Review: The Church crew return with more fresh off the press techno, this time with Viers, a hotly tipped new producer with his heart firmly set on minimal, futuristic sounds. Apes & Seb Wildblood add their own atmospheric sound to the track, taking that hard edge and blurring the lines between techno and ambient house. "Your Body" is Viers' nightmare hard techno track and it sounds fantastic as loud as it can go. Heavy pulsating rhythms take the fore as the track progresses into industrial territory. Lastly, Squarehead pushes up the off-beats, adding a lighter house feel to the track, fading up shimmering melodies as a newly colourful bassline kicks in. Perfect 2013 sounds.
Review: Whistla's garage-championing L2S label plays host to this excellent debut from UK producer Viers, who simply smashes it on single "Night". With a radical rearrangement of the oft-sampled "Think" break providing a deeply funky and snappy flex to the beats, Viers lends it a spooked echo vocal loop and long-attack Juno chords, not to mention a subtle dose of rounded sub bass to form this future-looking 2-stepper. Fellow Brit Duncan Powell drops the remix on this one - keeping the same misty vibes but instead rocking an incredibly tight UKF-tech beat for the win.
Review: Tunes are like chat up lines. Play certain tracks and they'll suggest your possible suitor should run a mile as your house is full of empty crisp packets and slugs. Other tunes, however, will suggest nothing but class, empathy and discernment. Seriously, try it. Play "Touch" to the next person you fancy and watch their pupils dilate with wonder. Soft synths and a sultry groove ride throughout as a crafty vocal snippet weaves and bobs amidst the deep melody. It's not a million miles away from Joy-O's work, which is a whole other chapter in tune chat up lines altogether. The lush two-step showdown "Frontin" is less of chat up line and more of a tune to play a little later on at night. You can work out when.
Review: Jordon Saxton aka Viers drops his first long-player. Given his small but well-rounded catalogue of 12s for labels like Naked Naked and Church, it's no surprise that it's a smartly executed collection of underground techno. It starts in atmospheric mode with the tripped out ambience of "Enter" before moving into the spacey dub techno of "Finding Work" and "Jiro". By the time that Saxton reaches "Moonlighting", he is clearly in the mood for harder fare and it's a firing, percussive affair, led by tough kicks and firing claps. "Haruka" and "Yamada" follow at a similar pace, but the intensity levels are offset by tranced out melodies, while Saxton finishes as he started in sombre mode with the reflective, swinging "Hiroshi Kano".
Review: Viers aka Jordon Saxton makes his debut on Let's Play House with this scintillating release. The title track is a pummelling, percussive techno workout. Underpinned by heavy kicks, it features a pitched down vocal sample that lends the arrangement a moody feeling. The feeling on "Dolphin Telephone" is radically different, with Saxton drawing on celebratory piano lines and screeching diva vocals to create a euphoric, uplifting vibe. Changing tact once again, he delivers an acid-led electro breaker in the form of "AFB", while he returns to a more celebratory mood on "By Your Side". Like "Telephone", it is led by uplifting piano lines and soulful vocal samples.
Review: Steel City Dance Discs bills itself as a 'working class' dance label, and in Jordon Saxton aka Viers, it has identified a like-minded purveyor of gritty electronic music. "Megabyte of Rave Juice" is a raucous and effective update of the hardcore /rave axis, with Saxton laying down wild synth stabs over high-paced breaks. "Bless" is less frenetic but resounds to steely breaks, while Viers changes direction on "Four" to deliver a pounding, somewhat menacing techno track that's powered by dense kicks and cheese wire percussion. Changing tact again, "What Is it" is a glitchy, stop-start experimental piece.