Review: "O2", which kick-starts this collaboration between Brazilian Click Box and French producer Remain, sounds like an updated version of Lil Louis' "French Kiss". Over a snaking electronic groove that unmistakable hook kicks in and is joined later by sludgy, lost-it vocal samples. "04" is more understated, with the transcontinental pair delivering a buzzing bass and some deep vocal samples over a low-slung minimal rhythm. The remixes are of an even higher quality than the original material. Swayzak delivers a trance-out chord and bleeding acid take on "02", while Danton Eeprom gets to grips with "04", adding soaring strings and a hypnotic, rolling bass.
Review: Since first launching their particular brand of grubby analogue techno back in 2006, Click Box have alternated between the Minus and Items & Things labels. Here they return to the latter, laying down a house EP of vintage acid sounds overlaid with the kind of fluid synth-futurism and darkroom grit that was once a hallmark of early '90s techno. There's plenty of variety, with the vintage electro-goes-dub pulse of "Last Day" and acid rinse-out of "Stop Down"/ "Styop Over" contrasting nicely with the Benoit and Sergio on downers vibes of "Something Wrong". Madato's loose, fluid remix of the latter is also a highlight.
Review: A duo from Sao Paulo, Click Box have become a firm fixture of Richie Hawtin's Minus label over the years and here comes their latest offering. The title track is a slice of throbbing stripped back techno, while the similar "Match 5" expands on the theme by adding some more propulsive hi-hats and seriously sinister analogue sounds and melodies. "Brutal Shore" goes weirder still, but it's the mighty "Doubt" that's the key track on this release - a driving kick drum is layered with otherworldly soundscapes creating a truly apocalyptic feel.