Review: Ever since Nina Kraviz launched her Trip label back in 2014, Bjarki has been the imprint's most prolific artist. The Icelandic producer's latest release is his eighth in total for the label, and follows a trio of albums and a quartet of 12" singles. It's an intriguing EP, all told, with Bjarki combining experimental-minded sounds, motifs and production techniques with bombastic, four-to-the-floor techno rhythms. The results are generally intense and impressive, with highlights including the surging, Surgeon-seque madness of "Hatann Satann", the insanely bass heavy and energy-packed "Oli Gumm 2-2", and the crackling, spaced-out creepiness of the metallic and otherworldly "Fork2-2".
Marc Acardipane aka Pilldriver - "Pitch-Hiker" (5:00)
Shadowax - "I Want To Be A Stewardess" (6:45)
Universal Indicator - "15 C7" (2:51)
Roma Zuckerman - "Zero" (5:15)
Nina Kraviz - "Opa" (3:11)
Review: There's a loose concept surrounding the latest double EP-come-compilation from Nina Kraviz's TRIP label. Fundamentally this is a collection that mixes "essential gems" from the label's catalogue with a wealth of previously unreleased material. Kraviz's own "Opa", a fiendishly leftfield techno assault that's as skewed and out-there as they come, is undoubtedly amongst the highlights, but it's not alone. Check, in particular, the hectic, mind-altering braindance business of Biogen's "Hexagraphic", the speaker-busting loop techno intensity of "Grasshunter" by Exos, and the utter insanity of Bjarki's "3-1 Tap Lush", whose bizarre and tipsy manipulated non-verbal vocal sounds are capable of inducing travel sickness even in seasoned travelers.
Nina Kraviz vs Snazzy - "U Ludei Est Pravo!" (4:37)
PTU - "Mstera" (3:59)
Carlota - "Your Destination" (4:56)
Carlota - "Noise Psychosis" (6:53)
Vladimir Dubyshkin - "Soviet Film" (4:26)
Buttechno - "Dubstepping Progression Fast" (7:01)
The Mover - "Track One" (5:05)
Review: Nina Kraviz knows that January is usually a rather bleak month. Thus, she's tried to raise the spirits of Trip label fans everywhere by delivering this surprise New Year present: a tidy, eight-track compilation of previously unreleased cuts from the imprint's growing family of contributors. There's much to banish the January blues, from the all-action acid-techno intensity of Buttechno's "Rostokino Acid" and the mildy aggressive, off-kilter industrial techno hypnotism of PTU's "Mstera", to the buzzing, machine-fired dancefloor psychedelia of "Noise Psychosis" by Carlota and the sparkling, Autechre-via-Moscow bounce of The Mover's "Track One". Throw in typically sludgy, out-there workouts from Vladimir Dubyshkin, the trip boss herself and Snazzy FX's Dan Snazelle, and you have a fine collection of floor-focused experimental techno cuts.