Review: Tales from the Night Sky (Part 1) sees Perseus Traxx continue to mine the acid house past of Chicago across four tracks. Unlike some of his less imaginative contemporaries however, this producer's productions gargle with a frenzied density that shows his own distinctive take on the period. Lead track "Gorgon" has an acid line to rival Laurent X's "Machines", but its main focus is the interplay between the distorted drums and the trance inducing melodies. Complementing this, "Poseidon's Monster" opts for a primitive jacking approach but the unexpected highlight is "Stranger Shores". Here Rogers explores a slower tempo and fashions delicate melodies that are in stark contrast to what precedes it.
Review: The ever-prolific UK producer supplies a four track EP of heavily sequenced drum machines, warm-fuzzy basslines and lightly grilled acidics for Chiwax. Where so many fail to recreate house and techno from a halcyon era, Perseus Traxx never fails to deliver, and he opens the A Girl Named Rebecca EP with "Finding You", a track that combines an uplifting deepness with gurgling acid to form a contrasting yet cohesive production. The snappy rim shots and clave work on "She Blows My Mind" would no doubt attract the attention of Neville Watson, while structured claps and rigid drums of "Anticipating Your Touch" give structure to a throbbing bass pulse that undulates in time to high-pitched woozy synths. Perseus Traxx closes the EP with a revving and spaced-out "Communications Blackout", adding a tinge of drawn out Balearica similar to that heard in the recent music by Tornado Wallace.
Review: Perseus Traxx has that Legowelt-like ability to muscle out the productions, although that doesn't mean they're always in the Bunker techno style he's been known to produce. "Rainy Tuesday" is a case in point, which is linear, and full of drum machine sequences, but also floating and full of warm, synthy overtones. "Lotus Protocal" is heavy, but also dubbed-out and emotional, while the title-track is a lonely drive through the dark. And for something a little more charged up, check out "Electrical Surge".
Review: The latest Love Notes From Brooklyn welcomes Perseus Traxx to the fold with just the kind of romantic, classically informed hardware jam action that the label so dearly loves. "Fears Of Simplicity" kicks off on a celestial tip that reaches skyward with its plush layers of electronic melodics, while "Exhilaration Of The New" sports a distinctly Mr. Fingers-flavoured vibe that's impossible to dislike. "Half Heard Whispers" is a lighter jam that floats along on an airy bed of pads, and then "In Our Dreams" takes the prize as the prime cut on the record, digging deep to depict a more mysterious version of the old-skool house music we know and love.
Review: Parrish Smith's debut of dystopic forbidding sets the tone of this label's impressive first release with a superb stark, acid ridden slab of body music. Helena Hauff adds to the proceedings with her remix of Pankow's"Das Vodkalied" taking no prisoners and using heavy percussion in contrast to a wonderfully tense set of arpeggiations, which all descend into skull crushing pressure. Carrying over are Pankow, pioneers of the Italian Industrial/EBM scene, with two tracks from their legendary first tape "Throw Out Rite" from 1983. With "Das Vodkalied" disembodied vocals are cut up and come from every direction driven by a raw, off-kilter energy and pounding beat. "I'm Food For You" cranks up the drive and anxiety to create a killer track based around stark arpeggiation. Last of all, Perseus Traxx provides an acidic stripped down venting of frustrations which he spits out with vehemence.
The Exaltics - "Do I Have To Repeat Myself" - (4:42) 130 BPM
Helena Hauff - "Culmination Of Frustration" - (5:23) 140 BPM
Perseus Traxx - "MK-Ultra" - (4:50) 126 BPM
Drvg Cvltvre - "The Dead Envy The Living" - (6:23) 120 BPM
Ekman - "Landmarks" - (5:08) 140 BPM
Review: Artwork of the week goes to this Solar One 12", with the label enlisting Lowlands don Mehdi Rouchiche to work his Godspill magic on the collective talents of Helena Hauff, Perseus Traxx, The Exaltics, Drvg Cvltre and Ekman. Perseus Traxx's moustache is quite something! These artists join forces for the Signs Of Decay 12", a powerful collective statement on the desiccation some "hard and dirty acid tracks" can do to a dancefloor. Don't come here looking for any lofty concepts, this is just five of the best banging their boxes in the name of all that is grotty and lysergic. Fans of Hauff's Panzerkreuz material will be delighted with the demonic, red lining sounds of her contribution "Culmination Of Frustration."