Review: Conrad Van Orton delivers an eerie take on broken beat techno on the title track; ghostly synth lines are conjured up over the fuzzy, fractured rhythms as the producer evokes the spirit - if not the intensity - of Inigo Kennedy. Unbalance's version further advances this approach, with eerie riffs wrapped around harder, more robust breaks. Dynamo's remix meanwhile opts for a more direct dance floor approach, with an evil, nagging acid line insinuating itself through a wiry 4/4 rhythm. It's not all darkness however, and Van Orton's "Staphylo" is a deep, dubby techno groove, its warm, loose groove supporting ethereal vocals.
Review: Conrad Van Orton (real name Andrea Zanchetta) unveils Part 2 of his latest recording project, which draws heavily on obscure, austere techno sources. The broken beats, vocal exorcisms and dysphoric textures of "Feng Shui Theory 3" sit somewhere between Anne James Chaton's "Eventment27" and fellow countryman Lucy's "eis". The sibilant preliminaries of "Feng Shui Theory 4" set an eerie Omega Man scene; hissing whispers haunt an abandoned underground, as bygone subway announcements echo down pitch-black tunnels and paper swept platforms. Sucky Dettmann-esque kicks motion a tribalistic, rhythmic groove. An oscillating tractor beam synth gradually enters the arrangement, harmoniously plateauing in energy so the emphasis of the track remains on a well engineered and stripped back loop.
Review: Developer's label drops a monster 18-track compilation that showcases a diverse range of modern techno styles. There's the drum-heavy loops of CNCPT's "New Science & Telekinesis Facility 10" and the buzzing, percussive grooves that define the contributions from Emitto Audio's "Mars Radiation Terminal 20" and Insolate's "Cern Research Center 35". Taking the compilation to a bleaker place is the eerie, oppressive mood on Patrik Carrera's "Mars Radiation Terminal 25", but there are also more esoteric contributions such as the hypnotic tones of Ryogo Yamamori's "Center For Cyborg Data & Control 75". If you are looking for a view of where dance floor techno is headed, WAV1095 offers a ringside seat.
Review: For the fourth instalment of its From The Vault series, Paul Boex' label opts for a less banging than usual approach. Area Forty One's 'Sunday Morning cut' of Abstract Division's "Deformation" sets the tone for the release with its deep groove, while Deepbass & Ness come together to create the rolling groove and atmospheric tones of "Flight 103". Stefan Vincent's contribution, "Aro", is similarly deep, with some tropical samples embedded in its lithe rhythm, while remixers Milton Bradley and Delta Funktionen also use the opportunity to take Abstract Division on a more esoteric path. In the case of the former, it is articulated on the churning, dubby "Shifted Reality", while on the latter's re-work of "Floating Point", a jerky, angular rhythm prevails.