French producer Terrence Fixmer has been working on and off with Douglas McCarthy, the former singer in EBM band Nitzer Ebb, for the past 15 years. "So Many Lies" crawls along at 90bpm, but despite the slower tempo is mightily powerful. Over a grinding, industrial rhythm, it features the tortured wails of McCarthy claiming 'not gonna take any more, I can't take any more'. It's far more potent than anything that the average techno artist channelling EBM influences could muster. In any event, the Instinct remix of "Lies" will appeal to DJs, with the original track's punishing rhythm sped up to create a pounding, relentless affair.
Terence Fixmer and Douglas McCarthy are what you would class as big dawgs in the house and techno game. The two have been present and very much in the frontline since the turn of the millennium, but their collaborative project under the Fixmer/McCarthy banner has been more of a recent conception. They've released plenty of effective dance material for Fixmer's own Planet Rouge imprint so, it was time to branch out, and what better way to do that then release an EP for Adam X's gnarly Sonic Groove? The label's been a staple of the NYC techno diet since the 90s, and it really is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down as it reaches its 30 year birthday. There's two cuts to the electrifying "Chemicals" tune, a first version with the vocals intact, and a second instrumental cut; the base of the tune is high-powered techno with a bubbling electro bass line, and a malevolent flurry of punked-out vocalism. "Wrong Planet" is a stranger sort of beast, a tune that lurks in the depths of the techno underbelly, but that has no problems in launching continuous arial threats in the form of sinister screams and spectral melodies. Enter if you dare...