Review: While many electronic artists operating in the underground would kick their catalogues off with some EPs here and there, Andy Brown, codename AB2088, preferred to drop two debut LPs before landing on Central Processing Unit with this mighty 8 treck release. Right from the start of "All The Eyes", you can hear that this dude likes to create music rather than effective tracks, with all sorts of deep and complex musical harmonies encircling the air above the tune's more straight-laced beat groove. Even on the flipside, namely through the excellent "TX0", you can hear a story being pieced together, a tense and energetic bundle of sounds yearning to explode out of the system. Deep, deep electro thrills for the lovers...
Review: Nowadays Dean Marriott is best known for his work as D.Ramirez, but back in the early 90s, he was making bleep techno as Detromental. The short-lived act's music became the stuff of legend in Sheffield, home to Warp, a label that Move should have but never did appear on. Fast forward over a quarter of a century and Chris Smith, the boss of another Steel City label, CPU, tracks down Marriott and proposes to release rebuilt versions of "Move" and "Rewind". Despite no one knowing where the master tapes were, both tracks were reproduced using the original synths. Mysterious synths, system-levelling bass and insane frequency tweaks come together over streamlined arrangements that lose none of the excitement of the early 90s.
Review: Originally discovered by Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt, Drexciya), Federico Leocata is an Athenian electro artist with penchant for the dark side. Following a string of releases on key underground labels he now returns with this long player on Central Processing Unit. Fans of minimal wave and synth pop won't be disappointed as we get nine stark cuts of gimp mask beats and dungeon friendly melodies. Highlights include the sleazy horror-clash of opener "Der Zeitlose Raum", the metaphysical dominatrix vibes of "Metavision" and the Propaganda-on-a-budget pop of "Zunachst" which features the ice-cool vocals of Beta Evers.
Review: Since launching five years ago, Chris Smith's Central Processing Unit label has risen to become one of the finest purveyors of electro, IDM and intelligent techno on the planet. Here, Smith has decided to celebrate the story so far with a luxurious, double-vinyl set featuring brand new remixes of CPU catalogue classics. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the braindance-goes-techno rush of Missqulater's remix of CN's "Zener Diode Blues" and the Motor City-meets-the-Steel City brilliance of Plant43's rework of Blixaboy, to the sludgy, slo-mo bliss of Noumen reworking B12, and the latter's thrillingly beautiful interpretation of Ms Jynx's "Diving Loop". In other words, it's a brilliant collection of analogue electronic music from some of the greatest talents in the game. We wouldn't have expected anything less, to be honest.
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.