Review: Gary Beck continues the fine Glasgow techno tradition pioneered by Rubadub and Slam on "Backward", the opening track on this split release. Tribal drums cascade over a rolling rhythm and in the middle of it all, a vocal sample morphs into a hypnotic Afro chant. "Data Flux", Beck's collaboration with techno veteran Mark Broom, is just as rewarding, only on this occasion, the kicks are tougher and more distorted. Bek 022 also gives a platform to new artists - with Hans Bouffmyhre & Kyle Geiger's "Inwards" delivering a flurry of tough kicks and ear-shredding sirens - and to seasoned artists the Space DJz, whose raucous "Double Zero" brings a distorted drum-led end to the release.
Review: Bouffmyhre may have started off as a minimal producer, but Belong signals a shift towards a far darker mood. This is evident from the start, with "Deep Space Intro" providing an eerie sound scape introduction. From there on in the pace picks up and "Fourteen" will capture the listener's attention with its tearing industrial rhythm, while the screeches and abrasive kicks of "Remaining" recall the merciless sound of Birmingham techno. While most of the album remains in this territory, Bouffmyhre provides some relief with the dramatic chord sweeps of "Sanction" and the jacking acid of "Dominator". However, these are exceptions in a release marked by distorted drum tracks.
Review: The Scottish producer presents new versions of his work by himself and his peers. Fast rising techno artist Drumcell drops a high-impact bomb in the form of his remix of "Hypnosis", its driving rhythm littered with intense bleeps, while Bas Mooy gets to grips with "Easy Meat". The Dutch producer drops concrete-weight beats and dark, dense drums, which underpin an unflinching rhythm. Bouffmyhre also steps up to rework "Hurricane". Like the Drumcell remix of "Hypnosis", the beats are stomping and the bleeps intense, but it also features an insistent, churning filter at its heart. Bouffmyhre also remixes "Demon Within", using growling bass licks and aggressive chords to push it towards a peak time audience.
Review: Following a series of releases from artists such as Stuart Fraser and Thomas Hoffknecht, label owner Hans Bouffmyhre returns to Sleaze in style. The title track is a mesmerisingly hypnotic affair that pounds and pulsates menacingly. "Paragon" sees the Scottish producer adopt a more off centre take, with hypnotic tones unravelling over a stepping rhythm. The Sleaze owner changes tact again on "Intimidation Tactics", delivering a tunnelling groove that unfolds in a hypnotic manner. He remains in a similar place for closing track "Call for Change", where a murky bass underpins steely percussion that hits the target with uncanny accuracy.