Review: Pfirter's label welcomes Twr72 for this futuristic EP. The title track revolves around a dense, sinewy bass, delivered at a high octane, while on "Fibre", insistent percussive ticks and chilling string stabs prevail, making Twr72 sound like a modern version of The Memory Foundation. In contrast, "Assemble" is positioned at the more stripped back end of the spectrum, with clanging metallic beats, militaristic hi hats and searing tone signals calling to mind Space DJz at their most abrasive. Changing tact once again, the Dutch producer delivers "Lavish", where static hiss and a looped, dubbed out groove demonstrate that there are many dimensions to Twr72's sound.
Review: TWR72 mark the fiftieth release on their Float imprint with a pure techno EP. The title track is a dense, looped affair, while on "Zero", the Dutch act refines the sound of Lost Recordings with cavernous, rolling drums unfolding in linear fashion. On "Total", TWR72 pick up the pace to deliver a lean rhythm and insistent percussion, with these elements making for an impactful combination. The only divergence from this approach comes on the aptly named closing track, "Quiet". While it resonates to a dubbed out rhythm, its atmospheric, textured synths project it into a more ethereal space than the previous tracks.
Review: Next up on SRIE is a split release that shines a light on techno's more tripped out spectrum. Evod's "Wax" is a dark, pulsating stepper, its drones and blips dank and acrid. A more accessible take on this sound is audible on Giri's steely rhythm-led "Rejecto" where the tonal frequencies sound inspired by the bleep techno of LFO. However, the compilation's direction is brought back to the darker recesses by the mysterious sound scapes and ramshackle hi hats of CHIM?R's "Book Of Sand" the eerie, Sleeparchive-style tonal repetition of Moon Phase's "La Luna" and David Reina exploring Millsian mystery on the driving but alien-like "Sine Wave Dreams".
Review: Dutch imprint Float has decided to celebrate five years in business with two split releases. This second volume starts with the visceral, spiky minimalism of Sleeparchive's "Recreant", with the revered producer substituting tonal bleeps for coruscating percussion. On "Ruffle", label owners Twr72 drop a firing, tribal banger, while Eric Fetcher goes deeper on "Vein". Forsaking the straight dance floor approach in favour of frosty synths and rickety electro drums, it provides some relief before Jeroen Search delivers the lean, streamlined Robert Hood-style techno of "Radaris" and Sev Dah brings this second instalment of the label's fifth anniversary celebrations to a close with the visceral, crunchy rhythm of "Izolacija".
Review: Studio duo TWR72 are one of the most promising acts to emerge in recent years - and as The Archive 1 demonstrates, this is because of their ability to craft next-level techno. "Slide" is a dense, rattling rhythm smothered in sub-sonic bleeps while on "Nerve", the pair opt for a more uptempo approach, with ringing bells unfolding over a pounding groove. "Hi" is more intense thanks to its sheet metal percussion and relentless, pummelling kicks - elements that make it the natural successor to Lost Recordings' sonic purism - before "Egg" sees the Dutch duo opt for a deeper, but impactful techno workout that calls to mind Terrence Dixon.
Review: On the fourth instalment of this collaborative series between photographer Thomas Aangeenbrug, graphic designer Merijn van Velsen and TWR72, a purist sound prevails. "Fuzzy Gold" sees the Dutch techno pair fuse an insistent rhythm with high-pitched tonal yelps, coming across like a lean, mean version of Sleeparchive. "Glossy Indigo" continues in a similar vein, albeit with tougher drums and steely percussive bursts that propel the track on its linear journey. Last but by no means least is "Muddy Pink"; its heads-down approach, resonating tones and metallic snares see it operating in the same sonic field as Mike Parker.
Review: On the second instalment of the Error series, production pair TWR72 mine classic purist techno. "Liquid Blue", with its looped chord stabs, punchy kicks and thunder clap bursts, comes across like a particularly functional take on Rob Hood's early Floorplan releases. "Juicy Grey" on the other hand, mines a more intense minimal techno path, with hypnotic, one-note riffs tied to dense, rolling drum loops. It's a linear, relentless sound, but still alluring and hypnotic. On "Mellow Black", the Dutch duo remain focused on minimal techno; the hi-hats rasp incessantly in the background over a looped tonal bleep and understated kicks - proof that when it comes to purist techno, few modern acts come close to TWR72 .
Review: TWR72 aka Tom Doorschodt and Roger van der Zwan continue on their journey to redefine techno with this new series. Based on the concept that "errors exist to let something develop", the first instalment is a master class in heads-down, purist techno. "Dusty White" is a dense, scratchy techno groove that'll appeal to fans of locked-on grooves, while on "Satin Navy", the Dutch pair opt for a cleaner arrangement that evolves to the sound of doubled up claps and concrete beats, its central riff luring the listener in gradually. Finally, "Vivid Lime" sees them re-focus on stripped back, bleep techno, with shades of Robert Hood and Steve Bicknell guiding them.
Review: The calibre of remixers that have been commissioned to rework "Lucid" is testament to the respect that Tom Doorschodt and Roger van der Zwan aka TWR72 enjoy in the techno community. Spanish producer Psyk is up first and delivers a deep, drum-heavy take on the track, while at the other end of the spectrum, Grounded Theory resident Henning Baer drops a spiky, percussive version, its hats and drums threatening to splinter at any moment into a million shards. The prolific Rod also opts for a minimal techno version, but his composition resounds to insistent clicks and bleeps rather than fractured percussion, while on their own take, TWR72 revive the aesthetic of mid-90s panel beaters like Neil Landstrumm and Tobias Schmidt.
Review: TWR72's latest outing on Float shows why the duo has become synonymous with high-quality, forward thinking club techno. The title track is a linear, twitchy track that borrows from the minimal funk of French label Logistic. On "Erudite", the Dutch duo ups the tempo to deliver a tough, rolling groove, underpinned by rasping hats and featuring a lone bleep on repeat. "Colloquial" opts for a different approach again; the rhythm is more electronic and bleepy, as hi hats and snares roll in together with great intensity. "Aporia" rounds off the release - a dynamic, bass-led workout, it sees mysterious synths swirl over the futuristic arrangement
Review: Glenn Wilson's long-standing hard techno label casts its gaze back to assess some of last year's highlights. Labelling Planet Rhythm as merely an outlet for heads-down tracks is somewhat misleading, and as this compilation shows, some of its best material comes from left of centre. Robert S' "Matos" is a chord-heavy groove with enough attitude to ensure it doesn't sound bland, while Samuli Kemppi drops one of his trademark bleep techno bombs on "Ant On A Rubber Rope". For those who like it harder, there's Giorgio Gigli & Ness' tunnelling "Resin" and Yan Cook's resonating "Shift", but the highlight is Mr G's "Binky's Groove", a loopy house number with the kind of tough beats and insistent vocal sampling that makes Colin McBean unique.