how much do you really know about nina kraviz? shes a russian techno dj. an accomplished producer. one of dance musics breakthrough names of the last five years. true enough. but theres so much more to her story than that. shes one of electronic musics most interesting characters. someone who has stuck to her musical guns since day one. someone who has wide-ranging roots that run deep in the past. yet shes also the embodiment of the future. her signature sound is a raw blend of house and techno with a very acidic feel. if that feels very now. kraviz has a lot to do with it. which is why she was asked to mix the latest instalment of !k7s landmark dj kicks series.
vinyl 1 / a/b sides of taciturn manner lp
taciturn manner is reggy van oers’s first full length on his own telemorph imprint.
pertained in a period of strained self reflection. several field recordings have become the core upon which the album has been created. a persistant continuous movement throughout the elements of the tracks causes a certain constrasting tension and gradually transforms into lush cinematic textures.
an intricate and mesmerizing journey. full of rich and surprising details. resulting in a rather emotional expression of his constraint style and coherent distinct sound.
hana’s first and self-titled lp was recorded in autumn 2010 at facta non verba and consists out of 5 tracks which are techno oriented with disposal of experimental and abstract elements.
mastered and cut by rashad becker at dubplates & mastering in berlin.
d. carbone’s first album “carbone master system” is a collection of powerful techno tracks incorporating elements of rawness. acidity. and melancholy at the focus of his intent. bringing together the feeling and the passion that the sega master system brought to him in his youth. time was lost mesmerized by technology and excitement for the quest of the unknown.
restive plaggona recently released a brand new studio effort - a full-length album featuring 10 original tracks and a remix from ancestral voices. with a dark and melancholic twist. as the title of the project might imply. connected by a commonality of despair. nostalgia and desolation. restive plaggona elevated these elements into its maturity. at its core. each track has a soul-stirring significance. and is embalmed by titles that fringes on a political dimension.
pomelo are back with another techno gem by lodig/dibek. the viennese duo delivers two modern techno acid tracks in unique style. on the flip side the cheap records duo erdem tunakan and alpha tracks surprise us with an old school piano techno rave remix.
killekill house trax is going strong – this time with a 4-tracker by the incredible andreas gehm. he sent us the music shortly before his death and said we could pick any of his artist names and his only condition was that the music was released on vinyl. only after his death we realized that he had obviously already taken a decision then… so we are releasing this record now as an homage to one of the most creative and funniest persons in the electronic universe of the last decade. the ep includes all his typical styles and ranges from hard jacking acid house over weirdo electro house to old school chicago- leaning piano house. a timeless record for all situations. may you rest in peace. andreas. and thanks for still rocking our floors. even when you are long gone!
six tracker of jacking acid house and warehouse rave music for dancing to. no fucking about. four to the floor goodness from planet mu hardware don chevron. granary 12 (new scottish duo featuring steven simpson of 10 pills mate fame). heka trax boss nightwave. uk electro rave heavyweight matt whitehead. balkan label owners posthuman. and han do jin – new moniker of rag & bone’s warlock. no need for more blurb. just listen to the tracks. edition of 303 hand-numbered 12 inchs.
the third edition of the magnum opus series features thee art ov metals. a raw. menacing. post-punk inflected cut. drenched in reverb over an insistent ebm groove from broken english club alongside the pristine cardio bleeps and rave hypnosis of claus fuss’ static ace.
echoplex signs his “entering the sky” to sungate as the third release of the labels catalogue. echoplex. previously known for his vast label appearances across the world. now delivers a beautifully crafted four track original ep. this record balances smoothly between a forward thinking and highly effective techno tracks. specially envision for the body and soul. for the dance floor and for the home listening pleasure.
over the course of its 15-year lifespan. truesoul has excelled at giving a platform to the groovier end of the techno spectrum. showcasing releases with everyone from maetrik and cirez d. to hot since 82. reset robot and of course label founder and a&r adam beyer. with his new techno orientated project hyperloop. riva starr becomes the latest esteemed artist to join the label. the lead track resilience is crisp and punchy. and made immediately memorable by the 90s influenced house strings that run throughout. when beyer dropped it during his recent daytime set at sonus festival. it was a stirring highlight. ‘fallen angel is centered around a sublime piano melody and is the kind of composition that was tailored made for a blissful morning set. the vinyl version also comes with an exclusive remix of resilience from terrence parker that is only available on vinyl. offering an effective contrast to the original. man-of-the-moment tiger stripes follows up his excellent body trip ep with a powerful percussive rework of fallen angel . injecting his version with an arabic-flavoured vocal.
