Monday, 03 March
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').
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 S… Read more
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whe… Read more
Prime Numbers highlight the most hyped Trus'me track from his 'Treat Me Right' album, backed with a Mosca remix - dropping the tempo for burning, bass-heavy number.
Loud pressing of two hotly-tipped, Afrobeat-inflected House anthems from London's DrumTalk. His 3rd vinyl appearance in as many years - following a debut 12" and remix for Soundway and Sofrito - has already made its way into the sets of James Holden and Jackmaster, signalling a summer of heavy rotation everywhere from Berlin to Ibiza and sweaty East London basements. It's easy to hear why: 'Time' plays it simple and super effective with infectious polyrhythms hingeing on a massive kick and laced with blue but uplifting synthline and aching soul vox, whilst 'Magnetic' mixes industrialized, swaggerin' drums and trippy party synths to sound like Carl Craig gone Kwaito.
**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 S… Read more
**180g wax. Edition of 300* SLO continues to forge a personalised, proggy fusion of Bass-heavy techno and D&B rolige on the 2nd release from his Aery Metals label. Like some modern magpie with an ear for the most sensuous, affective bits of UK dance music, SLO borrows and bends traces of many styles into a sleek, supple style hovering around the 125bpm mark. A-side, the darkyl sexy 'Dead Cell' rides a swinging, kinky groove anchored by cone-blowing subbass and haunted by atmospheres somewhere between classic Metalheadz and early Tectonic pieces, especially the latter when that woo… Read more
*Available on digital formats for the first time* The impeccable Blackest Ever Black label presents a much needed vinyl pressing of two tracks from Vatican Shadow's debut cassette release, backed with a mighty Regis remix. For anyone familiar with the original 2010 tape or mp3 release, we should say this record sounds radically different, thanks in no small part to a pedigree mastering to vinyl by Matt Colton at London's Air facilities. The haunting synth washes, grinding bass distortion and chopper blades of 'Cairo Sword Unsheathed', and the subharmonic bass of 'Gunmen With… Read more
Rick's back with three original Detroit beatdown joints backed with cool remixes from Mr Beatnick and Tommy Taylor & Simon Morell. Check for the sophistcated funk and soul cut-up 'The Chateau' and the slinky, filtered swing of 'Jazz Milita' from Rick Wade, and Mr Beatnick's subtly spacious readjustment of 'Sweet Life'.
Shifty New York house music from Jacques Renault on Let's Play House. 'The Fake Out' is all about that slinky, shoulder-dropping wiggle whereas the Organ Grinder remix evens out the kinks with rolling bass and jacking, metronomic claps and No Regular Play's remix is laidback, swinging.
London's elusive Cyan341 returns to Uncharted Audio with a sterling new EP of romantically deep and driving techno electronica. You could hardly ask for a better opener than 'Coal Train', primed with slicing drums and staggering bassline pressure bound to leave the 'floor reeling, whilst 'Far From Home' (written in the rice fields of Bali) hankers for the grey streets of Bethnal Green with stirdent dub techno groove and moody blue chord progressions. Flipside, 'Nanakorobi Yaoki' (trans: "fall seven times and stand up eight") pays tribute to victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and Tsunami w… Read more
Super strong space House from 'Dam-dwelling dons Juju & Jordash. Their latest missive for Dekmantel sounds like it couldn't have come from anyone else, and that's a fairly rare thing in their crowded scene. On 'Waldorf Salad' they jam on with spiralling bleeps and crisp, clean synthlines borne from the eponymous synth, locked to plodding but bubbly groove designed to hypnotise in the wee small hours.That's followed by an unusual sorta synth making canny use of (near) vinyl silence, before the flipside, 'Third Planet From Altair' works up a serious head of steam… Read more
Amsterdam techno institution Delsin celebrate their 100th release anniversary in style with 20 tracks by their core roster and close friends - from Claro Intelectro to Convextion, A Made Up Sound and Ross 154 - split over 2 x CDs. It's the culmination of a recent series of 12"s and not far off 20 years in the game, consistently turning out some of the deepest, Detroit-rooted house and techno in history - from the timeless emissions of NWAQ/154 to those early Shed 12"s, mould-breaking Aardvarck output and the best from Redshape. However, with '100DSR' they don't rest on their laurels an… Read more
Luke Slater returns with the powerful, hardware-driven techno of his 'Future Modular' EP. The A-side is a beast, urged on by massively swollen bassline/kicks and laced with brain-eating acid line and bursts of distorted electro energy. B-side offers more Millsian 909 tackle with the morse patterns and intercepted sci-fi synth transmissions of 'Riot In Silo 12", but our favourite has to be the lip-bitingly infectious shuffle of prickly hi-hats, pinging bleeps and spherical, rolling bass in 'Serc'. A master in action.
