REVIEW: Special Request – Curtain Twitcher (Houndstooth HTH081 – 2017)

Fabric’s offshoot Houndstooth has brought to us knockout tracks from Paul Woolford aka Special Request. The A-side of the clear vinyl goes straight to the business with sweeping opener “Curtain Twitcher” where vitriolic braindance riffs are crashing into naughty hoover bursts. Bass-heavy stepper “Emutraxx” is saturated with quirky acid lines and Nosey Parker’s remix of the title cut keeps the noise level high with nasty synth riffs in Terence Fixmer style. After big beat-ish groover “Trippethylophosphazene”, the pace and mood changes when “No Phone Calls” revitalises slow rave atmosphere with grumbling sub-bass and vocal samples. Another treat is Peder Mannerfelt’s […]

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REVIEW: Dez Williams – Forlorn Figures In Godforsaken Places EP (Mechatronica MTRON003 – 2017)

Still when the influence of Dez Williams’ track “Only Way I Know” on the recent Mechatronica sampler is hard to disappear, the producer from Holy Island off the Welsh coast returns to Berlin’s electro imprint with a new EP, which is the label’s first solo effort after two mini compilations. Although qualified for conceiving nasty acidbangers, from the very beginning Williams’ special love has belonged to electro and here we have another proof of his trade skills. “Xen” opens as a standard electro track that would match I-F’s classic output with growling 808 and laser sword stabs, the vocal part providing […]

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Nikolajev – Nikolajev (Collect Call CC 003 – 2016)

Nikolajev, Robert. Despite of young age, he has become a reputed DJ in the Estonian underground and co-runs Lekker, a vivacious nightspot in Tallinn. A special mention deserves the fact that he has been part of the techno act Neue Einsicht that warmed up Ancient Methods at Kõue Heli Festival in 2013. After listening to Nikolajev’s debut on the Canadian imprint Collect Call, I’m not wondering why it became a Soundcloud success with about 12,000 plays, because not many new artists in 2016 can match Nikolajev’s premiere – and I’m not saying it because of being an Estonian. The A-side contains two robust, bass-heavy cuts, […]

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Sanys – Dominance (Downfall Theory DF06 – 2014)

Sanys, a producer from St Petersburg (Russia), uses own outlet Downfall Theory for floor action and has reached his and the label’s sixth EP. Mid-paced title track “Dominance” does many things right with hints of Ferox funk, low-pitched vocal sample and clattering drums but it’s dwarfed by following cuts. A special treat is 303-corroded “My Concern”, which possesses real brain scanner qualities and flirts bravely with trancy elements, while techno freighter “Told You So” is directly heading to Tresor. For the end, the old school calls when Eomac, armed with junglist breaks, devises a downtempo abstract of “Dominance”. Boredom not […]

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