Review: The last we heard of Australian producer Advanced Human, he was remixing other people's productions - so what does it sound like when his own work gets remixed? Damon Wild's take on "Eternal Loneliness" is tracky, stripped back and stepping, while the Black Hats version of the title track traces a pattern of subsonic bleeps over dubbed out drums. Cassegrain's take on "Grinding" is darker and more corrosive with noisy interference set to a fierce rhythm. However, the most impressive contributions here are the dubbed out original version of "Grinding" and "Eternal Loneliness", a cold, bleepy techno track to rival Sleeparchive's frosty sound.
Review: Originally inspired by Chicago house and Detroit techno, in recent years DJ Hi-Shock's newer material shows that he has gone down a different route. The title track starts off with surging chords, but these quickly turn distorted and frazzled as Hi-Shock adds in some shaking percussion and howling riffs, eventually reaching a frazzled crescendo. Mary Velo's remix is not as dramatic and if anything works the mood in a different direction. Starting off with raucous beats, it features the Canadian in Berlin's trademark drones leading the arrangement into a soft-focus denouement that is radically different to the original track's climax.
Review: The owner of Gynoid is the series' latest contributor, and Pure sees him shift the label's sonic goalposts. The title track is a mean, lean slamming track, but it sounds different to the slew of tough techno thanks to its tearing, relentless filter. By contrast, "In The Mood for Dub" is a deep, stepping affair, its heavy rhythms and breathy chords making for a reflective affair. Sitting somewhere in the middle is the Black Hats take on "Pure". Favouring a more laid back tempo and a dubby bassline, it retains the building filters, making for an intoxicating meeting of sounds.
Review: The German label delivers its most purist techno record yet with Module. The title track is a slamming, almost claustrophobic affair, lent some sense of light thanks to its surging chords. Roberto's take on "Module" serves to heighten the interplay between these elements with its dark, scuffled beats and insistent percussion prevailing over the chords, making for a jarring sound. Advanced Human explores dub techno on "Satellite State", but with a difference as the beats are pushed to the point of distortion as the reverb filters and ebbs. Finally, "Satellite Club" features loose, organic drums, but the end result is more tracky and upfront than "State".
Review: Fresh from his/her release on Gynoid, Advanced Human delivers a hard-hitting release for New York institution Synewave. "Interplanetary Assaults - Sci-Fi Dub" is based on heavy rhythms and jarring rave riffs, and the Warehouse mix has a more contemporary edge, taking its inspiration from the Kalon/Frozen Border school of dense, off-beat rhythms. Despite this, it forgoes subtlety as droning riffs and powerful filters lead into a dramatic breakdown. "Robot Therapy" sees Advanced Human revert to slamming rhythms and filtered, metallic riffing, while DJ Hi Shock bangs the acid box to the point of implosion with his intense, grainy interpretation. It's a thrilling, white-knuckle ride that techno purists will find irresistible.
Review: Two of underground techno's most promising artists feature on this split release. Advanced Human shows two different sides to his musical palette. "Noh Funk" is a primal, slamming groove, the tough rhythms housing eerie chord progressions and a tunnelling, hypnotic riff. "Maszyna" is more understated and sees AH embrace dubby influences, yet at the same time the beats are hard and stomping, even though the tempo isn't as fast. By contrast, Developer favours a lighter approach. "Primera" is a deep, pulsing groove its rolling rhythm augmented by chain mail percussion. "Fuego" sees Developer go deeper still and its eerie chords rounds off this excellent package.