Review: Elec Pt1 becomes the latest collaborator in The Exaltics Meets series following prior introductions to Morphology and Gosub. For the uninitiated, Elec Pt1 was part of Bunker Records' second coming, originally '90s acid house label based out of the Hauge, said to have funded their earlier releases with "money made from selling LSD (silver surfers!)". German speakers will be able to decipher Elec Pt1's "Drei Chinesen Mit Dem Acidbass", a potential retrospective nod to Bunker's (now legendary) "acid planet" squat parties. A flabby kick, crushed hats and white noise sounding more like a baby robot tantrum than synthesis opens "The Party", before unexpected doo-doo-doo vocals become the tracks centrepiece. The Exaltics opens his side of the 12" with throbbing drums and hardedge acid in "The Midnight Connexion", which later gives way to uplifting chords. Acid and breakneck drum loops make up "Nichts Aber Auch Nichts" which also receives some euphoric synth treatment.
Review: This weeks psy essential comes from the always-on-point Solar One label, and the launch of an exciting new series of collaborations entitled 'The Exaltics meets...'. Putting them up alongside a new artist each time, this one is down to Shad T Scott aka Gosub and the result is four diverse and interesting tracks of progressive and psy. Exaltics offerings pack the most energy, especially on the shattering melodies of 'My Language'. While Gosub bring something totally different on the twisted vocal led 'Plug In'.. Get stuck in and see which is doing it for you.
Review: The hotly tipped Golden Pudel resident Helena Hauff joins forces with Andreas Gehm for a release on The Exaltics label. Unlike much of the output on Solar One, this four-tracker ignores electro in favour of a more malevolent sound. "Rupture" sets the tone for what is to come, its grainy beats and heavy claps marking out the relentless rhythm track approach that both artists have decided on. However, by the next track, "The Purely Painful Confrontation Of Opposites" it becomes clear that the duo want to fry their audience's brains with the most aggressive 303s since DJ Skull. "HKX" is just as punishing and "Solar Two" ends the split release with malevolent, pounding acid-fuelled beats.
Review: Activated is Jensen Interceptor aka Mikey Melas' fifth EP of 2019 and sees the fast-rising producer drop more electro heat. Focusing on 4/4s, the title track and "Contact" resound to menacing bass-lines and spooky synth stabs, which unfold over steely drums. On "Dirrekt Lift", a collaboration with German producer Das Muster, the balance shifts back towards a more typical electro shuffle, albeit with the same dark tones as the first two tracks. "Inverse Light" sees Melas move towards the kind of layered, abstract territories that Drexciya used to inhabit, while closing track "Last Night" is a high-paced electro funk workout, shrouded in an air of mystery.