perhaps cpu’s deepest foray into techno, osaka-based artist yuri urano’s ‘autline’ e.p. draws parallels with the machine-like incremental builds of sweet exorcist / richard h kirk. plenty of variation with minimal down-tempo through to fierce industrial techno. urano’s industrial sound is gaining a lot of attention in the japanese techno scene and this e.p. will only galvanise her reputation.
modular synthesis wizard eddie symons, aka nullptr null pointer, lands on cpu with some of the finest laid back analogue electro you will hear post other people place. fans of cygnus and dmx krew take note. after his debut lp optical on detroit underground, symons has firmly established himself as a class act to follow. expect spacey wavetable pads, step sequencer conversations and killer modular bass.
fleck e.s.c, aka franck collin, brings his unique blend of dancefloor electro to the cpu stable. originally from france and now based in tokyo, collin takes us on a musical journey from akihabara to the steel city via 2097.
a past affiliate of richie hawtin’s minus label, berlin-based expat kevin mchugh (aka ambivalent) joins the ranks at cpu under his more recent alter ego of la-4a. mchugh launched his own delft imprint in 2013, which saw the birth of la-4a, initially an anonymous production handle. on slackline, mchugh delivers 4 tracks of uncompromising techno: you’ll find interwoven breaks and refined sampling, and as the track entitled punishment clearly suggests, only the hardiest of techno fans will survive it’s onslaught.
s>>d aka sean dorris from belfast delivers his debut album co intel pro on cpu. refined sampling alongside hip hop influenced breaks sees s>>d operating in a similar dimension to vhs head. reminiscent of 1980s sci-fi soundtracks interwoven with idm-tinged electro, haunting atmospheres prevail throughout with hints of a genre that has yet to emerge. presented over 2x12inch vinyl at 45rpm for superior sound quality. fans of pye corner audio, gescom or indeed anything on skam will certainly dig this.
noumen - white silence we first spotted noumen in 2012 and alongside cygnus was one of the first to be asked to join cpu. over 4 years later he finally delivers an ep and lp that is a true labour of love. abstract electronics of the highest quality. it s idm, but with that essential hip hop influence making it immeasurably more addictive and pleasing. with plenty of melody and swing layered over intricate rhythm programming, it leaves listeners stunned. white silence is taken from the forthcoming album apeiron. remaining 3 tracks are exclusive to this ep.
we are extremely proud and excited to announce our first sheffield artist on cpu - 96 back aka evan majumdar-swift. swift has delivered a 4 track electro ep with a strong bleep and bass influence. coming from bleep lineage with swift being the son of legendary jive turkey promoter matt swift, these tracks are a cutting-edge interpretation of sheffield s electronic music heritage. to celebrate this steel city release on cpu one of the founders of warp, and fon studio engineer, rob gordon has mastered the tracks.
from another analogue basement, amidst paranoid conspiracy theories and wild youtube truths, the heat of a tr-808 and juno-60, and dreams of forgotten utopias, comes the first secret state ep, an attempt to rise above the all pervasive, vacuous, decaying culture.
with releases on bnr trax, minimal wave s cititrax and a regular on zone records, french producer and raar co-founder maelstrom makes his debut on cpu with alph4 , a seven track electro-leaning mini lp of one-take recordings. maelstrom s sound on alph4 is comparable to aphex twin s more restrained analord output. focussed, highly detailed production alongside an abundance of evocative synth melodies will ensure these tracks become firm favourites with forward thinking djs and electronic music fans.
ab2088 aka andy brown emerged from the shadows earlier this year with his critically acclaimed debut album sagittarius on computer club. tx0 follows up in the form of a mini lp and 7inch single on cpu. brown has already shown his knack for crafting beautiful red planet-esque techno and this album galvanises his reputation. a number of different tempos and dystopian soundscapes can be found throughout, all held together with jacking tr style sequences
cpu dj tools vol.1 808 tracks cpu s homage to the roland tr-808, the drum machine ubiquitous on binary imprint. cpu label boss chris smith has meticulously rebuilt the drum tracks of classic electro funk records known for their pioneering and influential use of the 808. strictly for djs and mcs, this is an essential tool for remixing, looping or laying vocals over. cut loud and ready for battle.
