after last year s track garrol on the paerels compilation for island trips. tammo hesselink aka melatonin man is back with cruise control love. the title track is a ravey disco jam. based around an acidic bass-line. that soundtracked many of our afterhours already. the b-side sees the release of 2 newer cuts - breaky beats and trancy melodies of this young talent with much more to come.
i and donato always send each others the tracks we make and exchange feedbacks on what we do. but when he sent me this music for the first time for me it s been love at first listen in a way i had never experienced before with his music. i wasn t even thinking i would be the one to release it back then...
minor planet music s third release by formas. where thought and concept are intertwined with light and sound. where cosmic shudders become music. where categories are obsolete and there is only impression.
47015 is vsk s second solo ep on 47. after last year s debut 47011. it s the label s 7th solo release following headless horseman s 47014 earlier this year. the 12- vinyl and digital download drop on 20th april. multiverse wastes no time and states its intentions like a snarled warning of up-tempo complex drumming. the density and rush of first evidence continues the broken-beat dancefloor battery. eternal (chaotic) inflation visits the oceanic and half-time territories of dnb-paced jagged rhythm. and the final drive of occam s razor slows its drums to a stepping hallucination.
the last installment of adam x s recently revealed long running mini series - the secret initiative- goes out with a huge bang. adam returns with two infectious ebm techno club cuts -cognitive circuits- & -incorporeality- paying hommage to the early 90 s frankfurt / dorian gray techno ebm sound which played a big role in adam s youthful musical upbringing.
after a long hiatus. lux rec is ready with its next release. veil of light and sleep forever. both from zürich. share the two sides of lxrc32. music for broken. estranged. regretful times. shipwrecked and completely obliterated. this is the first part of a series of three. called unsung and defeated. which focuses on local musicians delving in the darkest possible corners of electronic music.
tinfoil is the project of defekt and sunil sharpe. initially forged as a studio collaboration in 2014 (and later as a live show). the pair have since racked up an impressive catalogue of 12″..s on their own self-titled label. tinfoil’s sound is unique in today’s scene. reflecting the versatility of both artists. plus a combined know-how of techno and electro. their music comes primarily from live studio jams. enforced by a desire to get quickly to the point in what they do. this is no surprise given the fast. technical way in which they each perform solo. for their debut album. tinfoil provide a varied but cohesive collection of tracks. following the intro’s epic synth blasts. they open with a bang through “caravan life” – a sinister. bassline-driven destroyer that builds and builds over a blend of claps. filter zaps and crying feedback. “beads” continues in a heads-down vein. this time with a more musical ebm type bass and knocking rimshots that mark the first appearance of sunil’s role-playing. haunting lead vocals
hiroshima 45. chernobyl 86. windows 95. penelope s fiance (la beaute du negatif). rawmance+security (la beaute du négatif / knick knack yoda). alessandro adriani (mannequin). raw ambassador (un.t.o. records / mannequin).
super rhythm trax is excited to unveil their brand new side label. bleeper. which will concentrate on a slightly tougher strain of techno. the first four releases are in production and will be enough to give you a strong idea of where the label will be going! first out of the gate are ford foster (unknown to the unknown/opal tapes) and frankie castle with bounce that. an ingenious ghetto house jam with a serious twist. backed with a jerome hill remix that strips the whole thing down leaving the bare ingredients to do damage on the dancefloor. also included are an instrumental version of the original. and the slo mo banger shake that.
after leaving his noise-soaked techno signature on details sound with the uncompromising informations 12inch. a hand is returning to the label with a healthy dose of enigmatically crafted sounds. made to stick in your head and body intensely. on breakline. a hunting dark bassline is backed by relentless drum patterns cut with machine gun precision. for a better end takes off into a swirling atmosphere propelled by anti-gravity beats. slow injection expands further into dense and obscure realms of electrified experiments. the wandering your lost dreams carries us to a breathtaking conclusion filled with abstract suspension. slow injection ep is a four-cuts selection of captivating tension and release from italian producer and sound artist giuseppe magistro. edition of 300 copies.
