Review: This EP isn't for the faint-hearted: Baly starts the latest release on Sub Cult with the pounding "Bruja", where murderous kicks and a dank, all-consuming bass are reminiscent of classic Joey Beltram. No surprise then that it conjures up images of sweat dripping from the walls at a warehouse rave. The pace eases and the intensity level drops somewhat on "This Planet", where Baly uses tribal drums and a mesmerising trance riff to capture the listener's imagination. "Rule My World" is different again: this time the mood is more foreboding thanks to menacing synth stabs, but beneath this dark exterior, Baly keeps the rhythm funky thanks to the use of a linear rhythm and relentless percussion.
Review: Elton D has released on a range of labels over the past decade, and now brings his colourful sound to Sub Cult. On "Moves", the Brazilian producer revisits the party techno sound of the early 00s; deploying a rolling, bass-driven groove, he uses disco stabs, vocal snippets and horn riffs to ensure that it will appeal to a wide range of DJs. "Duque" has a more contemporary flavour, and sees Elton mine minimal influences. While the groove remains at a tempo that guarantees it broad appeal, the dayglo trance riffs, stuttering vocal samples and rolling snares also ensure that it's an essential release for those who like tripped out techno.
Review: Subcult's Special Series is back and so is their Slovenian buddy G8 with two tracks for your collection. Label boss Aka Carl presents the adrenalised peak time fury of "Deadfall" with its nefarious and dark aesthetic which will appeal to fans of main room grooves on labels like Drumcode or Senso Sounds. This is followed up by the more groovy and funked-up energy of "Desire" with its jacked vocals supported by tunnelling and reverberated sci-fi feelings. All killer and no filler from the Sub Cult camp once again!
Review: It's a high-octane techno alert as Subcult unleashes four peak-time stompers. Peppelino's "Bass Science" sets the tone as air raid siren riffs and insane bleeps and blips weave their way in and out of a frenetic, rolling rhythm. Next up, Veztax's "I Can't" offers a more light-hearted take on hard techno with a rubbery, almost cartoonish bass underscoring an innocent female vocal snippet and bonkers acidic bass. Jmix's "Tiembla La Tierra" marks a return to the sound explored on the title track, based on a rolling, drum-heavy backing track, while Jesus Soblechero's "Al Cabaret" focuses again on the 'party' approach, fusing a sample from St Germain and integrating it with a disco-based groove.