Thursday, 14 August
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for a run… Read more
Kompakt gang on annual manoeuvres with 2 CDs, 25 tracks of European house and modern disco. In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium'; the big room romp of Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar'; the tucked triplets of Thomas Fehlmann's 'Eye'; or the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
The Berghain resident mans up a killer Fabric 77 selection heavily biased to his MDR label and own productions. Of 19 tracks on show, 15 of them are either original Dettmann productions, remixes or edits, or have been released by his label. It makes for a super-cohesive and distinguished selection, introducing the likes of Ryan James Ford with the pensive build of 'Arthure Iccon' and maintaining a slick tension and momentum throughout the mix from Terence Fixmer's creepy 'Inside Of Me' thru Dario Zenker's exclusive roller 'Nearlin', and Rob Hood's Monobox classic 'Film', to h… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
'EX' is the first new Plastikman album in over ten years. It was recorded live at the Guggenheim Museum in New York at the behest of fashion designer, Raf Simons, a big Plastikman fan who booked Richie on behalf of Dior. And yet, whilst that setting may be a far cry from Plastikman's roots in warehouses and basements, the results distinctly hark back to the glacial modulations and optimised pulses of classics such as 'Sheet One' or 'Musik', but perhaps with smoother sort of tonal gradients and slippery arrangements that simply couldn't have been achieved two decades ago when Richie wrote the blueprint for minimal techno...
After ten solid releases (12 including Misterio sub-label), NYC's Mister Saturday Night round up their best on 'Brothers & Sisters' - an epic 25 track comp featuring their finest moments so far, as well as newly recorded exclusives. Combining the perpetual momentum of house music with the possibilities of electronica and an over-arching, jazz-wise looseness, the label have coined an aesthetic fetishised by lovers of leftfield dance music. Of these 25 tracks, jazz/electronica trio Archie Pelago present three pieces which sum up the label's vibe, alongside the emotive movements of UK's Dark Sky… Read more
Thursday, 03 July
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beauties, … Read more
"Recording artists Jimi Tenor & Nicole Willis return with their follow-up to ‘Enigmatic’, featuring their production and compositions with instrumentations by Tenor and beats procured from the vintage gear of Jori Hulkkonen in his Turku studio, Alppihouz by Willis. There are plenty of string pads, flutes and flute pads, etc to prick up your ears. COLA&JIMMU once again capture the genuine, old school sound…"
Epic 4CD set celebrating Richie Hawtin’s Enter nights in Ibiza. Tracklisting as follows: CD1: ENTER.Sake mixed by Bella Sarris 01. Francis Harris - Lean Back 02. Alexkid - Belly Jean 03. MP - Soup Of Souls 04. Malin Genie - Ked Blokken 05. Maksy - Ode To M 06. Vid Vai - The Daytripper 07. Birdsmakingmachine - Antonio's Swing 08. Jack Wickham - Jury Dub 09. Vid Vai - Lapsed 10. Fernando Costantini - TroubleR 11. msdeep - rhadzikar 12. Sons of Tiki - Deep Down the Motion Room 13. Alci - Lessthan 14. Livio & Roby - Invers De Palma 15. Francis Harris - What She Had CD2: ENTER.Terrace mixed by A… Read more
Tuesday, 01 July
KiNK follows up 12" frivolities for Dirtybird and Systematic with a proper album showcase of studio jams for Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johansen's Macro label. In contrast with his infamously eccentric live shows, 'Under Destruction' is testament to the spirit of spontaneity and eccentricity which made KiNK's live shows notorious in house circles. It's all far more loose and freaky than his solid DJ tool tracks and anthems, using an array of pulsing, thrumming, chugging house patterns to carry a constellation of bleeps, pings and mutating pads thru black hole techno vortices and avant-house perime… Read more
Thursday, 26 June
*2CD Set featuring Jd Twitch, Lawrence, Fred P, Dj Jus Ed, Naum Gabo, Eddie C, Lauer and more plus a download code to redeem a mix by Dj Kent* “The first cd lifts off with a short but extra smart arranged track by matt karmil, an englishman in cologne whose house music easily loops in your head forever. just as the other house leaning one-off-tracks by the likes of the hamburg natives lawrence and julius steinhoff, new berliner eddy c, amsterdam’s rush hour weapon tom trago, or sweden’s always smiling seducer axel boman. Between their exceptional always good for dance tracks so… Read more
"Application are Martin & Richard Dust aka The Black Dog. System Fork was designed around the principle of Itamae, where ever detail was described and thought about before any work in the studio was done. This process took two years before a set of rules and principles were fully realised for the creative process in the studio. Working with Human & Shaun Bloodworth, Application also applied more design aesthetics to artwork, videos & photographs which will become the prototypes to a live show with video."
