Ben Sims has been a master of energetic, percussive techno for many years, and his fabric mix is a turntablistic tour-de-force through 44 tracks of the genre's finest, featuring the likes of Robert Hood, Marcel Dettmann, Ø, and Mark Broom, beside plenty of his own productions, mixes and edits.
Egyptrixx follows up his enthusiastically received 2011 album, 'Bible Eyes', with an equally praiseworthy effort. 'A/B Til Infinity' blends extravagantly abstracted bass music breaks with crisp layers of high-fidelity synths, seamlessly oscillating between dance floor condensation and ambient dissolution. Remarkable.
Redshape might have long become a mainstay on the techno circuit, but his productions have lost none of their sheen: 'Made of Steel' is a pleasantly grooving banger, complete with atmospheric vocal snips, trademark wildpitch vibes and a nice, drifting breakdown. Rougher 'Punked' dub on the flip.
Core member of Norway's disco glitterati, Todd Terje's latest single doesn't leave room for hesitation. Both cuts weighing in at more than ten minutes, 'Spiral' builds up slowly with percussive rolls into a funk-strong boogie prism and massive drop out, whilst 'Q' bounces chords and bass prettily for eternal disco domination.
Founder of UK label Kaleidoscope Patten makes the move over to Warp Records. From the busy mash of speeding whirs and grainy melodies of 'Aviary', 'oea/Catalogue's slurred synths and trudging rhythms and 'Obsidian Alms' soupy multicomplex rhythmic tangents, he blends in well to the label's electronica history.
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