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Thursday, 17 April

CHRISTIAN LöFFLER - Young Alaska, KI Records

CHRISTIAN LöFFLER

Young Alaska

KI Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: Ki-012CD

"Christian Löffler is co-founder of Ki Records and well known for his intense, deep moving sound with melancholic undertones. After several releases for Ki and Orphanear, the imprint of Dial’s co-founder Pawel, his debut ‘A Forest’ is now being released through Ki."
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MAYA JANE COLES - fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles, Fabric Worldwide

MAYA JANE COLES

fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC149

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
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MAYA JANE COLES - fabric 75: Maya Jane Coles, Fabric Worldwide
LARRY HEARD - Alien, Alleviated Records
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LARRY HEARD

Alien

Alleviated Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ML-9009CD

Reissue of Larry Heard's 1996 album. Openly inspired by Ridley Scott's visionary sci-fi classic of the same name, 'Alien' is a plush artefact of Chicagoan Afro-futurism ranking among the jazziest, deepest in his catalogue.
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Thursday, 10 April

FRENCH FRIES - Kepler, ClekClekBoom Recordings
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FRENCH FRIES

Kepler

ClekClekBoom Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CCBCD002

South American-born Parisian Valentino Mora returns with a tough and convulsive take on dance music with this long awaited 13 track album for ClekClekBoom. Named after the NASA vessel currently in orbit (which itself is named in honour of seminal Astronomer Johannes Kepler), the album builds on the sound made popular by 2012's "Yo Vogue" fusing elements of House, Ghettotech and Electro nicely over-compressed for maximum impact. Highlights include the Levon Vincent aping "Change The Past" and the Millsian 'K62' featuring compatriot and labelmate Bambounou.
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Thursday, 03 April

FARBEN & JAMES DIN A4 - Farben Presents James Din A4, FAITICHE
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FARBEN & JAMES DIN A4

Farben Presents James Din A4

FAITICHE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FAITICHE12

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.
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Thursday, 27 March

TOBIAS. - A Series of Shocks, OSTGUT TON
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TOBIAS.

A Series of Shocks

OSTGUT TON

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Cat. Number: OSTGUTTONCD30

'A Series Of Shocks' collates the latest house and techno research from Tobias Freund's Non Standard studio. It appears three years since his debut solo album, 'Leaning Over Backwards' on Ostgut Ton, and a year since his latest outings with longtime collaborator Atom ™. There's eight tracks in total, delving deep into a classically stripped down, powerful club sound characteristic of *that* Berghain/P'bar vibe. We're really feeling the darkside breakbeat house Wild Pitch vibes of 'If' and the rolling techno aerobics of 'Ya Po', and its 'Heartbeat' inversion, but also the cavernous daft o'clock techno minimalism of 'The Scheme Of Things'.
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TOBIAS. - A Series of Shocks, OSTGUT TON

Thursday, 20 March

MAGIC TOUCH - Palermo House Gang, 100% Silk
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MAGIC TOUCH

Palermo House Gang

100% Silk

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Cat. Number: SILK060CD

**House party sauce from playboy Damon Palermo and friends** "After three thick years of performances, passport abuse, and pumping, pleasure-principle EPs, Damon Palermo, a.k.a. classic house torchbearer Magic Touch, presents his pinnacle statement to date: Palermo House Gang. Joining forces with a vast cast of collaborators sourced from his intercontinental travels—Octo Octa, Newbody, Benny Badge, The Horses, Sarah Bates, Sorcerer, Ash Williams—Palermo swings and sweats through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle R&B, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts and decadent disco for a… Read more
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MAGIC TOUCH - Palermo House Gang, 100% Silk

Thursday, 13 March

VERMONT - Vermont, Kompakt
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VERMONT

