Review: As part of Knotweed's ten-year celebrations, Echologist aka Brendon Moeller delivers a dynamic dub techno workout. "Knot Safe" revolves around mesmerising chords that swirl and sway over a stepping, metallic rhythm, while on "Dub Knot", Moeller goes into a more abstract direction, with glitchy percussion underpinning warped samples and reverberating effects. "Knot Twist" sees the veteran producer push farther in this experimental direction, as brooding tones and muffled vocals conjure up a hypnotic soundscape, while on "Double Knot", he makes a return of sorts to the dance floor, as doubled up beats and a broken rhythm support layer upon layer of hypnotic tones.
Review: 'Telomic Ghost' is the natural peak of TM404 & Echologist's transatlantic collaboration. Since their first release together in 2017 (KYN007), Andreas Tilliander and Brendon Moeller have explored their subaquatic, techno sound on a further EP (KYN010), and now this album broadens the scope with ambient cuts, slo-mo acid and dubbed-out house. Both Tilliander and Moeller have renowned discographies of hazy electronics, under a number of aliases and with numerous collaborators. Their records as TM404 & Echologist have struck on a powerful synergy, pairing the glitchy, Roland indebted sound of TM404 with Moeller's dub-wise headspace and striking sound design. Turn the lights down, press play and freefall into the depths of 'Telomic Ghost'.
Review: Echologist is one of Brendon Moeller's projects, and not an alias one might immediately associate with Mord. That said, this EP contains quite a kick. "Raise" manages to combine a weighty dub bass with powerful drums and vast swathes of cubby reverb. It's deep and textured but is also massively forceful. On "Slight Detour", Moeller heads into a tougher, even more linear direction: the kicks are pounding and the percussion nags and rattles relentlessly as a wall of layered effects ebbs and flows. "Dispatch" is deeper and more subtle thanks to Moeller's use of mesmerisingly hypnotic chords, but it's only a temporary divergence and soon enough, he returns with the skeletal break beat techno of "Walrus".
Review: Brendon Moeller delivers the latest installment for Kynant, a Berlin label that is already home to Tensal and Max Durante. The title track sets the tone for what is one of Moeller's darkest releases, with nightmarish synths swirling about over robust bass pops. "Kavorka" is far more direct and dance floor-based and comprises insistent bleeps and a buzzing bass that create a deadly impact. "Dirtbox" is the stuff of nightmares thanks to its churning bass - that mimics a swarm of killer bees - and militaristic percussion. Finally, Moeller ventures down a Sandwell/Mike Parker-style wormhole on "Candy Mountain", where filters churn and a lone bleep plays out like a candle flickering in a grey void.
Review: Matrixxman has spent much of his career collaborating with others, primarily like-minded producer Vin Sol. Here, he switches focus, joining forces with Beat Pharmacy man Brendon "Echologist" Moeller to deliver an eight-track assault of late night techno excursions. Hugely atmospheric - a by-product of both their selected sounds, and the trippy way in which the collection has been mixed down - the double-pack features acid-flecked hypnotism, balls-out early morning stompers, dubbed-out rollers, L.I.E.S style industrial crustiness, and the kind of gently psychedelic fare that would once have been described as "intelligent techno". In other words, the Black & White EP is a rock solid collection of dancefloor-ready techno cuts that touches on a variety of moods and sub-genres.
Review: Brendon Moeller appeared on the Echocord sub-label back in 2012 with Buzz Factory, so a follow-up release was long overdue. "Bent" is stripped back yet complex, with Moeller en-snaring the listener in a web of steely, mangled rhythms. On "Repeat Rate", he reverts to the typical Echologist sound; ominous chords roll in like grey thunder clouds as the South Afri-can producer drops bolts of industrial steel masquerading as a techno rhythm. The title track is like a half-way house between these two sounds; again, he rolls out churning, dubby chords, but these play out against a lean, stripped back groove.
Review: Rotterdam's Mord continues with its consistent onslaught of peak time club destroyers, proving they really are the techno label of the moment! Who better to carry on the torch than the legendary Brendon Moeller, under his Echologist alias. In the past known for his dub techno explorations, these days known for relentless grooves. With its tunnelling melody, sinister synth squelches and monstrous kick drum, lead track "Shake Well" ticks all the right boxes. "Inside Dimensions" is the absolute peak time weapon on this one, which tears the through the speakers like a post-apocalyptic steam train. The mayhem continues with the sinister modular workout of "Lucky Bastard" as good as anything by Mike Parker or Steve Bicknell did recently, but the restrained energy of "Transformer" and "Penetration" provide equally worthy DJ tools for different circumstances.
Gathaspar - "The Lover Of Ursa Major" - (9:22) 127 BPM
Review: Little is known of rising trippy-tech dude Gathaspar but he claims to hail from "Gathsoland". This latest EP is a homage to his homeland, wherever that may be. Geographically we couldn't say, but musically we know where he's at. The title track starts with long, hypnotic grooves fused with raw B-Boy beats. "The Lover of Ursa Major" is more straight up, with brooding synths looming ominously over a jittery shuffle. Things then get positively subterranean-deep on the space-trance epic "The Vision", a collaboration with Echologist.
Review: Brendon Moeller resurrects his Echologist guise for this largely abstract release. In its original format, "Buzz Factory" is all splintered rhythms and squelchy bass, its heavy drums housing tonal bleeps. It sounds like Moeller has tried and largely succeeded in creating a more off the wall version of his dub techno sound, but what about the remixes? The Tempest dub version makes concessions to the dance floor with a heavy, wobbling bass and shuffling rhythm sounding like A Made Up Sound in slow motion. But this release is really about the abstract and Pole's dub version, with its slinky bass and stripped back beats, is in tune with the sound Moeller is striving for.