Sons of Magdalene
Sons of Magdalene
The first single of the Detroit legend's upcoming album has a living breathing beat with a loose, undulating bassline and whispered encouragement to dance. It's immediately recognizable and fits in with the cubist funk Theo's been putting out recently. Great picture sleeve summing up the paradoxical finesse and brutalism present.
Dark, elegiac house from the Nous camp. The title track and highlight "Onto" are mid-tempo house explorations with minor key strings and slo-mo acid lines meant to lull the listener into a shuffling hypnosis. "Dark Passenger" samples the Showtime series with the worst ending in the history of endings. Patricia's remix of "Black Drama" is gorgeous, adding momentum to the original and concluding with some beautiful mid-range arpeggios.
Max Essa/Edition Basso
Supreme balearica from this team of sonic globetrotters. Essa delivers some far east Sunset Jams. "Peninsular", in particular, is stunning, building a lush instrumental over a hypnotic synth motif. Growing Bin man Basso edits a heady, percussive African tune and some unknown 80s oddity on the B.
Over what seems like mere months, Rødhåd has become a household name among deep techno heads, mainly for his hypnotic, spanning dj sets. This 12", his third for Dystopian, shows his aggressive, heady sets have seeped into his own productions. These are top notch big room hypnotizers. Opening track "Helldiver" is sparse, dimensional techno, with a tuneless stab rattling the spine of the composition. "Mines of Mars" is a bit more melodic, while "Rising" is a heavy, minimal reminiscent of peers Traversable Wormhole or even Robert Hood.
Ninos du Brasil
Amazing shifting rhythms from the Italian percussionist duo. The group has moved from hardcore punk to this unique hybrid Batucada and Techno, and come up with something you might find nestled deep in a Villalobos marathon set. “Olhar Das Folhas” makes most minimal techno seem rhythmically bland - Ninos du Brasil’s drums are alive, a locktight amalgam of hand-played and electronic drums.
Blackest Ever Black
Darksided ambience from the duo formerly known as Young Hunting. That good ol’ Blackest Ever Black sound. Highlight “Success is Her Sensuality” sounds like an 80s gated-snare ballad (eg. In the Air Tonight) put through an austere, string synth grinder.