Equiknoxx - "A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up" - (3:12) 57 BPM
Ed Rush & Optical - "Bacteria" - (6:47) 127 BPM
Orca - "Intellect" - (7:30) 155 BPM
Smith & Mighty - "Film Score" - (4:19) 121 BPM
Blawan - "Fourth Dimensional" - (5:06) 156 BPM
Roy Of The Ravers - "Erolfa" - (6:52) 118 BPM
Sockethead - "When I Close My Eyes I See Paint" - (2:28) 153 BPM
1995 Epilepsy - "Get 2 Kno" - (2:46) 132 BPM
Review: The Russell Brothers aka Truss & Tessela keep the fires of their Overmono project burning with a huge session on Fabric Presents mix series. Off the bat you'll find a hyped and unreleased Blawan number in the producer's "Fourth Dimensional" next to a 2005 Vex'd classic "Pop Pop". Overmono exclusives include a super laid back and hopeful "If U Ever" alongside both numbers from their latest Polykicks release - jungle and UKG heads check it out. On the lighter dubbier side of things is a sweet inclusion of Well St artist Robert Fleck, next to some heavier bombs from L.B Dub Corp, Plastikman, Actress and Ed Rush & Optical's "Bacteria". We also recommend Powder's "Lost Of Light" next to DJ Misjah's "Victim" and Equiknoxx's "A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up". Best thing since Surgeon's This Is For You Shits.
Review: Originally released back in 1995, this is the first time that Richie Hawtin's selection for Mixmag has been available as separate digital tracks. None of the featured tracks have aged a day, with the Plus 8 boss navigating a path through underground house and techno. There's tripped out acid from Lausen and his own Plastikman and FUSE material sitting side by side with pioneering minimalism from DBX and G-Man and the hypnotic pulses of Teste's eternal "The Wipe". Mixmag Live! also reveals a deeper side to Hawtin's oeuvre, and the trio of dubbed out tracks that the mix ends on - from Paul Hannah, Sensorama and Roman Flugel's Roman IV project - is nothing short of stunning.
Review: Marking the twentieth release in this remix series, Len Faki gets to grips with the work with two of techno's most respected artists. Up first is his edit of Richie Hawtin's Plastikman project; adding his big room nous to 'Hypokondriak', Faki's 'Hardspace' take is a tougher affair than the original thanks to its pounding kicks and bursts of white noise. For his version of Carl Craig's 2017 "Brainfreeze" track as Tres Demented, Faki applies a similar approach. Making the drums harder and ratcheting up the percussion a few notches, the Berghain resident's interpretation doesn't detract from the original's hypnotic electronic flavour.
Review: Throughout the latter part of 2015, some anonymous Plus 8 white labels started to appear in Hard Wax, leading to some speculation. If the rumours were anything to go by, the legendary Richie Hawtin may have ventured back into the studio. And here we have it, a new album by Hawtin entitled "From My Mind To Yours" featuring some new material, the first in many years as well as some revised classics. Hawtin is said to have invested in and sought inspiration from the new AIRA series of Roland machines such as the TR-8 and the results speak for themselves. From the 13-minute long acid epic "No Way Back" to classic material from his old FUSE moniker featuring the rusty and high octane sounds of Detroit in the early nineties, there's some real gems on here. New Plastikman tracks such as "Purrkussiv" explore his stripped back rhythmic minimalism that he's famous for, while his new alias 80xx explores new acid capabilities like on the droning and hypnotic "Creatur" or "Grindr".