from uvb-76 music’s fractal personnel rises karim maas. a familiar face behind a new mask, maas, one of the sonic panjandrums at the core of the labels sound submits an aural experience that bleeds between genre and tone with striking ease, negotiating a through line that is hard to pin down in any moment before it shifts again. a stunning ep that remains true to uvb-76 music’s core tenants. four absolute steamers and a huren remix for good measure.
uvb-76 music’s latest offering ushers in new blood to the camp in the form of stave. the chicago resident’s ‘atk’ ep sees the tempo submerge to lower depths and the pressure intensify amidst the harsh dynamics and sonic battery that the label is now synonymous for. a four track rhythmic cavort that plays the urge to dance and the allure of subversive nature.
super rhythm trax’s sister label bleeper welcomes snuff crew for 3 tough cuts of jacking techno fit for dark warehouses with smoke and strobes. off kilter gurn-drones and the wonderfully suggestive ‘where’s the bad’ sample take over the a side while the ear-worm strings and bounce of ‘naughty’ meet the pacey yet tongue in cheek ‘warehouse boy’ on the flip.
kump is delighted to release the first ep by hlm38 (ou hlm38’s first ep), the naughty half of duo ricco and member of the notte brigante crew from lyon. the three original tracks, a mix of ethnic looting and industrial racket in slow motion, feel like steel wrapped in turkish delight. front de cadeaux’s take on “illicite cong” is reminiscent of an erotic rave flavoured with oriental spices. last but not least, kris baha slices up “exit” like a tablier de sapeur (local lyonnais dish) served on a julienne of syncopated samples and noisy beats.
following sterling entries from derek carr, john shima and mihail p, distant worlds reaches out to perseus traxx for a demonstration of the emotional heft and utopian optimism that classic techno promises in its most compelling moments. this is relatable, familiar territory, but executed with finesse beyond the reach of the average producer. a new mystery is bathed in swirling synth tones as elegant as they are moving, while simulacra places a bold square wave riff front and centre for an impactful deep techno meditation. circumstantial reframes the same rich melodic approach in a frantic chassis of snapping beats darting around the grid with playful glee, and then the map is not the territory applies the same logic to a mystical but rhythmically charged trip into the netherworld of machine soul.
bucharest duo vinyl speed adjust return to visionquest. four tracks of the crystal structure/vsa bossmens signatur grooves, back & forth builds on the introspective motion and reputation of their previous visionquest eps retro and carpe diem: off & on is a tight weave of heavy atmospheres and swelling basslines, blue notes takes us up a gear thanks to a bassline that bumps with authority and a maze of rhythmic layers. deeper again we hit two more mystic moments: noek is deep, direct and driving while late shuffle flips the coin for a smouldering farewell. like all vinyl speed adjust eps it leaves you wanting more.
ellen allien prepares to release her first ever solo ep outside of her bpitch control imprint and has chosen a label she avidly admires, boddika s nonplus. as a dj, producer, bpitch control label founder and organiser of the regular we are not alone parties in the city and elsewhere, ellen allien was not only there when the techno sound of berlin was moulded in the basements of squats all over the capital but continues to be a tireless advocate of all aspects of this culture more than ever, as indicated also by her international vinylism event series. take a stand , her debut release for boddika s nonplus records, is as much informed by all those experiences as it is by the relentless hope and passion that have driven ellen allien ever since she stepped up to the decks of the infamous fischlabor in the early 90s. take a stand is a three-part statement about (and for) the here and now...
infuse027 marks label head enzo siragusa’s debut solo ep on the imprint. for the occasion, he finally releases ‘little angel’, a track close to his heart which was debuted on his bbc radio 1 essential mix at the end of 2016. embellished with swinging drums, and gentle soaring pads, it s a feel-good masterstroke of deep house. on the flip is romania’s cristi cons on remix duty, who keeps things deep but adds a subtle attitude that builds throughout, all while paying homage to the original.
industry veterans ohm & octal industries make their debut here for all inn’s nilla sublabel courtesy of the devastatingly effective sounds of the it takes a mind ep. from blissful, melody-tinged vibes to engaging, emotive techno cuts, this is a release of various moods and contrasts that stays refreshingly intriguing throughout.
japanese newcomer -jtt- unveils their debut vinyl on their own label yu-zen-. jtt consists of two guys, takayuki hosoda and dj java. most of their tracks are deep and micro house and nudisco music. -tone river- is one of the typical masterpieces of their tracks. it has a tense and dreamy atmosphere. it s a very simple but enough to be addicted one. -lotus root- has a mystical atmosphere. your brain can feel good unique sound effect sense. you will be into it. mastering by kuniyuki takahashi. according to his careful work these tracks have a high level of completeness.
part 3 of 5 to be released over the coming couple of months. originally released on the phono label in 1995/96 the ‘parts’ series from matthew herbert are a much loved collection of house tracks that sound just as original and bold today as they did when they were first released. this series of 12”s were part of an early wave of exploratory dance music that paved the way for the deep house that still works its magic on dance-floors in 2018 some 25 years later. the mix of herbert’s playfulness alongside expertly grooving production and unusual sounds makes this unique collection of work. the odd few tracks aside this is the first time that these releases have ever been repressed. all newly remastered for this reissue series, the releases include stone cold club classics such as ‘deeper’, ‘take me back’, ‘resident’, ‘people that make the music’ and ‘see you on monday’.