Review: Two of underground techno's most promising artists feature on this split release. Advanced Human shows two different sides to his musical palette. "Noh Funk" is a primal, slamming groove, the tough rhythms housing eerie chord progressions and a tunnelling, hypnotic riff. "Maszyna" is more understated and sees AH embrace dubby influences, yet at the same time the beats are hard and stomping, even though the tempo isn't as fast. By contrast, Developer favours a lighter approach. "Primera" is a deep, pulsing groove its rolling rhythm augmented by chain mail percussion. "Fuego" sees Developer go deeper still and its eerie chords rounds off this excellent package.
Review: There is no room for ambiguity on this release, with Dead Sound targeting the peak-time dance floor. "It's Over" sets the tone for most of the EP, with crunchy beats underpinning a rolling rhythm with a tracky flavour. "Split Blood" is more uptempo, with Dead Sound's heavy drums riding a rolling, filtered groove and "Looking at You" features climaxes to the sound of screeching, coruscating riffs, smart filtered drops and bizarrely, a sample of someone coughing - all set to a rolling backing. Bas Mooy's remixes introduce some variety to the release: the first version is a mid-tempo industrial groove, while the second take is more club-friendly, albeit against the backdrop of a chugging groove and static percussive hisses.
Stingrays - "A Strange Footprint Of The Unknown" - (7:25) 133 BPM
Stingrays - "The Black Planet" - (8:54)
Review: The fifth Counter Pulse record delivers an incendiary double header. Following on from his excellent record on Token, Japan's Go Hiyama proves again that he's the master of advanced techno; "Spiral" consists of heavy beats, so dense and claustrophobic that they almost take the listener's breath away. Married to doubled up claps and cheesewire percussion, they make for one of the best peak-time tracks of 2012. "Screw" is based on a similar approach, but the groove is more rolling, providing a platform for evil bass licks and dark droning riffs. Stingrays contribute two screeching, metal-shredding tracks, but their aggression and broken beat menace somehow can't compare to Go Hiyama's brilliance.