Review: It's hard to believe that Anet K is from Latvia because Eat My Pussy is the kind of sleazy ghetto-electro that you'd expect to come from a strip joint in Detroit. In its original format, it's a relentless banger that veers from a high-paced 808 shuffle into a full-on techno stomp while all the time intoning the track's title. The Suspalicious Crack Eater remix focuses on the heavy techno approach, but it's really the electro-oriented remixes that impress here. Unsurprisingly, the Stingray version is a frenetic electro funk workout with distorted claps mixed with a woman's orgasmic wail, while the brilliant Egyptian Lover slows it down, lays down the cowbells and includes the following immortal couplet on the vocal version: "she blows my mind, she's a born sex fiend/she's got me going down like a submarine". It's hard to beat that.
Review: Lap.AM is the result of collaboration between Vienna's Dan Lodig, the owner of the long-running Pomelo label, and Martin 'Dibek' Sovinz, who has just a few releases to his credit. On the first mix of "Lap.AM", the pair deliver a deep, sparse acid track, that has echoes of Uwe 'Atom Heart' Schmidt's 303 material, as firing, steely percussion propels the duo's wild acid lines. The second mix is more dense, with the 303 vying to be heard over a dense, doubled up rhythm. Maintaining the experimental edge and drawing on the expertise of another Viennese veteran, Pomelo has tapped Erdem Tunakan to provide a remix; working with Alpha Tracks, his high-paced version deploys joyous piano lines to create an old school party vibe.
Review: To celebrate 20 years in the business, Austrian label Pomelo is putting out two split releases this year. The first features two tracks from the label's regular artists. DJ Glow's "Genetic Modification" is a buzzing, clanging electro workout, its sawtooth bass and rigid drums making for an ideal combination. Patrick Pulsinger and Irl's "Wasted at Work" is at the opposite end of the scale, a deep and murky rhythmic affair that lurches drunkenly like a fishmonger's wife on payday at the docks. The other two contributions, from Astray and Buffered Multiple, are stomping but abstract and this diversity and bal-ance of experimentation and dance floor power has underpinned Pomelo for the past 20 years.
Review: The mythical Tin Man is on serious fire at the moment, and he reappears here courtesy of Pomelo. The producer has made some serious acid techno landmarks (such as his killer series for Keys Of Life), and this time we see him in a similar mood, where he explores three different sides of deep techno for a stunner of an EP. From "Swarm" to "Rocky", he delivers the goods in the form of experimental, floor-centred minimalism - recommended, of course...
Review: Pomelo has been releasing music since 1994, with tracks in the early days coming from DJ Hell, Punk Anderson and Hi-Lo, while in more recent years the label has been a platform for Alex Cortex, DJ Stingray, Brendon Moeller and Tin Man. This second 20 Yrs various artists EP adds to Pomelo's milestone celebrations by featuring tracks from Tin Man, who delivers an archetypical acid techno production called "Detroit", while Macro associates Elektro Guzzi provide a vamping "Radicale" which is forever peaking. It's Digilog who pulls out the wild card though with a cavernous, 303-fuelled "Mind Gap".