Review: Label owner Kuf returns to Arsenik for this fine purist techno release. "Minimal Shit" is self-explanatory, but its insistent bleeps and nickel-plated percussive ticks serve as a reminder of Kuf's prowess in this style. "Put In The Work" is more dubbed out, with a ravey stab and vocal snippets setting it apart from most tool tracks, while on "Sub Aquatic Organist", Kuf goes deeper than deep. Guided by razor sharp percussion, the arrangement twists and turns its way through a series of subtle filtered builds and drops. "Transluscent Stuff" is also driven by a similarly understated feeling, with snappy hi hat and sublime chords combined for a hypnotic end result.
Review: The second split Mutable Minds release continues in the same mind-melting vein as the first instalment. Label owner Pfirter sets the tone with the distorted acid, pile-driving percussion and distorted kicks of "Anti Routine". On "Sleepwalker", newcomer Fixeer recalls the most visceral moments of early Planetary Assault Systems, as gained drums and busy layers of metallic percussion come together for an intense arrangement. Kuf & Dold's "Mint" ups the pace with a pounding rhythm track that resounds to doubled up claps, pounding 4/4s and gnarly riffs, while the most reserved contribution comes in the form of Jonas Kopp's dubbed out "Biorritmo".
Review: Efdemin's 2008 mix CD on Curle, Carry On - Pretend We're Not In The Room showed that he was as adept and inventive behind the decks as he was in the studio. A decade later, the same holds true for the follow-up mix, Naif, but this time the boundaries are more blurred. Consisting of 29 unreleased tracks - 10 from the German producer himself and 19 from like-minded artists - the selection runs the gamut, from the hazy, abstract tones of WaWuWe's "Beams" and DIN's noisy "Glide", into hypnotic dance floor techno such as "Laveline", Efdemin's bleep-y collaboration with Konrad Springer, the glorious mid-tempo minimal roller "Watte" - recorded as Sollmann & Gurtler and then 'versioned' by Efdemin and expansive dub tracks from Pom Pom and Marco Shuttle.