Lone – Galaxy Garden (R&S Records RS1206 – 2012)

Release date is May 2012 When catching SL2’s breakbeats and piano hook from the rave classic “DJs Take Control” in “Crystal Caverns 1991”, all old-timers will be sold. No wonder the track was chosen for the A-side of a teaser single, which predicts the arrival of Lone’s first full-length for the reanimated Belgian label R&S.But the record is not a nostalgic trip to the foundations of the label, because “Galaxy Garden” offers a trend-conscious showcase of 2012 sounds with a blend of UK garage, house and techno influences, in descending order.Lone AKA Matt Cutler presents an array of smooth rhythms, like […]

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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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Plant43 – Dreams Of The Sentient City (SEMANTICA 41 – 2012)

Plant43 appeared on one of Semantica’s five year anniversary compilations and returns now with a four-track electro EP. Most of the new material exhibits the melodic and placid side of electro, starting with “Neon”, good for nocturnal downtown cruising in a light drizzle. “Stellar Nursery” embarks on a space mission in more upbeat mood, expressed by blooming arpeggios and subtle disco bass, all resulting in a hefty dose of analog harmony. After futuristic dreaming and little melody played in “Metamaterial Cloaking”, the gates are smashed open in “Fluid Reasoning” for a turbocharged cavalry, whereas Plant43 is not afraid adding some […]

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Architectural – Looking Ahead / Peacetime (SEMANTICA 40)

Rating: 7/10 In March, Semantica’s constant flow of new releases continues with Architectural’s two-tracker. Unlike Developer’s “Trade Beliefs“, the single by Juan Rico refrains from dark drones and pounding loops while still addressing the floor.A-side’s crisp “Looking Ahead” is launched with growling bass and offers thriving arpeggios, but the scenery is disturbed by a too extended atmospheric break in the middle, making the track feel unfinished. “Peacetime”, in turn, is a solid chunk of techno, which reminds of earlier Axis and Joey Beltram output. Again bass-heavy banger in the start, it obtains dubbier features with bright chord-driven conclusion. A proper […]

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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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