4x12inch set, special 15th anniversary edition, with special deluxe 4 gatefold, shrink wrapped incl download card celebrating its 15th anniversary as well as the monolithic catalogue 100, figure releases a gem-packed compilation featuring 15 artists who are shaping the current sound of the label.
coming back for another round after his first ep for figure last summer, shlomi aber continues to explore different avenues of his multi-faceted sound, tying it all up in a nicely rounded package. setting the pace is driving opening track whistler, the producer showcasing his ability to craft something big but undoubtedly refined. he then lets old school drums cruise along gentle sways of washed out ambience, giving the deep heads something to really get into… back with more techno on the b-side, this time in true figure-style: lean, sharp, and utterly effective penetrate the system is sure to leave its mark and comes complete with an extended, separate intro, making for quite an experience. staying atmospheric to the end, aber chooses to step out in half-time, taking cues from dubstep as hollowed kicks carve out an endless tunnel that leads only ever deeper down the rabbit hole.
listening back to roman poncets first releases on figure just a couple years ago, they already hinted at the producers keen technical abilities and a knack for rich texturing, resulting in tracks that were both carried by force and form. what he delivers now is an impressively mature debut album, ripe with personal creative realization. on gypsophila the french producer uses the extended format to slowly shape up a scenery of epic proportions where surprise and constant change lurk around every corner.
vozduh (air) marks the first in a series of eps by nocow for figure, showcasing his emerging signature-style of electronica-tinged techno. drawing inspiration from the sheer endless winters of st. petersburg, his series builds on classic idm tropes, imbuing them with a noticably russian and deeply personal sensitivity. as each part of the trilogy is represented by an element, the tracks on vozduh are vaporous by nature: from the crackling ambiance of opener bouis to the weightless vocals on stoic forgiven, as well as a surprisingly introspec-tive take on ghetto-house or the wafting melodies closing out the records b-side - all forms seem to be in con-stant shift, casting a dense yet permeable body of sound. with two more releases on the way, which will be exploring the themes of voda (water) and zemlya (earth) within this artists singular spectrum, the outlook (which also includes a full- volume edition) on this approaching season is anything but gloomy.
voda (water) the second part of his trilogy sees aleksei nikitin delving deep into baltic seas. coming up again with chilled flows of acid on vdaleke, the bubbly yet driving thump of subaqueous place-holder, then he goes diving even further on the flip, cruising through underwater caves filled with ten-tacles of twisted, seductive electro, gnarly acid-techno, before finally emerging in iskatel, ears still ringing with harmonies of shredded beauty.
zemlya (earth), the final installment of nocows three-part ep-series for figure unearths the artist‘s maybe most drastic work to date. while opener libbi still sprouts gently into crystalline arteries of ambiance, the incessant arps of synchronicity loom ominously. equally challenging, yet offering conciliation in form of string-led soothing is rave button, after which the record finds closure in the seemingly open-ended sound spiral of troubles will be miles away.
ever throughout a long-standing chameleonic career in nightlife colleen martin has been one to challenge expectations and confidently confront boundaries. having established herself now firmly within the techno scene as lady starlight, she continues to do so on her ep for figure, presenting a statement of bold and pounding beats. ‘which one of us is me? showcases a completely intuitive approach to making music, with every track coming together as a direct stream of creativity, channeled straight into the solely analogue hardware. it imbues each composition with a strong sense of immediacy, a quality that only further intensifies the raw energy transmitted. this pure form of expression translates into a record brimming with artistic authenticity - enveloping, moving and deeply impacting.
after solemnly closing out the spc-series in 2016, jeroen search hands in his second ep of the year for figure. carrying his signature style, these tunes embody the live-recording feel he is known for, perfectly executed and arranged in clean-cut layers. both tracks on the a-side feature big and beefy beats, their generous sub-range creating ample space for the juxtaposing elements to effectively slice through, whether it be the penetrating bleeps of deduced or the piercing rides on interval. things get bumpy on the flip when the rugged but undeniable groove of steady pulse firmly stands its ground against repeated onslaughts of flailing percussion. the jolty rhythms and tinkling loops of endless circles may seem like it being the odd one out, but unexpectedly merge into an intricate mesh of sounds, making for a most memorable closer to this jam-packed ep.
swedish artist ubx127 is back on figure with what might just be his most accomplished release to date. spanning an arc cross four diverse tracks, the story told is abstract yet full of imagination. gently pulsating crystalline opener woid carefully sets a vast open scene, covered in gushes of interplanetary winds. first contact is made on a2, its electro-esque drive and spiky synths hinting at its alien origins. a taste of their mighty technology is given on watch out below, booming with a propulsive punch and constantly swelling in intensity. relief comes in form of singularity, a beautiful, long-winding closer, on which soothing arps effortlessly outweigh their beaty counterparts. having already proven his mastery of the machines with three stellar eps for the label last year, this record further showcases ubx127s special talent of crafting tunes that are as ripe with drama as they are ready for the floor.
