Review: Having already released more material in the past year than producers manage in five, it seems appropriate to remove the "rising" tag from the Detroit-based teenager Generation Next's description, especially when confronted by the quality of the productions on Medication. Adopting a tougher stance than on the deeper sounds of his previous issues on 7 Days Entertainment, the EP explores a number of acidic permutations; "Sum Light" sees a finely tuned 303 line hopping amidst crisp drum machine rhythms, while "Acid Alcohol" sees a livelier variation on the same theme augmented by brisk 808s. However, it's "Generic Current" that offers the most impressive cut, a heady combination of droning bass and sci-fi lead that sounds like it should be soundtracking a malevolent cyborg stalking the streets of Detroit.
Review: While it may look like an EP or mini-album, the team at Set Theory Records insist that Dro is in fact the label's first full-length. It comes from the previously unheard German Affair, a Barcelona-based duo comprising producers Inakito & Derobla. The duo serves up two original productions: a throbbing, arpeggio-driven thumper smothered in fuzzy industrial electronics and creepy cymbals entitled "Dro", and the metallic, otherworldly cyber-funk of "Greyr". The title track comes is remixed three times. First, Komatssu re-imagines it as an icy chunk of "Artificial Intelligence"-era IDM, before Pedro Vian turns it into a rolling deep acid bubbler and Isa:Bel serves up a version drenched in reverb and delay that sits somewhere between icy electro and hypnotic dub techno.
Review: Having been dormant for over three years, New York label Satamile returns to continue spreading the gospel of proper electro music with a six-track EP from The Ghost That Walks. Drexciya enthusiasts will be all over this record; the rubbery melody of "The Angriest Angel" recalls the Detroit duo at their most playful but with a simmering undercurrent of tension that is very much the producer's own signature style. Similarly great are the searing analogue synth buzz of "Seven Deadly Sons", the tribal 303 stomp of "Urban Jungle" and the 808 rattle and Belgian rave tones of "Resident Evil". Those who were lost without the label's presence should rest easy - Angry Angels is easily among their extensive catalogue's best releases.
Review: Glenn Wilson's Planet Rhythm has been a purveyor of dark, cerebral techno music since 1994 and the label has featured a plethora of artists from all corners of the dance sphere. This time around its two artists from Italy who make an appearance, Rome's Giorgio Gigli and Cagliari's Ness, and drop three ultra-slick cuts. "Eon" is as electric and molecular as it suggests, and "Resin" pounds its way with more malice across the room, whereas "Ergo" is broken, stumbling and heavily atmospheric...perhaps the defining moment of this solid EP.
Review: Denver based Kyle Reid aka Gila merges his rap music past with a newfound knack for banging warehouse techno on his first release for his own Hunnaban Inc. Reid has been engineering unpredictable beats for some time - his debut solo 12" was on XL in 2016's (the Genkidama EP), as well as Pick Six on Benji B's Deviation imprint .He's also been releasing as part of rap duo Gorgeous Children (alongside Face Vega) since the early 2010s. The A side features the seething and slow-burning bass techno of "106 Slipper" which will appeal to fans of UK producers such as Pangaea or Pearson Sound. On the flip, be prepared to be hypnotised by some intense polyrhythms on "Trench Cadence" which soon degrades into somewhat abrasive territory.
Review: Innate is a new Bristol label born from the blog of the same name. This first release features a spread of talent both established and emergent, all bound together by a love of illustrious machine soul. Gilbert leads in with the sumptuous tones of "Birds Of Paradise" before Mark Hand takes control with the uptempo cascade of "Lessons." The vintage techno vibes continue apace on the B side as Lerosa lays out one of his gorgeous square wave bass lines amidst some snagging drums and quivering synth flourishes, and then label boss Owain K finishes the picture with the laid back musings of "Pixeled Scenery."
