TECHNO *** Various Artists – Actualize Part 2 (Rekids Special Projects RSPX50B)
The second instalment of the Radio Slave’s party pack, starting with ghetto gear (“F__K Em”) by the label boss himself. Slam is on a rush with “Beat Control” and Greg Gow (“Vengeance”) feels inspired by Chicago’s preacher man. Literally slicing cuts by Jeremy P. Caulfield (“Razor”) and Procombo (“Assault”), while Markus Suckut (“Flux”) goes airborne and Subradeon‘s soulful “The Love That We Have For Mother Earth” rounds well everything up.


TECHNO ** Ignacio Arfeli – No Machine (Volta Records VOLTA004)
Arfeli, an Argentinian in Berlin, is keen to introduce romantic notes to rough techno, like in “Light And Darkness” where pounding bass interacts with tender male vocals the EDM arena way. Lowering the BPM rate, “Talking To Whales” with trancey arps is the most interesting cut.


TECHNO *** Speedy & Steve – Speedy & Steve (Mote-Evolver MOTE065)
Sample ‘let your body learn’ would not be surprising in the industrial tinged “Reddo” that opens a collaboration effort by Speedy J and Steve Rachmad. After two solid techno cuts, hollow ‘house of god’ synth lead and minimalist sound palette add extra points for “Rotor”.


TECHNO/ACID **** Blazej Malinowski – Moods EP (Aquaregia Records AQR022)
Purring and tripping “Acid Theory” overshadows the rest of the EP by the Polish producer, while 747 remix adds dreamy notes and broken beats to the original. The A-side offers dubbed out and droning cuts from techno’s restrained end.


TECHNO *** Various – Actualize Part 1 (Rekids Special Projects RSPX50A)
Rekids have collected two dozens techno tracks, split between two digital releases. The highlights of the first part are from Mark Broom, his ‘come with me tonight’s the night’ sampled tool meant for poorly lit warehouses (“Late Night Rave Muncher”), and Gene Richards Jr , with a funky strike placed between Relief and Bonesbreaks (“Take Control”). DJ Sodeyama‘s upbuilding table tennis percussion (“Annahme”) pleases as well. Most of the bandwidth is dedicated stomping fare, with tracks from Dustin Zahn, FBK, Shinedoe and many more.


TECHNO *** Lee Ann Roberts – Alter Ego (NowNow Records NN10)
A techno bash from the South African-born Amsterdam resident Ms Roberts, the original „Alter Ego“ reproducing the feel of Belgium’s floor monsters from 1992 and matching tracks by Rebekah and Paula Temple. Tred’s nasty remix challenges digestible BPM rates with acid fumes and Spiral Tribe touch, while Milo Spykers‘ robust version comes with uplifting stabs. Don’t leave it behind for a fierce techno night.