Review: Kondo is the latest signing to Ali Wells' label and as Radiate shows, his sound is every bit as idiosyncratic as the label's other signings. Throughout the release, there is a noisy, distorted sound, mixed with muffled vocals and found sounds. "Lose The Ability To Understand Existence" revolves around a limber, stepping rhythm and a repetitive vocal sample as creaky noises grind away in the background. The title track is more direct, with distorted, slamming beats underpinning pitch-bent vocals, while "Unvanquishable Number" is a more reduced, stepping workout, albeit one full of half-heard vocal samples. However, Kondo never strays too far away from his love of discordance and "Something For Those Who Wait" is a killer, droning workout.
Yuji Kondo - "Radiate The Ocean From My Back" - (6:23) 128 BPM
Review: It may not be the most fashionable label, but there's no doubt that Perc Trax has been instrumental in championing some truly uncompromising music over the past decade. Here, owner Ali Wells continues on his mission to ignore trends with a typically abrasive selection. Truss' "Brockweir" is a hard and heavy techno banger with a grungy bass and jagged, screeching riffs blaring in constantly while Sawf's "Goves" sounds like a broken beat variant on this approach. Perc's own "Forever Your Girl" and "Dumpster" see him mine the 90s to deliver rave-sampling, stab-heavy tools - in particular, "Forever Your Girl" sounds like it sampled T99's "Anasthasia" - while Spanish imports Oscar Mulero and Exium provide the compilation with some fractured rhythmic finesse.