the fourth release is a solo ep from elad magdasi. bringing his inner raver to his music at all times. a full-on energy-charged techno extravaganza - with soul. passion and front left love. including download codes of the ep + a digital bonus track.
killer hertz: hypnotic bells with a powerful rhythm. a recipe for drama.
immortal: the evil side of the record. a mysterious arp that keeps on rolling.
reflection: a high energy synth celebration. with attention to detail and lots of groove.
red skies: moody melody and dark bassline. a combination of heaven and hell.
following on from his rolling ep that dropped in january and featured the outstanding blue. an early contender for one of the strongest tracks of the year. julian jeweil drops the crisp intergalactic techno trip space
frankyeffe s riot recordings returns on wax with four techno weapons. on the a side hidden empire s remix for fabio neural is a techno dreamy track with a lead 303 acid bass. aitor ronda returns on the label with a techno proper track ready to burn the dancefloor. on the b side spartaque and astrea bring us to another dimensions with moss and sere di marzo. two tracks full of sounds and melodies.
hazy acid soaked melodies melt over astral house breaks on the new release from breaker breaker. enlisting tokyo based producer and cosmopolyphonic collective member rgl for his second release on the label. machine love serves up 3 atmospherically rich cuts built to take you on a club focused cosmic excursion.
- apatik is a piece of relentless mainroom techno. a thumping kick and saturated drums meet an energetic and ever-modulating synth lead. - hell s bells is a more toolish affair. perfect to build the night or the later hours. the same goes for - free love . a timeless tool. germany s drumcomplex turns - hell s bells into another peaktime stomper. a highly functional ep and convincing label debut.
last release of comuno on kd raw was one of my favourite tunes last year. so i was very happy when i got the demo from him and the talented yael :-) on top mark reeve gave us a smashing remix! enjoy the technofunk! (monika kruse)
rat life records presents serial error a project by credit 00. jacob korn & sneaker. this outfit was brought to life in 2013 when red d called for some new beat style tracks for his -our beat is still new- compilation. flying a bit too low under the radar ever since rat life decided to reissue drum abuse on a super sound maxi single. the track was made in jacob korn s headquarter studio / synthesizer museum. the task distribution was hit quickly: jacob squeezing the acid out of his huge formant modular system. credit 00 beating the drums on the boss dr 660 and sneaker throwing his unique vocals on top!
for its latest release. weirdest dream has landed on dopeness galore for a supernova of atmospheric sounds called white worms. weirdest dream is the moniker and playground of stockholm-based galactic explorers daniel fagerström & luciano leiva. with a history of releases on rvng and permanent vacation the duo plays around in a constellation of all analog and early digital synthesizers such as the tr-909. waldorf microwave. yamaha dx7. roland juno-60 and akai mpcs. an ambient cloud of sonic surrealism. white worms is a curious exploration of the celestial sphere through echoes of patrick cowley. sensations fix and tangerine dream.
inspired by the early industrial pioneers. dead crooners and the unrelenting speed of change. uncanny valley combine homemade metallic resonators. pound-shop contact mics and sellotape synthesisers. with human error for unusual effect. remixes come from the fantastic manfredas and mondowski.
