A double header from Kompakt Extra, "Speicher 67" lets fly into breathless techno. Frenchman Maxime Dangles's "Bras De Zil" is raw techno that intensifies and then withdraws before Steve Moore takes us in darker, more menacing techno on his "Bayern Kurve." With plenty of energy throughout, this is one not to be missed.
Most recently seen collaborating with vocalist Daniel O'Sullivan as Miracle on an album for Planet Mu, Steve Moore resurfaces in solo mode with a fine LP for the Spectrum Spools label. If you are a fan of the US synth underground, then you will undoubtedly own at least one record by Moore, whose solo output draws from John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream and nudges these influences into patient, evolving synth soundscapes that have positively healing effects. Nine sumptuous tracks long, Pangaea Ultima might be Moore's most ambitious set yet; themed around the super-continent of the same name that geologists have speculated will form in the next quarter of a billion years, the music occupies "an atemporal space" that is far removed from retro pastiche or obvious sci-fi tropes.
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