Steve Bicknell - "Constant Movement" - (7:26) 132 BPM
Tim Tama - "Suspicion Is The Enemy" - (5:45) 134 BPM
Dave Simon - "Vision Of Intensity" - (5:42) 133 BPM
Keith Carnal - "One-on-One" - (7:09) 134 BPM
I Hate Models - "Beloved & Damned" - (8:52) 123 BPM
Ferdinger - "Vertigo" - (7:58) 141 BPM
Review: Triple Vision pull out all the stops on the ninth Evidence Based edition. Tin Man's expansive 303 sound is to the fore on the aptly-named "Acid Swirls", while representing a more sombre, subdued style is Oscar Mulero's broken beat remake of End Train's "Into The Sun's Maze". Deadbeat drops a high-paced minimal techno groove in the shape of "7th and 33rd", while Triple Vision scores a coup by securing the services of Steve Bicknell - the Lost founder's contribution is the suitably textured and otherworldly "Constant Movement". He's not the only high-profile name to line out for this edition and I Hate Models delivers the rattling, glitchy techno of "Beloved & Damned".
Review: Following on from last year's Waking Life album, Deadbeat aka Scott Monteith returns to his BLKRTZ label for this dance floor EP. He has teamed up with cellist and composer Maarten Vos, but the signature Deadbeat sound prevails on the title track; over a shuffling, tight rhythm, a cacophony of atmospheric textures unravel. Vos' influence comes to the fore on the ambient interpretation of "2020"; while Deadbeat's textured sound scapes are still audible, a droning back drop hangs over the arrangement, lending it an eerie aesthetic that has more in common with a sci-fi movie soundtrack than a dub techno EP.
Keep On Dancing (Shaun Reeves remix) - (7:25) 125 BPM
Keep On Dancing (original) - (9:15) 110 BPM
VQ Infinity Dub - (5:31) 133 BPM
Review: Veteran Canadian producer Scott Monteith has been releasing critically acclaimed records since 2000 and has carefully sculpted an idiosyncratic dub-laden sound that is uniquely his own and instantly recognizable. He returns to Visionquest to follow up 2015's Jacks EP. It's another expression in Monteith's singular aesthetic, using a wide array of arsenal within his sonic repertoire here: from the hypnotic tribal trance of "Boom Jack", to more classic expressions in icy and cavernous atmospherics as heard on "Keep On Dancing" which receives a terrific rework by label co-head Shaun Reeves. Monteith then gets back to the program on the raw and mentalist psychedelics of "VQ Infnity Dub".
Review: Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat follows the Wax Poetic album release from earlier this year with this excellent dance floor EP, also on his own label. While the Deadbeat project is usually associated with dub techno, Waking Life shows that this aspect is only part of the project's identity. So while "A Last Swim" is a wonderfully immersive affair that resonates to layered textures, "A New Sense Of Purpose" sees Monteith deliver his own distinctive version of balmy deep house, while both "Midnight In The Garden" and "A Thousand Shining Stars" focus on the veteran producer's unique interpretations of sleek Detroit techno.
Review: It is fair to say that Wax Poetic is Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat's most impressive long-player to date. Apart from the fact that he has tapped long-time friends like Gudrun Gut, Thomas Fehlmann and Mike Shannon to collaborate with him, the album is meant to reflect the troubled times that we live in, Despite this, it's a surprisingly mellow work; tracks like "Steve and Fatima" and "Gudrun" are melodic affairs that find their groove in the left of centre house and techno world. Elsewhere, the storied Canadian producer reverts to his trademark dub sound - most brilliantly on the lilting French tones of "Argenis And Cristobal - with thought-provoking, spacious arrangements. If this is the sound track to the impending apocalypse, it suggests that we will all go out smiling.
Review: The output on Kenneth Christiansen's sub-label is often as impressive as the releases on its parent - and this is certainly true of Roots. It's the second release by Scott 'Deadbeat' Monteith on Echocord Colour and also marks a change of direction for the Canadian producer. "Put On Your Red Shoes And Trance" is a wiry, tweaked acid-heavy affair that sounds radically different to his usual dub techno style. Similarly, "Just Jackin Around Man" is also unlike the Deadbeat sound. Utilising a pitched-down vocal sample over a driving rhythm, Monteith adds in some rolling kettle drums. The end result is as far removed as possible from Echocord's cavernous signature sound.
Mike Dehnert - "Track Providing Home" - (5:20) 123 BPM
Deadbeat - "For Whom The Bell Tolls" - (6:46) 128 BPM
Review: Kenneth Christiansen's revered dub techno institution celebrates fifteen years of trusted innovation on this superb compilation showcasing the label's esteemed roster of legends. Starting out with the always impressive Stephan Laubner aka STL who surprises as always; this time with the haunting yet bittersweet ambient journey "The Ancient Scale". There's more from masters of the old school such as German producer Arovane and his broken low end theory on "Struktur 1", the deeply rooted resonations of XDB's "Latonal" and Fachwerk main man Mike Dehnert's Maurizio inspired "Track Providing Home" being one of our highlights.
Review: Believe it or not, but the Lessizmore imprint is in its tenth year of service, and while this makes us all feel a little older, it also makes us feel a little more like dancing. They've prepared a special release for this anniversary and, unsurprisingly, this compilation is filled with utter bombs from some of the hottest properties in house, techno and minimal. Just for you to get a taste of this beast, you have winner after winner from peeps like San Proper, Deadbeat, Mathias Kaden, Mike Shannon, Magda, Steve O'Sullivan....shall we go on? No, we think you get the picture.