Len Faki's latest label project continues on its mission to bring together talented artists. On Figure Jams 002, this sees Abstract Division aka Dave Miller and Paul Boex deliver two fine techno tracks. The first, "Crossing Border", marries the dense loop aesthetic of late 90s UK techno with Ben Klock's steely percussion, while on "Out of Alignment", the Dutch duo drop a cold, minimal affair, redolent of Mills at his pile-driving best. Swedish producer Patrick Skoog responds with the mysterious "Subatomic", which adds a woozy edge to percussive techno, while on "The Field", he explores the kind of pared back, microscopic minimalism that Robert Hood pioneered on Internal Empire.
Brooklyn-born Berliner Adam X returns to both LIES and his industrial and experimental ambient fusionist guise ADMX 71. A succinct three-track attack, Adam's first ADMX material since 2015's Coherent Abstractions continues the bleak and frank theme: "Nuclear Hysterics" counters distorted kickdrum chaos with fear and sudden shards of space, "Dire Situation" creates raw, physical suspense with its ricochet build up and ominous oscillations before the kick ignites our march into the fearful unknown while "Neutron Absorber" is the aftermath where Adam includes more space for thought, action and reaction. Immense, as always.