Jeff Rushin – A Figment Of His Imagination [MOTE044]

Amsterdam-based producer Jeff Rushin’s Mote Evolver debut opens with “Coda,” which flawlessly builds anticipation as a shivering sequence slowly creeps in and out of the listener’s headspace, accompanied by sharp claps and huge subterranean kicks. “Facing the Truth” combines the same commanding kick sound with busy cymbal shivers. “Enigma” applies Rushin’s calm but forceful approach to what feels like a journey through a forest of translucent filaments. “A Figment of His Imagination” has the EP’s hardest edge, with intense hydraulic pumping and titanium-plated industrial pounding, yet Rushin’s deft programming and arranging skills elevate the track beyond a rote exercise in aggression.

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Jeff Rushin – A Figment Of His Imagination [MOTE044]

Binny – Mispress EP [MONNOM006]

Liverpool’s Binny debuts on Monnom Black imprint, a label reserved for the darker of techno joints. In apt style, “Mispress” kicks things off in a menacing fashion, blasting out heavy kicks, minimal melodies and rough shots of percussion, followed by the bouncier but nonetheless charged belter that is “Outline”. Over on the flipside, “Quarantine” is a dirty squelcher in the style of Surgeon and Regis, while “Event Horizon” recalls Jeff Mills at his poignant and would sit incredibly well in a set by the man himself.

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Binny – Mispress EP [MONNOM006]

Setaoc Mass – The M Scale EP [WORKTHEM023]

Another release from Spencer Parker’s Work Them imprint. It’s brutalist peak time techno from Sam Coates. The A side features “Man Ray” a bleak, peak time monster and “Movement’ which channels that old grating, loopy. On the flip is the cyclical madness of “Ulterior Motive” with its mesmerising synth melody and kicks on the clap. Finally “Menifesto” is more restrained with its warped style melody and true roller of a groove.

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Setaoc Mass – The M Scale EP [WORKTHEM023]

Terrence Dixon vs Population One – Concrete Environments EP [MODULARZ020]

This time, Dixon returns under his own name and under his most successful alias, Population One, on one split EP for Developer’s Modularz label. “Code Of Conduct” and “Concrete Playground” represent the Population One side, the first tune being a subdued kick filled with cavernous space above it while the latter is more classic Population One thanks to those bizarre melodic twists. Dixon serves up “Touching Bass” and “The Beholder” on the flip, two jazzy techno sculptures that are instantly recognizable as his own.

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Terrence Dixon vs Population One – Concrete Environments EP [MODULARZ020]

Jackie House – Stydive [HNY008]

San Francisco sorts Honey Soundsystem largely stuck to offering up fairly experimental albums and cassette compilations. Jackie House’s “Skydive” certainly fits into this category, offering a spacey, synth-wave influenced take on early Chicago house. It swings, jacks and pumps in all the right places, with the action focused around a killer bassline. Matrixxman delivers the flipside remix, turning the loose and cheery original into a dark storm of thunderous kick drums, woozy chords and late night techno intent.

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Jackie House – Stydive [HNY008]