Review: After a series of split releases, Headless Horseman is the first artist to get a full EP on Tommy Four Seven's label. 47009 provides a show-case for the side project that has been steadily developing over the past few years. On "Widow's Peak", a distorted hoover riff and ghostly howls unfold over a stepping rhythm and intense percussive bursts, while on "Shattered", Youngman invokes a supernatural sensibility to deliver a droning, industrial workout. "Bleeding Arrows" is slower and more tortured, with massive gut-busting subs underpinning noisy textures, while "The Day She Vanished" sees the pace revert to a limp as Youngman lays down a frazzled death march dirge.
Review: The sixth split release on Tommy Four Seven's label is a diverse affair and reflects the across the board soundtrack of the Berlin night of the same name. 47006 starts with Headless Horseman's "At The Gates" a rumbling slice of stepping rhythms shot through with understated menace. Pushing up the tempo is Phase Fatale's "Under Marble" where cyber punk industrial collides with a pulsing groove. Straight after that Stephanie Sykes throws a curve ball with the hypnotic dub of "Sakura" while the label owner retreats to the shadows. Inhabiting the same space as the mysterious Headless Horsemen "Bactria" is a noisy grunge techno stepper
Review: Tommy Four Seven's label celebrates five years of releasing uncompromising techno with this fine compilation. It gets off to a clubby start with Killawatt's rumbling, tribal "Champagne Prerogative", while on "Threads", Carrier drops a Regis-style broken beat stepper that resounds to rumbling bass and ghostly textures. Meanwhile, Headless Horseman occupies the middle ground between straight techno and stepping rhythms on the multi-layered, mesmerising "Sand Mountain". NN takes this approach to its brutal, logical conclusion on the electronic feedback and cranium crushing kicks of "Deception", while the label owner teams up with Ancient Methods to deliver the pounding industrial rhythm and static crackle percussion of "XIX".
Review: London based Split Music has fast gained a reputation for its expertise in placing music in audiovisual projects - from Hollywood movie trailers like (Blade Runner 2049) to brand films for globally recognised fashion brands. This reputation was affirmed this year, upon winning the prestigious Golden Trailer Award in L.A. They have now launched their latest project: the Research label. This will showcase the artists they represent, by challenging them to push the boundaries of their production process. Indeed this is not what you'd expect of the artists and what they usually do. The aforementioned modern industrialists These Hidden Hands (comprised of Tommy Four Seven & Alain) serve up the brutal and abrasive "Radon". The aforementioned award was for the use of their music in the brutal RAW Worldwide trailer. Elsewhere, the masked crusader SNTS is usually appreciated for his complex and highly engineered strains of hypnotic techno - but his offering is the cinematic and suspense filled drama of "Dunkelheit" which wouldn't have sounded out of place in the aforementioned Denis Villanueva blockbuster. Jan Grebenstein (Downwards) is undoubtedly one of the most singular talents in the current electronic music climate - his offering "Meet My Needs" sees the Kassel native deliver yet more contorted perspectives of techno that he's now renowned for.