Review: French producer Djedjotronic recently relocated to Berlin where his productions have taken a steelier turn ever since. Heavily aligned with the mighty Boysnoize label, his Drum Program EP typically doesn't waste time on niceties; "Traffic" sounds like Drexciya battling Cybotron in the Tech Noir club from Terminator, there's industrial/EBM influences on the Teutonic "Rotten", whilst the heavily percussive title track displays a hint of ghetto tech. "Mongolito" is sparse, spaced out techno and "LSD" wraps things up with a emotive nod to early Metroplex releases. Essential techno, or is it electro, or both? Probably the latter, but definitely essential.
Review: Boysnoize may be seen as a mainstream label by some, but it was one of the first outlets to champion the work of Djedjotronic over a decade ago. Since then, the French artist has released a large amount of work on the imprint, each time with a defiantly underground sound. Boish is no different; it starts with the title track's bleak, rolling ebm groove. "Rusted" is slower and more stripped back, but there is understated power on display in the low-slung rhythm. Most impressive however is "Global Surveillance": pitched-down vocals ride acid-drenched, pounding 808s, while nocturnal rave stabs drop from overhead.
Review: One of Europe's biggest electronic music parties sets out an impressive taster for this year's event. Mixed by French DJ/producer Brodinski, it moves from the deranged, siren-led "Slope" by Joe, through the swinging techno of Randomer's "Bring" and the chord-heavy groove of Brendon Moeller's take on Appleblim & Peverelist's "Over Here" before moving into more raw forms. This is articulated by the rough analogue jack of Marquis Hawkes' "Outta This Hood" and the firing, lean techno of Robert Hood's "Protein Valve (Edit 1). Brodinski also deserves kudos for dropping the grainy, surging bass and crisp drums of Claro Intelecto's rumbling electro killer, "Tone"