Various Artists - Tenth Circle Canto I
For its sixth release, Tenth Circle births a Various Artists series that notches up the label's average BPM by a fair few points. Most notably amongst the faster tempos is increasingly interesting Dutchman, Ion Ludwig. The firm kicks underpinning his "Dwell to the Gate" are closer together than normal, but the samples tacked to each are just as smoky and jazz-indebted as ever, be they chord stabs, spoken words or percussive. It's one of those tracks that hits its spot perfectly—something DC Sallas doesn't quite manage to do with his slightly more detached and distant effort, "Us vs Them." The components are well-designed, but take too long to come together. No such problem for EZLV, though, who hang snapping sheets of steel in a deep space ambiance as kicks roll below with plenty of propulsive bite. Their "Read This" is simple, smooth and spaced out, but manages to move your mind as well as shift your feet.
Wed / 15
Kristan J Caryl
A DC Salas - Us vs Them
B1 Ion Ludwig - Dwell To The Gate
B2 Ezlv - Read This