Counter Pulse delivers hard but high-quality techno from some upcoming artists. Pjotr & Dubiosity's "Diutisk" sees the duo fuse a pulsing groove and heavy bleeps with rock hard, distorted kicks. The Dimi Angelis & Jeroen Search remix opts for a radically different approach, with a stripped back rhythm as its centre piece, recalling Robert Hood at his most visceral. Patrick Krieger also bangs the box effectively on "Access", but in this instance the groove is percussive and dense and the accompanying textures close to impenetrable. Donor brings a heavier rhythm to bear on his version of "Access", while the Dynamo remix of "Diutisk" rounds off the release with over the top acid lines and slamming drums.
Bas Mooy - "Desolaat" (Xhin remix) - (6:01) 129 BPM
Erphun - "Reprecussions" - (7:17) 124 BPM
DOOM - "Alcor" (D Carbone remix) - (7:50) 129 BPM
This latest installment in this compilation series sees Gynoid cast its net far and wide to bring together some of the best new techno artists. At the deep, dubby end of the spectrum sits Mary Velo, whose "Wavelength" is based on a sub-aquatic bassline, fathomic chords and jagged, rasping percussive bursts cutting in and out, and Delko's "Shire" a clubbier take on the chord-heavy dub sound. Bas Mooy's "Desolaat" gets the remix treatment from Xhin, whose lithe rhythms and pitter-patter beats lend the Dutch producer's filters a lighter feeling, while Dax J, Lodbrok and Antonio de Angelis each deliver robotic, repetitive, stripped back techno workouts.
Uruguayan resident George Paar steps up for the latest Gynoid Audio release, delivering the doom laden cavernous dub drones of "Cielo", enveloping its skeletal beats with a terrifying inevitability, and "Vuelo", whose rippling chords of sheet metal are joined by pulsating bass and a hefty kick drum. Patrick Krieger turns in a version of "Cielo" that tightens up the dub and leaves things lean yet powerful with some hefty compressed kicks, and Mattias Fridell creates his take on "Vuelo" that contains strong Detroit undertones in its woody kick and pulsating bass throb.