Review: Headlining the second release from the fledging Resin label - which takes the form of a various artists EP - is the dynamic Bleaching Agent, whose track "Akplenc" sees the UK artist thros down a stubborn 4/4 beat and let his synths run wild as if possessed. Of the three other names to appear Pris is the most familiar, having supplied the label with its debut. Like that first EP, "Pencil Pusher" is dry, dusty and stripped back, while Divided provides something halfway between a Developer production and a Deadbeat dub. Closing the EP is Manse whose first effort "Slacker" sounds like someone writing a CV to release on Oscar Mulero's Pole Group or Ostgut Ton: big.
Review: Joining London labels like Ear to Ground is the new imprint Resin. For its fifth release, it showcases the talents of UK producer Divided, who had previously featured on one of the label's split releases. "Eigen" starts the release with a formidable mood , its stomping beats and shredded drums underpinning a galloping, runaway rhythm. "Eventide" sees Divided make a digression with a stepping rhythm and subsonic pulses, while "Dawn" inhabits a strange place where jazzy licks and an off rhythm collide. While Divided never rekindles the intensity of "Eigen", the closing track, "First Light", is a swinging, noisy workout, full of industrial menace.
Review: If you're looking for a truly deranged take on minimal techno, check out People Without. "Letch" is a distorted, dense rhythm, its complex series of glitches and twists as sharp as a box of razors and the droning, splurging noise that passes for the bassline oozing out like industrial sludge. "Cowlick" is somewhat more conventional, but its tracky, clanking rhythm also contains shrieking synths, while "Symphony For The Palpitation" sees Metrist slow down the tempo to allow quasi-trance riffs merge with pummelling bass licks. None of these tracks however can compare to "Stanza For The Weak"; drowned in walls of screeching feedback and ghoulish shrieks, the hammering drums are as gloomy as a death march.
Review: Liam Robertson is one half of techno duo Clouds, so the inclusion of "Hillend Hyper Squad" on Clubbers Guide does not come as a surprise. Robertson lays down raw, gritty beats, a swinging rhythm and fluttering percussion - and ends up sounding like SP-X or Subjected. There are other, less predictable tracks here: "South Inch Posso" is a mysterious, glitch workout, while "Tweet Tweet Mill Street Fleet" is like a halfway house between the dance floor and the abstract, with its chugging, sluggish rhythm and grinding analogue riffs. Best of all though is "God Save Queen Jean", a stripped back, stepping rhythm with just the right amount of weird samples to stand out.
Review: From the first beat of Pris' "Blind" it's hard not to feel as though this new Resin label will unfold into something great. It has the tracking feeling of a moving Tim Dicicco production together with the rawness of something you might expect from early DJ Slip. "A Certain Body" follows up and takes its place as the EP's industrial ambient moment, with all the haunting flow of a Young Echo jam. "Scuff" has the same speed and hustle as "Blind" while taking on a distinct Plastikman style edge, while the booming, raw and stripped backed "Dust" completes this dynamic debut. Bring on Resin002!
Review: Rising star and Resin label head Pris is back with some more minimal and hypnotic techno that he's fast making a big impression with. There's "Reef" with its entrancing wooden percussion, looping you into submission nicely, "Dodeca" with its persisting loop, similar to a birdcall; gradually rising in resonance and absolutely mental in its execution. Lastly "Devil In The Detail" ups the anti with its savage broken beat, crunching metal snare, demonic vocal samples and siren to boot!
Review: Having already laid out something of a mission statement with the first release on his own Resin imprint, Pris strikes up the label's third release with another salvo of deep and engaging techno. "If She Bends, She Breaks" throws down a gauntlet of slithering, snaking percussion and spine-tingling synth tones that keep the outlook tough but constantly surprising. "St Elmo's Fire" has a whisper of electro in its low-end punch, but dark, big room techno is the order of the day. "If She Cracks, She Bears" works in a lighter drum set and saves the mind-bending synth action for later into the track, and then "Echoes Of The Tundra" finishes the EP off with a more densely packed foray into complex rhythmic structures.