Review: DEAS aka Karol Mozgawa follows up the 2019 No Signal and Shelter releases on Planet Rhythm with another killer dance floor EP. "Central Square" sets the tone for the release with an upfront metallic rhythm that supports layer upon layer of synth sound scapes and tweaked acid lines. The title track is just as impactful, with DEAS again deploying pulsating acid lines and utilitarian percussion to create a mesmerising track. On "Roses Avenue", he takes influence from the Mike Dehnert school of Berlin techno, with brooding chords over a swung rhythm.Rounding off this impressive release are the spaced out textures and pulsating groove of "Structure".
Review: 2020 is a year that many people will want to forget, but as this compilation shows, it was still a time of remarkably creativity. This is borne out by Regent's "Drama", a crystalline, tranced out groove, while in stark contrast, Vinicius Honorio's "Rock Da House" is a visceral jacking affair that has echoes of DJ Rush. In between these two ends of the spectrum are deadly effective club techno contributions from Yan Cook, with the turbo bass-led "Order and Steve Parker's acid-heavy "Resonate". Best Of also impresses by covering wide range of styles - as A.Paul's rolling "Incidence" and Re:Axis bleepy "Unveil" ably demonstrate.
Review: DEAS returns to Second State for his fourth release, with Index demonstrating why he is rated so highly. The title track is a bleepy techno affair that resounds to a hypnotic, pulsating rhythm and doubled-up claps, with echoes of 90s producers like Vapourspace. On "Apart", DEAS ups the tempo to deliver a menacing, tranced out banger, while he opts for another approach on the title track. Focusing on a propulsive, percussive rhythm, its rolling snares and doubled-up claps call to mind classic Plastikman. Richie Hawtin's influence can also be heard on "DRMS", but this time it's the acrid acid of the FUSE project, which DEAS melds with steely percussion.
Review: It must be challenging for a long-running label to come up with fresh ideas, but that is exactly what Planet Rhythm has achieved on its latest compilation. TWCOR's "How It Ends" revisits the glory days of Frankfurt Trax techno with its pounding kicks, Vinicius Honorio maps out a new direction for big room techno on the thundering filters and wild rave stabs of "Time & Space" and Two Sided Agency's "Controlled Cycle" is a synapse-melting acid track. There is also a more considered side to Planet Rhythm, and it's audible here on Tom Hades' "Felis", where the veteran producer pairs emotive synths with a rolling tribal groove.
Review: Following an outing on Pan-Pot's Second State imprint last year, Deas aka Karol Mozgawa now lands on the long-running Planet Rhythm label. "Zero" gets the release off to an impressive start with a rolling rhythm underpinned by lead-weight kicks and firing percussive elements. In a similar vein is the title track, where the emerging producer drops steely riffs that appear from under lay-ered filters before disappearing once again. "Inverter" sees Deas take inspiration from the 90s tech-no of artists like Joey Beltram, with sharp metallic riffs building over a pumping, streamlined rhythm. Last but certainly not least is the crunchy "Reset", where rougher kicks and a tunnelling riff create a mesmerising effect.
Review: Deas aka Karol Mozgawa follows his Velocity release from earlier this year on Second State with another killer EP. "Second Signal" sees the fast-rising new producer fuse a jacking Chicago rhythm with snare rolls and rave whistles. Meanwhile on "Face to Face", he moves up the intensity levels, as firing hi hats and grimy acid lines create a visceral feeling. However, the most impressive track on this release is "Red Source" itself. Featuring Sleeparchive-style tonal bleeps, ominous vocal samples and a tight backing rhythm, it marks out this young Greek producer as a new force in underground techno.