Review: Wonky, dirty, bassline house for freaks on offer here from Eugene, Oregon's Aaron Jackson. Expect to hear more of this guy in the near future. Appearing here on Dallas based imprint Audiophile XXL. Starting out with the deep and dirty "Eye Don't Need You" featuring the sickest bassline this side of "Doom's Night" he then gets stuck in with "Changing Me (feat Megan Hamilton)" where he teams up with local producer Free Fall on an anthemic main room house stormer that you could imagine Golf Clap dropping at peak time to stadium sized crowd at Coachella.
Airwave & Santiago Nino - "Metropoli Sunrise" - (8:18)
Airwave - "Escapades On A Lawnmower" - (7:05)
Airwave - "The Sum Of All Questions" - (6:12)
Airwave - "Ten years" (feat Di) - (8:10) 128 BPM
Airwave - "While Elly Sleeps" - (5:20) 132 BPM
Various - "Bright Lines" (continuous DJ mix by Airwave) - (1:42:37)
Airwave - "When Things Go Wrong" (unplugged version) - (3:16)
Airwave - "Save Me" (2012 remaster) - (10:10) 132 BPM
Review: The trance fraternity was pleased to welcome back Airwave this year, a true pioneer of the genre who found a great new home in JOOF and deliver two brilliant LP's. To wrap up the 12 months they bring 'Dark Lines' and 'Bright Lights' together for a special bundle addition and what's more there are two exclusive bonus tracks, a 2012 remaster of 'Save Me' and an Unplugged mix of 'When Things Go Wrong'. Two albums for the price of one, so if you missed out on either of these journeys through trance the first time round, make sure you grab them now!
Review: More than most established labels, Planet Rhythm has been especially supportive of new artists - and ALPI is a good example of their patron-age. Having debuted on the label last year, this upcoming artist now de-livers a second killer release. "Inconscio" is wonderfully deep techno - led by a brittle rhythm, it features chiming bells and evocative synths - while on "Chant III", ALPI submerges himself in warm ambience. There is another side to this producer's oeuvre, audible on the pulsating, tun-nelling "Devachan" collaboration with Wrong Assessment, while Alfredo Mazzilli turns the title track into a throbbing, atmospheric workout. In the main though, this is a reflective release, as evidenced by Edit Select's ponderous take on "Chant".
Review: The shady Manchester duo AnD make the jump to Bristol's Idle Hands label for this release, two sides of dark techno at its finest. "Hydrothermal" initially wrong foots you with its syncopated toms but soon eases its way in to four to floor techno. It's a track that concerns itself primarily with atmosphere, as metallic synth tones provide the most sparing of melody. "Lights Down" meanwhile takes their material in a more unexpected direction, jettisoning any regular rhythmic pulse for a more bass inspired drum pattern, which combined with the furiously pulsating bassline which ripples underneath and creates a track that nicely highlights the common DNA between Bristol's fervent bass scene and the sort of tightly woven Berlin inspired techno that AnD excel in.
Review: As far as contemporary techno is concerned, it doesn't get much harder and heavier than UK outfit AnD. "Fierce", which kick-starts this release on Perc Trax, demonstrates that they have taken inspiration from 90s minimalists like Space DJz and Bandulu, with screeching riffs unfolding over a 140 bpm track. That said, it runs the risk of sounding mellow when compared to "Detonate", which climbs to gabba peaks to rain down acid hellfire on the unsuspecting listener. "Illusions" is back at a less frenetic pace, but despite this, its distorted drums lend it just as much intensity. Closing the release is "Where Are You Going To Take Me"; clearly the answer is that AnD intends to bring the listener to a place where broken industrial beats underpin bursts of electronic noise.
Review: AnD's new album Social Decay expands on the Manchester duo's intense approach to techno, with nods to noise, industrial and drum & bass. This follows 2014's Cosmic Microwave Background, which also came out on Electric Deluxe. The production duo of Andrew Bowen and Dimitri Papoulidis excel at showing an aesthetic extremity and that it can be applied to any number of song forms. Here they present one of their most overwhelming and innovative efforts. The LP sidesteps current affairs in favour of broad concepts that could be applied to any point on the timeline of human struggle. From the jagged and angular power electronics of "Corrupt Structures' to the body bashing industrial noise of "Corrugated Windows" to the heroin grindcore of "Narcissism" or the deconstructed jungle of "Kepler" - this stuff certainly isn't for the faint of heart!