SOMEHOW SOMEWHERE THEY HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE (CASSETTE)
tape cassette NL18.01.18
pinkman welcomes maenad veyl to its roster of artists for his debut release in the form of the labels second tape. make them remember sets the gloomy mood with clattering percussion and ghostly synth lines. the messy drum patterns of taiko death rhythm are breaking up the cold mist. the a-side of the cassette is completed by the melodic slow burning energy of d.m.m.r.m . on the other side state ov apprehension and sotto gli occhi tutti further darken the character. to then pave way for in ruins to finish the damage with it s ethereal. yet soul ripping guitar riffs. *** digital download code included ***
the twelfth modal analysis release brings athens based morah to the frontline of the label s roster. along with the new york based. vapauteen on the remix duties. voltage ep carries 3 original tracks by the greek electronic music producer. along with a very special reintrpretation by the american artist. also known as shawn o sullivan. aesthetics vary from slow and hypnotic rhythms to driving ebm riffs and harshly distorted percussions. morah approaches the sound of modal analysis while maintaining his distinct charachter as a producer. using here field recordings and processed vocals.
deep dreamy and melancholic techno tracks by tserg. 25-year-old producer from. singapore. written over a period of 4 months. forgotten times is about the dreams we once had and forgot. the present moments that we forget to cherish and the ideals we used to believe and fight for but no longer do so. the intro is a hopeful track for the time when we started to dream. by the time we reach the outro. these memories have become fragmented and we struggle to even remember them. thankfully. time travel has always been possible in our minds when we think about the past or future. this transmat like production by tserg brings us from the future to the past in forgotten times but the listener is free to travel in whichever direction they want. limited to 150 copies.
experienced dutch producer tom ruijg rightly won praise for his first 12inch as tracey. skyfall. which surfaced on voyage direct in early 2017. combining elements seemingly inspired by vintage detroit futurism. ‘90s ambient techno and his own love of colourful synthesizer melodies. the ep saw tracey set out his stall in impressive fashion.
one year after its first release. nagual drift is back on the radar. exploring a panel of emotions and a wide range of sounds and feelings.
this various artists compilation features contrasting atmospheric shades of the dance floor. from acidic house tools to blooming ethereal soundscapes. bright and buoyant breakbeat to melancholic cuts from the left field of house to deep. dark and sorrowful techno.
ndft002 is a drifting. shifting landscape of collected emotional music from a pool of talented producers.
2x12” double ep. housed in a handmade silk-screen process cover limited to 500 numbered copies.
reless return to follow up on there first official release which was entitled cycle. out on world talk records that included a bold yet hazy remix from avant techno engineer shlomo.this time their foot firmly in the the mud. is a solid 4 tracks ep entitled. circuitry merging classic techno components which they say focuses on creating analogically modified melodic organisms. the eponymous title track circuitry brings the listener into a field of near moving stabs synths. pulsing through out the persistent motor rhythm. the follow up seed germinates a melodious and deep sequence to sense growth of emotions into the listeners body. reless stand by their motto of always repeating the essential. which can be heard strikingly through out limitation bringing us toward an end of an endlessly metallic grain storage silo. to conclude. the hotly tipped swedish producer kuf (head of arsenik records) pulls apart the harshly stark limitation exploring a rework focusing on the frustrations and jittering nervous pathways of the listener speaking directly to the frontal lobe his job to reside purely at the edge of our mental limitations.
wilted woman returns to one of her homes at primitive languages with a follow up to the coveted cassette release “fluid”. on “watching the psycho”. she offers three tracks of condensed rhythmic gestures that tightly encapsulate various aspects of her wide-cast palate.
with recent 12” releases on she rocks and alien jams. this 7” release carves out a smaller aural territory for the listener to meditate upon. another wonderful chapter in the singular makers repertoire.
a2: böse mango
lithuanian artist pletnev debuts on sze with 3 tracks of ethno-techno. backed with a remix from ploy. having previously released on the likes of meda fury. bahnsteig23 and le temps perdu. the ​.thrown furniture ep​. sees pletnev delve into the harder-edged side of his work.
the a-side features ​.her cruel smile ​.and thrown furniture. ​.two acid fuelled workouts with a strong rhythmic pulse and those afro-tinged samples that are fast becoming a characteristic sound of the artist. the b-side kicks off with ​.my first teacher. ​.a creepy and slow burning trip that gets right under the skin. rounding off the release is a remix from ploy. coming off the back of his standout eps for hemlock and hessle audio. the remix is a dive headfirst into the distinctive sludgy sound of this young artist.