Vermont

Kompakt

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Cat. Number: KOMPAKTCD114

MCDE's Danilo Plessow and Innervisions' Marcus Worgull team up to scale modern kosmische as Vermont for Kompakt. Accompanied by august Krautrock elder Jaki Liebzeit (Can), and Dominik Von Senger (Phantom Band), they conduct a plush suite in fourteen parts scoping quietly majestic panoramas, sublime mid-air waltzes and ambient introspections.
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PANORAM - Everyone Is A Door, Firecracker
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PANORAM

Everyone Is A Door

Firecracker

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FIREC012CD

A very tasty proposition of cosmic ambient soul with neat, proggy, jazzy vibes from Firecracker Recordings. The work of one R. Martirani aka Panoram, 'Everyone Is A Door' is an assuredly confident 2nd release, existing in its very own micro-cosmos of evocative soundscapes, deftest drum programming and lush yet super concise synths, all surely worthy of the deluxe packaging. RIYL Lone, Boxcutter, Ghost Box.
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JACK BEATS - FABRICLIVE 74: Jack Beats, Fabric Worldwide

JACK BEATS

FABRICLIVE 74: Jack Beats

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC148

"Individually known as Plus One of the Scratch Perverts and Beni G of The Mixologists, and recognized as being some of the most technically gifted DJs around, on ‘Fabriclive 74’ Jack Beats keep the energy high, as they swing with consummate ease from bouncing house through crunching basslines to full blown mainstage mania."
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SHIT ROBOT - We Got A Love (Album), DFA

SHIT ROBOT

We Got A Love (Album)

DFA

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Cat. Number: DFA2396CD

"Marcus Lambkin releases his second album as Sh*t Robot ‘We Got A Love’ via DFA Records. The nine-track album was recorded in Germany and New York, and features a host of guests, including DFA’s Nancy Whang, Reggie Watts, Museum Of Love, Luke Jenner, plus hip house hero Lidell Townsell and Australian singer Holly Backler. “For the guests on the record, it’s a mix of just reaching out to some people that I admire and thought might make a good collaboration. One of the greatest things about making this record was getting to work with Lidell Townsell. I’ve been a big fan for the longest tim… Read more
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SHIT ROBOT - We Got A Love (Album), DFA

Thursday, 06 March

SENDAI - A Smaller Divide, Archives Interieures
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SENDAI

A Smaller Divide

Archives Interieures

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Cat. Number: AICD02

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
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SENDAI - A Smaller Divide, Archives Interieures
MAX COOPER - Human, FIELDS

MAX COOPER

Human

FIELDS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FLDSCD001

Debut album from the London-based Tech-House/'tronica producer. With one foot in the contemporary classical scene and the other in pop/indie circles thanks to his extensive profile of remixes for everyone from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, Cooper presents an intricately detailed, if somewhat dated, album of tidy, clean and pleasant electronica split between cuts driven by whirring minimal tech house rhythms and sound design exercises, including two vocal appearances by Kathrin deBoer and one from Arbutus Records' Braids.
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Thursday, 27 February

THE MICRONAUT - Panorama, ACKER

THE MICRONAUT

Panorama

ACKER

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Cat. Number: ACKER004CD

"The musical snapshots of The Micronaut draw their expressive power and liveliness from a play of contrasts: Between 2-Step, broken Bass Music rhythms and stomping straightness, between catchy melodies and subliminal drama, between electronic sound synthesis and human vocals. Carefully arranged the single tracks create a majestic Panorama that reveals yet unheard new perspectives on music genres, crushing their boundaries in a very playful way. The full width of this Panorama unfolds on CD, its full acoustic depth on vinyl."
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Thursday, 20 February

MOVE D - fabric 74: Move D, Fabric Worldwide
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MOVE D

fabric 74: Move D

Fabric Worldwide

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC147

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
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MOVE D - fabric 74: Move D, Fabric Worldwide
VARIOUS - Ten Years of Phonica, PHONICA

