Review: The DDS label, short for Distort Decay Sustain, has given artists like Demdike Stare a platform on which to express themselves through over the years, but it was really Equiknoxx's LP from 2016, Bird Sound Power, which opened their doors to a whole new category of listener. In fact, it was that LP, with all its stunning, dub-wise experimentation, which has led to Mark Ernestus being called up for a pair of remixes. As you probably know, this is a rare case, so this 12" is sort of a special piece - "Congo Get Slap" is given the pure Ernestus rundown, with a charging, minimalistic percussion being swallowed whole by the raucous dub stabs caving in from all angles; the remix of "Flagged Up" is a much slower, more brooding affair in the same vein as the mythical cuts residing on imprints like Basic Channel and Chain Reaction - nothing but deep, meditative dub flexing for the mind. BIG!
Review: Etch and Nico Lindsay make good musical bedfellows; the former's spacious left-footed soundscapes providing plenty of room for Nico's narrative, evolving lyrical style, they're kindred spirits linked by a glacial sense of adventure and refusal to compromise. Opener "Don't Wanna Know" kicks the doors down with force. Rough and switchy, there's a pulsing 2002 feel to both the step and flow while "Predator Vs Prey (Toxin)" takes us on a much swampier, weirded out trip that buns everything but survival. Finally, Tranq Sinatra joins the fray for an urgent finale where fast-tongue tales from Nico are backed from Tranq harmonies and another iced riddim from Etch. Cold.
Review: Loic Berger's previous releases under the E-Unity alias have seen him shun easy genre categorization, instead fusing elements of techno, electro, breakbeat revivalism and guttural house. This EP for FTD is similarly hard to pin down. A-side "Tallarita", sits between a four-four beat or hardcore era breakbeats, with the curious selection of musical elements atop - creepy stabs, chiming melodies and pulverizing analogue bass - only enhancing Berger's thrillingly mixed-up mood. Over on side B, "3.6" brilliantly mangles a two-step rhythm and combines it with all manner of weirdo electronics and weighty bottom-end pressure, while "Everlasting Legacy (Functional Mix)" is a hot-stepping blend of super-spacey synthesizer melodies, chiming ambient motifs and bustling, dub-wise dancefloor riddims.