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11 May 09
12 Mar 12
28 May 12
Played by: Millhouse, Paul Mac, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Enthousiaste Gasten, Balankin, Slam, Chris Chambers, Hannah Wild
Review: Ben Sims's label delivers a diverse but hard-hitting three-tracker. The label boss is first up and "Bite This" sees him sever the links with his loopy past. It's still a repetitive track, but as its basis Sims deploys a pulsing electronic groove and firing percussion, while a malevolent riff makes the transition from jarring and abrasive to atmospheric and eerie. Ritzi Lee travels a similar path on "Reverse Processed", where snappy percussion and a nagging bassline underpin metallic stabs and jarring riffs that reach out into the darkness. By contrast, Paul Mac's "Dry Run" is a more soulful experience. Despite the proliferation of spiky, metallic drums, it's the screeching, slightly deranged male vocal that stands out.
24 Sep 12
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: It's great to see a veteran producer like Paul Mac make a return and this harder-edged release comes hot on the heels of his recent Hotel Insomnia record. The title track is a pounding techno affair, its dark, brooding bass rising through the arrangement, accompanied by crashing snares and screeching shards of metallic percussion. It's as intense as Mac gets, but there is some respite in the shape of sensuous pads as the track progresses. "Rolled Out And Back" isn't as intense, but the beats have a real resonance and the chords are soulful - but without the danger of Mac and his partner Kryptic Minds lapsing into mushy mood music.
23 Feb 09
15 Oct 12
Review: The veteran UK producer Paul Mac is enjoying a renaissance at the moment and Drums & Breaks is a reminder about why he is held in such high regard. The title track is based against the backdrop of a pulsing rhythm and crunchy beats, but it's the shimmering, trancey synth, combined with a groovy filter that give the arrangement so much impetus . "Doubts Remain" meanwhile, is a classic 90s techno track, its surging chords and hissing percussion reminiscent of vintage Ian Pooley. EPM have also commissioned on point remixes of the title track: G Flame's version is a compressed, chugging affair, but for those who want a throbbing, acid-fuelled remix, head straight for the Advent vs Industrialyzer reshape.
15 Apr 13
29 Oct 12
Review: Unlike many of his peers, veteran UK producer Paul Mac excels at the album format. Previous long-players Old School Former Pupil and Push Came to Shove have afforded him the opportunity to showcase his versatile approach, and Insomnia is no different. The rolling, loopy groove of "Disc Elecronique" and the stripped back rhythms of "Driven Points" prove that he's still got an intuitive dance floor feeling, while the dramatic string stabs of the title track and the evocative chords on "Old" see him bring the Detroit narrative to clubby techno. But Mac is not just about copying existing narratives and the chord-heavy, filtered groove of "More Disco" represents a new mutant strain - dubby, disco techno.
17 Sep 12
Review: Paul Mac is one of the UK's real techno veterans, a producer with a sizeable back catalogue spanning a variety of sounds. For this EP, a taster for an album of the same name, he focuses on deep, Detroit techno, but with a twist. The title track is a driving affair, but Mac lends it a musical sound with evocative, breezy chords combined with dramatic string stabs. "Undoubted" sees him go down a more tracky route and its heads-down groove veers close to militaristic, but he keeps it on the right side thank to the clanging drums and crashing percussion. Marcel Fengler also contributes an excellent, wobbly bass-led version of "Insomnia".
25 Apr 11
Played by: Paul Mac, Veztax, Shadow Dancer, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Bas Mooy, Mattias Fridell, Posthuman, Mgmx, William Wild (Mindreaders)
Review: UK producer Paul Mac is one of the most prolific techno artists and has been putting out music since the mid-90s. This goes some way to explaining why his new release for Kirk Degiorgio's ART label alternates between such extremes. On "Odd Things Amount To Nothing", Mac delivers a slab of hard, jacking techno; its jarring, droning riffs and heavy filters building up to a roof-raising finale. By contrast, on "Here Comes The Swing", Mac drops a deep house gem, its bleeding acid bassline and wonderfully eerie synth riffs inspired by Adonis and Larry Heard. Only a producer of Mac's experience and talents could manage mood swings with such aplomb.
20 Oct 08
23 Apr 12
Played by: Paul Mac
17 Dec 12
Review: It's a positive thing that a veteran producer like Paul Mac can re-appear, seemingly at random and receive acclaim for his work. Then again, as Simple demonstrates, not every producer is as talented. The title track is a heavy, rolling groove, powered by a dark, booming bass and made all the more effective thanks to its churning filter. It sounds like Mac has made an attempt to fuse loopy techno with Saunderson-style bassy grooves and has succeeded. Liverpool producer John Heckle opts for a radically different approach with his remix. Heckle's remix is based on a jacking rhythm and acidic licks that insinuate themselves in and out of the arrangement.
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