The air apparent to Tiff Lacey’s First Lady of Vocal Trance crown, here comes that girl Christina Novelli again. Her vocals and lyrics penetrate deep into ‘Seventh Kingdom’ and backed by Tasadi & Aryas’s elegiacally string-strewn drop and the wonderful note movement of its sequential lift, ‘Seventh Kingdom’ connects fast enough. A fine release for Kentucky’s new-on-the-scope Lunary Recordings.
The latest instalment from Signal Code sees the label focus on what it does best, putting out deep techno with a dancefloor twist. Costelloe’s 'Dreams' strikes a balance between dreamy synths and spiralling 303s over a tribal groove, while Duplex’s ‘Machines and Tapes’ is a sleeker take on Detroit techno. Despite this, the road less travelled provides the real highlights; Mark Du Mosch’s ‘Nexus 5’ is a slinky, melodic affair and best of all, ‘Orbit’ by ESS, a side project of DeFeKT, pits dramatic stabs and acid licks with a murky bass undercurrent.
There’s not a ghost of a chance that Orkidea’s remix of his and Solarstone’s third ‘Slowmotion’ action will become the most club-spun version. The Solarstone remix’s more floor-bound direction and Orkidea’s 13+ minutes runtime put paid to that. It does, though, leave acres of room for some stylistic indulgence and through long, gripping often semi-cinematic and near sci-fi-esque sequences, it’s nothing if not engaging.
Lock up your daughters and anyone else, the second instalment of ‘Psychosis’ is dropping. Like the first release, ‘March Into Nothingness’ is a bleak affair, with steely beats stomping over relentless waves of acid. ‘Drown Into the Eternal Twilight’ is faster and even more extreme. The kick-drums are distorted and disturbing, while malevolent shapes, splintered percussion and menacing noises will offer little respite for an audience that has already been hammered into submission.