Hard Wax doesn't get it wrong very often, and its description of Scottish producer Deepbass' latest release as a "big room DJ tool techno remix set" is largely accurate. In its original format, "Sleepwalker" is indeed a tough, rolling groove and Max M's version inhabits a similar space, as tranced-out chords and a heavier, purring bass are added to Deepbass' robust structure. However, there is more to this release than that: Spanish artist PEARL turns the track into a lithe, stepping affair, led by subtle, up-building filters, while Abstract Division's version veers away from harshness and into the shimmering key-led trance sounds of mid-90s Music Man releases.
Martinez joins NX1 as the latest artist to release on new label Rising. In its original format, the title track is a stomping, stepping affair, its muscular rhythm interspersed by powerful blasts of white noise. Oscar Mulero's take is even more intense, with the Warm Up boss adding panel-beating drums and insistent filters to the original arrangement. From there on in, the release drops a few notches in the intensity stakes; Ness delivers a deep, mysterious version, full of eerie twitches and turns and Adriana Lopez drops a percussive remix that while dancefloor-primed doesn't teem with the primal force of the original version.
Andrea Deplano returns with some sublime and atmospheric hypnotism on this four track EP. Opening with the lush ambient soundscape of "Chronoscope" he soon gets down to business on "Pantropy" with its pummelling groove beneath some spaced out, sci-fi sound design that has become his trademark. "Uchronia" ups the ante with its tough broken beat that supports swirling, transcending pads and razor sharp, droning bass. If that was not enough, Ben Gibson gets on board to do a remix of said track, putting in an equally straight up effort, keeping those lush pads but utilising throbbing bass and dramatic piano stabs. But wait until those hi-hats come in!
The first release on this new label comes from the shadowy NX1 duo. Known for their deep, hypnotic techno, there are no major surprises on the title track, with spiky drums laying the basis for dramatic acid spirals and breakdowns and an underlying feeling of eeriness. The Agony Forces reshape is tougher and more streamlined, with insistent bleeps riding a rolling rhythm. Tadeo's take on "RL1" ventures down a psychedelic path, with woozy synths, tough metallic beats and whiplash percussion making for an infectious cocktail. Finally, the Jonas Kopp version is led by spiky, firing percussion, intense claps and a churning chord sequence.
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