Review: Following a series of releases on Astrophonica, Client_03 lands on contemporary electro's mothership, Cultivated Electronics. "Sense Combiner" is an irresistible slice of electro; fuelled by powerful sub-bass and tight kicks, the track also contains ghostly synths and vocoder vocals. On "Morality Corruptions Splice Pointer", this fast-rising electro producer maps out a similar path, but this time the tempo is faster, with skipping drums and an ominous bass supporting atmospheric pads. Client_03 hooks up with label owner Sync 24 to deliver the acid-soaked, slow jam "Counterfactual Interaction History", while "You Have Been Notified" is a stepping affair, with a similarly dark, 303-led sound prevailing.
Review: It's time for a delightful dip into the realm of acidic bliss as Client_03 arrives with four system-ready stompers, exploring the more electro-inspired side of electronic dance music, kicking off with the thunderous bass moogs and high intensity percussive scats above, throwing us right into this deep end of the EP from the jump. Next, the more emotive harmonic layering and stripped back drum designs of 'Tactical Empathy' are on hands to switch the mood drastically with a truly beautiful design, before throwing us right back down to the basement with 'Symmetry Verification', a squelching showcase of true acidic understanding, wrapped up in intense 4/4 rhythms which would energise even the most tame of listeners. Finally, the bulging bass pulses and high-tempo arrangements of 'Repeat Analysis' give us something a little different to take in, as we round off the EP with this more minimal backdrop for good measure!
Review: Tronic has decided to celebrate its 400th release by issuing the second edition of its More Than Machine electro series. It gets off to an impressive start with label owner Christian Smith delivering an ominous slice of machine funk on "I Want It", before Carl Finlow drops a lithe rhythm and powerful low end in the shape of "Anomaly 3" and Detroit veteran DJ Godfather up the pace with the twitchy "Invasion of Detroit". But the presence of these veteran electro producers proves to be the exception rather than the rule, and the rest of Machine features techno artists exploring less well-known paths. Samuel Session impresses with the gritty, angular "Engine of War" and Alexander Kowalski deploys his bass-heavy approach to the nocturnal "Flickering Lights".
Review: With electro on the charge in 2021, Fracture & Neptun's Astrophonica label continues their support of the fresh, up and coming, and dope-as talent, Client_03. Presenting the project's fourth release since debuting in 2019, User Viewport sees Client_03 go deep, heavy and melodic in "Love & Or Hate Trigger" - the sweetest track on this EP - with the rest of the record turning in a gnarlier, more acid tipped edge. With the title-track riffing on Orwellian themes of surveillance with its unsettling vocal, "Wavefile_Dayjob" keeps it stripped back and bassline centric, as does "Protection Service Provider" only with a trippier, cosmic touch.
Review: It would make for some debate but this More Than Machine compilation by Tronic may well be the label's most impressive release to date. Bringing together an all star cast of legendary, respected and fresh talent indebted to the machinist sounds of electro, Tronic slips out a surreptitious release into 2021 real diggers will recognise. John Selway appears twice with "Highest Order" and the harder edged "Blink Of An Eye" with Christian Smith (who also delivers an italo inspired solo number in "Pressure Drop"). Vince Watson goes both aquatic and cosmic in "Cyclon" next to CJ Bolland's "The Demotic Script", Sterac Electronics' (aka Steve Rachmad) phase driven "Reinstated" and a far flung Zein Ferreira collaboration with The Advent! Fresher vibes still from the UK's Second Storey and new age techno soul vibes from Client_03's "Regression Container". Your secret stash.
Review: Badass vibes coming outta Client_03 again for Fracture & Neptune's Astrophonica label which delivers the artist in mentions second ever release solo. Landing somewhere between purist electro and grey area dubstep with tracks like "Input Reflector", its five productions weave through sci-fi atmospheres, distortion and squelch with hardcore drums, break beats and deeper rhythms. Seriously headsy stuff you'd imagine hearing at a Ukranian rave in an abandoned outpost somewhere to the mean streets of the UK or Berlin's edgier underground. At your disposal.
Review: For this new two track piece from the Astrophonica imprint, we encourage you all to open your minds to the pure brilliance of Client_03, who has put together two incredibly well designed pieces of digital soundscaping, with names as raw as they come. Firstly, we check out the moogy bass rolls and constantly evolving rhythmic layouts of 'Testbed_Output_01 A' which most certainly hits home. On the flip, the pace is quickened as 'Testbed_Output_01 B' ups the tempo with a more footwork style rhythmic design, incorporating vinyl scratch lines above and bouncy 808 bass drums below for maximum rave energy.
Review: As always with Astrophonica, we are in for a treat with this one, as they get busy with a top quality compilation selection, unveiling twenty pulsating originals under the name '20'. Whilst examining the vibes on this one, we noticed that it really does cover all the basis when it comes to high tempo bass music, from the grizzly roller arrangements of 'Hull Breach' from Fracture & Neptune to the bouncy footwork flavours of Dawn Day Night's 'Voodoo Vibe'. There are most certainly some clear standouts, with Fracture, Rider Shafique & Sam Binga pulling together for a spicy original on 'Back It Up', alongside Sully's super colourful junglist roller 'Flock' and the eerie flute work of 'Flocon' from Moresounds. A very interesting listen!
Review: Client_03 appears to be a new act, but as Hope Repeater is out on Fracture & Neptune's label, it's clear that the quality level will be high. The title track is a hypnotic stepper that resounds to lithe rhythms and layered, atmospheric synths."1nce Again" sees Client_03 pick up the pace with a clanging metallic bass, while "Interest Reset" is an acid-led affair that rides a steel-plated rhythm. It's only on the title track that Client_03 reaches a drum'n'bass tempo, but by this stage the swirling acid and niggling rhythm will have mesmerised even the most exacting audience.