Review: The latest compilation on Maceo Plex's label brings together some names that would not normally share a release. Most notably, it features a rare production from Pete Tong - in collaboration with John Monkman - that follows a decidedly tripped out techno sound. The Radio 1 host features alongside a broad cast of characters, including US industrial pioneer Adam X. Working under the ADMX-71 guise, his "Bound & Broken" is turned into a slinky ebm track by Maetrik. There's also deeper material from Avision, with the rolling atmospherics of "In My Mind", while Citizen Kain is sure to keep listeners guessing with the brooding, pulsating "Charly Charly".
Review: Anthony Cardinale aka Avision returns to Hardgroove with another fine club techno EP. The title track is a funky affair, with shaking percussion and a repetitive vocal sample throughout, influenced by 90s US house as much as techno tropes. On "All Groove", he ups the tempo and intensity levels to deliver a repetitive chord-heavy jacker, while on "Send Off", a similar aesthetic applies, as Avision drops epic synths over a niggling 90s house bass. The release is also notable due to the choice of remixer: Ben Sims' label has managed to coax a rare remix from Paul Mac under his Jorge Zamacona guise, with the veteran UK producer dropping a deep but slamming affair, featuring soulful vocals.
Review: He's appeared everywhere from Suara, Ellum Audio and We Are The Brave, to Beard Man and even Ben Sims' Hardgroove, but now the ever reliable Anthony Cardinale aka Avision is back with this absolute belter for Knee Deep In Sound. "Taking Over Me" exists as a trilogy of sorts, with the pummelling first version taking care of business with its rolling 909 rhythms and pop-inflected croons, mixed with a Chicago ghetto house attitude in the vein of legend DJ Funk. This is further streamlined next with Part 2's bouncier and more emotive club mix, while Berlin's Chambray, hot off that collaboration with Laurent Garnier last year, takes the track down a deeper and more sensual late night route - for something a bit different.
Review: Following releases on Beard Man and Hardgroove, Anthony Cardinale aka Avision drops this stunning EP for We Are The Brave. "Retro" is an impressive tribal workout, powered by staccato drums and blasts of icy filters. It's tough but funky, perfectly aligned with the label's approach. "This Way" is more inventive; it sees Cardinale loop piano keys over doubled up claps and a swirling, building filter as evocative vocals play out in the background. Maintaining this mood till the end is "Trip", where Avision deploys a tough, rolling rhythm populated with vocal snippets and acid-frazzled builds to devastating effect.
Review: UK techno veteran Ben Sims is one of the most renowned proponents of the tribal techno sound - his revered Hardgroove imprint being synonymous with such. Comprised of cuts from the Londoner's recent 'Tribology' mix-compilation, it features long time colleague and fellow London legend Mark Broom (Beardyman) on the fiercely hypnotic tool "Loop It" calling to mind his seminal work as Rue East more than a decade ago, the dub-inflected factory floor assault of Marco Bruno's "Any Given Sunday" as well as Dutch artist Cadans on the funky stomper "Bite". Closing out the EP is label regular Avision delivering the mentalist minimalism of "Rebel" geared for proper tunnel vision under the strobe light.
Review: Anthony Cardinale is an American producer who has just launched this new side-project, Avision. It's clear that the long years spent frequenting and playing at underground clubs in the States has rubbed off on his production style and this EP is a rough, raw analogue ride. The title track sets the tone with its insistent rhythm and noisy drums, while "Stripped" is even rawer-sounding, as a clanging metallic bar bashes away against the backdrop of pumping drums and surging chords. "Dope Jazz" offers some respite - and showcases Cardinale's deeper sound - but it's only a temporary one and label boss Mark Broom drops an intense kick-drum heavy take on the title track.