Review: Arts label owner Emmanuel teams up with veteran producer Dustin Zahn for this resolutely underground EP. Emmanuel's "Bethide" starts the release in tough mode, with gritty kicks and dense, clicking percussion providing a funky but utilitarian sound. On "Visible Invisible", he veers into a deeper but gloomy direction, as bleak synths unfold over a pumping rhythm. It's a marvellously moody affair. This split release also finds Zahn in uncompromising form; the tribal "Submit Yourself" unfolds to belching acid lines and looped vocal snatches, while on "Eternity's Edge", he lets broken beats and rolling filters provide the basis for dreamy but dark chords.
ALPI - "In Your Inner Sea" (Alfredo Mazzilli remix) - (6:28) 134 BPM
ALPI - "Inconscio" - (6:31) 130 BPM
ALPI - "In Your Inner Sea" - (6:35) 130 BPM
Review: More than most established labels, Planet Rhythm has been especially supportive of new artists - and ALPI is a good example of their patron-age. Having debuted on the label last year, this upcoming artist now de-livers a second killer release. "Inconscio" is wonderfully deep techno - led by a brittle rhythm, it features chiming bells and evocative synths - while on "Chant III", ALPI submerges himself in warm ambience. There is another side to this producer's oeuvre, audible on the pulsating, tun-nelling "Devachan" collaboration with Wrong Assessment, while Alfredo Mazzilli turns the title track into a throbbing, atmospheric workout. In the main though, this is a reflective release, as evidenced by Edit Select's ponderous take on "Chant".
Review: Ricardo Rodrigues hasn't been active as Industrialyzer for some years, but if there was ever an occasion to revisit the uncompromising techno alias, a release on Damon Wild's legendary Synewave label must surely be it. The Portuguese artist goes in on "Analog Planet" with fearsome intent, serving up that Robert Hood-flavoured mechanized, weaponised loop goodness that gets the business end of the night shaking the way it should. "Multiple Walls" is a funkier affair with a playful organ line, but then it's back to the darkside with the devilish "Orbit X", rounding out an EP of no-nonsense techno like momma used to make.
Review: French producer iZem found a new home in Lisbon, Portugal five years ago. On Beni Lane EP, he merges afro-house and heavier percussive elements into his jazzy and hip-hop inflected approach. From the frantically jazzy broken-beat groove of "Major Stef" with its powerful polyrhythms to the lo-slung and bass heavy urban groove of "Frikii" featuring some super sultry vocals by Fehdah and "Shebeen Chic" which is a colourful celebration of Lisbon's pulsating and syncopated beats. On this EP, iZem has established himself as a unique and vital voice in the global club music scene.
Review: There are few house producers as innovative or adventurous as Maurice Fulton and on his latest Boof album, he shows just how far-out he can get. "Tomoko's O" is an easy-listening affair with searing guitars and cosmic keys, while in contrast, "Just On The Swings" sees Fulton experiment with Cameo-style electro funk. These are just two of the many different moods that Boof embraces. On the title track, Fulton veers into white noise ambience and "Cat Soulcat Strut" is a tasty boogie / jazz-funk affair. There are also a few nods to Fulton's dance floor approach, especially on the deep techno "Backlash", but as the mellow "Birgit Boogie" and the jittery pianos of "Emi's M" demonstrate, this is as cosmic as a trip to Mars and back.