with el tunel / proceso . marc pinol and hugo capablanca aced their blend of industrial. acid. techno and new beat in an ep that remains one of the most celebrated moments in the hivern catalogue. now. the evasive duo return to set the bar even higher. four years might seem quite a lot of time. but for c.p.i. it was the necessary period to get rid of expectations and let space for something new to emerge. studio sessions in places like berlin. barcelona. and belgrade brought together an amalgam of voices. spontaneous liasons. mutations and surprising movements that finally crystallised in the four cuts that conform meine hand . masa y poder and sendero luminoso are two sides of the same coin. under all the layers. both ride exactly the same rhythm. two completely different paths that share a common starting point. one builds tension on the dancefloor. the other one tries to fool the threat in the mist. with it s unrelenting acid bassline and lethargic vocals. meine hand feels like some kind of love from above. yet another unexplainable conclusion. ninos de belgrado are. in fact. the children of belgrade. high on drugs. an impending sense of doom. longing for wasted years or perhaps an external threat lurking. who knows. vinyl comes in a standard black cover with insert by designer arnau pi.
with el tunel / proceso. marc pinol and hugo capablanca aced their blend of industrial. acid. techno and new beat in an ep that remains one of the most celebrated moments in the hivern catalogue. now. the evasive duo return to set the bar even higher. four years might seem quite a lot of time. but for c.p.i. it was the necessary period to get rid of expectations and let space for something new to emerge. studio sessions in places like berlin. barcelona. and belgrade brought together an amalgam of voices. spontaneous liasons. mutations and surprising movements that finally crystallised in the four cuts that conform meine hand. masa y poder and sendero luminoso are two sides of the same coin. under all the layers. both ride exactly the same rhythm. two completely different paths that share a common starting point. one builds tension on the dancefloor. the other one tries to fool the threat in the mist. with its unrelenting acid bassline and lethargic vocals. meine hand feels like some kind of love from above. yet another unexplainable conclusion. ninos de belgrado are. in fact. the children of belgrade. high on drugs. an impending sense of doom. longing for wasted years or perhaps an external threat lurking. who knows. silkscrened cover letterpressed at lanacronica. design by arnau pi.
arising from the outskirts of brussel is noord halle. a young and promising source of hard to beat fast paced electro tracks. jefre ep might be his debut. but the support is steady already with the b side delivering two truly unique remixes by bakk regulars antenna and haron. all in all this record proves to be a strong hand in any game.
FLOWERS FROM THE ASHES: CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC (2X12 LP + MP3)
2x12" Vinyl BE25.04.18
2x180g heavy weight vinyl in deluxe matte-finish gatefold cover + download card) flowers from the ashes is the latest multi-artist project to bear the acclaimed stroboscopic artefacts imprimatur. silvia kastel. andrea belfi. marco shuttle. ninos du brasil. alessandro adriani. chevel. lucy. lory d. caterina barbieri & neel
after gaining international praise from their hugely successful ep. l.d.o.e . aaaron & deckert return to the stage. this time debuting their forthcoming ep. wide eyes . on scatcity records. the pair offer more of their immersive and melodic techno. with jmii and skatman coming through on the remix duties.
selections from the acid attacks tape with an exclusive vinyl only track. jamal moss has cultivated an unmistakable sonic vocabulary. genre signifiers are contorted into perplexing polyrhythms of perpetual dynamism and velocity. the chirps and squelches of acid heritage are subverted and lunged into new zones without sacrificing spirit. this is another essential statement from an impossibly unique and uncompromising talent. tadd mullinix (jtc/dabrye). november 2017
ludgate returns to west end communications with a high energy. maximum impakt. club record. ranging from fast paced techno to distorted electro. showcasing a diverse pallet with a more ambient cut to finish. all round 12/10.
kris baha is fast becoming one of the most essential operators in the deviant disco underbelly of berlin s scene. despite having landed in the city relatively recently. baha s credentials with labels like power station and parties in melbourne are all that you need to know. and now this release on the ever mighty cocktail d amore seals the deal. baha has never sounded more confident. pinging deviant synths around nasty drum bite and channeling the gods of industrial darkness to make some rugged body music for the darker kind of dancefloor. the experimental. non-party tracks are just as wild. dealing in all manner of uncompromising noise to further bahas journey to the upper realms of sonic mud slingers
exceptional return of l/f/d/m aka love’s flacid disco muscle on midnight shift. with a remix by nick dunton of 65d mavericks. resurfacing under his latest moniker d-56m. abrasive acidic trax from the edge.
