The ninth layer of Affin's continuous various artists series arrives with two tracks from Chris Page; the first, "Used", is remixed by Mattias Fridell who conjures up something reserved, but equally big room, while tailing the EP is the minimal "Shifter" - think Dettmann on Perlon. Chemie opens the EP with the cool breaths, dubby chords and booming beats of "Entropy", while Kid Mistic reworks Sean Danke's "Different Vibes" into something that sounds like it's crawled out of a crusty concrete mixer. One of the EP's more recognised acts, Dax J, delivers something high energy with "New Beginnings" as does Ad Lib & Silvision with their industrial yet melodic "Path 2".
Fresh-faced UK techno producer Chris Page has only been releasing music for the past year, but already his sound is taking in a healthy range of styles. It's a crisp, digital sound he has striven for on the I Am Still EP, but with an electronica sophistication at times; most notably in the robotic synth work you find on "Negative". Elsewhere there's more straight-up bleak techno fare to be found, shot through with a careful kind of restraint. Bristol producer Damien Schneider jacks "I Am Still" up nicely with some nasty hats and a mean kick drum, adding a tougher edge to the original.
This German label has won its reputation by straddling the house/techno divide, but there is no such ambiguity on Chosen 3. Focusing heavily on harder sounds, it opens with Rebekah's remix of Chris Page's "Derailleur", a steamrolling, fist-pumping affair, littered with belligerent chord stabs. Advanced Human's "Satellite Club" is in a similar vein, its dark drums and soldered iron riffs sounding similar to Jeff Mills. The Jeroen Search take on Egor Boss' "Inversion 2.2" isn't short of high-paced thrills either, and its doubled up claps and tracky rhythm provide a hard-edged basis for Boss' ghostly synths; the release highlight however is Dax J's "New Beginnings", a chord-heavy groove that throbs and filters to infinity.
Revelation Of Noise - "The Golden Mean" (original mix) - (7:37) 126 BPM
It's likely Joachim Spieth's Affin is the only label with the ability to keep up with the prolific output of techno magnate Advanced Human who heads the Australian imprint Gynoid Audio. And with only a few months left of 2013 they don't look to be slowing down. Layer 10 is the latest release following last week's Layer 9, and with ten various artist releases now chalked up, this is somewhat of a milestone. First up is a Woo York remix of Patrick Bateman's linear "Oxo 2", while Chris Page opts for some industrial, minimal and dubby techno - yes, somehow he's combined all three. Brenden Moeller adds some aqueous funk to the EP with a groovy reshape of Spieth's "Sensual", while Roberto's drier loops of "Kai-Zen Dub" could go on forever. Chemie provides something decidedly big room, while Revelation Of Noise joins in on the peak time antics with a melodic "The Golden Mean".