Review: On its third and final instalment, We Are Not Alone delivers more cutting edge electronic music from the artists who guested at the party of the same name. This volume is hugely varied, ranging from Ryan James Ford's uplifting deep techno to the underground pulses of Lada's "Kassi" and Heidi Sabertooth's "Innergaze". Sounding a more visceral note is Henning Baer's "Nightwing Microlight" and the hard-jacking analogue banger "Basic" by Truncate, while Setaoc Mass' "Silent Tension" is led by cavernous drums. Sandwiched in between these dance floor burners are more offbeat pieces, like Cosmin TRG's gentle, downbeat "Sourde" and the wonderful drones of "Chaos Transition" from Adriana Lopez.
Review: Following on from his Hyper X release on Be As One, Shlomi Aber drops a storming EP for Pan Pot's label. The title track is a moody affair, resounding to apocalyptic rave synths that are propelled to dizzying crescendos by a firing rhythm and percussive bursts. On "Nuclear", the Israeli producer draws on Jeff Mills to create a dramatic, string-led techno track, with firing percussion and tough kicks underpinning this musical element. Changing tact, Aber delivers "Brikz", where subtle break beats underpin a tapestry of bugged out sounds. Rounding off the release is Pan-Pot's take on "Nuclear", where the tempo increases and a rolling rhythm prevails.
Review: The latest release on Odd Even features a change of direction from Shlomi Aber. The Be As One boss is usually associated with hypnotic, dubbed out techno, but he navigates his way through tougher territory here. "Exponent" is a wild acid workout, while on the title track, Aber puts his head down to hammer out a dark minimal techno banger. Although he drops the tempo on "Forum", the arrangement still teems with eerie riffs, while a similar aesthetic applies on "Amox". Led by ghostly synth sweeps and underpinned by bug eyed acid spirals, it is as frosty as a winter's night in Reykjavik.
Review: XY Play is Aber's follow up to Takeover, his 2015 debut release on Non Plus - and it sees the Israeli DJ/producer showcase two different albeit distinctive styles. On the the title track, a pulsing, acid-soaked groove prevails. Supported by doubled-up claps and ticking, incessant percussion, it's a modern, hard-edged interpretation of Chicago house. "Related Sources" is more typically Aber. The drums are dense and move with hypnotic force, as the Be As One boss lays down layer upon layer of dubby textures and frozen found sounds.Hopefully XY Play will serve to consolidate Aber's links with Boddika's label.
Review: Israeli DJ/producer Shlomi Aber seems like a strange choice to release on Boddika's label, given his propsenity to release tribal tech-house on Be As One. However, as the title track so impressively demonstrates, Aber has moved into something much darker, meaner and ultimately more interesting. Opening with a mock-horror vocal sample, it moves into tough tribal beats and nagging percussion, supported by a malevolent, rolling bass. "Street Works" isn't quite as menacing, but Aber hammers out a tough rhythm; combined with a wailing siren riff and churning filters, it's about as far removed from his staple tech-house sound as one could imagine.
Review: Originally released back in 2006, Shlomi Aber's own take on this track has really stood the test of time. Throbbing, gurgling bass licks and tough claps provide the basis for the Israeli producer to lay down a shimmering but surging chord sequence, and turn "Tel Aviv" into a deep techno anthem. Label owner Nic Fanciulli's remix doesn't stray wildly from this formula, but on this occasion, the chords are layered and more menacing and the beats seethe with a robotic feeling. Despite the passage of time, Fanciulli's version sounds only slightly more polished and contemporary than Aber's own 2006 remix.
Review: The latest collection on Loco Dice's label is its most wide-ranging release yet. It veers from the minimal/tribal fusion of Shlomi Aber's "Mind Tribus" and the drum-heavy workout of San Francisco veteran Joeski's "Beware of the Drum" to the deep, bleepy techno of Anthea's "Booty Call". It's true that Desolat's main focus is European house and techno, but this compilation embraces US influences. Robert Dietz's "You're So Hood" fuses sleazy p-funk bass with the primal stomp of Cajmere, while Detroit producer Eddie Fowlkes provides the raw back beats and muffled vocal samples of the sublime "I'm Telling You".
Review: It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.
Review: Wherein the Israeli producer documents a new direction - Aber has previously flirted with deep house and Basic Channel-style dub techno, but all of these elements come together on Rough Steps. The title track is a drum-heavy groove, its sinewy bass providing the impetus and the dissected vocal samples referencing classic house. "Golly Moses" also features vocals, but this time they are slurred and indistinct with Aber laying down a stuttering rhythm track. "Overture" operates in a similar albeit more extreme field with rolling rhythms supporting churning filters and buzzing riffs. The only exception to Aber's focus on tracky elements comes on "Greys", where summery keys unfold over a US-style house groove.