Review: The biggest tag-team in the history of tag-teams since Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, Kasra and InsideInfo's Circuits project continues to set the agenda. Following their incendiary "Euphoria" EP earlier this year come two more bone-rattling blunderbusses. "High Resolution" levitates us with big emotional ravey pads and a tubular bassline so big and spacious you could stash a few bodies in there. "Microdose" follows and opens our third eye in the process. Not in any type of woke, hippie way but with a crowbar made of pure bass. Sledgehammer crew, this one's for you.
Review: 2018 is the second year in a row that Critical Music dropped a surprise release for us on Christmas Day, 2017 seeing the Modified Sonics album full of VIPs and exclusive remixes. New Energy Vol.1, however, is a totally different deal and that's because it's 18 brand new, exclusive tunes from those deep inside the Critical camp and those just entering it. The whole roster is represented: Kasra, Enei, Mefjus, Emperor, Foreign Concept, The Upbeats - and so on. But, excitingly, there's new talent in the form of Bou, Synth Ethics, Simula, Kanine and more. Mefjus' remix of 'Projections' arguably takes the cake as the best tune on here - absolute murderation. This is Critical's statement of intent for 2019.
Review: Spanish producer De La Calle might not try to hide his influences, but this compilation shows that he is adept at making a wide range of styles. Model 500's "Starlight" is more than just a close cousin to De La Calle's "B2" track on his "Sequential Circuits - A1" release and he deserves to have his knuckles wrapped for the 'make your transition' sample on the deep, dub techno of the third "A1" track. That said, he makes up for these transgressions with the snaking, acidic grooves of "Sequential Circuits - B1", the bugged out minimal of "A2" from "Sequential Circuits - A1" and the beautiful, abstract "A1" opening tracks.