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.
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".