originally released as a b-side in 2007 on figure’s then-sublabel podium, len faki’s ‚my black sheep’ was one of those rare tracks that unpredictably take on a life of their own. a veritable underground hit, it not only came to define the sound of len faki at that time but for many became equally synonymous with the state of the scene in berlin around that time. now that ten years have passed since then, we felt it was about time to finally treat the sheep to a fresh shave
a year after his extremely versatile debut ep for figure, viers comes out with another batch of tunes that again set him apart from his peers both in production value and creativeness. touching on the tropes of classic detroit techno, saxton presents a beautifully delicate opening track, rife with life from within the machines while still steadily thumping ahead. it’s the mix of this vital momentum together with a certain restraint, allowing each element to breath. so much that even the slightest adjuments cause maximum effectmetro, as felt on suitably titled stomper nothing changed where everything hits in exactly the right place. same goes for the incessant dialogue of tones on zehn, which sigha expands into a pensive piece, layering soothing washes of synths. not only an exceptional ep in its own right, figure 85 further cements viers as a skilled craftsman with seemingly endless imagination.
a regular contributor to figure spc, it was jeroen search who both started the series and also put an end to its story. with this creative chapter neatly closed, he is now bringing his ever-impressive work back to the main label. across the ep the dutch artist doesn’t stick to one style, instead he lets his infamous machines roam about freely. they take us for a smooth ride along swaying dub chords and gentle ripples until bellowing eches slowly rise above a hypnotic groove.?on the b-side search then pulls out all the stops and barges right in with fidgety claps and whirling bleeps, leaving the track itself gasping for air. this is the renowned ferocity of his live act - carved into wax! ensuing the sonic assault, a simple synth figure emerges stoically over an almost housy bounce as nostalgic rave strings bring the ep to an epic ending. firmly rooted in the past while always looking forward, jeroen search clearly is still on the top of his game. he simply keeps coming up with timeless techno - time and time again.
with a constant slew of quality releases jorden hodgetts has not only become in demand internationally, but keeps holding a vital spot on the figure roster. his unyielding tracks as cleric proudly wear their manchester heritage on the sleeve, and this bold ep makes no exception. exploring various angles of the city’s musical lineage, cleric creates a sound scape that seems industrial and yet futuristic. as broken and straight rhythms repeatedly alternate over the course of this record, the mixes implicate both force and elegance, thanks to clever pacing and immaculate sound design. whether it be narrow, bleeping stompers, epic wide-screen breakdowns or intricately assembled percussion - across this fresh and dynamic ep cleric further sharpens his profile, not only revealing his roots but even more importantly his individual vision.
two of figures core artists combine their production forces on this release, presenting a fully fledged ep of their joint studio efforts. spanish azid-wizard regal teams up with len faki himself for some tracks that are as lively and versatile as they are effective and cut for the club.
limited edition 12 inch hybrid disk (one sided picture disk)
the third edition of figure’s recently launched run of limited edition hybrid discs sees the label head helping a 90’ies classic to new glory. when originally released in 1995, ian pooley’s celtic cross destroyed clubs everywhere with its iconic vocal sample and hypnotic bass bleeps. len faki’s remix treatment is a sublte one, which manages to leave most of the original’s elements in tact while still expanding upon its fiercely banging character
setaoc mass fourth record for figure displays a level of maturity an artist this young rarely inhabits. two tracks feature his ability to craft finely layered idm, showing another perspective of the ideas behind the cavernous techno taking up the rest of this ep. nestled between the electronica-pieces is torque, heavy yet undeniably beautiful with its big breaks towards ascension, moving effortlessly despite its weight. things turn serious on the flip side, bursting with bleeps and bulging beats. b1 is a slowly swelling beast with many heads, twisting and turning ceaselessly along its 6-minute runtime, never once letting the tension decline. spiraling inwards for a full-on mind trip, search lights is that key track to drop in the murkiest, darkest hour of the night, one that cuts through relentlessly and unites whatever is left of the dancefloor for one last frenzied commotion.
three years after presenting an original idea of arranging his own music live by using a standard dj setup and a drum machine, strahil velchev alias kink is ready to premiere the very first ep-outing of his new project entitled kirilik. created with obscure studio equipment and backed by an array of sonics out of his extensive line-up of machinery, kirilik successfully transfers to the record that unique level of levity and immediacy that his live act has already become renowned for. loopy and thus infinite in nature, sometimes seemingly spiraling themselves out of control even, these tracks are as versatile as they are just fun to play around with! fittingly enough, infinity is not a number comes complete with an added bonus of four additional endless loops, edged into the final grooves of each side
a man of many alias, the multi-faceted talent behind juxta position finally finds his way to figure, leaving us an eps worth of highly infectious, acid-festered analogue techno runs. feeding on the raw and dynamic energy of live hardware production, these jams hit the sweet spot where constant modulation and spontaneous changes transform a bunch of loops into something much more than the sum of its parts. whether its a bouncy ride around the rings of saturn with elixir, the frantic sledge hammer-assault of stepping, cascading down into the machines bowels on automated reproduction, or the non-stop, all-out overdrive that is pestered - every track on this record takes on a whole life of its own, making for some seriously potent dj-weapons!
