An all-Swedish production and chorus-line on Shiver’s latest. Mike splits the release’s deck with a 'Progressive Mix' (no dice!) and a trance stomping 'Club Mix', which fares considerably better.
Vintage synth fetisist Black Merlin acts out his coldest dystopian fantasy to date with this wonderfully bleak, minimal synth offering. Picking up career momentum (following killer releases for Weatherall’s Bird Scarer label and Timothy J. Fairplay’s/Scott Fraser’s unstoppable Crimes of the Future label) Black Merlin’s latest is among some of his best; manipulating the sounds of Detroit techno’s genesis, through the coldwave atmospheres of Richard Pinhas and even the theatrical sci-fi of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’. Essential.
Excellent melancholic grime music from Loom on Mr Mitch’s Gobstopper Records. 'Grade' sets the tone: a distorted buzz carries the track throughout whilst the computer game synth melody pogos around the stratosphere with digital abandon. 'Rain Falls Hard Here' is the emo torch song, whilst 'North Star' is a bad but good '90s Manga-movie excursion. Concluding with 'Fukushima', all-in-your-face synth hype.
To think of the tribal sound is to think of Dub Phizix. It was only a matter of time before he started his own label. Along with his signature primitive beat, 'Buffalo Charge' is fraught with whizzes and pops, chinks and clinks, and thanks to Strategy a devastatingly catchy hook, meaning days after a rave you’ll hear yourself in your feigned dodgy Manc accent repeatedly whispering ‘Buffalo’. Manchester’s finest do it again.