MethLab Recordings, as their name suggests, are always in some back room cooking up some rather suspicious sonic concoctions and, yes, they aren't exactly opposed to throwing in a few solvents along the way. Their first Monoleth series comes as a collaborative effort, starting with a fuzzy, twisted nutter by the name of "Vertebrae" by Aethek, which is followed by Broken Note's volcanic bass eruption "Rust In Piece". Hybris' "Gut Rumble" is a broken, jacked-out techno hybrid, but our favourite piece on here has to be "Dark Matter Lunchbox" from Audeka and Bell's Worth - a veritable machine-gun flow.
Andrew Claristidge has been a wonderful revelation in 2016, and he's bossed the Mille Feuilles catalogue in fine style. Although his style often verges towards the abstract and surreal, Claristidge's productions do, indeed, offer plenty of dance floor charm, particularly with this revisiting of his Danser Ou Mourir LP. The whole album is remixed and re-edited by a mixture of known names, and even some emerging talents on the scene; people like The Hacker, a known techno demigod, are present and very much in full motion, as are Automat, Cosmo Vitelli, and 99LETTERS. Whether it's someone that you're already aware of or not, each one of these tracks represents the deeper end of the dance spectrum, and this is definitely a pretty daring excursion through cold, industrial beats, and a little bit of coldwave charm. Top gear.