Review: Fresh from the runaway success of his all-star collaboration with Adam Beyer and Green Velvet, "Space Date", Layton Giordani returns to Drumcode with his first fresh solo material since 2017. All four tracks are formidably floor-friendly in the "big room techno" style that has turned the Drumcode crew into global stars in recent years. Giordani begins with the tribal drums, atmospheric chords, acid stabs and bleeping synth melodies of "New York City To Amsterdam", before doffing a cap to Italo-disco on the electro-techno chug of "Enter The Stratosphere". Over on side B, "Body Language" is an angular, acid-fired peak-time thumper, while closing cut "Black Mirror" sees him fix gated, trance style riffs to a typically throbbing, bass-heavy techno groove.
Review: New York City represents in true colours here for techno powerhouse Drumcode. Adam Beyer has called in rising star Layton Giordani for a collaboration with the don of the Big Apple himself: Danny Tenaglia, on the powerful and euphoric anthem "Live Again". This one has all the druggy vocals, tunnelling bassline and headrush inducing suspense you'd expect from the label. The flip features the rhythm focused DJ tool "Secrets Of Vibration" featuring a sexy spiritual monologue over a powerful TR-909 workout that reaches near tribal moments - matter of fact it's reminiscent of Samuel L Session's seminal work from the late '90s. Finally, we are treated to one more exercise in dancefloor drama on the brooding "Take It Back" which features a razor sharp bassline, diva vocals and soaring arpeggios. This follows up some great releases on sister label Truesoul, Intec and Octopus Black Label.
Review: For the 10th release, label owner D-Leria invites the Polish-born, Reykiavik-based artist Milena G?owacka who celebrates her debut on Delirio with "Immensity EP": a mixture of warm ambient with dark but intimate sonics, including a remix from a fanatic of analog synthesizers ''Mod21'' As well as the whole catalog ''DLR'', it will be released as a vinyl 10 inch clear and will be available on Bandcamp on October the 29th.
Review: Since launching with an Eddie Mars EP last Summer, UNO have fast defined their place as a go to label in the realms of experimental electronic music, with well received releases from artists as varied as CFCF, Fatima Al Qadiri, Jacques Greene and LOL Boys. The label's latest release ushers in a hitherto unknown quantity in the shape of Gobby, who justifies effortlessly his/her place on the UNO roster with four dizzying cuts, On the first two tracks this fledgling producer displays a real knack for making thoroughly strange music which is also innately funky. "Viewing HRS (Zzz)" is especially hooky even as micro-samples and wonky melodies try their best to throw the groove off course. "Blankface ATM" sees things getting weirder as electro techno (after a fashion) gets degraded and dissected, before "/U\" ploughs into a nightmarish vision of anchorless, darkside rhythm and noise.
Review: Vivod rescue some Gold Blood material from the archives for their latest hand stamped 12" release, pairing up an original track by the duo (The Chariots and The Good Wife frontman Emile Bojesen and Brassica producer Michael Anthony Wright for the uninitiated) with two remixes. In original form, "The Intruder" finds Gold Blood channelling Liasions Dangereuses with a dash of Trent Reznor attitude thrown in, as Bojesen yelps angrily over a spiky guitar riff. Scottish techno icon Neil Landstrumm remixes "The Intruder", embellishing the track's synthier intricacies wonderfully whilst on the flip the dramatically named Banished To Frigia turn in a snarling remix of "The Friction" which would probably have scared the Nag Nag Nag crew right through back in the days of electroclash.
Review: Nick Hoppner and Sunao Gonno are old pals, having first met in Tokyo way back in 2008. Here they join forces for a one-off collaborative EP on Hoppner's regular home, Ostgut Ton. Interestingly, all of the featured tracks are closer to Gonno's tactile, Balearic-tinged club sound than Hoppner's drowsy European deep house. "Fantastic Planet", in particular, is superb, with the duo layering undulating synthesizer lines and blissful melodies atop a bouncy, Detroit/Chicago fusion house groove. Elsewhere, "As Above, So Below" fuses long-drawn out organ chords and sustained notes with bubbling drum machine beats, while "Spocking Fivers" is a deep, jazzy and rubbery excursion into sparkling Balearic deep house.