US producer Isaac Delongchamp returns to Berlin label Sweatshop with this excellent, unusual techno record. The title track is remixed here by Markus Suckut, who turns it into a dubby, bleepy groove, plated in steely, stinging percussion. It could have sounded like so many other records, but Suckut's deft touch ensures it has a real individuality. "Scorn" is a tough percussive banger, but Delongchamp uses a stepping rhythm to set it apart, while "Panopticon" is an eerie, stripped back affair, with cymbals crashing in over an insistent pulse. Finally, "Tell Em Deeon" features a distorted rhythm and horror-style rave samples, the final chapter in an unusual but exemplary release.
In line with the ever present allure of coldwave synths and soundtrack sensibilities in house music, Phonica serve up this colourful trio of jams from emergent Michigan producer North Lake. Following on from appearances on Sweatshop and Resista, here Isaac Delongchamp gets to further demonstrate his gift for warm synths and intricate melodies over the simplest of grooves. "Marlborol Noir" is all fuzzy basslines and haunting leads, while "Suomi Kutsusu" is of a much sunnier disposition with its open-topped chords and nagging open hats. "Moonwalker" veers towards electro territory with its illustrious arpeggios and uptempo strut rounding off a rich and varied EP of up-to-the-minute synth house.
Michigan-based North lake, AKA producer Isaac Delongchamp, has previously impressed with 12" singles that effortlessly join the dots between woozy acid house, alien techno and murky, off-kilter deep house. Here he continues the trend with a pleasingly varied, electronic and analogue-sounding four-tracker for Permanent Vacation. There's much to admire, from the ambient period Aphex Twin melodies and hypnotic rhythms of "Isoteric", to the skittering 808 electro-meets-dub house wooziness of "Prism". Arguably best of all, though, is "Mobius Tapes", a shuffling fusion of tumbling melodies, bulging electronic sub bass and a fine, techno-influenced deep house groove.
Michigan's Isaac Delongchamp has released music under the North Lake moniker on a decent number of respected labels by now, and it's pleasing to see the artist coming into his own. He comes through on Ellum Audio right here, Maceo Plex's PST recent project, with three militant, techno-filtered arrangements. The first, "Shimmer Land", slaps down a phat drum beat over airy melodies and sci-fi bleeps, then "Solid Metal Funk" provides a bit of class and elegance thanks to a sleek house groove and, finally, "Paper Dreams" steps into the abyss with a beautifully aquatic dance groover that immerses is in an ocean of electronic funk. High quality gear, right here...
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