to get your teeth into here. There's twitchy house constructions aplenty to enjoy from both artists, as well as some intriguing remixes of STL loops at the end of each side in a nod to the inspirational power of the German producer, whose own leftfield leanings fit into the lineage of this release.