cpu and dance musics polymath neil landstrumm share a love for classic bleep techno, hence landstrumm has brought to the table four superb reminders of the criminally short lived genre. with spine tingling melodies reminiscent of 808 state s best work, and sub-bass worthy of lfo s bass-bin shaking reputation. a death, a mexican and a mormon perfectly encapsulates not only landstrumms influences but also his deep seated love for bleep. a labour of love which the sheffield based imprint has been only all too happy to encourage and hopes will keep the genre alive for generations to come.
following their 50th release milestone cpu celebrate 5th anniversary with a 2x12- lp remix compilation. cpu has been reticent in regards to remixes, with a grand total of zero during its first five years of existence. this all changes with this dedicated remix compilation celebrating the label s 5th anniversary. the exalted roster have chosen their favourite tracks to remix from the label s back catalogue and are brought together in a very special 2x12- gatefold sleeve. b12, jensen interceptor and morphology all make an appearance alongside some of the label s seldom seen artists. there is also a posthumous microlith remix of tryphème - mélodramatique. electro has again proven its staying power and cpu has played a key role in championing some of the genre s greatest: bringing new artists to the front line and cementing the status of the established. this five year celebration showcases the diverse tastes and backgrounds of the roster, crossing many genre boundaries - all executed with precision and attention to detail that the label is known for.
nadia struiwigh is an electronic music dj & producer from rotterdam, netherlands. sitting somewhere between biosphere and boards of canada, struiwigh s refined downtempo electronica takes you on a journey full of synthesized soundscapes that flirt with ambient techno. awash with melody and warm electronics, lenticular is an expertly crafted piece from an artist who has found her sound and is now effortlessly outputting inspiring compositions. reminiscent of warp s artificial intelligence series, this is electronic listening music for quiet nights and club drowsy dawns.
nadia struiwigh is an electronic music dj & producer from rotterdam, netherlands. sitting somewhere between biosphere and boards of canada, struiwigh s refined downtempo electronica takes you on a journey full of synthesized soundscapes that flirt with ambient techno. awash with melody and warm electronics, lenticular is an expertly crafted piece from an artist who has found her sound and is now effortlessly outputting inspiring compositions. reminiscent of warps artificial intelligence series, this is electronic listening music for quiet nights and club drowsy dawns. both tracks are taken from her forthcoming album of the same name.
paul blackford returns to cpu this time donning a 7inch downtempo tip. light years vinyl takes 2 of the highlights from the accompanying lp, all of which demonstrate his versatility in expressing his hip hop and funk influences from an electronic music perspective. on first pass you might think you are listening to nightmares on wax, but without the heavy sampling as blackford favours creating his sounds from scratch. comparisons to photeks hidden camera can be made in terms of atmosphere but keeping things within a slower trip hop framework. light years is for chilling out, but theres a strong temptation to mix hip-hop vocals over the top due to the lps solid instrumental foundations.
one third of london modular alliance and sought after electro artist pip williams (aka phil ventre) graces cpu with some acid drenched electro-funk. over driven 808 percussion and 303 basslines slice through this ep with searing accuracy creating a highly effective dj weapon. ventre’s jedi like synthesis skills are inspiring, with sublime sculpted leads and sci-fi bleeps rhythmically scattered throughout, all 4 tracks give you an insight into his synchronised sub-oscillating mind.
