Review: Credo boss Alex Bau returns with some deep dub techno excursions on the fittingly titled Echo Echo imprint - a new Echocord sublabel. With previous releases on top labels like CLR, Kombination Research and Cocoon - you can trust this veteran A.M. specialist. From the glacial and cavernous "Clouds" and the introspective dub of "Contour" nailing that Basic Channel vibe of old. On the flip, we get two versions of "Zenstory". The first (prelude) being a chilling ambient version while the second is a stripped back epic that builds full of tension and suspense throughout.
Review: Like a lot of prolific dub techno producers, much of Grad_U's music slips out on CD. This EP marks his first appearance on wax for well over a year and contains two typically elongated, locked-in workouts. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Jacob's Dream", a sumptuous, 14-minute aural hallucination rich in seemingly shimmering electronic motifs, crackling percussion samples and aural textures smothered in Vasoline. While utterly sublime, it's nowhere near as dancefloor-focused as flipside "Observing The Night Sky", a gently pulsating chunk of vintage dub techno underpinned by a rock solid kick-drum pattern. In a word: intoxicating.