we have encountered ice dog during one sunny belgrade afternoon while he was chasing what he was calling fish (actually slavic seniors transformed into dolphins and dolphin is not a fish). he might or might not told us the fore-coming story: a man complains of being hungry. all the time. dogs it seems are never hungry. so the man decides to become a dog. to be a dog one must walk on all fours. the hero decides to wear shoes on his hands only to discover that there is no hand left to tie the laces on the fourth shoe. what does a shoe-shod dog tie laces with? its mouth. organ by organ the man becomes a dog. one lace at a time his record transformed us into a new type of misunderstood creatures. most of the tracks are surprisingly fast and playable yet broken while others are groovy however noisy. i am pretty sure you havent heard anything like it before. but what do i know i’m a fish.
ice dog is an alias of 33.10.3402.
cover by martyna bolanowska / kaja kukul. a mastered by tim xavier at manmade mastering.
cignol fires up the blasters and sets a course for hidden galaxies - a 303 fuelled electro trip into the outer reaches of the unknown universe. delving through throbbing gristly bass lines. pounding. intricate click clack drum programming and aquatic. electric cool.
dm002 showcases 5 dance floor cuts from keita sano. lucretio. alter-d. bioroot. and asymmetrical. this ep was inspired by the video games jet set radio and jsrf. some of the soundtracks for jsr and jsrf were produced by the latch brothers (including mike d from the beastie boys). and features tracks from other great musicians such as cibo matto.
the artwork of this release captures the essence of the video game and the ep within. hazy nights out in the capital. neon lights. high rises and 4:00 am eats.
ossian’s debut solo ep comes out on south london analogue material (s.l.a.m). the label he created with ansome 3 years ago. after a previous joint release on s.l.a.m and a remix on perc trax. we get to see original tracks from ossian for the first time.​..
“​..shock & awe” is a hard. noisy. dancefloor ripper with mesmeric synth stabs that sets the tone of the release in no uncertain terms. next is “sickly inhibitions”. a dark broken beat track full of screams. choral samples and breaks with vocals reminiscent of the silver screen and the early days of motion picture.​..
​..the last of the original tracks is “necessary illusions”. another powerful dancefloor track. the distorted drums are accompanied by screeching synths. twisted noise and battle horns. to finish the ep s.l.a.m welcomes uvb to the label for the first time with his remix of “necessary illusions” showcasing his robust sound taking elements of the original and subtly reworking them.
deeplabs happily welcomes jeff hess for his debut release cherubim ep. eagerly anticipated. this record encompasses jeff’s sound inspired by mid-90’s minimal techno. cherubim ep focuses on classic leaning and stripped down analog techno to create functional dance tracks with unique character and plenty of soul.
the tel-aviv centered yotam avni officially joined forces with stroboscopic artefacts last year. turning in a sensual an invigorating entry for the monad series. thanks to his personalized fusion of esoteric and worldly sound elements. avni immediately made a case to deliver more work to the label. and now he has done so with perlude to dybbuk. the second in a new series of s.a.
death & leisure is excited to welcome back jerome tcherneyan and barkosina hanusova as the incredible years of denial for a special split 12- with maenad veyl . the brand new project from italian producer thomas feriero. years of denial deliver a heavy synth wave techno classic with -we operate on each other- . and the pounding hypnotic - numeric affairs- maenad veyl starts things off on his side with the broken percussion of -paint the ossuary- . after that we get the slow dragging darkness of -tell me secrets- and lastly -who you could not- with its drilling synths and noise.
after exploring georgian soundscapes. the intergalactic research institute for sound is honored to reissue stanislav tolkachevs blue mood. first released on aftertaste recordings in 2008. this masterpiece is in the institutes opinion one of the most impressive work of the ukrainian artist. for the occasion. stanislav created the artwork for the record in order to complement or maybe represent an idea behind the release. the institute plans to ask artists to deliver also a visual on top of their sound communication on the label. limited copies of blue mood will include a photography of tolkachev’s artwork. absolute limit. which finds itself on the b side. is a brand new track by tolkachev. as usual he delves deeper into abstract and distorted techno. delivering a truly mental cut.
