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Monday, 29 September

BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS - Skies Okay Blue, Nonplace
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BURNT FRIEDMAN & DANIEL DODD-ELLIS

Skies Okay Blue

Nonplace

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: non37

Burnt Friedman tempers his percussive skills to slinky house mode accentuated with Daniel Dodd-Ellis' hushed vocals. 'Skies Okay Blue' lurks somewhere between Bodycode and Tin Man styles with shuffling, pensive groove and noirish atmosphere, and 'Cycles' hypnotises with it's dubbed, glinting syncopation, leaving more conventional Friedman drums and Eastern inflections of 'Siberne Libelle' to drift to close.
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FRACTURE, SAM BINGA & RIDER SHAFIQUE - FDGD, Astrophonica
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FRACTURE, SAM BINGA & RIDER SHAFIQUE

FDGD

Astrophonica

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JUNGLE / FOOTWORK

Cat. Number: APHA010

Big people's D&B/dancehall minimalism from Fracture, Sam Binga and Rider Shafique backed with a weightless Logos remix. 'She Want It Ruff' is a self-explanatory tale of bedroom athletics set to tight-belly minimal wine; 'Back It Up' keeps it lewd on a dark 'n slow flex with squirting synths; 'Bubble' takes it to the dancehall proper. Check the Logos Space Jam of 'She Wants It Ruff' for a more sensuous, tactile inversion of the original's pent energy.
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DAEGA SOUND - Under Pressure, Tuba Records
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DAEGA SOUND

Under Pressure

Tuba Records

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: TUBA008

Technoid dubstep weight from West Canada via Brooklyn's Tuba Sound. 'Under Pressure' rolls out on top with trancey licks and searing neuro lashes yoked to a billowing bottom end and tumbling drums. B-side, 'Spirit' builds another trancey head of steam, this time on a pneumatic footworking riddim a la Addison Groove, and 'Abyss' bowls into exotic halfstep terrain with shades of vintage Tempa and DMZ 12"s from Skream, Horsepower Productions, Mala.
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EKOPLEKZ - Rock La Bibliotek, WNCL Recordings
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EKOPLEKZ

Rock La Bibliotek

WNCL Recordings

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: WNCL021

More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
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ALPHABETS HEAVEN - Everything Stays the Same, King Deluxe

ALPHABETS HEAVEN

Everything Stays the Same

King Deluxe

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DELUXE027

Machinedrum/Mark Pritchard-esque adventures in Footwork/Bass from Brighton's Alphabet's Heaven. Six cuts span lilting fusions of Afro-centric rhythmelody and percolated bass in 'Everything Stays The Same' thru the chest-bursting rush of 'Pride and Joy' produced with Deft, interspersed with shorter, canny excursions into muggy, knackered house in 'New York' and 'Glimpses OF Beauty'. Smart session, check.
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ROUGHLUNG - Untitled, Cleaning Tapes
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ROUGHLUNG

Untitled

Cleaning Tapes

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CT06

Toiling techno grind from an intriguing Italian project named Roughlung. Improvised on hardware from nose to tail, their 'Untitled' session hauls ass from muggy, tracky industrial percolators to bleached-out, knackered house and hydraulic techno minimalism striding just the right side of noisy-but-craftily defined grooves. RIYL CUB, Positive Centre, Shifted, Fishermen.
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DANIELA CASA - Sovrapposizione Di Immagini, Finders Keepers Records
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DANIELA CASA

Sovrapposizione Di Immagini

Finders Keepers Records

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EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: FKR072DL

**Adventurous, pioneering pieces from an unsung hero of Italy's influential experimental scene of the 1970s** "In an alternate universe the Rome born female synthesist Daniela Casa would be a household name. A genuine pioneer of experimental pop music, abstract electronics, Giallo jazz and even heavy drone rock jams, her elusive and infectious music joins the dots and loops between other Italian female electronic composers such as Giulia De Mutiis (later Giulia Alessandroni), Doris Norton and Suzanne Ciani while retaining one of the most individualistic and diverse comp… Read more
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DANIELA CASA - Sovrapposizione Di Immagini, Finders Keepers Records
MARQUIS HAWKES - Fifty Fathoms Deep, Houndstooth
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MARQUIS HAWKES

