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: It sounds like Rekids has gone back to its roots. On Marco Faraone's third release for the label, a tough, sample-heavy house sound prevails; it's audible on the title track, where vocals are chopped up and layered over steely tribal drums, insistent thunder claps and ominous chord stabs. "Hardgroove Community" features a faster tempo, but some of the same elements - the looped vocal samples and tough kicks - remain at the heart of this arrangement. Meanwhile, "Survive" sees the Italian producer opt for a more tracky approach, with the track's name intoned in monotonous fashion over a heads-down rhythm. "Not A Crime" completes this old school-inspired EP, with churning chords and joyous screeches unravelling over banging drums
Review: Drumcode rounds off a highly successful year, which saw the label run its own dedicated festival, with this killer EP. It's no surprise that Lunar Eclipse is coming out on Adam Beyer's label, as since its earliest days it has had a knack for snapping up big room techno. "Never Forget" and "Cruiser" resound to rolling drums and building, searing bass tones that give both tracks the impetus they need. The title track isn't as menacing, but its hypnotic pulses, eerie synths and spine-tingling break down will prove to be just as effective. Last but certainly not least on this four-track EP is "Take this Trip" an acid-soaked, rumbling groove that also features a mysterious undercurrent.
Review: "Way" is Faraone's second EP for Rekids this year, but prior to this, he had already built up a distinguished catalogue for labels like Drumcode, Ovum and Moon Harbour. It's not hard to understand the attraction of this record to Rekids. The title track marries the pumping Radioslave approach to techno with jacking Chicago beats, stuttering vocals and tales of music industry hubris. Aside from the a cappella, Rekids has commissioned Addison Groove to deliver a high-paced, footwork takes on the Italian producer's original version. If that's too frenetic, then the dub acid rework, with its tough kicks, searing acid line and filtered vocal snatches, will appeal for those who like it tracky.
Review: Faraone returns to Be As One after a few years' absence, this time accompanied by Hertz Collision. "Elevate" sees the pair deliver a dub chord-led techno track that resounds to tough drums but also features a hypnotic vocal sample. On "Solchi", the pair again draw on dub influences, but this time wrap these musical elements around a stripped back, shuffling groove. "Campo Di Marte" is the toughest track on offer, with pummelling drums providing the backdrop for looped riffs. The label has enlisted the services of Alexander Kowalski as remixer, with the veteran producer turning "Elevate" into a lean, rolling workout, tailored for underground clubs.