Review: This split EP brilliantly captures the darker forces curently guiding techno music. In the abstract corner it's Par Grindvik's "Sinister Re-enter", where abstract shapes and found sounds compete for our attention and Dustin Zahn's teased out "Our Tide of Sin", which builds slowly and ominously to reveal dubby drums and haunting rave riffs. There is a similar approach on Secluded's "Energy", where an eerie synth riff makes slow progress over reverberating drums. The tempo and intensity ramps up on the Monolith dub of Zahn's track, with dramatic filter sweeps and scratchy percussion underpinning a vocal that declares 'I'm tired, I'm really tired'. The killer track however is Heiko Laux & Alexander Lukat's "Bleak", which sees eerie synths flowing into churning filters as a relentless rhythm plays out.
Review: Corded brings together two of Sweden and Europe's best techno producers. Peder Mannerfelt has already put out an excellent abstract album this year and he continues in that vein with his contributions to this release. "Metastasizing" is all dark soundscapes and the sound of malfunctioning machines, while "Valle" is led by insane screeches, like someone ramming their finger into a live electricity socket. "White Noise-Pink Ladies" is even more extreme, as wave upon wave of noise and ear-shredding tones coalesce. Grindvik meanwhile, represents a more dance floor friendly approach; "Speaker Attack" is led by clonking rhythms and firing percussion, while "Help Me Shiver" is a tough techno groove led by cold bleeps and a driving rhythm.
Serhan Guney - "Journey Of The Mind" - (7:11) 125 BPM
Review: The eleventh edition of Diynamic Music's Four To The Floor series has arrived. Their very own various artists series is always comprised of four dancefloor oriented tracks, that have all been heavily road tested and certified by label boss Solomun on his countless gigs throughout the globe. Beginning with the brooding dancefloor drama of Par-T-One's "I'm So Crazy" (Armonica remix) with its entrancing and tunnelling aesthetic that reaches near tribal moments, plus that Dennis Parker sample never gets old! Spanish producer German Brigante serves up the slinky tech house groove of "Mango", Greek duo Alexandros Djkevingr and Greg Ignatovich (Vagabond) serve up the nefarious afterhours techno of "Choose Life" and Turkey's Serhan Guney serves up the slow burning progressive house thriller "Journey Of The Mind".
Review: The latest release on Par Grindvik's release is an unusual one, uniting old and new artists. Last year, Jesper Dahlback revived his The Persuader guise, which during the late '90s released a series of exquisite - and now highly sought after - deep house records. For this release he surprises with the serene ambience of "Pressure Relief". Dimi Angeles & Jeroen Search's "Emotional Times" proffers the same kind of dreamy sound, as does newcomer Stefan Vincent on the cinematic synth sweeps and dramatic strings of "The Void She Left". However, there is another side to Vincent's canon and he highlights it on the churning filters of "I Would Give Anything To Feel Nothing". Grindvik also focuses on visceral techno with the noisy, pumping analogue stomp of "Stay In Wild".
Review: The latest release on Pfirter's label features the coming together of some like-minded artists as well as the occasional surprise. The MindTrip boss teams up with Par Grindvik for "Leave One", which fuses the South American's love of fluid, enveloping textures with the Scandinavian's knack of crafting precise, functional rhythms. Diego Amura takes the intensity levels up a few notches with the wild bleeps and sirens of "Flow", while Savas Pascalidis makes an unexpected appearance. Best known perhaps for his electronic, disco-infused tracks, "Silhouettes" is a heavier, austere affair. Fanon Flowers completes this steely, moody release with the outer space blips and driving minimalism of "Tejat Posterior".
Review: An excellent follow-up in this series of far-out and crate-dug breaks and funk originals, "School Yard Breaks Vol 2" is a must-have for fans of untapped yet inspiring funk. B-boys young and old will bug out to Le Par Bongo Rockers' version of "Apache" for example, while the Chicano-meets-Jackson 5 of Karma's "Funk de Mambo" is simply too classy to not adore after just a few seconds.