Review: Damon Wild and Dave 'Function' Sumner have been close allies since the early 90s, so it's no surprise that Sumner has managed to persuade Wild to release his first album in 13 years on his Infrastructure label. Cosmic Path lives up to its title and sounds like an intergalactic journey on a starship. By turns menacing, thanks to the hyper speed bleeps of "Red", tripped out (check the stepping "Distant Carrier" ) and functional - the drum-heavy "Marslander" and the aptly named "Sparse" are among the finest drum tracks that he has produced - this album proves that the veteran New York artist remains at the very top of his game.
Review: It's been a while, but Damon Wild's Synewave label is back in action to continue more than 20 years of service to the techno game, and this collaborative release with Jurek Przezdziecki shows that both label and artists are on searing form. Of the original tracks on offer, "Clutch" presents a slightly more subtle approach with its low frequency acid thrum steadily building in intensity compared to the upfront jackhammer intensity of "Snatch". Cisco Ferreira gets invited to do a remix of "Clutch" as The Advent, and makes it into a deep, cyclical stomper, and then Gotshell ramps up the noise for an even tougher version of the track.
Review: Gynoid Audio has become a recognised name in techno largely down to the sheer output of music the label delivers on a regular basis. This week Gynoid reach their 100th release milestone which they've turned into a compilation featuring a trusted collection of emerging and well-established names. Starting with the former, Mary Velo, Lee Holman, 88uw and Wata Igarashi, each provide a deep, reverb-laden club track, with Holman providing the most colour with the acid spurting "Operative". Schooled support comes from Synwave boss Damon Wild and the dark control room bleeps he brings with "Lost Base", while Aubrey delivers the funkiest production of the compilation, "Trigger 45". But before any of this takes place, it's Advance Human, aka Gynoid's CEO, Simon Hi-Shock, that begins proceedings with the dubby "Reincarnation".
Review: The second in the series of remixes of Damon Wild's "Avion" features established names and newcomers alike, but as befits such an evergreen release, manages to cover a wide range of classic techno styles. Orlando Voorn's take is a tranced out groove featuring the static hiss and whirr of modems, while Pacou delivers a chord-heavy rolling groove. The newer producers also impress: Heron's doubled up beats play host to evil acid lines, Steve Lorenz drops an update on loopy, filtered techno, Conde Cero's version draws on the dense feeling that Dettmann evokes, and best of all, the Relativ Noizik version is full of crashing snares and surging 303s - reminiscent of the sound of classic Synewave records.
Review: Veteran US techno producer revisits his 1996 "Avion" release. It's testament to Wild's talents that the gloriously dense percussion and spine shivering, arcing acid lines sound fresh despite the passage of 15 years. The calibre of remixers also shows what high regard his work is held in by the current generation of techno producers. John Mitchell delivers a fast-paced, filtered take, Jurek Przezdziecki's version is underpinned by a sinewy bassline and shaking cowbells, while the 88UW version is more slamming, the driving rhythms populated by atonal bleeps. However, it's Marcel Dettmann and Echoplex who impress the most: the Berghain resident is on fine form with his dense, hypnotic rhythms and evil acid licks while Echoplex brings a lighter, melodic approach to the fore.