Artefakt is a platform for Nick 'Metropolis' Lapien, along with Robin Koek, to explore the deeper end of the techno spectrum and Universe follows the pair's debut under this guise on Delsin last year. Sound-wise, the pair are still in the same space as their first effort, The Fifth Planet. The resonating, bleepy techno of "Mirage" is offset by wonderfully atmospheric synths - redolent of Convextion. Meanwhile on the title track, Artefakt lay down a predatory bass as a backdrop for their melodic approach, with the floaty synths similar to the approach of contemporary artists like P.God. They slip into watery, fluid ambience on "Tidal", while the release ends to the hypnotic strains of a reworked version of "Mirage".
Brendon Moeller delivers the latest installment for Kynant, a Berlin label that is already home to Tensal and Max Durante. The title track sets the tone for what is one of Moeller's darkest releases, with nightmarish synths swirling about over robust bass pops. "Kavorka" is far more direct and dance floor-based and comprises insistent bleeps and a buzzing bass that create a deadly impact. "Dirtbox" is the stuff of nightmares thanks to its churning bass - that mimics a swarm of killer bees - and militaristic percussion. Finally, Moeller ventures down a Sandwell/Mike Parker-style wormhole on "Candy Mountain", where filters churn and a lone bleep plays out like a candle flickering in a grey void.