Review: Brokntoys was one of the best electro labels to emerge before the current hype, and will be still going strong long after the bandwagon leaves town. This is all down to its enviable track record in releasing distinctive iterations of this style; Art 220 kick-starts this release with the spiky beats, drilling percussion and acid-gurgling riffs of "Meur Maei", while XY0815 and Int Main journey down a route sound-tracked by crunchy drums, a staccato rhythm and a tearing bass. On Obergman's "Chronostasis",spooky synths and steely drums are powered by surging low end, while The Jaffa Kid's superbly-named "Intergalactic War Trials" is a hypnotic slice of electronic malevolence.
Review: Australia's Balance Music is known for its quality mixes by the very finest in the underground music circuit. With previous compilations by the likes of New York's Danny Tenaglia, Deetron and Funk D'Void, among others, this is as close to a Fabric mix as you can get without those shiny tin cases. Ex-minimal legend turned all-out techno queen Magda steps up for number 27 in the series, and it's nothing but vibes on this one. Amalgamating shreds of stripped back techno - Marcel Dettmann, DVS1, Samuli Kemppi - together with newer, more underground sounds from some of the most cutting-edge labels around - Marco Bernardi's Sandman project, TTT's Minor Science, XDB and Shackleton - the Minus legend shows why she's still one of the best in the game and a true expert at evolving her aesthetic. A great mix, dig in.