New release by Aiken on M_Rec Limited. Aiken kicks off with a pounding sequence of drum loops and eerie tones. “First Balance” is a smudgy mixture of muffled acid sounds and progressive melodies, while “Second Balance” introduces a heads-down beat laden with rainy chords and sparse hi-hats. The Regis remix sees the Birmingham techno king stamp his signature percussion style over a distant blend of melting pads and tripped-out atmospherics. “Third Balance” finishes things off with a more up-tempo arrangement of beats, tied together with a skipping, paranoid synth stab. Warehouse techno.
The Third Side, formed of Steffi and Lucretio & Marieu of The Analogue Cops, whet the appetites for their forthcoming debut album together with the Unity Remixes EP which casts Blawan, Nightjars and Steffi herself with remixing the ubiquitous “Unity.” The raw, repetitive, lo-fi and beat down rhetoric synonymous with Restoration is naturally deep in the DNA of “Unity”, a rather gravelly sounding subaqueous techno cut, while Blawan’s juggernaut drum triggering is as foundation worrying as his new productions on that Black Sun 12″. On the flip Steffi lays down a smoothed out variant of the original’s abrasive nature and Nightjars take it in exactly the opposite direction with a demented, smudged out remix.
A Sagittariun takes the reins on this recent Elastic Dreams joint. “Wind Tunnel” kicks off making concentric, rubbery movements across an icy dancefloor. The percussion and rhythmic elements fizz like potassium in water across the wax while a thin, nagging acid line infiltrates the cerebrum withouth resistance. “Cyrranus 247” continues the concentric, mind-mangling nature of this EP. Taking an eternity to drop, but building up wooden layers of synth power and hypnotic arps in one of those track that have us salivating at the bit, just screaming for it to drop. Talk about tension and release – this has it all. And again, the sound palette sets this producer quadrants ahead of the rest. “West Of Ophiuchus” has a broken beat with thin, snappy electro snares. Its not far from a Drexciyianexploration expect this time we’re exploring space rather than the aquatic realms.
Blawan and The Analogue Cops have teamed up once again, this time to put out the first release on their new label Parassela. The trio are renowned for being staunch advocates of vinyl and have therefore decided to make Parassela a strictly analogue affair, only producing limited pressings of each release on hand written white labels. This debut EP reflects perfectly the stripped back aesthetic that has been created for the label, raw and atmospheric analogue sounds that require no flair in presentation to pack a full punch.