Thursday, 28 November
Ali Wells aka Perc's Submit label follows that ace batch of Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a full frontal compilation of noise and techno hybrids. 'Feral Grind' corrals Prostitutes, Pete Swanson, John Olsen's Henry & Hazel Slaugher, Hive Mind, Burial Hex and Bleaching Agent along with lesser known but no less engaging artists such as Profligate, The David Russell Snake, Mincemeat or Tenspeed and Housefire, making for one of the most incisive overviews of the sound that's come to define underground bowel motions in 2013. It ranges from proper ear-flossers like Pete Swanson's squal… Read more
British techno veteran Ben Sims steams thru 44 tracks in 70 minutes on his Fabric 73 entry. Kicking off with his pal Paul Mac's Kryptic Minds collaboration, 'Icon', the mix takes in some of the freshest techno and jackin' house releases around, scanning recent aces from Alden Tyrell, J Tijn, Clouds, L-Vis 1990, Mike Dehnert, Fokus Group, Ø, Truncate, Gingy & Bordello, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Rod and many, many more. Pounders a plenty.
Thursday, 21 November
When You Are Crawling' is a 35 minute addendum to Vatican Shadow's recent album, 'Remember Your Black Day'. The iconography and track titles clearly follow the album's theme, but the music is more focussed on the 'floor thanks to assistant production from Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant and the crucial inclusion of the 15 minute techno stepper, 'Atta's Apartment Slated For Demolition (Bouthayna Engineering)' on vinyl for the first time. It opens with a reinforced mix of Remember Your Black Day (Bouthayna Tradition)', suitably augmented by kevlar kicks and flaying hi-hats for opti… Read more
The Swedish producer and co-owner of Studio Barnhus presents a debut album of thirteen warm and friendly house and disco joints. As with his breakthrough single for Koze's Pampa label, 'Family Vacation' finds a neat balance between louche dancefloor groove and home/headphone listening with highlights in the dreamy house swing of 'Fantastic Piano', on the dusty beatdown bump of 'Hello', and the fuzzy-eyed deep house of 'New Krau Era'.
Thursday, 14 November
Having just recently been unmasked as the producer behind Blackest Ever Black's excellent Alexander Lewis album, Shifted follows up last years ‘Crossed Paths’ LP for Mote-Evolver, as well as releases under the Covered in Sand and Pacific Blue aliases with this strong debut album for Hospital Productions offshoot Bed of Nails. 'Under A Single Banner' consolidates the ductile reference points of his nebulous aliases, from cranky, club-crunching gear to noisier experiments, making for the bleakest definition of his sound to date. It's an uncannily tight fit with the Bed of Nails' aesthetic a… Read more
**Insoluble blend of synthetic and organic textures and rhythms by exploratory producer and sound artist, Raudve, for Stefan Goldmann's Macro label. An unusual piece of work, may appeal to fans of Rashad Becker, Non Place, Jamal Moss, Frak** "When Messiaen set out to transcribe birds songs as models for his compositions, he couldn’t have predicted that by now wild birds would have started to learn mobile phone ringtone patterns. For A System of Objects, RAUDIVE aka OLIVER HO maps an obliquely constructed world in which you lose all certainty of what is nature and what is design. Raudive cel… Read more
Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, selects 16 house and electro trax for his DJ-Kicks instalment. Cherry-picked goodies run the gamut from Innercity's hypnagogic abstraction 'Prince of The Immortal Woods' to slinky house from Fred P and Breach's own exclusive inclusion, 'Beroving', to the glistening arpggios of Dopplereffekt's 'Z Boson' and Redinho's boogie funk futurism, 'Searching'.
