Review: Uniting the steely dance floor focus of Tony Scott and Sabatini's immersive, dub-soaked textures was a masterstroke on Motoguzzi's part. It's no surprise then that both versions of "Multiplo" are radically different, or that they both stamp each producer's unique vision of techno. Edit Select's take is a heavy affair that never veers into senselessly banging sounds. Instead, he lays down a steely rhythm, hissing percussion and waves of dub-soaked effects. On Sabatini's version, the dub influence isn't far away, but comes to the surface in a different manner. Lithe back beats act as the backdrop for multi-layered chords and bleeps that gradually emerge from the depths of Sabatini's understated but powerful arrangement.
Review: Tony Scott aka Edit Select opens his account for 2019 and debuts on the long-running label Planet Rhythm with this superb purist release. "Vault 2017" starts the release with a powerful fusion of spiky, jagged rhythms and atmospheric chords, while on "Vault 2016", the seasoned producer opts for a more stripped back approach. The percussion bubbles relentlessly beneath the surface while dubbed out drums and haunting one-note tones occupy the foreground. It's certainly a more stark proposition than the deep, rolling "Vault 2014", which resounds to snappy hi-hats and a snaking rhythm. As one would expect from a producer of Scott's calibre, the release keeps the listener engaged right to the end with the acid-frazzled "Vault 2015".
Review: Tony Scott has been releasing music since the early 90s and long before the Edit Select project was born, had impressed with the Detroit-influenced Percy X alias. This latest release as Edit Select relives some of that old magic: in particular, "16", with its resonating bass and whooshing chords, sees Scott fuse these older influences with his current, club-friendly style. On "11", the approach is more stripped back as he veers towards a hypnotic, linear workout. While "12" is in a similar vein, it does feature eerie textures rising up through the arrangement. It shows that more than most techno artists, Scott puts a lot of thought into his productions - no matter what alias he is working under.
Review: Aside from his own Edit Select Records, Anthony MacKinnon aka Edit Select has been a big player in some very big labels like Prologue and Ostgut Ton throughout the years. The present Modularz has also been a core driver of the man's deep-minded techno frameworks, and this new EP feels like a return to form. Opening the skies is "The Drifter", a classic slice of headstrong techno spewing with bleeping atmospherics and propelled forwards by a sleek, tenebrous gust of ambience. "Last Seen Leaving" heads deeper into the whirlpool thanks to a hypnotic groove, and "Never Somewhere" offers a much needed dose of acid to inject a little nerves into the equation. That's us enjoying ourselves in case you hadn't understood...
Review: Following on from last year's second Consciousness compilation, Afterlife returns with an even more ambitious project. Label owners Tale of Us deliver a suitably melodic track, "Nova", but there are also a series of contributions from high-profile artists. Sterac's "Universum" is an expertly weighted, stripped back techno affair, while on "Phase In", Edit Select takes it deeper with a throbbing, tranced out groove that is like a more refined take on early Plus 8 material. Completing the techno triumvirate is Scuba's SCB project. Now also a vehicle for the UK producer's socially conscious thoughts, "Tide Slide", which is possibly a reference to the effects of climate change, sees him deliver a frosty techno groove.