Review: Glasgow label Avoidant returns with another killer electro compilation. From the dystopian synths of
Three Faces Of Eve's "Wish You'd Leave" to the raw funk of DJ Godfather's "It's Only Detroit" and Versalife's "Shift Levels", Dark Planet covers the darker side of the electro sound with considerable style. It also delivers a series of surprises; nestled alongside contributions from scene stalwarts like The Exaltics are artists who wouldn't normally be seen in the electro field; these include Vril with the brooding, bass-heavy tones of "Orgon" and the spiky beats and layered samples of Lord of the Isles' "Approach & Identify".
Review: Glasgow-based label Avoidant deserves kudos for bringing together some of the most respected names in electro for this compilation. Annie Hall and Versalife represent deeper ends of the spectrum, with Hall's bubbling "Meido Estetico" in particular standing out. Carl Finlow drops a lean, industrial funk workout in the form of "Syncopated Automated", while on the compilation's title track, The Advent teams up with Zein Ferreira on a bleak trip through discordant synths and popping rhythms. Sharing space on the compilation are label regulars like CYRK, who drop the epic melodies and gurgling bass of "Block" and Kronos Device, a project from Bass Junkie / Dexorcist, which sees concrete weight bass drums connected to wild electronic stabs on "Crisis Point".
Type II (feat Jensen Interceptor) - (6:41) 132 BPM
HAL's Machine Tool - (4:37) 132 BPM
Review: Here's a release for headstrong electro fans as Brendan Zacharias aka Assembler Code drops his debut EP for International Chrome. The Australian label has already made its names with records from Jensen Interceptor and DeFeKT - under his ESS guise - and Mental Escape follows in a similar style. There's the the title track's raw hardware jam, followed by the nightmarish synths and raw acid of "Simulation". Jensen Interceptor makes an appearance on "Type 2", which delivers discordant tones and eerie atmospherics in equal measures, while "Assembler Code" is a raw 808 workout that resounds to horror synths and the sound of a malfunctioning computer.