Thursday, 30 October
Two vintage cuts from Function's Synewave archive circa mid '90s, backed with a rolling, frisky Inland edit. A-side features the smooth techno-house swing and spaced-out pads of 'F3' and the robust, bleeping rolige of 'F4' from the 'F(Q): Function of Bandwidth' (1996) 12". B-side, Ed Davenport aka Inland gives a slippery rework of 'Shift F1' from the 'F(C ): Function of A Constant' 12", getting kinky with the skating 909 hi-hats and dub chord flux.
Joey Anderson and Deepchord rework rootsy dub house trax from Fluxion's 'Broadwalk Tales' album. Joey Anderson brigns out latent Afro-centric vibes of 'You Don't Know' to the fore with hovering rhythmelodies and alien pads dubbed out to mesmerising effect. On the flip, Deepchord furnish two remixes of 'For You', one with a breezier, light-headed skank, and another sodden with tape FX.
'That Horn Track' from Bleep's 10 year compilation takes a seeing to from Marcel Dettmann. On the original Untold flashes his new fangled modular system in a knotted, chaotic tribute to Egyptian Empire's 'ardcore classic, which Dettmann duly straightens out for the techno 'floors with stone-cut kicks and combustible, discordant surface disturbances.
*2014 remastered version of this 1997 Carl Craig classic on Planet E - Featuring the Maurizio - Domina Carl Craig remix which is not on the original pressing!* "Revolutionary art is determined...by how much it revolutionizes our thinking and imagination; overturning our preconceptions, bias and prejudice and inspiring us to change ourselves and the world." After a short introduction, "Televised Green Smoke" floats in on a haze, working through the classic blueprint of dance music -- the gradual addition of layered, complementary elements -- until it reaches a s… Read more
Raw, grainy deep house with Moon B and Coni reworks. The originals make for a fine debut by Moodcut, from the boogie-budged jack and eerie pads of 'late Night Ham' to the metallic funk tang of 'Stuck In Socks' and the sweet but gritty slam of 'Space Dub'. Moon B's rework of 'Late Night Ham' puts a deft, spaced out spin on it recalling NWAQ moments, and Coni gives 'Space Dub' a cleaner, streamlined rework.
Ruggedly effective New York house styles from DJ Qu on his Strength Music Recordings. The A-side's 'Untitled (Hi-Life)' lends a surprising dash of colour to his usually stripped down styles, lacing his Afro-latin shuffle with a bold, lustrous lead synth melody bound to spark up any 'floor, whereas the B-side turns back the darkside with the gritty, hip-notising shuffle of 'Soma' and the ibnfectious, dirivng whirr of rhythm mechanics in 'Raw 7'.
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.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flit… Read more
Matthew Dear puts his Audion mask on for Kompakt. Teaming up with Troels Abrahamsen 'Dem Howl' he delivers a subtly effective big room anthem splitting the difference between posh trance and tech-house. Michael Mayer gvies a more succinct rework on the flipside, beside a moody blue instrumental version of the original.
Pacific Rhythms make a smart start with two trax by LNRDCROY backed with a Hashman Deejay dub and new Cloudface cut. Hotly-tipped Vancouverite Lnrdcroy plays sweet with an extended version of the dawning 'Sunrise Market', which first appeared on his 'Much Less Normal' album for 1080p, rubbing up next to the Levon Vincent-alike deep house/techno stride of 'Time Zone (Mix 2)'. On the flip, Hashman Deejay smudges vocals from Young Braised deeper into a hefty square bass groove by Memory Man, and Cloudface comes with the squashed acid burn of 'Panter Bleu'.
Brendon Moeller (BM), Clay Wilson (CW) and Certain Creatures get down on three pumping modular jams for New York's Styles Upon Styles. Born of a 2 hour session in the studio/gym, 'Spectrum' travels from the rugged thump and chaotic surface disturbances of 'Spectrum 1' thru fizzing late night jackin' zones in 'Spectrum 2' and finally to the juggernaut wormhole momentum of 'Spectrum 3', cut loud and effective at 45rpm across the B-side.
Skippin', deeper garage-house from LA's Sage Caswell, backed with an overdub from the Archie Pelago Music label owners. Caswell serves three crisp, swinging grooves running from the organ-bubbling 'Luv' to the more rugged drums and spacious breakdowns of 'Amber Gloss / Making Out' and the moody drive of 'Whatever Forever'. Archie Pelago cap the session with their deft, shifty overdub of 'Buyerside', which was last heard on their RA mix.
Bumpty Chi-house/disco splice job from some cat called Laurent on the Delroy Edwards-affiliated Gene's Liquor label. It's a while since we've heard this sound done so well, so gritty, with nuff verve and swerve in all the right places. The first cut's the best, full of reverse/forward edits, crispy claps and tricksy filtering to cream the crowd, whilst the other two come with mucky funk a la Shake, Sneak or Van Helden.
Italian techno producer SNTS returns to Horizontal Ground with a pounding, broken darkside session. Four tracks deep running from roiling steppers to nautical 4/4 navigations cloaked in the most evil 4am drones and spectral pads. Winner.
Strictly nasty pounders from repitch boss D. Carbone on Sunil Sharpe's Black Sun Records. No effing about, just getting down to business with gargantuan kicks and prickling melodies doused in salty distortion to taste
Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and fellow UK producer Ben Shenton consolidate their mutual appreciation of krautrock, psych, soul, and dancefloor voodoo as Mind Fair for DJ Milo's Golf Channel. Check for the nonchalant soul stroll of 'Watt's Cookin'', the boogie downstroke of 'U Got The Lovin'' and the slow-mo poise of 'Neon Carnival'.
