This Belgian producer has flown beneath the radar for a long time - hopefully Tiny Pleasures Part 2 will see him finally get the recognition he deserves. Eschewing the straight thud of techno for spiky, splintered rhythms and menacing synths, both "Highway at Night" and "Kaleidoscopes" cut an eerie path through the current industrial sound. However, Ozka really impresses when he ventures farther into abstract territories. "Lucarne" is a candle-lit journey through waves of atmospheric synths, while 'Abyss Requiem' is the release's highlight. Inspired by Drexciya at their most esoteric, it has an ethereal sensibility thanks to its waves of welling synths that rise up from beyond the abyss.
David Nizet is not one of the most high-profile names in techno, but as this release for Wolfskuil demonstrates, he is adept at making smart, assured club tracks. "More Tricks" is a tough, rolling groove with detuned riffs and clashing percussion, while "In A Train" seeks to replicate, albeit in somewhat lighter form, the jarring, relentlessly repetitive techno minmalism of Robert Hood. It's not all peak-time thrills however, and on 'Inhalation', Nizet opts for a more subtle yet equally effective approach, as creepy, Bodycode-style organs unfold over clunky drums. "Invited by Surprise" is even more subtle, with out there electronic squiggles unleashed over a tough low end.