Review: Yes, we were just thinking exactly the same thing: Shlomi Aber on Nonplus? But yes, it's actually for real. The Israeli tech house master known for such clever titles as Chicago days, Detroit Nights and the producer for Gel Abril among others, is trying something different and indeed using Boddika's label as a platform. "Takeover" is dark, peak time tech house, somewhat different from what you'd expect from him but similar all the same. It's "Street Works" where the real surprise is at; a cyclical and stomping peak technocut that sounds like something on Klockworks. Interesting developments yet in this famed producer's career.
Review: For all his innovation, Burial has historically shied away from delivering full-throttle, mind-altering club bangers. Certainly, we can't remember him serving up anything as rhythmically intense as the two dystopian techno slammers showcased on this 12". Both feature many of his usual sonic trademarks - oodles of vinyl crackle, end-of-days aural textures and creepy ambient electronics - but are underpinned by bombastic 4/4 beats rather than sparse, post-dubstep rhythms. A-side "Pre-Dawn", a dense and incredibly intense affair, is the more energetic and instant of the two, though weirder and looser flipside "Indoors", which contains some pitched-up rave-era vocal samples and woozy riffs amongst its highlights, is also very impressive.