Review: The latest release on AE Recordings showcases a whole host of excellent producers versed in the language of icy Scandinavian techno. Anton Kubikov is up first with the forlorn leads and dubby ripples of "When Is Deep", which is followed up by a wonderfully dusty deep house locomotive from Ohm & Octal Industries. Thor gets into a strident micro house groove on "Who Stole My Yacht", peppering the swung drums with plenty of immersion chamber echoes and pings. SCSI9 makes a welcome return to close the record out with "Aetherius", a classic minimal tech house bouncer with plenty of spooky atmospherics on top of the mid-00s flavoured synth hooks.
Review: Octal Industries is a collaborative project between Jonas Thor Gudmundsson and Michael Sickinger and sounds both familiar and unique. Taking inspiration from dub techno, ambient and at times minimal house and dubstep, Waves is a deeply musical affair. Indeed, the first segment is largely ambient, with only the gentle back beats of "Drofn #2" disturbs the cinematic flow between the "Drofn" "Unn" and "Hefring" sequence of tracks. The tempo only picks up midway through on the stepping rhythms of "Himinglaeva #2" and the more rolling "Himinglaeva #3", but it's only a temporary diversion and soon enough the album is basking in the irresistible dub shanty of "Bylgja #1".
Review: The much celebrated return of Thule continues to yield high grade delights from the frosty plains of Icelandic dub techno, this time heralding the return of the mighty Octal Industries who pair up with Ohm for a masterclass in immersive, expressive trips to the outer reaches. The particular twist on classic dub techno to be found on this EP feels both familiar and utterly original at the same time, rich with subtle detail and yet still cavernous in its execution. There's a housey lurch beating away in "Utkall", while "Sedna" creeps along in a predatory fashion, but all four tracks are bound together by a fine selection of misty atmospherics.