If you were looking for raw techno in 2009, Milton Bradley and Zeal's Do Not Resist The Beat! would have been a good first stop. Bradley has turned in four sublime 12-inches for the label, each seemingly more tripped out than the last. Last time around, Bradley's remit was—as Hardwax put it—"nautical," and that continues on "Uncontrollable Desire," the A-side to his newest. It's a slowed down dub tune that revels in open space, letting its beats reverberate into infinity with a few sudden and abrupt volume shifts that shake you from potential reverie.
On the flip, though, Bradley gets back to the floor with two unfiltered cuts that could easily make their home downstairs at Tresor. There is still enough of an aquatic undercurrent, but the beat here is paramount, propelling the waves of sound forward. In "Desperation"'s case, a hi-hat slices through the middle, reminding you that Bradley is making what surrounds it lo-fi so as to better highlight the titular emotion. Nothing new here exactly, but that's hardly the point: There's little wrong with some high-quality techno now and again.
Tracklist: Milton Bradley - Uncontrollable DesireA1 Uncontrollable Desire
B1 Distorted Reality