the music for this release was a process of literal catharsis. a purging of a build up of negative thoughts and emotions. but the music is also designed to be confrontational. the intent is to challenge mediocrity. to ask questions about the whole notion of techno as merely a form of debauched escapism. the music also asks questions about destructiveness and apathy. the aim is for something with meaning. as opposed to transience. our demons are your contentments- catharsis is the result of the meeting and collaboration between veteran techno producer -heretic- and dark ambient producer -emission-. the project is a quest to explore and purge negative thoughts via music. a modern ascetic experience in the pursuit of inner peace.
im going to try not to gush too much about the fact that me me me has raj pannus first ever record. but you have to understand that he’s dj royalty to someone from where i come from. from his residencies in newcastle in the early 90s. touring all over europe. playing with the likes of gilles peterson. jazzanova and james lavelle to his move into turntablism in the late 90s playing one on one with dj craze. a-trak and q-bert.
the blink single is a labour of love spanning over 2 years evolving from reshapes live series. the ‘tunnel mix takes its title from being road tested at the now closed tunnel club in paris and both tracks are a homage to early uk and detroit techno which redshape holds fond memories of from his youth.
luciano lamanna debuts on concrete records with his new ep -atto di dolore-. grimy and sinister like an horror movie soundtrack melting with dark and deep techno. -atto di dolore- leads you straight into the darkest side of the dancefloor. slow. gentle and obsessive. comes with a long remix by positive centre on b side.
2017 has seen many a debutant on toolroom and this could be the most exciting one yet as we welcome format:b to the toolroom family! the german tech house duo have been ruling dance floors for over 10 years now and most recently had their biggest success story when dance giants ministry of sound snapped up their chunky release that went on to hit the overall top 40 in the uk charts. this ep see s 2 slabs of pure tech house hedonism with the scoop leading the way. quirky. catchy synth hooks. powerful drums. a driving bass line and bundles of energy ensure that this track causes absolute carnage on the dance floor every time it s dropped! the flip continues where this leaves off with a raucous tech house groove and some great little vocal hooks and again. as we have come to expect with every format:b production. the energy levels are through the roof.
every story has to come to an end at some point. the final chapter of this piece of musical literature is written and wrapped. the third release on het is deliverd by hagen richter. the 4-track-ep has a wide range. which spans from industrial soundscapes. elektrotechnoid tunes up to the classic types of techno vibes. the mutual basis of all cuts is the approach of storytelling. which is the artists goal as a dj as well. future tales are in the making.
agorias second outing on sapiens presents some of his most uncompromising work to date. boomerang manifests live percussion and analog pulse waves. rising through shepard tone drama and succinct. minimalist form. three additional solo performances accompany the title track - a clin doeil to the minimalist french synth pioneers of yesteryear. an exercise in humanity.
duat (pronounced do-aht) was the realm of the dead in ancient egyptian mythology. the deity osiris was believed to be the lord of the underworld since he personified rebirth and life after death. being the first mummy as depicted in the osiris myth.the underworld was also the residence of various other gods along with osiris. the duat was the region through which the sun god re traveled from west to east each night. and it was where he battled apep. who embodied the primordial chaos which the sun had to defeat in order to rise each morning and bring order back to the earth. it was also the place where peoples souls went after death for judgement. though that was not the full extent of the afterlife. burial chambers formed touching-points between the mundane world and the duat. and the akh. the effectiveness of the dead. could use tombs to travel back and forth from the duat. duat (or duatrecords) is a label by amin fallaha and r100.
key selling points the chorus: that moment where everyone connects and participates in unity. a moment anyone whos shared a dancefloor can recognise whether its a festival arena. subterranean dark room or an illegal rave in a field. warehouse or any abandoned canvas between… like the ones colognes julian stetter has come from. inspired by subversive communities. all pulling together for a greater cause. his background in underground parties can be felt in everything hes done so far: his work with the ancient future now label. his vast imaginative techno constructions and now his work with jennifer cardinis long-standing community correspondant with the widescreen odyssey that is ‘chorus six slices of evocative narrative-rich electronic soul inspired by his on-going international experiences on the road. loaded with poignant introspection. thunderous rumbles and playful theatrics. the ep is bookended by two versions of ‘chorus. a vision of scorching hope and lift that can seize a full floors attention in seconds and full live up to the tracks title. message and meaning. by far julians most significant solo ep to date. this is a moment for us all to connect and participate. join in if you know the chorus
a warehouse jive for number 5 on running backs misfit melodies series. introducing new artist and shrinking violet pistachio. ilox cuts house music out of a techno cloth and vice versa. one of three direct cuts between chord memories. distant voices and space echoes. complemented by a drone piece for the times before. after and in-between. classic soundscapes with a modern drive. nutritious as a nut.
