Review: Float has been successful in spotting and signing new talent, and Vhudu is a case in point. The work of newcomer Pulso, it features a remarkable selection of purist techno. The title track sets the tone for the EP, with dense, doubled up drums combined with deep space synths. While "Strike Mission" is more dance floor focused, it sees Pulso craft a sub-tonal arrangement that has echoes of Jeff Mills. "The Decline" is much more direct, with spiky percussion and layered, outer space tones combined to create a more clubby sound, but on "Flammin Passion", Pulso once again shows his predilection for abstract electronic music and drops the kind of spaced out sounds that would not sound out of place on a Mills or Steve Bicknell record.
Review: Following on from their contribution to the Mutable Minds IV split release on MindTrip earlier this year, the label has given Translate & Pulso free reign to do a full solo EP. Varying in sound and intensity all of the "Particles" tracks show that the pair are a creative powerhouse. From the warbling, snaking groove of the first track, through the dense, layered "Particle II" and the third "Particle", where the duo venture down a path often explored by Mike Parker's subsonic sounds, it's a mesmerising, contemporary release. But as the grinding minimalism of "Particle IV" and the pounding finale both show, the pair are also well aware of techno's 90s heritage.
Review: Next up on SRIE is a split release that shines a light on techno's more tripped out spectrum. Evod's "Wax" is a dark, pulsating stepper, its drones and blips dank and acrid. A more accessible take on this sound is audible on Giri's steely rhythm-led "Rejecto" where the tonal frequencies sound inspired by the bleep techno of LFO. However, the compilation's direction is brought back to the darker recesses by the mysterious sound scapes and ramshackle hi hats of CHIM?R's "Book Of Sand" the eerie, Sleeparchive-style tonal repetition of Moon Phase's "La Luna" and David Reina exploring Millsian mystery on the driving but alien-like "Sine Wave Dreams".
Review: The fourth instalment in MindTrip's Mutable Minds series gets off to a hypnotic start as cold tones unravel over a sleek metallic rhythm on Translate & Pulso's "Moriarty". Kike Pravda's "Heat" is much more visceral, with wave upon wave of noisy electronics paired up with a barrelling, murky groove. Changing tact and shifting tempo again is Norbak's "Avadhuta"; while spacey filters lend the arrangement a cavernous feeling, there is no mistaking the power of its driving, steely drums and percussion. Vohkinne's "Active Radio" is in many ways, the most conventional track, but its rolling, loopy groove benefits from the type of tripped out hypnotic layers that have become MindTrip's stock in trade.