Atichgate is the third release from mysterious producer 04LM on Soma and consolidates his reputation as a purveyor of deep dub techno. That said, there is nothing introverted or reflective about this three-track EP. From the outset, he lays down a powerful manifesto; "Atich" rolls along at almost 130bpm and features mysterious synths rising up through its bass-heavy, pounding groove. The title track dispenses with melody altogether for a rumbling, grainy workout that centres on grainy percussion and an insistent, creaky filter. "Afterbyte" sees 04LM revert to a cleaner sound, and its solid kick underpins a wave of tranced out melodies.
Staring down the barrel of a quarter of a century of releases, the legendary A-Sides tees up the second of his four-part "Quart" series. Kicking off with a beefier take on "One DJ" we're then submitted to light-headed jazz soul with Makoto on "Temptation", some incredible sample play on "Into Time", classic percussive deep Omni style on "Moon Raker" before closing with a lean string/sub workout that tips a nod to the mid 90s before everything got dark and steppy. Bring on "Sector 3".