Review: A big week for techno as Spanish duolith Exuim open the accounts for their Nheoma label in 2020 with eight new pulverising numbers of destruction. Following Part 1 released in 2019, it's all out armageddon in tracks like "Curse X2", "Anti-Static" and "Tales Of Communication" with more minimal loops and syncopated arrangements coming in others like "Therapy" and "Andromeda". Crunched, slamming and full of momentum, Exium pushes a sci-fi sound in "Pulser" while turning in something more Detroit and electro-fied in their remix to Domonic Butler's "Silesian Boy" remix. Serious techno for when the doors open again.
Review: Exium continues his strong run of releases. As this four-tracker so ably demonstrates, what's really impressive about the Spanish producer is his ability to integrate existing tropes with his own sound. On "Monopoles", this approach sees him fuse a Function-style linear pulse with a repetitive vocal sample, while "Magnetic Flux" goes further and deeper into this direction, a dank, tunneling rhythm led by tonal bleeps and blips. On the title track, he changes direction again, with the kind of drones that one would associate with Hospital Productions fused with shaking percussion, while "Early Life" brings the release to a close to the sound of Mills-inspired, panel-beating drums.
Review: Spanish duo Exium depart from the well-worn industrial script on the latest release for their Nheoma label. Instead of broken beats and bombast, the listener is treated to blasts of white noise and resonating bleeps on the title track. That said, the duo manage to retain the interest of the dance floor thanks to their use of clicking percussion and robust kicks. On "Solar Masses", they apply a similar approach, underscoring their tonal frequencies with powerful sub-bass and steely hats. A return to the more conventional industrial techno sound is audible on Pfirter's version of "Subshell", where a rolling groove, punctuated by noisy drops, prevails.
Review: Oscar Mulero's Polegroup calls upon a storied cast of producers to remix Exuim's 2013 album, which begins with this EP's highlight: a fresh, post-punky - supremely techno sounding - Silent Servant remix to "The 12th Planet". Jonas Kopp's remix to "Nucleoid" is a deep vamp of circulating darkness for the warehouse set, while Oscar Mulero turns in a dubby, liquid-coated production of throbbing bass frequencies when reworking "Massless Particle". The digital version of this EP presents two bonus remixes and the first comes from Dark Esser's Tripeo alias with an edit of "Dronid". It's both booming and calm while Mulero provides a second subterranean option of "Massless Particle". Tripeo's official remix of "Parallel Computing" completes the EP with a combination of bleep and chime sequences wavering on top of watery basslines and industrial atmospheres. Something here for every techno DJ.
Review: The latest release from Spanish producer Exium recalls the hazy, crazy days of the late '90s. Before it disappeared up its own behind, loop techno provided a genuinely thrilling possibility, one that Exium documents here. "96.1 Mhz" is led by juggernaut break beats and urgent sirens stuck on a loop for seven minutes. "Oppression" is similarly repetitive, but in this instance broken beats and a grimy bass provide the basis for Exium's approach. The second half of the release focuses on a more jarring, contemporary sound, best articulated by "M.A.D.", but this can't compare to the rolling, slamming bombast of "Electrictone". Radio is proof that when utilised properly, loop techno can be a powerful force.
Review: Exium continue to strengthen their working relationship with Pole Recordings, gracing Oscar Mulero's label with A Sensible Alternative To Emotion, their second studio album. Having spent over a decade refining their own vision of hard edged techno, Exium use this platform of a second album to expand on their established sound, at times easing down the tempos and intensity for a more balanced listen across the 10 tracks. Productions such as the granite heavy "Massless Particle" or tunnelling abstraction of "Absolute Magnitude" demonstrate this is no drastic departure from the Exium sound but there's an equal consideration for melodic arrangements and more subdued moments.
