The Faux Metier label has a curious approach. They've taken anonymity to its logical conclusion, offering releases without any artist info whatsoever. They are, as they point out on their Soundcloud profile, an "artist-less label". This ninth release offers more woozy, feelgood fare, from the intoxicating, cowbell-laden warmth of opener "Creme de Menthe", to the crackly, hissing, string-laden expanse of downtempo goodness that is "Rings of Saturn". In between, you can enjoy the robust, floor-friendly stomp of classic US garage bumper "1% Visible", and the fiendishly heavy pulse of the nine-minute deep and jackin' "Posthumous".
If hard techno is your thing then there's every chance Repitch Recordings is already a familiar name, along with its co-founders D. Carbone, Ascion and the ever-prolific Shapednoise. For the label's latest release, the Repitch crew deliver a track each, and although all three productions are hard as nails, there's a welcoming cerebral element to the EP. For D.Carbone it comes in the form of sombre bleeps and rumbling drums which dangerously simmer, but never boil, while Ascion's "000.2-2" is as rock steady as it is fluid. Shapednoise delivers the EP's third track, which sounds like a WWII tank cumbersomely rolling through a battle scarred landscape taking as much fire as it gives out.