Review: AVN #011 sees Shifted and Ventress' Avian label look to the USA for the first time, as it taps up New York producer Shaun O'Sullivan for a six-track EP under his new 400PPM alias. O'Sullivan already has a deep knowledge of techno developed over a broad range of musical projects as anyone who has heard his excellent releases for The Corner and L.I.E.S. will attest. Bookended by two stark explorations into noise, the EP is joined by four solid techno productions which all marry the hard-hitting industrial sounds of pioneers like Adam X together with the rolling percussion and impressive sound design of the Berghain school of Dettmann and Klock. The off-kilter syncopations and metallic clutter of "Monoculture" is a particular highlight in what is another essential EP from Avian.
Review: After their mysterious little deviation last year, the hotly tipped Acteurs return to London's Public Information with another sublime amalgamation of minimalist industrial music in what feels like a cross between an EP and a mini LP, where each track fits in perfectly next to its counterpart. "Pride Of Classes" opens things up with a moody arrangement of harmonics and an even moodier male voice, and "Ewe" continues this desolate conversation amid what sound like the peak of the Blitzkrieg. "Honey Bear" goes down a post-punk path thanks to its repetitive and minimalistic synth lead, whereas "River Card" is another piece of experimental, neo-technoid poetry; "I W I" continues this tradition with an even nuttier collection of sonics at the helm.
Review: Alberich and Lussuria are no strangers to the deep, treacherous caves of the Hospital Productions portfolio, and we couldn't think of a pair more suited to the catalogue than these two shadowy characters. Classed as ambient/drone, we think that the duo's sound travels much deeper than that and in fact, we would place this sort of material in the same bracket as noise artists like Robert Turman or Aaron Dilloway. "Continuum" is an unsettling affair, a bundle of drones moving stealthily across a landscape of solitary distortion, and both "Antechamber" and "Anti-Renaissance" do their best to increase the momentum. "Untenable" opens the B-side with a dark cloud of sonics floating in mid-air, whereas "Alabaster" drowns in its own cool, meditative wave of smoke, and "Voice Of The Dagger" enters the abyss with the help of some truly cinematic swarm of unsettling, and beautifully archaic synths.
Review: AnD's new album Social Decay expands on the Manchester duo's intense approach to techno, with nods to noise, industrial and drum & bass. This follows 2014's Cosmic Microwave Background, which also came out on Electric Deluxe. The production duo of Andrew Bowen and Dimitri Papoulidis excel at showing an aesthetic extremity and that it can be applied to any number of song forms. Here they present one of their most overwhelming and innovative efforts. The LP sidesteps current affairs in favour of broad concepts that could be applied to any point on the timeline of human struggle. From the jagged and angular power electronics of "Corrupt Structures' to the body bashing industrial noise of "Corrugated Windows" to the heroin grindcore of "Narcissism" or the deconstructed jungle of "Kepler" - this stuff certainly isn't for the faint of heart!