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Monday, 21 July

SKANDER - Dirge, L.A. Club Resource
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SKANDER

Dirge

L.A. Club Resource

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: LACR006

Red-raw noise and ghetto techno from new cat Skander on Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource. Coming to bury your party body-by-body, four dirges variably take on searing 909-driven techno and grinding textures ranging from the strongback bounce of 'Dirge 1' to the corrugated razz of 'Dirgfe 2' and skippy Chi style in 'Dirge 3' whilst 'Dirge 4' chokes from distortion OD. Killer.
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TIA MARIA PRODUCOES - Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer, PRINCIPE
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TIA MARIA PRODUCOES

Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer

PRINCIPE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: P006

Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon's Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, "deeper" strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner "TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" - meaning "It's like we won't die anymore" - they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo's strangely haunting "Afrohouse torchsong", '7 Marav… Read more
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TIA MARIA PRODUCOES - Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer, PRINCIPE
AISHA DEVI - Hakken Dub / Throat Dub (w/ Hieroglyphic Being / IVVVO Mixes), Danse Noire
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AISHA DEVI

Hakken Dub / Throat Dub (w/ Hieroglyphic Being / IVVVO Mixes)

Danse Noire

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: DN004

"Aisha Devi with two original productions followed up by a slinking techno take of "Hakken Dub" by IVVVO (Public Information, Opal Tapes) and an insane sidewinding take on "Throat Dub" from Hieroglyphic Being that is almost completely sourced from Devi's vocals..."
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DUAL ACTION - Sex Toys, HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS
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DUAL ACTION

Sex Toys

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HOS422

Dissociative drone techno enigmas from longtime Hospital Productions associate, Mathew Folden aka Dual Action. Preceding a reissue of Dual Action's sought-after debut, 'Auto Body' on Shifted's Avian label, we're privy to a private world of numb, throbbing techno and droning industrial darkwave in the schitzoid oscillations of 'Sex Toys', switching from sullen systolic pulses in 'Piston Grip' to swarming distortion and elegiac keys in 'Fuel Injection Father' and gloaming, marish scapes of ''Tire Prick' or the asphyxiated techno of 'Monoxide Mother'.
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FOUR TET - Beautiful Rewind Remixes, Text Records
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FOUR TET

Beautiful Rewind Remixes

Text Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096937

Jay Daniel, Seven davis Jr and Ph0t0machine put a new spin on Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' album tracks. Detroit's yung wunderkind, Jay Daniel rides roughshod drum machine rhythms, dissolving keys and field recordings of birdsong over a sublime rework of 'Aerial'; Seven Davis Jr nimbly tweaks Buchla' into a skipping, floating garage-house groove, and Ph0t0machine gives 'Crush' a mercurial electro-techno momentum.
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FJAAK - Don't Leave Me / Plan A, 50 WEAPONS
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FJAAK

Don't Leave Me / Plan A

50 WEAPONS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 50WXTR02

Hefty big room techno trax from a new trio dug out by Modeselektor's 50 Weapons. No messing on either side: 'Don't Leave Me' thinks big with slamming kicks, slicing hi-hats and roof-raising filtered chords; 'Plan A' tucks into a more aerodynamic, Hood-style techno formation.
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TRUSS - Splot, OUR CIRCULA SOUND
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TRUSS

Splot

OUR CIRCULA SOUND

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OCS006

Heavy techno bangers from Truss and MPIA3 on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. Truss kicks out the tuffened Birmingham styles of 'Splot' and a kinkier darkside roller 'Auden on the A-side; MPIA3 remixes Truss' 'Beacon' with a grungy, distorted wallop on the flip.
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RED RACK'EM - I Got Something, Telefonplan

RED RACK'EM

I Got Something

Telefonplan

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TELE006

Red Rack'em's got dirty UK garage-techno on his mind. A-side charges up the the warp-bassed techno drive of 'I've Got Something' and a sub-heavy, shuddering instrumental hip hop ace titled 'Jan 11 Hip Hop'. B-side spreads the wide-ass bassline and darker garage-house hustle of 'Make Your Mind Up'.
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JASPER JAMES - Sneaky, Optimo Trax
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JASPER JAMES

Sneaky

Optimo Trax

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OT009

Class debut from one of Glasgow's hottest tips, launched on Optimo Trax. The progeny of Subclub/Subculture's Harri, Jasper cut his teeth DJing in the southside Glasgow institution before progressing to production with a very healthy knowledge of house and techno thanks to his dad's record collection. On the 'Sneaky EP' we hear classic '90s & '00s house influences filtered with a younger energy and swagger from the Mood II Swing style funk of 'Sneaky' to the Carl Craigstyle synth drama of 'Listen To My Buttons' and the Beltram/Reese-informed rave techno of 'V-moog'. Cannily, his dad Harri's Hillhead Young Team duo with Esa give the latter a fruitier boost.
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JASPER JAMES - Sneaky, Optimo Trax
FELIZOL & THE BOY - Like Cannibal Father, Like Cannibal Son, Optimo Music

