The latest release on Powell’s Diagonal label comes from Dominic Butler from Factory Floor and Richard Smith, the producer behind L/F/D/M. It’s no surprise that the three-tracker explores the gnarled, industrial side of techno. 'Acetone' is a heads-down acid pulser and 'Glass Tooth' is based on the kind of scratchy drums and unpredictable bursts of noise that label owner Powell is known for. Neither can compare however, to 'Tapeworm', a distorted, pummelling rhythm that drones and stomps malevolently as the duo tweak the frequencies beyond the point of agony.
Stompy tech-funk with a cool vocal and plenty of tough low-end from the Hong Kong-based former Torture Garden queen, complete with a lorryload of remixes in a variety of flavours. Funkanomics' funk-flavoured workout is the best of the bunch.
God I love Illinformed productions: in the next couple of months he releases 'The Mould Tape' on RLD from which this is the first teaser, brilliant rhymes as you'd expect from Bristol's finest the Split Prophets and a production so tight, drum-rolls so martially brutal, it makes you step correct like an S1W. Brilliant stuff and seeing as the album also features cameos from Leaf Dog, BVA, Verb T and JMan it's already shaping up as one of the season and year's highlights. Act like you know.
‘Start To Feel’ promised lots of electronic music shades and grades. ‘Telefunken’ is perhaps where that becomes more/most apparent. Likely down to Jerome Isma-Ae’s stimuli as much as CG’s artistic desires, the track is all marching drums, tech-noir effects and one strikingly overt Kraftwerk-esque leadline. Innovative certainly, but no more so than ‘Wake Your Mind’s ‘Nothing Ever Lasts’ or ‘Earth Mover’s ‘Analog Feel’… and that shows progressive form.