romanian artist dragutesku’s “convalescent” steadily builds from clicks and crackles to full speed rumble, squelchy bass paired with spacey pads and crisp percussion. cali native rithma responds with “watsonville”, thrusting the ripped-cone kick to the front before the softer side slides beneath the rhythm for an all-night drive. russian producer saktu starts the flipside with “veidi”, a neon-soaked breakbeat floater pulling the low end out for the midsection’s chirrupy synth-chat before turning on the jets. from berlin via budapest comes giash’s “new things”, a frictionless ride on a hypersonic rail across a bubbling, tonal landscape.
the third minim various artist release draws in sounds from the global underground, skewering flavors of minimal, techno, tech house, and house on a four-pack of low-key burners. a1 finds muscovite rabotnic swerving the chug and thump of robotraffic on a path to -somewhere-, followed by belgian jerome.c’s picturesque -landscape- swooshing by on the motorik expressway. the flipside chimes in on coriesu & diego santana’s -moonlife-, a steady drive in the american rover along the sea of tranquility. the ep rounds out with netherlandic newcomer arenque’s percussive, atmospheric & soulful vocal trip -sfeerbad-.
minim records gathers a quartet of bumpin sleek sounds from around the globe for the anticipated 002 va. “stardub” finds romanian producer mano andrei layering ethereal, muted pads over some raw percussives, tight driving kick and body moving bassline, while montreal gearhead pheek’s “glad i say” mates tech house bounce and sine-wave wubs to a creaky, industrial sonic palette. uk trackslinger tijn pictures the “cosmos” bursting with angular breakbeats and 4/4 subs, as the talented ukranian producer/dj and tvir label boss komponente tweaks percussive tones, punches the kick, and adds a coating of sonic grit on the brain-bending “amigdala”.