Keith Tenniswood digs in the harddrive crates for this EP that marks a series of forthcoming releases that focus (as the name suggests) on his trademark bassy dub sound. There’s the more contemporary contained within; however if you want something that doffs its cap squarely at the '70s originators then head for the rolling bad ass bassline of ‘Ram’. Easy now!
'Abhinada’, the first Machinegewehr record on Bordello was a real anthem, featuring ice maiden vocals. This follow-up is more understated, but doesn’t sacrifice melodies or the sense of drama. The title track is based on crisp 808s and surging, filtered synth sweeps, with the vocals relegated to the background. Meanwhile, ‘Guarding the Frontiers’ goes deeper as Machinegewehr focuses on a pulsing bass and swirling melodies.
Dauwd's been a buy-on-sight artist for this page for some time now, and this second excursion on Cologne's eminent Kompakt — a label which arguably feels more like his spiritual home than Michigan's equally illustrious Ghostly International, which has also released his work — is perfectly pitched. Neither title track 'Saleh' or 'Moiety' will drag you in instantly, but once they do and you realise the craft that's gone into this pair of unctuous delights — 'Moiety' in particular — you'll be a slave to them. Go on, stick it on again.
Lately, there’s been a real sense of frugality from Hessle Audio in terms of their recorded output, but the lads have returned with a three-track 12” from newcomer, Bruce. A bit of an abstraction, Bruce’s music is definitely weird enough to hold the attention away from the dancefloor, though ‘Not Stochastic’ does lurch straight for it. It’d have to be an open-minded dance, mind, with all comers set to sway to creeping loopy techno.