Arkajo doesn't care as much as others when it comes to meticulously pacing releases, and instead, has chosen to churn out two banging EPs at roughly the same time. The man's got one out right now on Bror Records, as well as this new killer for Brotherhood Sound System, taking the minimal equation back into the limelight. The title tune "Panacea" rocks and echoes majestically, flowing through the speakers with fluid motion and a cavernous, almost tribal sense of rhythm, while "Tape8" strips much of that bulk down to a razor-sharp techno bullet with a crafty groove, and "Tape15" bundles a myriad of glacial bleeps and bouncy drums together under one tight roller that's reminiscent of the Perlon output.
Apparently, Bernhardt is a new project for a well-known name, who in the label's own words has 'released on some of the biggest labels ... and played all over the world'. Irrespective of whoever is behind this EP, it's a fine release. The title track is a driving, minimal affair, resounding to a wild metallic riff, while "Magnetic" sees the mysterious artist drop a bleep-heavy, clicking groove that is reminiscent of vintage Mobilee and Cynosure. "Messenger" sees the project cast its gaze back farther, with its storming kicks and wild analogue howls calling to mind classic G-Man, mixed with the wild abandon of Lost Recordings. Whoever is behind this project knows their techno history.