Review: In what is fast developing into a state of the techno nation compilation, Illegal Alien delivers the second volume of Between Lands & Oceans. The Advent's "Tall Whites" is a lean, pacy techno track that takes the listener back to the act's mid to late 90s sound, while on "Aztek", Vinicius Honorio drops a similar, albeit more abrasive club track and Fixon's "Small Doses" is a rough take on Chicago ghetto techno. In contrast, N?rbak's "Rule Of Rescue" is a more nuanced, stepping track, while Abstract Division's "Encoder" and Merino's "Entering Colundi Galaxy" both focus on a subtle, tonal take on techno, inspired by Sahko and Sleeparchive.
Review: Hot on the heels of his recent split release for Klockworks, Cravo returns to SK_eleven for a storming release. "Innervision" is a tough tribal track that resounds to dense drums and features eerie synth riffs, while on "Torment", Cravo turns up the intensity levels; fuelled by a driving, dystopian groove, the addition of incessant stabs add to the sense of menace. "Domain" is more stripped back and sees this emerging producer drop an insistent tribal track. Meanwhile , Cravo changes tact on "Conscious"; it'a a deeper but dance floor-friendly track led by the kind of moody chord sequence one might expect to hear on the work of more esoteric techno artists like Portable.