Review: Digital label Singularity provides the platform for mutual appreciation between South African producer Voidloss and Casual Violence, with each producer reworking two of his peer's tracks. The Casual Violence version of "Realisation Of Mind Fractures" suggests the listener may be in for a softer than expected experience, with rolling breakbeats underpinning a repetitive chant sample. That illusion is quickly shattered by Voidloss' granite beat and firing percussive version of Casual Violence's "Briefly Sexual" and the dense, metallic screeching and industrial eeriness of Casual Violence's version of Voidloss' "Simple Things For Simple Minds". The second Voidloss take on "Briefly Sexual", where shredded metallic drums are merged with Gothic vocals, confirms that intensity is the prevalent mood.
Review: Parisian publishers Unknown Precept mark their impressive first steps into the musical realm with a compilation of crepuscular techno rather aptly called The Black Ideal. This eight track release houses new material from a dark body of both well established and emerging techno acts and forms an intriguing bond with the debut issue of The Monograph, a new magazine dedicated to electronic music. Ancient Methods and Shifted strip their productions of beats, opting instead for overdriven sound design, while Violetshaped, Svreca, and hard hitting Manchester duo AnD push their drums and compressors to the limit. The emerging Casual Violence blend strings with a cluster of horrific ambient-noise, while last year's prolific ambient and drone pairing Saaad team up with fellow Frenchman Mondkopf for the cavernous "Last Love". Parisian producer Polar Inertia weighs in with the rest of the French contingent on the slow-burning "Antimatter".