The latest release from Uwe Schmidt feels like being in the middle of an explosion. ‘Ground Loop 1’ starts with wave upon wave of chilling synths before a wiry, squelchy rhythm comes hurtling in. 'Ground Loop 2’ is more restrained, but not by much. Powered by a slinky, metallic rhythm, its dark bass pulses play host to synth builds that are so powerful to the point of being all-consuming.
Extensive remix package from Duncan Gray marking the 13th release on his Tici Taci, collecting new versions of some of the previous label highs. Garnering support from Andrew Weatherall (tested at his Love From Outer Space parties), Gray’s mid-tempo ‘death disco’ style gets suitably re-produced here by the likes of Kieran Holden, Red Snapper, Future Bones and Somerville & Wilson, who individually span the genres of new beat, dub, post punk and new wave with these brilliant remixes.
Not content with rewiring the Detroit techno code with Ike Release as Innerspace Halflife, Hakim Murphy drops a killer analogue release. 'Has 1' is a driving, housey groove that gives way to eerie synths swooping in, while 'Has 2' sees him venture down a deeper route, back towards his Detroit techno sound. The highlight however is 'Silent Monk 2', a rough and raw percussive workout that centres on a searing bassline.
Back with their first record in nearly four years, the ever-creative husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin decide to strip things back for this aptly-titled release. From the off, ‘Rhythm’ sets out its stall with a tight, driving, solo drum break, which acts as the metronomic musical anchor for Wallentin’s weaving vocal. Rarely has the old truism less is more been more brilliantly executed.