Review: To celebrate its 25th birthday, Nice & Nasty has enlisted Jay Riordan to pick five highlights from its back catalogue. The selections shine a light on the label's diverse output; Produse's "24 Ways In Which" is a rolling break beat track that has echoes of the Prodigy, while in stark contrast, Thatboytim's "Enquiries" from 2008 is a low-slung ghetto jacker. Riordan has also selected a Thatboytim remix of Rob Glennon's "Ratio", which is quite different to "Enquiries" and veers from ambient textures into raw broken beats, while Soundwarp's remix of Marco Bernardi's "Plastic Spanner" is in a similar, glitchy vein. Bernardi also shows up as his Octogen pseudonym to deliver a robust, bass-heavy electro take of Terrence Dixon's "Tranquility".
Review: Terrence Dixon's From the Far Future odyssey began 20 years ago when the first album in the series appeared on Tresor. The second, at times more danceable instalment, followed only in 2012, with another eight-year gap until this latest volume. Like its predecessors, this third long player is a hugely impressive affair and will leave the listener in no doubt that Dixon is a master of the techno form. From the brooding ambience of "Lost Communication Procedure" and "Lost In Space" to the gloomy pointillist abstractions of "We Can Rebuild Him" and "Remarkable Warrior" into the more full blooded club techno on the tough "Spectrum of Light" and the atmospheric, ghostly "Program Weight", "Part 3" once again reveals a true visionary at work.