Electronic Operators' contribution to the tenth Emphatic instalment is the most conventional, featuring a throbbing electronic groove that rattles and hums its way through a succession of build-ups and breakdowns. DJ Stay's "Strike" takes a more visceral route. Although it too is predicated on buzzing riffs, it's the jarring percussion pushing it onwards and upwards that really has the impact. However, both sound restrained in comparison to Vegim's "Worlds Between Tones", a dense broken beat techno workout that pauses occasionally before diving headlong back into Regis-style intensity. It's not for the faint-hearted, and sounds all the better for it.
When Ben Sims's contribution to an EP is the most laid back track on offer, you know that the release isn't for the faint-hearted. Cesar Alemna's "Firewall" proves this observation to be correct, its waves of jarring noise riding over a stomping looped backing. Sergy Casttle's track is slightly more restrained, with the hardcore-era chords tempering the pumping beats, and DJ Stay's "Seko" boasts a wiry, pulsing techno rhythm underpinned by deep pads. That leaves Sims's "Space Woman Affair"; the UK DJ's love of loops is audible on the dense, rolling rhythm while the gurgling acid and dramatic synth sweeps reveal a softer side to Sims's production.
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