Review: New school producer Delko gives the old guard a lesson in how to deliver forceful techno. The title track is bone-crushingly intense as heavy beats underpin layers of bleepy tones, but it doesn't hold a candle to "Useless". A jack-hammer rhythm provides the basis for doubled up claps, epic break downs and discordant waves of twisted metal riffs rollling in like thunder. "Shire" sees Delko unveil his sensitive side (in as much as an artist like him can be understated), wih a shimmering chord sequence providing the backdrop for a plaintive vocal narative. The predatory bassline and heavy acid of "Tape" complete this exemplary package.
Review: Delko covers a lot of bases on Slum House. Starting with the intense bass and noisy percussive judders of "Mode", the walls of noise that build and peak throughout the arrangement set the tone for "Echo". As intense as its predecessor, it sees pounding beats support visceral filtering and lost it vocal samples. However, Delko is not just about pounding the listener into submission: on "Rain", a dubbier, more teased out approach is audible, even though the beats are still pounding. Meanwhile the title track offers a form of halfway house, with eerie soundtracks and a malfunctioning robot vocal and insane rave riffs underpinned by slamming dub beats.
Bas Mooy - "Desolaat" (Xhin remix) - (6:01) 129 BPM
Erphun - "Reprecussions" - (7:17) 124 BPM
DOOM - "Alcor" (D Carbone remix) - (7:50) 129 BPM
Review: This latest installment in this compilation series sees Gynoid cast its net far and wide to bring together some of the best new techno artists. At the deep, dubby end of the spectrum sits Mary Velo, whose "Wavelength" is based on a sub-aquatic bassline, fathomic chords and jagged, rasping percussive bursts cutting in and out, and Delko's "Shire" a clubbier take on the chord-heavy dub sound. Bas Mooy's "Desolaat" gets the remix treatment from Xhin, whose lithe rhythms and pitter-patter beats lend the Dutch producer's filters a lighter feeling, while Dax J, Lodbrok and Antonio de Angelis each deliver robotic, repetitive, stripped back techno workouts.