Tuesday, 24 June
Thursday, 12 June
Martyn continues the wholesale switch to House and broken beat with ace 3rd album, 'The Air Between Words' for Ninja Tune. The D&B, techno and dubstep influences are now bound tighter into his inimitably slinky, driving arrangements, compared with the diversity of debut album 'Great Lengths' (2009) and the darker 'Ghost People' (2011) for Brainfeeder. 'The Air Between Words' feels fluid and organic, flowing naturally from piece to piece with an effortlessness that's become Martyn's signature. Ten tracks are sequenced sweetly from the field recorded textures and warm chords of 'Forgiveness… Read more
Aus Music's Will Saul in the driving seat for DJ-Kicks' latest edition. A seamless 24-track sequence of sophisticated modern house touching on all corners of the deep and techy spectrum with cuts from Sei A, Axel Boman, Marquis Hawkes, Legowelt, Cottam, Youandewan, Gerry Read, October, Animal Hands and more.
"A captivating ride through disparate sounds, scenes and styles, all brought together immaculately by Swiss maestro Deetron’s perfect sequencing and tight, inventive mixing. There’s everything from Chicago and Detroit classics, modern gems from fast-rising artists, no-nonsense techno and a series of pleasing leftfield diversions, making for a truly kaleidoscopic set - the sound of a DJ digging deep, having fun and stamping his distinctive character all over the mix..."
Thursday, 05 June
Answer Code Request steps out of the Berghain shadows with a noirish debut album of '90s-informed techno sound design for Ostgut Ton. 'Til now, ACR's made his presence felt with a small but perfectly formed haul of 12"s distinguished from the Berlin techno crowd by virtue of their UK-styled breakbeat and AI-era atmospheres. But where UK breakbeat techno might get over agitated or crazy, ACR curbs his enthusiasm with a typically stoic sort of composure indigenous to Berlin residents and their music, balancing both poles with a warm sense of Detroit melancholy, much like his label mate, Shed. T… Read more
Turn of the century CD from Huren & Kareem featuring 10 new tracks plus three previously released killers from the archive.
2002 release from Kareem's Zhark imprint, includes Additional Video Segment "Vestibule Promo 0.5 beta: A Preliminary Document of Huren Visual Activities...
