Noah Gibson – A New Hope [MDR022]

GIBSON, Noah - A New Hope

Sweden’s Noah Gibson first appeared in 2015 on his local imprint Krasch Records, in addition to a release on TANSTAAFL and his own Trouble In Paradise imprint which he runs with Henrik Bergqvist. It’s quite impressive that his sixth release thus far in such a short amount of time lands on Marcel Dettmann’s esteemed imprint. “A New Hope” features six cuts of raw and jacking analogue techno shenanigans which are quite a departure from the label’s usual preference for harsh and industrial greyscale techno excursions. Gibson’s style is somewhat reminiscent of the rusty analogue punk of homegrown heroes like Frak at times; especially on the lo-fi electro funk of “Silent Install” which was real style. However, the high octane clang and clatter of “Origin” and the cyclical thump of “Tilt” (MD Edit) will have the MDR faithful satisfied for sure.

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Noah Gibson – A New Hope [MDR022]

Kobosil – MDR 10 [MDR010]

A new name we’re all enjoying meeting is Kobosil, and after a release on Ostgut Ton sub-label Unterton, Max Kobosil appears on Marcel Dettmann’s MDR, not a bad endorsement at all. He delivers six tracks, all of which are good, and starting with the gloomy broken-techno-beats of “Ein”, it moves into the confused computer bleeps of “Asle”, with the A-side concluding with a Giorgio Gigli-sounding “V762_Cas”. On the flip we’re met with the toxic and at some points middle-eastern sounds of a snare-skittery “Path”, while “Oath” is a dirty techno bomb. Finally there’s the industrial ambient “There” score with similar atmospherics to his aforementioned Unterton 12″.

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Kobosil – MDR 10 [MDR010]

Marcel Dettmann – Corebox (James Ruskin Mixes) [MDR012]

DETTMANN, Marcel - Corebox

The Blueprint boss turns in three remixes of Dettmann’s “Corebox”, originally taken from MDR04 (featuring “Lattice”), supplying two club crafted tracks and an ambient 3rd Version. Ruskin reworks the original’s famous chords, adding overdrive and reverb in his first remix, while his Event mix strips them dry. Ruskin’s ambient version again uses the chords as its centrepiece, but buries them in a soundscape made for a ’70s horror film.

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Marcel Dettmann – Corebox (James Ruskin Mixes) [MDR012]

Answer Code Request – The Host [MDR009.2]

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The second of Answer Code Request’s two 12″s for Marcel Dettmann’s MDR imprint sees three more rough techno cuts with 90s influences. A-side track “The Host” has echoes of Shed in its hypnotic metallic snares and looping, malfunctioning synth line. On the flip, the producer clearly indulges his tendencies for 90s IDM with “Thu”, a combination of ambient Aphex style melody and minimal D&B rhythms, while “Mikro” combines a heavily panned line of kosmische-style arpeggio, deep sub-bass and skittering breakbeats.

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Answer Code Request – The Host [MDR009.2]

Answer Code Request – Main Mode [MDR009.1]

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Although Patrick Graser has been producing since 2008, it’s as Answer Code Request that he’s arguably made the biggest impact. Now he finds himself on Marcel Dettmann’s MDR imprint for the first of two 12″s; A-side track “Main Mode” is perhaps a straighter cut than we’ve come to expect from the producer, as peak time chord stabs combine with a rolling 4/4 beat with subtle 90s breakbeat influences. On the flip, he takes things in a more experimental direction, as “Biokinetik” combines processed chopped up percussion with a sludgy bass that heaves under its own weight, and “Untitled” throws crisp 2-step snares together with ambient pads.

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Answer Code Request – Main Mode [MDR009.1]