Given the recent crackdown on club culture in the capital, it would not be unreasonable to posit that mysterious producer A Sagittariun is referencing London in the title of his latest release. However, to do so would be to ignore the fact that Cities is appearing on the label arm of the Secretsundaze parties. The accompanying soundtrack doesn't exactly conjure up images of a metropolis in lockdown either; "Quartz" is the toughest offering, but even its tight drums give way to liquid chords enveloped in cotton bud filters, while "Landing Pad" and "Different Planet" are lithe grooves with warbling melody lines that suggest a vibrant utopia rather than a lost city.
The Acid Test series from LA operation Absurd Recordings return to Achterbahn D'armour's fine 2014 LP Odd Movements with an equally compelling remix 12". Compelling because the four artists invited to contribute here each bring their own distinct voice to the table, and the results are likely to intrigue fans of modern techno of all its various shades. First up is Marcellus Pittman who transmogrifies "Holy Roman Empire" into a wonderfully effervescent slice of percussive techno laced with that Detroit grit, whilst Italian producer Chevel continues his recent strain of abstracted productions with growling take on "Odd Movements". Gerard Hanson seems perfectly suited to remix "Passagen" as Convextion, bringing a low gravity electro hum to proceedings, but our pick is most definitely the superlative rework of "Konigstr" from Sued founder SW.