Review: Headlining the second release from the fledging Resin label - which takes the form of a various artists EP - is the dynamic Bleaching Agent, whose track "Akplenc" sees the UK artist thros down a stubborn 4/4 beat and let his synths run wild as if possessed. Of the three other names to appear Pris is the most familiar, having supplied the label with its debut. Like that first EP, "Pencil Pusher" is dry, dusty and stripped back, while Divided provides something halfway between a Developer production and a Deadbeat dub. Closing the EP is Manse whose first effort "Slacker" sounds like someone writing a CV to release on Oscar Mulero's Pole Group or Ostgut Ton: big.
Review: Pris aka Jake Woodhouse lines out for the first release on new label Empathy. As befits an artist who has released on Avian and Semantica, New Babylon sees him provide an immersive, hypnotic take on techno. "Aquarius" is a high-paced affair that resounds to swirling tonal builds and drops, while on "Vanity" Woodhouse opts for a more nuanced approach that results in a remarkably hypnotic sound. By contrast, "Corruption" is more uptempo with Pris dropping a rolling groove that resounds to militaristic percussion and eerie whooshes that could have started off as the human voice. "Kink" is less dramatic, but like all of the material on New Babylon, its propulsive, percussive approach is impressive.
Review: Having already laid out something of a mission statement with the first release on his own Resin imprint, Pris strikes up the label's third release with another salvo of deep and engaging techno. "If She Bends, She Breaks" throws down a gauntlet of slithering, snaking percussion and spine-tingling synth tones that keep the outlook tough but constantly surprising. "St Elmo's Fire" has a whisper of electro in its low-end punch, but dark, big room techno is the order of the day. "If She Cracks, She Bears" works in a lighter drum set and saves the mind-bending synth action for later into the track, and then "Echoes Of The Tundra" finishes the EP off with a more densely packed foray into complex rhythmic structures.
Review: From the first beat of Pris' "Blind" it's hard not to feel as though this new Resin label will unfold into something great. It has the tracking feeling of a moving Tim Dicicco production together with the rawness of something you might expect from early DJ Slip. "A Certain Body" follows up and takes its place as the EP's industrial ambient moment, with all the haunting flow of a Young Echo jam. "Scuff" has the same speed and hustle as "Blind" while taking on a distinct Plastikman style edge, while the booming, raw and stripped backed "Dust" completes this dynamic debut. Bring on Resin002!
Review: Rising star and Resin label head Pris is back with some more minimal and hypnotic techno that he's fast making a big impression with. There's "Reef" with its entrancing wooden percussion, looping you into submission nicely, "Dodeca" with its persisting loop, similar to a birdcall; gradually rising in resonance and absolutely mental in its execution. Lastly "Devil In The Detail" ups the anti with its savage broken beat, crunching metal snare, demonic vocal samples and siren to boot!
Review: After a series of releases on his own Resin imprint, Jake Woodhouse brings his Pris alias to Shifted's Avian. Two of the tracks on Heart are drone arrangements. "Intervention" resounds to screeching howls and the hum and hiss of walls of white noise. "Ivory Tower" is more complex and visceral, with Pris adding increasingly volatile layers of droning sound to the track. So what are the dance floor tracks like? "Whatever's Left To Say" is a superb tribal affair that lurches along at a house pace, while "Domestic" is a Blueprint-style, bass-heavy roller that rides filtered waves to reach an epic climax.