Review: Techno powerhouse Alan Fitzpatrick teams up with Reset Robot to deliver a varied, impactful release. "Feel The Rhythm" is a tough track, with the duo layering a repetitive vocal over pounding kicks and rasping hi hats. In contrast, "Phantom" sees the pair go deeper, with melancholic hooks unfolding over a similarly weighted rhythm track, while on "Moon Bird", rickety percussion is fused with lush synths without the signature Fitzpatrick drums losing their dance floor lustre. Label owner Marco Faraone also delivers a remix of "Rhythm", which sees him toughen up the drums and add a layer of driving percussion to the original arrangement.
Review: Next up on Marco Faraone's Uncage label is Harvey McKay with an intense club techno release. The title track centres on a streamlined rhythm and niggling bursts of percussion, with these elements providing the backdrop for searing metallic riffs. On "Stranger", the veteran techno producer adds some detuned synth lines, but the central groove is still hard as nails, with bruising kick drums paired with insistent snares. Then there's "Scran": once again, it sees McKay draw from the minimal canon, but the breezy synths and snappy hi hats mean that, like the rest of the release, it has a distinct identity.
Review: Next up on Marco Faraone's label is Uncertain aka Rainer Gonaus with an impactful minimal techno release. Drawing inspiration from the 90s work of Dan Bell, Claude Young and Dan Curtin, the prevailing sound on Combat System is raw and analogue. "Bounce" is a frenetic banger led by repetitive tones and firing hi hats, while on " System" doubled up claps provide the backing for insistent vocal stabs. While "Combat" sees Gonaus go deeper thanks the use of dubbed out chords, its propulsive snare rolls lend it added impetus, and the release quickly swings back to the minimalist approach on the bruising, percussive groove that is "Structure".