Review: How does a producer go about make the acid sound vital again? If you're Canadian artist Rennie Foster and new school house head Dan Shake, then you mix up squelchy 303s and resonating claps with a soaring sax solo, as they do on "Traders". The acid line becomes a low end blip on "Traders II" as Shake's glorious keys and yearning saxophone take centre stage. Foster has commissioned Samuel Session to remix the title track and the 'chord' mix is very much in the Swedish producer's usual style, with a pumping rhythm underscoring surging chord builds. However, on the 'trumpet' version, Session lets the sax squalls take hold and rounding off the release is Myles Serge's remix which has echoes of NWAQ's evergreen deep house track "Trespassers", where hypnotic chimes emerge through dense, filtered textures.
Review: Hang onto your hats and lock up your daughters, Pareto Park returns with a heavy-duty split release. It starts off relatively innocuously with Waardering's "Tachini", a brooding pulse that climaxes with rich textured chords, but from there on in, things start to go crazy. Ford Foster's "Drugs in Secret" sounds like an update of Robert Armani's rough ghetto techno, with wild sirens going off over distorted kicks. However, it can't compare to George Lanham's "The Judging Eyes Of The Congregation". Boasting a higher tempo, its deranged metallic riffs and screeching vocal is nothing short of apocalyptic, while Mslwte's "Fuck Fashion" is of a similar disposition, with splurging acid unravelling over distorted kicks.