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With its festival, International Series, DJ Directory and Soundsystem: Dimensions has become a leading name in the underground. In only a mere six years of existence thus far, that's quite impressive we must say! Now, they extend their influence with the start of a new label: Dimensions Recordings. It launches with a 12 track compilation across three separate EP. This edition features some cutting edge electronics from legends and new heroes of the scene alike. Electro heroes London Modular Alliance appear with their best impression of purist Detroit electro on "Crosstalk" while the it also features the glacial dub techno tones of Upwellings' "Soft Shadows". Then, Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert gives us the very Robert Hood sounding "Tokio"and Windy City legend Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology appears with something harder than you'd usually expect from the man: on the gnarly analogue techno of "Comb Freq".



Color is the third album by Patricia, the stage name of Max Ravitz and it moves eloquently throught a variety of moods and styles. On "I Know the Face but Not the Name", he marries detuned riffs with sharp electro drums, while on "Liminal States", the US producer delivers a stripped back techno rhythm that plays host to chiming, melodic chords. Throughout Color, Ravitz exhibits a real depth to his sound; irrespective of whether he is channeling Drexciya for the underwater textures and powerful bass of "Speed Wagon Night Bride" or if he is moving through late night ambient soundscapes on "The Words Are Just Sounds", this is a intricately pieced together, beautifully executed work.
It's been 14 years since Marc Clair aka Nu Era released new material, but as Geometricks shows, he hasn't lost his magic, Detroit-influenced touch. "Space Above Us" sets the tone with wonderful, warbling melodies, liquid acid bass and stirring strings all unravelling over a jerky, wiry rhythm. One simply doesn't hear this kind of uplifting, atmospheric techno these days. On "Lines Between Us", Clair delivers a warm bass and breezy synths, "Octahedron" revolves around a similarly lush combination - albeit with strings replacing then synths - while "Heartstrings" features crisp drums, soulful piano keys and soaring woodwind. It's the most musical piece on the release and proves that Clair is a true master of his craft.
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