Throat Dub (The Hieroglyphic Being Experience 9) - (9:29) 144 BPM
A new alias for Kate Wax finds the Border Community and Mental Groove cohort delivering a second single for Danse Noire that builds on her malevolent vision of bass music as played out by a hard techno demon. "Hakken Dub" works off some brutal, bloated kick blasts and a pitch black atmosphere in which to fire off controlled spits of delay and reverb, the echoes creating a skank in the rhythm when it isn't being decimated by a rugged breakdown interruption. "Throat Dub (Tool)" meanwhile is a daring offering that will get creative DJs in a lather, as some unanchored monolithic throat singing stretches over nine minutes with subtle shifts in tone and timbre. IVVVO takes "Hakken Dub" into a typically leftfield hardware house headspace, and then Hieroglyphic Being brings some troublesome treatment to bear on "Throat Dub" with a jagged attitude and some dishevelled electro somewhere in the mix.
Bill Youngman brings a cavernous and industrially-tinged dub techno sound to Killekill on his latest EP for the Berlin label, starting with a whirlwind of brooding atmospheres which make up the title-track "Levitate". Dub disappears for something synthier, broken and pleasantly melancholic in "Teardrops Turn To Solid" in a production good enough for a Stroboscopic Artefacts Monad release (if Youngman was to do one), while a stormy "Magnetic" sounds like an Ancient Methods and Perc collaboration. If only!
The second of two quick releases for the Diagonal label, A Waif's Rent sees the project of Factory Floor's Dominic Butler and L/F/D/M producer Richard Smith deliver three more productions crouching in the crawlspace between techno, industrial and noise. Like the material on the O Unilateralis record, these three tracks pull no punches in terms of their sonic impact; the 13-minute "Albion Pressure" sees a gritty, pulsating synth line driven forward on a wave of insistent metallic clutter, while "Cut Bronze" employs a more subtle approach, with sub-bass frequencies placed underneath modular gurgles and a hypnotic rhythm that could be described as minimal. "Tephra" is the real killer, taking its central synth line to giddy eardrum-splitting frequencies.
Since Cassegrain entered the techno consciousness back in 2010 with the final artist release on Kevin Gorman's Mikrowave label, the Greco-Austrian pairing of Alex Tsiridis and Huseyin Evirgren have carved out their own corner in the world of foreboding, bassline driven, deep techno. And with material from Tiamat the focus of a recent heavyweight remix package from Prologue - Mike Parker, Svreca, Andreas Tilliander's TM404 project and Ed 'Inland' Davenport all involved - Cassegrain return to the Munich label with their first solo release of 2014. The title track's power electronics fall somewhere between a Regis, British Murder Boys and Donato Dozzy production, while the focus of "Hexagon Fifteen" is steely ambience, oblique drums and ghostly textures. The final track, "Yokai", is what real Prologue fans will associate with most thanks to its floating hypnotic sounds and extreme feedback loops.