Thoroughly on the dark side of twisted techno, Da Goblinn is back with this new album that encompasses the full spectrum of spooked house. The slinky, minimal ghetto-funk of "Ee-Walk Funk" is a good entry point to Goblinn's world, whilst the usage of detuned, ring-modulated vocals work well on the metal-electro of "All The Kings & Queens" or "Da Boom Boom". As stunning as it is febrile and doom-laden, this is a brilliantly uncompromising listen.
Having previously reinterpreted rave and hardcore on 2005's 1992 And All That, Canadian producer Mindtransit is back for a more updated journey through ravey beats on new album Imperium &c. Putting his techno hat on for the excellent "Nobody But You", and going back to the 90s keys for "Just Another Piano Track" shows he's still brilliantly routed in the early days of hardcore, while "Interregnum" shows that dubstep has had an influence of late - mixing a reggae-ish arrangement with plenty of clatter-drum and thick, thick basslines. More than just a nostalgia trip, this is another fine collection of unusual and very vital beats.