Review: Arnaud le Texier presents the next series of recruits for his newest venture Children Of Tomorrow; focused on hard hitting hypnotic techno grooves with Connection Series Vol. 5. First up is the droney sonar transmissions of current scene hero Antonio De Angelis with the fittingly titled "Drone", Barcelona based rising star Marla Singer with the tunnelling and trance inducing "Naked Face" while Moteka's "Xytyru" is one of the finest tributes to the Edit Select sound we've heard in a while. Elsewhere, PVS channels the vibe of early Prologue or Zooloft on Arcadia" and Wunderblock & Relic Radiation's "Recombination" will have you surrendering to the void in no time: awash in ethereal pads, churning synth loops and endless trails of reverb.
Review: With releases from Zadig, Samuli Kemppi and Terrence Dixon, Children Of Tomorrow has provided a platform for some of techno's most experimental artists. As Sense makes clear, Arnaud Le Texier, the label owner, also belongs to that elite group. "Wrong Planet" starts the release with eerie ambience, before "4 FM" unfolds over a low-key, pulsating groove. On the title track, the French producer picks up the pace to drop a hypnotic, minimal rhythm track, while on "Antidote", and the claustrophobic "Project C", Le Texier creates a dense, mangled dance floor track full of dank low end tones and warped percussion.
Review: It's been interesting to see Le Texier's gradual shift towards purist techno and "Valiant", the first track on this release, could be a Jeff Mills composition. Over gargantuan kicks, he lays down a bleepy sequence that moves up and down the tonal scale. Oscar Mulero's remix is typical of the Spanish producer's sound, with broken beats underscoring a dramatic, building filter that cover the original's bleeps in a dense cloud. "Divergent" sees Le Texier deliver a more intense version of 90s techno and its distorted kicks and merciless claps sound more like Luke Slater than Mills. Mike Storm's ravey take on "Divergent" completes this flawless underground release.
Review: The latest release on Arnaud Le Texier's label sees Endlec partner up with newcomer Euskalraver for some devastating results. First up it's Endlec; "Cyclo" is a pulsing techno groove daubed in layers of grimy textures, while on "Nycto", he goes for a more extreme approach; the drums and rhythm are more abrasive and visceral, with rusty acid globules dripping over these backing elements. Despite it being Euskalraver's debut outing, he impresses greatly; "Offset Mode" is a hypnotic, tunnelling track in the finest Sandwell District fashion, while "Unestable Motion" is a bleep-heavy groove, the 303s bubbling over robotic drums.
Review: French producer Le Texier has released a variety of material on a dizzying array of labels, but for this EP he settles on tough, purist techno. "Catharsis" sets the tone for the release, a heavy banging workout, underpinned by tough drums and jarring electronic riffs. "Baphomet (Outro)" which follows merely consists of electronic noise, but the remix from Aiken puts it back on the dance floor as shrieking riffs and hissing percussive riffs jolts it back towards the dance floor. Irish producer Lee Holman provides the release highlight though, turning "Baphomet" into a tough, bleepy groove powered by howling analogue riffs and rasping percussion.
Ricordo (Antonio De Angelis remix) - (6:12) 129 BPM
Review: Loris Grimaldi is a new artist, and Arnaud Le Texier's label deserves kudos for providing this platform to showcase his work. Fans of Mike Parker and Sandwell District's tunnelling techno will be impressed by the mesmerising, hypnotic pulses and atmospheric chords of "Orlo Esterno" and "Equivoco". Meanwhile on "Estirpazione", a more brooding sound is audible, with Grimaldi conjuring up warbling bleeps and a stepping rhythm. However, Catarsi isn't just about menacing underground techno, and "Ricordo" is led by warm, layered melodies and a mellow pulse. Rounding off this fine release is label regular Antonio De Angelis' tripped out, acid-soaked interpretation of "Ricordo".
Review: Arnaud Le Texier's label showcases two fine upcoming producers on this split release. First up is Mental Resonance, who has put out material on underground labels like Sonntag Morgen and Dark Rose. "Erosion" is like a tougher, darker take on Sandwell District's austere, icy techno, the clicking percussion and subsonic tones set to rolling, powerful drums. "Eternal Adolescence" is much deeper and tranced out, and has echoes of early 90s artists like Cherry Bomb, while "Dagger" from French producer Coldgeist shares a similar, albeit acid-soaked space. However, he also drops "Thelema", a dense, rhythmic groove that rolls and twists its way to a bleep-soaked climax.