viers clocks back in on figure duty, showing up with up for another strong statement of his unmistakenly singular style. here he is working it from all angles: straight up and searingly stoic techno opener let my mind breath is grinding away grittily, while things turn surprisingly bouncy, as genesis dishes out electrifying boom-bap-breakbeats, transporting imagery of neo-futuristic tokyo streets. as night sets in, so does the kinetic groove of oyasumi, which twirls layers of energetic movement into a thick current, zooming through the citys deep gorges of concrete and fiber glass. closing track data entry 4590 finally provides some soothing ambient tones of melancholic longing, inviting to slowly drift away into white-washed nothingness and process the bright color storm that viers lets unfold on this intense record.
lewis fautzi hands in his fourth ep for figure yet, a collection of tunes that interlock seamlessly in a gradual progression, displaying the producers accurate skill of tailor-made tools for every energy-level. starting out with two elastic grooves, the a-side carefully sets the scene for what is yet to come later on. careful layers of rich acid riffs, precise placement of atmospheric details and fine-tuned textures - this clearly is the work of a burgeoning producer on top his game. keeping the finesse, but amping up the oomph, the b-side bursts with two heavy hitters that pull out all the stops. stomping, booming and driven by wild percussion, these tracks are sure to stir up a frenzy.
with a career spanning over 20 years worth of djing, production and label work, shlomi aber has gradually cemented his position as one of the scene’s cornerstones. his first outing for figure sees the now barcelona-based artist drawing on his many influences to deliver a tastefully rounded three- tracker. under two worlds grooves sublty aong a funky acid riff, while anthemic synths longilgy recall bygone moments of grandeur. this unique aber-ability, creating a composition that is as elegantly understated as it is undoubtedly epic, also comes through on the record’s b-side. paced only at half-time and drenched in dubby reverb, the weighing beats of ‚rumbles’ engage with delicately shapedhead sounds for some seriously spaced-out head nods. matrix is an tightly woven mesh of machinery insides, which aber nevertheless manages to channel into a fairly straight forward kinetic energy.
figure is excited to present the first outing of what might soon prove to be one of techno’s most promising collaborations. while seatoc mass’ two pristinely crafted eps have already left their mark on the label, matrixxman has been turning heads across the scenes with his exceptionally prolific track record. drawing upon common thoughts on futuristic themes and their respective strengths as producers from different continents, their joint effort clearly conveys one distinct approach, yet unites the seemingly opposite. regardless of being no-nonsense dancefloor-weapons, the four tracks still brim with detail, their vibrant elements communicating playfully. on their shared ep these artists have struck a rare balance. they delicately hover between the spacious and the claustrophobic, the modern and the classic, the stern and the elated - while never losing focus of their mutual mission.
figure 86 finds the label’s headmaster revisiting a dormant classic from 2005, delivering two extended excursions that pick up on the lunatic vibe instilled by the original while each mix provides for a uniquely new experience. sitting on the record’s a-side is the hardspace mix, a sparse and bone dry rhythmic affair, built around the originals characteristic cut-up vocal sample. a hammering thump carries along the track relentlessly, the air of oppression created only amplified by a heavy assault of clangig claps. the digital bundle comes with an even more stripped-back hardspace tool version, making it an excellent surprise to throw in and out of mixes. on the flip faki takes opportunity to show us one of his lesser known sides, taking time to gently develop this deepspace mix into a meandering meditative journey. trading in the vocal for a spaced-out synth opens the track up for the shifting tribal drums to truly work their magic and makes this piece of music feel equally mysterious as it sways with cosmic energy.
