Berghain young gun Max Kobosil gives us his debut album. We Grow They Decline is surprisingly more restrained than you’d expect from Kobosil given his reputation as a DJ and of course those pretty fierce EPs he released previously on MDR and Unterton. Most tracks on here are slower, deeper and reflective takes on the techno sound and show a sense of maturity in this emerging talent’s studio prowess. Kobosil delves even deeper into Ambient and Industrial soundscapes. Drawing influences from Musique Concrète via Electronic Body Music towards present-day Techno, the tracks combine gritty textures with melodic hints and contrasting bleak off-beat rhythms with Drone passages.
Detroit techno veteran Terrence Dixon marks another chapter of his long standing career signing for Italian imprint Out Electronic Recordings as Population One. Terrence Dixon is going to kick off the new year with two techno, retro-feeling original tracks capturing his typical production take. ‘Temporary Insanity’ rolls out the hard-driving, stomping old school side of the artist, featuring sharp melodic sound scapes and incisive percussive elements. Fat claps and bright hats animate the mood involving listeners through a simple, incisive rhythmic power combined with a bass static arpeggio sequence and pointed bleep textures together. ‘Multiple Choice’ differs from the previous cut by featuring a spacey atmospheric, heady synth lines and patterns, taking your mind to a more mysterious, introspective dimension with enchanting pads plus a energetic kick, bass and drum intersection.
FBK aka Kevin Kennedy is a hardworking man, be it battling computers and machines when producing music or when going out there and getting job done. In either case, one things is certain – theres no messin’ around. He’s also one half of ‘The Fallen’ a duo performing live, showcasing their love for banging darker industrial/wave inspired techno. His pal James Johnson aka Plural, artist with release on legendary Metroplex label last year, provided great remix on this latest EP by Kevin under his FBK moniker for Barba Records. All three original tracks are long building, big room, grooving stompers with a lot of emotions that would fit in various sets pretty much at any time. To keep things entirely ‘D’ footed, the legend, the man of weird, beautiful, unique and reduced techno world – Terrence Dixon rounds things up with his hypnotic re-interpretation of title track.
Kaelan joins the ranks of the squad of Shaw Cuts with the EP ‘The Silent Swordsman’. Equipped by his sharp stabbing weapon and a mysterious fighting technique taught by the head chief of the Sun Moon Sect Master Wu himself, Kaelan strikes out to hunt.