Review: The second collectible EP out of three, arriving on double white 10" vinyl, and containing tracks from Jon Convex's debut album, Idoru sees another four hard hitting fusions of techno and contemporary bass music. Unlike the first EP, which was surprisingly melodic, these tracks aim squarely at the floor, with "What I Need" a heavy tom-led piece of Detroit influenced techno, and "Aversion" providing some tracky functionalism. "Desolation" and "Four Faces" meanwhile provide some bleak electro dystopianism, much indebted to his Autonomic heritage.
Review: It might be 2021, but in the world of Kid Drama, it's 2010 Again. That's theme of the producer's latest missive for CNVX, which smartly joins the dots between '90s tech-step, late noughties D&B experimentation (think classic Exit releases and so on) and deeper shades of electronica. The result is an action-packed set that giddily skips between the weighty, hard-wired peak-time heat of '2010 Again', the hot-stepping deep D&B pleasantries of 'Diazedeze', the warped basslines, sunrise-ready aural textures and fluttering chords of 'Pivot' and the skittish, post-apocalyptic hustle of closing cut 'Thoughtcast'.
Review: Having firmly established Convex Industries with a series of artist focused EPs and album projects from Alex Smoke, Femme En Fourrure, label boss Jon Convex signals a widening of scope with the launch of Zero Point, a new series of mixed artist releases. The debut transmission, deftly called Zero Point One, sets the standard for the series with Jimmy Edgar, J Tijn, Wraetlic, Sei A and Convex himself featured amongst the six tracks. Lead track "Move" sees Convex and Edgar join forces with typically bombastic results, as Edgar's slightly sinister voice intones "Move Your Body" over a vicious, bass heavy tech throb. "Incapacity Benefit" from Wraetlic finds Alex Smoke in stripped back mood which contrasts nicely with the building euphoria of Convex's solo cut "Day After Day". Productions from Turbo duo Sei A and J Tijn lend Zero Point One some broken grit with the latter's "Rough Edges" perhaps the outstanding contribution.