Review: Following on from last year's Artefakt EP, the De Stijl imprint returns with a split release as its second instalment. Focusing again on a more cerebral take on electro and techno, it starts with a fusion of atmospheric synths and steely 808s on Aphelion's "Temple 7". Artificial DRM's "Human With No Name" inhabits a similar territory, as an understated bass supports brooding textures, while Korridor's "VI" ventures into ambient techno territory with pads swirling in a seductive arc. The one variable is Artefakt's "Agents Of Reality"; while also haunted by ghostly sounds, its stepping rhythm and acrid 303s exude a level of intensity not audible elsewhere on De Stijl 02.
Review: Artefakt launched their own label, De Stijl, last year, but they now return to their spiritual home, Delsin, for this widescreen EP. "Ganzfeld Effect" is among their most expansive compositions to date, with dreamy synths and droning textures unravelling over subsonic bleeps. On "Vapour", they use rickety, staccato drums as a basis for their ghostly synths, while "Delphic" sees them travel down a broken techno route, accompanied by atmospheric textures. The title track is the most dance floor-friendly affair but even here, Artefakt don't break a sweat, instead focusing on dubbed out drums and a shuffling rhythm as a basis for the track's dreamy melodies.
The Fifth Planet (Forest Drive West remix) - (8:21) 123 BPM
The Fifth Planet (Evigt Morker remix) - (6:49) 123 BPM
Tapeloop (Polar Inertia remix) - (8:10) 152 BPM
The Blue Hour (Valentino Mora Cosmic Trans Rephase) - (7:38) 118 BPM
Review: After a series of releases for Delsin, including their 2017 debut album, Robin Koek and Nick Lapien aka Artefakt get the remix treatment on the label. First up is an inspired choice, Forest Drive West, who turns the title track from their debut Delsin EP, The Fifth Planet, into a dreamy, droning stepper. Evigt Morker is tapped for a version of the same track and delivers a droning, rolling techno groove that stretches out to infinity and beyond. "Tapeloop", from their Kinship long player morphs into a dense, droning workout thanks to Polar Inertia's touch, while Valentino Mora brings the release to a reflective conclusion with a teased out, atmospheric take on "The Blue Hour".
Review: Artefakt aka Nick Lapien and Robin Koek have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Delsin. They released one of their first Eps on the label back in 2015 and issuing their debut album on its sister imprint, Ann Aimee, last year. Now the duo makes a return visit to the main Dutch imprint. "The Blue Hour" is a malign-sounding roller, led by acrid riffs and heavy layers of reverb. By contrast, "Weltformel" is a wonderfully light and floaty break beat affair that captures their work at its most atmospheric. Somewhere in the middle of these opposites sits the title track, a deep, dance floor-friendly groove that features a fusion of airy synths and curling acid lines.
Review: Since first emerging in 2014, Dutch duo Artefakt has earned a reputation for delivering spacey, melodious techno tracks that mines both classic Detroit techno, and British style 'intelligent techno' for inspiration. On this hotly anticipated debut album, they cast their net a little wider, including denser rhythms and more left of centre sounds amongst the starry melodies, intergalactic chords, and sparkling drum machine beats. It's a formula that consistently delivers results, from the undulating, tribal-influenced rhythms and emotion-rich musicality of "Entering The City", to the angry, acid-fuelled onslaught of "Return To Reason", via the sun-kissed electro brilliance of "Somatic Dreams".
Review: Artefakt is a platform for Nick 'Metropolis' Lapien, along with Robin Koek, to explore the deeper end of the techno spectrum and Universe follows the pair's debut under this guise on Delsin last year. Sound-wise, the pair are still in the same space as their first effort, The Fifth Planet. The resonating, bleepy techno of "Mirage" is offset by wonderfully atmospheric synths - redolent of Convextion. Meanwhile on the title track, Artefakt lay down a predatory bass as a backdrop for their melodic approach, with the floaty synths similar to the approach of contemporary artists like P.God. They slip into watery, fluid ambience on "Tidal", while the release ends to the hypnotic strains of a reworked version of "Mirage".
