The Serbian representative of retirement synthesiser success Abul Mogard has a new release to impart which comes forth on Walls' own label Ecstatic. As with previous Mogard releases on VCO Records, there is a quiet, slow-burning intensity to this work, gently unfurling monstrous tones in a harmonious swell that manages to be both comforting and unsettling in the same stroke. With subtle processing at the heart of his sound, Mogard once again demonstrates just how powerful the right combination of signal paths can be at evoking strong emotions, using the most glacial sonic gestures possible as a throwdown to an impatient age.
The latest release on Sasha's label comes from German producer Alex Niggeman. It's interesting to hear how minimal house morphed into deeper sounds and has now reached a point where it is displaying progressive tendencies. This is audible on "Virgo", with Niggeman delivering a big room number, led by dark bass pulses and a pumping rhythm. Fur Coat's version pushes even closer to the progressive house sound, with tough drums and a monotone bass sound making for a more linear version. Finally, there's Niggeman's "Nebula". More tracky than "Virgo", its tough drums and snaking bass will still appeal to fans of hypnotic big room house and techno.