“i’m not at all sorry, now that he’s dead,
he took my cheese and ate it in my stead,
he’s punished by fate - god, you’ve avenged me.”
“the fox and the raven” is the maiden release for denise rabe’s self titled label, conceived to be the channel thru which her personal, unfiltered, haunting sound will find it’s body and voice.
exemplifying this with the 3 cuts on “the fox and the raven”: driven, hypnotic, techno with a chasing sense of urgency, balanced with eeire lamenting melodies, perfectly fitting the tales of lore chosen to illustrate each release like a volume in an odyssey.
concluding this chapter, a limited pressing of 300 reproductions serigraphed, embossed and scented, echoing how like fables, music, occupies a tangible moment in the listeners life and space.
a prison of predictions is the first lp from the ownlife label (excepting seld series, focused in pressing back gems from two decades ago) and also by the person behind it. leiras.
on it, the producer showcases a compendium featuring the characteristic sound of the platform, pushing ahead cyclical techno together with tracks that evoke the persistence of remembrance. echoing the preterit sound of sandwell district and renewed sound formulas from almost two decades of uk electronica. ambient brush strokes outline soundscapes surrounded by analogue sounds that share space with more direct and snappy songs. a scape on the frenetic side of electronica with an idm-leaning end closes the equation.
substantiating his versatility as a producer with the label’s previous 10 titles and undoubtedly confirmed on this record, leiras offers a consequent closing for the first stage of ownlife, which finishes on this point in order to look for new sound structures for the next transmissions.
this lp has been created in berlin during the last months using mixed recording techniques with the purpose of conceiving a narrative thread that gives coherence to the release, without doubt an inflection point in leiras’ discography.
although rico puestel has been producing since 2005, he still seems to be something of an insider tip. since caravel though, his august release on cocoon recordings, things have taken a dramatic turn with puestel currently enjoying man of the moment status, especially when it comes to progressive techno and peak time action on the dance floor.
marco resmann returns to watergate after a productive stint at the red bull music studios in cape town with two stellar cuts featuring local heroes deep aztec and black soda. tack on a remix from the one and only oliver huntemann and another revision from resmann himself and you have the ‘babylon side ep. teaming up to kick things off, resmann, black soda and deep aztec embrace the cultural sounds of africas organic percussion and vocal prowess to create a tour de force tune perfectly balance between flashing club lights and vast open skies. following suit, ‘abadala sees marco again with deep aztec for a lush ride into deep emotional spaces by applying mesmerizing syncopated rhythms and spellbinding vocals ideal for deeper or more sentimental dance floor moments. up next is techno legend oliver huntemann who, playing after resmann earlier this year at the 15 years of watergate event at warung beach club in brazil enjoyed his set and the two hit it off, so logically he was asked to lend his trademark sound for a revision of ‘babylon side and he twists the original into a heavy techno belter complete with sinister sonics and fever inducing sirens. wrapping things up is marco resmann himself with his own take on ‘babylon sides and delivers a wild and twisted version of gargantuan low end and psychedelic shimmers of the original vocal resulting in a killer tune with a ton of attitude.
much may have changed over a two-decade period, but drumcode s commitment to releasing the scene s most cutting-edge and refined techno remains resolute. 2017 has already seen releases from adam beyer vs pig&dan, alan fitzpatrick, ilario alicante, julian jeweil, as well as a debut album from layton giordani. the label continues push forwards, bringing fail-safe, club-ready music to the techno community. perennial pushers of the techno envelope, dense & pika are renowned for their standout studio output that seems to constantly conjure up a particularly unique take on their distinct sound, d&p have rather outdone themselves in 2017. kicking off the year with a selection of back catalogue remixes from the likes of danny daze, scuba, slam and yotam avni that illustrated the high esteem in which d&p are held by their peers right across the spectrum, from heritage acts to current headliners and cutting edge talent, the duo have gone on to drop bomb after bomb after bomb. their universally lauded remix of tiga s louder than a bomb was the first of a run of chart topping cuts, with a remix of me & her s wild rage on jamie jones hottrax imprint and their own casino single both challenging the norm of what techno sounds like in the here and now. cooked up with a more melodic vibe and fusing elements of house and techno, dense & pika s latest outing on drumcode offers something different compared to their previous work. there is still that vintage feel to each of the tracks with analogue sounds and arrangements born and developed from experimental studio jams. indeed, suki heavily utilizes the distinct harmonic tones of the dave smith prophet 8 keyboard. while little sun - a staple of d&p performances over the last three months - delivers a more classic drumcode sound. lanky closes out the release with an infectious slab of wonderfully wonked-out raw funk
future music from new kanada s frontman adam marshall. sometimes its hard to categorize certain tracks and these ones are from outa space. it reminds me a lot of the time when we all discovered the first playhouse records from isolee, losoul and soylent green. magic moments which at first listen maybe not seem to work on the dancefloor because they are too challenging, but if you find the right moment they gonna work wonder…tip!