Review: Last year, Dutch producers Robin Koek and Nick Lapien impressed with a couple of contributions to EPs on Prologue and Tikita under the Artefakt alias. Here, they've been given a chance to showcase their sound further, via a debut release for the mighty Delsin imprint. As the title suggests, they're stargazing sorts, and all three tracks feel like they were inspired - in part, at least - by the original futurist ethos of Detroit techno. Of course, there are other influences - see the tumbling, intelligent techno style synthesizer melodies and acid flashes of "Transit", or the attractive depth and ambient chords of "From Our Mind To Yours" - but these simply serve to enhance the prevailing mood.
Review: Jaunt Records' 10 year celebrations are spanning a series of releases that feature a broad spectrum of artists searching for the ultimate deep techno fix. The four contenders that occupy this Sea release all have their own agenda, but they sit together perfectly. Hiver weaves illustrious pads in between nimble electro drums and bubbling acid bass, while Artefakt creates eerie, fractured acid meanderings to send a shiver down your spine. Hinode does some deft break choppage to create a dreamy trip for the up all night crew, and then Region rolls the record out on an emotive tip while keeping the rhythm section pumped up for the floor.
Review: As underground venues and spaces struggle to overcome the financial pressures exacted by coronavirus, many artists are responding to support them. In_vurt is a case in point; issued on Cassegrain's label, it sees a multitude of techno producers who have played at Vurt contribute tracks, with the proceeds of sales helping the Seoul venue. It's an impressive, 28-track collection, and features some of underground techno's most respected artists, including Answer Code Request, who drops the dreamy, breakbeat-led "No Comply 180", Artefakt's dubbed out tunnelling "Solstice" and the shimmering rhythms on BNJMN's "Overstated". These sit alongside more experimental tracks like Cio D'Or's glitchy "Permanent Key" and the droning, expansive "Further Movements Into Unknown Territories" from Peter Van Hoesen.
Review: Dutch powerhouse Delsin bunkers down for another year with a choice selection of tracks taken from the label's marque artists, regulars and newcomers. The compilation showcases the label's tastemaking approach to embracing a somewhat unidentified strands of dub electro, a new and developing sound harnessed it seems by Delsin this year. Claro Intelcto slathers his track "Two Thousand" with more of the obscene basslines we love the British artist for (with a lighter alternative to be found on "Messages") while Conforce plays with pixelation and subtle subsonic electro pulses in "OI". Gunnar Haslam rivals Porter-Ricks-deepness in his track "Cacique De Poyais" while label boss Peel Seamus warms things up with Detroit-styled keys and synths to offset the deeper, melodic and shimmering dub of new talent His Master's Voice.
Review: Delsin has been a purveyor of deep electronic music for the best part of two decades - and as this compilation demonstrates, 2018 was no exception. It moves in sound from re-issued electro classics by Lost Trax and VC-118A - the latter's chilling string-led "Sepia" is particularly beautiful - into Yagya's brittle deep house/techno and the gentle dub techno of Vril. Even on the more uptempo tracks, such as the throbbing acid of Artefakt's "Falling Into The Light" and the robotic, clanging rhythms of Yan Cook's "Dead Satellite", there is a subtlety and depth of sound absent in most labels' identities. Here's to another twenty years.
The Invariants - "Ritzy" (feat Elkan) - (6:53) 123 BPM
Claro Intelecto - "Hurt" - (4:39) 130 BPM
Sentomea - "Ease Of Life" - (10:09) 117 BPM
ShlAmmo - "The Quest" - (6:00) 120 BPM
Gunnar Haslam - "Kerallel" - (8:54) 123 BPM
Vril - "Lazar" - (8:04) 164 BPM
Cameron - "Construct" - (5:05) 117 BPM
Review: Despite being operational for almost two decades, Delsin has a higher hit rate than nearly any other techno label. This is audible on Cameron 10, an eight-track compilation from the Dutch imprint. The Invariants deliver deep, atmospheric techno for the floor on "Ritzy", while Artefakt's contribution, "Anemic Cinema", is a reflective broken beat affair. Delsin has coaxed a track form Claro Intelecto, who delivers the bass-heavy but mysterious electro of "Hurt". Newcomers also get a platform, with Sentomea dropping the slow-burning dub house of "Ease of Life" and Shlomo impressing on "The Quest", a tunnelling techno groove that also features hushed angel chants. If that wasn't enough Giegling's Vril and Gunnar Haslam complete the package with bleep-laden and lo-fi tracks respectively.