Review: Following on from 2020's Timelapse release, prolific producer Axel Karakasis returns to Planet Rhythm with another lean techno EP. "Hermes" represents a more offbeat than usual approach, as dubbed out percussion is fused with a stepping rhythm. On the title track, Karakasis reverts to his typical style, with a relentless acid line building and building over militaristic percussion and relentless kick drums. "Outspread" continues in this vein and the snarling 303s are replaced by repetitive stabs that are then combined with a pounding rhythm. There's no let-up either on "Fertile", with the Greek artist conjuring up dramatic filters that reverberate against a driving, steely arrangement.
Review: 2020 is a year that many people will want to forget, but as this compilation shows, it was still a time of remarkably creativity. This is borne out by Regent's "Drama", a crystalline, tranced out groove, while in stark contrast, Vinicius Honorio's "Rock Da House" is a visceral jacking affair that has echoes of DJ Rush. In between these two ends of the spectrum are deadly effective club techno contributions from Yan Cook, with the turbo bass-led "Order and Steve Parker's acid-heavy "Resonate". Best Of also impresses by covering wide range of styles - as A.Paul's rolling "Incidence" and Re:Axis bleepy "Unveil" ably demonstrate.
Review: Axel Karakasis has released on a wide range of techno labels including Tronic, Intec and Planet Rhythm, and now appears on Spanish imprint Code. In its original format. "Ghost" is a dubbed out rolling groove that features a throbbing bass, sleek percussive riffs and ghostly vocal samples. It makes for a subtle but powerful club techno track. The label has also commissioned a series of remixes: the Dok & Martin take is a firing affair, while on the Gaston Zani version, a more visceral, clanging rhythm prevails. Ron Costa strips the track right back on his interpretation, while the Nuke remix rounds out this release with mysterious textures fused with sharp, metallic hi hats.