Fifty Fathoms Deep

Houndstooth

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: HTH028D

*Ships Friday* Marquis Hawkes makes moves on Houndstooth with the 'Fifty Fathoms Deep' EP, featuring the Ben UFO and Move D-sponsored 'Can't Find a Reason'. That one cuts a flash Jersey house figure across the A-side, replete with Todd Edwards-esque vocal chops and fruity groove for the friday night playas, before A'dam's Stee Downes chimes in all dreamy and nipple-rubbing in the floaty depths of 'The Way'. Flipside, Hawkes swings solo with the jazzier motifs of 'Fifty Fathoms' and some class Linn chops in the haughty house boogie of 'Fat Man'.
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AUSTIN CESEAR - West Side, Public Information
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AUSTIN CESEAR

West Side

Public Information

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PUBINF015

Oakland, CA dreamer, Austin Cesear smudges back into view on Public Information with his follow-up to aces for Opal Tapes and Anthony Naples' Proibito. 'West Side' was inspired by Austin's time spent gazing over the dock of Oakland port in the San Francisco bay, and duly yields six tracks of gauzily impressionist groove and foggy atmosphere, or, as PI poetically proffer; "This is Austin Cesear beside black water in the darkest hours, white sodium light bouncing across the surf. Searching across the bay, industry stands proud in the early morning haze. Cargo, containers, machines. Cranes … Read more
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AUSTIN CESEAR - West Side, Public Information
EFFY - Distant Sounds, INFINITE MACHINE
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EFFY

Distant Sounds

INFINITE MACHINE

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: IM026

Rugged robo-house swing and shuffle from Effy, tricked out with Troy Gunner and Hound Scales remixes. Check up 'Move' for a chunky, Joy O or Boddika styled jacker, and 'Bourbon Switch' for some crafty 4/4 - 2 - 3/4 time signature switches built for the moodier shape-cutters. Troy Gunner gives a nimbly brutalist halfstep techno rework of 'Move', and Hound Scales follows some smart work for Fifth Wall Records with a clattering rework of 'Bourbon Switch'.
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BABE RAINBOW - Music For 1 Piano, 2 Pianos & More Pianos, 1080p
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BABE RAINBOW

Music For 1 Piano, 2 Pianos & More Pianos

1080p

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: 1080P28

**Unique ambient piano suite** ""If I had to choose [Brian Eno's] greatest contribution to popular music it would be the idea that musicians do their best work when they have no idea what they’re doing." - Sasha Frere-Jones on Brian Eno (Ambient Genius, July 7). This is something Babe Rainbow (aka Cameron Reed) believes wholeheartedly. He hadn't really made electronic music before starting Babe Rainbow a number of years back, and shortly thereafter he was signed to Warp. Before that, he had been making angular punk music in Vancouver. Each of these 12 tracks a… Read more
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BABE RAINBOW - Music For 1 Piano, 2 Pianos & More Pianos, 1080p
PUZZLE MUTESON - Theatrics, BEDROOM COMMUNITY

PUZZLE MUTESON

Theatrics

BEDROOM COMMUNITY

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FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: HVALUR21

Theatrics is partly produced by reknowned producer Valgeir Sigur!sson (Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, CocoRosie, Feist) and features composer Nico Muhly, both of whom are Puzzle Muteson’s label-mates on the Bedroom Community label. It also features composer and graphic designer Machinefabriek. Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzz… Read more
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PUZZLE MUTESON - Theatrics, BEDROOM COMMUNITY
GUI BORATTO - Abaporu, Kompakt

