Review: Neuro influences get turned up to the max from these Ukranian noisemakers. Fairly new on the scene but no less brash because of it, both tracks on this blistering release are harder than granite and icier than a freak Antarctic snowstorm. Referencing everyone from Misanthrop to Phace and Optical, it's an uncompromising and impressive take on neurofunk in 2013. No less damaging than its predecessors, "Fade To Black" especially has the razor-sharp edge to take dancefloors past breaking point, with cinematic musicality that proves these producers aren't just in it for the breaks - although there's plenty of those too.
Review: Subsonik doesn't mess about, diving straight in and remixing two absolute belters from darkside soldiers Black Sun Empire and Quadrant & Cease respectively. First up is "Crash Bunny", which he re-works into a discerning dancefloor bomb with stuttering synths and cool percussion. "Rage & Rapture" undergoes a similar treatment, with a trance-like, sci-fi vocal-led intro and spaced out atmospherics, it drops into an epic adventure with rapturous synths and euphoric SFX. One for the ravers.
Review: A sweeping, crackling intro full of anticipation, beautifully enunciated beats and glitchy gurgles eases us into "Zebra's Crossing". A gorgeous murmuring bassline calls the shots from below in the slightly perturbing sketchy soundscape, in which downtempo, almost trance like atmospherics dominate in the distance. Up next, "Night Life" is a further existential exploration with a minimalist Perez/Rockwell style sensibility, with a deep, menacing b-line and glitched up beats shuffling round another in pared down glory. A nice release on the Dutch label.
Review: Mad, bad and dangerous, legendary techstep German D&B-ster Tim Eliot, aka Current Value comes to the fore for part one of Guerilla Files Vol 1. Gird your loins as he goes in hard with the ferocity of a bull in a china shop - we're talking lacerating breaks, breathtaking tempos, pummelling drums and relentless and unforgiving energy in "Therapist", and much the same in flipside gem "Overclock". Gein then takes the reins for another supersonic venture into skullstep debauchery with techno informed beats, punching drums and merciless b-lines in abundance. Not one for the faint hearted.
Review: Fourward, who we've seen collaborate with Austrian duo Body & Soul in the past, steps up for a solo release in anticipation of his album on Citrus. It's souped up, high octane D&B all the way here, as Mindscape takes to the helm for his remix of "Wishes", which is synth-coated, rip-roaring tear out straight up. "Stuck" is a more tech-y number, with ticking breaks, industrial bellows and distorted synth lines all over the place. Approach with caution!