Review: Finally on digitsal. Rotten City based in Madrid, is overseen by partners in crime Alvaro Cabana Juliana Leyva, and born to maximize synergies between different music scenes, breaking barriers to get to a common factor: quality music without pigeonholing. Nein Records man Tronik Youth handles the debut release from Rotten City, backed with remixes from the esteemed Red Axes and Richard Sen. Guided by the force of synths, "Malice Of Absence" is an intense voyage to the depth of strobes and flash... For their remix, Red Axes steers the listener towards a Balearic sunset governed by the melodies of Art of Noise, the horizontal flights of Vangelis and the spiritual calmness of Mr. Fingers. Richard Sen rises the speed gently and resolves the equation that the German cosmic exposition has deposited under a mirror ball of The Loft in a space with a life of its own.
Review: Having spent much of 2014 impressing with his superb (and delightfully eccentric) CTRL+S Edits series, Tronik Youth returns to the world of original production. As you might expect, "Splinter Of The Mind's Eye" chugs hard, with psychedelic vocal samples, trippy electronics and twinkling piano flourishes wrapping themselves around a druggy, Italo-influenced groove. It's rather good, all told, and sits somewhere between murky nu-disco and early '90s "intelligent techno" (think Brown Album-era Orbital). The remix package is particularly strong, with similarly psychedelic interpretations from Peza and Two Mamarochos being joined by a brilliantly ragged, armour-clad acid tweak from Los Lopez. Best of all, though, is the Dark Strands remix, which turns the track into a sensual, slo-mo Balearic chugger.
Review: Tronik Youth returns with more brooding EBM grooves in the form of "The Shaker" on his London/Berlin based imprint Nein. Steely vintage drum computers face off with rusty, grinding arpeggios and teutonic vocal chants - all you need right here! Two awesome remixes are included: Correspondant's Bird Of Paradise delivers a typically neon-lit, '80's rock styled rendition that's full of soaring guitar feedback, but Barney Khan's remix is the one that really delivers a different perspective. A nefarious, monstrous slow burning techno version in the vein of Happa or Sawf that soundtracks the oncoming apocalypse in wonderful fashion. The young Berlin based producer is behind Bis Bald Records and in our opinion: one to watch!
Review: Tronik Youth's London based tech house and nu-disco force Nein is back with a weighty 17-trackcompilation celebrating his current label roster and a love for more retro-inspired sounds. From the grinding electro-punk of Justine's "Infernale Cavale", to Freudenthal's dark synthpop epic "Bilderblast", there's plenty of stylistic range here. Highlights come thick and fast on Yes Means Nein, with the gutsy EBM groove of Tunnel Signs "Hellfire" and a remix of Emperor Machine's "Sisco Seeker" from label mainstay Rodion and Fabrizio Mammarella particularly standing out!