Review: Mannequin boss Alessandro Adriani returns to Stroboscopic Artefacts with 'Embryo' - an immersive four-track micro-odyssey spanning across jagged ambient scopes,unmapped acidic grounds and further leftfield-friendly sonic territories, opening up the path for his forthcoming sophomore LP and first ever for Stroboscopic Artefacts, 'Morphic Dreams'.
Review: The brilliant Chronicle has been quiet for a minute, but comes back in fine form with this keenly curated various artists 12" that re-affirms the label's vision of cerebral, deep and driving techno. Damon Wild shows his tender side on the gorgeous, immersive "Constant Search", while Ben Sims brings a tougher palette to bear on peak time percussive belter "Vicious Cycle". Steve Bicknell summons a fearsome, metallic dervish on the monolithic "Chapter Of Self", and Tadeo takes things bleepy, loopy and uplifting on "X Marks The Spot". It's a 12" of stunning modern techno from start to finish.
Review: London based Rico Casazza has been sliding out warm, harmonically rich techno for over 10 years now, shoring up on labels such as Bonzai Elemental, Archipel, Stock5, Cartulis Music, Variance and more. On his latest release, which lands on sterling techno imprint Murge Recordings, he's channeling the spirit of Detroit in a plush spread of warm and expressive synth shapes. "Transmutation" is strong in its original configuration, but it's also propped up by some classy remixes from big hitters. Kirk Degiorgio steps up first with a tense, darkside techno workout for the peak of the night. Aubrey then pings things up into a trippy, heavy-rolling workout drawn from the freakier end of the spectrum.
Review: Straight out of Toronto's fast rising electronic underground comes Parallel Minds, a fresh imprint dedicated to releasing "progressive electronic music" from the Canadian city. This debut release boasts cuts from the imprint's three founders Ciel, Yohei S and Daniel 58, as well as guest artist Radiant Aura Faculty. There's much to admire throughout, from the dubby sub-bass, bouncy Afro-house drums and clonking electronics of Yohei S' "Eastern Rankin", to the chiming dub house/dusty deep house fusion of Daniel 58's warm-but-robotic "Space Bubble". Sweatier, rave-inspired breakbeat antics are provided via the loved-up vocal samples and low-end weightiness of Radiant Aura Faculty's "Mana Sadhana", while Ciel's "Hind Sight Is 360" gets just the right balance between driving machine beats, glassy-eyed intent and dreamy, head-in-the-clouds electronics.
Review: Jean-Louis Huhta is a long-standing veteran of the Swedish underground, from roots in punk and industrial through to an illustrious if somewhat low key life in techno. His Dungeon Acid alias heralded a return to the fundamentals of machine music, and gets more intriguing with every release. This self-titled album on iDEAL gives a wonderfully widescreen impression of his style, where atmosphere and textural individuality are just as important as the beats. At times the electronics are joyously weird, as on unhinged acid burner "7Y02", and elsewhere a more exotic, head-nodding melange emerges. Just stick on "4R01" and find yourself transported to a most curious, utterly wonderful synthetic tropicalia.
Review: Some tip-top Transatlantic business here, as EPM Music brings together Motor City legend Robert Hood AKA Floorplan, and veteran UK techno producer Mark Broom. There's a treat on side A as Broom finally allows us access to one of his secret weapons: a previously dubplate-only remix he did of the Floorplan gospel-techno throbber "Never Grow Old". Broom's version is tough and percussive, but also makes great use of rumbling bass, restless organ stabs and glassy-eyed late night rave riffs. Broom's own techno jack-track "Jungle" - a blizzard of distorted percussion and wild electronic noises - opens side B, before Hood offers up a chunky "Re-Plant" of classic Floorplan roller "He Can Save You". It not only features spoken word preacher-man vocals, but also a mind-altering riff reminiscent of Lil' Louis classic "French Kiss".