Review: The latest instalment on Rekids is a barnstorming affair from UK act KUSP. "Circulus" is a peak-time banger, centred on a jacking ghetto techno rhythm and the kind of wild analogue builds that Luke Slater deployed on his evergreen remix of Joey Beltram's "Forklift". "Fictus" is just as forceful, with KUSP dropping razor-sharp hi-hats and wild rave stabs over pounding kicks. The title track sees the intensity taken down a few notches; led by a series of thunderclaps and dramatic drops and builds, it's as effective as the previous tracks. "Troubadour" sees KUSP keep the pressure up, with a dubbed out backing providing the basis for chopped-up vocal samples.
Review: Despite having only a few release to his credit, Kusp aka Christian Laurent is already making waves in hard techno circles. Warehaus, issued on the seminal Planet Rhythm, is sure to bolster this reputation. It starts with the visceral, pounding "Sequential", before Laurent delivers the killer blow that is "Confinement". Like Mills at his most extreme, the track's combination of raw kicks and screeching, acid-soaked discordant riffs will have the desired dance floor effect. The title track isn't quite as intense, but it does see Laurent retain his clubby focus, with looped chords soldered to a locked-in tribal rhythm. The addition of vocal hooks shows that Kusp is really thinking outside of the hard techno box, while the pulsating "Wrong Impression" offers a further surprise with Kusp deploying a frazzled ebm bass.