Review: Ever since the Italian producer Rico Casazza left his homeland aged 19 in the search of musical vitality, he settled in London and has embodied and absorbed influences from a whole host of genres. He cut his teeth on the late 00s' burgeoning minimal scene, going on to release on labels such as Archipel, Slant Records and Release-Sustain. His new one comes courtesy of UK label Murge Recordings which is entitled "Transmutation" - a hard hitting yet emotional expression in dub techno loaded directly off the factory floor. It also receives two killer reworks: British techno veteran Kirk Degirogio (ART) delivers a bleep-driven sonar transmission which is totally epic, followed by another fellow legend in the from of the inimitable Aubrey - whose down and dirty version is as funky as you like it.
Review: As far as compilations go, this first edition of the newly created 'From The Dark' release series from Cultivated Electronics is definitely up there, showcasing some of the freshest sounds in modern bass music. This eight track selection delves into the darker, swampier side of bass production, including belters from the likes of Exterminador, Sync 24, Delta Funktionen, Alienata and more. Our immediate standouts from this one however have to be 214's glitchy expedition into arpeggiated madness in 'Rock Scramble', along with Versalife's moogy roller 'Infinite Velocities' and the spooky chops of 'GmBHZolhoff' from Stratowerx.
Review: German house legend Norman Feller, also known as Terry Lee Brown Jr. is back on Plastic City with a superb compilation of deep, late night grooves showing us where his long standing imprint is at right now. Starting out with the blissed out dub techno of BDTom's "Wallhack", it ends up covering the entire spectrum of what one could define as 'deep'. From Dave Pad's gorgeously melodic "Dream Clashes" and close associate David Keno and Jimmy Lesson's "Ocean Drop 5", there's classic U.S. Garage sounds courtesy of Brown Jr. himself on "Far Deep Holder" and even moments of more energised tech house like on Dalson's brilliant "Infriction". The compilation also comes as a continuous mix courtesy of Brown Jr. himself, as a bonus track.