Review: The title suggests that Takemaga is engaged in an evil enterprise, but nothing could be further from the truth. This three-tracker is evocative and atmospheric, with the Japanese producer focusing on introspective sound design instead of a forceful agenda. "Modern Fake" is the most dance floor friendly, its woozy chords weaving their way around dubby chords, building and then ebbing again. "Hell Distortion" is far less visceral than its name, and it sees Takemaga create a veil of atmospheric textures to the sound of crisp break beats. However, the highlight is "Elashe", where the dubby Basic Channel chords build over a lithe rhythm. It's a serene end to one of the most understated techno releases of recent months.
Review: It's true that bad news sells, but how does this apply to techno music? On the evidence of Predictions, there should be an audience for the more visceral end of the form. Filip Xavi's "Arcade Psycho" is a grinding, banging affair, its jarring riffs and firing percussion leading the arrangement to a thrilling finale. Mattias Fridell's "Universal Domain Analysis" is cut from a similar cloth, with the added bonus of eerie interference in the background. Despite this, the highlight is Rory St John's "Sadbat". Less intense than the other tracks, its linear, metallic rhythm is infused with acid blips and a muffled female vocal that guarantees it is the most disturbing of them all.