Taking the best elements of contemporary techno, the mysterious Noisemaker crafts two streamlined grooves for fast-rising Italian label M_Rec. The title track is an inspired fusion of that grey area where techno steps instead of stomps, and its splurging bass is reminiscent of Perc and Lucy's productions. But Noisemaker's craft doesn't end there, and the mysterious rumble and half-heard vocal samples sound close to Samuli Kemppi's approach. "Corporate" is less abrasive, yet it would be wrong to label it as laid-back. While Noisemaker spins a dense web of textured sounds, the underlying rhythm and rasping percussion ensure it will have the same devastating effect as Shifted's output.
Riccardo Piovesan must have been listening to loads of 90s techno recently because the title track on his latest release sounds like an update of classic Plastikman and Woody McBride. Over a stripped back but pounding backing, the Italian producer lays down 303 lines that arc and curl seductively but also with a hint of menace. "Winding Back" favours a different approach. While Piovesan still draws on acid influences, the rhythms are stepping and off-beat and have hints of Szare and Frozen Border. Alan Backdrop's excellent dubby take on "Winding Back" completes a package that is influenced by classic sounds, but which never comes across as derivative.