Review: Apparently recorded near Mount Fuji in Japan, The Sword is a functional but atmospheric affair. It starts with the driving rhythm, razor sharp percussion and eerie synths of "Sword 1", which sounds like Terrence Dixon and Mike Parker jamming together. On "Sword 2", Hanzo focuses on pummelling tribal drums, which provide the backdrop for tone-shifting bleeps. "Sword 3" is deeper and dubbed out, and sounds like a slightly tougher, steely take on the house sound of labels like Sistrum, while on the fourth "Sword", Hanzo puts his focus back on a stripped back approach, with a lean rhythm providing the basis for otherworldly soundscapes.
Review: Next up on Edit Select's label is a split EP with some fine interpretations of club techno. On "Recursion", Drafted strikes a near-perfect balance between surging bass and dreamy, spiralling synth melodies, while Hattori Hanzo carves a dubbed out rhythm and a cacophony of spaced out tones for "Interstellar Travel". In contrast, on the release's title track, 04LM opts for a drum-heavy groove that unravels gradually to reveal warm synth passages. Booz' "Five Years Later" returns to the kind of pace that Edit Select's label is best known for thanks to the use of hammering kicks and steely percussion, while Spectrometre's "Ease In Slowly" returns to a more drawn out sound thanks to the use of a pulsating, droning bass.