SP-X – Stalker EP [KOMISCH011]

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SP-X drops his third EP for Komisch. The Brussels-based producer serves up three more slices of uncompromising warehouse techno. Lead track ‘The Escape’ has all the SP-X hallmarks – rock hard beats, thundering claps and a swinging groove that underpins eerie riffs and clanking metallic drums‘Stalker’ reveals a more musical slant to SP-X’s sound. It starts off with unsettling riffs, but soon the rolling drum-led arrangement changes tact and provides the backdrop for a growling chord climax. There is a similar concession on ‘Attack Pattern’; bruising doubled-up drums and that unmistakably snappy SP-X percussion combine with subtle snare rolls to create a peak time arrangement. But once again an insistent chord sequence gives it the edge over functional techno.

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SP-X – Stalker EP [KOMISCH011]

P.God – Neptune IV [KOMISCH010]

P.God is a very young producer from Naples in Italy, but “Neptune IV” sounds like the work of a veteran producer. Lead track “Approaching an Ocean Planet” sees grainy, dense beats and hypntoic bleeps take the lead, but hovering above the arrangement, tethered to the reverberated, doubled up claps, are ghostly, eerie chords. The title track adopts a similar approach, with bursts of metallic percussion underscoring spacey pads as P.God drops a droning, tunneling rhythm track. Finally, “Geometric Shadows on Iced Surfaces” sees the young producer opt for a deeper approach. This time the chords envelop a purring groove, but the same sense of understated menace is still audible thanks to the austere hats and bleak subsonic bass.

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P.God – Neptune IV [KOMISCH010]

The Parallel – Cosmic Observer EP [KOMISCH008]

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The Parallel is back with three deep techno tracks that mark the start of an interplanetary trilogy for the Komisch label. ‘Exopshere’ takes up where his Komisch debut left off, with foreboding, dub-tinged chords building into a menacing climax and swarms of driving, razor sharp percussion keeping the arrangement focused on the dancefloor. ‘Deep End’ explores more esoteric sounds, with swirling, layered chords underpinned by dubbed out drums, heavy claps and hissing percussion, while ‘Analogue City’ brings a mellow end to the release.

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The Parallel – Cosmic Observer EP [KOMISCH008]

Peter Van Hoesen – North 6th [KOMISCH007]

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“North 6th” sees Peter Van Hoesen opt for a somewhat different tact: eerie sound effects introduce a more laid-back, shuffling groove that crackles with intricate percussive licks and subtle drops. However, it’s the building chords that showcase a deeper side to Peter’s production skills that will turn heads and feet. “Desay Duty” deliver razor-sharp percussive shards and an insistent, throbbing groove provide the backdrop for the kind of predatory bass licks.

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Peter Van Hoesen – North 6th [KOMISCH007]

SP-X – Field Lines Never End EP [KOMISCH006]

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SP-X provides a three-tracker for Komisch, based on heavy, resonating beats, nagging, insistent percussion and dank, high-frequency filters. ‘Field Construction’ and ‘Internalize’ are highly effective techno tools, predicated by subtle arrangements despite their forcefulness. ‘Flux’ is the most deranged track though, with what sounds like a screeching air raid siren cooper-fastened to concrete beats – once you’ve heard it, you’ll never forget it.

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SP-X – Field Lines Never End EP [KOMISCH006]

SP-X – Signal Path Experiments EP [KOMISH05]

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Komisch is honoured to release the debut EP by SP-X. Combining lean, snappy percussion with evil bass sounds, SP-X also brings slamming, skipping beats and insane filtering to each track.The ominous chords of ‘SP-14’ is the track that has received the most DJ support, but both ‘SP-17’ and ‘SP-10’ are functional but distinctive club tracks whose panning riffs and hissing percussion will destroy any club.

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SP-X – Signal Path Experiments EP [KOMISH05]

Samuli Kemppi – Kosmos EP [KOMISCH04]

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‘Kosmos’ and ‘Massa’ cuts are mesmerizing and sophisticated techno. PVH’s remix of ‘Massa’ shreds some of the tense rhythmic muscle to leave an unstable undercarriage of delayed bass kicks and ‘Suunta’ adds a cold thrilling melody to frost any room it’s deployed in.

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Samuli Kemppi – Kosmos EP [KOMISCH04]

The Parallel – The Parallel [KOMISCH003]

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The third Komisch release is by The Parallel, making his vinyl debut. ”Abyss gives us spacey textures melting into billowing chord sequences, underpinned by spiky claps and intricately woven pitch bent percussion. ”Mind Reverse” is focused on the floor with its stomping beats and metallic, robotic synths. On the flip, ”Nanotech” starts off in dreamy mode before a hammering drum and a fluid acid line lead it to a crashing snare-led climax. Finally, ”The Parallel” ends the EP in mellow mode with a snaking, sensuous bass and raw drums fused with soft, resonating melodies.

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The Parallel – The Parallel [KOMISCH003]