Review: This London-based Italian producer has just a handful of releases to his credit, but has already developed an ability to creatively fuse existing sounds and styles. The title track is a good example: rich, warm chords surge and flow over a stripped back, razor-sharp minimal rhythm, equal parts inspired by Rob Hood and Basic Channel. On "Armadura", de Angelis teases out dubby techno over scuffled, juddering beats that are coated in spine-tingling acid lines. Gynoid has also chosen the remixers wisely: Advanced Human lends his breezeblock beats and metallic percussion to his version of the title track, while Mattias Fridell pushes "Armadura" into a tunnelling groove.
Review: Arnaud le Texier presents the next series of recruits for his newest venture Children Of Tomorrow; focused on hard hitting hypnotic techno grooves with Connection Series Vol. 5. First up is the droney sonar transmissions of current scene hero Antonio De Angelis with the fittingly titled "Drone", Barcelona based rising star Marla Singer with the tunnelling and trance inducing "Naked Face" while Moteka's "Xytyru" is one of the finest tributes to the Edit Select sound we've heard in a while. Elsewhere, PVS channels the vibe of early Prologue or Zooloft on Arcadia" and Wunderblock & Relic Radiation's "Recombination" will have you surrendering to the void in no time: awash in ethereal pads, churning synth loops and endless trails of reverb.
Review: It's been interesting to see Le Texier's gradual shift towards purist techno and "Valiant", the first track on this release, could be a Jeff Mills composition. Over gargantuan kicks, he lays down a bleepy sequence that moves up and down the tonal scale. Oscar Mulero's remix is typical of the Spanish producer's sound, with broken beats underscoring a dramatic, building filter that cover the original's bleeps in a dense cloud. "Divergent" sees Le Texier deliver a more intense version of 90s techno and its distorted kicks and merciless claps sound more like Luke Slater than Mills. Mike Storm's ravey take on "Divergent" completes this flawless underground release.
Review: Antonio De Angelis and Arnaud Le Texier's collaboration yields a killer pure techno release. The title track features that well-worn but effective combination of surging chords and driving hi hats, but the production is so effortless that it stands apart. The same can be said about "Freak Lip". Tougher and more percussive than the title track, the duo use dubby basslines and insistent Morse Code bleeps to create a heads-down Millsian affair. "Leading" is cut from a similar cloth, but is more grainy and frenetic, while the remixes come from Antigone and ROD. The former is a pacy affair, while on the latter, the Dutch producer drops a drum-heavy, percussive workout.