Review: More than most established labels, Planet Rhythm has been especially supportive of new artists - and ALPI is a good example of their patron-age. Having debuted on the label last year, this upcoming artist now de-livers a second killer release. "Inconscio" is wonderfully deep techno - led by a brittle rhythm, it features chiming bells and evocative synths - while on "Chant III", ALPI submerges himself in warm ambience. There is another side to this producer's oeuvre, audible on the pulsating, tun-nelling "Devachan" collaboration with Wrong Assessment, while Alfredo Mazzilli turns the title track into a throbbing, atmospheric workout. In the main though, this is a reflective release, as evidenced by Edit Select's ponderous take on "Chant".
Edanticonf - "Le Lacrime Di Freya" - (6:38) 126 BPM
Ruhig - "Tacita" - (6:28) 106 BPM
Hobi - "Pareidolia" - (6:30) 130 BPM
Kaelan - "Reduction" - (6:57) 128 BPM
Review: La Chinerie is based on the concept of social media-led digging and for this compilation, the French label has cast its gaze far and wide into Italy's techno underground. The selection starts with break beat techno from Wrong Assessment and Alfredo Mazzilli - the latter's dreamy "Reminiscenza" is especially tantalising, before disappearing down a bruised, battered wormhole for Daniele Paduano's high octane "Permissions" and ADT's noisy, Autechre-influenced "Control of Your Brain". Edanticonf's "Le Lacrime di Freya" marks a shift towards straighter deep techno, while Ruhig's "Tacita" features the kind of dreamy, home-listening electronic music that is tailor made to accompany long, late night searches for obscure tracks.
Review: It must be challenging for a long-running label to come up with fresh ideas, but that is exactly what Planet Rhythm has achieved on its latest compilation. TWCOR's "How It Ends" revisits the glory days of Frankfurt Trax techno with its pounding kicks, Vinicius Honorio maps out a new direction for big room techno on the thundering filters and wild rave stabs of "Time & Space" and Two Sided Agency's "Controlled Cycle" is a synapse-melting acid track. There is also a more considered side to Planet Rhythm, and it's audible here on Tom Hades' "Felis", where the veteran producer pairs emotive synths with a rolling tribal groove.
Pjotr G & Dubiosity - "Action Potential" (Digital Only) - (6:19) 87 BPM
Pjotr G & Dubiosity - "Design Argument" (Digital Only) - (6:09) 127 BPM
Review: The latest release in Planet Rhythm's various artists series brings together some of the most exciting producers working in techno today. First up is Yan Cook, who delivers the moody, metallic roller, "1991". On "In Your Inner Sea", Alpi offers up a more reflective, introspective interpretation, with deep chords bubbling up over a snaking bass. In stark contrast, Wrong Assessment ups the intensity levels with "Remodelling", a dense, stepping workout, full of metallic riffs and punctuated by pounding kicks. The label has also commissioned a collaboration between Matrixxman and Brendon Moeller's Echologist project for this EP. The resulting track, "Shellshock", is led by visceral drums and is every bit as impactful as one can expect from these two talented producers.