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Reviews: House / Techno


Review: Various Artists Asad Rizvi Presents Silverlining Exposures

Label: Reverberations

Asad Rizvi's Reverberations imprint is known for house-leaning melodic techno releases-some of which, confusingly, are not "techy" enough to be called "tech-house," but instead maintain the upswing of house rather than than the plodding stomp of techno. Silverlining pulls together a selection of Rizvi's groovy cuts, including his own "Smiling At The Sun," which shines warm sunlight through the clouds with laidback percussion, metallic keys and whooshing wind effects. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Heimfidelity Vol. 5

Label: Hor Spiel Musik

As his goodbye to an "era," Pierre's tribute to his long-running techno club Stammheim dismisses sentimentality, reveling instead in a goofy, sexed-up hedonism. From its tight, minimalist get-go, Heimfidelity is all about the launch into projectile arcs. Remixed tracks by Matthew Herbert and Christian Vogel shift weights on their downbeats back and forth with the anticipation of an eager colt, slightly unsteady but never unsure. Read more » 

Review: Shifted Phases The Cosmic Memoirs of the Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope

Label: Tresor

Another mysterious pseudonym

Review: Alexander Kowalski, Diego Hostettler, Dennis Desantis Reasons

Label: Kanzleramt

And just like that, trance is important again! Read more » 

Review: Cybrid Transistor Abuse EP

Label: Belief Systems

After a nearly-four-year hiatus, Oakland's Belief Systems unleashes the debut by electro-heads and Run DMC twins Cybrid. Their buzzy, punchy "Bumper" receives a surreal, almost cavernous remix by L.A. producers Volsoc, while their atmospheric builder "Abstract Power" gets Kraftwerked by Oaktown's DiViD. Screw your "-clash"...true machine funk like this is no trend. Read more » 

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