Recapitulate Part 2
Titonton Duvante was one of the most individualistic techno producers during the '90s and this release shows that the US producer has not lost his edge. The title track revolves around staccato drums, a swung rhythm and wide-screen Detroit chords. It’s the most typical Duvante track here: ‘Get a Glimpse’ sees him veer into tougher territory, accompanied by smart drops, pounding kicks and an acid-soaked bass that has echoes of Aphex Twin. Keeping the listener guessing till the end, ‘Take me Down’, with Rosina Kazi on vocals, is an atmospheric but nonetheless robust groove.
In between putting out melodic techno by its owner and the gnarly EBM of Stallone the Reducer on sub-label Est. 83, Fit Siegel's label also plays to its established strengths. That it comes from OL, a Russian artist, is a surprise. Nontheless, the title track here is decent, mid-tempo fare, but on the flip, the author really earns his stripes. Both 'Sturdy Drum' and 'Life Span' are the kind of hypo-grooves you'd expect from the likes of OB Ignitt. Powered by spiky percussion and staccato drums, they feature dreamy — and undeniably infectious — filters.
'Hardcore Edits 1 '
The modern wave of techno artists are now riffing on hardcore and rave's heritage. The best proponent of this appropriation to date has been Fett Burger on 'Hands of Doom', but this release runs a close second. Revolving around crisp breakbeats, it draws by turns on bleep techno ('Track 1' and 'Track 4'); blasts of pirate radio ('Track 2') and, this writer's favourite, the spooky rave nightmare riffs of 'Track 3'. Here's hoping that there will be many more edits to come.
'7 of 9/Ahead'
Bill Converse was one of last year’s most impressive emerging artists, unleashing an EP and album’s worth of freeform, acid-tinged techno for Dark Entries. This release, on the fledgling Texas Underground, hints at a different approach. '7 of 9' could even be Converse’s attempt at making deep techno, as chord stabs unravel over steely drums. The highlight though is ‘Ahead’. Featuring the kind of rattling rhythm and dense drums that prevailed on his first two records, Converse unveils a melancholic melody that burns with unstoppable intensity.
The fifth Tinfoil release sees Matt Flanagan and Sunil Sharpe further bend the rules of dancefloor engagement. There’s an unpredictable, off-beat sensibility on show here and on ‘Twerp’, this manifests itself in the shape of a jerky, swung rhythm. Meanwhile on ‘Booyaah’, the pair infuse dark minimalism with rolling snares, while ‘Leave Your Body’ is old school bleep techno encased in titanium kicks.
'Saviour of Chicago'
Strictly Jaz Unit Music
With over 100 EPs to his credit, Glenn Underground is one of the most prolific Chicago producers, but rarely if ever slips up. To illustrate his consistency, this release provides a Windy City masterclass. ‘Mr Heard’ is a pretty, if somewhat understated deep house cut inspired by its namesake, but it’s all about the 303 here. ’Battery Acid’ features pulsing acid lines sweeping their way over relentless claps and kettle drums, while the dub version sees the incessant warble of the Roland vie with crashing cymbals and trancey hooks.
'The Glowing '
Over the past few years, Brokntoys has been the UK’s most consistent electro label, and this 17th release showcases their refreshingly cavalier attitude. Morah’s ‘One Conversation With a Funny Demon’ strays into off beat techno courtesy of a wonky bass and Vertical67’s track is a dense, acid-fuelled affair. Solid Blake’s ‘Burns’ steers the listener back to utilitarian electro with its militant drums, but best of all is the dreamy soundscape of Ivna Ji’s ‘Oscillating Universe’.
Mark Ambrose was one of the most important names in the London's underground house and techno scene during the 90s and his re-emergence is to be welcomed. 'Cray 4' serves as a reminder of his talents; from the heads-down rolling tribal of 'LF001' and the hypnotic space techno of 'Asteroids', to the wiry, jittery electro of 'Frogs' and the deeper, off-beat rhythm on '5am', this is an essential Ambrose release.