Iberian return with a dancefloor session from Bass Clef, Photonz, Cauto, and Niño. Ahead of his upcoming Public Information and PAN releases, Bass Clef goes slow and low with the dusty modular shuffle of 'Acid 8' and Photonz do a wicked, elastic and psychedelic slowfast thing on 'The Fire Shower'. Cauto's 'Lu-Fuki' brings some swirling 2-step boogie to the table, and Niño follows suit with a blinging, P-funky electronic number named 'Midnighters'.
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, s… Read more
UNO NYC cut loose a set of smooth-but-jittery, loopy house deviations written entirely at a Starbucks cafe by SFV Acid. We're not quite sure how it worked, but apparently 'The Dwell' was "conceptualized and recorded at a local Starbucks… on analogue gear, seated maniacally at a table", which is a pretty bold and funny, if not very James Ferraro-esque gesture, if you ask us. Nodding to classic templates of Chicago, Detroit and New York House, it's a sort of send up of The Other People Place's 'Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café' reduced with an economical approach more akin to Mark Fell's early SND,… Read more
Gunnar Haslam follows his L.I.E.S. LP with dark, killer, weirder club trax for Chicago's Argot label. Where his 'Mimesiak' LP was a collection of experiments, these tracks put the research into dancefloor practice. A-side 'Bera Range' scopes out welting bass drum and well spaced Roland rhythms against beautifully dark synth drones, rolling breakbeats and epic chord progressions bound to affect the mood of any 'floor. Flipside, 'Optional' rolls condenses a darker sort of breakbeat house meets electro-techno and early IDM vibe reminding of early Æ or Black Dog, and 'Nevenoe' slinks slower, lower with a moody sorta Kassem Mosse warehouse vibe.
Fairly demented/psychpotomimetic hardware deviations from a longtime Bunker/Unit Moebius affiliate. Expect seven tracks of freestyling EBM and Krautrock-influenced jams ripe for strobe-filled basements. RIYL Container.
The excellent 'Reassimilation EP' by Detroit funk technician Keith Tucker was the opening gambit for Glasgow's underground guardians Diametric back in 2009. The all-too-short opener's a total ace, Keith on the talkbox over tense, dark 313 synth pads, which he expands with more sensual, futurist electro-funk on 'Origins' proper. On 'Elements' he locks down to a more rugged, bumpy electro-techno groove with lush symphonic synths delivering the emotional punishment, and 'Anomaly' returns to the vintage electro-funk styles of his Direct Beat and Puzzlebox classics.
Bristol's Distro works the 'floor with nasty and nice riddims for Roska Kicks & Snares. 'Thug Girl' kits rudeboy bassline to tribal drums to sound shades away from DJ Champion or Redlight styles; 'Deep Down' plays sweeter with chiming keys and smudged soul sample coming off like a caffeinated Julio Bashmore.
Audio Bullys' Tom Dinsdale dons his Minéo alias for Hypercolour. Four cuts swing between the jazzy inference and moody basslines of 'Get In Cracking', blue, cut-up, Akufen-like garage on 'Are You Sick', and the shape-cutting EP highlight 'My Style' with its twisted R&B vocals.
The conclusive chapter of Third Ear's Detroit Beatdown sessions. Includes four deeper, soulful Motor City moves ranging from Mike 'Agent X' Clark's jazzy mood 'U Know How I Feel', Rick wade's wriggling ''Cloud Envy', a strippe down jacker from DJ T-1000 called 'The Cognoscenti', and the synth-heavy lushness of Scott Ferguson's 'A Groove'.