There's always a collective whoop in Juno Towers when a new release from Tronik Youth's Nein Records arrives. The label's been on a decidedly EBM tip of late, and Cannibal Ink's "Acid U" seems purpose built for the job. The original version sees a slow 'n' sleazy (105bpm!) electro grind narrated by a chemically affected Euro-tranny in a gothy, smoke-filled basement club. Elsewhere Nein's go-to The Emperor Machine continues the Boccaccio club vibes with a spacier 10 minute Balearic groover. Furthermore Manchester's lad-about-town, Chris Massey, delivers a fine retro house mix complete with ravey synth stabs.
There's something decidedly trippy, bordering on psychedelic, about the slo-mo and mid-tempo house workouts of Spanish trio Cannibal Ink. "Le Petit Prince" is a perfect example of their trademark style, and featuring raw, rough electronics and acid flashes riding a chugging, saucer-eyed, no-wave influenced house groove. It's a little more tech-tinged than some of the material on, say, World Unknown and Emotional [Especial], but it shares a similar aesthetic. There's a myriad of remixes to choose from, with Justin Robertson's Chicken Lips-go-industrial take, Moscoman's weird-wave interpretation, and Alvaro Cabana's punk-funk influenced drug-chug standing out.
Never knowingly peak time, this Spanish act much prefers to mine to the slower grooves of the more psychedelic, body music end of the spectrum. Following some high profile releases primarily on Nein, they're back with two new jams on Melamana. At 118bpm "Franco Is Dead" is the livelier of the pair - all undulating acid grooves and breaky beats, whilst "Sirius B" is six minutes of seriously brooding analogue synth meanderings. Timothy J Fairplay also rocks up to inject some driving body music rhythms to the layers of keyboard washes. Dancefloor doom at its best.
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