Review: Efdemin's 2008 mix CD on Curle, Carry On - Pretend We're Not In The Room showed that he was as adept and inventive behind the decks as he was in the studio. A decade later, the same holds true for the follow-up mix, Naif, but this time the boundaries are more blurred. Consisting of 29 unreleased tracks - 10 from the German producer himself and 19 from like-minded artists - the selection runs the gamut, from the hazy, abstract tones of WaWuWe's "Beams" and DIN's noisy "Glide", into hypnotic dance floor techno such as "Laveline", Efdemin's bleep-y collaboration with Konrad Springer, the glorious mid-tempo minimal roller "Watte" - recorded as Sollmann & Gurtler and then 'versioned' by Efdemin and expansive dub tracks from Pom Pom and Marco Shuttle.
Review: Swedish producer Patrik Skoog throws a curveball on his debut album. Eschewing the dance floor for the large part, Exit Earth is located at techno's fringes. "Cluster 34" and "Inside Jupiter's Eye" are deep, space transmissions, while "Voyager, Part 1" and "Voyager, Part 2" start as atmospheric arrangements before evolving into teased out, acid-drenched dub techno grooves. There are some nods to Skoog's more conventional techno leanings - with the deep, metallic early-Sterac groove of "Cygnus A" and the droning "Death Of A Pulsar" impressing most - but as the white noise hiss and crackle of "Radio Emissions" shows, for this outing, Skoog remains at Earth's outer limits.