Review: After contributing a remix of Volte Face on a previous BleeD release, New York's DJ Spider makes his debut proper for the label. Given Spider's impressive body of work for labels like Plan B, Trilogy Tapes and Killekill, Burning Museums is arguably the most high-profile release yet for Casper Clark's emergent BleeD. Those who are familiar with the US producer's work will not be disappointed here; grungy drums, panel-beating rhythms and the occasional melodic blast make for one of the rawest interpretations of modern techno. What's most impressive though is Spider's unpredictable approach; he veers from the dark ambient of "Outbreak of Rebellion" into the high tempo, pounding beats of "Clouded Vision", taking the tough, swinging drums and noisy textures of "Prophetic Technology" along the way and in the process, never sounds formulaic.
Review: DJ Spider has been an integral part of New York's techno scene for years, but only in recent times has he made an impression on this side of the Atlantic. Spider's association with labels this side of the Atlantic continues with Ninja Drive-By, his debut release on Rekids. Over four tracks, he manages to cover a range of moods. From the grubby, swinging broken beats of "Dirt Nap" to the atmospheric "TMC" and the jittery percussion and jazzy tones of "Montag", there is a lot to keep the listener engaged. Spider even succeeds in uniting dense, grubby drums and outer space melodies on "Planetary DisFunkshun", making for a heads down journey to the heart of left of centre techno.
The Final Revolution (original mix) - (4:45) 129 BPM
Distress Signal (original) - (5:28) 131 BPM
NEXT (original) - (2:35) 109 BPM
Hydra (original) - (7:00) 128 BPM
Review: DJ Spider follows the recent Aubrey release on Thema with this captivating EP. "Throwing Hairs" starts the release with rolling, creaky drums and woozy sound effects, elements that provide the basis for a weird vocal sample about God. "Extropy Part 2 (DJ Spider remix)" is reminiscent of late 90s producers like Jaime Read as jazzy keys and spacey chords collide over hollowed out drums and a purring bass. On the title track, Spider changes the tempo and intensity levels, with firing drums and insistent percussion prevailing, while
"Distress Signal" resounds to tribal drums and woozy bass. Closing out this release is another contrasting style, thanks to the dreamy, downtempo textures of "Next".
Review: DJ Spider and Franklin de Costa follow their debut on Killekill with another rough and raw techno release. It begins with "Second Bass", where tough, distorted drums and a searing bass are put through a filter that see them plunging and climaxing in an unpredictable manner. At the outset, it seems like "Comsume" might follow in a similar path, but its distorted kicks gradually give way to spiralling acid lines and a sci-fi movie sample that proclaims "it came without warning...like nothing on this earth". It's hard to know whether the unnamed vocalist is talking about the track itself, or "Coffee Break", the distorted, stepping rhythm that follows, but either way it's certain that there are few other releases like this doing the rounds.