Review: The latest must-have EP on Rawax's always on-point Motor City Edition series comes from Simon Hamelin AKA A-Sim, a producer who has previously impressed via No Suit Records and Rawax's main label. He begins in confident fashion via "Disaster Theory", a Drexciya-inspired workout wrapped in cybernetic motifs and deep space chord sequences. "Dub Bells" sees him wrap blissful bleep melodies and starry chords around a tougher, chunkier electro beat, while "Human Disease Network" is a deliciously angular and analogue invitation to dance bristling with heavy electronic bass, ghostly pads and crispy machine cymbals. To round things off in style, he once again reaches for the bleep melodies on the sparse but heavy closing cut "Ting Ting".
Review: Rawax Motor City Edition is just one more great move to have come from the parent label, Rawax, as it offers us new and exclusive house and techno from the best emerging talents out there; the reissue game can get a little political at times, so we always prefer to hear the goods from the source direct. Polyfan Polyphenix comes through with a certain confidence that has been lacking form the recent elector onslaught, touching down with plenty of thick beats, dusty breaks and, of course, an unlimited supply of rumbling bass lines that recall the likes of Drexciya and anything Gerald Simpson-related. However, tunes like "Polyfanatic" or "Polytics" are very much grounded in their own mystique, blending up German tech with all sorts of elastic electro aesthetics from both the US and EU spectrum. BOMBS.