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Thursday, 25 June

POST SCRIPTUM - Post Scriptum 01, Infrastructure New York
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POST SCRIPTUM

Post Scriptum 01

Infrastructure New York

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Cat. Number: INF-CD001

Killer debut transmission of Millsian techno disciplines, intercepted by Function's Infrastructure New York radar. Fresh from his appearance in Function's Berghain 07 mix, Post Scriptum's eponymous double pack reveals an uncompromisingly powerful sound in eight DJ-ready parts, perfectly balanced between rolling heft and diffuse, airy dynamics. The production is delectable, detailed to microscopic degrees but not at the expense of the bigger picture, meaning steely, supple and infectious rhythms for the dancers and vast, gaseous atmospheres and hypnotic, mazy bleep patterns to really get lost in. Ace.
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POST SCRIPTUM - Post Scriptum 01, Infrastructure New York
FP ONER (FRED P) - 5, MULE MUSIQ
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FP ONER (FRED P)

5

MULE MUSIQ

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Cat. Number: MMCD48

Debonaire deep house class from Fred Peterkin, a.k.a. the Mariana trench of modern American house music. Appearing under a new handle, FP-Oner, the NYC native ploughs a fertile field of house music in 'Oner 5', one nourished on jazz, ambient electronics and African rhythms and subtly steeled with a slinky, minimal techno backbone. As the follow-up to his widely-adored 2010 release, 'The Incredible Adventures of Captain P', it follows his well-honed instincts with a refined sense of production economy and heads-down momentum but, not at the expense of his lusher intimations, clearly expressing a posit… Read more
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FP ONER (FRED P) - 5, MULE MUSIQ
JOE LE BON - House Music Love Music, Moods & Grooves
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JOE LE BON

House Music Love Music

Moods & Grooves

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Cat. Number: MGCD-6

Sublime deep house album by Berlin-residing Finnish producer Jarno Erola a.k.a. Joe Le Bon. Trimmed to a T by label boss, Mike Grant, 'House Music Love Music' deals in the warmest, deftest strains of house music in eight parts sashaying from the glossolalic vocals and enveloping sensuality of 'Why Dogs Sing' thru the Soundhack-like chords and swing of 'Like Cotton Deep Orcheestra' to slippery slow styles in 'Berlin Panorama', taking a moment to listen to the birds and wafting synths of 'For Yasuni', and departing with the techy triplets calculations of 'The White Bells', and the high tog house soul of 'Lychenerstrasse 28'.
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JOE LE BON - House Music Love Music, Moods & Grooves
SATOSHI TOMIIE - New Day, Abstract Architecture
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SATOSHI TOMIIE

New Day

Abstract Architecture

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Cat. Number: AACD001

"More than 25 years after releasing his debut single and dancefloor anthem 'Tears’ Satoshi Tomiie returns with a new album. This legendary collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, that’s now considered as one of house music’s most important moments, was only the start of an exciting career. Satoshi Tomiie has been at the forefront of the global house music movement ever since. He released on a variety of labels going from Strictly Rhythm to Sony, toured with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra Fame, worked with artists like Robert Owens, remixed many pop inclined tracks… Read more
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SATOSHI TOMIIE - New Day, Abstract Architecture

Thursday, 18 June

ART DEPARTMENT - Fabric 82: Art Department, Fabric Worldwide

ART DEPARTMENT

Fabric 82: Art Department

Fabric Worldwide

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Cat. Number: FABRIC163

Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow a.k.a. Art Department oil up a fine and deep run of techno/house on Fabric 82. It's a straight-up, heads down, armpits-on-show run of classic and up-to-date gear, bookeneded by Basic Channel's 'Mutism' and chasing a vibe thru cuts from Mr. G, NGLY, DJ Qu, Scott Grooves, and Fred P, among others.
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PILOCKA KRACH - Best Of, Monika

PILOCKA KRACH

Best Of

Monika

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Cat. Number: M83CD

Berlin club music from Gudrun Gut's Monika Enterprise imprint.
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Thursday, 11 June

DJ KOZE - DJ-Kicks, !K7 Records
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DJ KOZE

DJ-Kicks

!K7 Records

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Cat. Number: K7325CD

Germany's DJ Koze has the honour of heading up DJ-Kicks' 50th mix + compilation set. As a figurehead of minimal, melodic and soulful tech-house and electronica, Koze ranks amongst the scene's most respected and venerable producers. He ain't too shabby on the decks either - widely regarded as a selector of the topmost order, with classic mixes such as 2004's timeless, 'All People Is My Friends' CD for Kompakt still ranking among our favourites of that decade. Now, ten years later, he rustles up a typically laidback 17-track selection running the gamut from BoC's remix of Clouddead thru Stones Thrown h… Read more
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DJ KOZE - DJ-Kicks, !K7 Records
VARIOUS - Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound, Soul Jazz Records
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VARIOUS

Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound

Soul Jazz Records

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Cat. Number: SJRCD307

Strong survey of actions 2012-15 in the esoteric, Afro-futurist and avant realms of house, hip hop, techno and disco. Revolving a stellar line-up of attuned and talented minds, the first volume of 'Soul Jazz presents Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15' weighs in 19 exclusive cuts formerly only available on limited vinyl editions (250 copies) sold at Sounds of the Universe in London. It includes some absolute bewts, from Kassem Mosse's percolating 12 minute soundscape, 'Staat Aus Glas', to the frayed Detroit electro-funk of DJ Stingray's 'Cytokines', and the nipple-rub… Read more
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VARIOUS - Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound, Soul Jazz Records

Thursday, 04 June

MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO - Sounding Lines, Honest Jon's Records
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MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO

Sounding Lines

Honest Jon's Records

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Cat. Number: HJRCD72

Moritz Von Oswald conducts a cabinet reshuffle, exchanging Vladislav Delay for legendary Afrobeat percussionist Tony Allen on his superb fourth Trio album and follow-up to 'Borderland' with Juan Atkins. Alongside original member Max Loderbauer, the trio embark on a new and deeply charming chapter of elemental rhythm and sound exploration, positioning them ever closer to some modern day version of the Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Dub is still the foundation, and jazz the teacher, but the languid roll of Allen's drums and Loderbauer's lissom bleeps now hint at a sort… Read more
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MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO - Sounding Lines, Honest Jon's Records

Thursday, 28 May

HERBERT - The Shakes, Accidental Records Ltd
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HERBERT

The Shakes

Accidental Records Ltd

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Cat. Number: AC84CD

**Includes download code for album plus 4 bonus remixes** The virtuosic sampler fiend and pioneering dancefloor composer presents his 1st new album of dance music in nine years with 'The Shakes' - effectively the follow-up to 'Scale' (2006). With an emotional range as fine and varied as his sample banks, the venerable UK composer spins out twelve tracks spanning signature hurky-jerky house patterns thru to sanguine soul drifts and jazzy big band antics, always with an idiosyncratic timbre and grain and blessed with the sort of chicanery that could only come from a composer confident in his techniqu… Read more
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HERBERT - The Shakes, Accidental Records Ltd
OCTAVE ONE - Burn It Down, 430 West Records

OCTAVE ONE

Burn It Down

430 West Records

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Cat. Number: 4WCLCD2600

"Enduring and influential Detroit techno act Octave One release their fifth full length album, Burn It Down, an 11 track opus collecting the unreleased music that has been lighting up their much talked about live shows for the last few years. Octave One are Lenny Burden and Lawrence Burden (with revolving members of Lynell Burden, Lorne Burden, and Lance Burden) and are known for their impressive and immersive, fully live shows. Their recorded output has come exclusively on influential labels Tresor and their own 430 West and has very much defined the techno trends of the day. From hard edged … Read more
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OCTAVE ONE - Burn It Down, 430 West Records

Thursday, 21 May

DIAL / VARIOUS - ALL, Dial
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DIAL / VARIOUS

ALL

Dial

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Cat. Number: DIALCD032

Swanky, diverse new Dial compilation featuring exclusive material from all your deep, techy and ambient house faves. This has to be the most far-flung suite we've heard fromt he Hamburg-based label, unravelling a fine spectrum of coherant styles between Christian Naujocks' poignant opener, 'For A While' and Dawn Mok's R&B abstraction, 'Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall' via the simmering, airborne deep house of Lawrence's 'Chex Dupont', drifting shoegaze-pop from Pawel, Physical Therapy's skewed junglism, and the posh trancey luft of DJ Richard's 'Zero'.
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HAUNTOLOGISTS - Hauntologists, HAUNTOLOGISTS
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HAUNTOLOGISTS

Hauntologists

HAUNTOLOGISTS

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Cat. Number: HAUNTOLOGISTSCD1

Jay Ahern (Cheap And Deep) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) a.k.a Hauntologists deliver their debut full-length as The Hauntologists after five EP'. They form a microcosmos of massive, pulsing bass objects orbited by planetary percussions and filigree dust clouds, or, in other words, haughty minimal techno for the best Berlin darkrooms.
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Thursday, 14 May

