Review: Following a contribution to last year's Locus Error compilation, Carlota delivers a full EP on Nina Kraviz' label. The Bow varies wildly in style: "(0(00N" is a lo-fi, teased out jazz soundscape and "Perceptual Models" is a swirling ambient composition. At the other end of the spectrum, "Isla De Los Recuerdos" sees the emerging producer drop a snappy techno stepper that resounds to mysterious synths. "Cool In The Pool" is a more menacing affair, with Carlota deftly juxtaposing brooding bass with chiming bells, while on "Entropy to Syntropy", a high-paced, rumbling percussive rhythm is shot through with lo-fi hooks.
Review: Deniro follows Mendoza, his 2017 debut on Trip, with this superb techno EP. The title track's jarring synth riff and insistent rhythm come across like a more streamlined take on classic Lost Recordings releases, while "Needles" is a rough analogue jacker that strays into Cristian Vogel-style minimalism. On "Egalize", the Dutch producer goes deeper to deliver hypnotic, chiming bells over a bubbling rhythm, while both "Tainted" and "Zoom 303" see him focus on more dance floor friendly takes on deeper techno as atmospheric synths swirl over dubbed out kicks. Rounding off this great second outing on Trip is the acid-heavy banger, "Boss 303".
Review: Vladimir Dubyshkin follows last year's Budni Nashego Kolhoza release on Trip with an EP that's inspired by Russia's 90s porn industry. On the self-explanatory "Russian Porn Magazine", a firing, relentless rhythm underpins insistent screeches and dense chord stabs. It's grittier than the tranced out synth-led "The Return of the Drunken Son", but Dubyshkin returns to similar jacking territory on "Driving The Bus". In spite of the release's theme, the pounding kicks, propulsive hi hats and intense synth stabs on "Deaf Artist" sounds more inspired by Thomas Heckmann's 90s techno-trance than by adult films, while on "Company of 302s", Dubyshkin shows his electro credentials with sharp percussion and rolling 808s.