Andy Vaz Interview and Set
Mark O'Leary's Grønland

Ólafur Arnalds
Kush Arora
Steve Brand
Nick Chacona
Robert Curgenven
Daniell and McCombs
Delicate Noise
Danton Eeprom
Seren Ffordd
Paul Fiocco
El Fog
Koutaro Fukui
Corey Fuller
The Go Find
Ernest Gonzales
Francisco López
Ingram Marshall
Craig McElhinney
My Majestic Star
Nommo Ogo
Olive Oil
O'Leary - Passborg - Riis
RPM Orchestra
Richard Skelton
Slow Six
Sone Institute
Sousa & Correia
Stanislav Vdovin
Viridian Sun
Christian Zanési

Compilations / Mixes
Erased Tapes Collection II
Hammann & Janson
Leaves of Life
Music Grows On Trees
Quit Having Fun
Thesis Vol. 1

Be Maledetto Now!
Mr Cloudy
Damon McU
Morning Factory
M. Ostermeier
R&J emp
Stanislav Vdovin

Mr Cloudy: Sensitive Crop
Rednetic Recordings

Damon McU: Senses
Rednetic Recordings

R&J emp: Minipac+
Rednetic Recordings

The production rate of Rednetic's three-inch series heats up with three recent additions to the catalogue, the first a dub-techno collection, the second an exercise in minimal techno, and the third a slamming mini-set of hard techno. All three are so strong they implicitly argue that perhaps all releases should come in twenty-minute packages.

The first, Mr Cloudy's Sensitive Crop, makes a serious bid for dub-techno nirvana in the Echospace style and succeeds fabulously in the attempt. A veteran of Shoreless recordings and net-labels such as Kyoto_Digital, deepindub and zeecc, Sergey Barkalov plunges the listener into four ocean-deep and reverb-soaked tracks that distill all of the dazzling details associated with the Basic Channel and Chain Reaction camps into twenty-one minutes. Dusty winds swirl over a classic dubtronic rhythm base in “Excursion,” chords clangorously stab on a slightly more aggressive tip in “Therefrom,” and billowing chords sweep across the terrain in “Dry Breakfasts,” leaving echo traces in their wake. Essential listening for lovers of Berlin-styled dub-techno.

Don't let the ‘minimal' tag attached to R&J emp's Minipac + send you packing as Saint-Petersburg, Russia residents Roman Dudnik and Vyacheslav Safarov bring some serious heat to the four software-generated cuts on their own three-inch. One of the common criticisms of minimal techno is its anemic spirit but there's no lack of energy in their bass-heavy club cuts. The pulse driving “Health” sounds healthy indeed, “Streamstep” gallops with fierce determination, and the lascivious dancefloor-filler “The Dark Miner” unspools with clockwork precision. Like all of the EP's material, the title cut thunders forward with single-minded purpose, its wiry bass an anchor for the hot-wired spatter firing up above.

Damon McU's Senses takes no prisoners in its harder-edged slam. The Budapest/Orosháza, Hungary-based producer opts for pounding techno throb in his feverish pile-drivers—think Tresor-styled techno jacked up with a dozen testosterone injections and you're in the right ballpark. Pummeling in the best way, McU's tracks are unrelenting in their adrenaline-fueled drive but artful too in their unexpected departures from the 4/4 pulse (e.g., “Shut Up,” a dizzying slice of bass thunder whose relentless drive McU trips up intermittently with stuttering edits). As primal as its title suggests, the goosestepping “Earth” roars with the obsessiveness of a rabid dog, while “Senses” and “Darkest” deliver dizzying squelch and strut by turn.

February 2010