Review: The latest release on SHDW & Obscure Shape's label comes from Alarico, a new hard techno producer who is fast making a name. Boya is sure to build on his reputation: peppered with vocal samples and powered by raucous break beats, both "Ae86" and the title track are peak time tracks with an uplifting aesthetic. "Killa Cut" sees Alarico deliver a straight techno workout, but, with a twist as he layers vocal samples over menacing synths and razor-sharp percussion. He goes deeper on the Detroit techno inspired "Lost In Time", before the release concludes with the dubbed out, filtered "The Ballad of Lisa".
Review: Launching a label isn't as straightforward as it might seem, but SHDW & Obscure Shape have opened the account on Mutual Rytm in style with this great compilation. Featuring tracks from some of techno's most talented artists, Federation moves from the powerful deep techno of Invexis' "Elektronenwind" to Vil & Cravo's dense, aptly named "Apolonia Loop" before sliding into the peak time, banging rhythm of Alarico's "I'm Into You". Lars Huismann ventures deeper again with the cavernous chords and brooding bass of "Hyper Dub", while Grindvik pushes the release in a peak time direction again with the noisy, bleep-heavy banger that is "Your Dry Lips".