Review: Exium prove again why they are one of hard techno's most acclaimed acts. The title track is an adroit combination of styles, with a pulsing bass suggesting a youth spent listening to EBM and industrial and a similar stretch of time immersed in streamlined minimal techno. The Spanish duo manage to seamlessly facilitate this cross-pollination by deploying hissing percussion and a grimy bass. On "Recycler" they also succeed in executing a seamless blend of disparate elements with grainy beats and a raw, analogue bass supporting chiming chords, while "Ripper" is also based on an unusual interplay - this time gurgling acid gets cosy with dreamy pads.
Review: Some of underground techno's most respected names rework tracks from Exium's album. Jereon Search's 'Machine' remix of "Trashflow" is based on menacing, stepping rhythms and jagged riffs, while Inigo Kennedy's take on "Frontline" features similarly steely, austere riffs, backed up by cold bleeps. However, it's Spanish producer Oscar Mulero who scoops the prize for intensity; his combination of buzz saw bass, heavy, slightly distorted beats and churning chords on his version of "Time" will surprise even the most die-hard techno fan. By contrast, Nick Dunton's take on "Avoid the Ritual" is a deep, reflective jam, consolidating the UK producer's reputation as one of electronic music's most esoteric talents.
Review: Reeko faces down techno duo Exium for a no-nonsense release on the pair's Nheoma label. Circuits is an inspired meeting of minds and features Spain's leading proponents of harder-edged techno (with the possible exception of Oscar Mulero). It's no surprise then that "Circuit IV" is all noisy metallic riffs, dense loops and gives off the kind of eerie, spaced out feeling one normally associates with all-night techno parties. "Circuit V" is just as intense and sees the trio drop a dense, noisy loop over a rolling, linear bass. Rounding off the release is "Circuit VI", which focuses on a slightly deeper sound, thanks to its eerie synths, but the same relentless, pumping groove is audible in the background.
Review: Two of contemporary techno's finest producers go head to head on Payback. Spain's Exium represents a clubby take on techno with his tracks "Diverse Population" and "Pulstar". The latter is a rumbling, cavernous groove lit up by acidic tones, while the former is built on tough tribal beats and a robust, meaty bassline similar to the one on James Ruskin's evergreen track "The Divide". Developer's contributions are far more visceral: "Promiscuous" is an insane, driving rhythm track led by ghoulish chords, while "Indigenous" is even more intense. Powered by distorted industrial drums, its cranium-splitting rhythms recall Jeff Mills at his most intense.
Review: When it comes to Modularz you always know what you're gonna get: techno. This split Specifics In Realism EP is the first time Exium has appeared on Developer and Fanon Flowers' label, and it's the third time for Elyas, whose next step can only be a solo release after two VA appearances on Modularz. It's business as usual for Exuim who provide "Star Ancestors" and "Nebulae", the first, a drubby and booming chunk of big room techno, while the other leans towards something more spacey. Elyas then provides a hissing, clav-clucking "Surgery" and a dank, suspense-themed "Take Off". Killer club cuts.
Review: Blistering techno from Exium and Gayle San on Spanish label, Nheoma. "The Mob 1" flashes glitchy sounds, bass stabs and piercing synths into one sound, while "The Mob 2" is a driving monster that never pauses to rest. Meanwhile "First Jump" is a paranoid sounding, twisted morph of the genre we used to call techno.
Review: Fresh from unleashing their excellent album A Sensible Alternative To Emotion on Oscar Mulero's Pole Recordings, heavy hitting Spanish duo Exium return to their own Nheoma label for this split release with Kwartz. The first of the two tracks by Exium is "Wolf Rayet", a tunnelling boom of cavernous techno, while the Jeff Mills inspirations come to the surface in "Fenomen", sounding like a heavier take on the Detroit producer's Something In The Sky series. Mario Campos' emerging Kwartz project proves to be just as impressive; "Sinapsis" maintains the industrial edge of the EP with more loopy, reverberant beats. "The Beginning of The End" sees a ghostly synth line sliced apart by the kind of forceful drums and smashing hi-hats that are synonymous with Speedy J's music.