Thursday, 07 November
*Debut album from Ron Morelli, founder of the influential L.I.E.S. label featuring 8 electronic variants; from House and industrial tape experiments to saturated metallic beat tracks...* There’s so much that could be said about Ron Morelli, his L.I.E.S. label, or the fact that his debut album comes to you via Hospital Productions, but instead, here are some words from the man himself. “I’m a regular guy, enjoy a good steak, drinking beer, and occasionally a game of pro basketball, Republican talk radio... you know...all the good stuff.....” “The music on this record is about immediacy, pressure, monot… Read more
Old skool techno fiend A Sagittariun commits a beautiful debut album meshing myriad vintage techno, ambient and dub styles. 'Dream Ritual' casts back to that fertile early-mid '90s period when electronica/dance music were interchangeable terms and the whole AI movement (read: pre-IDM) was fresh, open-minded and smitten with the romance of possibility. It's easy to call it nostalgic, because it is, but it's perhaps better perceived as a reminder of what was, and what techno has become - in many cases a zombied, emotionless cadaver flogging itself into tomorrow. 'Dream Ritual' is techno in the… Read more
Thursday, 31 October
Austrialia's Gardland duo debut a mystic, frayed sort of techno primitivism with the classy but rudimentary grooves and etheric electronics of 'Syndrome Syndrome', their first LP for RVNG Intl. Their music exists in a curious modern context between the edge-bleeding post-techno of Blondes, the more mutant end of 100% Silk, and the stripped, modulated techno minimalism of Rrose - too grotty to be called techno proper, too canny to be called "outsider", existing in a unique position somewhere between worlds. Its 13 tracks take shape as impressionistic, alien techno scapes, hovering into focus … Read more
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
Thursday, 24 October
Compiling tracks from all three of Mr. Beatnick's well-loved singles for Don't Be Afraid plus new, exclusive gear on 'The Synthetes Trilogy'. Dropping one-a-year since 2011, the 12"s marked the former beats and breaks stalwart as one of London's finest new House producers, blending lush samples, rich instrumentation and full-bodied production with a canny appreciations of classic Chicago and Detroit bump 'n swing. There are twelve tracks total, best among them the stripped down swagger of 'Casio Romance' and his Dego-like hardcore-house chop, 'Parallax Scroll', and there's also new bi… Read more
Cómeme's Colombian badboy brings a taste of his 'Perro Negro' parties in Medellin full of "thieves, guerrillos and prostitutes" to his debut album. Essentially, Sano's sound is Salsa dosed on lysergic fructose, synching a unique swing between wavey synthlines, discoid bleeps and sub-heavy, robosexual machine groove. His pals Los Malos, Diegors and Daniel Maloso from the Cómeme family all appear over its ten tracks variably running from stripped down numb-but-kinky EBM shuffle on 'Anestesia' to uptempo cowbell grooves on 'Contoneate' and raw, coked-up techno muscle on 'Boquerón' or darker New Beat thrust in 'Necrophilic Love'. Exoticos!
English techno producer Ashley Burchett aka Ø [Phase] marks up a solid debut album of ten idiosyncratic techno tools for Belgium's Token. Highlights appear in the thunderous, tunnelling drive of 'Misaligned' and the Convextion-like Detroit space techno of 'Just Another Dance'.
Deetron and a small army of guests including Cooly G, Seth Troxler, Ben Westbeech, Simbad and Hercules & Love Affair weigh in on the Swiss producer's 2nd album of cosmic disco-house. Highlights include the cool breakbeat house number, 'Come Away Further' and the slick, sultry Chicago house of 'Love Song' with Seth Troxler.
