Review: Making for a great entry into K7's always essential DJ Kicks series, German electro-house duo Digitalism aka Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci pick out some interesting selections from amongst their peer group. WhoMadeWho's shuffle beat disco ace "The Sun" finds a welcome home amongst a new mix of The Rapture's "Sail Away" and an edit of Gai Barone's "Alicudi" from the Digitalism pair. However special props have to go out to the quite-stunning waves of pitched-up chords that make Kulsch's "Lorely' an instant classic. Available as individual, unmixed tracks or as a continuous DJ mix.
Review: No more Mr. Nice Guy on this one. TWR72's "Reflect" gets the remix treatment by four producers renown for their pounding and relentless take on techno. Developer is up first delivering a typically doom laden and Berghain ready workout. Kwartz rises up to the challenge and presents an equally brutalist take on the said track as well. It's quite fitting then that you hear the original next, which is far less intense than the remixes and great in its own right with its hypnotizing melody over a tough Fachwerk style beat. The last remix by Myk Derril keeps on the with the restrained vibe of the original with an equally heady melody, overwhelming toms and sharp hissing hi-hats. Tough stuff.
Review: TWR72's latest outing on Float shows why the duo has become synonymous with high-quality, forward thinking club techno. The title track is a linear, twitchy track that borrows from the minimal funk of French label Logistic. On "Erudite", the Dutch duo ups the tempo to deliver a tough, rolling groove, underpinned by rasping hats and featuring a lone bleep on repeat. "Colloquial" opts for a different approach again; the rhythm is more electronic and bleepy, as hi hats and snares roll in together with great intensity. "Aporia" rounds off the release - a dynamic, bass-led workout, it sees mysterious synths swirl over the futuristic arrangement
Review: The calibre of remixers that have been commissioned to rework "Lucid" is testament to the respect that Tom Doorschodt and Roger van der Zwan aka TWR72 enjoy in the techno community. Spanish producer Psyk is up first and delivers a deep, drum-heavy take on the track, while at the other end of the spectrum, Grounded Theory resident Henning Baer drops a spiky, percussive version, its hats and drums threatening to splinter at any moment into a million shards. The prolific Rod also opts for a minimal techno version, but his composition resounds to insistent clicks and bleeps rather than fractured percussion, while on their own take, TWR72 revive the aesthetic of mid-90s panel beaters like Neil Landstrumm and Tobias Schmidt.
Review: Studio duo TWR72 are one of the most promising acts to emerge in recent years - and as The Archive 1 demonstrates, this is because of their ability to craft next-level techno. "Slide" is a dense, rattling rhythm smothered in sub-sonic bleeps while on "Nerve", the pair opt for a more uptempo approach, with ringing bells unfolding over a pounding groove. "Hi" is more intense thanks to its sheet metal percussion and relentless, pummelling kicks - elements that make it the natural successor to Lost Recordings' sonic purism - before "Egg" sees the Dutch duo opt for a deeper, but impactful techno workout that calls to mind Terrence Dixon.
Review: TWR72 aka Tom Doorschodt and Roger van der Zwan continue on their journey to redefine techno with this new series. Based on the concept that "errors exist to let something develop", the first instalment is a master class in heads-down, purist techno. "Dusty White" is a dense, scratchy techno groove that'll appeal to fans of locked-on grooves, while on "Satin Navy", the Dutch pair opt for a cleaner arrangement that evolves to the sound of doubled up claps and concrete beats, its central riff luring the listener in gradually. Finally, "Vivid Lime" sees them re-focus on stripped back, bleep techno, with shades of Robert Hood and Steve Bicknell guiding them.
Review: On the second instalment of the Error series, production pair TWR72 mine classic purist techno. "Liquid Blue", with its looped chord stabs, punchy kicks and thunder clap bursts, comes across like a particularly functional take on Rob Hood's early Floorplan releases. "Juicy Grey" on the other hand, mines a more intense minimal techno path, with hypnotic, one-note riffs tied to dense, rolling drum loops. It's a linear, relentless sound, but still alluring and hypnotic. On "Mellow Black", the Dutch duo remain focused on minimal techno; the hi-hats rasp incessantly in the background over a looped tonal bleep and understated kicks - proof that when it comes to purist techno, few modern acts come close to TWR72 .
Review: On the fourth instalment of this collaborative series between photographer Thomas Aangeenbrug, graphic designer Merijn van Velsen and TWR72, a purist sound prevails. "Fuzzy Gold" sees the Dutch techno pair fuse an insistent rhythm with high-pitched tonal yelps, coming across like a lean, mean version of Sleeparchive. "Glossy Indigo" continues in a similar vein, albeit with tougher drums and steely percussive bursts that propel the track on its linear journey. Last but by no means least is "Muddy Pink"; its heads-down approach, resonating tones and metallic snares see it operating in the same sonic field as Mike Parker.
Review: It's hard to believe that's it's been four years since Sound Pellegrino was born, kicking and screaming, from the ashes of Institubes. In that time Teki Latex and DJ Orgasmic have consistently delivered a totally amazing, but eclectic, range of music from all sorts of names big and small. In short, they provide a very French take on all forms of bass music, and this comp is a great snapshot of their approach. Highlights include the French touch-referencing "Rick", the raw warehouse, er, house of "RMS (To Steve)", the Detroit-ish electro-flecked "Heat" and the demented tropicala of ""Jeffrey". Boom!
Review: Glenn Wilson's long-standing hard techno label casts its gaze back to assess some of last year's highlights. Labelling Planet Rhythm as merely an outlet for heads-down tracks is somewhat misleading, and as this compilation shows, some of its best material comes from left of centre. Robert S' "Matos" is a chord-heavy groove with enough attitude to ensure it doesn't sound bland, while Samuli Kemppi drops one of his trademark bleep techno bombs on "Ant On A Rubber Rope". For those who like it harder, there's Giorgio Gigli & Ness' tunnelling "Resin" and Yan Cook's resonating "Shift", but the highlight is Mr G's "Binky's Groove", a loopy house number with the kind of tough beats and insistent vocal sampling that makes Colin McBean unique.
Review: What a line-up. Featuring the likes of Bok Bok, Teki Latex, Helix & Hrdvsion and Surkin & Todd Edwards, this compilation is an essential purchase. From claustrophobic, dead-of-night meanderings to Miami-highway cheesefests and back again, there's no style to pin down here, just a ton of excellent tunes vying for your attention. All the way from dark, insular beats to New Order/Depeche Mode-esque arms-in-the-air whirlwinds (Crystal & Ikonika - thank you), there isn't a time you'll be bored, and that's a guarantee. Get this now.