Review: Quant is the label project of Chris Stanford, the London DJ who was one of the founders of the EarToGround parties. For the latest release, he has enlisted the services of Italian producer Kaiser. This release mirrors the sound and style of the EarToGround parties - tough and relentless, but with a musical undercurrent throughout. This is audible on the pumping, acidic title track, which progresses to reveal a spacey synth sequence, and on "Submersible". There, Kaiser opts for a dubbed-out approach that is nonetheless based on massive kicks and reverberating waves of dub. Keeping it in the EarToGround family, Stanford has commissioned remixes from Gareth Wild - who drops two broken beat takes on "Nautical" - while Diego Amura turns "Submersible" into a gritty minimal workout.
Review: Another slick release for the relatively new US imprint Slit Jockey, Kaiser delivers a though provoking seven track EP for his second release on the label. With four remixes plus the original mix, opening track "Tasty Lazers" conjours up images of the world being taken over by machines, with its repetitive drones and computerized arpeggiated melodies. Of the remixes, the Dev79 & Thrills remix certainly shines with its bumping garage beats, Rhodes keys and sublime pads. For the chin-stroking dubstep crew, the more glitchy leftfield Kozee, BD1982 and Halp remixes may appeal. Highlight track "Polyphonic Pressure" brings a slice of euphoric peak time dancefloor pressure, while the more ploddy dark and mechanical "Courtesan Riddim" provides some ammo for the afterparty.
Review: The long-running Parquet label taps some of the most respected names in tech-house for this split release. First up, is Kaiser Souzai with "Efairy". Despite its title, the mood is ominous and layered, as a brooding bass and ponderous vocal samples are combined with mysterious textures and rasping percussion. It's an alluring, hypnotic affair. Fede Key & Matteo Gargallo's contribution is based on a similar mood, and "Revenge" resounds to a pulsating bass, washes of eerie synth and a rolling bass. Talul's "Infidelity" completes this superb EP. While not as menacing as the first two contributions, its synth lines are truly evocative and the bass tones have a touch of 80s New Order.