Established but a few months ago, NOiR FIDELITY is an emerging record label clearly intent on showing they mean business from the off, with their latest release, the emphatic Shuriken Kuts, very much indicative of the fact. Helmed by Errikos Stamatakis, the label boasts an agenda that leans toward upfront, banging techno, with no less than 8 tracks making up this latest V/A release.
The release get off to a flyer courtesy of Michailo’s ‘I Want To Say’. A truly unrelenting prospect, it lets us know from the get-go that we’re all set for a barmy rollercoaster of a ride. A fierce and determined-sounding track, this one – much like the majority of the release – really does go hard in search of its kicks. Monica M’s ‘Don’t You Ever Go Home’ is a clever DJ tool that starts off on a relatively innocuous manner before it unfurls into something entirely different. Kobzev’s moody sounding ‘Delusion Factor’ has peak-time Berghain written all over it, before Berlin live act Der Kosmonaut enters the fray courtesy of ‘Siren’, a white-noise riddled track of truly epic proportions.
The second half of the release kicks off with Null Ohm’s ’313’, a high BPM track that’s best suited to braver DJs. Veteran producer Elbee Bad is arguably the release’s star turn, and he doesn’t let the side down courtesy of his contribution, the magnificent ’Twanging’. A deep and dexterous production, it’s polished tones and clever acid lines mark it out as a real cut of distinction. The MentΩr then goes all cinematic on his track, ‘Pagan’, before matters come to a halt thanks to the culminating track, Erico Falcone’s ‘BPD’. By a distance the record’s most restrained track, it’s an enjoyable foil to a release that’s never lacking in up-tempo vibes.
1) Michailo – I Want To Say
2) Monica M – Don’t You Ever Go Home
3) Kobzev – Delusion Factor
4) Der Kosmonaut – Siren
5) Null Ohm – 313
6) Elbee Bad – Twanging
7) The Mentor – Pagan
8) Erico Falcone – Bpd