Review: Fresh from the release of their Where We Start album on Tronic last year, Drunken Kong deliver four dramatic tracks for Terminal M. "Dark Moon" is a rolling, peak-time affair, featuring trippy synth lines and a grinding bass, while on "In All Of This", the Japanese pair go down a tribal route, with a bubbling bass and hissing percussion providing the backdrop for a dystopian, sawtooth riff to insinuate itself into the arrangement. "Trace" sees Drunken Kong invoke the spirt of late 90s tribal techno but with a twist, as vocal snippets and recycled rave melodies are integrated with cavernous kicks, while "Detached" is a house-focused track, served up with psychedelic melodies.
Review: It's been a while since Aniello Federico aka Hollen appeared on Terminal M, and Interspace is a reminder of his capabilities. The title track is a bubbling, pulsating track, led by grainy electronic riffs and featuring highly-impactful breakdowns and builds. On "Out Of The Tunnel", Federico opts for a slightly more measured approach, with cavernous riffs and a hypnotic bass prevailing , while "Off The World" sees Hollen draw on house music for inspiration to deliver a tracky, disco-infused workout that has shades of DJ Sneak. "Anonymous" offers a different perspective, with Federico deploying sublime synths to conjure up a more evocative, Ibizan summer-style mood.
Review: Konstantin Skorobagatiy aka Skober returns to Terminal M for this mesmerising three-track EP. Quasar gets off to a frenetic start: the title track is built on a pulsating, pumping bass and features tranced out synths and filtered builds, making for an ominous but infectious peak-time track. On "Infinity", Skober changes the approach somewhat; the backing track is more linear and is powered by chugging drums, with the arrangement populated by searing acid lines and menacing electronic riffs. "Flumen" is stripped back, with Skorobagatiy dropping steely jackhammer percussion while a fuzzy, all-encompassing bass drives it onwards and upwards.
Review: Alex Stein follows last year's Rebirth release on Terminal M with a four-tracker that has already won support from Umek and Oliver Huntemann. It's not hard to understand why the latter producer is a fan of "Headrush": the title track is built on a belching, ominous bass and rickety percussion, with these elements providing the backdrop for a crescendo of synth builds. "Line of Sight" is more musical, with Stein weaving tranced-out melodic builds and tonal bleeps into his nocturnal, bass-led sound. Meanwhile, on "Had Matter", Stein veers into a more full-on sound, deploying a hoover-style bass and a moody vocal sample that spiral to a heady climax.
Review: Berg follows last year's Bright EP with another distinctive dance floor release. The title track revolves around the type of tribal techno that is Terminal M's stock in trade. However, it stands out thanks to the warbling acid and woozy bass that support a ponderous vocal sample that's woven through the arrangement. Factor in the track's epic breakdown and there is no doubt that it will achieve its desired effect. On "Hope", Berg delivers another unusual take on big room techno: populated by tranced out slivers and underpinned by a gnarly bass, it makes for another unusual club track. Label boss Monika Kruse delivers a more linear take on the title track without sacrificing the interplay between its most effective elements.
Review: There's no prizes for guessing the direction that this split release on Monika Kruse's label takes. Right from the get-go, Joyhauser sets the pace with the dark, rolling "Killer Queen", a heads-down affair led by a buzzing bass. On Patrik Berg's "Galactica", a more frenetic tempo prevails, with the Terminal M artist delivering a master class in warbled acid builds, which make for an intense peak time affair. In contrast, Teenage Mutants & Moonwalk draw from the legacy of electronic disco to help shape the epic synth-led builds of "Urania", before Skober brings the release to a rolling, hardcore riff-sampling climax on the aptly-named "Raving Ethos".