AnD – Ard Core Krew [ANNAND]

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Mancunians AnD have lead the way when it comes to the industrial techno revolution of recent times and now serve up three such tracks on the small but perfectly formed Ann Aimee label after plenty of great work on their own eponymous imprint. The titular track ‘Ard Core Krew’ kicks things off with squealing machines, huge dump piston sounds, metallic synths and brutalist kick drums. It’s a hostile world of sound in which it is easy to get disorientated, and ‘Changed My View’ is much the same, with every single element sounding raw, frazzled and under plenty of strain. It’s a fuzzy, dirty track with lots of detailed activity as well as huge stomping kick drums, which pin it all together. ‘Free At Last’ is the most propulsive and forward moving; surging as it does on a grimy brew of splintered hi hats, incessant kick drums and low fizzing frequencies.

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AnD – Ard Core Krew [ANNAND]

VA – Kommand EP [ETG003]

EarToGround Records 3rd release, once again features as a limited pressing on high quality black wax and is likely to be seen by techno purists as ready to go dj ammunition for a variety of dance floors, as each track & remix carries its own identity. Solid techno gems by Chris Stanford, Dax J and Gareth Wild. Features strong remixes from Samuli Kemppi & hard-hitters AnD.

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VA – Kommand EP [ETG003]

AnD / Jonas Kopp – Transparent / Anklad [KRL001]

TRANSPARENT

For the debut release, Buenos Aires-based Krill Music have coaxed the evil out of Jonas Kopp and AnD to present a two-track EP of seriously threatening techno. “Transparent” is AnD’s most menacing number yet and sees their ambient dub pallet take a chilling industrial turn. Unsettlingly languid to begin with, “Transparent” slowly thuds to life, as though rising from an ancient slumber, before steely drum programming lead the charge through an ominous sonic landscape. A post-apocalyptic burner set to light up the darkest of underground dancefloors. On the flip, “Anklad” is a hydraulic workout from the Argentinian, molded from a minimal blueprint that has been fermenting in Berlin sensibilities. A dangerously precise piece of techno hypnosis.

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AnD / Jonas Kopp – Transparent / Anklad [KRL001]