having earned himself the status as one of madrids hottest techno-exports, regal is back on figure with a special ep comprising both new works from him plus two creative re-interpretations by none other than radio slave. original and remix rub shoulders on the records a-side, both revolving around its enticing vocal hook. while regal employs a skipping beat and skittish percussion to conjure up an air of mystery, radioslave crawls down further the rabbits hole and uncovers the track’s slumbering lunatic qualities. on the flipside regal is back in full control, albeit this time operating in a framework a tad more housy than usual: snappy snares slice up the bubbling acid-line on the fast whirling while its eponymus vocal sample ironically asks ‘did you see it?’. equally aptly-titled slab barges right in, wielding hefty drums and a bassline that oozes groove out of every loop. as part of the digital release, the ep comes with another atmospheric radioslave-rework of from other sounds, leaning on the ambient and heavy on the subs
elocution, the third figure ep from portuguese producer lewis fautzi, again displays a high defree of versatility but still comes cleary cut for the club. employing a rich yet spacious sound design, fautzi creates cinematic scapes that are at once both brimming with the hums of colossal interstellar machinery yet at the same time leave enough room for a range of carefully sculpted elements to do their work. whether it be the twisted acid arpeggio on opener shizophrenia, the imposing drones underscoring the mighty mirror or the propulsive percussion of centerpiece 37b. testament to fautzis talent of engaging arrangement, never do the tracks here feel hurried nor do they become stagnant - but rather given just the right time to ripe into their full captivating potential. no matter if one is to approach this records as already an avid lover of lewis fautzis work or comes to it simply looking for fresh takes on the classic formula, this enthralling ep certainly will satisfy everyones needs.
when hitting a streak it s best to keep going. for a prolific producer like ubx127 one ep just wasn t enough to keep up with his continuous output of high quality techno. constant permutation part 2 picks up where its predecessor left off and provides for another batch of deadly club weapons. living up to its title, beatless explorations sends out eerie signals deep into outer space, anticipating with suspense to maybe find some life form s response. it arrives in form of driving track felt and its ricocheting, arpeggiated synths, which would aptly soundtrack the decent of alien attack ships on our planet. weighty, yet mysterious Örnsberg seems to echo with the cries of long lost souls that have been trapped eternally inside its icy caverns. the ep ends with a masterclass in immersive sound design, a constant ebb and flow of layers, winding their way into the listeners subconscious. filling up a pair of twelves to the brim with tunes this well thought out and executed, ubx127 further displays his vast potential and leaves us with excitement for whatever he might be coming up with next.
popping up for the first time on figure spc y, it was the remarkable synth-work of ubx127 that instantly struck a chord with the labels demand for substantial techno. now the stockholm artist proves himself loyal and hits back twofold with a pair of eps that further highlight his mastery of both vivid modulation and effective sequencing. leading into this batch of new tunes are the crafty and beautifully fleshed-out synth-arpeggios of opener han, which ubx127 complements gracefully by adding tender touches of melody. a2 cut create and destroy displays a new side to the producer that verges on the manic, building upon a swirling theme that soon flies into a lunatic frenzy. soothing then are the spacious sounds of barabrus, a crisp piece of floating breakbeats and shoving sub-bass. living up to its name, swells starts as a bold synth-led groove and slowly grows into a romping beast that rebels against glistening sonic whiplashes. even in its own right constant permutation part 1 stands as a cohesive and compelling record that will add to any collection. but with its equally strong successor already waiting in the wings, it is ubx127 himself who will make a lasting impression.
following up on his exceptional 12″,,, debut numb (figure 73) earlier this year, seatoc mass delivers another ep of finely tuned and highly diversified techno deep space explorations. starting on an atmospheric note, cipher’s intricate melody winchingly twists its way under your skin while airy breakbeats faintly hint at the producer’s uk roots. in contrasting fashion the bleep- driven lost lakes sticks to its metronomic stomp, making for a simple yet utterly effective tool. choral howls and detuned synths merge on transform for a gentle yet trance-inducing introduction to the flipside. emotive highlight rain then sees the manchester producer sonically recreate a thundering storm, complete with flashing strokes of lightning and a downpour of celestial scale. the breakbeat returns on closer flying buttress, albeit now at much faster tempo, exploring the common ground between futuristic grime and techno. blending all these different styles and their distinctive tropes in a coherent statement is a feat not easily accomplished. yet here seatoc mass pulls it off again, developing further the confines of both his personal and the label’s sound.
figure spc inevitably arrives at the alphabets last letter and therefore the end of what has been a most prosperous runtime and success story. already accountable for its first release a seven years ago, jeroen search has proven essential to the sublabels course with his many cornerstone contributions. this final, special extended release grants him the ample scope to tell the closing chapter in all proper detail. spread across two fully packed 12inches the dutch veteran producer wastes no time but lets his ever evolving array of machines do the talking.
massing almost a dozen eps and an impressive album debut all within three years, the production powerhouse that is jordon saxton finally hits home on figure. while developing various sonic identities at once, his first outing for the label as viers is a strictly no-nonsense techno affair.
roman poncet returns to figure with another batch of deadly efficient tools featuring four productions in his stripped-back signature style. opener vicious sets the stage with a snappy and muscular breakbeat holding the rhythm down tightly until creeping synths reveal the track’s true, eery intentions. marguerite is more welcoming, with gentle percussion and dubbed out chords making for a loop that could go on forever. the b-side is another example of skillfully sculpting sounds both lean and powerful. on atome i ricocheting synth echoes and fine layers of percussion sway back and forth until they collapse into an extended atmospheric breakdown. starting out reduced to its very nucleus, the second version slowly lets an electrifying tension fill the blank spaces. comprising a set of bare-bone grooves as slick as they are powerfully moving, roman poncet delivers another ep in true figure fashion that is sure to stay in the bag for a long time.