GUI BORATTO

Abaporu

Kompakt

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTCD115

"Gui Boratto strings together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translates them into his very own stream of groove consciousness - also an act of cultural appropriation, as both Abaporu's cover artwork and title suggest: putting an inspired twist on Brazil's most famous modernist painting from early 20th century artist Tarsilo Do Amaral, they draw from the rich history of Brazilian modern art, where European and indigenous influences would collide in the most exciting manner. Elegantly swinging album opener Antropofagia elaborates on this by directly referenci… Read more
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GUI BORATTO - Abaporu, Kompakt
SIAS - Office Of Public Works, Farbwechsel

SIAS

Office Of Public Works

Farbwechsel

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FARB009

Sias plumbs murkier depths of knackered disco, house and boogie for Budapest, Hungary's Farbwechsel label. 'Office Of Public Works' works just off-centre of Andy Stott or Lily with a more dazed style leading us into pockets of time-warping field recordings and fuzz and back out to chugging, swampy grooves with a day-dreamy quality perfectly suited to the ferric fidelity.
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PINK & BLACK - Sometimes I Wish, Emotional Rescue
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PINK & BLACK

Sometimes I Wish

Emotional Rescue

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DISCO / BOOGIE / FUNK

Cat. Number: ERC015

A *stone cold* wave anthem reissued by Emotional Rescue! Since Lights Sounds Dark introduced us to the pleasures of Pink & Black's 'Sometimes I Wish' life has never been the same, basically. A perfect distillation of dancefloor ecstasy and melancholy, that vocal will not be leaving your head any time soon, and you might as well take out a restraining order on those toms and bouncing bass before it gets any worse; they're simply not gonna leave your ass alone. Essential disco music, no less.
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STRANGE U - EP #2040, Strange U

STRANGE U

EP #2040

Strange U

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STRANGEU01

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RAS G - Raw Fruit (Vol. 3), Leaving Records
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RAS G

Raw Fruit (Vol. 3)

Leaving Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: LR042

Ras G drops volume 3 of his 'Raw Fruit' beat tape adventures. Still sippin' on that Sun Ra juice and blowing big green smoke rings to the sky, he crumbles, mixes and rolls up 17 nuggets with patented freeform flair. We're particularly feeling the taste of 'Tomita Kush' and 'T.V. Party' with their scratchy wave samples, and the Afro-concentric spirals of 'Wulu Rhythm'. Can't wait to spark this up in the easy chair.
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VARIOUS - Kollektion 01 - Sky Records, Bureau B
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VARIOUS

Kollektion 01 - Sky Records

Bureau B

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: BB185

Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
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GINGY - RAPT, Clone Royal Oak
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GINGY

RAPT

Clone Royal Oak

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ROYAL24

Clone's better mannered sub-label makes good with two deeper tech-house pieces by Brian Wong aka Gingy backed by a smart Serge & Tyrell remix. The original finds a classy balance of techy broken beats and rolling, soulful house replete with full blown vocal by Starving Yet Full, all trimmed down to a bumpy Jersey groove in Serge + Tyrell's Dub. Better yet, 'VSCUS' strikes on the biting point of raw modular madness and big room tech house trance.
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VARIOUS - 6 Years of RKS, ROSKA KICKS & SNARES
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VARIOUS

6 Years of RKS

ROSKA KICKS & SNARES

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GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: MR040

Sh***t, that Roska sample's been bouncing around for at least 6 years now?! Celebrating that fact, the Rinse FM regular and UKF pioneer showcases his label's talents, both new and old, with jackin' house from Alex Parkin & Chris Lorenzo plus the soulful swing of Nudist's 'Crossroad Wishes' beside a stack of fresh Funky and broken house joints: at best in Bakongo's technoid tribalism 'Rolling Blackouts'; the 'ardcore razz of Beer Fridge Project's 'Motorboat'; and Tickles' rude-style dancefloor rudder, 'Between The Lines'.
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MATOM - Love Mistakes, Planet E
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MATOM

