Review: Over the past decade, Rushin has released music on some of the most respected underground labels - including Mote Evolver and Arts Collective - and now steps up for Odd Even. As the streamlined tribal groove that constitutes the title track and "Confusion" both demonstrate, it's not hard to understand Rushin's appeal. However, there is also a deeper side to his sound, audible on the frazzled chords of "Lead Me", while the Dutch producer also delivers a hypnotic groove in the shape of "Where to Find". Based on a rolling groove, detuned riffs and crisp, doubled-up claps, it rounds off this expertly executed release in style.
Review: The Black offshoot from the Mary Go Wild collective is dedicated to 'dark, hypnotic techno'. It has already put out two killer EPs by Charlotte de Witte, and now welcomes Jeff Rushin. The title track certainly lives up to the sub-label's aesthetic, and sees the Amsterdam-based artist delivering a dark, swirling groove, its mesmerising filters underpinned by crisp drums and snare rolls. On "Ordinary People", Rushin opts for a different approach; jarring broken beats and chain-mail percussion unfold mechanically, with powerful filters causing maximum damage. By contrast, "New Era" is deeper and audibly influenced by dub techno, as evocative chords swirl in over tight claps and drums. Completing the label's latest excursion into the techno's depths is Andre Kronett's submerged take on "Era".
Review: Launched back in 2011, Mote Evolver's Parallel Series has been home to familiar names, including Luke Slater - under his LB Dub Corp guise - ASC and Shifted as well as newer talent like Bas Mooy and Chris Finke. For this fifth instalment, the label has decided to focus on emerging artists. Sev Dah's "Svarog" is a rave-influenced, peak time affair led by firing percussion and insistent bleeps, while on "Morana", the beats are dustier and the rhythm looser and more free-flowing. On the flip, Dutch producer Jeff Rushin opts for a tough approach; "Solex" centres on hard kicks and a distorted, grinding rhythm, while "Obsolete" closes out the release with a droning riff and heads-down drum patterns.
Review: The Amsterdam On And On party promoters celebrate six years with a compilation that varies from the full on to the stripped back and spaced out. Residing in the functional, DJ-friendly corner is Moerbeck, whose "Weapon's In Your Head" is a tough, banging workout led by slamming beats and a receptive tonal riff. Yan Cook's "Freefall" is more subtle but just as effective as its filtered and reverberated claps unfold over a dense groove, and Jeff Rushin "Tusk" is a classic slice of freaked out minimalism, its pointillist hook pushed over a pummeling, tribal drum track. At the other end of the spectrum Aiken's "Reductive" marries spaced out synths with a stepping arrangement, while Terence Fixmer's "Moments" is spacey Detroit techno at its very finest.
Review: It's fair to say that this release has been a labour of love. Five years in the making, label owner Emmanuel has chosen a collection of tracks from his dream team of techno producers. This means that ASC's breathy ambience "Stasis" sits beside deep, at times acid -soaked pulsing rhythms from Boston 168, Unbalance and Forward Strategy Group as well as peak-time rollers from emerging artists like Cleric and industrial bangers courtesy of scene veterans like Dustin Zahn. While the inclusion of producers such as Subjected and the fast rising I Hate Models is sure to put increased focus on this compilation, its real, lasting value are the more cerebral contributions such as Emmanuel's own "Bridge of Quietness".
Oliver Rosemann - "Then We Will Fight In The Shade" - (5:57) 130 BPM
Review: Since the 90s, Par Grindvik's label has been following an unpredictable path and this is audible on its latest split compilation. Patch Two starts with Z.I.P.P.O's dreamy "Fabula", which features the wispy vocals of Gabriella Vergilov. By contrast, Laval's "Spitshine" sees the release veer towards the dance floor, resulting in a thundering tribal affair that revolves around heavy kicks and a dark, tranced out riff. Z.I.P.P.O changes gear on the firing rhythm and relentless, dense hi hats of the Rob Hood-style minimalism of "Cycle", while on "Incoming Goods", Jeff Rushin takes down the tempo but maintains the moody atmosphere thanks to some menacing bass stabs and eerie tonal bleeps. Rounding off this brilliantly off centre release is the thundering, Polygon Window-sounding techno of Oliver Rosemann's "Then We Will Fight In The Shade".