Review: Gerald Donald doesn't release much material under his Der Zyklus guise - although he recently reissued the project's excellent Biometry album - but each time he does, it is delivered with a frosty, eerie underbelly. This characteristic is audible on "Perspective", where robotic snares provide the basis for bleak synth lines. "Plan Oblique" follows in a similar vein, with tougher, more functional drums but the same degree of menace. "Isometric Projection" sees him slow down the tempo for a stripped back, dead pace robot malfunction, while "Explosion Diagaram" provides a surprise at the end. Deeper, more expansive and less paranoid than the rest of the EP, it shows that there is a human pulse beating below the surface.
Review: The Polish label Ziemia is centred around a growing group of friends in Warsaw. Formed by seasoned producers Bartosz Kruczynski (Earth Trax), Adam Brocki and Jan Wojcicki (Private Press) that between them have had releases on top labels such as Growing Bin, Shall Not Fade, Indigo Aera, Phonica Records and Dopeness Galore. This first release captures a moment when all three label founders have started to utilise dub techniques in their club sound. Private Press summons the ghosts in the machine in the vein of classic Basic Channel, Earth Trax employs the most echo-laden and glacial aesthetics on his contributions, and his collaboration with Newborn Jr. displays the most cavernous explorations in deepeness.