Review: Prolific Australian imprint Gynoid Audio lands its 72nd digital release via 88UW's No Rush ep, Sebastian Stohr's fourth for the label and second for Gynoid this year. It's easy to imagine Stohr producing "Incorrigible" with a flickered Aphex Twin styled grin - a look that says 'let's mess with their heads'. What else could be the reason for a sonically dismembered tambourine - the tracks focal point - continually descends downward into a confused tapestry of sinister bubbles and Sandwell District bleeps, beclouded further by fluttered panning, dank gurgles and tremolo techniques. "No Rush" is straight up techno - the type you pull out to explain what German techno is. Paul Boex, one half of Abstract Division and label head to Dynamic Reflection offers his "Hypno Rework" to "No Rush", shaving off some of the originals low end and replacing it with sprinklings of melodica-hypnotica. The back-beat kick-snare combo and subtle synths of "Virus" round out the EP and is a perfect pressure cooker for the esoteric warm up DJ.
Review: The owner of Gynoid is the series' latest contributor, and Pure sees him shift the label's sonic goalposts. The title track is a mean, lean slamming track, but it sounds different to the slew of tough techno thanks to its tearing, relentless filter. By contrast, "In The Mood for Dub" is a deep, stepping affair, its heavy rhythms and breathy chords making for a reflective affair. Sitting somewhere in the middle is the Black Hats take on "Pure". Favouring a more laid back tempo and a dubby bassline, it retains the building filters, making for an intoxicating meeting of sounds.
Review: Originally inspired by Chicago house and Detroit techno, in recent years DJ Hi-Shock's newer material shows that he has gone down a different route. The title track starts off with surging chords, but these quickly turn distorted and frazzled as Hi-Shock adds in some shaking percussion and howling riffs, eventually reaching a frazzled crescendo. Mary Velo's remix is not as dramatic and if anything works the mood in a different direction. Starting off with raucous beats, it features the Canadian in Berlin's trademark drones leading the arrangement into a soft-focus denouement that is radically different to the original track's climax.
Review: This London-based Italian producer has just a handful of releases to his credit, but has already developed an ability to creatively fuse existing sounds and styles. The title track is a good example: rich, warm chords surge and flow over a stripped back, razor-sharp minimal rhythm, equal parts inspired by Rob Hood and Basic Channel. On "Armadura", de Angelis teases out dubby techno over scuffled, juddering beats that are coated in spine-tingling acid lines. Gynoid has also chosen the remixers wisely: Advanced Human lends his breezeblock beats and metallic percussion to his version of the title track, while Mattias Fridell pushes "Armadura" into a tunnelling groove.
Review: Dutch producer Bas Mooy is one of the most talented hard techno producers, but for some reason, he doesn't get the acclaim that he deserves. Hopefully this release will help to address that situation. "Desolaat" is a killer track, its pumping groove underpinned by a dark acid line and dramatic filter sweeps. "Recoil" showcases Mooy's ability to work with seemingly disparate elements, as dreamy sound scapes unfold over a muddy bass and slamming, tribal beats. The remixers are also of a high standard. Xhin strips "Desolaat" back and turns it into leaner rhythmic workout, while the Radial take on "Recoil" is more slamming than the original, its heavy drums building to a bombastic climax.