mfs: observatory is the collaborative guise of italian duo matthias tuchetti, francesco cozzolino. the outfit are relative newcomers having only released material since late 2014 and here we see them take a huge leap in their career stepping into international water via the alphahouse imprint, slotting them alongside heavy hitters like skudge, mark broom, alexi delano, butane, and ricardo villalobos on the stellar roster. with a little helpers release also confirmed in 2015, this is a duo on the rise.
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the next burning slab of wax from alphahouse sees a new name added to the techno world, as a well-established artist releases here in his own private way. savvy ears out there might recognize the sound of bipolar from the sun drenched early morning sets of a few big name djs, so you can be sure this is one for the summer. for the b-side, butane takes the original and twists it into a moody, drummy afterhours trip, complete with a k-bending late climactic rush.
butane teams up with andras toth for the *elements of truth* ep, set to be released via butanes very own alphahouse imprint. andrew rasse aka butane, launched the alphahouse imprint back in 2005 amidst the minimal explosion, working with the likes of troy pierce and quenum in the early stages. now, looking back on how things have progressed and seeing the imprint reach a thirty-release milestone here, the label has made quite the standing in its time, releasing cuts from luminaries such as skudge, ricardo villalobos and ion ludwig to name a few. here we see andras toth return to the label with the duos second collaborative ep following *futures* back in 2011.
put simply, alexi delano and butane share a devotion to pure artistry that few in this industry are able to claim. both, over the breadth of expansive careers, have consistently chosen to forgo more commercial paths for wholesome, timeless, underground projects . after a chance meeting at an impromptu after-hours in brooklyn where they rocked a packed warehouse together well into sunday evening, the two decided to combine their talents in the recording studio, where they found an undeniable synergy. alexi, born in chile, raised in sweden and later adopted by new york, has been producing music for nearly 20 years. butane, born in the usa, dues paid in berlin, and currently calling new york home, has been djing professionally for 12 years and producing for almost 10. when 30+ years of experience comes together, one should take notice. here, the results are electric.
have three badder dudes ever appeared on one techno record? original uk techno soldier mark broom joins up with our favorite detroit bad boy kris wadsworth for a stunningly simple lesson in jacking techno, while butane lends his hot hand on remix duties and turns in a monster to complete the package.
butane continues to push his sound well beyond the frontiers of trendy dance music with >we are all cyborgs now<, his latest tour-de-force on his own alphahouse records imprint. apparently not interested in assimilation for the sake of popularity, he rather blazes his own wide-cut path towards artistry with two future-techno cuts rife with pointed commentary on the nature of todays dance music scene. >everybodys talkin< is a mutant hybrid of styles for the nostalgic types. latin percussion and bin-busting bass mingle with an ethereal voice lamenting the passing of the good old days. throw in one utterly twisted xylophone note that might just send a few partygoers over the edge for good, and you have an open air after-hours anthem in the making. >hey hipster< is a not-so-subtle jab at the newjack hipsters of the dance world who seem content to recycle old ideas, as long as they think they look cool doing it. deceptively simple, but carrying a heavy hook, the track features a grooving bassline, speaker busting synth stabs, and a brooding male voice admonishing these party parasites for their shallow ways. listen up kids, this is the sound of the underground. dont be fooled, this kind of music is best heard in big dark clubs where mirrors arent there for checking out your trendy haircut.
none of us can ever give the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows, for language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
- gustave flaubert
two american heroes team up to deliver the straight prison-funk, and they ve got the tattoos to prove it. somebody call the department of homeland security. its no secret that kris wadsworth and butane have both done hard time. in this case, a simple mutual respect lead to the decision that this record must be made. and so here it is. three tracks of uncompromising raw attitude. nothing premeditated here. just honest,warehouse-style jack-mode techno, done by two of the midwests finest. some djs over-sell themselves with contrived media stunts, fancy pr schemes, and little substance. youll find none of that here. we are just a couple of convicts who rip raw techno tracks. we speak through our music.