Love Mistakes

Planet E

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: PLE653713

Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studi… Read more
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MATOM - Love Mistakes, Planet E
CASINO SHANGHAI - L'Action Minimal (In Aeternam Vale Remix), MANNEQUIN
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CASINO SHANGHAI

L'Action Minimal (In Aeternam Vale Remix)

MANNEQUIN

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INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: MNQ 056

Mannequin Records introduce us to Mexican New Wave unit Casino Shanghai with two previously unreleased aces plus a banging remix by In Aeternam Vale. While their title track is a touch too cheesy, the mixture of echoic, Liz Fraser-like vocal inflections and dry, driving drum machine in 'Le Tombeau D'Edgar Poe' really hits the mark, and harder again on the kicking, technoid remix update.
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DE LEON - /\\03, Aught
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DE LEON

/\\03

Aught

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: /\\03

Super-stripped rhythm excursions from another new American name and label to these pages, De Leon for Aught. Feeling out space between Shackleton and N.M.O., or Burnt Friedman and Lee Gamble, '/\\03' clocks up chiming, Afro-centric syncopations and plangent metallic atmospheres from a mixture of what sounds like a copulating mixture of programmed and live drums slithering and bathing in their own harmonic resonance.
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TOPDOWN DIALECTIC - /\\02, Aught
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TOPDOWN DIALECTIC

/\\02

Aught

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: /\\02

Smartly forward dub-techno deviations from Topdown Dialectic on promising new label, Aught. The follow-up to their eponymous EP for Seattle's Further Records advances the most choking/choked aesthetics of Actress or Andy Stott into fully blown-out abstraction, blowing with force between noisily skudged Chain Reaction styles to crushed Wanda Group mulch, heaving Thriller boogie and kinetic, swarming techno buried beneath acres of atmospheric pressure. Aces.
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MAST - Omniverse; Verse One - EP, Alpha Pup Records
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MAST

Omniverse; Verse One - EP

Alpha Pup Records

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BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: APR069

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RøDHåD - Haumea, TOKEN
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RøDHåD

Haumea

TOKEN

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: TOKEN47D

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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Standard Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
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SBTRKT

Wonder Where We Land (Standard Edition)

Young Turks Recordings Ltd

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ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: YTDA120B

Yung Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have… Read more
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SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Standard Edition), Young Turks Recordings Ltd
TRIPEO - Nargy EP, Clone Basement Series
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TRIPEO

Nargy EP

Clone Basement Series

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: CBS17

Subtle but muscular techno/house trax from Darko Esser aka Tripeo for Clone's Basement series. 'Kuebiko' is a stranger ace, mixing diving subs with stepping techno groove and sparkling pads to infect the basement. 'Nargy' gets down proper with a steaming but coolly controlled techno momentum, and 'Qwerty' goes underwater with a fine flux of blips and scratchy jack attack.
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ELIZABETHAN COLLAR - /\\01, Aught
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ELIZABETHAN COLLAR

/\\01

Aught

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: /\\01

Impressively puristic techno experiments from a new American name, Elizabethan Collar. Starting out with Craig Leon-like metallic rhythms, the set twists from concentrated, fibrillating 4/4 rhythms reminding of Sleeparchive or Antti Rannisto, to one pensile killer looping a lost voice in darkside chamber dub fashion recalling Dale Cornish's 'Xeric' release. Tipped!
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TESTE - The Rewipes (Pt 1), Edit Select
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TESTE

The Rewipes (Pt 1)

Edit Select

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TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: EDIT-SELECT020.1

Rrose and Dino Sabatini rework Dave Huren and co's Teste techno classic 'The Wipe' for 2014. The Rrose version opens a headlong vortex of mind-swilling synth waves and shuffled drums recalibrating the original to a sexier schematic. Berlin-based Italian, Dino Sabatini switches up with a more fluidly proggy, stark-naked version swept with ghostly, siren-like pads.
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