Review: Young Manchester up-and-comer Motiv returns to the scene of the crime as he appears on the label where it all started for him in 2015: fellow local stable Subwoofah. Older, wiser, gullier, everything about this EP is a level up: "Suicide Thing" is all about amazing frazzled and loose off-beat bass grizzles, "Dead Reckoning" is pure bass venom while "Circumstances VIP" creatively flips a percussive texture into a full riff. Finally we have "Havoc" that packs a cool turn of the century Bristol punch to complete the set. Dark and delicious.
Review: Tommy Four Seven's label celebrates five years of releasing uncompromising techno with this fine compilation. It gets off to a clubby start with Killawatt's rumbling, tribal "Champagne Prerogative", while on "Threads", Carrier drops a Regis-style broken beat stepper that resounds to rumbling bass and ghostly textures. Meanwhile, Headless Horseman occupies the middle ground between straight techno and stepping rhythms on the multi-layered, mesmerising "Sand Mountain". NN takes this approach to its brutal, logical conclusion on the electronic feedback and cranium crushing kicks of "Deception", while the label owner teams up with Ancient Methods to deliver the pounding industrial rhythm and static crackle percussion of "XIX".