Robert Hood - "Gun Talk" (Ben Sims JFF edit) (5:28)
ROD - "Embase" (5:35)
Review: Ben Sims' Machine mix is loaded with exclusive gems which get a full-fat airing on this series of samplers. After a strong first round, another four crucial cuts from the heavyweight end of Sims' contact list get packed onto one highly desirable 12". First up is Berlin mainstay Steffi, who threads a hypnotic array of rhythmic elements together into the deep but energising "Gentle Uplift". Jeroen Search then edges the record a little further into the depths with the loopy, sonar bleep immersion of "Ostinato Pattern." Robert Hood's snarling, muscular "Gun Talk" gets the edit treatment from Sims himself, and then the record rounds off with the pumping stabs and irrepressible funk of ROD's "Embase".
Review: Stretched across three slabs of wax, Jeroen Search's "Monism" is as much a statement of intent as it is a suitably grandiose debut album. Like much of the Dutch producer's work, the majority of the material on show is the product of straight-to-tape improvisations with limited live editing. As a result, the 13-track set feels fluid, atmospheric and immediate, with the long-serving studio buff sashaying between spacey ambient soundscapes, shuffling deep techno, hypnotic peak-time workouts, crunchy and percussive club tools, Boards of Canada style IDM, Retro-futurist Low Countries slammers (see the old school R&S Records feel of "The One", creepy experimental electronica and leisurely dub techno explorations.