Review: Liam Blackburn's Ancestral Voices continues to develop at lightning fast speeds, and the producer lands back on Horo with a brand-spanking new LP by the name of Divination. Much like his usual style and flair, AV has a lot more to say that simple drones or hollow ambient waves; this new LP is a perfect example of his use and misuse of deep textures when it comes to moulding electronic soundscapes but, most of all, you can vividly feel the man's d&b past coming through loud and clear. While these ten wide-eyed segments of music might give the impression of subtlety, peace and tranquility, they're very much rooted in a UK hardcore sort of flex, and it's the sort that will no doubt come of use to those wishing to add some depth and atmosphere to the start of their sets. Mighty and unmatched in the game.
Circle VIII (Ancestral Voices remix) - (6:35) 85 BPM
Review: The Horo label wouldn't be complete without the mischievous industrial patterns of Pact Infernal, a mysterious artist who specialises in all things on the grey end of the scale. Infernality is the artist's second LP for the imprint and, compared to his debut CD album, this dwells on much vaster, more cinematic landscapes that remind us of Prurient's top material. The A-side, a cavernous stretch of earth that goes from "Purification" to "Meditations", has been constructed with the notion of tribalism very much front of mind, and this builds at a constant rate to reach the climax of the B-side. "Principles" heads back to the nether zone with its eerie swarms of bass, while "Infernality" drops the listener into a thick swamp of loose beats and mind-bending background effects. The second vinyl follows the same steady path to all-out doom, dipping and rising at every turn with the help of powerful bass recipes floating in mid-air. It's an album of gloom, passion, dread and euphoria, all at the same time. Excellent stuff.
Review: Geoff Presha's Horo imprint returns with more brooding and experimental techno derivatives following up great work by ASC, Ena and Grebenstein in recent times. This time it's the shadowy masked one SNTS delivering some of his trademark hypnotic techno sounds: some of the best in the business if you ask us! This guy channels the best of the sound's heyday: think Prologue and Zooloft if they'd stuck around until now. "Ancestral Reflection" with its densely layered pads will hypnotise you into submission, while the savage bass pulsations and metallic and textured machine rhythms will move your feet. "Figures In The Mist" is the real thriller on here and if heard on a big sound system .and will have you surrendering to the void in no time. "Resurgence" is a brutalist industrial body basher in the vein of Violet Poison which is your one way ticket to hell and back: approach this one with caution.