Review: A double header from Kompakt Extra, "Speicher 67" lets fly into breathless techno. Frenchman Maxime Dangles's "Bras De Zil" is raw techno that intensifies and then withdraws before Steve Moore takes us in darker, more menacing techno on his "Bayern Kurve." With plenty of energy throughout, this is one not to be missed.
Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: Selected by label owner Ilario Alicante, this split release mines an underground but refreshingly diverse path. Hush & Sleep's "Perceptual Isolation" is a tough, acid-soaked pulser that rolls deep. There are no such niceties on SLV's "Meteor", a propulsive affair that resounds to rolling drums, tough kicks, lone bleeps and a ponderous vocal sample. On "Tentacles", the contribution from Maxime Dangles, a frazzled 303 and fuzzy bass intersect to create a sound not radically different to Sandwell District, while ZIPPO's track is more straightforward. "The Leopard Prey" is heavy, panel-beating techno, led by doubled up claps, steely kicks and discordant riffs.
Review: This collaboration between Maxime Lost and French producer Remain has echoes in places of electro house. That's a compliment by the way. "Lost It" captures that exciting time before the big cheque books arrived and the term wasn't a negative one. It's robotic and bleep-heavy, its bass resonates in a melancholy manner and the end result is reminiscent of Tiefschwarz at their finest. "Cold Feet" sees the duo veer towards a darker sound as the bass wobbles malevolently. The remixes are also redolent of the early 00s - the Jackethat & Lipelis version of the title track revolves around a punk-funk style bass and Remain's "Indie Version" has echoes of Roman Flugel's "Geht's Noch" monster.