Thursday, 17 October
“Remember Your Black Day” features the first material conceived and produced as a full length by Dominick Fernow for the Vatican Shadow project following almost a dozen tapes (mostly released on Hospital Productions) and vinyl editions (released by the likes of Blackest Ever Black, Modern Love and Type) over the last three years. None of the 8 tracks included have been released before on any other format. At a time when the scene is saturated with “Noise Techno” the album is almost celebratory by contrast, balancing caustic licks of distortion and oppressive bass with cleanly mix… Read more
Thursday, 10 October
**Trifold double CD digipak containing 26 trax** 'Bang The Box!' documents the lost story of Chicago dance music when house was king from the perspective of Matt Warren's little known but vital AKA Dance Music label. Thru 26 tracks released between 1987-88 this awesome compilation renders a spectrum of truly authentic, original Windy City bangers, groovers and shakers hardly known beyond the city limits and the collections of proper house heads. At one end of the spectrum you've got the tantric 10 minute psychedelic… Read more
Thursday, 19 September
*Ships Friday* The increasingly ubiquitous Huerco S. services Dan Lopatin’s Software imprint with his debut album proper, following that seductive, rep-making trio of EPs on Wicked Bass, Opal Tapes / Boomkat Editions and Future Times. It’s top-drawer stuff, taking the new age ambience and rugged, smoke-choked house rhythms du jour and turning them inside out, opening up new zones of dubwise introspection. ‘Plucked From The Ground, Towards The Sun’ is a 90s Chain Reaction cut inspected through a smeared microscope lens, but it’s the minor key shifts and almost Autechre-ish edits of ‘Quivira’ … Read more
Claude VonStroke keeps the party burning with a 3rd album of patented party bump 'n pump laced with some darker moments. Nine tracks pace the session nicely from the proggy build of opener 'Urban Animal' through frisky swing and shuffle on 'The Clapping Track' to ruddy electro-house in 'Dood', and cheeky retro-boogie vibes on 'Sugar & Cinnamon' with Barry Drift's talkbox vocals. At its apex, 'Oakland Rope' switches up to steppin' D&B layered with Pablo Fox Caha's distinctive singjay stylings and Py's sweeter counterpoint, but worry not, it's as dark as it gets and we're back to bubbling d… Read more
Thursday, 12 September
"Flashback to Chicago in 1985, when House Music was just being born. A few kids - Matt Warren, Miguel Garcia and Ralphi Rosario, get together to join forces with the already established Sunset Mobile Disco - owned by brothers Alex and Robert Rojo - to create a new record label as an outlet for their productions. In the following 4 years, Sunset Records Inc. released some of the most groundbreaking Chicago House records, mixing New Wave, Disco and Industrial influences with "beat tracks" and a huge amount … Read more
Thursday, 05 September
Drumcell represents that distinctive LA techno sound with the serpentine darkside chicanery of 'Sleep Complex'. Thirteen tracks of slithering, instinctively shuffled machine rhythms create frictional bedrock for spooling, Millsian bleeps and brooding astral synth projections delivered with steadfast vision. As we all know, techno albums can have a tendency towards being a bunch of tools, but there's a narrative element to 'Sleep Complex' that works well in its favour, wending across tempos and patterns with an intricately compelling aesthetic taking us from the oily acid tessellations of 'Distur… Read more
With new and exclusive tunes by Lawrence, Nick Curly, André Galluzzi & Dana Ruh, Secret Cinema, Pig & Dan, Extrawelt, Recognition (aka Jacek Sienkiewicz) and two gems by Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos. Double CD also contains exclusive material from Dominik Eulberg, Minilogue, Sante & Frank Lorber, Popof, Timo Maas, Gregor Tresher & Petar Dundov, Electric Rescue and Legowelt.
