Review: Arnaud Le Texier is on a roll, releasing crafty tough techno with his own distinctive edge. The latest outing on his own Children Of Tomorrow label is a case in point. "PHR4" is a dense groove populated by eerie, high-pitched sound effects - like Mike Parker jamming with Ben Sims. On the title track, the French producer continues in this vein; led by stomping kicks and steely claps, these elements provide the basis for a cacophony of hypnotic tones and textures. In contrast, "Swept" is a stripped back, minimal techno track; powered by surging chords and insistent bleeps, it rounds out this compelling EP.
Review: Next up on Children of Tomorrow is label boss Arnaud Le Texier with a hard-hitting dance floor EP. "Demon" is powered by tough tribal drums and a rolling rhythm, with Le Texier augmenting the arrangement with relentless filters. This approach ensures that the end result is a lean and impactful club techno track. "Chunks" is a different proposition, and derives its inspiration from the 90s Birmingham sound, with noisy metallic rhythms and visceral, grimy kicks ratcheting up the release's intensity levels. Rounding off the EP is "Yellowcake", where Le Texier drops solid kicks, which act as the backdrop for insistent analogue tones and razor-sharp thunder claps.
Review: Children Of Tomorrow is a label managed by London-based Arnaud Le Texier and Emmanuel Ternois, who have a shared passion for techno lasting over 30 years. The gems showcased on this latest label compilation are not limited to: the pummelling cyclicality of Antonio De Angelis' "Level", the seething atmosphere of Casual Treatment's "Uncertain Present", or Ian Axide's mental acid trip "Theory". It's important as well to mention Michel Lauriola who channels that classic Downwards aesthetic on "Point of Disorder" and Stephen Mahoney closing it out with the old-school, DJ Rush vibe of "Subtract".