Scanner - "Eros" (Bitten By The Black Dog) - (5:54) 122 BPM
The Future Sound Of London - "Monolith" - (3:59) 93 BPM
Review: There's no doubt that 90s UK techno is popular again - just look at Discogs prices for confirmation of the renewed interest in this form. But what do those revered acts sound like now? The exhaustive 2016 compilation, Brainbox, did much to shine a light on those artists' current trajectory and this follow up remix package also does a fine job. The Black Dog deliver an atmospheric ambient take on Scanner's "Eros", while on Future Sound of London's "Monolith", a somewhat bleaker, dystopian take on ambience is audible. That said, classic UK techno also had a place on the dance floor; Kirk Degiorgio's tunneling take of B12's "World's End" - remixed under his Future/Past name - and Mark Broom's skeletal electro version of the same track show that nearly 25 years later, that this remains the case.
Review: Robin Rimbaud's Scanner project is an underrated alias among the ambient and drone circles. To us, the dude is an important to the scene as the likes of Tim Hecker and co. and, given the amount of material he's put out across an endless sea of labels, we think he deserves a lot of credit and praise. He returns to the lo-fi Bette imprint, and with him he brings four pieces of "Vex"; "Vex Flow" is an echoing, reverberated mass of spectral electronics that give the impression of deep mist, "Vex Drift" touches upon more glitchy territories with its extremely subtle use of distortion, and "Vex In Venice" opens this sonic landscape further thanks to the help of more tranquil sound waves. Moody, subtle, and utterly sublime.
Review: Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner has been travelling the intergalactic pathways of music for over twenty years. Pathways which have taken him across the full spectrum: jazz, musique concrete, electronica, and everything in between. Electronic Garden is a fascinating and ultra rare chance to hear the man's live sounds in action. Recorded at an outdoor event in Dresden, Germany, this recording truly display's Scanner's abilities and musical variety. It's a sweet, effervescent blend of electronics, lo-fi and downtempo sounds. Recommended.
Spacetime Continuum - "Only One Sky" - (6:02) 125 BPM
Scanner - "Mothlit" - (6:42) 117 BPM
Ross 154 - "Eath To Our Freinds" - (8:03) 134 BPM
Leo Anibaldi - "Crion" - (5:08) 139 BPM
Review: While a cynic might argue that De:tuned's tenth anniversary celebrations have been more prolonged than Liberace's last party, it has nonetheless resulted in some truly unforgettable electronic music being issued. Here, the selection moves from Spacetime Continuum's atmospheric ambient techno on "Only One Sky" and the dreamy textures of Ross 154's "Eath To Our Freinds" [sic] before a slightly darker and more ominous approach prevails on the slow, nightmarish beats of Scanner's "Mothlit". Closing out this seventh instalment of De:tuned's tenth anniversary celebrations is a more mellow piece - the loose drums and dreamy melodies of Leo Anibaldi's "Crion".