contort yourself continues to explore the crossover between decrepit 80s industrial and the modern artists drawing inspiration from those heady. experimental times. and the results are as thrilling as ever. haydees no gouvernance is a brutal charge of drums and distorted yelps. while 1983 jam de omnibus dubitandum by hunting lodge fuses layers of distortion and proto acid with live bass and brittle drums. catriel lays out a sinister but seductive message on nbdymksmefeellowlikeudo. giant swan bring their raucous avant-techno styles to dare and then gotshell remix hunting lodge into a thunderous industrial techno charge.
oddmann recordings is a new london based label run by half baked s greg brockmann and production partner odd soul under their oddmann alias. having already forged their own very unique minimal techno sound. here they bring a superb three tracker with tunes aimed squarely at the dance floor. both at peak time and also those creepy dark after-hours moments
joris biesmans tve imprint returns for its third installment. this time featuring it’s eponymous founder front. center and recording under his own name. led by a forward-thinking electro remix from the ever-versatile man power. its another firm display of synth-led versatility. brimming with confidence and charisma. angry baby is an irresistible pressure-pot of stomping house. as playful as it’s name and as demanding as its imaginary infant protagonist. with a truly hypnotic. elastic breakdown proving irresistible in a club context man powers aforementioned remix is less loopy. more analog. with his well-tooled production technique pushing the records texture into altogether more cosmic and overwhelming territory. led by wailing synthesis. back to biesmans for b2. and a more acidic. almost unnerving vision unfolds throughout connecting the dots which does just that. linking futurist. michigan influences with a more floor-focused. european aesthetic.
repress 2018 . beautifully designed 2lp + mp3 download included when recondite. aka lorenz brunner. emerged with his debut lp for acid test (2012s on acid). we were still learning about the german producers inward- looking dance floor sound. a few years later. his sinewy jams have proved near universal like an underground zelig. hes fit perfectly everywhere from rødhåds dystopian to ghostly international and innervisions. acid test also allows recondite the chance to indulge his more outré tendencies and a welcomed return it is.
soul of hexs vicario musique is making a comeback in 2018. with cedillos most personal ep to date. the main track tetro is a futurist. simple but effective track dragging influences of the highest order on chicago. berlin and detroit. shadow aspect moves into a darker perspective combining analog and modular synthesis and clever drum breaks. on the bright side of the ep. sun compass a collaboration with his brother anttares is reminiscent of a paradise/balearic inspired track showing cedillo brothers versatile style. to finish the ep. the melancholic there are no words is a dedication to the memory of cedillos grandfather. tetro has been already being championed live on soul of hexs live boiler room session. and at tim sweeneys beats in space mix by zombies in miami.
pablos eye is the science of studio pressure. when engineer becomes artist. appropriating left and right as well as front and back. pablos eye uses the mixing desk to examine and exhaust the possibilities of moments. pablos eye is a record of that examination and exhaustion. but it is also a record of its own inner space. by means of depth placement. psychoacoustics and spatial fug. pablo’s eye is experienced in the deeper reaches of the body. bypassing the conscious part of the mind entirely. . pablos eye is the turning of recorded music inside out to show its seams. it interrogates a song. stripping down the body of the song to reveal its bones. pablo’s eye is in the interstices of music. it plugs the gaps. fills the holes. pablo’s eye seeks out the concealed mechanisms. it is a songs hidden agenda. for this compilation. it was decided to present the softer air-beatings of pablos eye. more than anything. pablos eye is a temporary atmosphere. like a taste or a dream.
lena willikens is the kind of artist whos only capable of following one path her own. in many ways. shes the archetypal selector. an unpredictable dj who often eschews all notions of genre in favor of what she describes as different temperatures. different time zones. different moods and a healthy portion of chaos. although her methods have certainly proven effective on the dancefloor. willikens also refuses to be bound by its traditional limitations.
the ninth release on the dsr-c series comes from rhine. a new name with his roots in atmospheric techno steps up for his first solo ep.the ninth release on the dsr-c series comes from rhine. a new name with his roots in atmospheric techno steps up for his first solo ep. de storm opens the account with a loose collage of textured drums and scuffed-up synths. it makes for a bubbly groove that journeys far off into the night while de bron is more rooted underground. with cavernous echo chambers run through by supple bass synths and icy hi hat trails. spooky and haunting. its a track to send shivers down your spine. last of all. het meer is a watery affair. with aqueous drips and drops. radiant pads and then more tightly coiled drums brushing up against one another to make for something atmospheric but also nicely driven. all three tracks are characterised by a rather tender and reflective mood that makes them all the more unique.
