Talk about going out in style. Modeselektor's label's prolonged death continues in style with two ex-cellent tracks from Germany's finest experimentalists. Lars 'Anstam' Stoewe has been a regular on the label since 2011, and this latest effort is one of his finest recordings for 50 Weapons. Clocking in at ten minutes, "Dolores" is a teased out groove that resonates to creepy wind chimes and ponder-ous, heavy bass, creating a chilling, atmospheric effect. It couldn't be further removed than some of the clubby releases on the label. Then it's the turn of Robert Henke. One of the architects of modern techno as Monolake, "VT 100" is all splurging, corrosive bass, twitchy drums and insistent, nagging percussion. It's a fitting swan song, but not, one suspects the last we'll hear from this label.
The multi-talented Francis Harris returns to his own label for this collaboration with his friend and guitarist Gabe Hedrick. Floods is far removed from Harris' dance floor work, and on "Now Grey" the pair steer their way through monochrome ambient textures that flow and ebb like the ocean tides. There are some references to the dance floor, albeit only fleetingly, on the title track, where they conjure up the plumes of dubby, Modern Love-style textures that float tantalisingly, while "Blue Sky Shoes" is an immersive deep techno affair. However, this album sounds most impressive at the interface between Harris' layered sequencing and Hedrick's gentle but searing guitar playing - check "Snowbird" and the wonderfully evocative "Every New Thing" for further proof.