Schrodinger’s Box 009
Nigel Rogers takes a break from his gritty Northern Powerhouse project to deliver this killer EP under the Perseus Traxx alias. The untitled A1 is a powerful, bass-heavy affair, while on ‘A2’, Rogers heads in a different direction, as grainy kicks underpin warbling, mysterious synths — think a beefed up Legowelt. For this reviewer though, it’s all about the 'B1’, where Rogers applies mesmerising acid pirouettes to a rigid percussive framework and ominous bass tones. Factor in a remix from the underrated Timothy Fairplay — there’s no information on which track he's reworked — that takes Rogers’ source material on a trip across the electronic disco cosmos, and the ninth Schrodinger’s Box release is indispensable.
Reissue label De:tuned has turned 10, and to mark the occasion, they have pulled out all the stops. This split EP contains material from Max 404, Future Beat Alliance, John Beltran and Mark Archer — either recovered from DAT tapes or written especially for the series. With a focus on deep and mournful interpretations of Detroit techno, Max 404’s 'Butterflying' impresses the most. If you’re going to do reissues, this is how to do it.
'Habit Of Mind EP'
Following 2017’s ‘Mail Art’, Bud Burroughs returns to 7th Sign. ‘Habit’ is slightly less esoteric than his debut on the label, with ‘Masks’ resounding to clipped drums and 'Aiken Drum' leading the listener down a cosmic house wormhole, reminiscent of fellow Glasgow producer DJ Q’s work. That said, there is still room in Burroughs’ repertoire for deeper tracks, audible here in the form of the swirling ‘161256’ and the rolling electro of 'Oleano'.
Issued on Chance McDermott’s recently launched label, ‘Kalamazoo’ showcases the talents of German artist S.K.A.T.I. ‘East’ is a dubbed out but spiky groove, while on ‘North’, he fuses doubled up claps with a powerful sub-sonic bass that’s reminiscent of vintage Suburban Knight. On 'South', S.K.A.T.I opts for a harder approach, with a splurging bass leading to a series of irresistible drops.
'Plat & Form'
This is Bernardi’s first release in a few years, but it’s worth the wait. Straddling a grey zone where electro and techno meet, the Scottish producer delivers deep jams like the title track and ‘Plat & Form’, where wonderfully mysterious synths transport the listener to Drexciyan depths. Unlike many newer artists working in this general area, whatever mood that Bernardi is channeling comes across in his music — check the introspective techno of 'Keep On Looking' if you’re in any doubt.
Deep Sound Channel
‘Response’ is just the second Yugen release, but Han Frissen clearly knows what he is doing. The title track is a layered, dubbed out roller that resounds to menacing bass pulses, while on ‘Pulse’, Frissen prefers a more subtle approach, with chiming bells unfolding over a hypnotic, pulsing groove. Hopefully there’s more to come from Yugen, as it’s one of the few underground projects to experiment with left-of-centre rhythms, audible here on '1691'.
Tracks from ‘Process’ have been floating around in online mixes for a while — mainly in this month’s chart contributor Damo B's selections — but thankfully, Darren Nye’s glorious EP is finally available in one go. The title track and ‘This Way That Way’ both fuse bleeding acid lines with crisp drums and drifting synths, while ‘Ever Present’ is a sublime piece of deep techno, and ‘Entering The Stasis Field’ out-B12s anyone else. It’s sensuous machine music at its very finest.
Roberto & Jamie Anderson
Often the simplest approach is the most effective, which is evident on this collaboration. Working with Jamie Anderson, label owner Roberto shows his Chicago credentials by dropping a resonating bass and getting Robert Owens to bring his unmistakably soulful vocals to 'Broken'. The same line-up is also in place for 'Bare Essentials'; while the backing is more functional and percussive, Owens’ vocals bring the track to life, unravelling seductively over the sharp snares and dense, weighty kicks.