After the impressive debut, the mysterious Raw Seres creator favours a more reduced approach on this follow up. "2A" is all slamming beats and a series of surging chord builds as the track hurtles along to its inevitable climax. However, there are parallels to the first Raw Series here; like on the first installment, "2B" favours a less immediate approach; the metallic rhythms are broken instead of being set to the default, straight 4/4 thump. This may mean that the accompanying chords have a less immediate impact, but they still radiate atmosphere and depth from beyond the intricate rhythmic mesh.
There have been so many anonymous techno releases in recent years that the concept of putting out a limited edition, hand-stamped record threatens to push towards self-parody. Thankfully, whoever is behind Raw Series has something new to add to the narrative. "1A" is a peak time affair, its acid-fuelled, spiky rhythm housing whooshing chords and rattling percussion - and sounds somewhat similar to Spanish producer NX1. The flip side features a different approach: "1B" is populated by broken rhythms and percussive crackles, while the insistent chords come across like Shed. As debuts go, this mish-mash of various anonymous influences is more promising than most anonymous records.
The first two Raw Series releases dropped back in 2011 and 2012, at the height of anonymous, hand-stamped techno fever. Now four years later, this unknown artist returns with his/her debut album. Simply titled 03, it continues to draw both visually and musically on a no-frills, underground approach. "A2" and "A3" are based on the austere chords and stepping, steely rhythms of MDR, Shed and Klockworks, but it isn't all functional music. "A1" and "B1" are both ambient, mood pieces, while "B3" is a bassy electro affair, all of which hints that the author isn't against considering alternatives. Equally though, the listener should be under no illusion that Raw Series remains a techno project as the cold, slamming rhythm of "C3" so ably demonstrates.
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