VARIOUS

Ten Years of Phonica

PHONICA

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PHONICACD001

Phonica celebrate 10 years in the game with this epic 3CD set featuring 33 contributions from their mates far and wide, including tracks from Midland, Juju & Jordash, Legowelt, STL, Moiré, Joakim, Special Request, Skudge, I:Cube, Mr.G, Trevor Jackson and much more, presented in a nice 8-panel triple Digipak.
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BOONLORM - String Figures, Snow Dog Records
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BOONLORM

String Figures

Snow Dog Records

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Cat. Number: SDGWC1401

"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
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KERRI CHANDLER - Watergate 15, WATERGATE

KERRI CHANDLER

Watergate 15

WATERGATE

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Cat. Number: WG015

"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
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KERRI CHANDLER - Watergate 15, WATERGATE

Thursday, 13 February

ECHOLOGIST - Storming Heaven, PROLOGUE
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ECHOLOGIST

Storming Heaven

PROLOGUE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PRGCD005

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').
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Thursday, 06 February

STL - At Disconnected Moments, SMALLVILLE
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STL

At Disconnected Moments

SMALLVILLE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: SMALLVI8C

**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
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STL - At Disconnected Moments, SMALLVILLE

Thursday, 30 January

VARIOUS / 50 WEAPONS - 50WEAPONSRMX01-09, 50 WEAPONS
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VARIOUS / 50 WEAPONS

50WEAPONSRMX01-09

50 WEAPONS

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Cat. Number: 50WEAPONCD15

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
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VARIOUS / 50 WEAPONS - 50WEAPONSRMX01-09, 50 WEAPONS

Thursday, 02 January

ANDY STOTT - Passed Me By / We Stay Together (2014 Edition), Modern Love
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*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
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Thursday, 28 November

ABSTRAXION - Break Of Lights, HAKT Recordings

ABSTRAXION

Break Of Lights

HAKT Recordings

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Cat. Number: HAKT009CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 21 November

AXEL BOMAN - Family Vacation, Studio Barnhus

AXEL BOMAN

Family Vacation

Studio Barnhus

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Cat. Number: BARN018CD

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'.
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Thursday, 14 November

SHIFTED - Under A Single Banner, Bed Of Nails
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SHIFTED

Under A Single Banner

Bed Of Nails

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Cat. Number: NAIL007

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
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SHIFTED - Under A Single Banner, Bed Of Nails
RAUDIVE - A System Of Objects, Macro Recordings
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RAUDIVE

A System Of Objects

Macro Recordings

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Cat. Number: MACROM34

**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
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BREACH - DJ-Kicks, !K7 Records
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BREACH

DJ-Kicks

!K7 Records

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Cat. Number: K7314CD

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'.
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Thursday, 07 November

RON MORELLI - Spit, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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RON MORELLI

Spit

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Cat. Number: HOS-407CD

*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
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RON MORELLI - Spit, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
L.B. DUB CORP - Unknown Origin, OSTGUT TON
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L.B. DUB CORP

Unknown Origin

OSTGUT TON

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Cat. Number: OSTGUTCD29

Luke Slater's L.B. Dub Corp reaches its debut album after a string of singles since 2006 for Ostgut and his Mote Evolver label. 'Unknown Origin' dwells on the more technoid elements of his PAS sound, but is better defined by his taste for dub space and atmosphere. Benjamin Zephaniah voices a pair tracks, while Function appears on the closing statement. Ten tracks oscillate between sparse, steppin' dubs and 4/4 house and techno numbers, at best in the deft step of 'Take A Ride' and ' I Have A Dream' with Mr. Zephaniah, and the double-timed shift of 'L.B.'s Dub' or the throbbing 'Roller' with Function.
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L.B. DUB CORP - Unknown Origin, OSTGUT TON
JUSTUS KÖHNCKE - Justus Kohncke & The Wonderful Frequency Band, Kompakt
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
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JUSTUS KÖHNCKE - Justus Kohncke & The Wonderful Frequency Band, Kompakt