Markus Suckut - "Acid Landscape" - (10:02) 128 BPM
Antonio Ruscito - "Luce" - (6:08) 127 BPM
Review: Scuba launches his new label named Who Whom, which unlike his main operation Hotflush seems to shift the focus from bass driven tech house to the more straight ahead sounds of modern techno. In the words of the label itself "the artists are various, the sound particular." Dortmund's finest Markus Suckut can impress as always, his tough and functional track sees him in fine form on the decayed 303 slow burner "Acid Landscape". The Skudge affiliated Bleak serves up another another rusty and bass heavy stormer with the dirty electro jam "In My Soul" while Sheffield upstart Isaac Reuben returns after his sophomore effort on Hotflush last year with the deep, stripped back and evocative journey "Machines".
Review: Following on from last year's second Consciousness compilation, Afterlife returns with an even more ambitious project. Label owners Tale of Us deliver a suitably melodic track, "Nova", but there are also a series of contributions from high-profile artists. Sterac's "Universum" is an expertly weighted, stripped back techno affair, while on "Phase In", Edit Select takes it deeper with a throbbing, tranced out groove that is like a more refined take on early Plus 8 material. Completing the techno triumvirate is Scuba's SCB project. Now also a vehicle for the UK producer's socially conscious thoughts, "Tide Slide", which is possibly a reference to the effects of climate change, sees him deliver a frosty techno groove.