Review: As 2013 nears its end, labels such as Darko Esser's Balans are the kind that have released more quality music than many may realise. Following Staffan Lazatti's bleepy debut, View From The Collapsing Centre, Pavel Dimitrenkov debuts his Cadans project in impressive style. "Fix" combines Regis-like broken beats with a distinctly European edge - like Markus Suckut on steroids, but not quite Ben Klock - while "Samsa" adds glassy chimes and synthesised bells placed on top of a Skudge-like groove, only dirtier. The EP's final track, "Millian", is rigid, dry and something the label Fifth Wall would have loved to get their hands on.
Review: Cadans aka Jeroen Snik returns to Clone Basement,having made his debut or that label back in 2015. Since then, the Dutch artist in London has released on Tripeo and Wolfskuil, but the Clone empire seems like his most natural environment. The title track is a raucous affair, with drums rolling over a jittery, shaky rhythm as a repetitive vocal plays away in the background. It's raw, noisy and extremely funky. On "Dominion", he opts for a straighter approach, as a murky jacking rhythm and cheese-wire percussion prevail. Cadans completes his second release with a looped, tool version of the title track, where the vocal sounds more high-pitched.
Review: Jeroen Snik aka Cadans has a small but impressive back catalogue, and has appeared on labels like Wolfskuil, Clone Basement Series and Tripeo. This release on Ben Sims' Hardgroove imprint is a natural move; it sees the Dutch artist combine tribal house drums with stepping rhythms and insistent samples to create hypnotic tracks. This approach is audible on the rolling groove and pitch-bent vocals of "Creep", while on "Dang", a more lithe, linear rhythm prevails. The title track may resound to more unusual samples, but the basic premise of hypnotic, tribal grooves prevails, while "Chant" rounds off the release in high-octane firing form.
Review: Cadans AKA Jeroen Snik has released on labels like Tripeo and Balans in the past, but it's Clone's Basement Series that has been his most constant platform. Returning to CBS after 2017's 1 Bar FU, the local Dutch producer drops a four track EP that sits somewhere between house, techno and broken beat. Jarring, detuned noises and disorientating vocals are at the heart of No Connection, whilst on Uncuttable he drops a rolling percussive groove that is shot through with mesmerising bells and powered by tinny drums. It makes for an individualistic style, one that reaches an intense climax on the visceral kicks and half-heard vocals of Clocked.
Review: Cadans has only a few release to his credit but they have all been on high profile labels like Clone, Tripeo and Balans. For his latest outing the Dutch producer has chosen Darko Esser's label to release his big room sound. "Hollow Funk" is a peak-time, drum-heavy affair with huge percussive bursts and a relentless riff that drills with the intensity of an industrial drill. "Got Woodblock" is deeper and more understated and sees Cadans add submerged chords to his palette but the drums still have an unflinching, militaristic feeling. "Vocal Exercise" sees him mine a buzzing, stripped back approach - as always with an ear for the dance floor - while he rounds off the release with a collaboration with Kracht, the drum-heavy DJ tool, "Papercuts".
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: In which the acclaimed UK producer Rohan 'Randomer' Walder gets together with Cadans. Despite only having one previous release to his credit, we can assume that the division of labour is equal on this joint venture. "Angry Fiddle" sees the pair drop cavernous, pounding drum patterns, riffs so abrasive they could bleach a mould-encrusted bathroom and a high-pitched sample that could be the fiddle referred to in the title. "Lottarump" isn't quite as forceful and its buzzing riffs and cut-up vocal sample suggest that the pair like to walk on the lighter side of the bass-techno spectrum.
Review: On Synergy, Rekids delivers a killer release that focuses mainly on Darko Esser's Tripeo project . Tripeo & Cadans' "Rave Tune" is a tough, driving techno track imbued with dreamy synths, while in a similar style, Tripeo's collaboration with Doka as The Leap sees the pair unleash atmospheric textures over rolling, steely drums. Esser flies solo for the remaining tracks and on "Need For Nuance", drops the melodies in favour of a niggling, bleepy-heavy analogue techno workout. Keeping the audience guessing till the very last, "Zeitgeist" is a cool electro stepper that veers in and out of straight 4/4 kicks.