Review: Adam Beyer's label notches up the seventh A-Sides compilation in as many years. In keeping with its approach of featuring well-known Drumcode artists alongside newer artists, Volume 7 shines a light ion emerging techno talent. This includes the deep and dubbed out "Portable Paradise" by Anna, alongside upcoming Canadian artist Weska with the searing acid of "Other Places" and recent Drumcode debutant Boxia with the dreamy but rolling "Final Call". These emerging artists sit alongside techno veteran Thomas Schumacher, who drops the eerie but jacking "The Unseen", Alan Fitzpatrick collaborating with Scuba's SCB offshoot to deliver the tough tribal techno of "Untitled" and Dutch producer Bart Skills weighing in with the ominous big-room monster that is "West Of The Moon".
Review: Few producers do underground electronic music like Thomas Schumacher. Following on from his Natural Rhythm series on Noir last year, the veteran German artist returns to the label to deliver another unique EP. Central to Schumacher's sound are his deadly, slamming rhythms, examples of which are prevalent here. On "Paradox", this signature manifests in the form of a peak-time affair that plays host to a murky bass, eerie synths and rolling snares. It's a dramatic, relentless affair. On "Embody", there is a similar aesthetic audible - the only difference is the spooky vocal that is woven in and out of the arcing acid lines and layered siren riffs.