Review: Holland's electro badboy, DJ Overdose, lands the young and cold-hearted Electro Empire with two imperial slices of industrial dance that will surely resonate with listeners of all shapes and sizes, particularly given the most recent resurgence of an EBM-led dance scene. "On The Silver Globe (New Civilization mix)" and "Crystal Boy (Space Adventure Cobra mix)" are part of the same recurring thought... a future dystopia represented by shimmering waves of synth, harsh, grizzly bass tones, and those inimitable 808 drums that seem to constantly gain new energy and momentum with each new year that passes.
Review: Tim Checkley and Clint Watkins first joined forces in 2016, unleashing the original version of "Techno World" on Bass Agenda Recordings. Here, the track finally gets a vinyl release, with the duo's extended mix of their original version - a bass-heavy, funk-fuelled electro workout that sounds like an unlikely collaboration between Kraftwerk, Soulsonic Force, Newcleus and Cybotron - being joined by a trio of alternative versions. There's a "Beatapella" (sparse beats and vocoder vocals), a rock solid instrumental (a chance to revel in their liquid synth bass, delay-laden TR-808 hits and throbbing sub-bass) and a headline remix from Detroit's Filthiest. This is arguably the EP's standout moment and sounds like Aux88 covering Kraftwerk's "It's More Fun To Compute".
Review: Polish producer, graphic designer and writer/poet Karol Gwozdz aka Nail joins German label Dominance Electricity, who's hosted Blastromen, Dynamik Bass System and legends Jackal & Hyde in the past. The Silesia-based artist's vinyl debut comes in the form of "Revelation" - a brooding and majestic electro epic with vocoder lyrics in the same vein as legend Anthony Rother. This is followed up by the fierce and functional electro-bass workout "1987" on the flip. Proper heads down tackle which also comes with a handy "Arpeggio Bonus" where he shines the spotlight on the track's glistening, sublime arpeggio melody.
Review: Veteran Irish producer/DJ Tim Hannigan aka Replicants makes his bow on German label Electro Empire with an absolutely slamming release. The brutalist dystopian electro-bass of "I Like The Way You Crunch" is in the same vein as classic Anthony Rother or Exzakt, and is sure to give the subs a good workout. Fellow Irish DMC mixing champion DJ Mek also stops by to remix "Jiro", adding his own flair via fresh scratches and funky samples alongside the extended version on the flip.