Review: Ricardo Rodrigues hasn't been active as Industrialyzer for some years, but if there was ever an occasion to revisit the uncompromising techno alias, a release on Damon Wild's legendary Synewave label must surely be it. The Portuguese artist goes in on "Analog Planet" with fearsome intent, serving up that Robert Hood-flavoured mechanized, weaponised loop goodness that gets the business end of the night shaking the way it should. "Multiple Walls" is a funkier affair with a playful organ line, but then it's back to the darkside with the devilish "Orbit X", rounding out an EP of no-nonsense techno like momma used to make.
Review: Ricardo Rodrigues aka Industrialyzer delivers another hard-edged release for Pan-Pot's label. Inspired by 90s techno, it sees Rodrigues move from the Green Velvet-style deranged jack on the title track into the Plastikman-influenced "Kontrol", where snares roll in unison over a skeletal, niggling rhythm. On "Daily Nova", he ups the pace to deliver a tone-shifting banger that's powered by doubled-up claps and a lean rhythm, while "Psychic Overlays" is the toughest arrangement on offer here. Led by grubby kicks and hi-hats so sharp they'll pierce your skin, its cascading filters make it a relentless peak-time affair.
Review: Industrialyzer aka Ricardo Rodrigues is one of techno's unsung heroes. A frequent collaborator with other Portuguese artists like The Advent and A.Paul, this release sees him fly solo for Pan-Pot's label. It's a fine hard-edged EP, and somewhat tougher in tone than Second State's usual approach. The title track resounds to rolling snares and metallic stabs, as Rodrigues delivers wave upon wave of electronic filters. "Live Sugar" is less abrasive and comparatively understated compared to the usual Industrialyzer sound. That said, its insistent bass and doubled up claps guarantee that it will become a staple for more discerning techno DJs.
Review: The sixth volume in the SUM series sees Second State pair up tough tracks with some deeper productions. It starts in high-octane form with the tough tech-house of VNTM & Tahko's "Rave Culture" and Risa Taniguchi's "Ridiculous", while Industrialyzer steers the compilation down a darker techno path with the pumping "Pulse". Counteracting these heavy elements are contributions from Nick Curly, who drops the pulsating deep house of "Refuge" and the heads-down tracky groove and pitch-bent vocals of Flug's "Maschine". The compilation also features a summer anthem in waiting - the epic synths and trance-inspired builds and drops of "Relief" by JNO.