rekids special record store release features two extraordinary dj koze re-edits of two recent radio slave tracks. from his recent feel the same album. seriously hot and a must for all radio slave and koze fans.
picture: undercatt klingt wie eine herrliche clubnacht. die scheibe umwirbt dich mit ihrem warmen und melodischen deep house-vibe. steigert das tempo schrittweise in einem crescendo. bis es in hartem techno mündet. nach dem peak verabschiedet sie sich von dir mit einem melancholisch-süssen good-bye.
you seek shelter in the dreams that would break your life if they were real. and because you cannot live your dreams. you dream of me. make me your phantasy. at some point. you will seek shelter back in reality because you cannot stand your dreams. and what you dreamt of last night will be todays bitter reality. i am real and i can stand it.
blackstyle is meant to create this image of the berlin fetich underworld. scenes in berghain. of decadence but also one of independence. of liberation from social standards. entering into another mode of existence. the edition of 300 copies are silkscreened and individually hand numbered. silkscreened at atelier 30. quai notre-dame
hey. rex the dog ist zurück und seine laser sind stärker als je zuvor!
.....schmeiss deine hände in die luft und sieh deine finger einzeln zu boden fallen. nein. es wird nicht wehtun. soviel schaden -crasher- auch anrichtet - er ist schmerz und heilung zugleich. sowas wie analgetischer trance? du hast das t-wort gesagt! ich hab auch das a-wort gesagt. na gut. kann ich auf deiner couch pennen?
the mysterious scaarlet is back with a vapourous ep lurking into light and darkness. not good opens the a side with a desperate electronica mood. feel the tension until drums propel you into apocalypse. um pushes you slowly toward the dancefloor. syncopated breakbeats. cut up grooves and a wavy bassline thrive you to embrace the cinematic ambiance. essai nouvo is not just a deep atmospheric broken techno sound. its an awaited glide into nothingness. all tracks mastered by pole at scape mastering in berlin.
coming off transmission. death in vegas’s critically acclaimed 6th album which saw the band collaborating with sasha grey. are three unique remixes by silent servant and rudolf klorzeiger.
silent servant delivers two stunning mixes of you disco i freak. in his first remix he elevates the discordant melody in you disco i freak and adds a sense of menace with a new sequence. taking the track in a more sinister direction. with his second version. he takes the heat up a notch with a brutal workout synonymous with his signature abrasive sound.
- what you can see. from here to the right. to the left. until the very end grew from the ashes. we had nothing. we came with empty hands. nothing to lose and this is what we got. - the man with the grey bear was announcing with humid eyes and pale inland when suddenly the younger one who was missing appears. - welcome my son. -the man with grey hair continues- as we were saying: all this was fire.
the word ‘rave’ became sort of a metaphor. but back in the days. it was the name for the revolution. not less than that. warehouse memories was born to give a direction to that revolution. this is rave 002. forward strategy group join the warehouse side of arts with a brilliant debut. 4 cuts that gives an extra luxury level to your mixes.
haiku’s raw waxes label is delighted to welcome the famously unconventional stanislav tolkachev with a new track ep of experimental techno and idm sounds. entitled champions breakfast and with brilliant artwork from german benedikt rugar. the releases features six cuts. one of which is a previously digital-only track landing here on vinyl for the very first time.
french label bright sounds welcomes prolific dutch artist boris bunnik for a new ep under his most celebrated alias. conforce. the regular delsin artist saves this project for his more dance floor driven work and that is the case across all four of the atmospheric tracks here.
a new collaborative project from blue hour & a-jx
stunning uv glossed disco sleeve
limited clear vinyl
full colour printed a6 postcard
introducing ‘tracing xircles’ - a new collaborative project from blue hour & a-jx. the duo explore classic uk rooted sounds. breakbeats and cinematic atmospheres with the 3 track ep ‘gaia’s requiem’.
nice price deal !!! • blueprint heads across the atlantic for the next release as kero joins forces with gotshell
• full colour label sleeve to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this classic techno label !
sounds benefit records proudly presents the first ep by lateral line. a frankfurt-based duo consisting of lukas bielke and chris geschwindner. following their first appearance together on project london. the two german guys are back with three warm and classy tracks. with an additional remix by ekloís label head seuil.
