Review: Hayes is a new techno label to emerge from Portugal, and for its second release gathers together some new talent. First up is -2 with "Scherzo", a dense, rolling groove led by dramatic chord surges. It's understated, but its kicks rumble away in the background like distant thunder. Temudo, who has released on Planet Rhythm and Labrynth, delivers deeper, hypnotic, loops of "A2", while on Osse's "Quantum Mechanics", a forbidding future is mapped out through the use of spiky, insistent rhythms and tonal sequences transmitted from outer space. Rounding off this exemplar release is VIL's "Metafora", where claustrophobic drums and clattering percussion prevail.
Review: Fresh from a release on Soma, Jo?o Rodrigues aka Temudo now scores another first, with an EP on Ben Klock's label. "2023" is a dense, industrial pounder with echoes of early 90s Jeff Mills, while on "Float Here Forever", Rodrigues draws on the gritty, looped rhythms of Steve Bicknell's Lost Recordings for inspiration. The 31st Klockworks release is one of the most visceral yet, and there is no let up on the abrasive approach on the Downwards-style broken beats and whirring analogue tones of "Group Dynamics", while the dense, heads-down groove of "Ashamed" brings this intense release to a close.
Review: Having released on labels like Clergy and Planet Rhythm,Temudo dropped his debut release, Context for Soma last year to huge acclaim. This follow up EP is sure to elicit a similar response. "Tough to Say" is a frenetic rolling banger, led by powerful filtered drops and pounding tribal beats. On "Cell Phones", the emerging producer opts for a similar approach, albeit with thunder claps and glitchy riffs to the fore. "At Least One Time In Your Life" sees him pick up the pace for a frenetic, steely rhythm track, while he brings the curtain down with the Millsian "Let's Treat It As Such".
Review: Hayes is a new label from Portugal and it opens its account with this storming split release. First up is Temudo, who delivers "A1", a gritty, acid-soaked loop that sounds like it was inspired by early Lost releases. Moddullar, who has put out EPs on Planet Rhythm and Dynamic Reflection, opts for a cleaner but still tough loop techno track with "Encrypt", while on Temudo hooks up with ViL and -2. The fruits of their collaboration is "Discordia", which again sees the release towards a slightly more abrasive and mysterious take on dance floor techno. Rounding off this impressive debut is ViL in solo mode, with the tough, percussive "Szandor".
Review: It must be challenging for a long-running label to come up with fresh ideas, but that is exactly what Planet Rhythm has achieved on its latest compilation. TWCOR's "How It Ends" revisits the glory days of Frankfurt Trax techno with its pounding kicks, Vinicius Honorio maps out a new direction for big room techno on the thundering filters and wild rave stabs of "Time & Space" and Two Sided Agency's "Controlled Cycle" is a synapse-melting acid track. There is also a more considered side to Planet Rhythm, and it's audible here on Tom Hades' "Felis", where the veteran producer pairs emotive synths with a rolling tribal groove.