Beico & MT93 - "Let There Be Dark" - (7:03) 128 BPM
Polaris - (7:04) 127 BPM
Review: The latest singing on Pleasurekraft's label are Beico & MT93, an Argentine act. The title track is not dissimilar from the Kraftek owner's own approach; revolving around an intense, pumping groove and a razor-sharp percussive accompaniment, it sees snare rolls, break downs and a visceral rave riff all coming together to create dance floor chaos. "Polaris" is also highly effective, but uses a slightly different approach; although it is centred on grainy, steely drums and a pumping groove that house insistent vocal snippets, it too features dramatic break downs and the kind of rave-addled bass that will guarantee it gets played in big rooms across the globe.
Review: Matrixxman has enjoyed a productive couple of years, both on his own and with longtime production partner Vin Sol. Here he pitches up on Kraftek with another solid EP of floor-friendly gems. Opener "The Spell" is, in many ways, surprisingly tough, sounding like pitched-down classic late night techno - think thunderous kicks, intense electronics and foreboding synth basslines - with a few typically melodic deep house touches to lighten the mood. Phil Kieran's remix of the same track is decidedly wonky, with snappy drum machine handclaps providing the meat of the sparse-but-tough rhythm. Elsewhere, the Larry Heard-inspired "Eternal" is notably deeper and more picturesque, while "The Sigil" sounds like an unlikely fusion of vintage Orbital and contemporary deep house.
Last Transmission (From A Dying Constellation) - (6:15) 88 BPM
Review: Pleasurekraft are a transatlantic duo comprised of American Kaveh Soroush - a DJ and producer from Washington DC who was also co-founder of Brandnewvibe Recordings, with Sweden's Kalle Ronngardh - a veteran producer since the early noughties. After a few dozen releases over the last decade, the duo finally unveil their first full length album. Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations sees the duo consolidate their many years experience on their beloved Kraftek imprint, with this collection of epic and euphoric dance floor bombs. From brooding, peak time techno workouts such as "The Day The Earth Stood Still" or "Rigel" (which will appeal to fans of sounds on Drumcode or Suara), there are also moments of evocative trance like on "Interiors", dark ambient on "GOD/Gospel Of Doubt" (part 1 - feat Casey Gerald) and even a bit of synth-pop - like the blissful closer "Last Transmission" (From A Dying Constellation).
Nostalgic For The Future (feat Jordan Smart) - (6:12) 120 BPM
Hush (feat Am?l Gama) - (9:32) 128 BPM
Panopticon (feat Thomas Gandey) - (8:12) 130 BPM
The Occupant - (3:02) 129 BPM
I Sing The Body Electric - (8:00) 129 BPM
Corpse Reviver Number 3 - (6:27) 127 BPM
Main Sequence - (7:12) 126 BPM
Novacene - (1:58) 126 BPM
At The Mountains Of Madness - (9:07) 128 BPM
Primordial - (8:04) 125 BPM
Requiem For The American Dream - (3:47) 154 BPM
Review: Pleasurekraft follow their 2018 debut album with a deeper dive into the outer reaches of techno. Machines starts with the ambient textures and vocal samples of "Last Sapien", which shifts into a pulsating track midway through and the downtempo beats and traditional pipes and violins of "Nostalgic for the Future". These mood pieces set up the listener for dance floor tracks like the throbbing rhythm of "Hush" and the ominous bass and intense sirens of "Panopticon (The Patron Saint of Global Surveillance)". While there are some conceptual tracks like "The Occupant", Pleasurekraft's focus remains dance floor-focused as the epic builds of "I Sing the Body Electric" and the relentless "Corpse Reviver Number 3" both demonstrate.