Review: It's been a brief minute since we last took in a spicy new R&S release, but as always they have hit the spot perfectly as they unveil a fantastic new single from Future Beat Alliance. The track takes the title 'Never Forever' as plays the role of an industrial stomper, driven by pulsating, organic kick smashes and vibrant percussive lines chugging away in the background, combined with subtle yet eerie atmospheric synth pads. To add to the fun, we also hear a very interesting Afriqua rework of the track, focussing on much more colourful synthesizer lines and wavy tones. Lovely!
Review: De:tuned's tenth anniversary series continues with another rock solid EP packed with previously unheard treats. John Beltran steals the show with inspired opener "Juliette", an outer space Detroit techno number that underpins melancholic chords and dreamy electronics with a bustling, futurist rhythm track. Elsewhere, Altern8 man Mark Archer wraps dreamy, mood-enhancing riffs around crunchy machine drums on the luxurious "Depth From Within", Future Beat Alliance doffs a cap to vintage ambient techno and IDM on the shuffling bliss of "Reflected Notes" and Max404 gets busy with pots-and-pans drum hits, smooth acid bass and elongated organ chords on excellent EP closer "Butterflying".