Review: Opal Tapes and Lobster Theremin aside, S Olbricht has landed on some of the most interesting independent house and techno labels over the last three years, and so this new EP for Lee Gamble's UIQ seems like a natural fit. This guy's style of house and techno is as loose and leftfield as you can possibly get for club music, a starting from the slithering beats and swamped sonics of "137x3brk" we get an instant picture of Olbricht's freedom behind that mixing desk. This open-minded take on the genre is yet more evident on the gloriously off-kilter "Ktyring", and reaches a total climax of abstraction though the nearly beatless "J UC". "F1oa1" is a hard techno missile in terms of its beats, but the melodies gliding high in the mix have more in common with ambient than anything dance-based. It's a real excursion...the sort of EP that makes the whole 'outsider' moniker seem credible.
Zy Clone (Vectorvision Re Vision) - (5:57) 130 BPM
Review: Here's something to put lead in the pencil of any electro nuts out there: a high-profile collaboration between rising star Vectorvision (AKA Dallas producer Brian Bishop) and all-round legend Convextion (AKA Gerard Hanson). In its original form, ZY Clone is something of a beast, sitting somewhere between the heavy, angular, acid-laced Dutch electro sound and the melodious, synth-laden, deep space bliss of Hanson's usual Convextion fare. Bishop goes solo to provide the obligatory flipside remix, layering waves of glacial, cascading synthesizer lines and spacey chord progressions over an action-packed drum machine workout. Naturally, both sides are rich in bustling analogue drum machine hits and vintage synthesizer motifs.
Review: Copenhagen-based Kenton Slash Demon return to local imprint Tartelet Records with a new terrific outing. It's been ten years since the duo landed on the label with their debut EP Khattabi, followed by the much-celebrated The Schwarzschild Trilogy singles - Sun, Matter and Daemon all released 2009-2011. The shimmering and emotive nu-disco bliss of "Zstring" is said to be a precursor for things to come within the next year. Featuring remixes by Californian in Berlin Urulu and fellow Dane Kasper Marott - whose dreamy rework in particular had us truly hypnotised. With talks of a full-length album, the KSD project is now being given the attention it deserves.
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.