Review: The first seven installments of the Herdersmat series comprised a vinyl box set. Now this eighth series sees four upcoming techno producers feature on one 12 inch. Dimi Angelis puts a focus on angular Detroit techno with the jittery "Green Aviation". Sciahri from Italy goes harder and heavier with the tough kicks and resonating bass of "Perplexity" and Endlec, who has already released a number of EPs on the label, puts the focus back on abrasive, hard-hitting techno courtesy of "Neurofunk". Tripeo's "Yfur" inhabits a similar space to Dimi Aneglis - but as always, the sense of menace remains thanks to its meaning, eerie synths.
Review: Endlec's second release on Bas Mooy's label is an uncompromising affair. Right from the get-go, the listener is bombarded with intense techno. "Disharmonic Life" is a distorted, jarring affair, while "Force of Nature" sounds like Endlec is dropping iron bars over a rusty drum pattern. Things take a slightly more esoteric turn on "The Substantial One", which could be the producer's gritty take on Jeff Mills' space techno, but soon enough the release swings back towards tougher sounds. The gained filters of "Atitlo" and the Armani-style stomp of "The Sanatorium Age" show that when it comes to tough, peak-time techno, Endlec and Mord have few peers.
Review: Is Endlec's latest release on Bas Mooy's label a soundtrack for these dark days of global uncertainty? Certainly, "Something More Sinister", with its splintered analogue riffs and hammering rhythm, captures the terrifying mood surrounding regime change in the US, while the heads-down, cyber-techno jack of "Dystopian Heart" and "Population Control" act as warnings of further bad things to come. Despite these somewhat chilling titles, the Greek producer knows how to craft a hypnotic sound. "Consistency & Patience" resounds to a mesmerising, layered rhythm, infested with wild electronic blips and bleeps, while the noisy, siren riff-led "Fight for the Power" is the naked, angry sound of the resistance.
Review: The latest release on Arnaud Le Texier's label sees Endlec partner up with newcomer Euskalraver for some devastating results. First up it's Endlec; "Cyclo" is a pulsing techno groove daubed in layers of grimy textures, while on "Nycto", he goes for a more extreme approach; the drums and rhythm are more abrasive and visceral, with rusty acid globules dripping over these backing elements. Despite it being Euskalraver's debut outing, he impresses greatly; "Offset Mode" is a hypnotic, tunnelling track in the finest Sandwell District fashion, while "Unestable Motion" is a bleep-heavy groove, the 303s bubbling over robotic drums.
Review: This is Mord's most ambitious venture to date, with a box set of seven records laying out the Dutch imprint's tough techno agenda. Regulars like UVB and Radial set the tone, with the former dropping brutish kicks and jarring riffs on "Someone Calling Cut" and Radial veering into a pumping direction on "Cru".Label owner Bas Mooy moves the compilation towards a more streamlined approach with the dense, linear Klockworks-like "Owl In Daylight", but Herdersmat also shows that the label has succeeded in attracting some heavyweight international talent; Eomac's "Phisk" is a disorienting rave-flecked stepper and Sleeparchive drops the bleep-heavy bomb that is "Evicted".