Acid Pauli is a name synonymous with Berlin clubbing culture; he got his musical education in the city via experiences at places like Bar 25 and Fusion Festival and claims to be 'deeply rooted in musicality and adventurousness.' BLD is the second full album from Martin Gretschmann aka Acid Pauli and builds on his already impressive back catalogue that includes a debut album released on Nicolas Jaar's Clown and Sunset. Starting out with the deep and tropical ethnic vibes of "Baris, the deep dub techno of "Majid" equally impressed us while the sexy and sublime beatless synth workout "Joan" added some romantic flavour. Closing track "Jorge" has some wonderful analogue synth textures hypnotising you into submission on this esoteric journey that'll appeal to Crosstown Rebels fans.
Southern Italian trio Andrea Di Ceglie, Fedele Ladisa and Luigi Tutolo are Agents Of Time and inaugurate their new Obscura imprint with the Day One EP. These guys have carved out a name for themselves by delivering some extremely well structured and elaborate analogue techno jams and "Era" is no exception. "Dungeon" likewise features some superbly crafted melodies and razor sharp basslines that would make even Mathew Jonson stand up and notice, but they save the best for last on the darkly reduced techno of "Lower World" which calls to mind the early factory floor sounds of Ben Klock's Klockworks imprint several years ago.