Review: Killawatt continues his long relationship with Osiris with this remix release. Bringing together some of the most respected names in left field techno, the release starts with Tommy Four Seven's version of "Zizi". Chiming bells and rickety broken beats provide a hypnotic combination that creates a haunting, ghostly mood. Eomac takes a darker tune on "Spiral Swarm", where robust beats and tick tock percussion provides the basis for swirling textures. Monic's take on "Excessive Hyperbole" sees rugged broken beats underpin eerie textures. Finally, Mannic contributes his own track, and as its title suggests, "Untitled Textures" features mysterious sounds flowing over a rolling, off-beat rhythm.
Review: Fresh from his appearance on Osiris's in-demand reissue "Habits", Monic rolls out a barrel of freshness with Donkey Kong proportions. Whether it's intended or not, the human patterns are evident in each track... The techno-flavoured "Blood Hound" pumps like a pre-fight heartbeat, all palpitating and turbo charged with nervous energy, the half-tempo flurries of "Blink" resemble an inquisitive human hand, exploring mysteries in the darkness while the human pattern in the slower, steadier "Viscous" can be likened to a cagey walk in an unknown neighbourhood at darkness. Finally we hit the title-track where the pattern is far less tangible; kickless and never endingly rising, the hazy, foggy pattern here is best compared to the strangest of dreams. Deep, undulating and full of techno science, Monic's served a delectably dark sonic tonic.
Review: Osiris Music boss Simon Shreeve is back under the Monic guise, after recent appearances for Tresor and Downwards: the latter being a similar label, aesthetically, and exploring the outer limits of modern industrial, techno and noise. On "Deep Summer", Shreeve has really found another dimension to his sound: going less for the jugular like his recently harsh textural abrasions. This sombre and bittersweet ambient journey is kept pace by subtle, reverb drenched beats and hypnotic waves of metallic noise: all the while accompanied by angelic vocal passages. And let's not ignore the elephant in the room here: yes, there is a remix by the one and only Burial. His rendition was not what we were expecting, but captivating as always. Let's just say that this ambient house odyssey is the perfect accompaniment to a Lynchian styled island dream.
Monic & Grebenstein - "Cutting The Ties That Bind" - (7:40) 64 BPM
Review: Simon Shreeve's imprint serves up a killer split release that ripples with barely restrained menace. First up is label regular Overlook, with "Former Self", a spooky stepper that builds and builds to a darkly hypnotic high. Shreeve himself dons his M?nic pseudonym for the low-slung broken beats and clanging metallic percussion of "Stampede". He also teams up with Jan Grebenstein for "Cutting The Ties That Bind", a drawn out industrial jam. Remaining in this general field is Pessimist, who has released on Blackest Ever Black and Creme Organization. He delivers the death march dirge of "Indigo", which brings this wonderfully eerie release to a close.
Review: Let's just list the amount of stone cold bass OGs on this collection: Krust, dBridge, Om Unit, Danny Scrilla, V.I.V.E.K, Von D, Moresounds, AU, Oris Jay & Chris Innersound and whole load more of soundsystem culture's most innovative craftsman working at the deepest levels of the low end coalface all feature on this immense and forward thinking document. Including the curator Amit himself. Every track is a highlight, each one and abyssal, immersive experience but essential highlights include the toxic bass bounces of Moresounds' "They Can't Handle It", the 23rd century UKG of Oris and Chris's "They Can't Handle It" and Krust's big screen masterpiece "Escape From Finland". Amit deserves a holiday. Or a massive trophy. Or both. Bass compilations don't get much bigger than this.
Review: For its 50th release, UK-based Osiris Music has rightly thought of landing with a fully-packed compilation from all corners of its vast and explorative catalogue. As a side note, it's important to say that this imprint, along with a few other key stables, has been responsible for the successful merging of the techno and dubstep worlds over the last 5 years. Ipman's broken, techno-leaning tool "Persistent Dread" is a great example of this early on, with peeps like Pessimist or MAnnic also providing some new and exciting flavours in the field. The one like Killawatt is also on duty here, bringing through some delightfully eerie industrial vibes, while Paul Mac, Sleeper, and Juno favourite Manni Dee deliver amuch needed 4/4 swing to liven the dance up. Fully-packed and loaded.