andras toth is not a nu-school producer. please refrain from adding up-and-coming to his biography. he has arrived. with his second full solo-ep on alphahouse records, he presents a varied and captivating look into the mind of an accomplished musician. following the success of his previous works on the label, his debut >us< and the collaborative ep >futures< with boss-man butane, >would u?< is a trip through improvisational jazz, open-air sunrises, and sonic after-hours explorations. herein lies real music, nothing formulaic, nothing safe. the ep embodies an ethos, held by alphahouse, that musicianship is about originality, not following trends. there is still much that remains good in the world of independent electronic dance music. we will continue to search for, and find it.
continuing its string of stellar releases, alphahouse welcomes ilario alicante to the family, with the versatile 4-track ep, aptly titled xxx. the young phenom from livorno, italy just 23 years young, has once again shown why his music appears on the worlds top electronic music labels such as cocoon and cecille. there is something for every discerning taste here, from warehouse rave cuts to thick, slow-grooving afterhours jams, united by a provacative, mature thread running throughout.
to remain a discerning platform for underground artists with integrity is easier said than done in todays music market. alphahouse vows never to forget its roots in the afterhours basements from whence it came. in that spirit, we would like to welcome two up-and-coming italians to the family with release number twenty. good friends alessandro stefanio aka buck, and andrea santoro aka santorini, both from puglia, proudly represent the new school of deep thinking producers from a country not generally known for such restraint. if you have been following santorini or bucks output of late, you will know that italy is more than just the land of shuffled techno.. there is a deeper music movement in the country, and these guys are two of the best.
legendary latin sexpop icon ric y martin? the chileans’ answer to menudo? or two of the most distinguished electronic musicians of our time teaming up to take an unforgettable trip through the imagination? dandy jack and ricardo villalobos need no introduction. if you’re reading this, then you already know what to expect. delicate percussive patterns. dream sequences. warm hypnosis. recorded in 1999 and excavated from the vaults for a timely release in an age of increasingly disposable music, alphahouse delivers for everyone seeking a timeless and painstakingly stylish piece of vinyl.
luca and kai met for the first time in berlin winter 2002, playing long deep sets at some of the shadiest after hours in berlins underground. for this debut ep under the name luca ortega & kai maan, they deliver two deep techno cuts: >kompiuta< and >i thou< using the advantages of both analogue and digital gear to create a warm, deep and driving sound, perfectly suited for the types of places these friendships are forged.
their debut ep comes on alphahouse records, and is turning heads as a late-night monster. need a mental picture? imagine classic g-man, strobe lights, smoke machines, and a cavernous berghain style freak show. the duo slyly manage to push the tracks in many directions, looking back to a time before ableton-warped bootlegs and cheap production techniques, all the while maintaining a standard that feels fresh and experimental. some of us are searching for more. with this record, we approach closer to that groove than ever.
franco cinelli, one of the most gifted new producers coming out of argentina, presents here six uncompromisingly quirky club bombs. his previous releases on milnor modern and telegraph have just warmed you up to his sound. now dive in to >profundo amor< and get familiar with these intricately programmed club stompers. you can call it minimal, but when these tracks go ripping through a big pa, thats the last word that will be on your mind. with the opening track >flog<, you get a taste of the freaky after-hours grit that alphahouse records is becoming known for. >m26< is a robotic hair-raiser for the new generation. think minus on steroids. >twisted machine< features a stompy groove and some snare work to drive the dancefloor. >vertientes< is a great dj-tool with a low-slung bassline and dancing synths. >c3d< bounces along with a razor bassline and some tricky transitions. and >project 64< finishes off the lp with a synth line that falls out of the ceiling and straight onto the dancefloor. truly inspiring stuff here, from franco. no filler tracks. all of these are a-sides
killer! we are honored that cadenza co-founder philippe quenum joins the fray with this super-fresh two tracker straight out of his geneva studio and into clubs, after parties, and living rooms all over the world. agbaja is a panorama bar special. it is big, freaky, dark, and loud. it is made for places that dont stop. it is for that moment when the party is about to lose control. this is quenums darker side. a day in mumbai is one of those tracks that defies description. is it house? is it techno? to us, its modern minimal music with personality. its soulful. its percussive. its loose. its quirky. most tellingly, its highly personal look into the roots of a very talented african-born, french-raised musician. if you cant get into this, get your head checked.
