Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Italian production team the Analogue Cops will know that they don’t fuck about. Nope, fucking about seems distinctly far down their agenda, as this latest for their sometime home and Hypercolour spin-off so vividly illustrates. Drums are distorted to buggery. Loops are thrown in with the reckless, funk-sodden abandon of Jeff Mills. 'Denying' shoe horns in a piano house screamer over their mucky beats. 'Manipulation' is on the Theo Parrish tip, while 'Fall In' is slamming, panel-beating techno. With acid. Oh lord.
LTN is proving as prolific as he is diverse, churning out uplifting trance records while also showing here that he can take things very, very deep when he’s so inclined. ‘Teardrop’ is an excellent offering on the Enhanced label’s progressive offshoot; the grooves are house-inspired, while the powering bassline is pure progressive. LTN weaves the ambient elements into the tune beautifully, using them eventually to usher in the melodic hook. Deep and gorgeous, the B-side ‘Hopes and Fears’ is equally worth taking a look at.
It’s difficult to believe this represents the debut release for Chilean Alejandro Arroyo, considering the confidence in which he’s crafted a peaktime progressive record destined for the record bag of stalwarts like Hernan Cattaneo. The bassline that powers ‘Open Cycle’ is deep, dark and menacing, though it carries enough ‘oomph’ to push it nearly into the realms of trance; and there’s a beautiful transition into the melodic elements in the peak of the record. A rip-roaring debut, it’s accompanied by an equally good remix from Andre Sobota.
Urrgghhh! And that’s pretty much all I can say, this one’s dirty! 'Blackjack' is a screwface riddim through and through. Versatile enough to appeal across the board, it’s filthy enough to slip into the gritty raves like Nu Era or Low Down Deep, but deep and powerful enough to stand out at a Ram or Shogun night. Throughout Rymetime reads the index of a smoker’s encyclopaedia.