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Witch: Vent (PT/5) Witch’s debut 12” for Brit label PT/5 is an absolutely toxic scorcher. “Vent” is mean and biting, with a double-time noise snare/hi-hat that lends an extra layer of ferocity. About halfway through, distorted, sharp acid zaps drive the arrangement,...

v/a: The Black Ideal (Unknown Precept) Unknown Precept, a Parisian indie label, is new to me, but they certainly made one hell of a first impression with this sterling collection of dark leftfield techno tracks. Some artists are familiar to me, such as Ancient...

Shifted: Crossed Paths (Mote Evolver) Every time I’m struck by how good a particular techno album is, it seems like a challenge to put it into words. After all, the basic framework of techno is relatively consistent, and it’s hard to describe why something...