Review: Arnaud Le Texier is on a roll, releasing crafty tough techno with his own distinctive edge. The latest outing on his own Children Of Tomorrow label is a case in point. "PHR4" is a dense groove populated by eerie, high-pitched sound effects - like Mike Parker jamming with Ben Sims. On the title track, the French producer continues in this vein; led by stomping kicks and steely claps, these elements provide the basis for a cacophony of hypnotic tones and textures. In contrast, "Swept" is a stripped back, minimal techno track; powered by surging chords and insistent bleeps, it rounds out this compelling EP.
Review: Next up on Children of Tomorrow is label boss Arnaud Le Texier with a hard-hitting dance floor EP. "Demon" is powered by tough tribal drums and a rolling rhythm, with Le Texier augmenting the arrangement with relentless filters. This approach ensures that the end result is a lean and impactful club techno track. "Chunks" is a different proposition, and derives its inspiration from the 90s Birmingham sound, with noisy metallic rhythms and visceral, grimy kicks ratcheting up the release's intensity levels. Rounding off the EP is "Yellowcake", where Le Texier drops solid kicks, which act as the backdrop for insistent analogue tones and razor-sharp thunder claps.
Review: Antonio De Angelis follows last year's Chain release on Children Of Tomorrow with another raw techno EP. The title track is led by squealing analogue tones and ferocious bursts of percussion, with all of the arrangement's elements pushed into the red. In contrast, "Ayd" resounds to a menacing bass, which De Angelis uses as a basis to layer atmospheric synths, while "Il Filo" is a high-paced tribal track, with its high-paced rhythm peppered with distorted riffs. As befits such high-quality original material, the label has commissioned two great remixes - Oscar Mulero turns "Il Filo" into a dense stepping techno affair, while Jeroen Search's version of the same track is a menacing, acid-soaked workout.
Review: Children Of Tomorrow is a label managed by London-based Arnaud Le Texier and Emmanuel Ternois, who have a shared passion for techno lasting over 30 years. The gems showcased on this latest label compilation are not limited to: the pummelling cyclicality of Antonio De Angelis' "Level", the seething atmosphere of Casual Treatment's "Uncertain Present", or Ian Axide's mental acid trip "Theory". It's important as well to mention Michel Lauriola who channels that classic Downwards aesthetic on "Point of Disorder" and Stephen Mahoney closing it out with the old-school, DJ Rush vibe of "Subtract".
Review: Ian Axide follows 2019's Arikmetica release on Children Of Tomorrow with this gnarly release. The title track is a peak time affair that is powered by discordant drones and relentless hi hats, while on "Glow", he takes a cleaner, more streamlined approach. Led by a pumping groove, it features hypnotic chords that wrap themselves around Axide's dense kicks. On "Ave", he focuses his efforts on a looped tribal groove that recalls classic Ben Sims, while "Tempo" closes out the release in more dramatic mode. Led by warbling acid and punchy drums, it makes for a fitting climax to this peak-time EP.
Review: French techno legend Arnaud Le Texier adds to an emphatic 2020 with a return to his Children Of Tomorrow label. Berghain may be lockdown as this is written but its sound lives on through the banging warehouse sonics of peak time beast "Jersey" while the aptly titled "Drums" - full of distortion, detuned hats and fluttering riffs - booms with funk and flux. Workout techno. Gnarly acid lines in "Impact" conjure up visions of that classic rave scene in Blade with the title track here heavy on a percussion loop with its 909s drum machine mechanisms sequenced at full tilt. In Arnaud we trust.