Monday, 15 September
Remastered (by Matt Colton) reissue of Juan Atkins' (and Marty Bonds') sought after ambient techno gem, originally released in 1992. 'The Passage' is a classic piece of Detroit breakbeat techno science flush with celestial synth arrangements and powerful electro/breakbeat techno torque buffed up for 2014 on the A-side. Flip it for the darker techno-pop drive of 'Mind Changes' and the midnight sci-fi mission, 'Vessels In Distress'.
**Ships Friday** **2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket contain art insert** 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… Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven'. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
Brooding big room tech-house/techno tackle from Berlin's Recondite. In 'Caldera' he applies massive reverbs to spooky chords and welting kicks with signature delicacy; 'DRGN 2' is darker, driven, with a room-razing synth drop in the third part.
Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
Rugged deep house mysteries from the analog supremos MarcoAntonio Spaventi and Gijs Poortman aka Crystal Maze. Driving thru heavy tape fog at 117bpm, 'Twilight People' is a classy piece of crepuscular house for the connoisseurs; 'Off The Grid' steps up with more kinetic, urgent drum programming shrouded in gloomy ether voices; 'Encounter' closes this chapter with a dazed, noirish stagger into sleaziest slow-house zones.
Tracky house and sensuous, technoid boogie from Todd Osborn. Returning to Running Back after 'T-Rhythm Trax Volume 1', Ann Arbor's finest nods to Running Back's 'hood with the driving EBM momentum of 'Put Your Weight On It (Frankfurt Mix)', and a kinkier Chicago Mix that was recently picked by Erol Alkan for inclusion on his Fabric 77 mix. On a slower flex, 'Medium' brings some slickly hypnotic boogie swerve, and 'Market' makes nice with stellar Detroit house vibes.
*Expanded Digital Edition* The Berlin-based Italian disco/house expert weighs in a lustrous, lucid dream of a 2nd album for Live at Robert Johnson. 'With One Another' is clearly all about the joys of a shared dancefloor experience, ripe with lushly tiered, trancing synthliens owing as much to the heritage of his homeland as the mittel European legacy of the Robert Johnson and Frankfurt, or Berlin's flouncing dancefloors. This vinyl version flaunts eight sparkling gems ranging from the sneaky kosmiche lift of 'A Dream I Get Stuck In' and the kinky c… Read more
**Includes a digital exclusive remix by Jack Dixon** Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
Lean, squelchy electro-funk and house strutters from Wrong Steps for Huntleys + Palmers. First up, 'Glam' glitters the 'floor with it's ruddy seed, shifting hips with in-the-pocket bassline and clipped drums wound tight to sharp organ chords. 'Rain' follows with moodier, filtered chords and percolating Afro drums trimmed for the dancers. Flipside, 'Yyam' plays it down with hazy keys and effortlessly infectious swing, leaving 'Gyms' to fade out to shimmering chrome notes and knotted disco groove.
Tale Of Us + Mano Le Tough remix the sync-ready 'Can't Do Without You' for the tech-house masses.
Powerful aqua-tech grooves from two esteemed Italian producers. The tribalised hydraulic thrust of 'Telemacus' places it very neatly in that category of slow-rolling techno killers we love so much from CUB, Regis, Fishermen, Shifted; 'Penelope' churns infectious bass flux and silty drones with hypnotic sleight of hand.
Gamelan-inspired techno trips from New York-based composer and sculptor Aaron Taylor Kuffner. As Zemi17 he presents two extended pieces composed entirely from the concrète sound of insects, birds, motors and urban noises spliced with metallophones and gongs, manifest in the mesmerising lug of 'Impressions', and the booming, chiming electro-step of 'Rangda'.
Dead classy Detroit/Berlin-style house on Steffi's Dolly label. Brooks Mosher at the buttons, whisking up a proper body and soul groove with the whirring momentum of 'Phoenixx'; serpentine, darkly tinted house in 'Falling'; poised electro-house styles on 'Junebug'.
Detroit-styled electro-disco energy boost from Glasgow's Stephen Lopkin. Clearly schooled in the classics, Lopkin locks down a kinetic set of grooves ranging from the bristling shake and hi-tech soul of 'The Haggis Trap' to proper Transmat/Metroplex funk ecstasy in 'Catherine's Track' and 'Let's All Talk About Me' and the timeless vitality of 'Mugs Alley'.
In which Fabric's Craig Richards remixes the sound of 100,000 bats into three tech-house, electro and ambient tracks.
For Speicher 80, Miami-based DJ/producer Danny Daze presents two cuts where heady playfulness and dreamy ambience meet the raw energy of muscular basslines and bouncing beats.
Debut of quicksilver UK R&B/garage from Bristol's Admin. Check for the humid tribal house of Neat's 'No Reason' remix.
A cosmopolitan collection of remixes for Dennis Kaun's DJ Kaos alias. Highlights include Elitechnique's suave remix of 'Kosmicher Rückenwind', the rugged funk of Arttu's 'On and On' version, and a well frisked latino disco rework of 'Cerebral' by Brennan Green and Liquid Liquid legend Salvatore Principato.