German label Ressort describes itself as providing techno that is the soundtrack for "dark nights filled with stroboscopic flashes, fog and frenzy". Listening to Documents, it's hard not to understand why they make this claim. Ekserd's "Hidden Document 1" is an insanely heavy groove, its gained drums and pounding groove nonetheless shot through by a swinging sensibility. The second "Document" instalment is deeper and more musical, but the drums are still robust and teem with power. There are no such elements on I/Y's version of "Hidden Document", where a growling bass prevails over a pacy groove, while the Svreca take on "Document II" is a synth-heavy techno workout. Working with Array Access, Ekserd brings the release to a close with the broken drums and swirling melodies of "Wons".
The latest split release on Ressort starts in firing form, with Dutch DJ / producer Mitchel 'Stranger' Polderman delivering the hard, stomping funk and nocturnal stabs of "Granaatappel". There is a similar approach on Ekserd's "Heavy Stepping Threeway", where shiny synth riffs are underpinned by a surging, rhythm and kicks so submerged and steely they would sink a submarine. "Duality", by Gonzo MD, strips away any semblance of melody, leaving just a rough, grainy rhythm track, while Irish producer Myler's "Outside Late" is the most nuanced contribution, with spooky synth slivers unfolding over a skeletal groove. It's only a temporary digression though, and Trivmph's "Radius" ends the release with a wild acid meltdown.