Review: Since launching five years ago, Chris Smith's Central Processing Unit label has risen to become one of the finest purveyors of electro, IDM and intelligent techno on the planet. Here, Smith has decided to celebrate the story so far with a luxurious, double-vinyl set featuring brand new remixes of CPU catalogue classics. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the braindance-goes-techno rush of Missqulater's remix of CN's "Zener Diode Blues" and the Motor City-meets-the-Steel City brilliance of Plant43's rework of Blixaboy, to the sludgy, slo-mo bliss of Noumen reworking B12, and the latter's thrillingly beautiful interpretation of Ms Jynx's "Diving Loop". In other words, it's a brilliant collection of analogue electronic music from some of the greatest talents in the game. We wouldn't have expected anything less, to be honest.
Review: Aussie electro wizard Mikey Melas is back as Jensen Interceptor and continuing to create a stir on the scene with his new wave electro antics, that have earned him releases on such esteemed labels like Central Processing Unit, E-Beamz and Boysnoize over the years. His debut full length EP comes courtesy of Maceo Plex's newly launched Lone Romantic imprint and titled Mother: a pulsating ode to the woman who brought him into the world. From the dynamic opener "Ultramax" which channels good old fashioned Detroit electro-funk of old, there are some terrific collaborations such as the darkly dystopian bounce of "Drip Freq" featuring British producer DeFeKT, while "Altered State" featuring fellow Sydneysider Assembler Code channels the very best of the Model 500/Metroplex aesthetic.
Review: Following a series of impressive releases for CPU and Cultivated Electronics, Jensen Interceptor debuts on the brilliant Craigie Knowes. "Aqua Lung" gets the release off to a high-paced start with a frenetic electro-techno workout that draws on dreamy Detroit sounds and buzz saw acid lines in equal measure. "Wave Slave" sees the Australian artist refocus on pure electro with a visceral 808 workout, while a similar approach applies on "ELEKTRO". Speak-and-spell vocals inspired by Kraftwerk unravel over a great shuffling rhythm and atmospheric synths. Rounding off this fantastic release is the eerie, Dopplereffekt-style funk of "Biometric".
Review: Activated is Jensen Interceptor aka Mikey Melas' fifth EP of 2019 and sees the fast-rising producer drop more electro heat. Focusing on 4/4s, the title track and "Contact" resound to menacing bass-lines and spooky synth stabs, which unfold over steely drums. On "Dirrekt Lift", a collaboration with German producer Das Muster, the balance shifts back towards a more typical electro shuffle, albeit with the same dark tones as the first two tracks. "Inverse Light" sees Melas move towards the kind of layered, abstract territories that Drexciya used to inhabit, while closing track "Last Night" is a high-paced electro funk workout, shrouded in an air of mystery.
Review: Goth industrial now makes its way into the oeuvre of Australian electro producer Jensen Interceptor with this fetishised Strings Of Fear EP. Keeping it most electro of all is the title-track that licks at the edges of EBM and new wave that should appeal to fans of Interceptor's classic material most. For the deviant techno DJs out there it's all about the raw intensity and 80s industrial demeanour of tracks like "Promise" and "First Day" with their metalworkers' percussion and gnarly basslines. Keeping it dark and delineated, with a touch of Fixmer McCarthy is "Leather Athletics". Not for the faint hearted.
Review: As far as compilations go, this first edition of the newly created 'From The Dark' release series from Cultivated Electronics is definitely up there, showcasing some of the freshest sounds in modern bass music. This eight track selection delves into the darker, swampier side of bass production, including belters from the likes of Exterminador, Sync 24, Delta Funktionen, Alienata and more. Our immediate standouts from this one however have to be 214's glitchy expedition into arpeggiated madness in 'Rock Scramble', along with Versalife's moogy roller 'Infinite Velocities' and the spooky chops of 'GmBHZolhoff' from Stratowerx.
DJ Normal 4 - "UFO Spotted At Ruhr" - (4:46) 140 BPM
DJ Stingray - "Cryptic" - (4:42) 70 BPM
Robert Dietz - "Junk Mail Gem" - (6:52) 127 BPM
Textasy - "Chillin' At The Beach" - (5:32) 120 BPM
Mystik Menn - "Fantastic Jam" - (5:12) 126 BPM
Bell Towers - "My Body Is A Tempo" (Andras remix) - (6:41) 127 BPM
Florian Kupfer - "Post Present" - (8:53) 120 BPM
DJ Boneyard - "Original" - (6:16) 123 BPM
DJ Steaw - "Get Down" (dub mix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
SE62 - "Night People" - (6:17) 122 BPM
ZZZ - "UZKZOWZ" (DJ Haus Body Heat mix) - (4:52) 125 BPM
Stratton - "Out There" - (7:13) 129 BPM
Cliff Lothar - "Tool Tyme" - (6:03) 120 BPM
Legowelt - "Amateur Astronomy" - (5:25) 124 BPM
DJ Seinfeld - "Tell Me What U Want" - (4:23) 131 BPM
Hugo Massien & DJ Haus - "Network Processor" - (5:29) 123 BPM
Justin Cudmore - "Straight No Chaser" - (6:45) 123 BPM
FRAK - "Protes" - (7:52) 126 BPM
Cosmic Garden - "Nature Spirits" - (5:49) 122 BPM
Louie From The Club - "Emoshuns" - (6:44) 121 BPM
Gropina - "Cristallo Di Bismuto" - (4:34) 113 BPM
SkatebArrd - "Maskindans" - (2:33) 103 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "DX Madness" - (5:51) 85 BPM
Lauren Flax & Jimmy Edgar - "It's Ours" (Jimmy Edgar remix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
DJ Plant Texture - "Lloyd Goes To Mars" (Simoncino remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM
TRP - "Stellar" - (8:45) 127 BPM
DJ Shark - "Outro" (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:26) 130 BPM
Review: The second volume in DJ Haus's "Enters The Unknown" series is even more epic than its' predecessor. This digital edition is particularly potent, as it not only features two action-packed, CD length mixes from the Unknown To The Unknown chief, but also all 46 tracks he used in unmixed, DJ-friendly form. Given the quality of the retro-futurist gems contained in the UTTU archives (modern cuts variously inspired by ghetto-house, early trance, slamming techno, bleep, proto-jungle, hardcore and early New Jersey garage), it's unsurprising that the showcased material is so damn hot. The set also boasts a handful of previously unheard cuts, too, including DJ Haus's collaborations with DJ Boring, DJ Deeon and Marquis Hawkes.