Review: Good time guys Adan and Ilse have spread their macho message over a bonus-sized EP and it's a rich tapestry. Largely retro-gazing to the exciting emergence of electro pop in the early 80s, but with more contemporary production values, it's a deep dive into an endless trippy kitsch cosmos. With layered loopy vocals and nagging, bum-shaking analogue synth hooks it's both alluring and exciting thanks to its light-hearted delivery. With remixes from David Carretta (churchy vocals), Peter Rainman (Depeche Mode flex) Apparatus Acid (naughty techno) and Club Armour (think early Black Strobe), this really is quite the package.
Review: Wouldn't it be really cool if David Carretta and David Guetta had a fight? They're both French, they're both called David; let's make this happen! Or, alternatively, we could just get freaky to this proper heads down nostalgia session from Carretta and his co-pilot Workpoor. Yeah, that's probably a better pastime. Especially as these tracks are pretty monstrous! "1991" is effectively a time machine, whisking back to dodgy warehouses, even dodgier haircuts and simple-but-massively-effective acid house. "Body Control" is on a similar flex but with added hardcore stabs, a tearing bassline and wondrous 8-bit stabs. That leaves us time for just one more darkroom retrospective; "Electronic Warfare" drops the tempo and ups the acid for real toothgrinder of a wig out. See those lasers? Reach for them. Now!
Review: Following their epic "Crash" and "Electronic Warfare" packages, Carretta and Workerpoor team up and don their robovox suits once again. "Intruders" is reminiscent of LFO back in their most incendiary form, all hooky, paranoid and pummelling. "Believe The Machine" is darker again; with screaming siren leads and face-tugging warped bass slurs, it stomps with spiky techno tenacity. Essential - especially if you've been enjoying Neosignal's output this year.
Review: Montreal DJ and electro producer Mini has already made a name for herself supporting Tiga, Boys Noize, Ellen Allien and Zombie Nation among many others. With a host of tunes already under her belt, Space Factory have lined up a gaggle of producers to take her latest tune "Walking" into remix wonderland. French team Komenklatur give "Walking" an eerie quality, thanks to some chiming bell-like samples and some long drawn-out drones. Mijkfunk switch things up by substituting 4/4 beats with a shuffling roll and plenty of loud snares instead. Montreal brethren My Favourite Robot add a warm glow to their mix, while on a more coldwave tip, Jauzas The Shining packs his mix with low frequency LFO gurgles and ice-cold beat. Big props to Franco Bianco who has the bravery to slightly steer his mix away from the floor - using a simple half-step kick to keep time and building a gorgeously subtle backing around it, it's a very pleasing end to a very classy set of remixes.
Like A Ghost (Arnaud Rebotini remix) - (5:56) 125 BPM
Like A Ghost (Acid Washed remix) - (6:31) 120 BPM
Departure (Workerpoor remix) - (5:57) 130 BPM
Review: Given his affiliation with Black Strobe and production partnership with Arnaud Rebotini, it's perhaps unsurprising that Matthieu Zub's Museum project deals solely in dark and clandestine electronics. The Das Boot EP - his first for Space Factory - explores similar influences, too (think EBM, acid house, darkwave etc). Arguably the standout track is opener "Departure", a pulsating industrial-meets-acid chugger that bangs hard despite its 111 BPM tempo. There's more acid influence in the undulating, eyeliner-clad gothic techno of "Like A Ghost", while "The Endless Odyssey" is similarly maudlin, despite its dancefloor intentions. Happily, there are some stonking accompanying remixes, with Workerpoor's Drexciyan version of "Departure" and Rebotini's thumping re-cut of "Like A Ghost" standing out.