Review: Terschelling techno straight from the mind of Conforce, aka Versalife (real name Boris Bunnik) on the Dutch producer's own Transcendent label. This Present Shock EP follows the most recent Versalife album on 2020 Vision and it sees the electro purist in fine form once again with a cooly-tipped four-track EP of subtle Detroit-centric tones, cosmic atmospheres and sweet melodies. Get your heavier hitting tracks from both "Reality Distortion Field" and "Transient Vesicle Fusion", with deeper grooves and cooler textures to be found in "Shadow Warrior" and space echo specialty "Anxiety".
Review: Continuing their permeance into contemporary techno culture Delsin Records outta Amsterdam bring together a refined selection of stalwarts and newcomer artists this annual compilation. Scour down the list and you'll find bonus numbers from the likes of Forest Drive West with his classic rhythmic style to headliners like BNJMN, Natural & Electronic.system and WAV, aka Wata Igarashi & Voiski! Intrigues include amethia recordings purge Varuna, all time classic John Beltran (in "Euphoric Dream Ocean") and cosmic broken beat experiments from Wladimir M (think Planet E and Evo Lute). Furthermore, find tracks from electro wizz CiM and go deeper into italian-style techno variations with VC-118A's "Crunch" and of course some OG electro from Delsin legend Versalife. To 2021 and beyond!
Review: Glasgow-based label Avoidant deserves kudos for bringing together some of the most respected names in electro for this compilation. Annie Hall and Versalife represent deeper ends of the spectrum, with Hall's bubbling "Meido Estetico" in particular standing out. Carl Finlow drops a lean, industrial funk workout in the form of "Syncopated Automated", while on the compilation's title track, The Advent teams up with Zein Ferreira on a bleak trip through discordant synths and popping rhythms. Sharing space on the compilation are label regulars like CYRK, who drop the epic melodies and gurgling bass of "Block" and Kronos Device, a project from Bass Junkie / Dexorcist, which sees concrete weight bass drums connected to wild electronic stabs on "Crisis Point".
Review: Boris Bunnik follows the Manifold long player from earlier this year with another fine Versalife release. Over four tracks, Shape Shifter sees the Dutch producer deliver the type of expansive electro that the project has become synonymous with. There's the warm, rumbling bass and eerie synth lines of "Synapse", where the Versalife project sounds at its most cinematic, while in contrast, there's the stripped back, frosty "Fractal". On the title track, Bunnik lays down metallic kicks and ticking percussion as a basis for wild, acid-led bass licks, while he rounds off this exemplary release with the eerie, layered sound scapes and glitchy percussive ticks of "Novelty".
Review: Two of electro's most respected names, Versalife and the long-running Trust label, come together for a heavyweight four-tracker. The appeal of Boris Bunnik's project has always been its ability to balance impactful bass with melodic elements - and this sensibility is writ large on Cosmic Language. "Neogenesis", with its swaggering low end and eerie strings, is a perfect example of this approach. In contrast, the title track is more stripped back, revolving around industrial-strength 808s, while on "Recirculator", Bunnik delivers a tough, steely techno workout. Rounding off this fine release, Bunnik returns to the atmospheric realms with the brooding, acid gurgles of "Gravitational Anomaly".
Review: As far as compilations go, this first edition of the newly created 'From The Dark' release series from Cultivated Electronics is definitely up there, showcasing some of the freshest sounds in modern bass music. This eight track selection delves into the darker, swampier side of bass production, including belters from the likes of Exterminador, Sync 24, Delta Funktionen, Alienata and more. Our immediate standouts from this one however have to be 214's glitchy expedition into arpeggiated madness in 'Rock Scramble', along with Versalife's moogy roller 'Infinite Velocities' and the spooky chops of 'GmBHZolhoff' from Stratowerx.
Review: Dutchman Boris Bunnik is no newcomer to the tech world, and is very much considered a certified veteran around these parts. In fact, his Conforce alias is still one of our top choices when it comes to house and techno hybrids, and the same goes for Versalife and the electro spectrum. He's back via the latter this week, returning with the third helping of Soul Of The Automaton through his own Transcendent imprint and, oh boy, does this guy know how to smash out electro. Unlike many newbies about the place right now, tracks like "Utopia In Distress" and "Lapis Lazuli" are utter quality throughout, and the same goes for the flipside, where Bunnik churns out nothing but deep, ethereal vibes on both "Missing Link" and "Portamento Quints" in what wraps up as a stellar EP from the reliable artist.
Review: It's been some two years since Dutch veteran Boris Bunnik (AKA Conforce, Hexagon, Silent Harbour, Vernon Facility etc) donned his Versalife moniker. Collission With The Past 1 sees him in fine form, casually joining the dots between bubbling IDM, vintage electro, glacial ambience and icy techno. "Before The Interrogation" sets the tone, delivering waves of subdued melodies and crystalline textures. The more 808 electro influenced "Utilise The Secondary Suspensor" raises the pulse further, before Bunnik lets loose on the dark, hypnotic techno of "Mariana". Best of all, though, is "I See Myself", a formidable blend of Autechre-style IDM rhythms, Drexciyan electro and tipsy electronics.
Review: Versalife producer Boris Bunnik has long been part of Holland's vibrant 808 electro scene, releasing decidedly angular electronic rhythms under a myriad of pseudonyms. Here, he continues his journey into Drexciyan territory with a formidably spooky first full-length under the Versalife moniker. His formula is simple; deep, otherworldly electronic atmospherics and industrial strength drum machine rhythms. Occasionally, he goes deeper still - see the intergalactic ambience of "Further Connections" and the slo-mo delight of "Dawn of A New Day" - ensuring that Vantage Point has panoramic appeal.
Review: Boris Bunnik reveals the second edition of his Night Time Activities as Versalife which demonstrates further withdrawal away from the sanctity of bog standard techno - a manoeuvre we wholeheartedly endorse. Fans of the Martian techno paranoia Mills has been dabbling in with the Something In The Sky series will flock towards "Unclear Matters" which has a multiplicity of strange and menacing rhythms radiating from the sonic mist. Proceedings continue in this fashion on the spectral electro flex of "Electronic Suspect" and the Utopian Drexciya stylings of "Night Time In The Computer Labs", both of which really demonstrate Bunnik's prowess with analogue machinery.