Seemingly born for loud play in a subdued and remote cavern somewhere, the two tunes contained on newcomer Nurve’s debut 12” for Pinch’s Tectonic label are guttural, deep and superbly refined. Blackened at the edges, ‘Wrong Number’ is positively scornful once it's unfurled into its techno march proper, but ‘Click Clak’ is a lot more playful rhythmically, bridging the gap between a grime-indebted producer like Mumdance and a precision outfit like Akkord quite perfectly.
Inaugurating the From the Depths label, a new venture from Boiler Room’s Charles Drakeford, Polish producer Lutto Lento spins a pretty bizarre and occasionally wondrous yarn over the five tracks on offer here. Drawing saturated melodies out of his sample material (check ‘Sirena’ and ’Gipsi Sam’), his cut and paste aesthetic and straight to tape rawness cloaks everything in a sort of exploratory mode, as if he’s trying these approaches out for the very first time.
Following the glorious, posthumous versions of ‘Follow Your Heart’ by Frankie Knuckles’ Director’s Cut, the mood this time simmers with dreamy Balearic mixes from Douze and Clique.
In the twisted Middle Eastern intro, you wince as you feel the wind sweeping the sand into your eyes, before frantically trying to brush the thousands of scuttling mini beasts from your body. This is dancefloor material of the highest quality, with years of experience pouring through the speakers. Finely chopped breakbeats bring the classic vibe to the pneumatic bassline and modern synths. Living up to his reputation in every respect.