Review: In the world of Tone Dropout, the rave never stops. It's this wholehearted 90s-inspired retro-futurism that makes their compilation style EP releases such a good listen. This ninth volume in the series packs a punch, with highlights coming courtesy of The He-Men (the trippy acid-psychedelia of saucer-eyed early morning workout "A-Train"), the weighty Yorkshire bleep and bass-meets-Italian dream house warmth of Ascot and WW's "Marelli Bleeps", and the deliciously quirky hip-house-meets-breakbeat hardcore-meets-acid bustle of Bufo Bufo's "Ectotherm". Arguably best of all though is Dawl's sleazy, alien and off-kilter acid-electro rub "Human Experiments".
Review: Following up some great ones by Matthias, Alec Falconer and Z@p & Santiago Uribe, Tone Dropout main man Darren Woollard returns with a new release of old school techno workouts for London's Art Of Dark. Indeed, prepare to turn on, tune in and drop out to the early '90s influenced bleep 'n' bass experience of "Something's Going To Happen", hear the drummer get wicked on on the acid-washed breaks of "Compute'' while B side cut "Rhythm Activated" is exactly kind of wacky new rave fantasy you'd hear on the dancefloor at Hoppetosse or the Libertine label parties in Berlin. More wicked material by an underrated legend - tip!
Freakenstein - "Feakin' Time (+ Freak-A-Pella)" (7:24)
Review: Leeds-born session Hearlucinate makes the leap to wax with a special series of 12"s that correspond to line-ups for parties in London, spearheaded by resident Tristan da Cunha. On this first release, Dawl shores up on the A side and sets the bar very high indeed with the killer bleep techno stylings of "Energy Overdrive" and the tough, punchy electro of "Cyborg". Da Cunha himself follows up on the B side with the equally tough and thumping "Move (Let Me See U)", a seedy and sensual peak timer if we ever heard one. Freakenstein completes the set with a rabble-rousing booty bass beat down that will appeal to those who likes their electro fast and nasty.