Metropolis – A Machine Of Desire [SEQ007]

Nick Lapien’s debut release as Metropolis garnered little attention when it materialized last year. A skeptical yet dedicated network of underground heads built up a subterranean buzz that has yet to spread into the daylight. That initial transmission was thick with the raw analogue flavors that have become ever-present in dance floor fare recentlybut his is a sound that is dedicated to the emotive, narrative aspects of electronic music rather than simple fetishization or passing curiosity in the days of yore. This, his second release as Metropolis, shows a more focused and patient hand at work. The titular track on the A side is a deep, psychedelic groover. Melodies, textures and sequences undulate and intertwine within a lightless atmosphere guided by Lapien with optimum restraint. Equally pensive and gorgeous, The Flood serves as a Machine’s beat-less foil on the reverse. Made up of little more than feedback and two slow, echo laden arpeggiated sequences, this is reminiscent of Jean Michel Jarre’s more sinister moments: a brilliant paradox of economy and indulgence.

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Metropolis – A Machine Of Desire [SEQ007]

Hiver – Blue Aconite EP [CURLE045]

Italian newcomers Hiver continue to explore the crawlspace between US and European styles of house and techno on the Blue Aconite EP for Belgian imprint Curle. Brandishing a crisp and icy sound that makes their name all too fitting (it’s French for winter don’t you know) Hiver impress from the off with the breathless, subtle deep techno of the title track By contrast, “Egaltine” is more European sounding, its dubby groove revealing tantalising acid licks and a broadside of hi-hats as the filters build and drop, whilst “Teasel” demonstrates Hiver’s capacity for soulful productions. This later track is remixed by Tobias, with the German choosing to implement some shuffling, metallic drums and ponderous bass.

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Hiver – Blue Aconite EP [CURLE045]

Parassela – Home Alone EP [RST017]

Parassela is the studio and live project of Blawan and The Analogue Cops. The project lands on Restoration, featuring the appearance of Pariah on track A1, a crossover monster of techno and garage. Getting darker, A2 is an unfriendly radio-activity with a gloomy chicagoid reminiscence. Side B displays two dystopic cuts of massive sci-fi acidic techno. There are no titles for the tracks, just insurgent grooves, by men and machines, coming from magnetic tapes.

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Parassela – Home Alone EP [RST017]