Review: Mac often draws on the influence of Detroit, but on DAT Archive, he focuses on the low-slung swing of Chicago house. "Binary Cycle" is a grainy, jacking affair, featuring little more than heavy 909 kicks and scratchy riffs. "Cherry Picker" sees Mac up the intensity and tempo levels as splurging 303s lines and an insistent ghetto rhythm prevail, while "Evidence" invokes the spirit of Robert Armani with its relentless, analogue rhythms. But Mac excels when he adds some of his own flourishes to this sound: "Funk Ignition" is a stop-start affair laced with grimy acid, while "F10 Filter" is led by spiky snares and tough, metallic drums.
Review: It's a positive thing that a veteran producer like Paul Mac can re-appear, seemingly at random and receive acclaim for his work. Then again, as Simple demonstrates, not every producer is as talented. The title track is a heavy, rolling groove, powered by a dark, booming bass and made all the more effective thanks to its churning filter. It sounds like Mac has made an attempt to fuse loopy techno with Saunderson-style bassy grooves and has succeeded. Liverpool producer John Heckle opts for a radically different approach with his remix. Heckle's remix is based on a jacking rhythm and acidic licks that insinuate themselves in and out of the arrangement.
Review: Despite having released almost 80 EPs on countless labels and having worked under an array of artist names, it seems that there is still unreleased material in Paul Mac's studio. Thankfully, he has decided to put it out and it serves to reinforce the fact that he is a hugely talented, diverse producer. "All Tolled" isn't what one would expect from Mac, a stepping rhythm recorded it seems from a Martian aircraft carrier, amid the hiss and whoosh of space vehicles taking off and landing. "Level of What" also offers surprises; it follows Mac's well-documented love of acid, throwing down crashing snares and pirouetting acid lines, but amid this mayhem, he drops in the kind of eerie synths more commonly associated with Giallo Disco's horror shlock.
Review: It is no exaggeration to say that Mac is one of the UK's most underrated producers - and his archive series shines a light on his talent. It also brings material that has been unavailable before to the public and on this fifth installment, he shows two different sides to his musical output. "Regular Disaster" is a deep, breathy techno track, powered by an up-tempo rhythm and a supple bass. Representing another facet of his sound is "Studio Grit". Operating at a similar tempo, it sees Mac weave churning filters in and out of bombastic drums and a relentless, pile-driving rhythm.
Review: See U At Sea doesn't sound like a typical modern techno release. For starters, it forgoes furrowed -brow seriousness in favour of a looser, more freeform rhythm. It also boasts a disco filter that gets more intense as the track progresses and which sounds positively chirpy when placed beside the majority of contemporary club tracks. Label boss Paul Mac is in charge of the remix and he lends it a semblance of moodiness. Replacing the disco riff with eerie chords immediately alters the mood, and, combined with rolling drums, pushes it into a tougher, more upfront terrain than its creator had envisaged for it.