Review: For their fourth split release. Granulart brings together well-known techno producers with some rising artists. Inigo Kennedy's "Stellation" is a great stepping track that combines the UK producer's signature crystalline synths with dense drum patterns, while on "Uncoperative Cog" Stanislav Tolkachev teams up with Albert Chiovenda for a searing rhythm track that revolves around pile-driving drums. The tracks from label regulars Kessel and Eric Fetcher are just as impressive. On "The Return of the Archons", Fetcher drops a mesmerising, dubbed out track that also features bleak synths, while Kessel's "Codebreaker" resounds to tough, visceral drums and is the kind of dense tool track that wouldn't sound out of place on a Purposemaker record.
Review: Valent?n Corujo is one half of the Exium act, and in the rest of his time produces as Kessell and runs the Granulart label. As Compilation #06 so effortlessly demonstrates, Corujo has become a master of the dubbed out, scuffled techno sound. The static hiss and muffled thud of "Fonec" and "Graviton" bleed seamlessly into one another, while on "Kalliope", this singular artist lets gentle wave upon wave of sound build over an understated backing. Despite his low profile and no frills approach to putting out music, Corujo is one of Europe's finest and most consistent producers -and more bruising tracks like "Noctua" and " Kaizen" show that his appeal isn't limited or should lurk in dubbed out shadows.
Review: The latest release on Granulart comes from its owner, Valent?n Corujo aka Kessell. Proving that thirteen is not an unlucky number, the Spanish producer lays down a series of tough but distinctive club tracks. "Raising Our Consciousness" resounds to menacing, looped riffs and pounding kicks that call to mind classic Lost Recordings, while on "Afterlife" the Granulart boss opts for a harder, more stripped back sound, as dark filters accompany concrete drums and relentless percussion. "Modal Operator" adeptly replicates Mills-style panel-beating drums, while closing track "Living Cells" is a relentless, pulsating workout that is powered by a system-levelling bass.
Review: The latest release from Valentin Corujo aka Kessell draws on 90s minimal techno for inspiration. A nagging, acidic bass is at the heart of the title track, while on "Psychosocial", a darker, heavier rhythm prevails. Both arrangements sound relatively restrained when compared to "Intensity of Perception". There, a cold, bleep-laden rhythm dominates and sounds redolent of classic Robert Hood and even Joey Beltram's "Game Form". Ramping up gradually in intensity as it progresses, it's one of Corujo's finest productions so far. The chord-heavy "Shirka" maintains the hard-edged sound as it is delivered with grainy drums, while "Helical Structure" ends the EP in a percussive flurry.