Review: Exos' label X/OZ continues to grow as a distinct voice in the world of minimal techno, this time around inviting Russian producer Nikita Zabelin to explore his sound with a sizable EP of finely crafted techno and thought-provoking ambience. "Confusion" is a consummate slice of hypnotic techno crackling with heavily processed energy, while "Pluton" drifts into rich beatless territory. There's more experimental fare afoot with the fractured tumbles of "Curtains", but "Trans Siberian Express" is on hand to lock things back into a sturdy rhythmic framework. Exos also takes the time to remix "Brooklyn Train" into a noirish dub techno workout.
Review: X/OZ is a new force in Icelandic techno started by Exos, and following a sterling various artists release the label welcomes its masters in collaboration with Ohm, and the results are magnificent. "Thrir" opens the record up with typically Scandinavian drones and reduced grooves, while "Frodari" takes a more intimate approach further expanded upon by the additional ambient take of the track. "Data Re Entry" wriggles a cheeky acid line into the smoky mood on the B side, while "Hoggur" expounds the merits of utterly reduced, creepy-as-hell techno before the final ambient shimmers of "Snert Horpu Mina".