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.
bastinov returns on his beloved etruria beat after the big success of solar system with a brand new four track ep. wormhole. kicking off with the title track. characterized by a powerful 909 groove and strong synth. were plunged deep within its magical atmosphere. materia follows with its wonderful ambient pad and energetic kick. before were taken on a melodic tangent by the synth driven ‘paradox. closing the ep and rolling out another beautifully crafted 909 groove is the thumping quantum gravity.
joran van pol is back on minus with edge. a fantastic four track ep that is his first on the label since 2013. in the years since. the amsterdam based artist has set up his own fade label and has continued to evolve his cinematic techno sound. previously. van pol has also released on labels like rejected. sci+tec and ideal audio. and has the support of all the big techno players who often reach for his tunes in their sets. as a dj he is just as in demand. with headline slots everywhere from space ibiza to time warp all behind him. having recently set up a new studio. he is still coming on strong with fresh inspiration and ever more essential grooves. ‘illos opens things with seven spooky minutes of icy techno. rolling rubbery drums pump away below. and the details up top make for an evocative soundscape with distant industrial sounds. groaning bass and razor sharp hi hats all filling your mind with imagery. next comes title track ‘edge. another brilliant sonic landscape with tense chords repeating over ticking percussion. its a track that builds tension throughout. and keeps you looking over your shoulder into the eerie blackness. the perfectly high pressure ‘return is one that locks you in and never lets up. with warped synths snaking above traintrack like drums and hits. a dark. rumbling bassline and the sounds of pistons releasing air all add to the intensity of this brainmelting bit of futuristic techno. last but not least. ‘frostbite is then the most spacious and spooky offering of the lot. it has freaky alien sound designs scattered around the track with supple kicks driving the whole thing forwards. its an absorbing cut that hurries along and takes you for a thrilling ride. these are four more inventive techno tracks from one of the contemporary scenes brightest stars.
after great success of moondance 002. 003 is expected to be no less than great. one of croatia’s finest. ivan komlinovic is back with his brand new 4 tracker including the analog cops splendid remix. straight up underground techno-funk filled with different vibes and mindsets that ivan delivers at moondance 12- is fragment of his arsenal of raw but warm-analog sounding elements. we are honoured to present -ninja’s cross- killer cuts that represents ivan’s unique drift between different techno and house vibes.
cosmic walkers ep is the 12th release on informa records. this time from french parisian duo kas:st showcasing their emotional. mental and modern take on techno. owners of flyance records and with an excellent catalogue of releases on labels such as taapion. concrete music & blocaus series we are happy to welcome them to the informa family. to close the release we have the return of takaaki itoh who has provided a more stripped hypnotic take of endless exodus.
the third solo record by skymn further articulates the width of his artistry by taking us on a melancholic night ride across retro-futuristic skylines and dimly lit neon roads.
the record has received early support from artists such as claudio prc. deepbass. ness. svreca. artefakt. etapp kyle. i/y. iori. jonas kopp. kwartz. rasmus hedlund. samuli kemppi. takaaki itoh. eric cloutier. conrad van orton and s100 to name a few.
the legendary moscow club propaganda celebrates its 20th anniversary in april 2017 and launches a brand new record label. the label will cover different styles of intelligent electronic music. focusing on techno in the first year. at the beginning there will be released music by great artists who had performances at propaganda club in past. more artists will be involved and more excellent music will be released over time.
