Review: For their eleventh release, Spain's Involve Records has once again turned to Boston 168, who first appeared on the imprint in 2015. The Italian duo is renowned for their atmospheric, psychedelically inclined take on techno, and there's much of that on show across the EP. The title track makes appropriate use of aggressive acid lines and spooky, slowly rising chords, while "Lies" places cascading melody lines and subtle acid flashes on top of a dense, tribal-influenced techno groove. Then you'll find the hard-as-nails Roman techno stomp of "707 Sing" (think classic Lory D, and you're close), and the swelling strings and bouncy Detroit rhythms of "Saber".
Review: This duo is not from Massachusetts, rather Turin, Italy and focus on psychedelic / acid / techno vibes according to their Soundcloud profile; quite an apt description. They have appeared on labels like Involve and Enemy previously and now Germany's Odd Even for the Oblivion EP. "Nightcall" has a taste for the acid life that pushes that 303 to it's full limit like an Acid Test record over a tough beat, but it's the title track which really nails it: this is droning and hypnotic techno further fuelled by a well-executed acid snarl and a ferocious and shuffling rhythm. On the flip "Split String" sounds like a fierce Jeff Mills 909 live drum solo but then that chiming synth melody comes through with those claps on the kick, sounding more like a Rodhad cut. Great stuff!
Review: This is Boston 168's third outing on Odd Even, and it sees them building on the "psychedelic acid" style that previous EPs hinted at. "Contactor" is an atmospheric, spaced out affair, with nimble 303s building and building over a skeletal rhythm. By contrast, "Vacuum" is a heavier track; the drums and percussion reverberate with great force, the acid line builds in tandem with eerie synths, and there is an underlying, menacing sensibility. "Cybernetics" sees them go a few steps farther down the rabbit hole, as lead-weight kicks combine with gurgling 303s, while the Italian pair continue on their journey into the depths of tripped out techno with the pumping, pulsing "Futuretro".