Gynoid Audio's Counter Pulse series returns with Logotech and Unbalance at the helm. Logotech's "Bohemian Grove" is a 10 minute epic filled with dry percussion and apocalyptic drones; Giorgio Gigli is the ideal man to provide the remix, turning in a gently swelling revision with pulsating kicks. Unbalance meanwhile delivers "Freeze", a frosty slice of swung techno with shuddering vocals, while Inigo Kennedy takes things into deeply hypnotic territory with his droning take on the fractured original.
Fresh from mixing the latest instalment of Fabric's mix series, Panorama Bar resident Steffi launches a new sub-label, Dolly Deluxe. Many of the tracks that feature on Fabric 94 also appear across the first four EPs on this offshoot. STFSHD is a new collaborative effort between the label owner and Shed and the fractured break beats and atmospheric textures of "1.0" and "1.5" kick start the new sub-label's first edition, Dollydeluxe1.
Francesco De Bellis is best known for his electronic disco output as Mr Cisco, but as L.u.c.a., he drops the lush ambience of "Echo 1", which is also the opening salvo on the Fabric mix. Working with long-term friend Martyn, Steffi drops the Artificial Intelligence-influenced "No Life on the Surface", while Unbalance closes out the first release with the jittery beats of "Freedom".
Russian producer Alexander Matlahov has put out an impressive series of records over the past few years, even getting his work remixed by Steffi and Bleak. These tracks go some way to explaining why he has done so well. "Rhythm Slave" is the more functional dance floor track, based on insistent pulses and supported by bruising drums. There is some reference to Unbalance's musical back-ground via breezy synths and some entertaining whistles, but that part of the release is best covered by "Deep Journey". While the drums are tough and steely and acid lines pulses away mercilessly, it's the shimmering synths at the heart of the arrangement that really impress.