Claro Intelecto's "Fighting The Blind Man" is heartfelt nocturnal techno in the vein of last year's Reform Club LP. As usual, though, he manages to turn a slightly generic sound palette to compelling ends. Partly that's down to the deliciously arid synth that loops and coils in the foreground. Mainly, though, it's in the structuring: the whole thing flickers in and out of focus fluidly but haphazardly, like a 4 AM dancer with a tenuous grip on consciousness.
There's something of a pre-dawn vibe to Unbroken Dub's contribution, too, its rich static-textures and spacey chords representing a mild departure from the dub techno he's explored elsewhere. Gerry Read is, on paper, the outlier here. But "Granny Bag" stands apart from the gleefully ham-fisted house of last year's Jummy. Sure, the stomping percussive loops are familiar, as are the red-raw elements at the opening. But after a couple of minutes we take a turn for techno—first with a strident, metallic synth line, then with strangled Detroit pads. It's almost as if Read is opening up a dialogue with Delsin's techno heritage.