Roza Terenzi & D. Tiffany
Australia's Roza Terenzi and Canada’s D. Tiffany team up for an excursion into dreamy electro, with a touch of breakbeat for good measure. These rising artists have been showing great promise for a while, but pooling their talents, they've created a potent compound. ‘Electronique’ is chrome-plated, bleepy and seriously brilliant — characterful and melodic, with synthetic birdcalls augmenting its subtropical feeling. Flip it for the junglist leaning ‘Spirit Alien’, and a fine house mix from Jayda G. Amazing EP.
'Beast From The Middle East EP'
A reissue of a 1997 obscurity, the ‘Beast From The Middle East EP’ originally appeared on Arizona label Swell Records. The title cut will delight fans of minimalist electro: it’s composed of heavily distorted percussion, swollen 808 bass and spacey, dubbed out effects that shimmer in and out of the mix — and precious little else. It’s nigh on perfect. On the flip, the ‘Straight From Kuwait Mix’ by DJ Z-Trip and Tom Chasten demonstrates the Stateside link between electro, breaks and hip-hop that persisted in the late ’90s: an engaging, slower paced mix of bass drum heaviness and sampladelia.
'Codex Cigas EP'
Faster Than Music
Casazza has form on Cultivated Electronics and Archipel, and ‘Codex Cigas’ is more impressive proof of a producer on the rise. ‘Rafal Organ’ is ocean deep electro, with a heavily swung, almost two-step beat, squelchy synth bass and filtered percussion draped around dubby pads. The title track is weird breakbeat with a Detroitian touch, while ‘Lino’ is abstract, funk filled electro with jazzy chords and snippets of soul vocal. On his remix, Alavux adds razor-blade distortion and ominous buzzing bass, and Penso Amor Digo Fúria and Kronom each offer their own left field variants. A bumper package.
Jensen Interceptor & Assembler Code
There’s no stopping what can’t be stopped. The dream team unite again, with four more blasters. ‘Abstract Model’ teases with a relatively mellow start, before the introduction of a spine-chilling analogue bass that Jason Voorhees would love. ‘Kinematics’, in something of a sound shift, has lush, jazzy synth atmospheres before its descent into fizzing circuit-board low-end, and ‘Extraction’ is more familiar, with its distorted drums and bleeps. The best is last, in the shape of the urgent ‘VR Escort’, its classic bassline carrying a speedy beat and keys. More brilliance all round.
Danny Daze & DeFeKt
The latest on Omnidisc is a heavyweight matchup between label boss and Miami electro/techno boss Danny Daze, and Ireland’s DeFeKT — and it’s a punchy one-two knockout. ‘Negative Pressure’ is a druggy late night thump of whirring synth and metallic effects, but it’s ‘Positive Ventilation’ that wins the day: overdriven electro-funk with skittering hat crashes and a bassline that rolls for days. Dancefloor nitro.
'PumpJack Vol 2'
Dutch producer W1b0 returns to Bass Agenda with a clutch of rough-edged industrial electro cuts. ‘PumpJack Six’ is a rolling metallic beast with an organ-like drone that grows in intensity, ‘Four’ has a similar broken beat undercarriage, with punishing kicks and an acidic riff that circulates endlessly, and ‘Three’ is techno with an ominous, almost EBM riff. Best of the lot, though, is Formshift’s remix of ‘Four’, with its barely contained bass fury, factory clanks and riffs that zero in like android arachnids.
After a chunky EP on the so-hot-right-now Ilian Tape (deservedly so, might I add), Munich machine Konrad Wehrmeister brings the funk with this new one for Hundert. ‘Kitchenknife’ is a denuded rhythm with clanks and bonks that sound like a chef having a meltdown, augmented by breakbeat drops. Very good it is too. ‘The Normal’ is luscious dub techno you can dance to, and ‘Gel’ is a kind of broken tech oddity. One to look out for.
Rings Around Saturn
'Rings Around Saturn'
Melbourne producer Rory McPike is an original mind and a skilful producer, turning his hand to anything from rapid-fire jungle to lo-fi boogie. He’s especially good at electro too, which is why the esteemed Brokntoys has secured his fourth and most high profile album to date. ‘Apocalypse Lite’ judders with paranoid bass squelches, before deep space pads enter the picture, ‘Perfect Crime’ is atmospheric, multi-layered and moody, with crisp snares and hats, while ‘Automatic Memory’ belongs to the Cygnus school of interplanetary funk. Compelling, as ever.