alek stark is responsible for some of the finest boutique vinyl releases available. his 808 boxes, dmx drum machine replica and plexi-glass sleeves for fundamental records are legendary in the electro fraternity. starks attention to detail in everything he does is particularly apparent in his music - his tracks are all first class analogue electro. he pulls no punches on this e.p. with heavy 808 percussion alongside a myriad of modular noise and synth workouts. cold, robotic and reminiscent of early psyche / bfc with deep chorused pads creating an off-world dystopian theme that runs throughout this release
after his debut ep hello 307 and critically acclaimed follow up lp dance with me we find microlith, aka rhys celeste, pushing his sound ever forward. celeste takes his sublime musical ability and electro funk influence to produce a compelling soundscape. a vast army of analogue synths can be heard on every track which will catch the ears of afx fans as he effortlessly manipulates them into beautiful, highly detailed compositions. this ep occupies a corner of electro seldom trod, and with it celeste galvanises his lofty position in the new wave of braindance. rip rhys, our deepest condolences go out to your family and friends
all tracks taken from her debut album online dating . introducing trypheme aka tiphaine belin a machiniste / synthesizer-friendly artistfrom lyon, france. with a style already being compared to the much lamented output from the merck label, belin brings things right up-to-date with her unique blend of melody, super tight vocals and syncopated drum arrangements. fun, optimistic and technically stunning, the album is an amazing journey into new wave intelligent dance music. her approach to each track see s her effortlessly traversing styles, linking harmonies and creating emotive dance rhythms equally suited to a big room as they are to chill-out. belin s genre categories for the album hooked us in without even hearing the tracks, healthy-tronica, break-kiss-tronica and happy-synth to name a few. fans of plaid, μ,,-ziq and mrs jynx - this one is for you.
intergalactic lover is the first release on cpu s new 7inch vinyl series and is the debut single from daddy long legs aka tom parker, one half of city guys and all round fm synthesis maestro extraordinaire. side as intergalactic lover is new wave kraftwerkian electro funk, with added vocal not too dissimilar to the great edwyn collins circa orange juice. side bs the club could be mistaken for a 1980s breakdance anthem, poised with casio orchestral stabs, scribble scratches and electro bass designed for the dancefloor, more specifically poppin and lockin . please note, this is a limited white vinyl, white label 7inch single
plant43 aka emile facey returns to cpu with his second ep for the sheffield imprint, and brings more of his ultra-refined electro to the table. surgical pads, robotic x0x beats and melodic basslines fuse the tracks into faceys signature science-lab machine funk. facey has been very busy since his last outing on cpu back in 2013, with an lp on shipwrec, and ep s on semantica, ac records and frustrated funk. he is showing no sign of slowing down and weightless in the void pushes his sound even further into the future
already touted as a match made in heaven, b12 aka steven rutter joins cpu with some of his finest output to date. remaining resolutely true to himself, rutter delivers a consistent yet distinct e.p. with his signature melodic, pad-heavy dreamscapes and syncopated beats.
humanoid x is cpus deepest foray into detroit techno so far, from blixaboy aka mwanza dover texas based artist, friend of cygnus and very much part of the local electro scene. dover presents an album influenced by the pioneers of the hypnotic groove. on first pass you’ll find elements of krautrock through to the belleville three, all with finely crafted arrangements that reveal themselves in more detail on each listen. a cyberpunk theme runs throughout as blade runner-esque synths wash over the album evoking late night electric-city noodle restaurant contemplation. blixaboy has selected 4 of the more dj friendly tracks from the album for the vinyl e.p. treatment.
federico leocata is an italian audio-visual artist who has exhibited in athens, thessaloniki and catania. later expanding his art into the field of sound based analysis of the human psyche. first discovered by heinrich mueller (dopplereffekt, drexciya), federico released his first ep in 2010 for the belgian imprint wemè records, attracting further interest from labels like frustrated funk and last known trajectory.
zunächst vocals by beta evers.
with releases on frustrated funk, shipwrec and many more discerning imprints - seattle-based electro artist 214 (two fourteen) aka chris roman has made a welcome, if not inevitable debut on cpu - with 4 tracks of icy beats, bass and bleeps, fans of erp and plant43 will relate.
