the ninth release on the dsr-c series comes from rhine. a new name with his roots in atmospheric techno steps up for his first solo ep.the ninth release on the dsr-c series comes from rhine. a new name with his roots in atmospheric techno steps up for his first solo ep. de storm opens the account with a loose collage of textured drums and scuffed-up synths. it makes for a bubbly groove that journeys far off into the night while de bron is more rooted underground, with cavernous echo chambers run through by supple bass synths and icy hi hat trails. spooky and haunting, its a track to send shivers down your spine. last of all, het meer is a watery affair, with aqueous drips and drops, radiant pads and then more tightly coiled drums brushing up against one another to make for something atmospheric but also nicely driven. all three tracks are characterised by a rather tender and reflective mood that makes them all the more unique.
lena willikens is the kind of artist whos only capable of following one path her own. in many ways, shes the archetypal selector, an unpredictable dj who often eschews all notions of genre in favor of what she describes as different temperatures, different time zones, different moods and a healthy portion of chaos. although her methods have certainly proven effective on the dancefloor, willikens also refuses to be bound by its traditional limitations.
pablos eye is the science of studio pressure, when engineer becomes artist. appropriating left and right as well as front and back, pablos eye uses the mixing desk to examine and exhaust the possibilities of moments. pablos eye is a record of that examination and exhaustion, but it is also a record of its own inner space. by means of depth placement, psychoacoustics and spatial fug, pabloís eye is experienced in the deeper reaches of the body, bypassing the conscious part of the mind entirely. . pablos eye is the turning of recorded music inside out to show its seams. it interrogates a song, stripping down the body of the song to reveal its bones. pabloís eye is in the interstices of music, it plugs the gaps, fills the holes. pabloís eye seeks out the concealed mechanisms, it is a songs hidden agenda. for this compilation, it was decided to present the softer air-beatings of pablos eye. more than anything, pablos eye is a temporary atmosphere, like a taste or a dream.
soul of hexs vicario musique is making a comeback in 2018, with cedillos most personal ep to date. the main track tetro is a futurist, simple but effective track dragging influences of the highest order on chicago, berlin and detroit. shadow aspect moves into a darker perspective combining analog and modular synthesis and clever drum breaks. on the bright side of the ep, sun compass a collaboration with his brother anttares is reminiscent of a paradise/balearic inspired track showing cedillo brothers versatile style. to finish the ep, the melancholic there are no words is a dedication to the memory of cedillos grandfather. tetro has been already being championed live on soul of hexs live boiler room session, and at tim sweeneys beats in space mix by zombies in miami.
repress 2018 , beautifully designed 2lp + mp3 download included when recondite, aka lorenz brunner, emerged with his debut lp for acid test (2012s on acid), we were still learning about the german producers inward- looking dance floor sound. a few years later, his sinewy jams have proved near universal like an underground zelig, hes fit perfectly everywhere from rødhåds dystopian to ghostly international and innervisions. acid test also allows recondite the chance to indulge his more outré tendencies and a welcomed return it is.
joris biesmans tve imprint returns for its third installment, this time featuring itís eponymous founder front, center and recording under his own name. led by a forward-thinking electro remix from the ever-versatile man power, its another firm display of synth-led versatility, brimming with confidence and charisma. angry baby is an irresistible pressure-pot of stomping house, as playful as itís name and as demanding as its imaginary infant protagonist, with a truly hypnotic, elastic breakdown proving irresistible in a club context man powers aforementioned remix is less loopy, more analog, with his well-tooled production technique pushing the records texture into altogether more cosmic and overwhelming territory, led by wailing synthesis. back to biesmans for b2, and a more acidic, almost unnerving vision unfolds throughout connecting the dots which does just that, linking futurist, michigan influences with a more floor-focused, european aesthetic.
oddmann recordings is a new london based label run by half baked s greg brockmann and production partner odd soul under their oddmann alias. having already forged their own very unique minimal techno sound, here they bring a superb three tracker with tunes aimed squarely at the dance floor, both at peak time and also those creepy dark after-hours moments
contort yourself continues to explore the crossover between decrepit 80s industrial and the modern artists drawing inspiration from those heady, experimental times, and the results are as thrilling as ever. haydees no gouvernance is a brutal charge of drums and distorted yelps, while 1983 jam de omnibus dubitandum by hunting lodge fuses layers of distortion and proto acid with live bass and brittle drums. catriel lays out a sinister but seductive message on nbdymksmefeellowlikeudo, giant swan bring their raucous avant-techno styles to dare and then gotshell remix hunting lodge into a thunderous industrial techno charge.
exceptional return of l/f/d/m aka loveís flacid disco muscle on midnight shift, with a remix by nick dunton of 65d mavericks, resurfacing under his latest moniker d-56m. abrasive acidic trax from the edge.
kris baha is fast becoming one of the most essential operators in the deviant disco underbelly of berlin s scene, despite having landed in the city relatively recently. baha s credentials with labels like power station and parties in melbourne are all that you need to know, and now this release on the ever mighty cocktail d amore seals the deal. baha has never sounded more confident, pinging deviant synths around nasty drum bite and channeling the gods of industrial darkness to make some rugged body music for the darker kind of dancefloor. the experimental, non-party tracks are just as wild, dealing in all manner of uncompromising noise to further bahas journey to the upper realms of sonic mud slingers
ludgate returns to west end communications with a high energy, maximum impakt, club record. ranging from fast paced techno to distorted electro, showcasing a diverse pallet with a more ambient cut to finish. all round 12/10.
selections from the acid attacks tape with an exclusive vinyl only track. jamal moss has cultivated an unmistakable sonic vocabulary. genre signifiers are contorted into perplexing polyrhythms of perpetual dynamism and velocity. the chirps and squelches of acid heritage are subverted and lunged into new zones without sacrificing spirit. this is another essential statement from an impossibly unique and uncompromising talent. tadd mullinix (jtc/dabrye), november 2017