Sometimes, the lure of properly deciphering a release is enough to warrant repeated listens and Liar’s 'Scorpio EP' is something I’ve listened to (objectively) a lot. Now, I think I get it, or the bare bones of what the tracks are about at least: essentially they’re club constructions but they’re the bastardised offspring of a hundred club construction ideas at once: equal parts thundering relentless percussion, warped synths and perplexing sampled density that’s kind of spellbinding.
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.
Waverider is back with a bang after a break away from releases with this big vocal hit, very much on the same tip as his past releases, very catchy festival music.
Nick Rowland & Dave Wright were instrumental in the UK hard trance movement back in the very early 2000s, and so it only seems fit that they are back on the re-launched Tidy Two with their trademark uplifting hard trance sound. 'God Fearing Man' features an epic melodic trance breakdown, heavy rolling basslines and bubbling acid lines. Not trying to break the mould but sitting well within it, I’m sure this will appeal to a lot of the fans of UK sounds.