Review: Following last year's collaboration with Blue Hour, Dold flies solo for his latest outing on Arsenik. The title track lives up to its promise, with repetitive rave stabs unfolding over a rolling tribal groove. Add in some well-placed chops and cuts, and "Rave Break" becomes a powerful, distinctive track. On "For Life", Dold goes deeper: while deploying a similar rhythm and funky back beats, the shimmering synths reveal a musical side to his style. This deeper sound is also audible on "Strained Strings", where chilling strings play out over rumbling break beats, while a more esoteric iteration of this style unfolds on the chiming melodies and rolling drums of "22-999-33".
Review: Token has traditionally maintained a tightly-knit roster, but on this compilation it welcomes new producers to the fold. Nastia Riegel's "Pray" kick-starts Fuga with dreamy, dubbed-out techno, while Stefan Vincent's "Fever Dream" paints a hypnotic, minimal picture. On "Biomorph", Border One - who is best known for his releases on Wolfskuil - delivers a grimy, bass-heavy groove, while Dold's "My Homework Ate My Dog" and PTTRN's "Contempt/Suggest 6" are the kind of high-paced but intricate techno tracks that the Belgian label has helped to pioneer. Rounding off this fine compilation are the discordant tones of Ribe's "The Cause" and Linkan Ray's bleep-heavy "Introspective Vision".
Review: Dold aka Patrik Eriksson follows his 2018 debut on Blue Hour with this excellent follow-up. Drawing on the spirit and sound of 90s rave and hardcore, Eriksson delivers a four-tracker that's shot through with nostalgia. The title track and "Fallen Wings" see him drop rolling break beats - accompanied by euphoric vocal snatches on the former and ominous bass on the latter. Vocals are also audible on "Queen", but on that occasion, a wailing diva is matched up with a tracky techno undercurrent. Closing out this fine release from the Swedish artist is "Window", where atmospheric synths swirl over understated, slower breaks.
Review: The second split Mutable Minds release continues in the same mind-melting vein as the first instalment. Label owner Pfirter sets the tone with the distorted acid, pile-driving percussion and distorted kicks of "Anti Routine". On "Sleepwalker", newcomer Fixeer recalls the most visceral moments of early Planetary Assault Systems, as gained drums and busy layers of metallic percussion come together for an intense arrangement. Kuf & Dold's "Mint" ups the pace with a pounding rhythm track that resounds to doubled up claps, pounding 4/4s and gnarly riffs, while the most reserved contribution comes in the form of Jonas Kopp's dubbed out "Biorritmo".
Review: Dold is the latest artist to appear on Pfirter's label, and judging by the quality of Shutdown, it is certain that this is not the last we have heard from him. Inspired by Jeff Mills, the young Swedish producer lays down a hypnotic, looped metallic techno track on "Pushing", before moving into more bleak and austere territory with dense percussion and nocturnal riffing of "There". The title track is even more intense, its percussion dense and dark, surrounding a repetitive bleep sequence. However, it's not all intense techno, and "Confusion" is a slower, atmospheric track that recalls Mills' Something in the Sky series.