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Techno - Single Reviews - 600

Singles - Techno - Issue 600

Owain K

Various Artists

Innate 03

Innate

9.0
What started off life as a blog dedicated to documenting underground music has diversified into a fully-formed label that now attracts techno’s brightest talent. This third instalment is testament to Innate’s status: Reedale Rise drops a beautifully fragile breakbeat track underpinned by tonal bleeps, while Perseus Traxx ventures into a new dimension with the acid-soaked 'Drifting In Space'. Fittingly though for Innate, it’s the newer acts who shine the brightest: Ewan Jansen’s 'Sinders' is a superb serving of dubbed-out house/techno, while label owner Owain K goes down a similar route for the sleek and hypnotic 'Teifi'.

Various Artists

'From Portland To Phibsboro (Via Harolds Cross)'

Lime Street

8.5
Dublin label Lime Street puts its focus on the local and the global for this split release. Wav Fuzz from Portland drops the raw, jacking 'Feeling U', while OBW goes deeper with the As One-esque soundscapes of 'Primitive People'. The flipside belongs to Dublin duo Tapes Jamaican, whose warbling bass, dusty drums and swirling melodies on 'Friday Nite' and 'Untitled' prove that they are one of the most talented acts to come from Dublin.

Zodiac Childs

'Future Primitive'

Zodiac Wax

8.5
Not much is known about Zodiac Childs, but one inescapable fact is the pervasive influence that '90s hardcore has on his productions. This is crystallised on ‘Future Primitive’ by the deep, rolling 'Get Back', while the title track (a collaboration with Moy) unfolds to the sound of nightmare synths and a pulsating bass, spurred on by old school MC shout outs. Best of all here however is ‘Tears’, where a spine-tingling, tranced out melody transports the listener to an open air rave at 4am.

Jacksonville

'Machines Of Loving Grace'

Inner Shift Music

8.0
'Machines…' is Chris Lyth’s first release on Inner Shift Music in four years, but it was worth the wait. Veering from the breakbeat-led title track to the glorious minimal meets deep house of ‘Sebastopol Road’ — which has a beautiful vocal sample — Lyth also focuses on dancefloor techno. In his world, that comes to life in the form of the swirling, chugging grooves of 'Neptune 4' and 'Fragment 7a'.

Lone

'Not Seeing Is A Flower EP'

Ancient Astronauts

8.0
Lone’s latest release is a diverse affair; it veers in styles from the smoky beats of 'Boketto' into the chugging, acid-soaked title track. But the real standout here is ‘Glyphic’: it sees Lone apply an everything but the kitchen sink approach, which kicks off with a deep chord led groove that includes tribal chants and mournful piano keys, before building into an acid-led climax. It shows that he’s one of the most inventive producers out there.

Joey Anderson

'One Single Thought EP'

Uzuri

8.5
Uzuri turns 30 with a deadly dancefloor EP from Joey Anderson. All four tracks are loosely based around Chicago and New York influences, while following the aesthetic of ‘by a dancer for dancers’. From the jacking, acid-soaked ‘Steady Stare’ and the visceral stomp of 'Mystic Strings' to the eerie synths on ‘Let Us In’ and the more expansive but still clubby ‘Someday’, Anderson provides a masterclass in how to rock a dancefloor.

Intergalactic Gary

'Signs of Disarray'

Midnight Shift

8.5
Intergalactic Gary rarely puts out his own music, but ‘Disarray’ encapsulates all that’s great about his DJing. The title track is a peak-time, pulsating roller, while ‘Nickel From The Bumper’ sees him head down an industrial route, with breeze block kicks supporting crack and whip percussion. By contrast, ‘Mystified’ sees him lean on Chicago house for inspiration, while those sweet Italo melodies that pervade his sets are represented by the warbling bass and joyous hooks of ‘Invisible Intruder’.

D_Roots

'Stream Of Data EP '

Dolly

8.0
'Stream..' is only Daniel Peruzzo’s third release so far, but it proves that the Italian producer is a serious talent. Inspired by European and Detroit techno aesthetics, his approach yields contrasting tracks such as the spaced-out 'These Thoughts' at one end of the spectrum, and the tough, steely rhythm of 'Wide Open' and the acid-led 'Error 777' at the other end. It’s one of the most accomplished debut releases so far on Steffi’s label.