Monday, 02 June
"Dust, Glitterbug’s fourth studio album, sees the artist and producer continue his path of exploring musical frontiers beyond the beaten tracks of current electronic dance music. Dust is an album about hidden remains and traces. It follows things and people that were, past lives and stories that silently echo through deserts fields, overgrown forests, urban decay, and our homes, staircases and attics. It’s not by chance that ‘Dust’ is released on Gold Panda’s NOTOWN Recordings label. Not only is there a loving friendship and previous collaborations between the two, but ‘Dust’ also picks up the pieces … Read more
Thursday, 29 May
Brilliant debut album of kinky-assed industrial funk from Cómeme's Berlin-based Russian ex-pat producer. Part-produced by Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary and starring Battles' John Stanier on drums, the aesthetics are uncommonly high-end yet with sufficient amount of grit to put a real itch in yer gruds. Borrowing heavily from the blueprints of Liasons Dangereuses, DAF, and later '80s New Beat, Philipp animates his lean, powerful constructions with killer vocals blending his native tongue with indecipherable, punkish gibberish that even the most Vodka sozzled Russian would fail to comprehe… Read more
Tuesday, 27 May
Thursday, 22 May
"Live "techno-tanzband" trio Elektro Guzzi return with their new studio album 'Observatory'. Still a string and a drum skin at the source, the sound emanating from the speakers seems to have travelled light years. Despite advances in software, ironically it is this live band that initiates a redesign of how techno could leap into the future. There is nothing retro about it. No citations of historic moments. The album resembles a party on the edge of the solar system, with scraps of distant sound memories - a shocking abandonment of anything an instrument was supposed to do. The recordings' w… Read more
"After remixing Kerri Chandler’s ‘The Watergate Files’ EP, recent label addition La Fleur compiles the 16th ‘Watergate’ compilation. With fifteen tracks, including six exclusive ones, the Swedish producer and DJ offers proof of her skills over 78 minutes of playtime. Her musical spectrum extends from house classics to contemporary techno pearls, mixed with love and intuitive feeling. The compilation starts with dreamy vinyl crackles and an exclusively deep production of Matthias Meyer - ‘Miss Appre Gate (Beatless Version)’ is a perfect, moody opener and sets a high standard from the beginning. … Read more
Thursday, 08 May
Mule Musiq entice some sweet ambient compositions from house and techno producers, alongside pieces by artists better known for work in neo-classical/ambient echelons. The likes of Petre Inspirescu, Roman Flügel, John Roberts and Recondite all step out of their usual domain into feathered, glassy, beat-less zones, alongside tranquil moments from seasoned ambient composers such as Hauschka and Koss. If we're picking any one highlight, it's gotta be Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles' remix of the Nobody Mix for Primula's 'Nobody's In This Classroom'.
Thursday, 01 May
West Midlands man-machine Mark E pays tribute to his heritage with this timely, disco-toiling sophomore album. Crafted with an all-analogue palette (predecessor 'Stone Breaker' was 100% digital), 'Product of Industry' bears the unmistakable hallmark of the man who's made mid-tempo disco/house chug his speciality over the last half decade or so. Nine tracks groove with a grind and grit indigenous to the region's people and industry, using imported traces of Chicago house and industrial European disco together with locally sourced field recordings to forge a moodily tempered dancefloor alloy r… Read more
Pachanga Boys' Rebolledo reminds us that a great mix always equates to more than the sum of its components with the filigree weave of 'Momento Drive' for Kompakt. The mix kicks off and ends with his edit 'Wally's Blues' by psychedelic Pinoy rock star, Wally Gonzales, and segues, with peachy timing, back and forth between sophisticated new grooves by his Kompakt family. Taking its title from the paradoxical duality of the word 'Momento' in Spanish - meaning both a space in time and inertia - the mix is defined by a constant sense of motion, sequencing the compatible gait and textures of gr… Read more
Thursday, 24 April
**The Norwegian disco chug-master in full, creamy effect** "In Prins Thomas’ own words: “Hi there, this is my new album. Keeping with the tradition I decided to call it ‘III’. There's no great concept, no specific theme, no scheme, no plan... no space disco but still plenty of ‘space’. It is just documentation of the music I made during the recording period. A musical diary so to speak. Diary entry number three. Musically I feel it belongs somewhere between my last two albums - 2009’s ‘Prins Thomas’ and 2012’s ‘II’. They where both a result of the recording techniques and musical ideas … Read more
Thursday, 17 April
MJC marks the next big step in her flourishing catalogue with a signature mix of deep and techy house for Fabric 75. Since the late naughties, the London-based British-Japanese producer has been at least partly responsible for a sub-mainstream swing towards fresh, raw house music with a classic integrity. This mix showcases where she's at right now, blending mature house grooves with party-time peakers in seamless style. Over 17 tracks she wends a way from Trus'me's 'Somebody' to Fran Von Vie's trancy synth-pop piece 'Lonely Nights' via her own edits of KSKY's 'Madness' and he… Read more
Thursday, 03 April
Jan Jelinek's Faitiche label presents a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013 Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) – and gathered ten of his favorite titles here.