BLOOMINGVILLE (PETER VAN HOESEN REMIX) (180G VINYL)
12" Vinyl NL12.01.18
blocaus series is back and explores this time the deep side of things guided by the fearless awb lighting the way. the parisian based producer awb is well know to be the owner of taapion records with shlomo and pvnv and also released music on soma records and raw imprint. awb’s sound oscillates between deep / atmospheric techno. with film scoring influence which are reflected in this ep. he delivers 4 fantastic cuts including an outstanding remix by peter van hoesen all on the edge of an amazing melancholic and deep techno style.
planet rhythm has come forward with quite some serious va’s throughout the last couple of years. the 109th installment in the ever maintaining vinyl series is exactly that. a compilation that features several of the label’s great names combined on one slab of vinyl. kingfisher ep is a four track counting release consisting of tough tracks that are completely in the vein of the label’s recent direction. intrusive. yet melodic contemporary dancefloor action.
solar phenomena welcomes singular rhythm master stl for a new ep that offers four fantastic tracks of dubby house. it is the label’s fourth release and finds the something label boss in a typically inventive mood.
first track spy vs spy opens things with shuffling drum loops and eerie synth details that hypnotises over seven minutes. atomsmasha has wooden hits and rough shakers peppering a soft. imperfect groove as awkward chords bring an unhinged edge to the mix. on the flip. summer breeze & brotherhood has loose keys doing an off kilter dance over stl’s trademark low-key drums where freebird zones you out with long held chords and detuned keys as cloudy. dusty kicks bring a barely-there groove deep down low. you know what to get from stl by now. but at the same time you can never get enough.
after living in africa. south america. then london. ohes first made a name in paris by playing analog lives with the dynamiterie crew. first as they resident artist and then as the new artistic director of their new label. it is while playing live in the french city of pau that he met behzad & amarou. they shared the same views on the perception of music. thus created a particular affinity. after this event. they chose to collaborate under the boa moniker (behzad ¹ ohes- amarou). and invited him to release his new ep on bear records. in this first ep. ohes moves between a slightly dystopic robotic house. sharp discoid grooves and melancholic exoticism. this new adventure present a rich diversity in these four personal tracks. influenced by his numerous travels.
arts gallery was born from the collaboration of two very talented minds. asmar & gëinst 2x12” package is unique. each of the two artist present themself in their own space. this space is also shared in another bigger territory. arts gallery. alchemy is a kind of philosophy: a kind of thinking that leads to a way of understanding. this duchamp quote describe really well this record.
on this split ep. two-heads project minimum syndicat is back again with its own special brand of hard acid music. mixing authentic rave influences and modern industrialish techno to reach this state of dark euphoria who became its trademark. this time. their guest is the famous irish producer sunil sharpe. another figure not known to make any compromise... he delivers two severe cuts of techno and electro full of raw energy. with a sinister vibe reflecting the dirty clubs and warehouses where this music is supposed to be played.
drumcode returns with its 6th installment of the internationally celebrated a-sides series. renowned for fostering a shared space between industry tastemakers and rising talent alike. the careful curation that goes into each volume is a fine example of why beyer s brand continues to go from strength to strength. techno titan adam beyer has grown drumcode into a force to be reckoned with. the label has become synonymous with forward-thinking. functional techno and even after 20 years. drumcode continues to find new boundaries to push. and ways to solidify its legacy as the world s number one techno label. 2017 is no exception. with beyer s imprint hosting it s first stage at tomorrowland. not to mention the expansion of the critically acclaimed junction 2 where the drumcode stage is the centrepiece and adam plays the key role of festival director. the drumcode phenomenon continues to grow each week. chiefly fuelled by drumcode radio. adam s radio show thats broadcast in 57 countries via 86 stations and to a global audience of 16 million techno fans per week. the a-sides series acts as a perfect vignette of drumcode s cutting-edge sound. functional yet inspired techno. all tracks tried and tested by beyer himself. vol. 6 continues this tradition with a collection of 16 multi-faceted cuts from a mixture of both emerging artists and experienced label friends. the heart-throbbing bass in amelie lens electrifying piece in silence sets the tone for the dark and dance-floor-ready energy that vol.6 carries the whole way through. other standouts include mars bill s rough n ready mohave. pulsating and precise. mohave has highlighted many of beyer s sets recently as has wehbba s monster track fake . which fans have been anticipating the release of all year. label-favourites dense & pika also feature on a-sides vol. 6 with their hard-hitting just a beat and a huge track from beyer himself who has joined forces with enrico sangiuliano to bring us their undeniably infectious preset heaven. with many more notable selections from the likes of julian jewell. timmo. tiger stripes and pig&dan. a-sides vol. 6 is another impressive addition to the label s prolific release roster and a testament to why drumcode remains at the forefront of the electronic world.