tokyo based dj/producer tsuyoshi ogawa presents -seven samurai-. this vinyl-only label has been founded in 2018 and it is operating in tokyo. japan. it pays tribute to the japanese legendary movie director -akira kurosawa-. therefore. the name of the label comes from his film -seven samurai- and the tracks on the vinyl have been recorded using sound effects from the original movie s scenes. -seven samurai 001- is the memorable first ep produced by tsuyoshi ogawa. the 1st track. -seven samurai-. was recorded using the voice sample from the movie -seven samurai- by akira kurosawa: -everything s riding on this battle!-. which brings us a sign of the start of the samurai battle. here. the 2nd track -shadow enemy-. expresses the fear and tension of invisible enemies. whereas the 3rd track -kannon soleil- leads to the end of the battle by buddha who comes from the sky. this ep is dedicated to kurosawa as a new spiritual soundtrack for seven samurai.
LO9VE EP (FULLCOVER EDITION / VINYL ONLY / 180G VINYL / COLORED)
12" Vinyl D19.04.18
fullcover edition - very limited reissue of some of the best swayzak tunes ever
- colored 180 gramm pressing
- unique prinited innersleeve
- written and produced by david brown and james taylor
bedrock returns with a stunningly designed and expertly produced 12 inch from eagles & butterflies vs john digweed & nick muir. crazy diamond opens up proceedings. coupling pulsating bleeps and percussive synths alongside a hard hitting kick. soon you re swept up in swarm of strings that elevate this track to new heights big room at it s best. flip it over and divenire sucks you into a web of arps and pads woven behind a pounding kick and disorientating panned snare samples. that ll entice you in until you re completely lost in those hypnotic rhythms
shrouded in mystery. the hermetica are a series of egyptian-greek didactic texts. meant to help the willing student better understand the cosmos. divinity. and nature. on her debut lp for dfa records. german producer perel takes the listener into deep space and explains it all. over the course of nine tracks. she shares a striking amalgamation of house. new wave. and kraut motifs that crystallize to form a unique sound.
Žagar mark the end of a chapter and real milestone in their history by asking a selection of key artists to remix tracks from their vital back catalogue. the “anniversary remix edition” features numerous heavyweight mixes ready to take on the clubs. artists such as stil vor talent mainstay kellerkind. dan caster and the german tech house tital nico pusch rub shoulders with the legendary and influential plastic city house artist terry lee brown jr. uk disco crew clandestino and underground hero vakula from dekmantel to make this an essential remix album with real depth and variety. the limited edition double 12” is supported by telekom electronic beats.
2018 repress >>> back in march 2003 claro intelecto announced his arrival in the electronic world with his peace of mind ep on ai records. now. a decade later. delsin. the label on which he released his latest lp. is re-releasing it in all its glory.
vienna based meat recordings is back on vinyl with another compilation showcasing the labels diverse approach towards techno music. the four-tracker features tunes by gerald vdh. specific objects. matt mor & chris klein as well as bort. which range from boomy big room techno to old school acid bangers.
ferdinando apicella a.k.a. singular anomalies was born in naples. he has his first approach with the music when at the age of 10 his father gave him his first piano keyboard. in 1994 he listened to for the first time to a techno tape from derrick may. he had directly a big passion for techno detroit. so he started playing with his first vinyls. knowing labels as metroplex. underground resistance. transmat. axis. m-plant. and following djproducers like jeff mills. robert hood. kenny larkin. mike banks. for a period of time. he abandoned the techno scene to learn some jazz music. but after some years. obsessed by the techno music. he started studying seriously electronic music production. obtaining the degree of sound engineer and sound designer.
hiroshi watanabe does not hold back on threshold of eternity ep. the leonids strings is a deeply emotional and delicate string arrangement that leaves the listener beauty struck and in awe. into the memory is a dance floor banger which holds true to watanabe s exquisite skill as a techno producer. the release contains a beautiful balance between groove and beauty which is rarely present in a techno record. the cover photography is a photo by watanabe himself of his hometown tokyo.
