Innervate's latest offering provides an insight into how modern techno and house producers have assimilated, magpie-like, previous styles and tropes while forging their own identities. While Larix's "Phantom" is the most conventional of the pack, its reverberating filters provide a glimpse of late 90s party techno influences, Kereni's "Major Bass" has a more contemporary flavour, with microscopic beats and doubled up rhythms. However, it's Woo York's "Batiskaf" that provides the real revelation. Sounding like an update on the dark drums sound of late 90s prog, the use of an ominous droning, filtered bassline also gives "Batiskaf" a truly contemporary feeling.
TMMR launches their 98th broadcast with newcomer Kareni in fine techno-power style. "Momentum Deferred" is a real beast of a track, unleashing its thunderous kick drums and complex percussion arrangements to create a true floor burner, one for the dark room, late night flex. "Fractured Perspective" is deeper but nonetheless nasty in character, where weighty kicks and snares face woozy basslines and chilling atmospherics in a fight to the death, but "Tempora Mutantur" is the real jewel here, separating those 4/4 licks further out into desolate plains of sound to form a wonderful techno excursion of the highest calibre.