MONKI - FABRICLIVE 81: Monki, Fabric Worldwide
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MONKI

FABRICLIVE 81: Monki

Fabric Worldwide

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Cat. Number: FABRIC162

Review to follow shortly…
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VARIOUS - Voyage Direct: First Mission, Voyage Direct
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VARIOUS

Voyage Direct: First Mission

Voyage Direct

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Cat. Number: VD22CD

*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Tom Trago serves a handy summary of his Voyage Direct series for Rush Hour. Orbiting disco, soul and jazz inna house fashion, his ecletic bunch of contributors are at best with William Kouam Djoko's jazzy ambient footworker, 'Deflourished' ; that classic Chi update from House of Jezebel (Legowelt), 'Love & Happiness'; Carl Craig's taps-aff Detroit disco boost of Trago's own 'use Me Again'; Interstellar Funk's odd disco droner, 'House Train'.
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Thursday, 07 May

LAURENT GARNIER - La HOME Box, F Communications
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LAURENT GARNIER

La HOME Box

F Communications

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Cat. Number: F267CD

*The CD that appeared in the box set of the same name is now available as a standalone CD and digital download* "Laurent Garnier is back on F Communications for ‘La HOME Box’, a brand new album from Laurent Garnier and the first new music on F Communications in 5 years. The album heralds a new direction as yet unseen in Garnier’s discography. It contains a collection of tracks released over the last year on five very different labels, originating in five different countries; Still Music, 50 Weapons, Musique Large, MCDE and Hypercolour. There are also brand new unreleased tracks."
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LAURENT GARNIER - La HOME Box, F Communications
ELEKTRO GUZZI - Circling Above, Macro Recordings
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ELEKTRO GUZZI

Circling Above

Macro Recordings

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Cat. Number: MACRO M41

The beguiling man-not-machine band, Elektro Guzzi deliver almost unfeasibly linear, precisely metronomic grooves made entirely on live instrumentation. In case you're not au fait, the trio of Bernhard Breuer, Bernhard Hammer, and Jakob Schneidewind have released three perception-defying albums on Berlin's techno-focussed Macro label before this one, honing a style of motorik groove played entirely in real-time without a computer in sight. For this tape they contribute two lengthy, rolling compositions. 'Circle One' is 28 minutes of strident, swinging dub techno-like flux expertly mixed wi… Read more
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ELEKTRO GUZZI - Circling Above, Macro Recordings
TERRANOVA - Restless, Kompakt

TERRANOVA

Restless

Kompakt

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Cat. Number: KompaktCD123

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 23 April

TRICKFINGER - Trickfinger, ACID TEST
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TRICKFINGER

Trickfinger

ACID TEST

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Cat. Number: ATCD05

**The latest chapter in the electronic evolution of guitarist John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)** In which the RHCP guitarist synchs ten or so machines thru a small mixer into a CD burner… His first Trickfinger album arrives with some degree of trust implied by the reputable Acid Test label but, is it any good? If you're a committed Rephlexian it may all seem very familiar, perhaps even derivative. On the other hand, if you're coming from the RHCP angle or most others, he's got a nimble grasp of his machines and manages to apply a distinguished "musicality" to melodic arrangements which many will appreciate, while other acid vegan types may find too fancy.
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TRICKFINGER - Trickfinger, ACID TEST
ADMX-71 (ADAM X) - Second System, Sonic Groove

ADMX-71 (ADAM X)

Second System

Sonic Groove

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Cat. Number: SGXCD-01

**ADMX-71 is the experimental, ambient techno-leaning moniker for New Yorker-in-Berlin, Adam X** His sophomore release in this guise, 'Second System' deals an uncompromising, murky brand of rhythmic and atmospheric electronics inspired by his time spent wandering the ghost network of stations and tracks which run parallel to NYC's infamous subways. It combines the most stringent, anaerobic elements of his Traversable Wormhole records with brutalist noise and techno dubbing, placing emphasis on atmosphere over rhythms yet with minimal compromise to either element. It's possible to note … Read more
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ADMX-71 (ADAM X) - Second System, Sonic Groove
GEORGE FITZGERALD - Fading Love, Domino Recording Co

GEORGE FITZGERALD

Fading Love

Domino Recording Co

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Cat. Number: DS086CD

The highly touted tech-house pop prince serves a satisfyingly sweet debut album for Domino's Double Six. 'Fading Love' plays out like the soundtrack to a montage of posh kids having a fabulous time at their fifth festival of the season, slightly depleted of energy (drugs) but still enough to keep them bobbing and chewing the residual MDMA in their floppy locks. Melodies are hummable and beats purr effortlessly, gliding from the sleepy-eyed drift of 'About Time' thru the bittersweet soft trance lift of 'Knife To The Heart' and the slow motion blue-eyed soul lilt of 'The Waiting' featuring Laurence Hart.
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GEORGE FITZGERALD - Fading Love, Domino Recording Co
DAVE DK - Val Maira, Kompakt
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DAVE DK

