Review: The latest release on the Boysnoize compilation is a compilation that draws on the label's fine electro and techno legacy. "Travis" by label owner Boys Noize is an acid-soaked, stripped back jacker, while in contrast, Strip Steve delivers a disco-sampling banger on "Dancin". Both Cardopusher and Djedjotronic's contributions focus on tougher, electro-techno rhythm tracks, underpinned by ominous bass, while at the deeper end of the spectrum, there's Jan Driver, who fuses bass drops with a chugging groove and hypnotic synth flourishes. Boysnoize also deserves kudos for scoring a track from Lone, with the UK producer's "For Ed" showcasing his melodic, offbeat approach to techno.
Late At Night (Matthew Herbert's Should Have Played That dub) - (5:55) 126 BPM
Funk That - (4:43) 126 BPM
Review: Accidental Jnr is Herbert's imprint for spaced out club EPs, and the latest artist to join the roster is Housemeister. With a string of albums and Eps for labels like Bpitch, Boysnoize and his own All You Can Beat imprint, the German producer has established a reputation for individualistic house and techno. This approach is audible from the get-go on this release and the title track is a slamming, rhythm-heavy groove peppered with vocal snatches and defer filters. It's like a heavier version of one of Herbert's own releases. In stark contrast are the tweaked abstract tones of "Der Kleine Konig", while on "Funk That", Housemeister drops a left of centre house groove that revolves around a slap bass. Factor in Herbert's dubbed out take on the title track and you've got an essential, uncompromising EP.