Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Artist: Dax J (@)
Title: Dreamscape EP
Format: 12"
Label: Monnom Black
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
First ring of a possibly addictive and supposedly long chain from brand new London-based label Monnom Black comes directly from his owner Dax J, who gained in popularity for his interesting attempts of shaking underground UK techno scene up by catchy sonic engines, which begun to spread more assiduously till the moment he co-signed with Chris Stanford the first release on the acclaimed EarToGround Records. The first track "Planet X" could resemble some trodden tracks of 90ies dark techno-trance emulsions from Northern Europe (particularly from Holland and Belgium...I could mention Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, Riou, Ra-X or GF), where a somewhat oppressive compression of pumping beats and echo chords hypnotically melts into industrial sonorities such as distant turbines, slammed laminas and oxidized sonorities; "Planet X" remix by Uk techno legend Mark Broom follows the same route, even if Broom highlights his own sonic imprint by means of pulverized hats, blown snares and frenzied mechanical dynamics. On B side, the sound veers towards the raspy acridity and gunky chords of "Alpha Rhythm" and the old-fashioned nuances of "Dreamscape", which reprises some sounds from old British rave scene. Ignition sequence started.