Review: Atichgate is the third release from mysterious producer 04LM on Soma and consolidates his reputation as a purveyor of deep dub techno. That said, there is nothing introverted or reflective about this three-track EP. From the outset, he lays down a powerful manifesto; "Atich" rolls along at almost 130bpm and features mysterious synths rising up through its bass-heavy, pounding groove. The title track dispenses with melody altogether for a rumbling, grainy workout that centres on grainy percussion and an insistent, creaky filter. "Afterbyte" sees 04LM revert to a cleaner sound, and its solid kick underpins a wave of tranced out melodies.
Review: Nearly a quarter of a century after its foundation, Scottish label Soma continues to unearth musical talent. This time it comes from 04LM, whose only previous appearance was for the Non Series label. Like that imprint's sound, "Tragicaller" is a cavernous sounding affair, its massive kicks and stepping rhythm spacious enough to allow room for jazzy keys and atmospheric swooshes. "M Place" marks a different approach; the rhythm is more direct and slamming, with synths flickering and flashing in the background. For the remix, James Ruskin goes back to the old school and over a jack-knifing rhythm, turns the central synth riff into a shimmering sequence that's reminiscent of classic Secret Cinema.
Review: Big two tracker here from the ever reliable Celsius imprint. The Aspiration EP sees Nelver in collab mode, first with LM1 on "Prayer", a slick emotive D&B cut with raining keys and sweeping synths, and secondly on the decidedly grimer title track, produced with Pro Luxe, which features driving sub bass and echo-laden plucked samples. Get to know!
Review: 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.