Review: Osaka's Ryuji Takeuchi runs Local Sound Network, an outlet for fierce (primarily his own) peak time DJ tools. On the Black Tears EP, it doesn't leave much to the imagination; it's all bleak and dystopian techno, just the way we like it! "Tears 1" is a raw and repetitive groove reminiscent of Regis' legendary Gymnastics album in the early nineties; all overdriven rhythm and grumbling Doepfer. The pounding 909 onslaught continues of "Tears 2" with its grating and hypnotic chime melody; it's totally off the chain! "Tears 3" hammers the message home with more bizarre Doepfer squeals, high hats hissing all over the shop like snakes and a body bashing broken beat. Things end on a mysterious note with the dark industrial soundscape of "Tearstain". Not for the faint of heart.
Review: The third release on Local Sound Network is from the label owner and it's a stormer. '"Silhouette" sees Takeuchi focus on the kind of stepping, broken beat techno that Phase and Inigo Kennedy are known for. By contrast, "Veil" is much more direct and revolves around a tough, pumping techno rhythm. Takeuchi has also chosen the remixers wisely; Deepbass delivers a rolling, percussive take on "Silhouette", while best of all is the Obscene Mannequin version of "Veil"; high-paced, distorted beats underpin dreamy, layered chords and the end result sounds like Lenny Dee getting it on with James Holden.
Review: Out this week on German label Sven Wittekind, Japanese producer Ryuchi Takeuchi drops two tracks of hardcore, unadulterated techno. Both are full-on bangers that'll leave you panting and breathless, complete with driving drums and deep atmospherics on both "Vital" and "Critical". Handle with care!