Review: With releases on Cadenza and Objektivity, Andrea Oliva is following in the footsteps of that other Swiss techno sensation, Luciano - and Repeater is sure to only enhance his reputation. It starts with the rolling groove and buzzing bass riff of "The Repeater". Featuring effective snare rolls powering on these elements, it's one of the most effective tribal techno grooves of 2019. "Jam Table" isn't as full-on, but its wiry groove and razor-sharp claps, coupled with a detuned, looped riff make it just as effective. Label regular Oscar L ups the intensity levels on his version of "The Repeater", toughening up the drums and percussion, while Marco Faraone's take on "Jam Table" is a dubbed out affair.
Review: Italy's Bimas is back after some great releases on the likes of Desolat and Circus, but this time for Adam beyer's esteemed Truesoul imprint which is still going strong in its pursuit of tougher tech house alternatives. Starting out with the relentless 808 workout of "80's Cool (Club mix)" which unlike its namesake sounds more like early '90s pursuits by the likes of Chicago's Relief Records. "Traffic" continues on in said style utilising the same infectious drum patterns but injects a tunnelling bassline and jacking vocals to adrenalizing effect. Finally "Intensify" goes for the jugular, closing out the EP in fine fashion with this fierce and booming peak time cut that bridges the gap between the previous two tracks and sturdier industrial techno styles.
Review: Berlin's Clio has really hit his stride, appearing on a host of esteemed labels like 8 bit, Snatch and Metroline Limited but has become a real staple of Adam Beyer's labels Drumcode and Truesoul. For the latter he presents the Think Of You EP, three servings of fierce and emotive techno such as on dynamic opener "London Rave" with Yvan Genkins which stomps and shuffles in big room fashion like a Shed track. The title track is the kind of chugging and hypnotic peak time weapon that is reminiscent of label boss Beyer or Pig & Dan's work. Finally "No Shame" is a dark journey track full of atmosphere and a wonky synth lead which does great work, all carried by that nasty over driven kick; killer stuff!
Review: Adam Beyer has revived his Truesoul sub-label and has charged DJ T with one of its releases. The Swedish DJ has chosen well as few producers understand the world where techno and house collide better than the Get Physical owner. On the title track - a collaboration with Kevin Knapp - DJ T reverts to the electro house sound he originally became known for. It's important to recognize that this was before that sound veered into distorted sameness and "That Beat" is full of the kind of acid-tinged bounce and ponderous vocal samples that the sound originally boasted. There's a similar approach on "The Frenchman" (featuring Acid Driver) albeit one that's wrapped in acidic spirals and a pulsing bass while "Amsterdam" closes the release with surging chords and insistent techno percussion.
Review: Deeper warehouse industrial techno and rhythm tracks from Spanish techno producer Dosem. Weighing in somewhere between the middle and heavier scales of techno,all the while navigating a shifting zone of atmospherics and melody, kick drums vary from subby and deep in "Evidence" to stripped back and solid in "Instead". For a rougher side of Dosem's sound it's tracks like "Restart This" - with its pulsating bassline - and EP highlight "Badgood" that also blend and form into synthy walls of groovy sound.
Review: Over the last decade, the London dwelling Italian DJ Riva Starr has been through many musical phases: and his latest incarnation- as Hyperloop is for Adam Beyer's esteemed Drumcode imprint. As you'd have probably guessed by now, The Snatch! Records boss throws down some harder edged sounds, more suited to the main room of superclubs at peak time, rather than the sunny White Isle beach parties he's usually more affiliated with. "Resilience" bridges the gap between Detroit techno and disco house in the same vein as Robert Hood's Floorplan project. With its pounding funked up rhythms, backed by hypnotic symphonic loops that make up one surefire DJ tool if we've ever heard one. Second offering "Fallen Angel" likewise features a no-nonsense, heads-down type of groove - but employing a dreamy bell melody for a nice contrast. It features two remixes: one by veteran Scandinavian producer Tiger Stripes and the other and by the one and only Terrence Parker. This dirty and jackin' rendition by the Motor City don was probably our favourite.
Review: Having released a series of records on Watergate and her own Power Plant label, La Fleur aka Sanna Engdahl debuts on Truesoul. Based on this two-track EP, it's no surprise that the Swedish DJ has been widely touted as one of the techno scene's breakthrough DJs. "Fish Truck" is a heads-down, drum-heavy techno track. Powered by a rolling bass and steely snares, it's exactly the kind of music that label owner Adam Beyer would play out. "Exhaust" is more quirky; based on a slower tempo, it features melancholic break downs, lush pads and a mysterious vocal sample - and shows that this talented producer's skills keep on blossoming.