Review: The third volume of the Broken Promises series sees some familiar names reunited. Italian duo Hunter/Game deliver the brooding ambience of "Distance", while on "Electric Soul", Spanish producer Juan 'Reeko' Rico dons his Architectural cloak to raise the tempo with a tight, metallic rhythm track, punctuated by relentless bleeps and dense claps. Just This regular Pisetzky opts for a looser techno sound on "Anterial", as layers of evocative synths warble over a rolling groove. Having appeared on previous Broken Promises split EPs, Altman ends this release on a trippy note with "No FX". Once again, a rolling drum track prevails, acting as a backdrop for a mysterious melodic segue that leads the listener into psychedelic realms.
Review: This is the latest spilt release on Just This and it seeks to represent different sounds from a variety of artists. First up is Italian duo Hunter & Game. Inspired by the drums of Poker Flat and the mysterious trance textures of Donato Dozzy they conjure up "Dead City". Label regular PIsetzky follows a similar trajectory on "Self Dimension", but on this occasion the deep atmospherics were likely inspired by Detroit techno and the surging bass from the late 90s work of UK producers like Mark Broom. Finally there's Altman's "Assault"; dense drums and snares flail as he conjures up the spectre of classic hardcore and brings a dramatic end to this high-quality release.
Review: With releases on Sasha's label as well as an album and Eps for Kompakt, Hunter/Game have a deep understanding of how to make melodic electronic music. This is apparent on the title track of their latest release, "Dead Soul". Over a stripped back, understated groove, the Italian pair conjure up a melancholic melody that sounds tailor made for Mediterranean sunsets. On "Isolation", the feeling is just as evocative, with Middle Eastern drones underpinning the Italian pair's subtle groove. Joey Anderson's version of "Dead Soul" doesn't depart much from Hunter/Game's approach, but does see the New York producer add in some dubbed out percussion and drums.
Review: Moving from the mournful minimal house of Christian Loeffler's "Lost" into the high-priced brooding techno of Edit Select's "Inlands", it's fair to say that the latest compilation on Just This covers a lot of ground. However, there are commonalities; Abstract Division, best known for their tough, kicking techno, venture down a more brooding path with their contribution, "Aftermath". Meanwhile, Locked Groove of Hotflush fame opts for the same approach for the melancholic "The Come Up", while Eduardo De La Calle delivers the dubbed out "Mondo 8". As autumn draws in and the nights get longer, Broken Memories makes for the perfect soundtrack.