Review: The Synthetic Gold story continues to unfold in the most curious nooks and crannies of the minimal techno scene, as this third volume welcomes in tracks selected by Anestie Gomez. Khan is in a looped up, insistent cycle loaded with alien synth tones and a focused rhythmic hiccup of a beat, truly aiming for the psych-out end of the night. Eloi Brunelle makes things a touch funkier on "Neneh", deploying choice splashes of dubbed out colour in between the sharp strut of the drums. Andres Garcia then spreads himself across the B-side with the loping funk of "Invisivel", working all manner of freaky sounds around the scuffed sway of the beats.
Review: Berlin retroverts Libertine are back with more jolly jams as part of their Traditions series, now with some unearthed tapes from Khan aka German producer Can Oral - founder of I'm Single /Super 8 and brother of Cem Oral from Air Liquide. He's released on a heap of seminal imprints since the early '90s, such as Mille Plateaux, Direct Drive, Playhouse and Cheap - so if you don't know about this guy: it's time you got familiar! Featured here are a bunch of zany acid flashbacks that perfectly freeze frame a very particular aesthetic in the Berlin based producer's storied past. Tracks like "Slow Stepper" or "20.02.94" are the zeitgeist of the capital's techno scene in the early '90s (and just as good as anything on Cabinet Records at the time), while "Mutama" goes for a more experimental edge with its snarling FM breaks. Finally "Acid Lemon Bits" gets all moody and tunnelling for those heads down moments on the dancefloor.