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.
no doubt tom ellis has been one of our favorite producers for over 12 years. sharing music with him is always a blast whether its at a party, a festival or getting a hand on its latest tracks. this double ep gets you in a particular mood. through these 8 tracks tom shares an intimate experience and brillantly merges house, jazz, minimal techno, plus a touch of acid and ambient. experience deep and mindful music you only get a chance to enjoy once in a while.
milan based collective just this return with two va releases to continue their broken promises series. with the aim of documenting the progression of cultural movements, the label have pursued underground material since 2010. broken promises part 3 and part 4 are due for release on 1st december and 8th december respectively, and each feature four new tracks channelling refined techno with minimalist, ambient sentiments. hunter/game open part 3 with distance, a meditative journey through ambient textures using expansive synths and vast acoustics. next, architectural brandishes 808 drums for a tense workout on electric soul. on the b-side, label co-owner pisetzky explores the darker side of minimal on anterial, whilst altman plays with moody bass and ricocheting percussion on shapes. part 4 opens with a shuffling rhythmic framework on inlands aechmea, followed by zona, a pointillist groove by ben gibson, aka one half of the collaborative project dyad. on my flowers kundal, a cyclical melody wanders through eerie acoustics whilst hiver navigates a broken beat framework with glitchy distortions and dub echoes on stellar parallax landing
perc’s third album “bitter music” pushed his sound to further extremes than ever before when released in april of this year, winning widespread acclaim and launching a worldwide tour to support it. now the album returns with two eps of interpretations for a diverse selection of remixers most of whom are new to perc trax. this first ep of remixes takes in head front panel’s constantly building, pulsating version of deep album moment “the thought that counts”, hodge’s bristol meets london meets berlin stepping take on “chatter” and a screwfaced broken version of album opener “exit” by rising blackest ever black star pessimist.
perc trax completes its duo of “bitter music” remix eps with this three tracker that aims directly for the dance floor. opening up proceedings is dax j, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last few years and who here serves up an irresistible take on “unelected” fueled by the driving energy his productions and sets have become famous for. next up stroboscopic artefacts boss lucy layers shifting textures over popping kick drums for a version of “wax apple” that perfectly blends form and function. lastly matrixxman, himself another of the key break out artists of the last few years, takes control of “rat run” and morphs in into a rolling drum track built on rolling toms and topped off with dubbed out elements of perc’s original mix.
lespoints010 - occult anti-neo-liberal acid squad vol.1 ep all songs written by flavio audino, luca digi lio, nicola kazimir and walid el barbir arranged by flavio audino, nicola kazimir and walid el barbir engineered by nicola kazimir and walid el barbir recorded at association les points, ,zürich, switzerland mixed at association les points, zürich, switzerland mastered at analogcuts mastering, berlin, germany
the 7 year anniversary of dame-music continues! following the well-acclaimed various artists ep earlier this year, which included tracks from boo williams, the analogue cops and milton bradley vs bloody mary, dame-music is back and proud to present its 36th release, this time inviting two very special guests to share the record with label boss bloody mary. the melting point ep marks the fusion of three renowned producers including kink, thomas p. heckmann and bloody mary. it s no secret that these three are acid lovers, and their combination on this release shows three different takes on the acid sound. both kink and thomas p. heckmann need no introduction. bloody mary has followed their music for many years and the melting point ep marks the coming together of mary with two of her most respected acid producers, all on the one record. dame-music promises all three tracks will damage the dancefloor each in their own way, just be sure to play them loud. over the past 7 years, dame-music has shaped its identity by continuously releasing a distinct blend of techno and house music. 2018 shows no signs of slowing down, stay tuned!
