Review: It's been a few years since Sunil Sharpe last released his smartly crafted high-octane techno. Perhaps surprisingly, he has chosen Bpitch Control as the imprint to make his comeback on, and Ellen Allien's label is to be lauded for putting out Etaci. Though it may be tougher than the usual Bpitch fare, this four-tracker nonetheless exudes smart and skillful production at every bar. It also underlines the fact that Sharpe has developed a highly distinctive style. Dissected vocals and a relentless bass collide gloriously on the title track and Timber" sees the Irish DJ/producer draw on bleep techno and hardcore influences to deliver a track that's as impactful as a right hook to the jaw.
Review: This is Mord's most ambitious venture to date, with a box set of seven records laying out the Dutch imprint's tough techno agenda. Regulars like UVB and Radial set the tone, with the former dropping brutish kicks and jarring riffs on "Someone Calling Cut" and Radial veering into a pumping direction on "Cru".Label owner Bas Mooy moves the compilation towards a more streamlined approach with the dense, linear Klockworks-like "Owl In Daylight", but Herdersmat also shows that the label has succeeded in attracting some heavyweight international talent; Eomac's "Phisk" is a disorienting rave-flecked stepper and Sleeparchive drops the bleep-heavy bomb that is "Evicted".