Review: In the 12 years since he unfurled acclaimed debut album Clarence Park, one-man electronica factory Chris Clark has produced a vast body of work. He's been particularly busy on the remix front, completing a huge array of reworks. It's this work that makes up the vast majority of Feast/Beast, a remix retrospective (which, curiously, also includes some notable reworks of his material) split into two distinct halves. The first disc, Feast, focuses on the more melodic, other-worldly end of his output, delivering wide-eyed remixes of Amon Tobin, Kuedo and, most beautiful of all, Silverman. Beast, the second disc, moves into darker, tougher territory, joining the dots between techno, bass music, vintage hardcore and wonk-hop thanks to notable versions of Massive Attack, Maximo Park and Depeche Mode.
Waging A War Against God (original mix) - (6:39) 128 BPM
Waging A War Against God (Ingen remix) - (6:06) 132 BPM
Waging A War Against God (Casper Hastings remix) - (6:53) 130 BPM
Waging A War Against God (Henge remix) - (5:34) 128 BPM
Waging A War Against God (V?nshk remix) - (7:07) 85 BPM
Review: Drvg Cvltvre doesn't mess about; originally schooled by cult act Psychik Warriors ov Gaia during the 90s, he spent a period making industrial noise before making a return to techno a few years ago. However, the Dutch producer makes the opposite of dull, linear music as his provocatively-titled new release shows. In its original format, it's a break beat-led monster that resounds to eerie noise and screeching riffs. The label has commissioned a series of appropriately intense remixes: Casper Hastings adds some extra bass muscle and firing percussive lines to the original and Henge succeeds in making it more murky and dense, while Ingen adds some lead-weight kicks to turn it into four to the floor banger.
Review: Dutch analogue punk Vincent Koreman returns as Drvg Cvltvre for some retro devoured techno that suits Bintus' Power Vacuum just perfectly. The New York Haunted boss throws down the tough rave stomper "Bunkerpunch" on the A side which sounds like a euphoric 6AM party down at the Packard Plant Detroit circa '93. As for the second track, we have got "Air Raid" where the rave theatrics continue, complete with siren sounds, on this wonderful homage to early Underground Resistance with its hands in the air chords and intermittent breakbeat action. Reaching near anthemic moments like Koreman's 2015 killer "Crack Spirit Guide". Following up wicked releases on Poverty Is Violence, Shipwrec and Pinkman: this guy absolute kills it as always!
Review: Vincent Koreman's latest outing as Drvg Cvltvre conjures up a bleak vision. The listener is confronted with the electronic maelstrom of "Paranoid Congealing", where Koreman delivers a discordant, brutalist take on techno, while on "The Anvil & The Hammer", discordant rave stabs blow over a repetitive, jerky rhythm. Even when he slows down the tempo, the Dutch producer's music doesn't lose any of its intensity. The burning acid of "You Got It" and the bleeding, lurching groove of "American Poverty Holocaust" shows that no matter what speed he's cruising at, Koreman is a king of post-apocalyptic techno.
Review: Vincent Koreman has a brace of albums to his credit as Drvg Cvltvre, but Night is the first time that one of his long-players has appeared in vinyl format. Perhaps as recognition of that achievement, this release on Pinkman is a sprawling, epic affair. It starts with the breathy vocals and drawn-out ebm of "Where Embers Die" before moving into the splurging acid of "Charge Of The Haploids' and the more typical gritty Dutch techno of "Shock Corridor". "Brakes Are Death" sees Koreman embark down a grating industrial path, but it isn't an entirely nocturnal affair - the title track revolves around a curiously euphoric, infectious riff wrapped up in a fuzzy, bass-heavy groove.
We Have Become The Filth Of The Universe - (7:29) 119 BPM
Possessed - (8:17) 109 BPM
Review: Vincent Koreman aka Drvg Cvltvre probably should have called this release Sonic Warfare because in spirit if not in sound it is reminiscent of Underground Resistance's approach to music-making. Issued on this new label, it sees the Dutch producer experiment with various tempos, but with each track drawing on the same sound textures. "Possessed" is a slow, low-slung grind that will test even the most tolerant ears, but it can't compare to the self-explanatory "We Have Become The Filth Of The Universe ". There, Koreman delivers an acid assault so grimy and tawdry that it makes Guy Tavares sound like a model of sanity. If you are still left standing, "New Earth Army", with its ass-quaking bass and undercurrent of brutal oppression will wring any lingering opposition from your crushed soul.
Review: The work of Dutch producer Vincent Koreman, Drvg Cvltvre's Psychosis tracks for Shipwrec provides a fresh interpretation of the acid sound. You'd be hard pushed to find any Chicago references here - apart from Koremann and Chris Moss Acid's reshape of "Acid Flash" and even there the focus is on a pulsing, tunnelling groove. The real highlights though are "I'll Wear Your Face On A Chain", a linear jam that turns shades of psychedelic red as a pitch-bent vocal warbles away indistinctly, and "Drown Into The Eternal Twilight". Taking inspiration from Holland's squat party scene, the beats are stomping and distorted, pushing the suffering 303s into a vomit-stained basement.
Review: The tenth anniversary of Perc Trax has provided its owner Ali 'Perc' Wells with the opportunity to release his first ever commercial mix. Using a lot of his own material as well as some smart selections from the label, including Factory Floor's remix of Forward Strategy Group, Wells acquits himself skillfully. However, it's this collection of unreleased material that really stands out. Veering from Happa and Truss' stomping, distorted techno and the Magnetic North-style kicks of Perc's "Hyperlink" to the frazzled broken beats of Forward Strategy Group and Mick Finesse & Pinion's tracks, it also features the cavernous acid of Drvg Cvltvre's "(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House" and the shock-horror rave stabs of Sawf's "Goves". There's no doubt about it - Perc Trax is celebrating its first decade in typically raucous style.
The Exaltics - "Do I Have To Repeat Myself" - (4:42) 130 BPM
Helena Hauff - "Culmination Of Frustration" - (5:23) 140 BPM
Perseus Traxx - "MK-Ultra" - (4:50) 126 BPM
Drvg Cvltvre - "The Dead Envy The Living" - (6:23) 120 BPM
Ekman - "Landmarks" - (5:08) 140 BPM
Review: Artwork of the week goes to this Solar One 12", with the label enlisting Lowlands don Mehdi Rouchiche to work his Godspill magic on the collective talents of Helena Hauff, Perseus Traxx, The Exaltics, Drvg Cvltre and Ekman. Perseus Traxx's moustache is quite something! These artists join forces for the Signs Of Decay 12", a powerful collective statement on the desiccation some "hard and dirty acid tracks" can do to a dancefloor. Don't come here looking for any lofty concepts, this is just five of the best banging their boxes in the name of all that is grotty and lysergic. Fans of Hauff's Panzerkreuz material will be delighted with the demonic, red lining sounds of her contribution "Culmination Of Frustration."