It's heartening that the move back towards hard techno has focused on Birmingham and occasionally Detroit rather than the dead-end loop sound of the late 90s. Happily, Nonamaka takes inspiration from these classic approaches on Chaos. "Tangled Cravings" is a hell for leather slice of dense Birmingham techno, somewhat less oppressive than early Surgeon and Regis, but still not to be underestimated. "Solitude of Silence" and the Voidloss remixes of "Silence" and "Cravings" are more in keeping with modern sounds thanks to their stepping rhythms and lunging basslines, but the release highlights are "Impure Desire" and "Look with Fear", the kind of distorted kick drum-led analogue techno that Jeff Mills excelled at during the early to mid-90s.
Releases thus far on the Proibito label operated by young Anthony Naples have lived up to the Brooklyn-based producer's intentions to use it as a platform to "promote and document the more experimental side of music coming out of New York City, the US and beyond." Huerco S donned the Royal Crown Of Sweden costume for material slightly more club grubby than his excellent LP whilst an EP from Local Artist highlighted how impressive the Vancouver crew Mood Hut are becoming. Naples himself lines up on the third Proibito release - allegedly named in honour of Naples favourite restaurant in his hometown Florida) and the experimental outlook remains very much in place. The grizzled, lo-fi thrum of Naples is very much evident on both "POT 1" and "POT 2" but as they surge past the ten minute mark the productions end in an entirely different headspace to how they began. The second track ends on a particularly psychedelic note and demonstrates Naples is clearly progressing as a producer.