The excellent Dutch label provides the first in a series of vinyl tasters for its upcoming compilation. Field is one of the few imprints that focus mainly on split releases and this record shows just how diverse its view is. Acronym's track begins with spacey ambience before moving into the kind of cold, pointillist techno that Terrence Dixon has pioneered. The two other tracks are tough and functional; Ben Buitendijk's "Colourblind" is a pumping, thundering affair, while Voiski chooses a more subtle approach for "A Star In Your Head". While the rhythm is steely and tough, the use of dubbed out drums and glassy percussion serve to lend it a less abrasive feeling.
The man from Detroit known as Brooks Mosher reports for duty on Dolly for a third time, brandishing a quartet of signature cuts! As with output on Steffi's label as a whole, there is little extra that needs saying about Don't Say Goodbye, with Mosher perfectly calibrating each of the four productions for optimum usage by any self respecting house DJ. The barrage of percussion and wonderfully uplifting pads that characterise lead track "Phoenix" sets the tone nicely, and is a considered highlight of the release along with the dark and sweaty vibes of "Falling". Another one for the box from Dolly!
G String and Ma Spaventi join forces again for a release under the Crystal Maze guise. Deeper and more reflective than usual, this three-track release delivers tough and heavy drum tracks fused with musical elements. The title track is the pick of this crop, with tough 909 kicks and tough claps underscoring some beautiful, mysterious melodies and ponderous synth lines. "Off The Grid" sees the duo pick up the pace as heavy drums and hissing percussion take centre stage and serve to keep the haunting pads to a minimum, lingering in the background. The final track, "Encounter" is more off beat and revolves around a stepping rhythm providing a backdrop for flourishing synths.
Can D Carbone maintain the peak of his and industrial techno's plateau? Considering he's one third of Repitch Recordings with Shapednoise, yes. This release for the furbished MORD label follows editions from Radial, Paul Birkin, Bas Mooy and UVB. And as the label's catalogue numbers move further into double figures, Carbone serves up a dynamic four-track EP of blistering techno. "Irritating Collapse" is hard, '90s acid terror only slowed down, while "Origin" is sludgy, but still has that rough, Tresor-techno vibe. The beat and caustic metallic clusters of "Discernment" sound like they've come from a Gotham City sewer while the atmospheres and distorted bass stabs of "Machine Elves" are reminiscent to what can sometimes be heard in Milton Bradley's The End Of All Existence concept.
Brian Sanhaji - "Datalogger" (Jonas Kopp remix V1) - (7:30) 130 BPM
Sin Sin - "Grounded" - (8:37) 128 BPM
Exploit - "UFO" - (7:40) 130 BPM
Danny Tenaglia is a stone cold legend, but his profile has waned significantly over recent years. Given that it's 25 years since the release of his first production, this first contribution to the Balance series - is well timed. Pleasingly, it seems Tengalia still "has it it". Throughout the collection, the veteran NYC DJ maintains a fearsome energy level, mixing things up via a track list that spans chunky tech-house, darkroom tribal, heavily percussive fare (see Michel Cleis' dub of Basement Jaxx's "Mermaid of Salinas") and intelligent techno revivalism (Dax J's brilliant "Dreamscape" and Ho's "Deletion 3"). It is, of course, an impeccable selection, as you'd expect from a man with Tengalia's undoubted pedigree.