rave or die celebrates its tenth outputs to date since 2012 with a 100% frenchie split release! dj & producer i hate models (artscore. voitax. monnomblack) invests a side with irresistible “requiem of desolation”. a blessing dancefloor mash up of untouchable acid trance flights and old school sororities . very different from what we used to hear from this infamous and longtime techno activist. this is what we call “modern rave”. on the flipside. rod mastermind umwelt unleashes bass and acidic tones on killing “requiem of haunted warehouse”. haunting horrific melodies enhanced by hammering kicks turn the track into a monster dancefloor track. warning rave anthem
from conrad schnitzler in the 1960s to the pioneers of detroit techno in the 1980s. experimental sonic artists were often inspired by the metallic noises of industrial factories. schnitzler wanted to recreate the sounds he heard in his apprenticeship as a locksmith with musical instruments. and the sons and daughters of the midwestern automobile-industry generation programmed the motown soul into japanese electronic music equipment. with his new piece the metal beat ep. credit 00 wants to get in line with this tradition of transforming factory sounds into music. each of the three tracks reflects on the role of the human being in an industrial environment. the never-ending movement of the machine becomes the rhythm. while the melody embodies our forlorn voices in the vastness of the factory site. the blues played by machines--modern work songs for a post-industrial society!
2018 repress >>> delsins considered re-issue and re-release arm follows up on eps from claro intelecto and son.sine with a trip back to an early uk techno heyday. the man behind the two tracks getting attention is in sync aka lee purkis. generally regarded as someone who played a key role in the development of house and techno in england not just because of his dj sets - purkis would travel to the us to buy records no one else had - but so too for his productions
limited pressing of 1000 copies on clear double vinyl. housed in a gatefold sleeve with download code included. ryan lee west aka rival consoles presents his expressive new album ‘persona’. set for release via erased tapes. the title ‘persona’ was inspired by ingmar bergman’s film of the same name. specifically a shot in the opening credits of a child reaching out to touch a woman’s face on a screen. which is shifting between one face and another. this powerful image struck ryan and it inspired the album’s main theme — an exploration of the persona. the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us. the spaces in between. between states. people. light and dark. the inner persona and the outer persona.
having established partisan with a bedrock of essential talent. anthea steps out with her debut ep. “smile” kicks off the ep with infectious techno. a healthy dose of acid. and funk induced drum programming. “everything is aok” plots a deeper. trippier course with intricate layers of synth and drum patterns to create a truly hypnotic mind and body workout. whilst “nrg for daze” presents the softer side of partisan. bringing gentle pads into the mix without losing the all-important acid undercurrent that makes for such powerful dance floor material. her “state of mind” ep is the perfect statement on where anthea is at on her artistic trajectory. as a producer. dj and label head.
the two versatile record labels banlieue and peur bleue are joining forces for a very special occasion: psyop. the outstanding debut album by watching airplanes. a production duo breaking through in 2018. psyop opens up an alternate reality where dance music is freed from the yoke of genre-based distinctions and is no longer tied to any dancefloor norms. by exploring different moods with smooth sailing and rough patches. psyop is an intense journey in the murky world of psychological mass conspiracy. this lp could very well be the soundtrack for an cutting-edge orwellian sci-fi movie or an imagined futuristic venue where music and dance of a new kind are performed. forward-thinking dance music from the future seems like the most accurate description for this album devoid of any tropes or nostalgia.
this is the london based producer s long-awaited ep after releasing on past infinite machine & jbf compilations. lucky for us he has been honing his jagged and emotive take on bass & techno music and created a debut that is a pleasant diversion from structural norms. bristolian heavyweight hodge swoops in for the finale. reworking »lucid« into a dark and ominous techno-stomper.
two miscreants of uk electronics have been drafted in by shipwrec for a 12- of techno debauchery. richard bevan and joshu doherty. aka posthuman. have been addicted to acid from their first contact with the caustic and cruel chords of the tb303. since then the two cousins have gone on to curate 10 years of i love acid as well as doling out some toxic classics of their own. the duo deliver the soured goods once again. starting the audio anarchy with the ominously titled -netflix and kill-. drum patterns are gnarled and nasty in this slow burning jacker where basslines boil over into a thick syrup of late night revelry. the flip is taken over by the bullying sounds of -the damocles syndicate.- the track rumbles with venomous menace. coils of 303 spite bulge and contract under the strict resolve of a stern beat in this ready made floor filler. two helpings from two malevolent masters of the silver box.
