Review: The Hacker celebrates ten-plus years of his Zone imprint by delivering a first label compilation: Interzone. Take a skim over the tracklist and there's a wealth of talent on display, and following intro duties given to the honorable Miss Kitten, the likes of In Aeternam Vale, Jenson Interceptor, Gessafelstein and Alessandro Adriani all feature alongside Cardopusher, The Populists and DJ Hell. For further intrigue, Marseille synth punk David Carretta drops in with "Nuit Panic" - alongside his "Moskow Reise" counterpart Millimetric - unknown entity Hyperstellar, and fellow electro buff, Maelstrom. With extra licks coming from Commuter's "Flash Burst" and Djedjotronic's "Zonorama" - exterminate all rational thought and enter Interzone.
Review: Not the most prolific of artists, but when this Frenchman releases something, attention is required. From his Turbo treats to his Bromance beats, every track he conjures up is a rich, alluring web of synthetic goodness. This latest composition is one of his most paranoid pieces to date; it's one long ominous acid line. All sludgy and slo-mo it promises to take your floor to some dark, dark places. Comes complete with one of the most spooky videos we've seen in a while too...
Review: Hot on the heels of his first Fabriclive mix release, French bass titan Brodinski notches up his label's first release with this split single featuring one of 2011's biggest breakthrough techno artists, Gesaffelstein. Similar to his huge releases for Turbo, Gesaffelstein keeps an incredible tightness and power in his beats ,which this time carry an enormous reverbed ghost vocal which is chopped, stuttered, reversed and messed with in about a thousand incredible ways in just over five minutes. Brodinski also plays on a straight-up tech tip too with the smooth yet hugely addictive "Let The Beat Control Your Body", which benefits from some commanding looped vocals from Louisahhh.
Review: Hot on the heels of Part 1, as well as the excellent Variations EP for Turbo, Gesaffelstein returns with these three devilishly dark technoid gems - each of which are 100 per cent essential. The slow, 115 bpm stomp of the Sebastian-gone-industrial opener "Viol" is a breath of fresh air, as is the similarly tempo'd "Opr", which positively throbs with an enormous elastic bassline, huge drums and a spooky, John Carpenter movie breakdown in the middle. Back up to house-tempo, "Conspiracy Origins" is a relentless builder from the start, as dark waves of menacing tech-pads are slowly brought up over a thick kick.
Review: A golden addition to the Turbo roster, Gesaffelstein's Variations EP drew enormous praise, as have his mixes of Cassius and Azari and III. Here he shines again over three tracks of joyous and supremely crafted techno. "Aufstand" is a revelation - full of tight plate reverb and huge chugging bass notes - while "Hatred" is a maximal beast that is wrapped around a snaky and cold 80s synth melody. "The Lack Of Hope" might just be the most gorgeous thing on here though - slow, warm and a real builder, it might not be perfect for the floor but it is very welcome for the head.