Review: Tadd Mullinix aka JTC follows his recent release on Bopside with this superb techno EP for his other label of choice, Spectral. "Innerloire Rendezvous" is a dense club track that resounds to a muddy bass and filtered percussion, while a similar theme recurs on the pumping title track. On "Varastride", Mullinix takes inspiration from old school sounds, fusing rolling break beats with insistent chord builds, while "Renneswind" sees him deliver a more visceral style, as grainy drums provide the basis for swirling, eerie chords. Rounding off one of the most impressive and diverse techno releases of 2019 is "Surging On Chapinero's Edge", an ethereal slice of break beat techno, underpinned by squelchy bleeps.
Review: You can always be sure about that Tadd 'JTC' Mullinix will bring his unique perspective to each release - and this new outing on his Bopside label is no exception. Deploying a faster pace than usual for this project, "FlightSTRENS2Rd" sees the versatile US producer look to late 90s minimalism to create a wiry, percussive groove that clicks and clanks its way towards Jon Tejada style nirvana. On "The Assembly", Mullinix goes for a heavier option; this time, the beats are fuller and tougher, and an insistent filter weaves its way in and out of the driving groove. It sounds somewhat like Floorplan but Mullinix's personality shines through.
Review: The first single on the Bopside label comes from its creator, Ann Arbor-based producer Tadd Mullinix, under the JTC mantle (the recently abbreviated take on James T Cotton, one of his many pseudonyms). "Escalator To Sorga" is a thing of great beauty, with a lolloping Detroit deep house groove - hissing cymbals, loose hits and so forth - overlaid with long, drawn out chords and tactile stabs. "Infinite Organism" sounds like a late '80s British house cut with old skool Motor City stabs and stargazing melodies, while "Veronja One" is the kind of deep, undulating electro jam that Drexciya used to do so well.
Review: Berlin's Killekill crew have seen their label go from strength to strength over the past year or so, culminating in the release of the recent Megahits compilation which saw them open their doors to a wider spectrum of artists. One was Spectral and Creme producer Tadd Mullinix, whose contribution under his JTC alias provided one of the compilation's highlights, and here he returns to the label with a full EP. "Sonic Criminal" is a hypnotic deep techno jam filled with simmering acid tones, while "Pulse Catcher" is a primal piece of mid-tempo Jak put through a rough and grubby filter. "Earth" sharpens the focus again with its high-frequency basement tones, while the EP closer "Black Oracle" combines electro rhythms with a dystopian analogue backdrop.
Review: In its original form, Killekill was a party that embraced all sorts of electronic music, and the label has opted for the same approach. It doesn't seem to bother Nico who runs Killekill - he previously worked for Shitkatapult - that the imprint's first steps have displayed an almost schizophrenic disregard for the kind of micro-genres that defines electronic music. In fact, like Svreca from Semantica and Micky who runs [Naked Lunch], he seems far more interested in what constitutes a great tune, irrespective if its tempo is 100bpm or 160bpm and regardless of whether it was fashioned in downtown Detroit or a windswept Dublin suburb. Following the wild techno of Alex Cortex's Raw, comes Megahits, a three-installment vinyl release that sums up this approach. It begins almost innocuously, with Bill Youngman's "The 2", a downtempo, jazzy piece that suddenly veers into rude boy half-paced jungle bass. Despite being a Berlin label, UK culture is represented again with the curious blend of ragga vocalsand twitchy acid lines on Affie Yussuf's "Onna Roll", while Radioactive Man serves up his typically party-friendly electro, replete with tonal bass licks on "Addict" and Neil Landstrumm returns to techno territory - albeit a less distorted, noisy one - on the dark, ravey bass of "On The Pussers". There are also nods to contemporary European techno - the most notable being the grainy, dense rhythms and searing acid of Cassegrain and Tin Man'scollaboration - US producers are represented with the murky jack of JTC's "Crush Arbor" and the frightening synths, predatory bass - which has echoes of Suburban Knight - and hyperactive rhythms of DJ Stingray's "Ego Assault". Killekill also proves itself again to be home to the outsider, featuring the punishing beats and menacing synths of Lakker's Autechre-eqsue "Darcdub" and the spectacularly depraved "Furfriend", a stripped back groove powered by a bombastic bassline and featuring a deadpan pervert talking about taking drugs and how he likes to come on people's faces with his "fat cock". Electronic music may have become a smaller place thanks to technology,but as Megahits shows, Killekill's world remains as colourful and occasionally disturbing as an LSD-drenched peek through a kaleidoscope.
Review: The identity of the Pan European individuals behind Shaddock Records can remain one of those pleasant mysteries we can live with so long as they keep releasing such interesting records. This fifth release is a perfect example of their approach, concentrated around "Beats In Space" a track from Tadd Mullinix that was originally intended for broadcast as part of the Ann Arbor producer's set on Beats In Space back in 2009. The hauntingly brilliant electro track remained in limbo until the Shaddock crew heard Mullinix drop it during a JTC set in Berlin earlier this year and persuaded him to add to the Shaddock discography, along with two further all new JTC productions. Added reason to indulge comes in the shape of a wonderfully dreamy revision from Hinge Finger and Meakusma artist Madteo - the Queens dwelling Italian producer's first commissioned remix - which strips the track of its spectral leanings in favour of a woozily saturated melodic flow.