Review: Marco Lazovic has been burning up dancefloors for over four years with his potent blend of house grooves and feisty jungle breakbeats, and so it continues on this new drop for Craft Music. "Dance System" is predominantly shaped out by gorgeous Detroit-inspired synths, but there's also some seriously spicy breaks choppage going off throughout the track. "The Dredwerkz" is a tight and punchy electro jam with plenty of melodic delights fluttering around the 808 drums, while "Daydreaming" gets further up the tempo range to outright ambient jungle a la early Good Looking. "End Theme" stays in jungle mode for an acute exercise in classic rollage.
Review: Andy Jaggers (aka ADJ) is a name that has been synonymous with the underground electro scene since the mid-nineties.
Andy is one of the understated contributors to the sound; in one dimension pushing the music of others in running one of the best record shops London has had to offer (IQ) as well as forming his sonic niche across his labels and own productions.
Andy released his early works as 3 Elements on his own label Analogique, delivering 4 now very hard to find records in between '95 and '96. Unfortunately for us here at knoe towers the source DATs have been lost to the perils of studio moves. Later he would set up Pyramid Transmissions with Pathic to release their own productions and those of likeminded individuals pushing the envelope of the electro sound outside the normally accepted boundaries. Electro as a genre has always sounded like the future however Andy manages to take it into the fifth dimension and beyond, overlaying IDM techniques and soundscapes onto the solid backbone of Detroit electro.
For Those That Knoe has worked extensively with Andy to put together a deliciously cohesive eight-track compilation of his works spanning the more recent period of his production career. The LP includes Pyramid Transmission vinyl favorites, cuts only previously available on his digital albums and some pieces released for the very first time.
Review: French old school head Seuil is next up on Cartulis Music. This man has been around for some time and
once again he hits the spot on this strong release on Cartulis Music. 4 cuts that fit into many moments.
From peaktime to after hours and everything im between. Special appearance by great friend of the label LeLoup
on one of the tracks too! Bonus!
Review: **All proceed of this record will go to AFRORACK, a Chicago audio arts organization dedicated to providing modular synthesis education for African American youth.** The enclosure of night promises freedom of another kind. Subterranean fantasies are consecrated in flesh. The voice calls and is answered by a beating pulse. They swell and break in rapturous cycles. On Sombras, Dosis operates from this intimate space, conjuring electroid visions rooted in techno, zynth-pop and nuova-beat.
Review: Alien Imprints has been created to showcase various artists from around the globe. Sub label to Alien Recodings. The fist release, titled First Impressions, brings you a collection of Electro breakbeat tracks.
Review: "The third edition of the Exit Planet Earth vinyl series features four more exclusive intergalactic selections from Ralph Lawson.A
'Exit Planet Earth - Nitrogen' features a selection of pioneers and up and coming talent. First up is a true legend of the UK electro scene, Keith Tenniswood aka 'Radioactive Man', who creates a constantly evolving sonic trip called 'One Out'. Watch out for the surprise sting in it's tail too. Sharing the A side is the incredibly talented Spanish producer Annie Hall, arriving fresh from her stunning CPU releases. Annie creates melodic landscapes, layered with intricate string orchestration driven by deep bass.A
On the flip side Helsinki-based Sunny Seppa aka Sansibar shows exactly why he is fast becoming hot property following his immense debut album on FTP - 'Targeted Individuals'. ASansibar brings the record back to the 4/4 with a flowing yet subtle working of synths and pads. Also based in Finland yet hailing from Holland is VC-118A, who previously caught our attention with his track 'PCB' a firm favourite at Exit Planet Earth events. VC118-A delivers some deep space dub with expertly crafted production centring on low end theory.
Review: EYA Records marks its 10th release with a solo work from French producer Master Flashhh.The opening track "Too Big to fail" is stripped back yet energetic, driven by 909 drums,atmospheric pads and drifting vocals.A2 "Beat Boxxx" is catchy electro workout with vocal samples from a Dominican Republic radio and 303 acid lines. On the B side "Boulevard Mystere' is an ode to Boulevard Barbes in Paris, the track is characterised by haunting melodies and a warm analogue bass.B2 is a dreamy and evocative number with the use of Juno 106 spacey sounds and 808 drum patterns.Enigma EP is contemplative, audacious and imaginative.
Review: Alex Jann comes to Infiltrate having already sown his febrile brand of electro around labels like Censor and Unknown To The Unknown. He's sounding fierce and fired up on "Moderated Lies", all slamming b-lines and strafing sound FX. "Least Resistance" is a slower, creepier number, while "Propeller" brings things back up to a seriously high tempo for the paciest electro spinners to get fresh with. "Logicphrenia" smacks somewhere in the middle, dropping the kind of hi-tech sound you'd expect from Silicon Scally. Classy stuff indeed.
Review: The Next Number on Zement is by Ole Mic Odd (aka Michael Padgett). He is a hardware operator and DJ from Los Angeles. He runs the label The New U.S. Government. Two slow gfunkish tracks for the slow people and two fast acid booty tracks that will blast your shoes off.
Review: Stojche is a Berlin-based veteran of labels ranging from Dogmatik right up to a.r.t.less and Tangible Assets, and he's already had a strong 2020 with drops on Sungate and Grounded In Humanity. Now he comes to Infiltrate with some electro-wired sure shots that keep the tempo up, the synth work bold and the moods intense. "Trauma" rides on rich pads and a harmonious monosynth lead, while "Phobia" takes things freakier with some rapid fire percussion and icy stabs. "Thug Life" keeps the pressure up on the flip, albeit with some dubby melodic flex to temper the rabid beats. "Conflict" completes the set with deep-diving top lines and a decidedly nasty low end squelch you could lose your shoes in.