Val Maira

Kompakt

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Cat. Number: KOMPAKT121

Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
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Thursday, 16 April

MATT TOLFREY - fabric 81: Matt Tolfrey, Fabric Worldwide

MATT TOLFREY

fabric 81: Matt Tolfrey

Fabric Worldwide

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Cat. Number: FABRIC161

Tech-house selection from London's Leftroom label cap'n, Matt Tolfrey.
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Thursday, 26 March

FORT ROMEAU - Insides, Ghostly International
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FORT ROMEAU

Insides

Ghostly International

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Cat. Number: GI234CD

**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocabulary … Read more
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FORT ROMEAU - Insides, Ghostly International

Thursday, 19 March

AKKORD - HTH035, Houndstooth
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AKKORD

HTH035

Houndstooth

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Cat. Number: HTH035CD

**CD limited to 1000 units. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, with in Houndstooth’s spot-varnished PVC outer sleeves.** Houndstooth collect Akkord's sickest EP to date, together with brand new remixes by Regis and Fis alongside grade A reworks by Vatican Shadow and The Haxan Cloak. In the original 'HTH020' Akkord ease off on the trickier elements in favour of focussing on sculpted, visceral sound designs done to powerful effect. The kerb-crawling half-tempo house pace and drizzly, sleazy atmosphere of 'Gravure' gives a brilliant opening for the collapsed 'ardcore structures of 'Continuum', splicing c… Read more
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AKKORD - HTH035, Houndstooth
VARIOUS - The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 2), La Musique Fait La Force
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VARIOUS

The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 2)

La Musique Fait La Force

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Cat. Number: LMFLF287CD

*2nd Volume in this ace series exploring rare Belgian New Beat and crossover industrial hits from the vaults* "With dancers and dj's from all over the world claiming a deserved second helping of the finest Belgian dancemusic crop, we went digging again in the vaults of our nation's rich dancemusic history. A solid selection of golden tracks from a multi coloured era, peppered up with lesser known nuggets that got lost in the mist of time took form after careful selection. A vintage selection from EBM to trance, from electropop to rave and back makes up for an extraordinary music rol… Read more
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VARIOUS - The Sound Of Belgium (Vol. 2), La Musique Fait La Force
SCUBA - Claustrophobia, Hot Flush

SCUBA

Claustrophobia

Hot Flush

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Cat. Number: HFCD10

Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entertai… Read more
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SCUBA - Claustrophobia, Hot Flush

Thursday, 12 March

HEAD HIGH / WK7 - Home. House. Hardcore., POWER HOUSE
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HEAD HIGH / WK7

Home. House. Hardcore.

POWER HOUSE

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Cat. Number: PH606

In the slipstream of his Shed project Berlin resident René Pawlowitz has created a sequence of Techno cuts reminiscent of the diverse breakbeat-heavy Techno of the early 1990s. This mix contains previously Vinyl-12" only releases, published mainly under the Head High pseudonym over the past 5 years.
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Thursday, 05 March

DANIEL AVERY - New Energy (Collected Remixes), Phantasy Sound
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DANIEL AVERY

New Energy (Collected Remixes)

Phantasy Sound

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Cat. Number: 5060421560298

Remix package from Daniel Avery, all previously B-Sides or rarities, including remixes from Powell, Factory Floor, Silent Servant, Roman Flugel, Audion, Rodhad, Conforce, Special Request, Perc, Volte-Faceand more.
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Thursday, 26 February

PALMBOMEN II - Palmbomen II, Beats In Space Records / RVNG Intl.
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PALMBOMEN II

Palmbomen II

Beats In Space Records / RVNG Intl.

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Cat. Number: BIS019CD

Kai Hugo aka Palmbomen II drops one of the most distinctive entries to the proto and lop-sided slo-house discourse with this suite of sidelong, sidereal chuggers. RIYL High Wolf, Danielle Baldelli, Beautiful Swimmers… "Guided by voices hardwired into machines of dance productions past, Kai Hugo redirects the collaborative context of his Palmbomen project and escapes within to create the self-titled debut of Palmbomen II. Possesses the qualities of an artist slipping from one reality to the next, yet welcomes listeners to experience this transcendence in tandem."
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