Review: The latest release on Pfirter's label features the coming together of some like-minded artists as well as the occasional surprise. The MindTrip boss teams up with Par Grindvik for "Leave One", which fuses the South American's love of fluid, enveloping textures with the Scandinavian's knack of crafting precise, functional rhythms. Diego Amura takes the intensity levels up a few notches with the wild bleeps and sirens of "Flow", while Savas Pascalidis makes an unexpected appearance. Best known perhaps for his electronic, disco-infused tracks, "Silhouettes" is a heavier, austere affair. Fanon Flowers completes this steely, moody release with the outer space blips and driving minimalism of "Tejat Posterior".
Review: For some reason, Fanon Flowers does not get the recognition that he quite clearly deserves. Maintaining a low profile, the US producer makes music that is situated somewhere between Detroit's deep approach and the bass-heavy hypnotic grooves of Basic Channel and Chain Reaction - and Hunt Patterns is no exception. "Hunt Pattern 1" is based on dub bass stabs and features dramatic strings and hypnotic, ringing bells. The second "Pattern" is tougher and more functional and centres on a grinding rhythm. Meanwhile, the third instalment sees Flowers at his most banging, with a rippling bass and a cold, menacing rhythm at the heart of the arrangement.
Review: Delusions go against the grain with the third Ballistic release. Unlike the majority of tunnelling techno, this is harsh and visceral, with screeching riffs and concrete beats laying the bassis for "Death Tree". Needless to say, Ancient Methods deliver an intense take on "Tree", with blasts of dark noise and panel-beating riffs complementing an upfront but curiously supple metallic rhythm. "Illusions" is more esoteric, as eerie soundscapes and a man speaking in German about 'identity' float in over austere broken beats. Fanon Flowers's take on "Illusions" is less upfront than usual, with heavy claps and a dubby bassline supporting a lurching rhythm.
Review: US producer Fanon Flowers contributes the impressive "Prado Obscuro" to this release - its building, billowing chords are as good as his recent Sect and Mechanism Industries releases - but it's fair to say that this release is mainly about mystery artist Developer. From the ominous bass and clanging metallic chords of "Enhancer" to the darker, droning rhythms of "Climate", the artist behind the moniker demonstrates their mastery of the tougher end of techno. There is also a softer side to Developer's sound on display, as evidenced by the woozy melodies and housey rhythms of "Time Framer". Silent Servant completes this essential techno release with a brooding, dubby take on "Edificio".