FELIZOL & THE BOY

Like Cannibal Father, Like Cannibal Son

Optimo Music

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: OM03LP

Review to follow shortly…
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L/F/D/M - LHF 3, Clan Destine Records
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L/F/D/M

LHF 3

Clan Destine Records

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CDR-12-008

Hot on the heels of his Bronze Teeth 12" with Dom Butler, L/F/D/M takes to Glasgow's Clan Destine label for 'LHF3'. Four track explore elastic ground between mellow Tin Man style acid on the title cut thru to murkier acid styles reminding of Acido and Busen in 'After Circle' and 'PROX' via the industrial funk grind of 'Ad Reinhardt'.
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VOIRON - RN12 91 EP, ONE EYED JACKS
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VOIRON

RN12 91 EP

ONE EYED JACKS

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: EYED007

Piquant electro-techno from France's Voiron, including more exotic remixes by Portuguese producers Violet and Pal+. The hardstyle-d chicanery of 'Hardchore' opens for the Automat-like electro-acid of 'Harlem Juno Shake' and a Stingray-ready electro-techno ace, 'RN12 91'. One-Eyed jackers Violet and Pal+ bring up the rear with syncopated machine grooves, humid strings and tribal acid vibes.
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SURGEON - La Real, Counterbalance
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SURGEON

La Real

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096364

The second EP on the Counterbalance delivers 3 tracks from Surgeon. The standout for us is the first track on the flip, a proper looped techno cut that's reminiscent of Dave Clarke's Red series with its cutting percussion and deft editing backed by those awesome filtered synths. Lastly, a straight and almost housey version ends the side, with cleaner drums, reverbs over the vocal samples and an ultra tight groove that works a treat.
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS - Father Loves Us, Counterbalance
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS

Father Loves Us

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096432

Demented, brutal, heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS - Learn Your Lesson, Counterbalance
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS

Learn Your Lesson

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096418

Immense and twisted brace from Surgeon and Regis. 'Learn Your Lesson' revolves around spinning sonar-esque bleeps and some deft filtering that overrides a robust framework, while a disorientating breakdown allows crazy cut-up radio voices to interfere with the mix, turning it into a Basic Channel style clanger, melodic keys bouncing around the speakers, filtering down to a crushing finish. Flip for 'Rule By Law' which treads a harder line complete with brutal drums that relentlessly plough their way, dark and shadowy reverbs and subtle edits all making for a relentless and incredibly solid cut.
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS - Learn Your Lesson, Counterbalance
BRITISH MURDER BOYS - Don't Give Way To Fear, Counterbalance
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS

Don't Give Way To Fear

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096425

Second in the British Murder Boys 'series'. While the trademark intense, industrial atmosphere is still at the fore, there's also an increasing use of disorientating and ever-evolving delays that give the EP a dub edge. Of course the beats are still slamming, so club destruction is inevitable...
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS - All the Saints Have Been Hung, Counterbalance
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BRITISH MURDER BOYS

All the Saints Have Been Hung

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096449

Demented, brutal, astonishingly heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
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SURGEON - Midnight Club Tracks (Vol. I), Counterbalance
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SURGEON

Midnight Club Tracks (Vol. I)

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096388

One of the finest Surgeon twelves now available on download formats.
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SURGEON - Waiting for Me, Counterbalance
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SURGEON

Waiting for Me

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096371

Another sick twelve, "Waiting for Me" finds Surgeon digging deep into his diverse mine of influences to produce another variation on his always-expansive techno templates. Utilisng samples from the cult Delia Derbyshire produced album 'An electric storm in hell' by White Noise, he builds three deeply atmospheric pieces that ebb and flow but always keep the floor in mind.. Ambient techno anyone? Killer twelve.
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SURGEON - Midnight Club Tracks (Vol. II), Counterbalance
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SURGEON

Midnight Club Tracks (Vol. II)

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096395

Three utterly classic tracks from Surgeon on the 2nd in the Midnight Club Tracks series, a deeper excursion that centres around the ultra filtered opener which deploys an addictive riff played on modelled noises, backed by a crisp and crunchy techno underlay. With Surgeon hitting the filters hard, check the last cut on the flipside, a relentlessly oppressive track that heads off with clanging percussion and tight drums and a couple of synth lines that gradually seep into the mix to sound like an old Rhythim is Rhythim hook.
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SURGEON & JAMES RUSKIN - Sound Pressure, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON & JAMES RUSKIN

