Review: Teheranian Berlin-based producer NYMA has so many influences it makes you wonder why and how he landed at techno's door. We're glad he did though regardless of the where, whys and what-ifs because of his uniquely refreshing beat-laden style. Twisting and turning through a catalogue of deep, groovy and experimental inspirations, this five track EP makes a valiant attempt at dissecting NYMA's creative mind. From the eastern beats of "RIP" to the harder, old-school sounds of "Fake People" and "The XXX File", whether he's in the past or the present, it makes no difference, this man will create something totally unique. Final track "U4Euh" is a stunningly dark, doom-laden beauty, worth every penny of the EP put together. Go on, you deserve it.
Review: Australia's Balance Music is known for its quality mixes by the very finest in the underground music circuit. With previous compilations by the likes of New York's Danny Tenaglia, Deetron and Funk D'Void, among others, this is as close to a Fabric mix as you can get without those shiny tin cases. Ex-minimal legend turned all-out techno queen Magda steps up for number 27 in the series, and it's nothing but vibes on this one. Amalgamating shreds of stripped back techno - Marcel Dettmann, DVS1, Samuli Kemppi - together with newer, more underground sounds from some of the most cutting-edge labels around - Marco Bernardi's Sandman project, TTT's Minor Science, XDB and Shackleton - the Minus legend shows why she's still one of the best in the game and a true expert at evolving her aesthetic. A great mix, dig in.