Review: Garoni follows last year's Phobia release on Second State with another highly distinctive EP. Combining grungy undercurrents with vocal samples and tough dance floor rhythms, the release starts off with the title track's pounding drums and ominous chord builds, before he ups the pace with the sleek "No Border". On "Gece", the approach is somewhat different with Garoni favouring a more linear, streamlined rhythm that supports menacing synth lines and a lone, robotic vocal.
"It's All Yours", which features Cook Strummer, sees Garoni at his most punk-ish, as androgynous vocals unravel over a gritty rhythm track, while "Hello" is all melodic synth rushes.
Review: Hot on the heels of last year's Detection release for Second State, Rocko Garoni delivers an unforgettable follow-up. "Phobia" combines a haunting vocal that intones the track's title, coupled with blessed out melodies and an insistent, pulsating bass. It's a refreshing take on 90s deep techno, albeit with a modern touch. By contrast, "Unify" is a grinding, metallic rhythm, underpinned by a rumbling, buzzing bass, while "Mbf" is just as tough, revolving around rickety percussion, dramatic stabs and a menacing low end. Bringing Garoni's second outing on Second State to an acid-soaked climax is Marco Bailey, who turns "Mbf" into a 303-led banger.
Review: Formerly the label manager of Sisyphon, the sister imprint of Berlin club Sisyphos, it is fair to say that Rocko Garoni knows a thing or two about selecting tripped out techno. From the opening bars of his debut EP on Second State, it is clear that his knowledge has transferred to the production sphere. The title track is a pulsating affair, led by a detuned riff and tripped out vocals. Similarly, on "Phaseful", tripped out vocal samples are combined with a worth groove, while "Tragedy" sees him move to a more intense sound thanks to a pounding acid groove. Regal's tweaked, uptempo take on "Detection" rounds off this fine EP.
Review: With a hot run of records this year coming from Pan-Pot, Amelie Lens and Industrialyzer alone, Second State Audio closes out 2019 with a compilation taking in tracks from label regulars and newcomers, with highlights coming from Secret Cinema, Gary Beck and Carlo Lio. The latter hooks up with John Rundell with a techy number of warehouse beats and neon synths in "Parallax", while Beck turns in a booming slab of vocal dub techno with "Rapture". Raffaele Rizzi supplies some darker synth and rave inspirations in "Fluorescence" with more '90s influnces abound in Hyperloop's "A Journey". For something more industrial and militant there's JNO & Giovanni Carozza' "Crispy" with Sara Simonit delivering some classy streamlined techno in "13 Guns". Chk chk.