alphahouse welcomes kai to the family, with the dazzling 3-track ep >gakuon< his debut release came last year on portables sud electronic label, and put him on our ones-to-watch list. now kai delivers his second ep and its a killer. with so much music in the world following the same patterns, and producers sucked into using the same cheap tricks in the studio, its refreshing to hear that some people out there are still capable of independent and abstract thought. we hope you agree. >ac< is a mutant deep techno piece equally suitable for dark club mayhem as it is for sunday brunch with the in-laws. seriously, try it out at both places and if it doesnt work the next beer is on us. >spacetravel< is exactly that. a micro-sampled ride though the cosmos. tiny vocal spurts and playful melodies surround a throbbing bassline. stripped just to the groove and not over-arranged, theres plenty of room to let your imagination roam free. >gravity< is one of those special inside tracks that we search so long and hard for. delightfully simplistic, yet incredibly groovy. its amazing how much you can do with a few well-placed sounds, isnt it?
alejandro mosso, aka funzion, was born in mendoza, argentina in 1983. a student of guitar and music theory since he was 14, he started his solo minimal house/techno project >funzion< in 2003. his aim is to combine the production techniques of idm and clicks and cuts with the rhythmicalbforms of techno and microhouse. the result thus far has been a tricky, warm and energetic sound that has caught the attention of highly regarded labels such as telegraph, sushitech, and now alphahouse. funzions >stelle< ep consists of two warm, intricate, and percussive club stompers that showcase his grasp on complex rhythms and playful melodies. >random kisses< is a moody vocal excursion into the mountains of your imagination. a meandering track that suits open air parties as well as it does big dark discos, this is a spring season hit. >random love< starts out as a charming shuffley ballad, only to subtly morph into a looming synth rave monster, all the while keeping its playful and hypnotizing grip on the dancefloor. bomb alert!
sr. replicante s >modulos< is a finely tuned excursion into his world of beep, bleep, and bass-heavy funk. an undeniably quirky groove with enough punch and wiggle to rock the most discerning dancefloor, no doubt.the legendary fred gianelli, aka the kooky scientist, comes straight off of his mind-bending live performace at the detroit music festival and turns in a very smashing techno remix that will have people running for the dancefloor.
michelle grinser - dj, producer and the beat mastermind of tough n nasty disco-punk rockers dakar and grinser steps out on a shadowy wave of electro-dub blip frenzy with his stunning, beautiful and all the way classy solo debut on southern states minimal techno fortress - st. louis based alphahouse limited. although d&g still have a knack for writing simplistic electronic arrangements and cherry.picking throbbing baseline and synth constantly evolving a brave new sound to bridge the gap between industrial music, synthpop and disco, grinser s >swallow - my - pant< is a lovely minimal electronic record which rather states a less rockin approach to what is used to be called berlin beat
alphahouse 04 comes from holland courtesy of ion ludwig. the first traditional artist ep on alphahouse records, and the artists first ever vinyl release. only previosly released as johnatan traffic by the clever music netlabel, you can bet you ll be hearing more of ion ludwig with a confirmed release on underline records in the works. working under his new moniker, this stuff is geared towards late-night dancefloor mayhem. heady stuff, built to move the party
for the third release on alphahouse records, we have a very unique techno track written by butane and someone else.. after a too many beers and cheesesteak sandwiches, the duo came home to the microphone to record their epic love story about a scantily -clad mannequin who caught their attention earlier in the day..remixes by dapayk (mos ferry/resopal), jeremy caulfield (dumb unit)and quenum (num/cadenza