Review: It was way back in 2013 that Brooklyn boys J Kriv & The Disco Machine first unveiled "Make It Hot", a languid and summery chunk of 1970s disco revivalism whose manifold attractions included a killer 'walking' bassline and a Tony Montana style vibraphone solo. Seven years on, File Under Disco has decided to offer up a fresh set of reworks. Ray Mang predictably steels the show with two killer rubs: an insanely weighty, driving and dubbed-out "High Pressure Dub" and a more relaxed "Warm Front Extension" that sees him emphasize the pair's superb original instrumentation. Elsewhere, Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco re-imagine the track as a squelchy nu-disco number and J Kriv devlivers a "Meltdown Mix" that surprisingly sits somewhere between NYC freestyle, Italo-disco and proto-house. Tidy!
Review: Breaking The Seal follows on from Ghost In The Machine's 2018 King Dead release for Perc Trax and consolidates Frank Nitzinsky and Nils van Lingen's reputation as purveyors of heavy-duty techno. The title track and "Cold Rush" are breakneck-speed industrial bangers, underpinned by concrete kicks and jackhammer percussion while featuring wild siren riffs. "Napalm Breath" sees the pair maintain the same intensity levels by deploying broken beats, but it's only a temporary reprieve and on "Combo Breaker" they impress with a wild combination of gabba kicks, splurging acid and noisy electronic riffs. It's a wild, roller-coaster ride through techno's harder spectrum.
Review: Rarely appearing away from their own Genosha Basic imprint, The Netherlands' Ghost In The Machine are next up on Perc Trax and carry on with the label's MO for abrasive/no holds barred techno. This EP hits as hard as anything on the label in recent years. Industrial strength grinder "The Holy Grill" leads the charge with its darkly austere elements and one of the meanest Reese basslines you've ever heard. Gnarly body basher "Hold My Drink" pushes the threshold once more, with its overdriven bass drums like a kick to the head, while its metallic textures slice away at you with pure wrath. Ending the sonic torment is "PSKDT" (What Does It Mean?), a cyclical warehouse techno stomper that's perfect for the peak time slot.
Review: The Hague based duo Frank Nitzinsky & Nils van Lingen aka Ghost In The Machine appear next for Perc's outlet for no-holds-barred industrial music. They follow up their break out One Louder EP that came out on the label last summer, plus remixing Perc & Truss' "Leather & Lace". They turned the track 'into a peak-time festival wrecking face-melter.' according to Perc - what a compliment! From the blistering and textural abrasions of "King Dead", functional warehouse techno as heard on "Pile Driver" or the brutalist factory floor stomp of "The Powder Of Love" - this one certainly is not for the faint of heart. The duo continue to head up the Genosha Basic label and touring to great acclaim around Europe.