Review: Joachim Spieth's Affin imprint starts a new series titled Affinity and this inaugurates the new project in spectacular fashion. This new venture will likely delve into hypnotic techno territory and we like where it's leading! It's Sardinia's Claudio PRC up first who gives us "Limnic", a slow burning and sinister epic with some seriously evil sound design and droning bass drawing you into the void. Fellow Sardinian and Prologue label mate Ness is up next with "Vardar" a stomping and tunnelling techno affair with layer upon layer of immersive pads and paranoid atmospherics. On the flip is Dutchman Reggy Van Oers, with the rather Dettmann sounding "Frenetic" and finally sometime Ness collaborator, Glasgow's Deepbass gets onboard with the hypnotic and futuristic stomper "The Light That Never Was".
Review: Glenn Wilson's long-running label drops a diverse four-tracker. DJ Boss is up first with "Judit". Using rickety broken beats and a powerful bass as his backing, he mixes dubby chords and dramatic stabs to create an offbeat but alluring sound. By contrast, D.Carbone's "Allubus" is more direct, but its slamming sound is full of subtleties, from chiming bells to slinky, rattling percussion. There is no such ambiguity on Emmanuel's "Knowledge", where stomping beats and ice cold synths make for an effective peak time workout. However, Ness' "Hypnopaedia" quickly steers the release back to more ethereal territory, with a pulsing groove and spacey synths prevailing.
Review: Andrea Deplano returns with some sublime and atmospheric hypnotism on this four track EP. Opening with the lush ambient soundscape of "Chronoscope" he soon gets down to business on "Pantropy" with its pummelling groove beneath some spaced out, sci-fi sound design that has become his trademark. "Uchronia" ups the ante with its tough broken beat that supports swirling, transcending pads and razor sharp, droning bass. If that was not enough, Ben Gibson gets on board to do a remix of said track, putting in an equally straight up effort, keeping those lush pads but utilising throbbing bass and dramatic piano stabs. But wait until those hi-hats come in!