Review: On We Are The Mod! hardware trio London Modular Alliance help Billy Nasty celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his revered electro label. "Concerning Irregular Figures" revolves around a brooding bass, niggling percussive ticks and a filtered synth loop that floats off into the cosmos. By contrast, "Exit Strategy" is much more pared back, with a focus on a wobbly bass and jittery drum patterns. This less-is-more arranging is also audible on "Glove Box", where they fuse 303 belches with a warbling bass and garbled vocal. Rounding off this landmark release for the label is the Assembler Code take on "Glove..." where crisp drums and frazzled acid tones prevail.
Review: Umek is best known nowadays for big room house and techno, but long before he had embarked on that route, he was synonymous with underground electronic music. In particular, the Slovenian producer gained acclaim for his unrelenting minimalism as Consumer Recreation and the Zeta Reticula project, which merged electro and dub techno. Although the latter project has been on hold for over a decade, this seventh instalment shows that Umek has lost none of his magic. "Chromospheric Activity" is an atmospheric stepper that features eerie synths, while on "13000 Au From Our Sun" and "A Common Motion Through Space", he draws on his industrial past to deliver tough, industrial electro bangers, led by steely percussion and visceral bass.
Review: For the eleventh edition in the second phase of Billy Nasty's notorious electro imprint, he presents new collaboration M-Twelve. Taking their name from the iconic Fred Perry T-shirt. It's comprised of the label boss himself with Nick Dunton of Surface Records, 65D Mavericks fame and more recently: the Poverty is Violence label. A side cut "All The Things" is a booming and thumping expression in big-room electro, but with an evocative vibe and a sleazy vocal atop. That same creepy voice makes a comeback on the smack electro of "Time Spent". It's the B side which really packs a punch though, with these two stellar remixes: the dystopian breakneck shenanigans of "Time Spent" (Sync 24 remix) that is assisted by some snarling acid action, while Transparent Sound's rendition sees the Bognor legends deliver the goods as always.