Review: Unhelpfully, there seems to be scant information out there about the identity of TBZ, a producer specializing in "raw cassette outtakes" whose previous output has been limited to a handful of appearances on compilations and multi-artist EPs. OG_Beers is the mystery artist's debut full length and contains 13 shots of hardware-heavy machine music. While rooted in electro and distorted machine funk, the set is notable for its alluring eclecticism. Those with a wide musical knowledge will be able to detect audible nods towards skewed cold wave, Moon B style boogie fuzz, Miami Fuzz, post-punk dub disco, mutant hip-hop, weirdo electronica and sludgy, guttural electronica - all smothered in oodles of tape hiss and analogue machine noise. Tip!
Review: It's been a little over a year since TBZ emerged with an album on Dutch label Brew, but still little is known about the artist behind the music, beyond the fact that they specialise in "raw cassette outtakes". Now they're back with nine more endearing cuts of fascinating machine music. There are elements of dub, electro, boogie, cold wave and industrialism along the way, but each of these tracks sounds utterly fresh and new. Check the lo-fi swagger of "Track 5," the curious emptiness of "Track 7" and the alien funk of "Track 9" - all brilliantly weird and wonderful, warm and atmospheric and will have you desperate to know more about your new favourite artist.
Review: Lo-fi techno specialist Beau Wanzer brings the heat once more on Robert Bergman's ever more impressive Dutch label Brew. He wastes no time in getting down to a raw and arresting groove on "Flesh Flush", which has freaky voices stitched into the high pressure drums. "Take Your Trash Out" is murky, dirty techno heard through a filthy sonic filter. It's perfect for grotty warehouse spaces and last of all "Morning Pain" gets brilliantly unhinged and wonky, with some manic lead synths taking you down the rabbit hole. This is discomforting techno for unsettling dance floors.