**Hand-stamped jacket** Anonymous shot of broke-down techno and electronica from the Wargames crew outta The Netherlands. Four cuts rag between frazzled and soaced-out proto-house jacks on the A-side landing somewhere between Drvg Cvltvre and Jamal Moss, to body-rattling darkwave pressure and crystallising house grit on the flip.
Cos/Mes ramp the energy levels with three unusually brisk and direct techno traxx for their own label. A-side, 'Stone' works at a fair clip with devilish drum edits and Dego-style bass twist buffered by ghoulish drones and raw electronics. B-side, they temper the levels with a gritty loop jacker nodding to Soundhack, and 'Invisible Symphony' gets wild with a pumping Chicago/Parisiabn sound recalling vintage Roulé. Bang bang.
Thursday, 23 October
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Stone cold classic Surgeon gear remastered for optimal impact. The 'Pet 2000' 12" was first released in 1995 and ratcheted Surgeon's taste for bittersweet microtonal discord to largely unprecedented levels within the techno scene. The evil 'Badger Bite' attacks from the front with a whirlwind of flying knife synth noise powered by storming drums that have seen more than enough carnage in their 19 years on the 'floor. Flipside, 'Electric Chicken' locks down to a skippier sort of techno brutalism, and 'Reptile Mess' really gets under the skin with its slippery synthlines and coiled groove. Now, pet…
**180g wax mastered at Alchemy** Blawan and Pariah back on the banging techno sauce with their 4th Karenn mission for Works The Long Nights. Up top, the party is served with virulent modular synths lashed to quaking kicks under claggiest conditions to suit your drug fug. Flipside, they let the chain off on 'Nelly', a galloping industrial beast that threatens to careen off axis at any point, whereas 'Ballast' resets to a much cannier sort of rolige buoyed by wide, distended subs and stepping drums.
Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled via … Read more
Peverelist meets Andy Mac as Zennor with three deeper UK house trax, new on TTT. 'Never In Doubt' is the straight-playing A-side pushing plump kicks and jiggy hi-hats with blue bassline and chord washes to subtly insistent impact. B-side, 'Storms' brings a more rugged take on NYC garage house and Teutonic mnmlsm with haughty bass heft and dancing synth motifs nodding Ben Cenac and STL, leaving 'Tin' on some halfstepping R&Bizzle.
Bruce rolls off an ace 12" for Livity Sound into a trio of murky, mongrel techno trax for Hessle Audio. The lop-sided wamp of 'Not Stochastic' is a refreshing, exemplary take on the noisy, abstract techno nexus; yoking minimal, thrumming techno from the brink of psychedelic chaos to tensely gritted effect. By turns, 'Trip' takes the opportunity to investigate niche ambient zones between Burial, Inga Copeland and Dynamo, before 'My Legs Wouldn't Go Quick Enough' delivers a sort of dream-state return to the dancefloor with tetchy drums and morphing atmospheric pressure. It's a bewt. Tip!
Techno legend Adam X at his industrial-strength best on his fifth album in this guise. With minimal airs or graces, 'Irreformable' is a seductive, straight-faced invitation to the dancefloor's dark side, exploring 10 tightly bound strains of techno informed by industrial EBM and noirish sci-fi atmospheres. Whilst this stuff may be in vogue within certain sectors, Adam proves his instinctive commitment to the sound with physically attuned rhythmic prompts - no funkless stidgy loops here - and heavy atmospheric pressure at best in the skulking, electroid opener 'Interchanges (Enter & Exit)', the i… Read more
Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
Radge-packet techno from Lyon, France-based Somaticae for the home of spannered Gallic techno, In Paradisum. 'Rexd' jaxx up a gravelly sort of EBM techno slam with proper wrong'un vocals; 'Pacurgis' dries off with a salty, bruxist techno determination; 'Zouk' cuts loose with hollowed metallic breakbeats and tek style bass wallop; 'Feedbacks' describes the title with unflinching force.
Manic electronica/techno fusions from BNJMN on his follow-up to the darker shades of 'IV' for Technicolour. Each track here feels almost torn between two worlds, from the leaden throb and flighty, frantic Manga samples of 'Coil' thru the crushed groove and sparkling electronic dimensions of 'Berth' to the strange schism of mechanical bird noise and pounding techno in 'Merge' and the spatialized ambient trickery of closer, 'Azure'.
Skewed and scuffed garage trax from Marco Zanin aka DJ Octopus and half of Venetian duo, Die Roh. His 3rd 12", following releases for Enlightened Wax and Chiwax, comes with a pendulous, rugged reminding of John Swing or Battista in the gritty groove of 'Smack My Pitch Up' whilst 'Cycling' serves a tape-saturated sort of bumpty garage-house. Better yet, the B-side lays out a killer fusion of technoid snares (snatched off Dimi Angelis & Jeroen Search's 'Jupiter'?) and heavy house bass with that classic "Love Fantaseee" sample, and 'A Day At The Lake With Carlos' simmers down to a blue strain of mid-tempo garage.
WNCL tack to noisy garage-techno with six cuts from C.E.O. This is music for the most mutant 'floors, assaulting the senses with red-lining production and uncomfortably insistent swing rhythms between the salty blast of 'Screeching' to the incessant jabs of 'Zaapp' and the buck-wild styles of 'Loud' and 'Crayons'. TTT and UTTU fans, listen up.
**Edition of 250** Mellow, deeper house, acid and electronica from the Uncharted Audio crew. Davor gives the session a smooth start with the elegant piano phrases and almost DJ Sprinkles-style shuffle of 'Ride With Me' next to the subtly intricate rhythms and AFXian ambient arrangement of Ukkonen's 'Terophase'. Shlømo takes us to moodier dub techno territory with 'Heart Of Bijamine', and Langer's 'Now We Are Six' gives a classy electro-acid kiss-off.