Review: Following material from Jensen Interceptor and De Sluwe Vos on Who's Susan, the latest release on the label comes from Jimmy Asquith. The title track is a frenetic break beat techno affair, powered by pounding kicks and wild filtered drops. "Screwfix" sees Asquith disappear down a dark wormhole, with rough electro drums and thunder claps providing the backdrop for nihilistic synth stabs. On "Gang", the Lobster Theremin boss ups the pace to deliver a peak-time stomper that's inspired by early hardcore techno. Rounding off this fine EP is "Tears in the Rain", a hyper-speed but evocative drum'n'bass workout, replete with dreamy vocals.
Review: Dutch conceptual label Who's Susan are back after a slew of awesome releases by scene favourite DJ Windows XP. This time they have recruited the services of London's Federico Lange (Axe On Wax Records) and Deejay Astral (Steel City Discs/Shall Not Fade - now based in Berlin) for some nifty lo-fi house shenanigans. Lange is up first with the moody late night jack of "Electric Relaxation" and gets things off to a great start, leading up to the tough and swing fuelled roller "Shut 'Em Down" which is covered in a nice sheen of dust: this will appeal to fans of Robsoul or I'm A House Gangster style stuff. Samuel 'Astral' Walker's contributions take a much more mature approach and flirt with the deeper end of the spectrum. The emotive and sombre introversion of "Duality" respectfully takes it cues from greats like Larry Heard or Theo Parrish, while "Metaphysical Therapy" is more upbeat take on classic US house from the early '90s.
Review: Will 2017 see the emergence of UK techno's 'golden age' as a key reference point? That seems to be the message from this debut release on Who's Susan. While William Caycedo's remix of Axefield's "SNY" is informed by the snappy drums of 90s deep house, both Raar and Axefield venture to the earlier part of that decade for inspiration. The original version of "SNY" is littered with martian bleeps and spacey chords as its languid groove unravels. Better still is Raar's "Santori"; the synths have a ghostly, haunted feeling and the brittle, acid soaked rhythm sounds redolent of artists like B12.