clash lion is a mix of three personalities shall ocin. terr and daniel watts. three artists with different musical backgrounds merging forces to create a truly eclectic and open-minded label. after the success of their first release from maetrik firmly putting this label in the spotlight. it was followed by releases from shall ocin and daniel watts. anna who started 2018 with the acclaimed‘hidden beauties ep on kompakt now comes back with a 3 track ep for clash lion. her debut on the label kicks off with suzi in transe. a roaring synth work drives this track into the deep and dark realms of techno. but with an acid element thrown in for good measure. ethereal yet brooding. impression is a track that grows and grows. its classical piano stab perfectly blends into the mix. keeping its dancefloor ready pace right to the end. 80s flare. break beat focused rhythms and an explosive synth riff. into the void is the most futuristic offbeat techno piece we have heard from anna. and makes for a standout new release with three varied and texturally interesting tracks.
jonah sharp & dj spun pair up as the loose control band to drop a punk-inspired single on rekids with remixes from label founder radio slave and shut boss ryan james ford. having released a large body of work as spacetime continuum (astralwerks) or alongside david moufang as reagenz (workshop). not to mention significant collaborations with the likes of terence mckenna. haruomi hosono and bill laswell. jonah sharp is unquestionably a highly respected producer. his seminal label reflective played an important role in the experimental ambient and techno scene during the ‘90s. whilst as a remixer he’s worked with music by nine inch nails. meat beat manifesto and matthew herbert. meanwhile. jason drummond has long been a commanding force within new yorks electronic music scene. such as running his prestigious warm up music series or his all night rong parties with regulars like dj harvey. hes also been djing and producing as dj spun for two decades. appearing on golf channel recordings as well as his own illustrious imprint rong music. which used to release music collaboratively with dfa. i dont understand sees a raw and uncompromising side to both artists as they layer a cacophony of murky bass. twisted melodies and mind-bending bleeps whilst drummonds turbulent vocals bellow throughout the mix. staying faithful to the original. radio slaves remix incorporates a heady rhythm with its rolling beat as screeching effects join a moody bassline. moving into techno territory. ryan james fords akihabara remix features rattling percussion and crystalline synths whilst his hope remix is built on an intricate drum sequence as soaring pads and echoing keys contrast with the originals piercing vocal.
r&s newcomer karim sahraoui delivers an ep of deep. emotive techno that draws on the rich legacy of detroit while staying relevant for the modern era. sahraoui is a globetrotting seeker of musical truth spending time in malaysia. italy and spain as well as his native france. he recorded in the early 2000s to some acclaim as djinxx. releasing prolifically for delsin. cocoon. f-com bedrock. and ovum amongst others. in 2009 he took a couple of years out from the industry. travelling to malaysia to find himself. in 2011 a chance meeting reconnected sahraoui with derrick may. who he originally met in the late 90s. may was reactivating transmat and persuaded karim to let him release his music. but on the condition it be under his own name. the resulting pair of eternal life eps in 2014 and 2016 marked his rich return to form glorious melodic. contemplative techno in the classic motor city mode. his plenitude ep for r&s builds on similar positive themes - from the percolating arpeggios and mystic melodies of spy of the desert. to the anthemic jazzy techo paen of born again or the aching symphonic build of before the 2nd coming its clear that after decades in the business sahraouis talent is only growing rather than diminishing. i wanted to give it more spirituality. musicality and roots with the choice of the sounds. going back in the past and transcribe everything with visionary fusions. sahraoui explains.
after kicking off the year with releases by wheelman and general ludd. were very pleased to announce that naum gabo completes our recent trilogy of releases from glasgow based artists. alongside ivan smagghe. its no secret that optimo have been a huge influence around these parts and having released ivans smagghe & cross project on belters last year. its a huge honour to work with naum gabo - the production partnership of jonnie wilkes (jg wikes of optimo) and james savage (mastering engineer for optimo music). fittingly enough. naum gabo played live at the first ever optimo related parties we attended at the sub club back in 2005 and jonnies influential and supportive presence has been felt over the years as we started to become more involved in the glasgow scene and as the label developed. so it didnt require much thought to do this release before we had even heard these new naum gabo tracks they are absolute slammers of the highest order! really big release. bringing to our minds the likes of errorsmith. belters is a new club-focussed label brought to you by huntleys + palmers.
caibu is paul rose’s first album as scb. the album builds on material from the below the line. old media new society. and engineered morality eps which explored a fictional narrative in which a hypothetical timeline is corrupted by a climate-related disaster. the title of the album itself refers to an imagined surgical procedure where cognitive ability is augmented through transplant from one brain to another. as such. caibu invites the listener to forge their own ideas on the development of society in the context of crisis.