Review: Those who had Gary Beck down as a big room-minimal artist will probably get a shock when they hear Rascal. The title track is a slamming rhythmic affair, pounding and streamlined but also welling up to take in a series of churning chord sequences. It's a reminder that Beck is a diverse artist, something that becomes more apparent on "Video Siren"; there, a driving rhythm and stomping beats underpin a pitched down vocal loop that intones the track title, getting more and more hypnotic as it progresses. It's a million miles away from the fx-laden white noise bombast of big room mnml.
Review: The last commercial mix that Robert Hood did back in 2008 for Fabric re-ignited his career. Appearing at the tail end of minimalism, its hard-edged sounds provided a welcome relief to the prevailing sound. A decade on, the 66th DJ Kicks finds the Detroit artist once again in firing form. "Focus" signals his intent with its massive siren riff and pounding drums, while "Clocks", which builds and builds to electronic bee swarms, shows that he has lost none of his minimal techno firepower. Sure, there are other fine contributions, like Truncate's sheet metal banger "Terminal 5" and the shadowy riffs of Marcel Fengler's "Thwack" - itself a paean to Dr Motte's "Der Klang Der Familie" - but like the Fabric selection, this instalment of DJ Kicks is all about Robert Hood.