Review: Two unlikely producers team up for this joint release on Bicep's label. Extrawelt have been releasing tranced out, big room techno on labels like Cocoon and Traum for the past 15 years, while Irish producer DeFeKT has been pushing a raw, hardware-driven version of electro and techno on renowned imprints like Omnidisc and Boysnoize. This partnership sees them deliver an EP that seamlessly draws on both musical backgrounds; "Field Day" is a throbbing, spaced out groove that's led by a pulsating groove and a warbling bass, with these elements providing the backing for alien synths. On "Off Planet", DeFeKT's ability to craft dynamic electro comes to the fore: an ominous bass underpins steely 808s and wonderfully bleak synth lines - a ringing endorsement for this unpredictable partnership.
Review: Bloody Mary celebrates the tenth anniversary of her Dame Music imprint with this 303-focused compilation. Veteran techno producer Thomas Heckmann drops the tough, peak time "Fluffy Fingers" and Tim Taylor's "Fear of Acid" is a visceral analogue banger. Meanwhile, on "Acid Ring", Tin Man delivers a harder than usual version of his 303-driven style while on "Metal Rain", Cardopusher takes inspiration from ebm to craft a bleak track that wouldn't sound out of place on a Hacker EP. The compilation also shines a light on Bloody Mary's own production skills, and her contribution, "Reclaim", is an expansive acid groover that has echoes of classic Underground Resistance.