Review: The latest release on Involve brings together some of the most respected names in hard-edged techno. Cleric's "Purge" is led by tough kicks and firing percussive bursts, similar in style to his peer SP-X. On "Left Behind", Setaoc Mass, another UK producer, goes deeper for a rolling, hypnotic groove that still benefits from the power of heavy drums. From there on in, the release veers in a surprising direction: Truncate's "Feel This Way" resounds to a jerky rhythm, jazzed out chords and bleep-y tones, while on "Green Kush", Victor Santana from Chaval lays down a pumping, big-room track, layered in mesmerising chords.
Review: Over the past few years, Setaoc Mass has emerged as one of the UK's finest new techno producers, with releases on Figure and Work Them Records. On this latest release on his own label, he offers up a variety of takes on his percussive sound. "Light Falls" sees him marry rolling percussion with dense beats and spacey filters, while on "True Lies" a grittier, more banging approach prevails, thanks to its percussive volleys and relentless tonal bleeps. ""Eurythmic" is more stripped back and understated, but still his trademark niggling percussion laps beneath the surface, while on "Jenagan Sivakuma", he drops a frenetic, acid-soaked amalgamation of electro and techno.
Review: Despite having put out records for Work Them and Figure, Sam Coates aka Setaoc Mass realised early on the value of having his own, independent platform to release music on. He set up SK eleven with the sole purpose of releasing his own material, and the standard has been very high so far. This EP is no exception; at the peak time end of his sound there's the relentless, acid-led pulses of "Floating" and the tough, percussive rhythm of "Passive". However, one of the advantages of having his own label means that Coates can experiment and follow different paths - on this release he uses this freedom to deliver the ominous electro of "Disrepair" and the atmospheric techno workout, "Seethrough".
Review: Sam Coates aka Setaoc Mass drops the seventh release on his SK_eleven label. "Evidence" is a high-paced, pumping affair that resounds to outer space tonal shifts and eerie strings. On "Leave No Trace", the fast-rising producer does away with musical elements to deliver a sledgehammer blow track, the heavy kicks underpinning a cold bass and ferocious percussive licks. "Psychofiller" sees Coates return to a more tripped out sound, as huge filters sweep in and build their way over the UK producer's resonant kick drums. Closing out this no-nonsense release is "Never Escape", where the label boss delivers a wiry, rolling groove.