Mark Hawkins takes a break from his controversial house project Marquis Hawkes to deliver four purist techno cuts on Developer's label. In some ways, Singularity sees the UK producer return to his roots. After all, Hawkins originally released hard techno on labels like Djax and Uglyfunk in the early 00s, but this new approach is more linear and streamlined. "One Ten" sees him drop a firing percussive track that resounds to eerie riffs, while on "Entranced", he combines a mesmerising synth riff with a pulsing acid backing. "Mist" is slower and more murky, while "Alley Groove" is the rawest track on the release, combining a stripped back metallic rhythm with frequency shifting tones.
Juxta Position is an alias for Mark Hawkins, the producer behind Marquis Hawkes. In contrast to that project, Juxta Position provides a pure techno sound. Hawkins has already released EPs on DVS1's Mistress and Failsafe 01 offers more of this material. On "Sutartines", he lays down a gritty, raw groove that welcomes the haunting chatter of spirits from a supernatural world. "Machines" features a linear, heads-down groove, but here too, Hawkins doesn't opt for a lazy approach, and spacey textures swirl over the tight percussive licks and tough, dense kicks. This is an essential release for fans of purist techno.
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