Review: The German label delivers its most purist techno record yet with Module. The title track is a slamming, almost claustrophobic affair, lent some sense of light thanks to its surging chords. Roberto's take on "Module" serves to heighten the interplay between these elements with its dark, scuffled beats and insistent percussion prevailing over the chords, making for a jarring sound. Advanced Human explores dub techno on "Satellite State", but with a difference as the beats are pushed to the point of distortion as the reverb filters and ebbs. Finally, "Satellite Club" features loose, organic drums, but the end result is more tracky and upfront than "State".
Review: Joachim Spieth's Affin imprint starts a new series titled Affinity and this inaugurates the new project in spectacular fashion. This new venture will likely delve into hypnotic techno territory and we like where it's leading! It's Sardinia's Claudio PRC up first who gives us "Limnic", a slow burning and sinister epic with some seriously evil sound design and droning bass drawing you into the void. Fellow Sardinian and Prologue label mate Ness is up next with "Vardar" a stomping and tunnelling techno affair with layer upon layer of immersive pads and paranoid atmospherics. On the flip is Dutchman Reggy Van Oers, with the rather Dettmann sounding "Frenetic" and finally sometime Ness collaborator, Glasgow's Deepbass gets onboard with the hypnotic and futuristic stomper "The Light That Never Was".
Giorgio Gigli - "Looking Through My Memory" - (9:57) 120 BPM
Joachim Spieth - "Vurt." - (5:53) 133 BPM
Deepbass - "Search Continues" - (7:13) 128 BPM
Periskop - "Relent" - (7:09) 120 BPM
Review: Here's a release for those who like deep, hypnotic techno. Decennium 1.3 is the last EP in a series that celebrates Affin's tenth anniversary, and it sees the label bring together some great talent. Giorgio Gigli's "Looking Through My Memory" is a multi-layered affair, underpinned by cavernous kicks and featuring half-heard, muffled vocals. On "Vurt", label owner Joachim Spieth opts for a relatively similar approach, conjuring up atmospheric layers against a back drop of stepping, menacing bass. Deepbass' "Search Continues" picks up the pace and offers a more club-friendly rhythm than the preceding tracks, while Periskop rounds off this fine anniversary series with a robust, dub techno groove in the shape of the nautical "Relent".
Review: Like Superpitcher, James Hunter has an unerring knack for marrying the most sensuous musical elements with gentle dance floor nous. In this instance it's a subtle woodwind progression wrapping itself around understated beats as jazzy keys plink away seductively. "Stay Between The Lines" achieves a similar effect, albeit by different means. There, dubby beats and a sassy rhythm support reflective keys, and Daniko Schneider matches these moods with a great evrson of "Heart". Like the original version, jazzy keys weave in and out of the arrangement but on this version the groove is more rolling and club-friendly. Siz Da's take is also distinctive but pushes in the opposite direction as a plaintive guitar is strummed over clipped beats.
Review: Affin continues to impress by operating at the edge of house and techno, and Kabiko is more of the same. The title track is house music at its most out there; shaking castanets and a pitched down vocal intoning phrases like 'house music' and 'here we go again' accompany woozy, druggy chords to a tripped out climax. "Doctor Says" sees Hunter come back down to earth with a drummy, slamming groove that is in line with Affin's techno leanings. However, it seems that house music is on the menu for this release and "The Clown Is Down", with its mixture of forceful bass and jazzy keys, is just right for deep house heads.