originally a heavy metal drummer. bård aasen lødemel aka skatebård. got into techno and rave during the 90s. hailing from a small town called Ørsta on the norwegian west coast. lødemel moved to bergen where he quickly became part of the student town s growing club scene. after handing over a homemade demo to tellé records label boss mikal telle. lødemel got signed to tellé offshoot label tellektro in 2001. his first release under the name of skatebård. a 12- mini album called -skateboarding was a crime (in 1989)- was released in 2002. and skatebård s reputation as an excellent techno/electro producer started to spread beyond norway s borders. since then skatebård has gone on to release on labels such as sex tags mania. radius records. supersoul recordings. keys of life finland. luna flicks. totally as well as his own digitalo enterprises. -skateboarding was a crime (in 1989)- was pressed in a very limited edition and sold out quickly. since then it has been a desired object for record collectors and techno and electro aficionados around the globe. now the time has come to make the mini album available again. something this true masterpiece really deserves.
adam beyers drumcode is growing from strength to strength. year after year. with a non-stop release schedule showcasing both the labels new and most established artists with cutting edge techno beats. after 20 years since its inception. drumcode continues to push the boundaries. firmly grounding their position as the worlds no.1 techno label. drumcodes youngest rising star. layton giordani. exploded on to the scene after his debut album >where it begins< back in february. after scoring some of the biggest festivals in europe this summer. he now returns with an exciting collab titled live again. ny born and bred. danny tenaglia has always been a true inspiration for layton since his teenage years. so when the opportunity to collaborate with the fellow ny legend was on the cards. it was a dream come true. danny and layton join forces for the lead track live again . its deep and dark with a slowly building pad wrapping around a modulating synthetic hook. the dark and effected vocal echo takes the track into a hypnotic vibe. ‘take it back delivers a pumping drive the moment it fires up. snapping percussive force and an infectious rhythmic groove will unhinge dance floors nationwide. whilst secrets of vibration has a rattling. yet blistering low end presence to it. the new yorkers unite on this energetic and exciting collab
twenty years after the sonar base 4 - 10 release on the legendary dutch record label u-trax. it is now time for an official high quality remastered vinyl re-issue on deeptrax records. the rare original was very hard to find and is considered as one of the highlights of dutch electro and techno. the dutchman frank de groodt a.k.a sonar base is hitting hard with a perfect blend of 70 minutes of aquasonic electro. intergalactic boogie and deep techno. frank started out on u-trax records in 1994. and released as the operator and optic crux on djax-up-beats before his more recent releases as fastgraph on klakson. besides he s also part of random xs and ultradyne. this bass oriented. mind bending album is considered one of the netherlands best kept secrets and has been a fave amongst connaisseurs. selectors and djs around the globe for many years. a real post apocalyptic gem from utrecht that is as fresh and sharp as it was originally released 20 years ago. the tracks are full bodied. muscular pieces of electro and techno with hidden melodies and savage beats upon clever bass lines. all tracks analog remastered by ballyhoo studios and pressed by the brand new vinyl pressing plant deepgrooves for optimal listening pleasure. this is just the first one of a series by sonar base released on deeptrax records. buy your own personal outer-space sonar base package. filling that black hole in your macrocosm collection. you don t want to miss this a second time!
the latest in gynltd vinyl series is this superb brand new ep from sydney s dj hi-shock under his advanced human guise. kilimanjaro is a hypnotic journey of filtered synth stabs. driving rhythms and pulsating basslines that will appease fans of proper techno. two magnificent remixes from black hats and a.mochi are also included.
the squirrels from san francisco are back and they re wearing white after labor day pressing up a limited white-label 12inch. full of the throbbing electro. altered-states body music. and head-in-the-clouds techno you ve come to expect from squirrels on film.