Review: It sounds like Loco Dice's label is embracing techno purism if this release is anything to go on. The work of the owner of the Etruria Beat label, Optical merges the hypnotic qualities of loop techno with the cavernous sound of Modern Love's reverb-heavy dub. On "Swiss Train", this combination is thrilling and exhilarating, with the rolling, rollicking rhythm boasting more twists and turns than a train ride through an alpine tunnel. In other instances, like on "Bubbles" or "High Pressure", the snapping percussion and insistent pulses almost knock the listener back like an electric shock. The dubbed out chords of "Synthesis" sound almost mellow by comparison.
Review: Etruria Beat founders Faraone and Agnelli deliver a excellent DJ tool release for Loco Dice's label. The title track sets the tone, its rasping percussion and insistent drums laying the basis for a series of deranged vocal samples. They keep "Last Call" instrumental, with a percussive groove rolling and filtering all the way through, supported by reverberated drums. But the duo are also clearly interested in using the human voice as an instrument and the drum-heavy "La Feria" is full of out there voices, while 'Hold It Like That' features dreamy synths and a spaced out woman intoning the track's title.
Review: Adam Beyer's label notches up the seventh A-Sides compilation in as many years. In keeping with its approach of featuring well-known Drumcode artists alongside newer artists, Volume 7 shines a light ion emerging techno talent. This includes the deep and dubbed out "Portable Paradise" by Anna, alongside upcoming Canadian artist Weska with the searing acid of "Other Places" and recent Drumcode debutant Boxia with the dreamy but rolling "Final Call". These emerging artists sit alongside techno veteran Thomas Schumacher, who drops the eerie but jacking "The Unseen", Alan Fitzpatrick collaborating with Scuba's SCB offshoot to deliver the tough tribal techno of "Untitled" and Dutch producer Bart Skills weighing in with the ominous big-room monster that is "West Of The Moon".