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09 Jul 12
Played by: Concrete Djz, Juno Recommends Techno, Mirko S., Bas Mooy, Enclave, Tura, DJ Srle (Perpetual)
Review: M_REC keep their foot firmly planted on their 2012 pedal by releasing Spanish producer Aiken's Balance EP, his first release for the label which includes a special remix from UK techno luminary Regis. Aiken's "First Balance" is as trippy and melodic as it is well travelled. A continuous synth loop journeys through a smattering of white noise and hissing percussion, but remains devoid of cheesiness. "Second Balance" is more gracious than the first, although slightly disturbing - think Italian horror film composer Claudio Simonetti meets Jeff Mills Something In The Sky series. Regis' remix hunches the original from its sleek invention, creating a grubby translation of insect chatter and workshop percussion. "Third Balance" is the most visceral of the three as a hectic loop creates a sharp and deranged mantra - proceed with caution.
30 Jan 12
Review: UK producer Ben Gibson impressed with a visceral take on techno for Jeff Mills's 6277 label, but the cold, austere tones on Milk are ultimately more seductive. "Implex" sets the tone with a surging bass, heavy claps and hissing percussion supporting a series of cold, pitch-bent bleeps. Gibson uses the same approach on "Stereoscope", where a plunging bassline and insidious bleeps provide for a cold but thrilling experience. Meanwhile, Gibson reverts to a more visceral approach on "Florentine", which is fuelled by distorted drums - and Samuli Kemppi's version of "Implex" provides a stepping, stripped back alternative to the aura of bleakness that prevails on More Than Milk.
02 Apr 12
Review: Alex Tsiridis and Huseyin Evirgren are Cassegrain, and the duo's third missive comes through Max_M's M_Rec LTD, with their Painter-Palette EP. "Painter Of Modern Life" promotes a lightly trickled bassline, sparking industrial statics, juggled around Sandwell District styled blips. Ed Davenport steps up for what could be his finest work to date, dubbing down Cassegrain's original to deeper cut of underground techno - Davenport's trademark bottom end ensuring maximum club efficiency. On the (digital) flip Cassegrain present their most peak-time production yet with "Palette" - a devilish track, harbouring the muscle to satisfy DJ sets from Len Faki and Chris Liebing.
18 Apr 11
Review: One of the main artists on digital label Labrynth, Field Transitions sees Coefficient make the move to Italian techno label M_Rec. The brilliantly named "Scale Invariant Spectrum" is a creepy, coruscating minimal workout, its heavy drums building and building, dropping back down and then repeating this approach. "Vacuum Instability" is more pacey and stark, the cold bleeps that litter the arrangement sounding like classic Sahko or Sleeparchive. Finally, Labrynth colleague Michaelangelo delivers a remix of "Instability". Heavier and more industrial sounding than the original, the pile-driving metallic riffs are fused with Coefficient's cold bleeps to form an insane finale, like a juggernaut racing towards a cliff.
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Review: Having had a long and illustrious career releasing on labels such as his own Zooloft and Prologue, on this 12" Italian producer Giorgio Gigli brings his dark sound to M_Rec Ltd with two wildly different productions. "Indifferent Sight" is built around a driving motorik bassline, while unpredictable percussive elements reverberate in the background. "Individual Unconscious" meanwhile is a totally beatless production which layers echoing drones over a warm filtered bass pulse; the mood is less aggressive than its counterpart, but no less alienating. On the B-Side, kindred spirit of dark techno Terence Fixmer remixes "Indifferent Sight", taking the original's already substantial bassline and adding more bite to it, with a texture resembling EBM; he gives the track of bit of breathing space in the middle with an ambient interlude, but this only serves to heighten the fury when the bass returns.
03 Dec 12
Review: Jeff Derringer may be a relative newcomer to the world of electronic music production, but as this release shows, it hasn't taken him long to reach a high standard. "Ambition" is a killer shot of contemporary techno, its scary riffs and reverberated claps housed in a rolling, DJ-friendly groove. "Shame" sees Derringer bring the bass to the fore with a growling low end riding choppy percussion. Best of all though is Compassion: the drums are clipped and reduced-sounding, but it's all about the trancey, old school riff at its heart. Like early Underworld jacked up on ket, it's a truly trippy experience.
03 Oct 11
11 Feb 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Concrete Djz, Juno Recommends Techno, Philippe Petit (Knotweed/Dmt), Alonso Varela
Review: Across their releases for esteemed labels like Semantica, Modularz and their own eponymous imprint, NX1 have shown themselves to masters of the kind of throbbing techno so beloved of producers like Function and Developer, and their latest release sees them arrive on M_Rec with four of their most devastating productions to date. Keeping their track titles typically brief, they opt to use the "MR" prefix this time round; "MR1" rolls forward with the inevitability of an out of control juggernaut, as pulsing bass slips between clattering percussion, while "MR2" offers abstract modular noise in conjunction with Fachwerk-style house touches. "MR3" offers a rasping bass and tumbling rhythm akin to Shifted's recent OCS banger "Chapter", while "MR4" combines subtly swung yet whiplash-inducing percussion with an ominous sequence of swelling chords and abstract drones.
31 Jan 11
Played by: Concrete Djz, Paylipservice(Techhead Toolbox), Autoreply Music, Mattias Fridell, Paul Brtschitsch, Delko
Review: There must be something in the water up in northern Europe: following in the proud tradition started by seminal 90s minimal label Sahko and the weird soundscapes of Biosphere is Finnish techno producer Samuli Kemppi. With releases in the past few years on Prologue, Komisch, Luke Slater's Mote Evolver and the mighty Ostgut - which commissioned him to appear on Marcel Dettmann's mix CD - Samuli's star is in the ascent thanks to his distinctive brand of spooky, spaced out techno. Certainly, this release on the oddly named M-Rec Ltd Cue label will win him more praise, thanks to his ability to tease new shapes out of previous narratives. Both "Bang" and "Crunch" reverberate to the sound of thundering claps and slamming, stripped back rhythms. Both are testament to Samuli's skills as a techno producer, but neither prepare the listener for the second half of the release. "Bounce" features more musical pads, but the track's most distinguishing feature is its panning, insistent hook that sounds like an update of Dave Angel's 1992 classic, "Bounce Back". Changing tact completely, Kemppi finishes with "Expand", a gloriously evocative synth piece that sounds like he's following the northern lights' path through the cosmos.
15 Apr 13
Review: The direction that Sawf takes on Skotos may surprise anyone who heard his work for Perc. The title track is positively upbeat as he drops lithe, skipping beats and a purring bass. However, as the track progresses, it becomes more intense, with the bassline getting gloomier and darker, and a dissected vocal, pitched down and indistinct, running through the arrangement. Milton Brdley's version meanwhile pushes the track into a minimal direction - the 90s variant - with yelping industrial riffs flying off the insistent rhythm track. If listeners are looking for something intense, then they should check the Henning Baer version, where distorted drums and a darker take on the vocal, prevail.