savas pascalidis releases heavy new ep brain waves on atrophic society savas pascalidis is an artist who needs little in the way of introduction. having a career that spans the last 25 years, and releases on a staggering number of great labels (gigolo records, kurbel, non series, mote evolver, stockholm ltd, children of tommorow, skudge, figure and many more), were proud to welcome savas to the atrophic society family. brain waves sees further exploration of the techno that defines savas’ sound. savage, grooving and dripping in nuance, all four cuts on this ep will set the night on fire. distant dreams is a tunnelling beast that twists and turns over itself with insistent percussive slaps and grooving bass, underpinning a driving synth line that stacks up to create a furious ep opener. there were no parts to work from to make a remix with, so in a total class move echologist drops a cover mix of the b1 track resonate, though it could be said that it’s inspired by all the original tracks on the ep. he strips it back to the bare necessities and propels it forward in true echologist style. the original of resonate is noisey and blustery as the title would suggest, hissing and bleeping over a mid range bassline that tastefully peaks and troughs for the length of the journey. finally, rounding out the ep in total class, subminimal crescendo’s with layers of noise and delay over a funk-fuelled rhythm. all four tracks on this forward thinking ep for atrophic society are essential machine-made music and an outstanding addition to savas body of work.
after the recent collaborative library of babel ep alongside retina.it and prg/m as r2π,,, , ruhig is back on midgar with the 4tracker sleeping oracle ep, first instalment of a release trilogy. expect nice things!
reeko debuts on avian. in recent years, the spanish producer’s name has become synonymous with exquisitely produced, hyper-functional techno variants. releases via pole group and planet rhythm as well as the artist’s own mental disorder outlet have seen juan rico develop a distinctive sound that places elements of noise & ambient within a contemporary techno framework – harnessing a dense, abrasive energy without compromising groove. layers of ethereal pads, filtered noise and feedback fx are compounded into a tight, mono space, pushing back on powerful, propulsive low end – making for a decidedly heady listening experience.
new york city based further reductions is the live project from husband and wife shawn (aka vapauteen, 400ppm, let er est) and katie o sullivan (aka rose e kross, ppg). back in 2014 they released their gorgeous debut album on cititrax records. the album was an adventurous trip, where they pushed forward a unique sound. after all those years there will be a follow up to this ep on knekelhuis. expect a fusion of different sounds, grimy and pretty at the same time.
the third instalment of the bodybuilder quartet has arrived, and once again label boss nachtbraker adds an exciting name to the quartet series manifesto. moscow native kuzma palkin previously released a double 10 and a double 12 on quality russian imprint gost zvuk, but is also known for his productions under his audiocad (between us) and kausto (shanti records) noms de guerre. make sure to check those out if you havent already. here, kuzma serves up an ep as deep as they come, with greasy, industrial and glitchy sounds floating on steady beats. title tune macho culture is a peaktime roller for darker club spaces with its deep melodic stabs, slapping snares and a haunting synth. also on the a is muscle mass increase, which is cut from the same haunting cloth but comes with an edgy saw synth that will have the punters reach for the lazers. flip over for ?proper sauna chill, which comes with a thumping kick, beautifully crafted sound design details and an undeniable groove. closing kuzmas quartet series debut ep is krepkiye bitsepsky, another showcase of amazing sound design and warped stabs floating over a steady break beat and groovy bass line to round things off nicely.
those who physically suffer from dopamine depletion seek ways to experience maximized pleasure. hong kongs hyper everything enfant terrible, s.y. delivers a much darker complex ep than his two previous offerings under a new alias, a creative therapy of sorts apparently dealing with substance abuse and unstable mental conditions which luckily for everyone translates into more leftfield dancefloor gold with the brilliantly nondescript $ lfo and weirdo power drive of the title track on a side, followed on the flip by a surprisingly beautiful ode to concrete music, and a deeply haunting field recording piece that closes a perfectly round ep... or does it? sleeve artwork by matt damhave
mindtrip is glad to introduce dold, a huge young talent from the swedish techno scene. known for his first releases on float records and his platform arsenik, ‘shutdown ep showcases a big range of his musical identity. dold takes us into a hypnotic journey with his melodic interpretations, while he moves things faster on the darkest side of this ep, with his driven techno tracks fully inspired by 909 patterns and analog synth jams. we are really happy to welcome such a young and furious spirit on the label, and we do believe his tunes work best if you play them out loud. this is mindtrip!
american electro rap legend kyper checks in with the german label ground control.
produced by the brazilian bass connection (bbc) aka heliobranco and tom oliver, the new song let the bass come out clear delivers a shameless old school miami bass orgy with heavy 808 beats, 80s style rapping, vocoder vocal bits and fresh scratching.
the perfect choice for a remixer comes with miami bass heavyweight debonaire, who also produced classics with legendary groups maggotron and dynamix ii, taking the song to the next level of bass boom. turn up the bass!
