Aphelion - "Temple 7" - (6:14) 127 BPM
   
Artefakt - "Agents Of Reality" - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
Artificial Drm - "Human With No Name" - (6:47) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Korridor - "VI" - (9:43) 129 BPM
Review: Following on from last year's Artefakt EP, the De Stijl imprint returns with a split release as its second instalment. Focusing again on a more cerebral take on electro and techno, it starts with a fusion of atmospheric synths and steely 808s on Aphelion's "Temple 7". Artificial DRM's "Human With No Name" inhabits a similar territory, as an understated bass supports brooding textures, while Korridor's "VI" ventures into ambient techno territory with pads swirling in a seductive arc. The one variable is Artefakt's "Agents Of Reality"; while also haunted by ghostly sounds, its stepping rhythm and acrid 303s exude a level of intensity not audible elsewhere on De Stijl 02.
DS 02
13 Jan 20
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Boish - (4:44) 124 BPM
   
Global Surveillance - (4:46) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rusted - (4:27) 115 BPM
Review: Boysnoize may be seen as a mainstream label by some, but it was one of the first outlets to champion the work of Djedjotronic over a decade ago. Since then, the French artist has released a large amount of work on the imprint, each time with a defiantly underground sound. Boish is no different; it starts with the title track's bleak, rolling ebm groove. "Rusted" is slower and more stripped back, but there is understated power on display in the low-slung rhythm. Most impressive however is "Global Surveillance": pitched-down vocals ride acid-drenched, pounding 808s, while nocturnal rave stabs drop from overhead.
BNR 195D
17 Jan 20
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Concerning Irregular Figures - (4:37) 133 BPM
   
Exit Strategy - (4:51) 125 BPM
   
Glove Box - (4:15) 125 BPM
   
Glovebox (Assembler Code Rewind remix) - (4:39) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Dave Clarke
Review: On We Are The Mod! hardware trio London Modular Alliance help Billy Nasty celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his revered electro label. "Concerning Irregular Figures" revolves around a brooding bass, niggling percussive ticks and a filtered synth loop that floats off into the cosmos. By contrast, "Exit Strategy" is much more pared back, with a focus on a wobbly bass and jittery drum patterns. This less-is-more arranging is also audible on "Glove Box", where they fuse 303 belches with a warbling bass and garbled vocal. Rounding off this landmark release for the label is the Assembler Code take on "Glove..." where crisp drums and frazzled acid tones prevail.
ELECTRIX 014
13 Jan 20
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