Review: FireScope Records present Darren Nye, a UK producer who has been writing music since 1995. Emotional Intelligence is his first-ever vinyl release, which fully represents the label's ethos. An emotional and heartfelt work, it features influences from label heads B12 (Things She Said) and other Sheffield or Detroit innovators. Be assured that there's proper contemporary techno with emotive Motor City vibes here, like on Disconnected Reality - an otherworldly ambient techno expression which will have you levitating into the cosmos. Elsewhere, there's the very deepest strains of electro in the form of Emulated Emotion or Plasmid Souk respectively.
Review: Despite boasting a bulging solo discography that stretches right back to the turn of the '90s, B12 man Steve Rutter has never before released an album under his given name. BrainFog, then, is something of a surprise treat. What's less of a surprise, though, is the quality of the collected material, which is every bit as melodious, atmospheric and finely crafted as Rutter's B12 work. While the album does contain a few forays into darker, murkier electro territory, for the most part Rutter explores laidback IDM and intelligent techno territory, flitting between chiming, deep space electronica, rolling deep techno, horizontal ambient and fluid, melody-rich analogue workouts. In other words, it's a fantastic album from a true pioneer of British techno.