Review: The Aphrology EP marks a killer induction into the MOS Deep annals of excellence from Ksoul & Muteoscillator, the Italian duo who have impressed intermittently with their dense brand of techno for Uzuri and Kinda Soul Recordings (which is overseen by Ksoul himself). The two part "Criminology" opens proceedings face up, with the restrained acid leanings of the opening gambit slightly overwhelmed by the unrelenting modulated brutality of its subsequent partner. Face down and MOS Deep ringleader Aroy Dee sneaks in with his own edit of "Aphrology" before Ksoul and Muteoscillator can demonstrate the title track's prowess - it's Dee to a tee, taking the well judged house that swells with ever menacing machine squeals and adding his own subtle percussive embellishments.
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Ksoul and Mutoscillator, whose last collaborative EP - the Dekmantel-released "Soul Hell EP" - dropped way back in 2013. Happily, we can confirm that this belated return to action on Uzuri is utterly sublime. Check first the sun-bright brilliance of "That's How It Meant To Be", where headline-grabbing synthesizer lines and sunset-ready pads rise above jaunty electronic bass and off-kilter deep house beats, before admiring the squiggly acid lines, relaxed grooves, twinkling electric piano solos and fluid instrumentation of "Hang On + On". The pair has also provided a "2nd Version" of that tune that strips back the solos in favour of heavy bass, psychedelic acid lines and a nagging, low register electric piano refrain.