with the release of this set of remixes figure head len faki reveals previously unseen shades of both the source material and his own musical identity. produced over the course of last year and originally never intended to come out, the hidden objects were to remain just that – hidden from anyone but faki himself who was privately developing a different side of his in the studio.
figure 73 introduces a new face to the family - manchester-bread and now berlin-based setaoc mass. after recently launching his own imprint sk_eleven and putting out several releases that already tread in figures lineage of modern, high-precision techno, the label is thrilled to get this promising new artist on board. the five-tracker shows setaoc mass at his most versatile yet and clearly displays the producers talent for constructing both strong atmosphere as well as sheer dance-floor effectiveness.
from the storming energy of opening cut the key of night all the way through to the deepertripping solar fields its a must-have ep for >those who know<. young uk based producer cleric has established himself not only as a bonafide new talent and key player in the international techno world, but also as a prolific artist on figure. now well known for his crisp, deadly club tracks and rich melancholic ambient studies, in this fifth single for the label he explores his hard-hitting yet luxurious sound ever further. whats immediate about the four tracks on offer here is clerics extremely powerful, yet masterfully controlled bass frequencies. coupled with his addictive, smart and dark 90s-reminiscent synth hooks, we are left with an array of stomping, percussive weapons primed for expansive spaces and killer sound systems.
up and coming producer, odd/even label boss and close stockholm ltd affiliate andre kronert arrives on figure with an astounding 3 track ep, completed by a deadly len faki dub. kronert has risen through the ranks yet stayed true to his reduced, warm and powerful sound strategy. the opening track g.i.a.n.t makes for a wonderfully tense opener, with its expansive dark sound design and deep dub kick arriving around the half-way point. this is countersigned then by two more energetic tracks in the shape of the throne room and fallen space, both pivoting over a fulcrum of classic synth hooks and carefully honed percussion. len faki takes the throne room into a different mental zone, with his almost tropical dub version, ensnaring a freaky pitched motif to accent and build upon andre s powerful original elements. classic reduction, and an ep of classic figure contemporary techno.
figures creator len faki steps in to the spotlight once again with his brand new >street dub< ep. constantly striving for excellence in sound design and deadly arrangements, fakis wonderfully precise and well honed strand of club techno continues to shine on figures 70th release - a classic example of lens tireless approach to production. packaged together in three different versions, >street dub< stylishly treads the borders between classic dub techno and modern club weaponry. with just a handful of perfectly balanced elements, perching atop a weighty kick and rolling sub bass, both >street dub< and >street dub version< are sure to satisfy purist techno fans and newcomers to the genre alike. as a bonus, an >ambience< mix is included, stripping away all the percussion and letting the beautiful subtleties of fakis production bubble to the surface.
collectors item! one side high quality black vinyl and other side picture disc. very unique. figure continues its new limited edition hybrid disc x.5 series with a special 2 track offering from johannes heil. >kykeon i< represents an unabashed, smiles-abound floor-filler with one of heil s most joyful and accessible productions to date. a perfect heady cocktail of slamming 90s drums and uplifting housestab melodies, the german producer has really struck a chord here with this future club-classic. the spaced out stepping beats of >kykeon ii< then, sit in welcome contrast to the all out madness of its bigger brother. subtle, intelligent techno formations rise and swell, based around a similar melodic framework to that found in part i. another masterclass from one of the most talented producers in the business.
long-time techno protagonist and figure mainstay johannes heil returns with a new 4-track package under his cryptik pseudonym. continuing the focus on a more leftfield, experimental sound, cryptik emerses the listener into a soundtrack world of rich sound, depth of field and versatile, changeable moods. by no means a simple club record, all four tracks offer subtle and rich musical content, each telling a story with beautiful melancholic melodies and rushes of endorphins. from elongated 10 minute journeys into the more reflective zones of heils techno world, snaking and building, showing off all the skills he collected over his 20 years-plus career at the top of his artform, crypik is a dance on the senses. from the cinematic elegance of >the gate<, or the bleep-laden epic of >radiance<, to the post-house piano led drama of >messenger< or the heavyweight synth swarms of >belief<, the ep is full of passion and life, capturing truly magic moments.
now a regular member of the figure roster, young portugese talent lewis fautzi resurfaces again, fresh off the back of an inspired full-length debut for soma records. continuing with his own take on the darker, trippier end of the techno spectrum, we re treated to 4 new tracks, beautifully sequenced and alive with energy. from the depths of fautzi s studio, >signal of the light< emerges with its deep resonant acid tones and broken beats. setting the mood, fautzi then unlocks the monster inside with three club-designed cuts that rattle, fizz, gyrate and swell with precision intensity. a name to keep an eye on without a doubt, its no surprise this young man s vision of modern techno is finding its way into dj s sets far and wide.