Thursday, 29 August
A starry-eyed Petar Dundov continues his lush kraut-trance-techno explorations on 'Sailing Off The Grid'. In the vein of 'Ideas From The Pond', the Croatian producer sets his tom tom for the headiest, euphoric techno quadrants over eight tracks blending a classic '80s euro autobahn and '90s Frankfurt sensibility with 2013 tastes. Pastoral bliss-out 'Enter The Vortex' sets the tone for the supple, arpeggiated techno gait of 'Yesterday Is Tomorrow', and the double-drop hero groove of 'Moving' before cruising along the slick slo-mo lusness of 'Spheres' and 'White Spring' to the epic titl… Read more
Thursday, 22 August
**CD includes bonus track 'Body Out'** Speedy J and Lucy's Zeitgeber alliance come on strong with a killer debut album of forward facing, abstract and noisy techno - just how it should be. Its a finely balanced feat of hi-end engineering, mixing tonal and textural experimentation with well considered, functional rhythms, marking out some of Speedy J's best work since his classic 'A Shocking Hobby' LP and the strongest in Lucy's relatively young, yet distinctive catalogue. Our big highlights are the gritty, brownian flux of 'These Rhythms' and 'From Here' or the Porter Ricks-like 'Now Imagine', and … Read more
Thursday, 15 August
Cassy steers the 71st Fabric mix through seventeen cherry-picked contemporary house grooves. There are nods to vintage styles, but it's best taken as a measured exhibit of her taste for sleek, modern, post-mnml house music. Starting the dance with Arttu's gritty soul house grind, 'Tune In', she keeps an elegant, pensile groove snaking thru the tribal Mix of Kuumba Project's 'Black Thoughts' to deep playing, chords driven house from Livio Imrprota and Norm Talley, to Italojohnson's euro-frisky '06 A', the whooping house of Alex Cortex's 'Oh Yeah, Pachanga Boys' anthemic remix of John Talabot's 'Wh… Read more
Thursday, 01 August
Micro-house pioneer, Marc Leclair (Akufen) returns to his neglected Horror Inc. alias for an LP of cinematic, jazzy breakbeat and house arrangements. His clinical editing skills are found in fine balance with a wider scope for sweeping, maximalist strings and synths on nine limber, dextrous compositions. Incorporating his friend's ice hockey field recordings into opener, 'Phowa' sets a spatial awareness which carries through the album, from the mystical, noirish motifs and poised swing of 'Mourning' through the rainy day modes of 'Remembrance' and the winking, Gallic romance of 'I Can't Look… Read more
Thursday, 25 July
Ikonika’s full-length follow-up to her 2010 debut arrives not a moment too soon, showcasing a leap forward in terms of production technique and a shedding of many of the 8-bit tropes she’s most commonly associated with. A hint of the direction she would take on Aerotropolis came on last year’s synth-led house EP I Make Lists, and the Londoner has spoken recently of her pursuit of a more polished sound, graduating from the grimey imperatives of Fruity Loops to the slicker possibilities of Logic. Depending on your disposition, this is either a good or a bad thing: certainly the fanatically floaty Ae… Read more
Obsolete Music Technican Steven Tang presents a sumptuous and romantic debut album of deep, atmospheric house on Smallville Records. Instinctively dialled in to the Detroit spirits of Relics-era Carl Craig and Derrick May, Tang's ten productions range from beautiful anti-G floaters such as 'Interstice' and 'Eternal' to debonaire midnight synth jazz touches on It's Perceived As Sound' and the panoramic 'Brink Of Dawn', thru to proper dancefloor tackle in the elegant hi-tech swing of the title track and the jacking 'Heat Burst' or the cyber-exotic harmonics and supple rhythms of 'Sunspo… Read more
Thursday, 18 July
Jimi Tenor teams up with his wife - veteran soul vocalist Nicole Willis - to pay tribute to classic Strictly Rhythm and NuGroove house styles on 'Engimatic' for their Herakles label. The vybes run deep on this one, feeding forward that debonaire, swinging early-mid '90s house sound on ten tracks of kinky drum programming, fruity keys, soaring vocals and booty-licking basslines, oh, and the odd flute or two for that authentic flavour.
Thursday, 11 July
DJ Hell follows DJ Deep's lead to mix Tresor's 2nd 'Kern' volume. Like his predecessor, Hell clairifies connections between vintage '90s house and techno from Chicago and Detroit, and modern European antecedents, drawing for a 25track, 80-minute mix spanning classic New York tribalism from Odori, epic 313 from Kenny Larkin's Dark Comedy, the twisted Israeli techno-house of Yoav B, proper Germanic techno from The Horrorist, QX1's Chicago banger 'Love Injection', and stacks more between from Jonas Kopp to DBX, Recondite to Capracara, Inner City, Rob Hood and many more. Al… Read more