Review: Greven's Tobias Leuke aka O.B.I is one hardcore dude! Keeping on with Germany's notorious 'Schranz' sound, this album is not for the faint of heart. More for those who hunger for the old days of 140 BPM techno that Chris Liebing smashed out back in the day. Thing is: these tracks are more around the 150 BPM mark, so handle with care! This album is for digital hardcore freaks out of Barcelona Audiocode, a fitting home. Highlights include: "Deep Integration" which sounds like Mark Broom/Rue East circa 2001 on steroids, "Block Rocking Beat" is absolutely ferocious and sounding like classic Ben Sims on performance enhancing drugs while "Source Of Creation" is the most violent offering; clocking in at around 154 BPM this is pushing the threshold towards gabber territory!
Review: Bas Mooy's label drops its most adventurous release yet. Paul Birken has been operating at the fringes of techno for years and puts out the kind of rough analogue music that would make the industrial art school boys shiver with fear. Distorted drums, intense and in your face volleys of percussion set the scene on this three-tracker. "Big Rig Barnacle" displays some musical leanings via its woozy chords and "Funnel Fiends" goes the opposite way thanks to its acid emissions. But the best thing about Birken is his sheer unpredictability and "Repeat Offender" sounds like a hard techno arrangement pulled apart, distorted to the max and then randomly reassembled.