british powerhouse alan fitzpatrick returns to figure with his second ep on the label after 2009 s weed killer / science . since then its clear that alan has continued on a dedicated, valiant quest to find his own sound, and the results are on show here, with a heavyweight, emotive and futuristic techno three-tracker. like a warm rush of endorphins on the summer breeze, alan s rich up-building sound is perfectly represented in tracks like a subtle change , with its jubilant stab-led melody, or the modern club-weapon vibes of trigger finger . harking back to late 90s uk idm and proper dub-techno atmospheres, fitzpatrick then gracefully crafts a down-tempo, space-out version of a subtle change for the b-side, providing the afterhours sessioners with a new buzz-track.
len faki initiates a new series on figure. a hybrid of picture disc and classic vinyl, 65.5 looks to the future of the label in a bold statement both musically and aesthetically. already well known for his precise works, and with a wealth of remix credits under his name, djs have come to know exactly what they can expect from a len faki production - pure quality and dedication to his art! with other key figure artists expected to contribute to the concept too, we re excited to offer up this beautifully crafted series of collectors items. the classic rattling techno stabs of basic pain procedure are reworked into a storming deep quest for the floor - one for the heads, the original was produced by a certain and much heralded uk duo in their early years of operations… len faki takes the haunting, bare bones of the original and modifies it gracefully, resulting in this high-end reprise. emerging from the hazy echoes of a late 90s rave in the uk, by way of chicago, the classic synth line could be the epitome of a genre that seems to live on timelessly without borders or the need for hype: dub techno spirit 2015!
longtime figure main-player markus suckut continues his artistic development with this killer seven track, wide-reaching ep. based on the concept of providing rich ambient textures for the start of the night or dj set, and then heavy, minimalist techno tracks to satisfy driving, percussive club needs, suckut gives us another masterclass in his art. alongside the dense textures of for start #1-3 and their varying moods - from echoing steam-filled passges to off-world strings reaching for the skies - we are also treated to four heavyweight dj tools stamped with markus trademark elegant sound.
continuing uk producer clerics double-header on figure, figure 65 offers up 4 more brand new tracks from the sought after young talent. following on from his wonderfully diverse collection of tracks on figure 64, clerics skills continue to shine in this second chapter. after a beautifully sensitive chord-led introduction in the form of >shifted reality<, showing off some rare after-hours vibes from the cleric studio, we hit the peak time once again with >plexus<. a stripped and perfectly balanced moment of percussive dj tool glory, all we need are claps, kicks and fx to get the room working overtime!
the first installment in a double issue of brand new cleric productions drops with figure 64. the young british producer has released a handful of 12s over the last few years, issuing forth a bold, club targeted sound with a keen ear for clarity and full-spectrum sonics. now we are treated to a wide ranging and impressive new wave of work, over 8 tracks on 2x12s, from cleric on figure. taking us head first into the action, >avoid the subject< presents a crazy dystopia of arpeggiated synth bleeps, dancing and filtering around a heavy trademark cleric drum barrage. at once recognisable, part-insane and part-paranoid funk, its a strong statement to start the ep.
after a great debut on the label as part of the v/a release figure spc r, new spanish talent regal is fully welcomed to figure with his first ep. showing off his ear for a twisted acid line or two, regal provides three tracks on the vinyl edition of figure 62, and also a bonus burner for the digital realm.
featuring three more raw versions based on original tracks from 2000 & one, french fries and rodhad, dj edits volume 4 arrives just in time for the festive season. precision edited, endorsed and club-tested by len faki, the package offers yet another chance to delve into the record bag of the figure label head.
cryptik = techno diversity! continuing a prolific run this year on figure, veteran german producer johannes heil launches a new alter-ego with >cryptik<. combining his trademark darker techno explorations, with more positive, uplifting melodies, cryptik offers a yet-unseen take on heils sound, always versatile, always breaking the mold.
figure arrives at its 60th release with label mainstay markus suckut. the young german producers sound easily represents some of the most focused, intense and immediate techno around, and he continues his fine run of form with three unique tracks on figure 60.
up and coming portuguese producer lewis fautzi is quickly becoming a name to look out for in techno. championed by the likes of jeff mills and slam, fautzis hypnotic, tracky sound is much in demand. in may 2014 figure label founder len faki opened his boiler room berlin set with a new lewis fautzi production, the beatless intro vibes of >diagonal<, and thus a new ep was born on figure.
