Review: Prolific producer Franck Collin aka Fleck E.S.C returns to CPU after a few years' hiatus with a fine four-track EP. The title track resounds to glitchy percussion and a wobbly bass, with these elements providing the basis for a succession of spellbinding bleeps and tones. There's also a connection between "Rough Silk" and "Hat In The Cat", with both tracks deploying dreamy, mysterious synths; the latter also benefits from powerful filters and a chopped up, metallic rhythm. On "Faking Sweet", he heads down a stripped back route, with Collin dropping a lean, angular rhythm, while "Digger Play" is a downtempo, reflective affair, inspired by Autechre's glitchy work.
Review: Following the release of his debut album on Detroit Underground back in 2016, Eddie Symons aka Nullptr now drops an EP for the seminal Central Processing Unit. With its wiry, skeletal rhythm and unsettling synths, "LPC-10" sets the tone for the release. "Polytopes" is slower and more atmospheric, while the title track sees Nullptr veer into a Drexciyan netherworld that is populated by rumbling bass and queasy tonal shifts. Drawing on another key influence from the electro canon, Symons drops the ERP-sounding "Skyline" - although it is somewhat less reflective than Gerard Hanson's alter ego - before returning to the same familiar ground as "LPC-10" with the eerie synths and paranoid warbles of "Mothership".
Review: Joan-Mael Péneau aka Maelstrom is best known for his releases on Hacker's Zone imprint, but it was only a matter of time before his work appeared on CPU. This mini-album veers in style from the melodic, reflective title track to the frenetic, dense drums and high pitched bleeps of "Letter From M". On "Lost Echoes", he recruits the like-minded Djedjotronic for a slowed down ride through contemporary electro, while on "Vznietit", the French producer combines layers of heavy acid with a pumping, dark bass. With a nod to CPU's own love of the bleep techno and Autechre electronics from its Sheffield hometown, Maelstrom rounds off this impressive EP with "Dialectics" and "Praxis" respectively.