London Modular Alliance - "Crosstalk" - (4:25) 120 BPM
Upwellings - "Soft Shadows" - (5:36) 120 BPM
Mike Dehnert - "Tokio" - (6:00) 126 BPM
Obsolete Music Technology - "Comb Freq" - (7:13) 126 BPM
Review: With its festival, International Series, DJ Directory and Soundsystem: Dimensions has become a leading name in the underground. In only a mere six years of existence thus far, that's quite impressive we must say! Now, they extend their influence with the start of a new label: Dimensions Recordings. It launches with a 12 track compilation across three separate EP. This edition features some cutting edge electronics from legends and new heroes of the scene alike. Electro heroes London Modular Alliance appear with their best impression of purist Detroit electro on "Crosstalk" while the it also features the glacial dub techno tones of Upwellings' "Soft Shadows". Then, Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert gives us the very Robert Hood sounding "Tokio"and Windy City legend Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology appears with something harder than you'd usually expect from the man: on the gnarly analogue techno of "Comb Freq".
Dubbin' At The Strobe (feat Michael Zerang) - (6:42) 124 BPM
Lighthouse (dub) - (6:34) 122 BPM
Review: Like Moritz Van Oswald and Andy Stott's work, Dubbing is proof that techno can be intellectually stimulating and entertaining at the same time. The work of former modern art professor Vincent Raude, the title track features an appearance from jazz legend Michael Zerang on drums. Remaining at a low tempo, Raude lets loose with a stepping rhythm accompanied by understated, rolling drums. On the flip side, Raude favours a similar approach. "Lighthouse Dub" is a textured, deep techno torch song. Influenced by the late night shanties of Rhythm & Sound, it brings to a close the latest installment in dub techno's intellectual development.
Review: Upwellings is a name that's been kicking around the digital alcoves of dub techno for some years now, and with this release on MOSHItaka the French artist looks to be hitting some form following a release for Telrae. Blue Line Dubs sees Vincent Raude deliver four tracks rocking Steve O'Sullivan-like kick, bassline and hi-hat combos, cutting through light atmospheres that go deep, but not too deep. "Blue Line To Brixton" is the most overtly dub reggae production and "King's Cross Dub" the most uber dub track of the bunch, while "First Storm" and "Remember Donau" deliver elements of the aforementioned styles made to fit a danceable framework.