The ‘Furious/We Are Here’ double-header for Re*Brand found the back of our net recently. A month down the line and with this release (under his ‘Presents Diversion’ tag) Solid Stone sounds like a different producer. As brooding as you like (and we do), both ‘Dustforce’ and ‘Wear & Tear’ are subterranean-deep progressive, with lots of deliciously, atmospherically frayed sounds and near-endless suck-you-in track development.
A name considered all but lost to the progressive scene returns with a homerun for the formidable Lost & Found stable. Yunus’ original is a sublime deep groover with equal measures of progressive and tech, a versatile record that’ll fit a range of record boxes. That said, it’s near impossible not to be trumped when your label boss Guy J is on remix duties, who turns in a divine rework that’s stupendously deep. Both will put a smile on your dial.
Better know as MGUN, this release sees the Detroit producer revert to his real name, but he still delivers the same kind of abrasive, off-the-wall electronics. 'Frosted Lakes' starts with glitchy abstraction but then moves into a tough, pulsing groove. 'Mono Port' is more abstract, a grungy, fuzzy stomper that manages to balance on-the-fly experimentation with a sense of groove. Finally, 'Chip Implemented' is a no-nonsense, pulsing banger, its epic filters and whooshes of wind tailor-made for techno Valhallas like Berghain.
Filsonik knows his onions. Coming up with New York icons like Mateo and Matos, and taken under the wing of Shelter legend Timmy Regisford, he's house music to the marrow. These days ensconced in Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity crew, he unleashes this brooding, bumping groove for Jamie Jones' Hot Creations. This is what comes out when you spend a couple of decades in nightclubs, not to mention some of the best nightclubs on the planet. He makes it sound easy, but it's not. It's just not.