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
**one-sided, hand-stamped white label with insert** 'Hit Track!' from Amsterdam's Juju & Jordash. Heralding the duo's 'Clean Cut' LP, also for Dekmantel, they do it like no others with an indivisible fusion of tropical house pads, boogie bass nudges and driving New York/Chicago house groove ripened with signature analogue production values.
Searing, psychoactive dancefloor states from Jordan Czamanski (half of Juju & Jordash) and William Burnett (Willie Burns) as Crotocosm. The A-side, 'Fanatic 1' is a real blinder, triggering a motorik bassline and pealing kosmische synths to a near-cinematic climax and starbursting conclusion that's far more industrialised, up for it, than anything we're previously heard from them. Flipside they channel and temper that studio mania into the spidery groove and brain-flossing modular plong of 'Fanatic 2', and check out a class fusion of Detroit electro and kosmiche harmonics in the Carl Craig-esque 'Untitled'. Big tip!
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!
Big-boned dancefloor take-down from London's Rushmore, back on Trax Couture after a wicked one for Hot Haus Recs. A profligate approach to stripped down dance styles results in five unique fusions of Chicago house, grime, Jersey Club and ballroom beats, switching outifts from the pumped-up c*nty funk of 'Paladium' to grimier string slashes and bouncing Jersey beats in 'Highroad' and the honky jump of 'NPG'. 'Silent Melody' is possibly the most striking though, mixing the kind of choral pads favoured by the Her Records crew and Visionist with a more rugged palette of kicks and industrial ice-pick snares. Strong.
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'.
Grade A big room techno tackle from a canny new trio on 50 Weapons. Well-poised and driven, three tracks reduce techno to the barest, most effective elements primed for haughty 'floor shows between the woodblock snare pivots and achingly well-timed developments of 'Attack' thru filtered disco-tech in 'The Wind', and the surging pleasuredome monster, 'Curious'.
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.
Outstanding mid-tempo disco session from Mark E for Futureboogie. Ask us, we'll tell ya this is probably the best we've ever heard from the Brummie producer. The A-side's 'Activity' is a dangerously hypnotic chugger riding the slickest bass arpeggio on astral trajectory to proper, Carpenter-esque peaks; B-side gets right down with the buttered claves and fruity yet minimal synth strokes, and 'Shapes' comes off like some long lost NWAQ production. Choice.
Berlin's Battista brings the dirty house swing on 'Some Flow With…' via his Uaudio label. The title cut is frankly rude as fxxk, fixing foul mouthed samples to jagged dub chords in a pendulous groove running riot with syncopated subs/claps and natty tabla infusions. John Swing chimes in with a more rugged, bucking dub before Battista gets back on it with the crumpled disco sample jam 'Listen (Club Version)' and the puckered peacock strut of 'Dance - Me'.
Raw Ten is a smart new house project and label from the guys behind Pittsburgh Track Authority. They make a fine start with the deeper vocal house burn of 'Funny Thing' including writing and production assistance from !!!'s Nic Offer and coolly distinctive vocal by Lou Tanning inna throwback to classic Innercity styles for KMS. Flipside, the Detroit Tech Remix ups the sub-bass/kick-drum pressure and jettisons the vocal in favour of hypnotic lead synth.
**Includes A4 insert** Glasgow's Wrong Island Communications motion a crafty trio of tunes from Line Idle on the clubnight/label's 4th release. Following on from Line Idle's duties with local DJ hero, Teamy, in the Wrong Island duo, he pares down to a sort of Afro-centric minimalism here with the chiming rhythmelodic cadence of 'Woodblocks' and the swaying slow-house patter of 'Time And Time Again', leaving the chunky kicks and crystalline modular tweaks of 'When My Love Is Too Much To Bear' to unwind and refract across the B-side and a dancefloor near ye. RIYL Auntie Flo, Optimo, Four Tet.
