Review: <3 is a rather pop leaning new album from Atom TM written in collaboration with an "entity" called x1n. The producer himself refers to the sound as "hard code pop" and the entity generated human voice and natural language content. It came with an obtuse message from the entity which is worth finding if you want some extra back story, or else just dive headfirst into the music. It's a flurry of whirring machines and deconstructed electronic sounds, with dehumanised vocals lost in the middle of it all. Despite the cold futurism of it all, there is still plenty of soul to be found in these fascinating tracks.
Review: The Beneficiaries is an all-new collaboration between three of Detroit's finest - techno pioneers Jeff Mills and Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes, and poet artist Jessica Care Moore - and this debut album is nothing less than a touching, whole-hearted tribute to their home city and its rich cultural history. Musically, it's intoxicating, far-sighted and otherworldly, with Care Moore adding a variety of ear-catching spoken word vocals to backing tracks that veer from acid-fired alien techno (epic opener "Metallic Stars", "Star Children of Orion"), percussive, dubbed-out late night murkiness ("People"), sun-bright analogue ambient melodiousness (the sparkling "When The Sun Loves You Back"), dark and moody electronica ("The X"), and heady, bongo-powered hypnotism ("The Crystal City Is Alive"). In other words, it's as great as we expected, and then some.
Review: Anyone who has caught Helena Hauff in action will excitedly tell you that she's one of underground electronic music's top DJs - a mixer who combines top-notch technical skills with an exhaustive knowledge of music to deliver distinctive sets that set her apart from the crowd. It's for this reason that her contribution to Tresor's "Kern" mix series has been so hotly anticipated. Having now given it a listen, we can confirm that the two-disc mix-up is every bit as good as we'd hoped, with Hauff surging through a breathless, 32-track selection built around scuzzy, fuzzy and forthright slabs of electro, techno, ghetto-tech and industrial strength early UK hardcore. Piled high with rare, hard-to-find and previously unreleased tracks, it may well end up being the mix of the year by some distance.