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Techno - Single Reviews - 585

Singles - Techno - Issue 585

Reedale Rise

From Harbour To Harbour EP

Spæcial Recordings

9.0
Taking inspiration from Detroit electro and techno, Simon Keat aka Reedale Rise nonetheless forges his own path. ‘Harbour..’ follows his appearance on the recent ‘Emotions Electric’ split EP and gives full vent to Keat’s deeper than deep sound. ‘And The Rain Fell’ is a particularly beautiful slice of deep techno, with electro drums and claps underpinning warbling melodies, but ‘Lithium’ is just as seductive, with mournful synths comparable to early Carl Craig or E.R.P. By the time the warbling acid of ‘Hiccups’ and the dreamy ‘Recovery’ drop, it feels like an electronic soul overdose.

Transllusion

'A Moment Of Insanity'

Clone Aqualung

9.0
Recorded in 2001, during the same period as Transllusion’s two studio albums, ‘Moment Of Insanity’ was recently discovered on a DAT tape. Spread over four ‘Moment’ tracks, it provides an insight into the mind of the late James Stinson, one of electronic music’s most intriguing, enigmatic producers. ‘Moment 1’ is a sombre affair, with electronic soundscapes conjured up from below the surface, while in contrast, ‘Moment 2’ is a sparse dancefloor track that resonates to a plunging bass and interstellar tones. It’s only a brief dalliance with the DJ world however, and Stinson’s abstract thoughts are captured on ‘Moment 3’ and the lopsided drums of ‘Moment 4’.

Various Artists

'Drome 001 - Phuture Classical Appendix A '

Tabernacle

8.0
Tabernacle’s latest release is one of the label’s most interesting projects. Drome was a multi-media platform that was active in Utrecht during the early '90s, and included a short-lived, spin-off cassette label. Tabernacle has started to make music from those tapes available on vinyl for the first time, and the most notable thing is that it has not aged. From the chilling atmospheric techno of Paradize Disowned’s 'Paradize Disowned' through the throbbing techno of DJ Zero One’s 'Gee Lee' and Syndrome’s murky breakbeats, 'Drome 001' sounds as relevant now as it did back then.

Plant 43

'From Deep Streams'

Shipwrec

8.5
Emile Facey is best known for his futuristic electro as Plant43, but on ‘Deep Streams’, he shifts the project's focus. Although acid-soaked, atmospheric synth workouts like ‘Sea Of Stardust’ and ‘Banished Voices’ provide a connection to his trademark sound, this release also sees him navigating a path that is far from his comfort zone. In particular, the understated ambient drones of ‘Brush Of Twigs’ and the dreamy ‘Hawthorne & Hornbeam’ demonstrate an artist that is capable of effortless adaption and re-invention.

Paul Mix & Freddy Fresh

'Northern Axe Scent'

Analog Records

7.5
To use a football analogy, this is a game of two halves. On one side, US techno veteran Freddy Fresh dons his Modulator cloak to deliver the tweaked, machine-led acid of ‘Dazed’. ‘Whirlybird’ is more intense, with Freddy upping the pace to deliver a pounding, pared back techno workout that gradually reveals acidic undercurrents and spacey filters. Fresh’s collaboration with Paul Mix on the flip couldn’t be more different. Dreamy and laid back, it is filled with hazy vocals and characterised by its chasmic break downs.

Northern Powerhouse

'NP 004'

Northern Powerhouse

7.5
Northern Powerhouse is a collaboration between Alex Handley and Nigel Rogers, the brains behind the Perseus Traxx project among others. According to Rogers, "We basically bang machines and have a laugh." As this fourth instalment in the series demonstrates, this approach seems to work. ‘Need Money For Bread’ is a murky affair, led by lo-fi drums, dusky synths and menacing acid squiggles. 'Rinse That SH**' is more minimalist, with the pair delivering a grimy, gritty workout that resounds to menacing bass and a wild acid climax.

Jon Dixon

'Sampla EP'

4EVR 4WRD

8.5
At the risk of sounding jaded, there just aren’t enough EPs like ‘Sampla’ any more. Within the space of four tracks, Derrick May favourite Jon Dixon goes from spaced out ambience ('O Inicio') to teeth rattling, percussive workouts ('Paulista Avenue'), but it’s what happens along the way that really impresses. Both 'Five 15' and 'Our Love Goes Over' are glorious, jazzy grooves that contain enough punch to work on tougher floors. Factor in Kynadi Echols’ sweet vocals, and you have the making of a fine if all together rare release.

Rittowski

'The Human Race Is No Longer Available, Please Select Another Lifeform'

Borft

8.0
Winning the prize for this issue’s best title is Rittowski, aka Peter Kadergard, an artist who has been active since the early '90s. The music isn’t half bad either: ‘Air Electric’ is a low-slung funk workout, ’I Belong To A World That Is Destroying Itself’ combines glistening synth lines with rickety electro drums, and ‘Entropic Force’ is an irresistible slice of electronic disco. Rounding off this remarkably diverse EP are the warm bass tones and catchy hooks of ‘Cold Steel Rang Against My Bare Skin’. The apocalypse rarely sounded so sweet.