Jazzy house variations from Adelaide-based producer Mic Mills for Untzz. Hushed and laidback yet insistent, four tracks wiggle between the synth-laced shuffle of 'Tasty Little Fruit' to the STL-alike swing of 'Dubby Little Fruit' and the endearingly dusty bumble of 'Then Again (Maybe She Is)'.
Hard, crunchy techno freaks from a new cat in the Fifth Wall playground. 'Bumper Crop' follows Dualit's workouts for LCR Records and London's Earwiggle with three big-boned bangers laying the law between radged noise techno in 'Rant' and the cosmic techno chaos of 'Metis', whilst Brooklyn's P.O.I. weighs in with a pulverised remix of 'Rant'.
Thursday, 16 October
Tuffened techno remixes of Pev & Kowton from Tessela and Ilian Tape's Andrea & Stenny. Up top, Bristol native Tessela tweak Pev's 'Aztec Chant' with a longer, tenser intro before giving way to a barrelling breakbeat techno monster galvanized with some vicious electronics. Turn her over and Italy's Andrea & Stenny step up Pev & Kowton's emosh 'End Point' as a fully-charged but beautifully atmopshreic techno romp set to find a home in many discerning record bags across the world. Serious session.
Killer 2nd 12" from Arcing Seas on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. It's really all about the A-side, 'Tengri', a slinky-assed techno roller with virulent acid lines laced some mad, twitching synth shapes that sound like a huge boiler being tickled to climax. B-side provides more of that agitated synth sound in the sturdy buck of 'Sarka', plus a more standard monotone tool titled 'Incal'. Tipped!
Smart reissue combining two sterling KDJ/Moodymann and Rick Wade platters from 1999-2000. KDJ takes pole place with some killer John Carpenter-in-Africa vibes complemented by an uptempo, soul-combing filter disco ace. Rick Wade lowers the lights further on the flip with a slinkier mood setter called 'Thought Process', backed with the rippling, purring jazz house momentum of 'Forever Night'.
Chicago's Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being is 'The Seer Of Cosmic Visions'. Arriving not long since his amazing 'Worst DJ Ever' mix for Reel Torque, this is his first studio album of 2014 - unusually so, considering that he self-released some seven albums in 2013 - drawing from previously vinyl-only releases and new experiments to document his most vivid, recent revelations. They all tend to the noisier, innately abstract side of his oeuvre - call it Rhythmic Cubism or Cosmic Be-Bop rather than "outsider house" - steeped in the EBM/… Read more
DJ Ford Foster breaks the back on it with the bucking chunks of his 'Gold Cans' EP. Only slightly refining the styles found on his two Opal Tapes releases, the Leeds-based box banger drives from salty jaxx in 'Gold Cans' to the killer sub-low bounce of 'Fake Shoes' and fidgeting Dance Mania styles in 'Gone Ham' and 'Black Candles'.
Numbers indulge a bit of mystery with the super charming debut of "anonymous" producer Deejay Deer. Apparently "born and raised in the Bavarian wilderness" and "the first forest dwelling animal to use the prefix 'Deejay'", gives pretty much f**k all away, but a quick listen to either track should trigger trigger some clues. On 'Natural' they swirl head high piano chords and rugged breakbeat house bounce landing somewhere between Martyn, Redshape and Shed, whilst 'Unnatural' rushes up with flanging metallic chords and swung garage breaks like the nexx generation of Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' amped by Four Tet. It's probably just Dave The Drummer having a laugh, though.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out ba… Read more
Diverse techno murder from UK's Witch duo backed with Shifted and Truss remixes on the 1st release from Happa and Al Gill's Part Five Records. From the heads-down, rugged approach to their noisily visceral production values, Witch's original tracks stand as prime examples of the new techno skool, differentiated from former classes by their more ascetic, blistered style. The A-side is a spring-loaded industrial kicker packing proper heat which is channelled into a more funked-up, carefully stuttering remix by Truss. B-side, they come on like AFX's 'Elephant Song' with the strobing alarm stabs and crushed … Read more