Review: The long-running collaboration between Angelis and Search has resulted in some fine minimal techno over the past decade, and "Diversity" upholds this strong track record. "Species" is a linear, stripped back affair with an austere feeling, like Samuli Kemppi in particularly gloomy form. "Genetic" offers a less intense approach thanks to the housey drums, but the more inviting rhythm is deceptive and the bleeps that at the outset are understated build and build into a shrieking cacophony of demented sound. By contrast, 'Nucleotide' offers fewer surprises, but it does see the duo deliver a linear, percussive affair that teems with menace as it progresses.
Review: Angeles and Search are experts in crafting purist techno and this release serves to highlight their talents. "Divisio" is an upfront affair, its pumping, snaking groove and insistent chord sequences making for great big room materia. Jonas Kopp contributes a remix of "Rhetorica", which has a similar approach, its rolling groove containing a filtered acidic riff. However, the duo impress most on "Partitio". It's less immediate than the other tracks, but its crisp drums and dark claps, coupled with atmospheric chords, ensure it's the highlight here.
Review: Efdemin's 2008 mix CD on Curle, Carry On - Pretend We're Not In The Room showed that he was as adept and inventive behind the decks as he was in the studio. A decade later, the same holds true for the follow-up mix, Naif, but this time the boundaries are more blurred. Consisting of 29 unreleased tracks - 10 from the German producer himself and 19 from like-minded artists - the selection runs the gamut, from the hazy, abstract tones of WaWuWe's "Beams" and DIN's noisy "Glide", into hypnotic dance floor techno such as "Laveline", Efdemin's bleep-y collaboration with Konrad Springer, the glorious mid-tempo minimal roller "Watte" - recorded as Sollmann & Gurtler and then 'versioned' by Efdemin and expansive dub tracks from Pom Pom and Marco Shuttle.
Review: ODD / EVEN is the label project of Andre Kronert. Created by the German as a wide open space and blank canvas for friends and peers to release music that Andre himself will include is his DJ sets. ODD / EVEN is a playground for both music and art, with each release receiving a full vinyl press and exclusive cover artwork. It welcomes one of the most authentic techno producers and veterans: Jeroen Search. Known for his hard hitting Millsian influenced DJ tools, usually made in conjunction with fellow Dutchman Dimi Angelis. Featured are four reliable and straight up expressions in cyclical techno, with as much tension and suspense as you'd always expect from him. "Without Abrupt Changes" starting off with restraint, featuring that chiming Axis style melody while "Contiuum" is the most heads down and straight ahead affair on offer, good for the peak time. There's also two mesmerising drone pieces "Explain Variation 1 & 2".
Review: The latest release on Par Grindvik's release is an unusual one, uniting old and new artists. Last year, Jesper Dahlback revived his The Persuader guise, which during the late '90s released a series of exquisite - and now highly sought after - deep house records. For this release he surprises with the serene ambience of "Pressure Relief". Dimi Angeles & Jeroen Search's "Emotional Times" proffers the same kind of dreamy sound, as does newcomer Stefan Vincent on the cinematic synth sweeps and dramatic strings of "The Void She Left". However, there is another side to Vincent's canon and he highlights it on the churning filters of "I Would Give Anything To Feel Nothing". Grindvik also focuses on visceral techno with the noisy, pumping analogue stomp of "Stay In Wild".
Review: The title track proves that it's not necessary for contemporary techno to engage in monochrome repetition to be effective. Indeed, Search and Joton's collaboration kicks just as hard as an MDR A-side thanks to its pounding steely drums - but it's the way that the duo twist and tease a jarring riff and sheet metal percussion over the track's surging bassline that really impresses. Search's solo remix of "Universal Force" is less upfront, but achieves the same effect, thanks to its lithe beats, snaking, pumping bassline and deft production touches. Sometimes you can say more with a whisper than a scream.