Review: Arrow Of Time is Joel Mull's first artist album in eight years and serves as a reminder that he is one of techno's greatest and most enduring talents. Issued on Swedish label Parabel, it starts with the heart-beat pulses and haunting ambient swirls of "Irreversible" and the brittle electro drums and woodwind of "Up That Hill". While "Gleaming" sees Mull focus on the dance floor, the drums are low in the mix and the melancholic, frosty melodies take centre stage. This tempered approach does not last however, and "Northern Spheres" and "Caver" are Mike Parker-style, frequency shifting grooves, while "Mnemonics" and "Colorblind" are wonderfully sleek, streamlined techno tracks - both as straight and deadly as an arrow.
Review: Adam Beyer's label deserves praise for snapping up this collaboration from veteran producers Laux and Mull. Given their calibre and experi-ence, it's no surprise that Centipede is an impressive EP. "Contour" sees the pair go deep as they drop a sinewy, rolling bass. Meanwhile the title track - and the accompanying Morph version - are both more fast-paced, riding suitably atmospheric, tranced out grooves to blessed out nirvana. In stark contrast, there's "Bullet Ant"; led by wild acid licks and a pounding rhythm, it sounds like a modern interpretation of "Sub-stance Abuse" by Richie Hawtin's FUSE project. This release shows that no matter what they turn their hands to, Laux and Mull do not disap-point.
Review: This release, a collaboration between two of European techno's most experienced practitioners, starts on an unusual note. "Spiegelkabinett", with its jazzy licks and offbeat rhythm sounds like an electronic update of The Durutti Column or 80s funk act A Certain Ratio. It proves to be a temporary distraction though; the title track is a straight down the line techno track, led by heavy kicks, shaking percussion and hiccupping samples. "Stringer Bell", presumably named after the character in The Wire, is a tough, firing affair, led by ticking percussion, detuned tones and surging chords. Completing the release are the tranced out synths of the Petar Dundov-esque "Millipede".