Review: As far as Rhadoo's release rate is concerned, it's about quality not quantity - but when they do eventuate they are certainly worth the wait. The [a:rpia:r] co-head's last release was over four years ago on Amphia (as Colorhadoo) and he returns for Moscow by way of Berlin's Nervmusic with this collection of afterhours weirdo techno on the Semantics EP. Anyone who has witnessed one of his much lauded closing sets recently knows he has no qualms mixing in experimental beats between lean house cuts - this style is explored personally on tracks like the off-kilter mini-funk of "Fierbinti" or the contorted/psychedelic groove of "Gerunziu". "Om Neon" on the other side is classic Rhadoo all the way: moody, hypnotic and totally tripped-out - best enjoyed after 9:00 on the dancefloor. Cutting edge stuff once again from one of Rominimal's most respected figures.
Review: Nervmusic is a minimal house/techno imprint formed in Russia but now based in Berlin. Following up some great releases by the likes of French micro-house maestro Lowris and Club Midi (Cluj-Napoca) resident g76, it is now over to the mysterious Fonetica. While not much is known of the producer at the time of writing, be assured there's some quirky and reductionist avant-garde grooves aimed squarely at the after-hours on offer here. Starting off with the lean and glitchy bounce of "Background" - which is perfect for early morning trance induction sessions aboard the Hoppetosse, we've also got the trippy and rolling bass driven groove of "Lost In Thought" for something more upbeat. Finally on the flip is yet more subtractive hypnotism on "Sleepy Hollow" which will appeal to fans of grooves from the quirker end of the spectrum popularised by the likes of Perlon, Minibar or Hello? Repeat.