Review: Following on from last year's Vent release on Truncate, Hertz Collision teams up with Gene Richards Jr for his next EP. On "Hood Thang", the pair further the label's mandate to deliver tracky dance floor techno. The title track is built on lead weight kicks, which provide the backdrop for vocal snatches and looped chord stabs. "Out Of Love" is deeper, with pair deploying a combination of dubbed out drums and diva-esque vocal samples to great effect. They shift focus for "Need to Jack": using ponderous vocals that call to mind Chicago house, they layer it over a hyperactive, busy rhythm and dense percussion.
Review: Dutch label Dynamic Reflection has always excelled at releasing tough club techno - and Transient Response is no exception. Hertz Collision, who impressed last year with the Nowhere EP on the label, kick starts this split release with the raw drums and insistent riffs of "Loaded". A Thousand Details, who runs Reaktivate Records, delivers the heads-down, pumping "Apollo 12", while US producer Uun opts for a more atmospheric approach as he delves into Detroit techno for the hypnotic "Chrysalis". Finally, Stratum re-focus the release on harder sounds with the clicking percussion and gnarly bass of "A Fraction of Time". As Transient Response demonstrates, few labels do banging techno better than Dynamic Reflection.
Review: Uncage was set up in late 2015 by Italian duo Marco Faraone and Norman Methner with the purpose of showcasing new electronic music talent. Listening to the label's first split release, it sounds like they have succeeded in achieving this goal. It starts with the neo-classical strings of KAS:ST's "Journey In Beyond" before veering into the pitch-bent vocals and spiky rhythm of Modig's "What You Want". Hertz Collision, another new artist, puts the focus on a more contemporary sound with the distorted kicks and atmospheric synths of "Plagede", while on "Future Line" another new artist, Black Stone, provides a searing droning bleak techno workout.