Review: Uncage was set up in late 2015 by Italian duo Marco Faraone and Norman Methner with the purpose of showcasing new electronic music talent. Listening to the label's first split release, it sounds like they have succeeded in achieving this goal. It starts with the neo-classical strings of KAS:ST's "Journey In Beyond" before veering into the pitch-bent vocals and spiky rhythm of Modig's "What You Want". Hertz Collision, another new artist, puts the focus on a more contemporary sound with the distorted kicks and atmospheric synths of "Plagede", while on "Future Line" another new artist, Black Stone, provides a searing droning bleak techno workout.
Review: The label arm of Dutch techno distributor Triple Vision delivers a fine compilation. It starts off in understated, sombre mode, with the rolling drums and woozy synths of tracks from Amotik and Refracted, before Codex Empire delves deeper with an atmospheric, break beat-led take on KAS:ST's "Raving Alone". That's not to say that Volume 8 is shy of dance floor tracks; from the rolling tribal groove of Setaoc Mass' "Light Falls" and the rave-infused "Generation X" from Deep Dimension to Remco Beekwilder's banging, chord-heavy "90's Mayhem", this is an expertly weighted and executed collection of modern techno.
Review: It's fair to say that this release has been a labour of love. Five years in the making, label owner Emmanuel has chosen a collection of tracks from his dream team of techno producers. This means that ASC's breathy ambience "Stasis" sits beside deep, at times acid -soaked pulsing rhythms from Boston 168, Unbalance and Forward Strategy Group as well as peak-time rollers from emerging artists like Cleric and industrial bangers courtesy of scene veterans like Dustin Zahn. While the inclusion of producers such as Subjected and the fast rising I Hate Models is sure to put increased focus on this compilation, its real, lasting value are the more cerebral contributions such as Emmanuel's own "Bridge of Quietness".