Prolific Australian imprint Gynoid Audio lands its 72nd digital release via 88UW's No Rush ep, Sebastian Stohr's fourth for the label and second for Gynoid this year. It's easy to imagine Stohr producing "Incorrigible" with a flickered Aphex Twin styled grin - a look that says 'let's mess with their heads'. What else could be the reason for a sonically dismembered tambourine - the tracks focal point - continually descends downward into a confused tapestry of sinister bubbles and Sandwell District bleeps, beclouded further by fluttered panning, dank gurgles and tremolo techniques. "No Rush" is straight up techno - the type you pull out to explain what German techno is. Paul Boex, one half of Abstract Division and label head to Dynamic Reflection offers his "Hypno Rework" to "No Rush", shaving off some of the originals low end and replacing it with sprinklings of melodica-hypnotica. The back-beat kick-snare combo and subtle synths of "Virus" round out the EP and is a perfect pressure cooker for the esoteric warm up DJ.
Gynoid Audio has become a recognised name in techno largely down to the sheer output of music the label delivers on a regular basis. This week Gynoid reach their 100th release milestone which they've turned into a compilation featuring a trusted collection of emerging and well-established names. Starting with the former, Mary Velo, Lee Holman, 88uw and Wata Igarashi, each provide a deep, reverb-laden club track, with Holman providing the most colour with the acid spurting "Operative". Schooled support comes from Synwave boss Damon Wild and the dark control room bleeps he brings with "Lost Base", while Aubrey delivers the funkiest production of the compilation, "Trigger 45". But before any of this takes place, it's Advance Human, aka Gynoid's CEO, Simon Hi-Shock, that begins proceedings with the dubby "Reincarnation".
Veteran US techno producer revisits his 1996 "Avion" release. It's testament to Wild's talents that the gloriously dense percussion and spine shivering, arcing acid lines sound fresh despite the passage of 15 years. The calibre of remixers also shows what high regard his work is held in by the current generation of techno producers. John Mitchell delivers a fast-paced, filtered take, Jurek Przezdziecki's version is underpinned by a sinewy bassline and shaking cowbells, while the 88UW version is more slamming, the driving rhythms populated by atonal bleeps. However, it's Marcel Dettmann and Echoplex who impress the most: the Berghain resident is on fine form with his dense, hypnotic rhythms and evil acid licks while Echoplex brings a lighter, melodic approach to the fore.
88uw - "Delirium" (Advanced Human remix) - (7:16) 126 BPM
The latest Gynoid release features a varied set of remixes from Advanced Human. From the deep chords and whiplash percussion of his take on Antonio De Angelis' "Inversion" to the rock hard beats and eerie bleeps of his take on Rraph's "R10" and the abrasive, robust take on Pjotr G's "Remote Execute", this collection showcases the Australian producer's harder side. But it also provides an insight into some of his house-based productions; his 'dark house dub' take on Jin Hiyama's "Drip Painting" is based on steely drums and dubby beats, while the remix of Ben Mill & Gracie Ho's "A Series Of Events" is a seductive jack track.