John Matze and Chris Callahan are the unsung heroes of underground electronic music, and as Photic Zone shows, they impress most when operating in the grey area between electro and techno. The title track is reminiscent of Convextion as emotive synths swell over angular rhythms and tight drums, but this release shows that the duo aren't content to follow other producers. "Electric Trees" features more robotic break beats, but they sound muted as a fluid, sensuous bass and dreamy pads make for a more introspective sound. "Galx" meanwhile sees them veer into techno territories, as a dubby groove and warbling acid provide the backdrop for subtle vocal samples and lithe broken beats.
Fresh from mixing the latest instalment of Fabric's mix series, Panorama Bar resident Steffi launches a new sub-label, Dolly Deluxe. Many of the tracks that feature on Fabric 94 also appear across the first four EPs on this offshoot. On the third Dollydeluxe release, the mood darkens temporarily. This is thanks to newcomer UAS dropping a lithe, acidic electro stepper in the shape of "World Gets Crazy". Nothus then revisits the evocative, atmospheric mood that shaped the preceding releases. Working as Late Night Approach, "Poison Valley" resounds to rolling 808s, widescreen synths and spacey bleeps. It makes for futuristic electro with a capital 'F'. Dutch veteran Duplex mixes steely funk with dreamy melodies on his contribution, "Voidfiller", while Mesak, who released before on Steffi's other label, Klakson, brings the third instalment to a close with the jittery "Commonaukko".
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