Review: Myk Derril returns to Knotweed with another fine slice of minimalistic jack-funk for the floor, and as per usual, these are ragged, ice-cold heart stoppers for the likes of Dettman and Klock to drop in a basement in the early hours. Aptly named in numerical format, these four clusterbombs have enough pounce to cause a real stir in the dark. Our favourite slice is number "03" for its ultra-slick groove and shredded melodies, but they're all winners and make a welcome addition to the rest of the catalogue. Warmly recommended.
Review: Myk Derill returns to Knotweed after last year's Cold Thoughts release. Like his previous work for the French label, RI-TU-AL is a varied affair. It starts off with the glassy-eyed minimalism of "Compulsive", before changing direction for "Sacrifice". A slamming, peak-time affair, it sees Derill deploy old school snare rolls, firing hi hats and grinding bass to devastating effect. The addition of a repetitive vocal sample only adds to the drama. Shifting gears again, he drops "Group Cohesion"; like vintage 7th City material it's a classy piece of minimal techno, as lone bleeps are supported by angular drums and a buzzing acid line.
Review: Most techno releases focus on a specific sound - by contrast, Unison manages to combine a range of styles. "Facial Features" is the dance floor slayer on the release, its hissing percussion and slamming beats combining with glacial chord progressions to create a peak-time affair with style and intelligence. By contrast, "Omage" is all about stripped backbeats and a slurred vocal in French that is reminiscent of the minimal house anthem, "Mumbling, Yeah". "See" is more up to date, with a stepping rhythm underpinning dramatic chords, while "Synda" sees Derill deploy a heavier, straighter rhythm, but one that is underpinned by dubby textures.