continuing his prolific run of new material for the label, johannes heil continues to push forward with his >transitions< series, here collecting four more unique tracks for volume 2. opening with the serene calm and krautrock influenced >transition five<, a five minute piece that opens up a rich synth landscape full of space and texture, we then move onto the first of the eps two full-spectrum techno trips. hotly tipped for the summer as an essential festival and open air moment, the powerful and optimistic energy behind >transition six< is hard to ignore. that combined with heils extremely well sculpted and high-end production, the scene is set for madness to ensue… on the flip side we visit more paranoid zones with >transition seven<. building from a minimalistic stuttering rhythm, a soaring sci-fi soundtrack of strings and intricate synth patterns lift the tension, while dramatic sound effects crash and shimmer across the spectrum. this then prepares us for >transition eight<, in which we find johannes working his refined club-sound into yet further directions and angles. at once hypnotising and dominating in its driving bass register and captivating arrangement, a highly charged minimalist club tool for 2014 awaits!
following on from his edits of dj hyperactive, jpls and mikael jonasson, len faki now takes on original sound associates material in two burning new interpretations. both >jacknife< and >boombox< blend the jacking, floor-burning funk of the original s.a cuts, with fakis unmistakable attention to detail, and deadly-high production values. finely tuned, yet raw and unrelenting, they are a perfect addition to figure s current run of releases, setting new and higher standards for underground techno in 2014.
cleric hails from manchester in the north of england and describes his precision designed, heavy techno tracks as a means to translate emotion to others to transport his intuitive feel for timing, tension and sound engineering to listeners far and wide.
considered a master in his trade, long-time techno history-maker johannes heil returns for his second release in as many months, following up his extended dub sessions on figure spc with a versatile mixture of ambient and floor-heating vibes on transitions
figures creator, len faki, returns with volume 2 in his dj-edits series, featuring 2 intense reworkings of jpls and mikael jonasson. having already released volume 1 in 2012, with two bass-heavy edits of classic dj hyperactive material, faki expands the series further, choosing two more tracks from his personal archive of special edits made for his dj sets.
already a regular fixture on figure, swedish talent mikael jonasson returns for his third outing on the label with two cutting-edge techno experiments. incredibly crisp and clear, already primed for the worlds finest bigsystems, cravings encapsulates everything that a modern paranoid techno jam should be. surging textures, static-madness and a whole lot of detail wrapped up in a rolling, funky workout. jonasson is well known for his attention to detail and freaky, alien sound effects, and cravings only solidifies his talents there. the fizzing, low slung thump of swings still twists and shimmers in the high frequencies, full of details, but the deeper earthy kick and bass barrage take this one into more serious, heads-down zones. a real slammer for moments when you know youve captured your followers completely
figure pushes forward with a stunning 4 track ep from aspiring new french artist leghau, aka cedric rebagliato. he gave the tracks to len faki after a memorable gig in france, and len was so impressed he decided to put the record into production with a matter of urgency! leghaus sound is heavy, rumbling, precise and directly designed for club systems.
the urgent bass tones of >tussilago< open another intense builder. textural, staccatto elements combine and head the attack as the track picks up steam through its several, breathless breaks. satisfyingly wicked! mikael jonasson is the next artist to have his say on figure. like a pack of gruesome bass monsters brawling in their subterranean lair, >random diversity< is a ferocious encounter to say the least. roaring with intensity and detailed, thrilling sound design, its a raw, brutally modern and fiercely powerful production
incl. len faki remix !! huge support from, adam beyer, chris liebing, dubfire, joris voorn, dave clarke…. figure label founder len faki offers up an absolute treat with a very special remix of pfirters >the dub track<. a tectonic monster reconstructed, re-inforced and stamped with the berghain residents seal of approval. extremely hard to ignore, this high-end techno weapon is packed full of tension, detail and of course fakis trademark rumbling, deep and warm bass energy.
third and final part of the massive longplayer.. fierce and dark techno weapons! berghain proof ! having built up several heavyweight releases on figure already, japanese techno magnate a. mochi stampedes onwards with primordial soup his powerful 9 track longplayer, initially split over three successive 12 records. this collection of simply overwhelming club weapons extends and expands upon some of the themes the producer already explored in his 3 previous eps for figure ringing, gyrating and pulsing with sheer technoid power is fastball, which will be included on the third part of the release. devilishly simple and yet mind-expanding all the same, this is a true underground weapon for true techno lovers. this only leaves the haunting lift-off signal of forced run, and the trance-inducing, reduced jam that is dark matter.
after his last storming ep on figure spc, young italian talent roberto bosco comes to figure with a new four track masterclass in rumbling, earth-shaking and proudly contemporary techno. berlin music city features the mysterious vocals of coppa, who leads us into the break of this heavyweight track with his deep dub-step flavoured drawl. funky, ecstatic and characterised by bosco s raw and crisp sound.more bass pressure awaits with sci-fi . a tough, sub-diven punch greets us from the outset, allowing a freaky array of static fx, tripping synths and meandering chimes to lead us on through a strange, imaginary city. suitably tough, crunching and close to the bone, no time combines bosco s clear love of tectonic beats with uplifting, dj-friendly arrangements. a devilish hook emerges from the smoke and steam, leading to a dramatic conclusionà. finally the industrial clatter of >after berlin< stirs up a rich dub-techno display in this surging, lively and essential addition to the package!
