Review: Russian imprint Private Persons are back, following up some terrific releases by the likes of Florian Kupfer, Jensen Interceptor and Locked Club. Taking over the reins this time is one of the more enigmatic figures in the Moscow music scene - Art Crime. He serves up some dusty and emotive deep house on his latest long player entitled Memoirs of Naive - a collection of old/previously unreleased songs written over the last five years, and described by the label as 'melancholic late-night bedroom diaries full of reflections and hopes.' Highlights include the evocative opener "Seoul", the chilling ambient interlude "Dearth" and the bittersweet melancholia of "Images Of You" that's just perfect for all the solitary dancers out there.
Review: The latest missive from Russian imprint Private Persons comes courtesy of Formally Unknown, a bass-obsessed duo who won plenty of plaudits for last year's "Off Peak EP" on Dusky's 17 Steps label. Their love of weighty, bowel-bothering sub-bass comes to the fore on opener "Hectic", a clandestine stepper rich in metallic percussion hits, rumbling low end frequencies and watery, dubbed out electronic motifs. The sense of foreboding continues on the pulsating peak-time creepiness of "Rave Safe", while "Fields" sees them pepper an off kilter two-step rhythm with glassy-eyed chords, ear-catching bleeps and wonky percussion fills. Fittingly, the pair finishes with an inspired flourish via "Feel It", a rush-inducing breakbeat cut that recalls the glory years of British rave music.
Review: Sydney sorts Jensen Interceptor and Assembly Code first joined forces late last year, delivering the throbbing and jacking 6th Element EP on Boyznoize Records. This second collaborative salvo is, if anything, even better. They kick things off with the redlined, industrial electro assault of "Drum Rack" - think distorted drums, mind-bending bass fuzz and ghostly noises - before tiptoeing the fine line between Drexciyan electro and more concrete-clad sounds on the essential "Pipe". They tip a wink to original EBM maestros such as Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb on the bustling brilliance of "Natural Control", while "F5" sounds like a successful attempt to fuse crispy, hardcore style breakbeats and mind-bending acid house.
Review: This new collaborative EP from Russia's Private Persons provides a healthy dose of twisted electro-minded tech that should appeal to all sorts of DJs seeking that 'raw' edge. This new pile driver comes from the minds of Locked Club and RLGN, both of them new to the scene and hungrily to deliver some good old dread into the dance floor. "Bosozoku" and "Baikal Boogie" are both made of the same, twisted sort of highly abrasive metallic percussion, and should light up more than a few light bulbs to fans of the Bunker stable. Over on the B-side, Locked Club appears on his own for "80.8 FM", an FX-heavy juggernaut with nothing but merciless energy at its core, whereas the duo are back together on the punchy warehouse techno of "Tsukare". Cold and effective.
Review: Pretty much any new London Modular Alliance release is worth checking, though even by their high standards "Galaxy Exploration" is rather special. The six tracks cover a variety of electro-fired sounds, from the blackhole Drexciyan creepiness of "Private K-Hole" and rumbling bass and warm chords of "Remainder", to the sparkling and spacey deep electro of "Oscillator Reflux", Autechre-style angular IDM of "In Vaccum" and bold, peak-time ready darkness of "Mirrors". Throughout, the trio once again shows their seemingly innate ability to fix atmospheric, ear-catching electronica to drum machine rhythms that are punchy and powerful in equal measure.
Review: Back in the summer, XAN made his debut on Ron Wilson's 777 imprint via a forthright but pleasingly varied EP full of subtle techno variations. This follow-up for Private Persons is seemingly inclined, moving from the gut-twisted sub-bass pulses, starburst electronics and curious drum machine programming of "PP", to the skittish, breakbeat-driven lo-fi techno assault of "B2B". In between, the publicity-shy, Moscow-based producer variously turns his hand to loose-and-funky, bass-heavy broken techno ("Gallery"), metallic electro ("C") and swinging, intelligent techno influenced late night science ("Hotbed"). Throughout, the tracks retain an impressively atmospheric feel and speaker-bothering weightiness.