Review: Gamma is the latest in a series of collaborations between Pfirter and Oliver Rosemann, and follows on from their recent joint EP on Stockholm LTD. Fans of pared back, hypnotic techno will find much to love here: "Gamma 01" pits Purposemaker funk against Ben Sims' loopy grooves to create a killer DJ tool, while on "Gamma 02", the pair serve up a more industrial sound, as steely riffs are fused with a driving rhythm. The third instalment sees Pfirter and Rosemann up the pace to drop a frenetic tribal workout, powered by razor shape hats, while "Gamma 04" is a deeper but still impactful slice of loopy techno.
Review: Oliver Rosemann, who has released on MindTrip and Konsequent, now debuts on Bas Mooy's label with a hard-hitting EP. The title track melds dense tribal loops with visceral percussion as Rosemann lays down a hammering rhythm. Meanwhile, "Rabid Dog" is a lean, linear rhythm in the Rob Hood mould, with repetitive, screeching riffs upping intensity levels. "Haunted Houses" sees Rosemann opts for a deeper approach, with eerie atmospherics set to a dubbed out, hypnotic groove. However, this esoteric approach is only a temporary divergence - in stark contrast, "Kernel Panic" hits hard with a splintered rhythm and distorted drums, while "Hazard Pay" is a raw, analogue jam.
Review: Next up on SRIE is a split release that shines a light on techno's more tripped out spectrum. Evod's "Wax" is a dark, pulsating stepper, its drones and blips dank and acrid. A more accessible take on this sound is audible on Giri's steely rhythm-led "Rejecto" where the tonal frequencies sound inspired by the bleep techno of LFO. However, the compilation's direction is brought back to the darker recesses by the mysterious sound scapes and ramshackle hi hats of CHIM?R's "Book Of Sand" the eerie, Sleeparchive-style tonal repetition of Moon Phase's "La Luna" and David Reina exploring Millsian mystery on the driving but alien-like "Sine Wave Dreams".
Review: This year is going to see MindTrip boss Pfirter focus on collaborations, and Alpha is the first in a series of co-productions. It's a peak time EP and starts with the grainy kicks and noisy percussion of "Alpha 01", which calls to mind Jeff Mills at his most visceral. On "Alpha 02", Pfirter and Rosemann deploy insistent metallic stabs over pounding kick drums, while the third "Alpha" is more high-paced, with the pair spraying steely riffs and rolling snares over a pounding rhythm. Maintaining high intensity levels right till the end, "Alpha 04" is a multi-layered metallic banger that sounds like Joey Beltram on steroids.
Review: Clearly influenced by late 90s techno, Leipzig based DJ/producer (and one half of the techno duo Dualit) Oliver Rosemann shares his debut four track EP on Argentinian label MindTrip. Intermediate World introduces us to Rosemann's world: the mentalist title track is sure to work for those heads down moments on the dancefloor, referencing both legends Mike Parker and Sterac, this is followed by the hypnotic and cyclical tool "Tengo", the austere and pounding warehouse mayhem of "Sines & Squares" and the early morning tunnel vision of "Kansas City Shuffle" which is pure psychedelia of the most twisted kind. Killer release!
Review: The third volume of Mutable Minds boasts established names lining out alongside emerging producers. One of those newer artists is Astronomical Telegram, whose "Pride" is a multi-layered dub techno affair. Another newcomer, James Bong, opts for a harder route with the acid-led "13", while Craig Mcwhinney aka Vohkinne drops the tough kicks and rave stabs of "Dead Orchard". Not to be outdone, the veterans also impress; both Pfirter's "Falling Bridges" and Patrick Carrera's "Valamar Conflict" are pounding tracks that unravel to the sound of pummelling kicks and grainy industrial riffs, while on "Intruder", Dimi Angelis delivers a blistering analogue techno banger that centres on firing percussion and grainy tones.
Oliver Rosemann - "Then We Will Fight In The Shade" - (5:57) 130 BPM
Review: Since the 90s, Par Grindvik's label has been following an unpredictable path and this is audible on its latest split compilation. Patch Two starts with Z.I.P.P.O's dreamy "Fabula", which features the wispy vocals of Gabriella Vergilov. By contrast, Laval's "Spitshine" sees the release veer towards the dance floor, resulting in a thundering tribal affair that revolves around heavy kicks and a dark, tranced out riff. Z.I.P.P.O changes gear on the firing rhythm and relentless, dense hi hats of the Rob Hood-style minimalism of "Cycle", while on "Incoming Goods", Jeff Rushin takes down the tempo but maintains the moody atmosphere thanks to some menacing bass stabs and eerie tonal bleeps. Rounding off this brilliantly off centre release is the thundering, Polygon Window-sounding techno of Oliver Rosemann's "Then We Will Fight In The Shade".