busy french scene-climber julian jeweil presents a brand new electrifying offering for his debut on len fakis figure imprint. a resident of marseille, and a well known name amongst the french post-minimal-techno key players, jeweil is beginning to earn a name for himself far beyond the reaches of his home land. this insistent, rolling club destroyer is full of high quality attention to detail, thrilling fills, wild-pitch fx and an urgency that literally demands you to move. >my cat< is sure to be a winner amongst djs who have the confidence to really bear their claws...! instantly recognisable thanks to its immense pitching, hissing moments of climax and release, this cat is wild!..
michael forzzas is one of the most important techno djs from belgium. like figure head len faki, michael forzzas speciality is to play extended sets which develop an individual athmosphere. figure 015 is forzzas first international release, and forzza sent two unique tracks to berlin, the tenor & the monkey is destined to turn the dancefloor into a frenzy. it puts you in a state of fear and euphoria at the same time. while the tenor & the monkey puts the roof of every club on fire, high on this is more cautious. the powerful groove unfolds its energy in many contexts. the pulse of the track immediate, it feels like the music is talking to each dancer personally. the tenor & the monkey and high on this don t show any effort, yet the tracks rule over the dancefloor: they both manage to focus on the essence of club music, a rarely achieved task these days.
two key players of the scene join forces on figures sixteenth release. no one else than adam beyer and luke slater contribute tracks to this very special ep. mod by luke slaters planetary assault systems project takes off with a fast, breathless groove. its force drags the dancers along, and the mesmerizing bleeps put everybody in a deep trance. within seconds, the solid ground of the dancefloor is nothing but a remote memory. mod has a very special aura, it is hard to grasp its exceptional energy. it appears to be pretty elementary, and yet it is an verwhelming techno anthem which will accompany you for quite some time. adam beyers simulated usage surprises the crowd with its elegance and subtlety. forming an irresistible funk, the fabric of the track interweaves various tiny elements. this savageness obviously manifests in his musical approach which can be characterized by his open-mindedness in regard to diverse influences, currents and styles. simulated usage is strong and joyful, it is techno in its best sense. once again, adam beyer und luke slater manage to coin the face of contemporary club music.
charts and big support from: richie hawtin (excellent release), dave clarke (full support), nic fanciulli (big big big), dubfire (this is wicked! rich hot teen tune has been my biggest all weekend), chris liebing, slam (excellent wicked tunes, on top of my charts) xpansul, deetron ( vapors rocks, brings the old days back to mind).... tip !!! even in berlins inexhaustable club scene few musicians developed an operational experience like savas pascalidis: he has been a dj for near twenty years and a producers for about ten years. having released two albums and a series of eps on a couple of a-list-labels, vapor is pascalidis first release on figure. being a specialist in demanding and sepulchral techno sounds, pascalidis tracks fit in seamlessly with the previous records on figure. vapor is a thirteen-minute-long techno epic. an ever-changing acid line coils through the track, keeping the listeners in a firm grip. rich hot teen combines an smart, slim groove with the kind of hook line which ignites excitement and surprise on the faces of the dancers. with its distorted feeling, the online-exclusive low has a rough, provocative attitude
the man behind chymera is brendan gregoriy. releasing music since 2005, the producer from dublin already has an impressive discography with releases on labels such as delsin or ovum. >ellipsis< and >eulogy< are sonic epics that never cease zu fascinate the listeners. they manage to be bold and sophisticated, powerful and elegant at the same time. they transform the dancefloor in an maelstrom with no way out, and yet they never give their electronic cool away, they always remain subtle and somewhat distant. the sounds form an imaginary landscape, they are a projection surface for one s desires
dimi angélis & jeroen search. both artists are among the few internationally acclaimed techno artists from the netherlands. their dj activity and production work reaches back into the early nineties. >the new frontier< melds the firmness and determination of old school techno with a contemporary subtlety. it is amazing how few elements jereon search and dimi angélis need to create a dense and compelling athmosphere. >lunar< is the kind of track that slips perfectly in a wide range of club sets. while it offers the dj a vast span of possible connections to other music, its hypnotic melody does not leave your head for hours. >jupiter< is bolder, it is centered around a demanding groove. while the melodies operate in the background of the track, the complex net of rhythmic patterns shifts indistinguishably. it is the type of music which holds you in a tight grip - and you are not even able to tell what exactly is so striking about it. its implicitness makes >the new frontier< such a special record. it belongs to the rare breed of music which does not demand to go into your box - and this is exactly why it is made to stay there for quite some time