London Modular Alliance - "Crosstalk" - (4:25) 120 BPM
Upwellings - "Soft Shadows" - (5:36) 120 BPM
Mike Dehnert - "Tokio" - (6:00) 126 BPM
Obsolete Music Technology - "Comb Freq" - (7:13) 126 BPM
Review: With its festival, International Series, DJ Directory and Soundsystem: Dimensions has become a leading name in the underground. In only a mere six years of existence thus far, that's quite impressive we must say! Now, they extend their influence with the start of a new label: Dimensions Recordings. It launches with a 12 track compilation across three separate EP. This edition features some cutting edge electronics from legends and new heroes of the scene alike. Electro heroes London Modular Alliance appear with their best impression of purist Detroit electro on "Crosstalk" while the it also features the glacial dub techno tones of Upwellings' "Soft Shadows". Then, Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert gives us the very Robert Hood sounding "Tokio"and Windy City legend Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology appears with something harder than you'd usually expect from the man: on the gnarly analogue techno of "Comb Freq".
Review: Initially a party organisation from Belgium, De:tuned has become a record label for reanimating the sounds from electronic music's early days. Run by Ruben Boons and Bert Hermans, it continues with the cherry-picked selections for its 10th anniversary with volume 5 in the celebratory series. Terrace (aka Stefan Robbers) and Nu Era (aka Marc Mac, best known as a founding member of 4 Hero) channel the timeless spirit of Detroit styled hi-tech soul and Jupiter jazz with their stellar contributions. While electro is the order of the day elsewhere, courtesy of legend Carl Finlow on the dystopian electro bass of "Photo Array" and new school heroes London Modular Alliance going further into dystopian and sci-fi aesthetics on the powerful "D6".
Review: On We Are The Mod! hardware trio London Modular Alliance help Billy Nasty celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his revered electro label. "Concerning Irregular Figures" revolves around a brooding bass, niggling percussive ticks and a filtered synth loop that floats off into the cosmos. By contrast, "Exit Strategy" is much more pared back, with a focus on a wobbly bass and jittery drum patterns. This less-is-more arranging is also audible on "Glove Box", where they fuse 303 belches with a warbling bass and garbled vocal. Rounding off this landmark release for the label is the Assembler Code take on "Glove..." where crisp drums and frazzled acid tones prevail.