Review: Thorstenson follows up 2017's Svart on Ovum with this no-nonsense EP. Inspired by US techno, including presumably, label owner Josh Wink's own 303 classics, this is an irresistibly mean and moody release. He kick-starts it with "Right Behind You", where an acid line is tweaked and teased over a moody, menacing bass that could have come from Suburban Knight's studio. "Grains" is more upfront and forceful, with the young Swedish producer dropping dubbed out chords and surging 303s over a rolling, looped rhythm. Rounding off the release is the spaced out minimal groove of the title track, where Thorstenson takes inspiration from Detroit artists like Sean Deason.
Marino Canal - "Men Of No Purpose" - (6:40) 120 BPM
Charlie Thorstenson - "Skuggor" - (8:31) 124 BPM
Adriatique - "Grinding Rhythm" - (6:18) 123 BPM
Glowal - "Flowers On Tears" - (7:23) 126 BPM
SOEL - "Oberon" - (6:07) 123 BPM
Review: This second split release on Siamese follows last year's first Anthology instalment and focuses again on melodic, electronic house. Label owners Adriatique's "Grinding Rhythm" sets the tone, with its subtle, intricate rhythm and understated melodies. It's the kind of track that will work in a number of settings from warm up to peak time, albeit for a more discerning crowd. Soel's "Oberon" is more dubby but is also shot through with a moody undercurrent, thanks to the ominous riffs that accompany the rolling arrangement throughout. Marino Canal's "Men of No Purpose" is somewhat deeper and even veers toward an epic sensibility thanks to its frosty synths, but retains its dance floor focus thanks to a tricky supporting rhythm. if you're looking for a refined, futuristic take on house, check this release.