Review: Having previously featured on a compilation on Deca Rhythm, the label now gives Brukrode a full release to articulate his/her sound. The world that this producer inhabits is an inherently bleak one, as "Sedan" in particular demonstrates. Over a high-paced rhythm and a walking bass, Brukrode unleashes a series of high-pitched shrieks, intense enough to raise the dead. The sound and tempo are less intense on the title track, with Brukrode delivering an industrial rhythm that throbs and thuds. It's not like he has mellowed out, but the presence of a muffled vocal sample deep in the arrangement shows that Brukrode is human after all.
Review: More and more, modern techno is integrating sounds from the early 90s and this release from Deca Rhythm boss BrukRode is a good example of this development. The title track revolves around a hardcore bass that lunges and lashes like a drunken sailor on leave, while fractured, percussive particles provide the arrangement with some direction. On "Moving Average", there is a shift of sorts in direction; the beats are tougher and edge towards distortion, while the groove has more in keeping with the loop techno sound of the late 90s. Still, influences from the earlier part of that decade remain, and the track also features a massive sub-bass.
Review: Not sure if the title is in reference to the amount of time he spends measuring peoples response to his name 'ohhh I geddit: Fire-Hose-Eh!' or not, but it definitely wins our 'pun of the week' award (if we had one that is). This dude is from Estonia and he's all about taking the 90s and giving them a good seeing to. "Catwalk" is a quirky slice of vintage-sounding UKG, "Pufaika" is a clackity-clack booty track, "Departure" is a warped, RnBnKetamine dream, but it's the remarkable, techy-disco of "Buckwhirl" that's really doing it for us.
Review: Pulling together a healthy spread of their roster, Decarhythm ably demonstrate their increasingly focused musical remit on this four-tracker. There's lean techno to be enjoyed from Genotype, where the bassline rules the day and the beat is an exercise in restraint. Kamikaze Space Programme plump for a shufflier approach to 4/4 with "Bhopal", although still plumbing a dark deep-space vibe. Bloodman has a decidedly straight-up tech-house atmosphere at work on "Jones", while Orphan 101 similarly ticks away with a warm sound that peppers the minimal groove with a light dusting of electro. For that sturdy peak-of-the-night tech-edged sound, Deca Rhythm seem to be an increasingly wise destination.
Review: The brand new alias of D&B-turned-techno producer Raiden, Kamikaze Space Programme has been a buzzword in underground music circles of late, and no wonder - this is top class and super sharp bass-heavy techno for the modern consumer. "Black Lagoon" kicks the Haas Effect EP off with some deeply hypnotic rhythms and inky black bass, whilst "Minus 28" continues the sublime musical magic with razor sharp synths, Metalheadz style humming and murmuring subs. "Crusoe On Mars" is another quirky cut, with gong-like SFX and shuffling beats, before "Trouble" rounds things off on a more sparse and stripped back note.
Review: After seemingly defining his production style in a positively minimal approach to hybrid dubstep and techno, Orphan101 comes to Decarhythm in an utterly different guise. "Itchin" launches into a brilliantly off-kilter stepper full of electro tweakery and crafty switch ups. It may sound a little awkward to digest, but the finished article nails the concept of a big banger with not a cliche in sight. "Aint Sam" harks back to cheeky minimal techno, while "Brenn" occupies a more sinister space over a 4/4 beat. Compared to the austere output of the past, this EP is Orphan101 in sure-fire party-starting mode. Recommended.
Review: Having spent a good few years cultivating his hybrid bass-led sound, Rob Davies commits to a full-length to further expand on the spacious, atmospheric tones that his prior singles have always gravitated towards. There's a delicate touch at work, from the gossamer drop on "Hart" to the expressive slithers of synth on "Arrow Tune", and even when the beats are falling hard and clattering, there's a supple feeling to Davies' constructions. The tracks maintain the forward-momentum of techno even as they embrace all manner of rhythms and tempo, while the melodics celebrate the possibilities afforded by digital production without compromising on depth and warmth, making for a wholly captivating debut LP.
Review: Industrial, grubby and mechanical, that's the type of sound Orphan101 and Tugger deliver on the dubby, electro-laden banger "Fat Jay". On the digital flip you'll be met with the techno Viking stomp of "Darkie", a hideously dank cut of body music surrounded by swirls of reverb and delay. Two massive club tracks here that will pummel any dancefloor.
Review: Yellow Beard debuts on Deca Rhythm with an EP that over four tracks is uplifting, bullish, melodic and syncopated. Elements of trance playfully narrate the liquid sounding "Shell" and the EP opener "Before Us", while "London" sounds like Mount Kimbie's "Ruby", that is before it drops into a shellacking groove with percussion which the likes of M_nus duo Click Box would be proud of. "Money Prophet" has a similar arrangement to "London" only this time it's Blawan that inspires the breeze block crushing breakdown.