Built from dusty records, old games, computer errors and technical synthesis, the second installation of Outlines by Aleph gives the producers the foundation for crafting a richly textured world of sound
Review: Not to be mixed up with the 1980s italo-disco crew, 'bassist' Aleph returns ot the Renraku imprint with the second instalment of his self-titled series. Much like the previous edition, there are low frequencies for all here, mashing up dubstep, trap and anything remotely attached to the hardcore continuum. Now that we're in 2018, however, it's much more difficult to unpack these sounds as belonging to specific genres, and this is emphasized further by his own creativity in the studio. For instance, tunes like "Goliath" or "Monolith" enter a new territory of bass music, shifting conventional notions of tempo, arrangement and aesthetic to fit in line with today's industrial trend. "Scintillations" is our favourite cut on here, mainly because it reminds us of AFX's early experiments. Look out for this guy in the coming months...
Review: American bass imprint Renraku Global Media operates out of the midwest - Minneapolis, Minnesota to be precise. In addition to their series of well regarded sample and loop packs, they run a pretty tight ship in terms of their in-house label. Previous releases have come from upstarts like Think Twice, Ghostek and ALEPH, but this new killer comes from Ridgemont's Vhsceral. Living On Europa EP delivers seven servings of the deepest dubstep strains. From the low-end theory of "Okhoast" getting into some street level futurism, the contorted drum 'n' bass deconstruction of "Thinking Cap" or the bumpin' darkside tech house of "Tell Yourself" which will appeal to Dirtybird/This Ain't Bristol fans - this is a wicked release.
Review: Minneapolis based Renraku Global Media return, after some great beat experiments that truly flipped our minds by the likes of Think Twice, Distune and Zimbu - with this terrific offering by fellow American Dictate. From the deep dubstep of "Noclip" (feat EMP) calling to mind classic Hyperdub sounds, the industrial/IDM soundscape of "Pandora" or "Mitochondrion" with its jagged and angular futurism. If that was not enough, the contorted "Cortex" will truly melt for your mind and feet with its disturbed time signature.