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Review: For all the theories about field recordings and dub techniques, it's the title on Stefan Betke's latest release that best sums up where his sonic approach is at. "Lurch" does exactly what its name suggests, throwing down a mid-tempo rhythm that's slightly off-beat. Combined with a looped chord and a sample of what sounds like a cat's miaow - or it could have just been the late hour that this reviewer listened to the release - and "Lurch" shows why Betke remains one of electronic music's most idiosyncratic producers. The fact that its tempo slows to a crawl before it ends can only endear the listener to Pole's machinations. By contrast, "Moos" is austere, with a menacing sub-bass and metallic whirrs and clicks showing Pole's more introspective side.
23 Apr 12
Review: Christian Wunsch offers up three distinctly different interpretations of techno for Oscar Mulero's label. "Planetary Alignment" is a dense, soaring groove, led by thundering claps but also containing half-heard, murmured vocals, as if Wunsch is trying to drop subliminal messages into the arrangement. "Seismic Waves" is more sinister with a pulsing bassline unravelling over a skipping rhythm and waves of lapping percussion, its repetition unflinching. Finally, "Pole Shifting" marks a more radical departure as a dubby groove underpins dreamy synths that intensify gradually, while at the same time the rhythm becomes more ponderous and introspective. Like Reeko, Wunsch is pushing the boundaries of techno and coming up with some stunning results.
18 Feb 13
Played by: Exium, Paul Mac, Concrete Djz, Alexander Robotnick, Juno Recommends Techno, Enclave, Alonso Varela
Review: The producer behind Polar Angle probably won't win any prizes for track titles, but in the world of underground techno, such small issues don't matter. All that counts is that SCMWY-01" is a rolling, dense affair, supported by dense claps, while SCMWY-02 opts for an alternate approach, favouring more tranced out chords and grimy beats. But neither track can prepare the listener for SCMWY-03". Its thundering drums come hurtling in over a high paced groove, like a juggernaut veering out of control, while the fourth installment is the hardest track of them all thanks to its searing, aggressive drums.
12 Nov 12
16 Jul 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Concrete Djz, Juno Recommends Techno, Jay Wong, Bas Mooy, Mattias Fridell, Dave Elyzium, Technopodcast.com
Review: Spanish techno power clique Oscar Mulero, Reeko, Exium and Christian Wunsch load and fire part six of their Seleccion Natural series out of Mulero's Polegroup canon. The previous five blasts came from Reeko's Mental Disorder, Christian Wunsch's Tsunami Records and Mulero's native Warm Up Recordings. Reeko's "Lynx" is a hi-octane power-trip of scratchy industrialism and gunshot snares jacked with a ferocious pace, as is Mulero's "Reverberation" only to a more bleepy and streamlined effect, with obvious fidelity toward Surgeon, Regis and Jeff Mills. Had Wunsch's booming "Sleep Cell" not been released here, it could easily hold its own among the factory-made releases of Perc Trax. Exium proceed with break-beat drums in "No Sign Of Weakness" which aggressively lends itself to a trove of over-driven bass squelches, piston pushing white noise and a tribal ramshackle of percussion - cabalistic techno at it's most dangerous.
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Review: Spanish producer Oscar Mulero always brings an experimental edge to dancefloor techno, and Like A Wolf is no exception. "In A Silent Way" starts off life as a solid dubby rhythm, but gradually Mulero raises the intensity levels, turning it into a jarring industrial workout, but adding airy atmospheric textures to offset the austerity. "Horses" makes no such concessions, featuring noisy beats and a recoiling bassline from the outset, but "Like A Wolf" sees him revert to an unpredictable approach. Underpinning the evil acid licks are heavy break beats and the kind of eerie sound textures that wouldn't sound out of place on an Autechre album.
27 Feb 12
Review: Reeko's reputation as a hard techno producer takes something of a battering - in the best possible way - on Momentum. The title track starts with ticking percussion and a squelchy, cavernous rhythm, but rather than intensify, it leads into a mellow, filtered denouement ending in textured ambience. "Miracle" maintains and builds on this approach, its beats softer and its chord sequence sounding like it would be more at home on a deep house release. Reeko reverts to type on "Indonesian's Dream". There, tight rhythms play out over dense, dubby beats, but the inclusion of dreamy, Detroit-style pads shows that for this release at least, Reeko is leaving his banging sensibilities at the studio door.
06 Jun 11
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Vegim, Space Djz, Juno Recommends Techno, Mirko S., Bas Mooy, Non-Linear, Posthuman, Tek-No-Bee, Alex Mayer, Bas Mooy
Review: Spanish producer Reeko impresses with a killer three-tracker for Oscar Mulero's label. "Cyberpunk" starts off with a high-paced, pulsing electronic rhythm featuring snappy percussion, which midway through veers towards jarring, industrial riff-led intensity. The end product sounds like the soundtrack to a chase scene in a sci-fi movie. Despite its title, "Dystopic Futures" is less frenetic but still sees Reeko test the limits of techno acceptability with repetitive metallic jabs. Finally, the title track features the bassy menace of Orphx, but is combined with an evil filter that could only be the work of this maverick talent.
26 Jan 12
Played by: Iron Blu
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21 Nov 11
Played by: John Digweed
Review: Back once again with the Bedrock masters!! It just wouldn't be right to head into the weekend without a batch of 'gone but not forgotten' gems from the iconic vaults of Digweed's pioneering label. Just when you thought they would be starting to run low on content, they fill volume 7 with the likes of; 'Let Go' from Pole Folder, Mistress Barbara 'K-10', Guy Gerber's HotRod cut of 'Santiago' by Bedrock, and Diggers own 'Warung Beach'.. 10 full length progressive bombs for just L5.99.. That's less than a couple of pints... No brainer!!
04 Feb 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Progressive House
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Review: Every volume so far in Digweed's Bedrock classic series has both surprised and entertained.. Reinstating what a great pioneering label it is. The fourth instalment is probably our favourite so far, starring; Tom Mangan 'Chutney', Moonface 'U Get So Give', Bedrocks 'Emerald', and the massive 'Lose control' from Lemon 8.. 10 full length tracks for L5.99.. It's a wallet packing steal!!
17 Oct 11
Review: Digweed's legendary Bedrock label is back with the second Volume in their 'Classics' series. This little lot Features timeless tracks like; Rui Da Silva's mix of 'Beautiful Strange', Saints & Sinners 'Pushing To Hard', Evol D 'Insect' and White Rooms 'Strapped' amongst countless others, of course. Expect many more collections to come in this series, as with the history of Bedrock the amount of classics stored up in the vaults is simply massive. Cop the lot for just L5.99!!
10 Dec 12