NX1 – SR (SEMANTICA 42 – 2012)

Release date is April 2012 Cryptic messaging by NX1 aka Tomas Bernabe for Semantica, with two somber tech exercises called “SR1” and “SR2” respectively. Thunder and drone go hand-in-hand, whereas both cuts discover celestial chords closer to the end. Found some common features with Alva Noto and Pan Sonic here but essentially it belongs to the bulk of similar dubbed-out techno cuts by Milton Bradley, Obtane and others. Fits into a darker DJ set.

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Developer – Trade Beliefs (SEMANTICA 39)

Rating: 9/10 Developer is not holding back his horses in his first release for Spanish label Semantica, expected in the first half of March. Seasoned scene insider Adrian Sandoval lets the engines roar and embarks on the trip with awesome title track “Trade Beliefs” which illustrates the yin and yang of techno. Starting with gigawatt-bass assault, it hosts a metallic dub sequence from the mid-track, before morphing morose hiss and boom into atmospheric layers and strings. The same track can be played twice during a night, either during peak hour or closer to chill out phase.Slightly more relaxed mood in […]

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Regis – In A Syrian Tongue EP (Blackest Ever Black 004 – 2011)

Rating: 10/10 The summer of 2011 in the screens of BBC and CNN: combats, clashes and coups, plus collapses in the stock markets. By tonality the EP with pitch-black textures works as a backdrop for depressive times and Blackest Ever Black is a very expected platform for this type of output. I only wonder if global affairs had impact on the production process, when the release is called “In A Syrian Tongue”. Regis, a close friend of inexhaustible drum machines, enters curfew zone with tense and monotone percussion in “Blood Witness”. A powerful and multi-layered cut that on the flip […]

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Ancient Methods – Fifth Method (AM-5) – 10/10

The walls of Jericho are shaking again when hit with the sonic assault by Ancient Methods (AM). Baeks and Trias, two masterminds behind the act, are on the move in heavy armor, again in the crossroads of darker techno and industrial. A1 goes off with a raw and energetic sequence pumping like, I would say, a rave track. At mid-track the tempo is reduced, rhythm altered and what follows is AM’s trademark diesel beat. A2 is a five-second clip of disco, like a mastering mishap. On the flip of marbled vinyl, B1 is a robust stomper with distorted voice sample […]

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