Review: It's time to enter into depths unknown here as we join Pugilist and the Trusik Recordings camp for a journey through sound across their brand new link up project, the 'Chrysalis' EP. The title track is a 4x4 roller, packed with dubby energy and unpredictable drum switches, leading into some incredible processing work as the twisted rhythms of 'Truncated Kicks' take a hold. Next, the journey takes another interesting weave as the rolling kick leads and chirpy high end percussive patterns of 'Reformation' leap into life, before we finish up with a splash on 'Pheromone'.
Review: Jorden Hodgetts is the producer behind the Cleric project, but there is nothing pious or precious on offer here. Indeed, the opposite is true and he ends up making an unholy racket. "2nd Limit" revolves around a pounding kick drum and an industrial/EBM-style vocal exhorting the listener to 'let the beat control your body'. "Formation" is even more intense thanks to razor-sharp percussion, stomping drums and bleeding acid lines, while "Side FX" adheres to a similar style thanks to its dark 303s and grungy bass. By the time the listener gets to the static interference and white noise of "Control", it feels like sweet relief.
Review: Unlike the best part of this recent wave of electro stunners hitting our charts, Carl Finlow's material dates back to the mid 1990s; the man is an underrated pillar of the genre, and thanks to his days working with Ralph Lawson he has accumulated plenty of respect around these parts. Following up from some killer EPs by the likes of Maceo Plex and Mariel Ito, Finlow lands on Barcelona's Lone Romantic imprint, coming through with four effectively assembled electro deviations. The opening "Romboid Assassin" is a dark, cavernous gunshot of bass and elastic beats, while "Veiled" goes deeper on the euphoric synths, "Phisge" strips it all down to bleeps and hard-edged drums, leaving "Anomaly 2" to keep us dreaming in warm, placid drum-machine jam. That's Finlow for you.
Review: With releases on labels like Roam and Shara Music, Mijo's star was already in the ascent, and this EP for Duro will only serve to consolidate his reputation. Based on a rugged rhythm and a low-slung bass, the title track resounds to niggling percussive ticks and dubbed out claps. It sounds like a refined, futuristic take on electro house. The label has commissioned a series of remixes that vary in sound and style: Paulor's take is laden down with dramatic strings and guitar power chords, while on the Dyor interpretation, a radically different approach prevails with lo-fi guitar riffs and hypnotic pulses providing a more refined flavour. Finally, there's The Chica's take, a cut-up version peppered with New York house horns.