Review: It's hard to believe that Finnish producer Tuomas Rantanen studied classical guitar or has an academic background in philosophy. Indeed, this four-track EP trades the cerebral for the visceral and the subtle with the immediate. Focusing on hard, peak-time techno, Rantanen delivers "Grinding Ground", fashioning his beats from granite breezeblocks and dropping merciless industrial riffs. "Millennium" deploys broken beats, but is just as relentless, especially when Rantanen decides to double up the beats midway though, while "Urban Area" uses waves of jarring riffs to make its point. There is some light at the end of the tunnel however, with the rolling "Monoid" based on a deep looped stab, but in the main, Grinding Ground is an intense ride.
Review: Brighton based City Wall Records is managed by Ross Harper and their current talent base represents a worldwide spread of artists from North America and Finland to Belgium and the U.K. Harper himself remembers when he first heard Uven's tracks at his studio. His background as a drummer, coupled with his studio experience of programming synths just shines through here on the Black Magic EP. From ambient house as heard on the evocative opener "The Sad Life of Yours Truly" where sublime melodic arrangements work their magic against a backdrop of subtle electro beats, to the slinky and hypnotic progressive house journey "Plotzensee" named after everyone's favourite Berlin lake, or the tension and suspense of the rather Innervsions sounding "Black Magic".