Review: Subconscious Algorithms kicked off with the dulcet tones of Norken, and now turns its attention to another champion of the UK underground in the form of Derek Carr. There's much to draw parallels on between the artists, as they both explore the outer realms of expressive, delicate and most importantly melodic electro, with Carr sounding especially harmonious on the intricate programming of "Osc 1". "Trust In You" is a more angular, acidic affair still steeped in Motor City soul, while "Beneath The Ice" takes a lighter, almost synth-pop indebted approach. "Blood Moon" rounds the record off in a swirl of twitchy drums and lingering strings.
Review: Lee Norris' Norken project has been on prolific form of late, not least with plenty of reissues of classic material on Delsin and Neo Ouija, but here's something new from the seminal leftfield electro venture on new label Subconscious Algorithms. Norken fans will find much to love here, leading in with the wobbly synth strokes of "Coast 2 Coast" that positively cascades its gorgeous melodic content down upon your ear drums. "Heart Hertz" is no slouch in the emotional stakes either, especially when the lingering sustain of the string notes unfurl into the bubbling broth of machine-wrought harmonies. This is advanced electronics for sensitive system souls.
Review: 2019 is proving to be a busy year for French deep techno producer Erell Ranson. With the Artificial Paradise 12" freshly dropped on Distant Worlds, he also steps up to Subconscious Algorithms to join Derek Carr and Norken in exploring genuinely interesting avenues of machine soul. There's an electro flavour to "Sensitive Person", and a subtle house pulse to "Who You Are & Who You Want To Be," while "Unthinkable Destiny" snaps with a sharply rendered rhythm underneath illustrious synth shapes. "Nothing To Do With Me" finishes the EP in a consistent style, making this a complete package with four refined jams for those who like their techno to hit in the solar plexus.