megatraveller aka acid quiff / art brunell / master jet the destroyer returns to cpu with his second long play (c90) cassette for the label - megatraveller vs endboss. megatraveller wonderfully saturates the whole lp with his signature straight to tape, uneasy listening magnetic funk. through the noise you will find plenty of broken electronic rhythms and modular conversations, alongside surgical acid bassline extraction previously not thought possible. j-card insert artwork by stephanie birdie abdallah mastered at computer club.
the eagerly awaited full length album from microlith aka rhys celeste lands on cpu. following his critically acclaimed debut e.p. hello 307, the maltese artist returns and makes his vintage synths dance to his signature - soulful, laidback braindance. each track is brimming with warm analogue melodies, sounds reminiscent of early detroit / chicago techno and rhys s expressive musicality. all four tracks on the vinyl e.p. are taken from the l.p. dance with me
it was only a matter of time before the detroit / sheffield music connection was made again, this time with annie hall taking a break from co-running detroit underground to make an appearance on like minded sheffield label central processing unit. annie dedicates this e.p. to women in science (marie curie, lise meitner, elizabeth arden and caroline herschel) when tenured positions for women working in the field were extremely rare. although the tracks appear to be straight from the science lab, don t let that fool you as each track is brimming with laid back computer funk with subtle melodies that keep you hooked. annie has deviated from her signature fractured beats and delivered an easy listening electro affair that s equally at home on the dancefloor as it is chilling in high fidelity. tenured positions is a limited edition (300 copies worldwide) 12- vinyl with printed sleeve, paper inner and shrinkwrapped.
previously half of pseudo-kitsch acid-electro force light year, and now gone solo, mikey melas aka jensen interceptor joins the binary cataloguing cpu with a perfectly formed electro cut. any artist who samples ghost in the shell, arguably one of the greatest anime films of all time, are all right by us. mikey does so to great effect on the big beat / trip hop tempo model 2029 , which sits alongside three unrelenting electro bass bin destroyers. mactavis being the toughest cut, utilising a fierce driving 808 with a robotic bassline interjecting throughout. electro is often overlooked for the club but it s obvious this e.p. was designed from the ground up to smash a big room. jensen interceptor m e.p. limited edition (300 copies worldwide) 12inch vinyl in shrink-wrapped printed sleeve with paper inner. includes microbial, minor arc, mactavis and model 2029.
morphology are finnish electro duo matti turunen and michael diekmann. making a welcome return to cpu, a label where their detroit influenced electro and stark dystopian melodies are very much at home.
spacey detroit-inspired electro from new maltese producer microlith, aka rhys celeste. brought to the labels attention by the mighty dave monolith, they were instantly hooked. microlith sits well among the likes of b12, plaid and afx (analord era), but with a strong electro rhythm preference rather than the aforementioned artists 4/4 techno. rhys admits to being heavily influenced by 90’s techno
mikron are two english brothers, michael & ciaran corcoran, living in australia. following on from their impressive no correlation ep on the hacker & gesaffelstein s zone records in 2014, sleep paralysis brings a level of darkness to the cpu roster we ve not heard since the likes of source direct. harsh, hard hitting electro bass similar to that of black narcissus, overdriven, tape saturated 808 beats, with raw robotic funk leads seemingly conversing throughout.
one of the most all encompassing electro ep’s to come out of cpu. koova, aka gavin pykerman - one third of the critically acclaimed london modular alliance, steps up with 4 cuts of impeccable electro. side a takes you back to the multi-layered robotic funk of kraftwerk.
cpu records are honoured to welcome back the elusive automatic tasty, aka jonny dillon, from dublin, who delivers 4 tracks of trench coat acid / electro funk with at’s signature acid-tinged break beats woven throughout. the life parochial demonstrates jonny’s accomplished studio mastery, where you’ll find nods to mr fingers, luke vibert and metro area. but more importantly his own stamp of quality and musicality where each track is bursting with insatiable melodies that compel you to listen again.
