Review: Tommy Four Seven's label celebrates five years of releasing uncompromising techno with this fine compilation. It gets off to a clubby start with Killawatt's rumbling, tribal "Champagne Prerogative", while on "Threads", Carrier drops a Regis-style broken beat stepper that resounds to rumbling bass and ghostly textures. Meanwhile, Headless Horseman occupies the middle ground between straight techno and stepping rhythms on the multi-layered, mesmerising "Sand Mountain". NN takes this approach to its brutal, logical conclusion on the electronic feedback and cranium crushing kicks of "Deception", while the label owner teams up with Ancient Methods to deliver the pounding industrial rhythm and static crackle percussion of "XIX".
Review: The In Silent Series label is the brainchild of Berlin-based artist Mike Jefford aka Positive Centre, who took the title for the imprint from his 2014 debut album on Sigha'a label. Now Jefford has returned the favour by tapping Sigha to contribute to this split release. "Mother" crackles to dissected industrial rhythms, but is also interspersed with evocative ambient layers. By contrast, SNTS delivers the dense, stepping techno of "Fearless" and on "From Function to Form", Dadub lets loose with a steely, industrial breaker. Jefford himself also contributes to the release, with the multi-layered ambience of "In Extracts" bringing the EP to a dreamy conclusion.
Review: London based Split Music has fast gained a reputation for its expertise in placing music in audiovisual projects - from Hollywood movie trailers like (Blade Runner 2049) to brand films for globally recognised fashion brands. This reputation was affirmed this year, upon winning the prestigious Golden Trailer Award in L.A. They have now launched their latest project: the Research label. This will showcase the artists they represent, by challenging them to push the boundaries of their production process. Indeed this is not what you'd expect of the artists and what they usually do. The aforementioned modern industrialists These Hidden Hands (comprised of Tommy Four Seven & Alain) serve up the brutal and abrasive "Radon". The aforementioned award was for the use of their music in the brutal RAW Worldwide trailer. Elsewhere, the masked crusader SNTS is usually appreciated for his complex and highly engineered strains of hypnotic techno - but his offering is the cinematic and suspense filled drama of "Dunkelheit" which wouldn't have sounded out of place in the aforementioned Denis Villanueva blockbuster. Jan Grebenstein (Downwards) is undoubtedly one of the most singular talents in the current electronic music climate - his offering "Meet My Needs" sees the Kassel native deliver yet more contorted perspectives of techno that he's now renowned for.
Review: Geoff Presha's Horo imprint returns with more brooding and experimental techno derivatives following up great work by ASC, Ena and Grebenstein in recent times. This time it's the shadowy masked one SNTS delivering some of his trademark hypnotic techno sounds: some of the best in the business if you ask us! This guy channels the best of the sound's heyday: think Prologue and Zooloft if they'd stuck around until now. "Ancestral Reflection" with its densely layered pads will hypnotise you into submission, while the savage bass pulsations and metallic and textured machine rhythms will move your feet. "Figures In The Mist" is the real thriller on here and if heard on a big sound system .and will have you surrendering to the void in no time. "Resurgence" is a brutalist industrial body basher in the vein of Violet Poison which is your one way ticket to hell and back: approach this one with caution.