Milo Smee’s Power Vacuum label hits a quarter-century of releases with a trio of mixtapes and accompanying compilation 12-inch, featuring a spread of rugged techno mutations from the likes of Glasgow’s DAIYE and Chicago’s Beau Wanzer.
The UK label has been stirring up trouble since their first release in 2012, and their 25th edition is a celebration of all the mayhem caused from that point onwards. On the mixtapes, label helmsman Milo Smee shows the sprawling reach of Power Vacuum, whilst Mark Broom and Jerome Hill respectively deal with electro and techno.
Meanwhile on the 12-inch, essentialist hardware constructions are the order of the game, and DAIYE’s cut ‘Nummers‘ is a representative slice of the raw workouts on offer: maxed-out drumkits beat a slung mechanical beat, primed to mess with straight 4/4 dominance and tip a dancefloor off-centre. Ideal side-room material, a tangle of unrefined hardware that’ll have the sweat pouring from bodies in no time.
‘POWVAC25‘ is scheduled for release 20 November via Power Vacuum. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
1. Beau Wanzer – Bunk Acid Bringer
2. Nitro Cosmetic – Spike
3. Benzedrine Nightmare – Ultra-sox
4. Robert Merlak – Remainder 17
5. DAIYE – Nummers
6. Mustatunturi – Usva