Sound Pressure

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096500

Now available on download formats.
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SURGEON - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 2), Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 2)

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096562

The second of two specially selected reworks of sections from Surgeons recent operations, the remixes come from the esteemed hands of Monolake, Vex'd and Surgeon himself with two versions of bad hands break. The Monolake remix is possibly their toughest industrial techno workout to date, reinforcing the original samples with precise beat engineering evidently inspired by T++, and Robert Henke's super-structured pad arrangements. Roly Vex'd takes a less direct approach and diverts the energy of the original breakbeat techno into an industrial subbass stepper falling into a … Read more
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SURGEON - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 2), Dynamic Tension
SURGEON / AUTECHRE - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1), Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON / AUTECHRE

Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1)

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096555

Operating at the bleeding edge of current techno, the latest package from Surgeon is the first of two remix selections featuring some of the most forward thinking techno constructions in recent times. Surgeon draws first blood with the original mix of the bone hard 'bad hands break', first heard by these ears in the perfect setting/state of the Ae headlined Sequence rave in Manchester last year, and belying Surgeon's current fixation with the darker end of the dubstep/breakstep spectrum. Also played that same night was the headf*cking 'DisinVectant Dislocated Fing… Read more
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SURGEON / AUTECHRE - Whose Bad Hands Are These? (Pt. 1), Dynamic Tension
SURGEON - Hello Oslo, Counterbalance
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SURGEON

Hello Oslo

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096470

Recorded at the Fabrikken club in Oslo on July 4th 2008, these are four sick reworks of tried and tested Surgeon classics culled from his live set. But don't worry, this is defintiely not "Surgeon Unplugged" so there's no acoustic guitars or bongos in earshot, instead you get fortified versions of 'Screw The Roses', 'Body Request', 'October Request' (nope, us neither) and 'Bad Hands Break', all retooled with an intuitive and deadly effective flavour so pungent you can almost taste the sweat on the walls of the club. In the absence of any new Surgeon gear this will fill the gap nicely, but if … Read more
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SURGEON - Hello Oslo, Counterbalance
SURGEON - Floorshow (Pt. 1), Counterbalance
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SURGEON

Floorshow (Pt. 1)

Counterbalance

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096456

Resurrecting the Counterbalance imprint for his own devices, Surgeon gets back to making stone cold club killers in the the same mould as 2000's classic midnight club tracks, but given a rigourous overhaul of '06 techniques. Surgeon applies his unique touch to 3 tracks of deadly techno ranging from monolake-indebted deepness to wavey synthetic floaters. Lean future techno bombs.
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SURGEON - Patience, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Patience

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096487

Surgeon's seminal 'Patience' 12", the first release on his Dynamic Tension imprint recieves an invaluable reissue, bringing these four tracks of elegant yet brutally effective techno.
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SURGEON - Learning, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Learning

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096494

Now available on download formats.
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SURGEON - East Light, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

East Light

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096524

A four tracker from Surgeon on the 5th Dynamic Tension release, with his straighter sound dropped perfectly on the opener, pure percussive techno with that looped feel executed superbly and the filters put to work on the percussion, backed by a driving 4/4 and a rough as hell bassline that sticks to the groove throughout. A2 is similar but comes complete with bright looped synths that get louder and more prominent as the track progresses, lots of little drum edits keep the groove tight, and the vibe is a tad lighter than the full frontal A1. Flip for a funkier Surgeon heading out with crunchy… Read more
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SURGEON - East Light, Dynamic Tension
SURGEON - Dry, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Dry

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096531

The 6th release on Dynamic Tension delivers 4 stormers from Surgeon, and one incredible edit that sounds like a Carl Craig edit, looped out and squashed with precision. The dark chugging a2 cut dispenses with the kick drums for a hard beatless groove, ultra looped and very industrial, while the flip has two dry house cuts from Surgeon. The drums are less distorted, the eq's are a little softer, and the percussion is more funky than sharp, both cuts are minimal, and well worthy of checking for a different take on the Surgeon sound.
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SURGEON - Klonk, Dynamic Tension
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SURGEON

Klonk

Dynamic Tension

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: 5051142096548

Surgeon continues to be the most consistent and impressive Techno producer in the world. Forget about all dancefloor variants, fashion, minimalism or any other trends that happen to cross your radar - Surgeon has developed the kind of intricate yet funked-up hybrid of propelling 4/4 shuffles and impossibly intricate productuion that people have tried to emulate with no success for most of the last decade. Despite (or perhaps because of) his immensely punishing schedule over the last few years, there have been few Surgeon 'solo' releases. Instead he has concentrated recently on British Murder Boys … Read more
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SURGEON - Klonk, Dynamic Tension