Review: Tadeo has enjoyed a long relationship with Non-Series, but this is probably his most high-profile release yet. Featuring tracks culled from his 2016 album, Chronicles of the Future, the label has commissioned a remix package that features the creme de la creme of contemporary techno. Abdulla Rashim turns "The Net" into a deep, textured affair, Silent Servant delivers a dark, acid-heavy take on "The Need of Development" and Efdemin adds his signature bells to his mysterious take on "The Motivation". There is also a rare remix from former Sandwell District operative Function, who mixes Millsian depth with driving minimalism for his take on "The Big Step". Pris closes out this hugely impressive remix package with a dense, percussive version of "The Cyborg".
Review: Unlike most of the releases on this label, Tadeo aka Miguel Sar opts to open his latest release on Token with chilling, orchestral strings that comprise "On The Way To Reykjavik". The Spanish producer then proceeds to the dance floor, but again, delivers some surprises. There's the firing percussion and cold bleeps of "Long Time Ago" and "The Labyrinth", a drum-heavy, loopy affair, both of which are redolent of Jeff Mills rather than the grainy, knotted rhythms that Kr!z label is known for. On "The Globular Ray", Sar takes a leaf from Mike Parker's bass-heavy, tonal sound, while on parting shot "Ascension", he returns to abstract mode, drawing on the chilling shapes thrown by Jeff Mills.
Review: So many techno producers try to emulate Jeff Mills, but so few come close to his level. Cyclical Tracks boss Miguel 'Tadeo' Sar is one exception, and on this four-track release, he delivers a master-class in Millsian space techno. Opening track "El Caracter Exponencial" is a wonderfully expansive affair, its tonal bleeps underpinned by a lithe rhythm. "099" follows a similar trajectory, but sees Sar add in rasping percussion. He is also adept at delivering on Mills' harder vision and both "Checking Controls" and the final track, "Apollo 01" are led by discordant riffing, militaristic drums and machine gun-like bursts of steely percussion.
Review: And so the Token juggernaut continues, slaying all before it with some of the best club techno you are likely to find right now. Terra Incognita sees Spanish producer Tadeo debut on the label after a fine succession of releases in 2014 and at six tracks long Miguel Sar takes the chance to really explore his range. "Requiem" offers a foreboding beatless opener that is rife with tension, whilst "Deep Space" explores similar territory to the Something from the Sky series by Jeff Mills. From here Tadeo runs through various shades of dancefloor techno with the mind bending "Apollo 7" our pick!
Plastikman & The Persuader & Van Bonn & Arnold Tempo & Donnacha Costello & Deepchord - "Consumed/Pinnharan/Abroad/Quarion Was Digging For Water/Grape A/DC14 (A1)" - (3:57) 125 BPM
Siopis & Joris Voorn & Lau Frank & Audio Werner & Jichael Mackson & Roland Klinkenberg - "Listen To The Whispers/Where Have You Gone? (Part 1)/7am (D" (feat Mr Brean - Jody Hannan remix) - (3:35) 125 BPM
Howling & Christian Fennesz & Julien Aubert & Martin Aquino & Christian Fennesz & John Tejada & Glac - "Signs (Matom Remix)/Kae/Feelmar (Gaspard De La Montagne Remix)/Red Pavement (Halo & Alex Fuent" - (4:36) 125 BPM
Joris Voorn & Giash - "Fall (Nobody Home Dream Interpretation Mix) / Space Odyssey" - (4:55) 125 BPM
Cobblestone Jazz - "Drawn From The Side Of Crime" - (2:45) 125 BPM
Sounds Like Us & Donnacha Costello & Sagat & Roland Klinkenberg - "Little Helper 163-4/Backache/Body/Departures" - (3:50) 125 BPM
Monobox & Tadeo & Robert Hood & Reggy Van Oers - "Realm/Deep Space/AM Track/Mavie" - (5:53) 125 BPM
Nasty Habits & Anton Pieete & Tom Day & Monsoonsiren & Tom Day & Monsoonsiren & Joris Voorn - "Shadow Boxing/Next Year (Mosca's Skaep Niwt Version)/Love Is Rare/Dreams/Left (Roland Klinke" - (2:48) 125 BPM
Wolfgang Voigt & Rekord 61 - "Empathie/Sverh" (Radio Slave FYM remix 2) - (3:58) 125 BPM
Joran Van Pol & Speedy J - "Exist/Fill 17" - (4:05) 125 BPM
Review: Token celebrates ten years in business with this excellent compilation. Unlike some imprints that use a significant milestone to simply churn out existing material, Kr!z label has taken an unusual approach by getting the label's regular contributors to collaborate with its DJ supporters. This leads to the dense broken beat of "Bloom", a track authored by Sigha and Rodhad, while on "Detonation Vertex", the Dystopian boss teams up with one of Token's core artists, O [Phase], for a tight, pulsating techno groove. O [Phase] also works with Antigone, the French producer, who is one of the label's most recent additions, for the peak time, steely rhythm of "Icosahedron Flood". Of course, the compilation also features Token's boss, with Kr!z dropping the melodic, spiky breaks of "Amalgam" with Inigo Kennedy and the detuned banger, "Comets", with CTRLS. Here's to another 10 years.
Review: Oscar Mulero's Pole Group closes out the year with a collection from some of techno's most respected producers. While the overall tone on Unknown Landscapes is dark and at times unsettling, it never strays into the plodding furrowed-brow seriousness that often besets contemporary techno. DVS1's "Strobe" sees the US DJ deliver churning chords over a grinding, metallic rhythm, while Reeko's "Enlightenment Process" shifts from pounding broken beats into a spacey, filtered segue. That's not to suggest that the label or its owner have gone soft either; the squelchy acid and stinging riffs of Jonas Kopp's "M31" is as intense as it gets, but at the same time, contributions from Adam X and Forward Strategy Group tingle and pulse in a dubby, fuzzy afterglow.