Thursday, 06 March
Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey's Sendai duo transmit their most obtuse, challenging, yet compelling sonic architectures to date on 2nd album, 'A Smaller Divide'. Crafted remotely between their respective bases in Antwerp and Berlin, plus4 the odd jam session, they fluidly communicate jarring, splintered digital scree and complex patterns woven with dynamic sounds modelled from De Mey's modular synthesiser. Across a sheer topography of eleven parts, crushing, arrhythmic tangles of Autechrian complexity give way to passages of intense, rolling techno and industrial pads evoking imagery of impos… Read more
Thursday, 27 February
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml Ssgs an… Read more
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scratch… Read more
Thursday, 20 February
Fabric 74 is in the safe hands of Dave Moufang aka Move D for a cherry-picked 15 tracks selection spanning House music vintage and up-to-the-minute. As you probably all well know by now, Move D is a one of the most cultishly adored European Deep House DJs and electronic producers in the world. Since the early '90s he's amassed a massive stockpile of eclectic releases on his own Source label, based in historic Heidelberg, South West Germany, including 26 albums with the late ambient music pioneer, Pete Namlook, beside countless other collaborations and solo productions strafing the lines between… Read more
"This is the first project from Brooklyn DJ/producer Pocketknife (Tambourine Dream, Flagrant Fowl) working under his new moniker Boonlorm. An eleven track album featuring “piano not piano” house music created solely with a prepared piano and raw drum programming that pays homage to Chicago, Detroit, and the 20th century avant-garde. String Figures is “screw music” in the most literal sense with direct ties to the late composer John Cage who created the first prepared piano pieces by inserting objects into the strings of a grand piano. The sound that resonates is a rich combination of tonal, ato… Read more
"Following on from Mathias Kaden’s effort in September, next in line to mix it up for the ‘Watergate’ CD series is New Jersey house innovator and widely loved scene figurehead Kerri Chandler.Kerri has enjoyed a long running relationship with Watergate, and this album is the perfect coming together of two clubbing tour de forces. Across the course of 18 tracks, the MadHouse and MadTech boss, tireless DJ, and ever evolving house producer lays out his vision of house music as it sounds in 2013, calling on tracks old and new from a wide array of labels, as well as some exclusives, including two… Read more
Thursday, 13 February
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
Thursday, 06 February
**Includes two tracks exclusive to the CD and digital formats** Hamburg's Smallville play host to this superb album of signature dub house styles from Stephen Laubner aka STL. Excepting his now-classic 'Silent State' and 'Neurotransmitting Clouds On The Secret Freeway' (issued by Smallville in 2009) which are exclusive to the CD/Digital versions, it's all new material, spanning skanking, Chain Reaction style dub-house on 'Scuba's Motion Dub' and 'Amelie's Dub' or the seriously heavy 'Ghostly Ambit' thru to a mixture of Maurizio and Theo Parrish styles on 'Space Cats' and two beautifully gl… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
Epic 22 track set from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint including a ruck of label highlights plus a bunch of exclusives including Marcel Dettmann's dry, banging Pitch & Stretch mix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom'; SCNTST & Chris Liebing's funked-up remix edit of Benjamin Damage's '010X'; Tale Of Us & Fango's kinky, proggy remix of 'Vertigo' by Cosmin TRG; DJ Friction's hi-velocity D&B remix of 'Rzor' by Addison Groove& Sam Binga. You'll also find Bambounou's forward-flexing bass/techno overhaul of Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino's 'Negativity', Anstam's corkscrewing Bustified Breaks ed… Read more
Thursday, 02 January
*Finally Available Again - repress in a double Jewel Case* Andy Stott entered a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By', inverting the energy of his Juke and Technoid hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral. Folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, 'New Ground' opens the set proper and we're dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure syst… Read more
Thursday, 28 November
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
German disco king back with his first album in five years! Köhncke is dead good at albums - just check his modern classics 'Wast Ist Musik' or 'Safe And Sound' for evidence - and contains to prove his calibre with 'The Wonderful Frequency Band'. Taking what he needs from the essential elan of seminal late '70s disco, '80s electronic boogie and '90s house, and factoring it with a dry but friendly sort of Teutonic humour, he presents a warm, pulsing example of why Kompakt - the label he's long been associated with - is still relevant in their 20th anniversary ye… 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
Pure posh peakers right here from Japan's unrivalled don of high class euphoria. Issued in Kompakt's 20th year of operations, the spirit, intent and effect of 'Until The End Of Time' - Kaito's first album in three years - very sweetly rings true with the label's timeless aesthetic. Ten tracks scale the loveliest heights of contemporary trance music, spiralling arpeggios and blooming pads driven to satisfaction by pulsing house and techno rhythms with the odd sidestep into loping beats but always moving forward, upwards. Great set.
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.
Rhadoo mans a slick mix of seventeen minimal tech-house shufflers and swingers for Fabric.
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