A mystery for you - how have two newcomers to the techno scene risen from the Moscow underground to produce such an elegant work of pinpoint precision and grit, famously lauded by the mighty Richie Hawtin? Featuring the now notorious "Acid Village" demo, it seemingly chops effortlessly between hard minimal techno and something deeper with every beat. Looped crackles and pops flit between warmer percussion, oddly enticing samples and strings, creating perfect sound design from the grime. Atmospheric but never overindulgent, this has to be one of 2013's greatest hidden gems.
A duo from Sao Paulo, Click Box have become a firm fixture of Richie Hawtin's Minus label over the years and here comes their latest offering. The title track is a slice of throbbing stripped back techno, while the similar "Match 5" expands on the theme by adding some more propulsive hi-hats and seriously sinister analogue sounds and melodies. "Brutal Shore" goes weirder still, but it's the mighty "Doubt" that's the key track on this release - a driving kick drum is layered with otherworldly soundscapes creating a truly apocalyptic feel.