Review: Pulling together a healthy spread of their roster, Decarhythm ably demonstrate their increasingly focused musical remit on this four-tracker. There's lean techno to be enjoyed from Genotype, where the bassline rules the day and the beat is an exercise in restraint. Kamikaze Space Programme plump for a shufflier approach to 4/4 with "Bhopal", although still plumbing a dark deep-space vibe. Bloodman has a decidedly straight-up tech-house atmosphere at work on "Jones", while Orphan 101 similarly ticks away with a warm sound that peppers the minimal groove with a light dusting of electro. For that sturdy peak-of-the-night tech-edged sound, Deca Rhythm seem to be an increasingly wise destination.
Review: Luke Slater's label celebrates the big four-o with this unconventional release courtesy of Chris Jarman. "The Bailiff" is the most functional track on offer, a peak-time affair full of stomping beats, trippy sound effects and snare rolls crashing in for maximum impact. "Death to the Valley" is also geared for the dance floor, but here the bass bursts into big puddles of fuzzy viscosity. It's the sonic equivalent of a blister being lanced as a jackhammer bashes away in the background. "Network Rail" sees Jarman opt for a different approach as hammering, stepping drums replicate the sound of chattering train, while "Radio" rounds out this unusual release with a stepping rhythm shot through with searing, noisy riffs.
Review: The brand new alias of D&B-turned-techno producer Raiden, Kamikaze Space Programme has been a buzzword in underground music circles of late, and no wonder - this is top class and super sharp bass-heavy techno for the modern consumer. "Black Lagoon" kicks the Haas Effect EP off with some deeply hypnotic rhythms and inky black bass, whilst "Minus 28" continues the sublime musical magic with razor sharp synths, Metalheadz style humming and murmuring subs. "Crusoe On Mars" is another quirky cut, with gong-like SFX and shuffling beats, before "Trouble" rounds things off on a more sparse and stripped back note.
Review: For its 50th release, UK-based Osiris Music has rightly thought of landing with a fully-packed compilation from all corners of its vast and explorative catalogue. As a side note, it's important to say that this imprint, along with a few other key stables, has been responsible for the successful merging of the techno and dubstep worlds over the last 5 years. Ipman's broken, techno-leaning tool "Persistent Dread" is a great example of this early on, with peeps like Pessimist or MAnnic also providing some new and exciting flavours in the field. The one like Killawatt is also on duty here, bringing through some delightfully eerie industrial vibes, while Paul Mac, Sleeper, and Juno favourite Manni Dee deliver amuch needed 4/4 swing to liven the dance up. Fully-packed and loaded.
Review: Slap me sideways and call me Grandpa, it's a new instalment of Killekill's Megahits series, and that means a burst of noxious techno beats from all angles. As with previous editions, we have 6 sides of wax all filled with new killers from the label's best, including Eomac, who delivers the supremely messed-up "Angel In The Marble", Bintus' nasty-as-ever acid on "Re-Clocking Knob", a gorgeous collaborative efforts from Cassegrain and Tin Man dubbed "Ad Hoc", Alex Cortex's unsurprisingly curious and marvellous "Tensegrity", and a very special appearance from Detroit legend Blake Baxter with the banging "Acid Warp Time Travel". The rest if as good, if not better - pure gold from the likes of Dez Williams, Jerome Hill, Detroit Grand Pubahs etc.