Review: There's little information to be found about German producer CVBox, other than that this is his first single for Dresden's consistently excellent Uncanny Valley imprint. As the title suggests, Analogue Amputations offers a dreamy, otherworldly take on deep house created using vintage machinery. Opener "Past The Eclipse" sets the tone, delivering a hypnotic number oozing with electronic pulses and rising and falling chords. "Counterflow" offers a delicious contrast between darkness and light, before "Droid Swift 586" impressively fuses elements of classic dub techno, bubbling electro and clandestine deepness. The Rising High-inspired ambient houser "Orience" completes an impressive package.
Review: After debuting on Jacob Korn's Uncanny Valley last year, CVBox returns to the label with an impressive third EP. The title track bleeps like a sluggish Sandwell District track lost in reverberating drone of Prologue-like ambience, while the dubby "Echo Place" lightens in mood thanks to spritzy synths and rolling drums and percussion. "Leo On LFO" sees CVBox turn to electro for inspiration, while "Remind 20:3" features new name Micha Freier for a placid stroll through a deep house and an atmospheric field of chiming keys and lush synth pads.
Review: Translated into English, the title of this album is 'this is how it is in the pine forest'. Maybe Uncanny Valley artist CVBox is referring to his physical surroundings in rural Germany, or he could be describing the recording process behind his debut album. If we assume he means the latter, then the title is a smart if somewhat obtuse explanation. Tracks like "Oberla 8" and "707 Dubbing" start with powerful, dub bass before introducing a hail of acid bleeps, while on "Iv Box", there are no beats, but a frosty ambient cloak lifts to reveal hypnosis-inducing electronic tones. "CV Cat" sees the German producer move towards the detuned trance of Mathew Jonson, but even here the approach is like being in the middle of a pine forest - covered from floor to sky by layer upon layer of multi-coloured textures.
Review: CVBox teams up with likeminded producer Micha Freier for a gorgeously seductive deep house release. Favouring an introspective sound, the duo conjure up the kind of fantastically melodic, intricate tracks that are usually the preserve of Detroit producers like Patrice Scott or Keith Worthy. "Blinking Lights" sets the tone wonderfully with its swirling chords and understated drums, while "Bad Gate Way" is underscored with a pulsing electronic bass. It's the most dance floor-focused moment on the release and soon enough, the pair are navigating their way back to more refined sounds courtesy of the subtle percussive ticks of "Playwatch" and the immersive icy ambience of "XOXO".
Iron Curtis - "Against My Window" (Dazed mix) - (7:14) 127 BPM
Perm - "VLIW" - (4:50) 144 BPM
CVBox - "Cat Cut Claps" - (6:01) 129 BPM
Dispo 5000 - "Klingenberg" - (5:16) 120 BPM
Review: As you'd expect, there's plenty of treats to be found on the fifth colour-coded EP in Uncanny Valley's 50th release series. Iron Curtis steps up first with an enveloping and hypnotic chunk of deep house headiness ("Against My Window (Dazed Mix)", which boasts a particularly strong bassline), before Perm peppers a hybrid ghetto-house/electro beat with starry synth chords and pin-sharp TB-303 style acid lines on "VLIW". CVBox tiptoes the fine line between spaced-out deep house, acid and electro on the formidably fuzzy "Cat Cut Claps", while Dispo 5000 crafts a sturdy electro cut out of stabbing acid bass, ethereal new age chords and crunchy machine drums ("Klinkenberg").
Review: Dresden-based imprint Uncanny Valley reach release number four with this three track EP from Sneaker, Cvbox and Stefan Lohse. Sneaker's "You Think You Think" kicks things off with claps and a chuggy bass forming the rhythmic thrust along with some decidedly metallic synth twangs! Cvbox's "Machinematch" gurgles with acidic intent, while Lohse's "Pl'a'tschern" is comprised of water drips and an ominous thudding techno bass drum serving as the metronomic pulse, before a warped bassline comes in to provide the track with that oddball charm that Uncanny Valley specialise in. Be sure to keep and ear out for release number five, which will be helmed by Jacob Korn (with a notable deviation in terms of artwork from previous releases). UV is fast becoming an essential little label.