it was only a matter of time before the prolific electro stalwart scape one aka kurt baggaley made an appearance on cpu. scape ones penchant for sci-fi is reflected in recombination an electronic adventure through space time, stopping briefly for an atomic war. kurts vast experience and collection of analogue synthesizers can be heard to full effect with crushing bass, bubbling leads and arpeggiated sweeps throughout. strong artistic influences on the ep from john foxx, vangelis to autechre (incunabula-esque). all in all a cocktail for the perfect electro cut.
indulge yourself in breakbeat nostalgia expertly crafted for the 21st century. japanese artist missqulater aka keyday kirze delivers 4 tracks of playful rave-influenced braindance. human traffic sampling *bruva gonna take you there* is bursting with the infamous hoover sound from the roland alpha juno (second phase - mentasm et al) and the rest of the ep follows suit with tracks reminiscent of the likes of t99 and djs unite. they rave us reboots a genre from the golden years of electronic music and has lots of fun in the process.
sync 24 aka phil bolland is taking a break from his cultivated electronics label to get some well deserved binary treatment. starting out on andrea parker’s uk electro imprint touchin’ bass, phil has consistently produced electro of the highest caliber, be it his solo efforts or remixes for morphology and exaltics to name a few. twilight zones - 4 tracks of raw electro with an experimental approach, pushing the genre into what can only be described as ice cold circuit bent funk.
with two years of solid output behind them, sheffield label cpu has established itself as a binary science lab that delivers precision electro time after time. this continues with the welcome return of cygnus - tesseractar is the electro world killer he has always threatened to make. following on from his 2012 album newmark phase (the inaugural release on cpu), cygnus presents a collection of sci-fi / video game influenced soundscapes and melodies with a healthy dose of the roland tr-808.heads up drexciyan researchers.
heavily inspired by early rave and detroit electro, paul blackford’s first release on breakin’ records was described as a pioneering uk take on the detroit techno bass sound. since then, he’s released tracks on labels such as wide, deadlock records and twilight 76. in 2009 he set up militant science as an output for his own and other artists material, with support from djs such as dave clarke, dj stingray, dj godfather, edmx, keith tenniswood, and many more. blackfords latest release on cpu turns up the bass and tempo, think kraftwerk vs detroit in effect.
a collaboration from finland consisting of michael diekmann and matti turunen. intercal follows a string of sought after electro releases on abstract forms, semantica and cultivated electronics, fusing haunting melodies with perfectly executed electronic sounds. fans of drexciya, erp and gosub take note. the 9th release on the binary cataloging cpu record.
dj vlr, aka livar særheim from norway, returns to mix duties following his highly sought after cassette-only mix for cpu back in 2013. spanning almost 3 years of output vlr has mixed the binary back catalogue into an audio delight, displaying his skills and dedication to the mix as an artform. a perfect cpu sampler for curious new listeners and fans alike. includes tracks by mnlth, dmx krew, automatic tasty, cygnus and many more. glass mastered, shrink wrapped jewel cases with white trays. mastered at computer club sheffield. design by human. bonus promo track mixed by dj vlr, itched and scratched by dj hanal
we first spotted noumen in 2012 and alongside cygnus was one of the first to be asked to join cpu. over 4 years later he finally delivers an ep and lp that are a true labour of love. abstract electronics of the highest order. its idm, but with that essential hip hop influence making it immeasurably more addictive and pleasing. with plenty of melody and swing layered over intricate rhythm programming, it leaves listeners stunned.
the eagerly awaited full length album from microlith aka rhys celeste lands on cpu. following his critically acclaimed debut e.p. hello 307 , the maltese artist returns and makes his vintage synths dance to his signature - soulful, laidback braindance. each track is brimming with warm analogue melodies, sounds reminiscent of early detroit / chicago techno and rhys s expressive musicality. the album comes together to create a wonderful landscape of melodic techno that will satisfy the most demanding of electronic music fans the braindance fraternity. think -laricheard- or the analord series mellow bits.