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25 Feb 13
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Not sure if the title is in reference to the amount of time he spends measuring peoples response to his name 'ohhh I geddit: Fire-Hose-Eh!' or not, but it definitely wins our 'pun of the week' award (if we had one that is). This dude is from Estonia and he's all about taking the 90s and giving them a good seeing to. "Catwalk" is a quirky slice of vintage-sounding UKG, "Pufaika" is a clackity-clack booty track, "Departure" is a warped, RnBnKetamine dream, but it's the remarkable, techy-disco of "Buckwhirl" that's really doing it for us.
19 Mar 12
Review: Genotype is just the latest in an increasingly long line of respected drum & bass producers turning their hand to techno, but this release shows that far from being an afterthought, he has more than justified his move. "Red Bass" has a bit of characteristic D&B swing in its step, with a thick tunneling bass - it's a theme repeated in "Bondage", but with a significantly more sinister vibe. However, it's the inclusion of cinematic D&B aesthetics that really gives the EP its flair - "Injury Time" for example combines a deeper Detroit sensibility with a metallic ambience, whilst the lurching bass of "Hideout" combines with crackly D&B-inspired percussion. Exploring that exciting ground between bass and techno like no other, Deca Rhythm have fast become one of Bristol's most intriguing labels, and this release is another one to add to a strong catalogue.
23 Apr 12
Review: Pulling together a healthy spread of their roster, Decarhythm ably demonstrate their increasingly focused musical remit on this four-tracker. There's lean techno to be enjoyed from Genotype, where the bassline rules the day and the beat is an exercise in restraint. Kamikaze Space Programme plump for a shufflier approach to 4/4 with "Bhopal", although still plumbing a dark deep-space vibe. Bloodman has a decidedly straight-up tech-house atmosphere at work on "Jones", while Orphan 101 similarly ticks away with a warm sound that peppers the minimal groove with a light dusting of electro. For that sturdy peak-of-the-night tech-edged sound, Deca Rhythm seem to be an increasingly wise destination.
05 Mar 12
Review: The brand new alias of D&B-turned-techno producer Raiden, Kamikaze Space Programme has been a buzzword in underground music circles of late, and no wonder - this is top class and super sharp bass-heavy techno for the modern consumer. "Black Lagoon" kicks the Haas Effect EP off with some deeply hypnotic rhythms and inky black bass, whilst "Minus 28" continues the sublime musical magic with razor sharp synths, Metalheadz style humming and murmuring subs. "Crusoe On Mars" is another quirky cut, with gong-like SFX and shuffling beats, before "Trouble" rounds things off on a more sparse and stripped back note.
23 Jan 12
Review: After seemingly defining his production style in a positively minimal approach to hybrid dubstep and techno, Orphan101 comes to Decarhythm in an utterly different guise. "Itchin" launches into a brilliantly off-kilter stepper full of electro tweakery and crafty switch ups. It may sound a little awkward to digest, but the finished article nails the concept of a big banger with not a cliche in sight. "Aint Sam" harks back to cheeky minimal techno, while "Brenn" occupies a more sinister space over a 4/4 beat. Compared to the austere output of the past, this EP is Orphan101 in sure-fire party-starting mode. Recommended.
30 Jul 12
Review: Out on Decarhythm, Orphan 101 gets dubby on this new five-tracker, which features the beautifully spooked techno of "Oven Cat", the equally impressive and moody stomp of "Dit Dot" and the tasty fusion of dubstep expansiveness and tech drive that is title tune "Patcher".
04 Mar 13
Review: Having spent a good few years cultivating his hybrid bass-led sound, Rob Davies commits to a full-length to further expand on the spacious, atmospheric tones that his prior singles have always gravitated towards. There's a delicate touch at work, from the gossamer drop on "Hart" to the expressive slithers of synth on "Arrow Tune", and even when the beats are falling hard and clattering, there's a supple feeling to Davies' constructions. The tracks maintain the forward-momentum of techno even as they embrace all manner of rhythms and tempo, while the melodics celebrate the possibilities afforded by digital production without compromising on depth and warmth, making for a wholly captivating debut LP.
10 Dec 12