House Syndrome EP
Be As One

Four new tracks go to make up this debut EP for the label from Andrew and gotta say it’s good. Opening with House Syndrome and a stripped down, hypnotic bassline the rhythm builds expectantly in layers with tribal toms and shuffling 909 claps driving forward until the breakdown, when an unexpected change of bass notes and moody electronics suddenly open up the world to possibilities – the detuned voice works a treat too. Constant Learning then develops the theme with further tribal escapades and trippy sounds for more inescapable satisfaction. Quiet Hit Men feels as sinister as the suggestion with taut percussion and acid lines transporting you somewhere out there…On your return the Dub of Pende treats you to further squelchy bass and quite frankly excellent percussion. What I love about this EP is that you’re never quite sure what’s going to occur next in the thought process. 9



‘I Need A Man’

Don’t be tempted to think this is some fluffy stab at X Factor (fuck I’ve said those words!) as Wannabeastar is nothing short of sleaze personified. Beefed up by punchy dancehall beats and hot electro bass a voice states a list of need/wants in most forthright terms – you got to admire the confidence. I guess this will either appeal to you or it won’t, simple. Klever twists the experience even further with nasty electronics and a bizarre sense of almost melody while NT89 push the energy levels completely overboard. Petsoop ease the tempo downwards into an irresistibly funky slo-mo styled reworking, leaving The Eleven to finish you off with grandiose synths and heady drama. 8

 release: 9 Oct 2011


Danny Torrence & King Richard
‘Higher State’
Mile End Records

Montreal producers Danny Torrence and King Richard have wisely enlisted Spain’s D-Formation to remix this potential House gem. Tension is the keyword here and is fiercely built upon with fiery percussion and FX laden treatments galore, this positively sparkles with albeit subdued chords and a killer arrangement that primes everything perfectly for the dancefloor. Not that you should in any way underestimate the original mix of this either as its throbbing progressive riffs and succinct beats undoubtedly work together impressively, while King Richard’s Re-rub reworks those same elements with added urgency. 9



Gecko Chamber
‘Boya Badana’
Low Brow

Gecko Chamber are Coskun Akmeric and Cem Serter. This is the debut single from their forthcoming album. I don’t know if you would label this as Techno or not but I can tell you this emotive piece of electronic music conjures up all sorts of atmospheres with its evocative combination of unsettling percussion and dark, expansive sounds. Only the one version so far but then this instrumental speaks volumes already. 7

release: 3 Oct 2011


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