Review: Art Crime was responsible for two of 2015's most overlooked 12" singles, the fine Renessence EP on Creme, and the Phonica released Obsession EP. Still Life marks his first appearance on the mighty Pinkman imprint, and contains four distinctive chunks of melodious deep house/Detroit techno fusion. The title track is particularly potent, featuring as it does a relentless piano riff, dreamy pads and unfussy house beats, but the more cosmic, heavily electronic "Distant" isn't far behind. Elsewhere, "Hectic" combines the rush-inducing bliss associated with early Italian deep house, with the rhythmic surge of techno, while "Dead Carnation" is simultaneously oddly bittersweet and deliciously hypnotic.
Review: Vincent Koreman has a brace of albums to his credit as Drvg Cvltvre, but Night is the first time that one of his long-players has appeared in vinyl format. Perhaps as recognition of that achievement, this release on Pinkman is a sprawling, epic affair. It starts with the breathy vocals and drawn-out ebm of "Where Embers Die" before moving into the splurging acid of "Charge Of The Haploids' and the more typical gritty Dutch techno of "Shock Corridor". "Brakes Are Death" sees Koreman embark down a grating industrial path, but it isn't an entirely nocturnal affair - the title track revolves around a curiously euphoric, infectious riff wrapped up in a fuzzy, bass-heavy groove.
Review: Goth industrial now makes its way into the oeuvre of Australian electro producer Jensen Interceptor with this fetishised Strings Of Fear EP. Keeping it most electro of all is the title-track that licks at the edges of EBM and new wave that should appeal to fans of Interceptor's classic material most. For the deviant techno DJs out there it's all about the raw intensity and 80s industrial demeanour of tracks like "Promise" and "First Day" with their metalworkers' percussion and gnarly basslines. Keeping it dark and delineated, with a touch of Fixmer McCarthy is "Leather Athletics". Not for the faint hearted.
Nordic Nights (S. Olbricht remix) - (8:04) 127 BPM
Death Of A Star (Delta Funktionen remix) - (6:51) 123 BPM
Death Of A Star (DJ Overdose remix) - (5:30) 123 BPM
Review: Norwell's Death Of A Star E.P, released last year, mixed his usual kosmiche-inspired sounds with the distorted grittiness of '80s industrial music. It was impressive, and now Pinkman has decided to offer up two remixes apiece of EP highlights "Nordic Nights" and "Death of A Star". The former track is given the acid-flecked, 8-bit techno treatment by Antenna, before S Olbricht turns it into an unsettling, Motor City-influenced roller. Delta Funkitonen channels the spirit of EBM pioneers Nitzer Ebb on his throbbing interpretation of "Death Of A Star" - all psychedelic synthesizer arpeggios and restless kick drums - before DJ Overdose steals the show with an inspired electro remake of the same track.
Review: Pinkman has been willfully submerging itself in all the grubbiest kinds of lo-fi house and techno it can possibly get at, and so it presents this first EP from Reckonwrong. The title track is a marvel of discordant synth lines spluttering through broken equipment, and it has an absolute ball while doing so. "Hansie" reaches for more emotional heights with its lofty lead synth lines and atmospheric rhythmic lunges, while "Morton" sports a more overtly club-minded drum set that holds together a touch more than the A side offerings. "Innerzone / Atmosphere" takes the deepest route of the bunch, keeping the drums simmering while the melodies take on a Rosemary's Baby level of uneasiness.