STL – Dubs Etched Into Relief - Echocord
There's been a five year gap since Stephan "STL" Laubner's last release on Echochord, so Dubs Etched Into Relief could arguably be seen as overdue, were it not for the German's prolific nature. Regardless any new STL material is cause for celebration and opener "Dub's End" is a particularly inviting proposition - a chugging dub-house opus with all the hypnotic attractiveness and crackly textures of authentic dub techno. Laubner goes deeper still on "The Dark Future", where fuzzy ambient textures, intermittent chords and yawning melodies ride a sparse, and minimal techno groove. On the flip, Lithuanian producer Grad_U offers his own interpretation of "Dub's End", turning the original into a slowly evolving dub techno epic - the kind of tackle you'd expect to lose your mind to in the early hours of Sunday morning.