It seems like yesterday that the Clan Destine Records label set up shop but, it has in fact been five years now, and the catalogue is looking extensive and expansive from our end. Newcomer Ian Hicks steps up and delivers a fine mini LP that was originally a cassette; luckily for us, the tape hiss hasn't been lost in the mix and each of these six tunes sound as grainy and distorted as anything we've heard this week. There's plenty of sublime material on here starting with the opening mind-bender that is "Cede To A Rival", but the mood deviates to house and techno thanks to other cuts like "Repression & Rectitude", or the grizzly, pseudo electro of "Find Inside". It's the spaces between the dance tunes that make this release all the more special, however, and Ian Hicks is most certainly a welcomed addition to our world. Tip!
Newbie Silver Waves has gone from rags to riches, and jumped from progressive house to industrial along the way. Appearing here for Portals Editions, the producer two apocalyptic slices of rhythmic noise, the first of which is the demonic "V" with its subtle jungle folds, and that's remixed by Ossia into a much subtler, more pulsating episode of percussive psychedelia. "VI", on the other hand, sounds like Dillinja from Metalheadz on a heavy dose of tranquillisers and - breaks blasting out with fury from every angle - and the tune is retouched and recalibrated by Giant Swan into a slithering, grainy medley of squelching beats and gloomy bass weight.