Review: Cologne's Bjorn Torwellen has definitely been a staple of the Tubingen based techno label Nachstrom Schalplatten; his dark and sinister techno sound finding a welcome home with the labels modus operandi and disturbing horror aesthetic. The album titled Who I Am certainly does explore this young German producer's headspace, such as on the fierce openers "Change" or "Locust" (in particular) with their dark industrial aesthetic reminiscent of Northern Structures or early Orphx. "Menschen Truemmer" or "Fyiddwytm" are the kind of brutal, no-holds bared techno exercises reminiscent of the early noughties that fellow countrymen Michael Burkat, Redhead or even W.J Henze were capable of.
Review: Desonanz finds himself in a shadowy hinterland on 2nd Next, occupying a place where techno, bass and industrial come together. The title track unravels gradually, its off-beat rhythm unfolding to the sound of analogue yelps and bleeps. "2nd Next - Modul 2" is more defined, with Desonanz focusing his attention on crafting a stripped back techno track, but with a difference as insane dark riffs and lithe back beats power the arrangement. Finally, "Zeitverzoegerung" sees him drop any concession to subtlety; robust and visceral, its broken beats and murderous bass have all the malevolent power of the very best of the Rodz Konez imprint.
Review: This selection of remixes focuses on the peak-time, but there is enough variety on offer to ensure it doesn't sound samey. Subfractal's take on "Morfic" unleashes waves of droning textures over low-flying claps, while Hi-Shock ramps up the intensity a few more notches with the buzzing acid of the remixed "Bishop". Acid is absent from Mark Morris & Logotech's take on "Cmd + Alt + Esc", but the grainy beats and muffled beats make it sound like an unfortunate soul being tortured in a dungeon. Justin Berkovi offers some let-up with his dub version of "Morfic", its tonal bleeps and humming bass seducing by stealth rather than force, but it's only a brief reprieve from the heavier, 303-soaked versions he proffers of the same track.