Stanislav Tolkachev - "Creeping Determinism" - (4:41) 134 BPM
Stanislav Tolkachev - "Cognitive Bias" - (5:08) 140 BPM
YYYY - "Khaliat" - (5:48) 132 BPM
YYYY - "Hath" - (4:58) 135 BPM
Review: London based imprint Weekend Circuit is back with a ferocious back to back effort by Ukrainian techno hero Stanislav Tolkachev and a mysterious newcomer. "Creeping Determinism" is a moment of Tolkachev at his particular finest: a pounding and broken peak time groove featuring all his trademark dystopian aesthetic and best of all, it's actually mixable. Likewise "Cognitive Bias" is surefire dancefloor artillery with its 4/4 onslaught powered by expertly executed series of chimes and bleeps, hypnotising you into submission. On the flip we've got "Khaliat" by the mysterious YYYY: a menacing, Berghain ready, peak time destroyer in the vein of Developer or anything on his famed Modularz imprint. His second offering "Hath" is equally suited to a heaving main room: a tough, surefire cyclical techno cut in the vein of Robert Hood, Phase or Rodhad with hypnotic beats and the mandatory claps on the kick, wicked!
Review: Glenn Wilson's long-standing hard techno label casts its gaze back to assess some of last year's highlights. Labelling Planet Rhythm as merely an outlet for heads-down tracks is somewhat misleading, and as this compilation shows, some of its best material comes from left of centre. Robert S' "Matos" is a chord-heavy groove with enough attitude to ensure it doesn't sound bland, while Samuli Kemppi drops one of his trademark bleep techno bombs on "Ant On A Rubber Rope". For those who like it harder, there's Giorgio Gigli & Ness' tunnelling "Resin" and Yan Cook's resonating "Shift", but the highlight is Mr G's "Binky's Groove", a loopy house number with the kind of tough beats and insistent vocal sampling that makes Colin McBean unique.