Re:Axis comes from Portugal and this release is his latest on a local label. However, Power sounds like he was heavily inspired by Dan Bell and Robert Hood's early minimalism, with some of Jeff Mills' propulsive rhythms thrown into the mix. "The Purpose" centres on a lithe, muscular rhythm, pitch-bent percussion and the deft, understated use of filters and claps. It's streamlined, linear and flawlessly executed. Meanwhile, "Meaning" sees Re:Axis drop an insistent organ riff, rolling snares and a relentless groove. It's more up-tempo and intense than "The Purpose", but the common bond on both tracks is the Portuguese producer's understated but effective production style.
The latest release on Portuguese label Monocline is a combined effort between two of its regular contributors, Re:Axis and Cardao. Clearly, this collaboration has been highly productive and the end result is a slickly executed underground release. It starts with the sharp percussion, smart filtering and dense kicks of "Gravitate", while on "Chaotic" acrid acid burns its way over rattling percussion and heavy drums. "Erratic" has echoes of late 90s techno thanks to its heads-down rhythm, looped to infinity, even though the accompanying filters are inspired by minimal house. There is no such ambiguity around the inspiration for the title track - it's an eerie, sleek techno track in the finest Jeff Mills tradition.