Review: Binny returns to Orbis and this time he's got company. Appearing on the flip side is Lee Holman, an Irish artist who has put out 12s for Ferox and his own Kawl imprint. The title track from Binny is a no-nonsense hard techno affair, hewn from heavy kicks and rough drums. "Infinite Ratio" is not as intense or fast and sees the Liverpool producer explore a bleepy sound, supported by heavy claps and nocturnal synths. Holman's "Instructional " doesn't shy away from intensity and features distorted kicks, a high-pitched whistle and a relentless, heads-down rhythm. "Urbanite" is similarly themed and sees Holman drop concrete weight kicks and a gritty bass.
Review: Lee Holman has been leading the Irish techno scene since the late '90s, with his uncompromising underground ethos. Performing both as a DJ and a live act, his releases have appeared on labels such as Another Earth, Orbis and CLFT in recent times. Not to mention founding the Kawl Imprint, with its aim to provide diversity in techno. His new release on Philippe Petit's Decision Making Theory sees Holman on point as always, with these powerfully effective DJ tools that respectfully take their cues from the legendary Axis/Purposemaker sound. From the austere "Provider" with its mesmerising chime melody, the hypnotic "Disarmament" supported by mental and ethereal elements or the deep sonar transmission of "Eagles In A Cage" geared for those 'heads down' moments. All in all, these are all surefire weapons for the most clandestine of warehouse parties.
Review: Irish DJ/producer Lee Holman appears for French imprint Knotweed proper, first making his impression on sister label Decision Making Theory (DMT) with the Provider EP last year. The Kawl chief is in fine form on "Class Warfare" nailing that majestic Purposemaker vibe of old with hypnotic chiming melodies but with the added fury of broken beats beneath. Holman really finds his own sound on the next cut "Shifting Axis" which was our definite favourite of the bunch. This dreamy and evocative journey takes in the best of hypnotic techno and IDM and has potential for crossover appeal. Finally, Holman gets back to the program on the grinding cyclicality of "Primary System" fuelled by a Robert Hood style monosynth bassline, ethereal pads and austere rhythm work.
Review: Gynoid Audio has become a recognised name in techno largely down to the sheer output of music the label delivers on a regular basis. This week Gynoid reach their 100th release milestone which they've turned into a compilation featuring a trusted collection of emerging and well-established names. Starting with the former, Mary Velo, Lee Holman, 88uw and Wata Igarashi, each provide a deep, reverb-laden club track, with Holman providing the most colour with the acid spurting "Operative". Schooled support comes from Synwave boss Damon Wild and the dark control room bleeps he brings with "Lost Base", while Aubrey delivers the funkiest production of the compilation, "Trigger 45". But before any of this takes place, it's Advance Human, aka Gynoid's CEO, Simon Hi-Shock, that begins proceedings with the dubby "Reincarnation".