Review: The Amsterdam On And On party promoters celebrate six years with a compilation that varies from the full on to the stripped back and spaced out. Residing in the functional, DJ-friendly corner is Moerbeck, whose "Weapon's In Your Head" is a tough, banging workout led by slamming beats and a receptive tonal riff. Yan Cook's "Freefall" is more subtle but just as effective as its filtered and reverberated claps unfold over a dense groove, and Jeff Rushin "Tusk" is a classic slice of freaked out minimalism, its pointillist hook pushed over a pummeling, tribal drum track. At the other end of the spectrum Aiken's "Reductive" marries spaced out synths with a stepping arrangement, while Terence Fixmer's "Moments" is spacey Detroit techno at its very finest.
Review: Like his other release this week, Deformer, Ukraine producer Yan Cook offers tough techno as a starting point on Berg before delving into more experimental directions. In its original form, "Mill" sees Cook drop stomping beats and a churning filter before the arrangement veers into cavernous claps and resonating bleeps, while the Unbalance version is more subtle, using phased percussive licks and grungy filters. From there on in, Berg moves increasingly towards the abstract. The title track is led by a stepping rhythm and swirling chords, while "Dot" is an off the wall jam, anchored by wild bassy splurges and dense filters. Completing the release is Jeff Rushin & Nicole Rosie's take on "Mill", an understated, stripped back techno groove.