People often forget that the widely-praised Robert Johnson club is actually from Offenbach and not Frankurt, a small town situated about 10 miles out of the city centre. Over the last few years, there's been a resurgence of talent emanating from the town, such as DJ Slynsgshot and his Yappin collective and associated artists like the Vincent Feit who opens the clubs thurd instalment of the Lifesaver series with a naughty little house melter called "X04". Across the comp, other RJ casuals appear, such as Massimigliano Pagliara with "Forever What", an aptly tropical house excursion, or Philip Lauer, Fort Romeau and the lesser known Felix Strahd. All in all, this is about the best house/techno compilation we've received all year and, like everything else the club does, it is an excellent addition to their catalogue. 10/10.
Courtesy is Black Dice member Eric Copeland's eleventh studio album in the past decade and his third for Ron Morelli's label. Apart from the US producer's prolific output, what impresses most here is his ability to deliver a wide range of styles within the general lo-fi spectrum. "Doggy" is a goofy workout that nonetheless takes inspiration from Chicago house, while in contrast, "Chinatown" is a jittery, punky affair and on "Oppsy Dayzee", he veers into a breathless, widescreen synth direction. However, such clean sounds are only a temporary distraction and Copeland's default position rests in the creation of busy, complex, left of centre tracks such as the tonal mess of "Following the Man" or on the drilling riffs and hyperactive cowbells of "Convoy".
Everybody do the robot! Cellardore is back on Slime, he's packing a shiny new 808 and he's not afraid to use it. Building on the momentum of his "303" EP, once again he's spoilt us for broken beat choice. "Eleven" is an angular homage to various essential 80s amino acids while both "Nothing Changed" and "Revolutionize" take even deeper down the classic electro rabbit hole. "You Love" closes the EP in fitting dramatic fashion as a cavernous Left/Right dynamic booms across the spacious swinging breaks. Just in time for festival damaging.
Kirikoo Des aka NSDOS uses old audio converters, Gameboy emulators, pieces of metal dismantled and weld together giving form to surreal machines. Surrounded by his hybrid tools, NSDOS unravels the rectilinear anatomy of techno music. Textures are exploded, sounds mutilated and brought back to their essence. This sonic odyssey, NSDOS initiated in his native town Paris before exploring it deeper in Berlin. his new album intervenes as the completion of his organic vision of music. Inspired by meteorological stations and according to a principle and of biofeedback. Other influences include Japanese dance Buto, as well as his interest for biology and his experimental aura through industrial, sometimes nearly metal sounds. All these elements form the essence of whole new movement of which he constantly pushes the frontiers.