Review: Alongside regular studio partner Andreas Baumecker, Sam Barker has released a swathe of admired singles and a couple of on-point albums on Ostgut Ton. Here he returns to the much-loved German imprint with his most significant solo release to date: a debut album of drowsy, sun-baked electronic positivity that expertly melds elements of hazy ambient, dub techno, off-kilter electronica and the classic kosmiche synthesizer soundscapes associated with Tangerine Dream. It's a lot less dancefloor-focused than much of his previous material, but that's not a criticism: indeed, the fact that it's warm, opaque and prioritizes fuzzy, slowly shifting musical movements is the album's greatest strength.
Review: Proceeding the well-received 'Move Like Atoms', @morelian returns with a three-track EP 'Radical Spectacular' to be released on Fever AM - the label she runs with @rhyw.
Marking Mor's ninth release, 'Radical Spectacular' continues to highlight her unique take on techno. Her interpretation of the genre is influenced by the fascination with layering multiple drum patterns, pulling from styles she grew up on such as UKG, electro and IDM as well as the more traditional ethic sequence, leading to her own hybrid style.
Taking an alternative direction with 'Radical Spectacular', the release showcases Mor's dynamic production palette. As the title track and 'Wave Alienation' build upon atmospheric melodies and murky basslines, the EP rounds off with 'Farewell to The Snare'; a heldback whirlwind of tight breaks and robotic, paranoid arpeggios.
Review: UK tech-bass specialist Randomer has undoubtedly become one of the most prolific names across this country's dance scene. The talented DJ and producer has promoted his style since those first Hemlock killers began to surface, and he has kept on pushing that sound into new platforms, such as Holland's mighty Dekmantel. This new EP opens with the percussive bang and thrash of "Van Pelt", before launching into an all-out techno attack via "Shadow Harp". On the B-side, "Dissolve" blasts out yet more organized chaos, this time in the form of off-kilter drum sequences that verge on the tribal, leaving the title track to spin the drums into a total frenzy - backed by a radiant industrial bass that bounces from wall to wall. Highly recommended!