The UK techno scene has rarely been without new artists pushing the scene forward, but recent times have seen a rash of producers emerge and rise to global notoriety in double-quick fashion. One region that seems to have spawned more than most is UKs south coast, producing a long lineage of techno acts including 8 Sided Dice founder, Alan Fitzpatrick and fellow stable mates Reset Robot, Chris Colburn, Rich Jones and Bryan Chapman. Now add to that list Jon Gurd. No stranger to notoriety himself, his 2001 The Brotherhood track found favour with many, as has his Primal Rhythm label. Lead track, Electric Love sees Fitzpatrick & Gurd combine to create a deep and twisted cut centred around a distinctive Im going downtown vocal, stabby bass and steady nagging chords; a combination that resounds in the mix, generating a kinetic energy of its own to add to the solid thumping kick. On the flip, Pendulum plays its cards straighter, going for a full-force yet linear groove that matches shunting rhythms with pulsing mechanical tones and wobbly background tones. A pumping but powerfully hypnotic track, which combines raw, direct energy and taut, mesmerizing moods.
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