Review: While some previous AM outings have focused solely on re-edits of quirky and obscure records, this EP boasts all original material from a Romanian producer with a passion for intoxicating electronics, slow grooves and mind-altering concept albums. The six tracks here are split into two distinct camps. On the A-side, the AM crew has gathered together some of his most atmospheric chuggers, including the doomy, Section 25-influenced weirdness of "Articulat" and the bustling psychedelic trip that is "Mean Machine". The flipside is a little less tightly focused but no less impressive, with the warbling operatic vocals, head-nodding percussive hypnotism and late night ambient textures of "Love Affair" standing out.
Review: The second part of Garage Hermetique's ongoing trawl through the archives of Kirk Degiorgio's acclaimed As One project offers up some classic, previously album-only tracks from 1994 and '97. First up is "Mihara", a wonderfully spacey, positive and dreamy fusion of elongated synth chords, funky, Clavinet style motifs, rich bass and skittish, Detroit-influenced drums. Deep breakbeat-techno cut "Destination Other" showcases two of Degiorgio's primary influences - namely jazz-funk and Motor City electro - while "Shambala" (B2) is a breezy, attractive and aesthetically pleasing chunk of techno/electro fusion. Fittingly, Convextion man Gerard Hansen dons his E.R.P alias to deliver a 2018 update of the latter track, in the process turning it into a warm, yearning and loved up chunk of deep electro full of lilting melodies and drifting pads.
Review: James "ASC" Clements has built up a vast discography since making his debut 19 years ago, mixing atmospheric ambient and electronica albums with more floor-focused EPs that see him explore his own particular take on everything from IDM and experimental drum and bass to deep techno and more dub-wise futurist rhythms. This superb double-pack sits somewhere between the two schools, offering up epic, slowly unfurling soundscapes that fix his explorative, head-in-the-clouds chords and melodies to intriguing, club-ready rhythms. He opens with the IDM-influenced deep techno bliss of "Arrival", before exploring similar sonic pastures on the breakbeat-powered iciness of "Redshift". "Blueshift" is a brilliant 17-minute trip into broken techno/ambient techno fusion, while closing cut "Departure" sees Clements casually join the dots between dub space ambient and hazy dub techno.
Review: Green Village has already proven itself to be a trusted outpost for all kinds of adventurous souls in the US house and techno game. Transmitting out of Jersey City, the label now invites Ali Asker to serve up a mixed bag of treats. "Standards" heads into classic electro territory, while "Concatenate" swerves into strange, fractured lands somewhere between deepest techno and outright tropical ambience. "Ascent" is a celestial soarer, all achingly beautiful arpeggios and sub bass pressure, which DJ Spider then drags into one of his knotted grooves. Patrice Scott's version is understandably lighter, favouring his trademark strain of soul-stirring deep house as a framework for whispers of the original to dart around.
Review: Ataxia are comprised of Detroit acid techno producers Eric Ricker and Ted Krisko, who made their debut back in 2013 with Canada's Clarian (Footprintz) and vocalist Cari Golden on an EP for Los Angeles based Culprit. They followed that up with a long awaited EP for Seth Troxler's Play It Say It last year and here we go again with the impressive follow up: Rave Oddities EP. From the minimalist and hypnotic spell casting of "Quicksand" which is very Motor City with its sense of funk and vaguely reminiscent of Mathew Jonson. On the flip, they bring some serious power with the epic rave energy of "Texas Is The Reason" with tunnelling hoover leads, gnarly Reese bassline and steely rhythms hammering the message home.
Review: Australians seem to be doing something right with their house music these days, with Perth being a veritable hotbed for quality dance music all-round! The Plaza boys launch their own label here, a debut spear-headed by a delightful collaborative EP which spans all corners of the so-called 'outsider' realm. Atripat opens with a curious cocktail of dizzy, distorted sonics lulling about to a groove made of bleeps and sporadic injections of melodies, which is a perfect way for Consulate to drop the grungy electro of "Zersetsung" on our asses. The flipside is inaugurated by Lanngman's "80017A", another feisty, mutant bass-boasting bullet of electro weaponised to the teeth with raw jungle breaks, so it's up to Mike Midnight to settle the scores with a comparatively gentler house framework in the form of "CL CL". Don't fret, though, there is plenty of dread and hardcore sensibility even in the more restrained moments throughout this fine opening EP from Plaza.
Review: REPRESS! Sometimes there is a sound that lifts you so high you can't possibly come down. It's the kind of sound that many strive for, but few can ever reach. UK mainstay Aubrey has been hitting this pinnacle for years through his releases on renowned imprints such as Metroplex, Ostgut Ton, and Skudge, as well as his very own Solid Groove Records. "The Reflection" EP comes as no exception. As only a DJ and Producer of his stature can do, Aubrey goes above and beyond to take the listener through a spectrum of moods that culminate in a rounded and complex experience. From the uplifting, fast paced pads in "Peligro 45" to the disorienting rhythmic voodoo of "Roger Doger" and peak energy drive of "Train To The Fire" there is a sense of direction and otherworldly ambiance that will take any dance floor to the place it needs to be.