Juan Trujillo - "Staring At The Light" - (5:25) 130 BPM
Responder - "Shift" - (5:30) 132 BPM
Andres Campo - "OMG" - (6:42) 130 BPM
Ignacio Arfeli - "No Regrets" - (6:05) 132 BPM
Dominik Vaillant - "Confront" - (5:59) 129 BPM
Review: Techno never dies. Noir Music, a label littered in the glitz of artists like Dusty Kid, Thomas Schumacher, Butch and Reset Robot, sends in the drones for this Resolute compilation. Banging big room dub techno from Industrialyzer, minimal dusty grooves and spatial atmospheres from Nicolas Bougaieff and some harsh tribal touches from Juan Trujillo. Electric Rescue too turns in a refined take of loopy industrial minimal with the compilation at large a sure fire hit for techno fans, especially those into the early mechanical Detroit stuff, harder UK industrial styles, moody Basic Channel beats and heavier warehouse sessions.
Review: Few producers do underground electronic music like Thomas Schumacher. Following on from his Natural Rhythm series on Noir last year, the veteran German artist returns to the label to deliver another unique EP. Central to Schumacher's sound are his deadly, slamming rhythms, examples of which are prevalent here. On "Paradox", this signature manifests in the form of a peak-time affair that plays host to a murky bass, eerie synths and rolling snares. It's a dramatic, relentless affair. On "Embody", there is a similar aesthetic audible - the only difference is the spooky vocal that is woven in and out of the arcing acid lines and layered siren riffs.
Review: Noir aka Ren? Kristensen took a year off from releasing music because, in his own words, he wanted 'time to breathe, to think and most importantly time to be creative and to experiment.' On this, his come back single, it sounds like he benefited from the break. The aptly-named "Eruption" explodes from the speakers with noisy, grizzly bass, rolling snares and hammering kicks. Just as the listener is getting used to this onslaught, Kristensen then drops an ice-cold, mesmerising synth riff. The title track is more pacey, with Noir using blustering filters, doubled up beats and medieval chants, but the arrangement isn't as intense as "Eruption". Still, it sounds like the year off did him a lot of good.
Review: At just 24, German producer and DJ Kevin Over is already established as a go-to producer for ready made house and techno winners. Detroit legend Stacey Pullen licensed his killer "2002" for his Balance 028 compilation, while Etienne de Crecy, Waze & Odyssey, Andhim and Pirupa have all included his music in their Essential Mixes. For another hot release on Noir's Danish imprint, we have the seething dub techno of "Jus A" complimented by some rap vocal samples astop: actually works well! Followed by the smooth late night sleaze of "Touch" which is slinky tech house just the way we like it! The brooding dancefloor drama of "Blackplant" is packed full of suspense and will appeal to fans of the Life & Death sound, but he soon gets back to the program on the funky and rolling party starter "Daze" which will rock the The White Isle crowd and mix well with your Material or Saved tracks.