Thursday, 02 October
"On ‘Industry’ Stefan Goldmann tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of 3 obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). These recordings don't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now obsolete synthesizers – industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures – and mildly demonic connotations. From… Read more
*Ships Friday* Second Storey, the new alias of Al Tourettes, presents a complex, tortuous solo debut LP on Houndstooth. Clearly inspired by classic AFX and Autechre, with 'Double Divide', he draws on a deep reserve of melancholy UK bass/techno expressions to realise his most intricate and outstanding compositions to date. Freed of the immediate need to drive a dancefloor, Storey invites the listener deeper into previously unobserved parts of his sound with a ten track narrative vacillating between swirly wormholes and spacious yet knotted grooves in a quicksilver play of tension and releas… Read more
Wednesday, 01 October
Monday, 29 September
"Gui Boratto strings together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translates them into his very own stream of groove consciousness - also an act of cultural appropriation, as both Abaporu's cover artwork and title suggest: putting an inspired twist on Brazil's most famous modernist painting from early 20th century artist Tarsilo Do Amaral, they draw from the rich history of Brazilian modern art, where European and indigenous influences would collide in the most exciting manner. Elegantly swinging album opener Antropofagia elaborates on this by directly referencing the… Read more
Thursday, 18 September
*CD edition includes download of the whole album when purchased* Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphysical reflection and projection of … Read more
Ahhh, Tin Man returns to vocal house with inimitable style on 'Ode' for LA's Absurd Recordings. Split roughly 50/50 between vocal cuts and their instrumental versions, the album is a return to the Tin Man sound we fell hard for with the 'Wasteland' and 'Cool Wave' mini-LPs, only this time driven by much tougher kicks. Few artists operating in the house/techno realm manage to juice as much emotion and atmosphere as this guy, and 'Ode' is a prime case in point, from the exquisite reverbs, elegant acid lines and poised, opiated vocals of 'No New Violence', thru the gorgeous warehouse impressionism of 'In You… Read more
Erol Alkan steps up to the Fabric mantle with a propulsive selection of acid house and oddball electro featuring his own productions alongside tracks from Voiski, Todd Osborn, Phreak, The Emperor Machine, Carisma, Fumes and more.
Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang tick all the classic disco boxes on their 3rd album together. Nine songs take in Hi-NRG ('A Place Called Space'), slick disco-house ('Here I Am'), loungin' swing '('You Were a Runaway'), slo-mo symphonic ('Running Back To You'), Scando electro-disco ('I've Waited For So Long'), quick-stepping ('Charlotte'), and expansive ('The Sun Will Never Set On OUr Love').
"Between them, Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards have been at the forefront of house music in the UK for over quarter of a century but together, under the Wiggle banner, the trio help pioneered the fusion of deeper house sounds and techno beats. To celebrate two decades of the label / party, the trio commissioned 20 brand new and exclusive tracks from recent Wiggle guests such as Alex Arnout, Saytek and Dachshund, as well as long-running Wiggle affiliates like Jay Tripwire, Gideon Jackson and Just Be (aka Bushwacka!) and mixed them together into 75 dynamic minutes."
Thursday, 11 September
One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely detailed prisms refracting classic IDM and exotic 4th world ambient thru minimal techn… Read more
Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studio to s… Read more
Thursday, 04 September
*Epic 5 x CD / 59 track set of classic Acid killers compiled by Terry Farley, housed in a box set with a 32 page booklet with liner notes and photos* "As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better - containiong numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release, including gems from Marshall Jefferson, Steve Poindexter, Ron Hardy, Master C&J, Bobby Konders, MK, Frankie Knuckles, Blake Baxter, Nitro Deluxe, Chip E and lots more.
Thursday, 28 August
'Imagin' is the eagerly awaited debut album from Dark Sky for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Since their early 12"s for Black Acre and Pictures Music, we've witnessed Dark Sky evolve from a dextrous duo dealing in twisted post-dubstep, pop and techno hybrids to a canny trio pushing near-symphonic big room electronica/techno on a level with the likes of Jon Hopkins and Modeselektor. It feels very much of its time, spanning murky trip hop/dubstep-pop references in 'Nothing Changes', 'Vivid' and 'Rainkist' alongside lean, techy London house in 'Odyssey', and at best in the Kraftwerk-meets-Thom Yorke st… Read more
Thursday, 21 August
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and mastering … Read more
Thursday, 14 August
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...
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
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