night blind is richard fearless second release on drones white label series. the title track coalesced in the early hours of the morning as diffuse, turneresque lights glimmered across the thames and the container was pounded by a storm. unnerving and melancholic yet with a glimmer of light, this is fearless at his best. on the b side is cancan. with xaviers spiritual acid head, kenichi iwasa, on percussion duties, this is one for peak time body shaking. both tracks were recorded and mixed at the metal box by chris blakey and produced by richard fearless. stamped and numbered edition of 300 vinyl
after the tease on the label’s latest va with their track “envoy”, scalameriya and the label boss vsk return to crs ltd with a 4-tracks ep. the duo has already proven to be a prolific team up in the past with releases on perc trax or power vacuum and with “helix ep” they continue to develop a fresh vision of techno, once again delivering tracks that represent a perfect symbiosis of their individual styles. without any fillers on board, this release showcases peak time tracks with instantly recognizable synths, sound design and theatrical breakdowns.
a diverse techno e.p, each track suitable for a specific time, place & audience.
everything’s possible, nothing has to be, probably best describes the current selection. while artik brutally transforms the industrial into the techno format, chris moss acid and spaceinvasion ride the 303. the former combines analog-synths with repetitive peaktime-techno, while spaceinvasion interprets this through a sluggish, yet no less brutal, flow. lastly, lucindo scatters nuances of trance. rave!
3byk debuts with a release of a strong and uncompromising techno.
a1 track is a 12 min passage through distorted acid lines and a heavy bass groove
b1 has a powerful flow and a heavy but funky rhythm
b2 is a drunk synth over a strong drum pattern
eplex & mikrokosmos, two studio partners in berlin, release their 2nd album “microgravity”. from athmospheric to post-industrial moods, a wider range of musical elements are examined in the 11 track album. handcrafted and spacy sounddesign, mainly based on analog hardware, subtle noise textures as well as driving rhythms are the gravitational forces throughout the auditory journey. in the 5 track vinyl edition, side a is more inside a relaxing dimension, whereas side b offers 2 tracks with full pressure in their own style. art design in hand screen print and visual interpretation by lichtpiraten. mastering by monojo.
the pieces were created as structured improvisations using a monophonic synth (primarily) along with a yamaha dx7 (borrowed from a friend) and possibly a guitar. recording was made on an older otari mx5050 1/2 8 track. mixing was done on a tascam m-50 console and a revox a77 1/4 machine. i recall the project happened in two bursts: i did half of it in september 85, then i finished up and edited the album together in december 85. i dont really recall making copies for anyone. i think i played it for a dozen people and that was it. just forgot about it. i remember jeff ament from pearl jam (green river back then) came by while i had it playing on my home stereo. he asked what it was and said he liked it. surprised me a little. with regard to overall aesthetic: i like the sound of machinery, but i enjoy the fragility of human error and human instinct. i like to put things into motion then climb aboard and drive. i can’t play an instrument (in the classical sense) for the life of me, so i’ve always just played things that are mostly choice rather than a convolution of style and technique. i guess you call that the brian eno school of rock.
live recorded on 2 track revox at koprod studio zürich in 1982 chapter 3 of mr. thoma having fun with the serge modular music system and tms synthesizer, accompanied by knut remond on drums. proto-techno monster lp.
we’re pleased to announce our latest project and second limb to let’s go swimming, vowel sounds, a series of cassette releases exploring unconventional approaches to production and sound. for our first release we welcome keef winter to the family with his project “handyman”.
the new zealand - detroit connection. electro empire presents the auckland based duo go nuclear and three new versions of their hit song techno world off their debut ep on bass agenda recordings.
despite the undenieable influence from early detroit electro classics by the likes of model 500, cybotron or aux 88, this well and originally crafted production offers catchy old school vibes with a powerful modern twist. go nuclear!
bringing the remix here is detroit s filthiest (aka dj nasty) - a true detroit talent who has been keeping it real since the nineties, his name alone is a seal of quality.
from ernst thoma s secret vaults. originally recorded in 1983 at koprod studio zürich, mr. thoma having fun with the serge modular music system and tms synthesizer, accompanied by knut remond on drums. proto-techno monster lp.
fleisch is thrilled to present the debut of stockholm’s dissociō,,, modus trā,,,ns, aka dmt, featuring four cuts of some of the purest, unadulterated acid ever to hit the streets since orange sunshine. in the words of terence mckenna himself, sampled in the opening title track, “dmt is the strongest hallucinogen there is…”, and dmt certainly hold true to their name as a pair of 303s weave a mind-altering journey through multiple dimensions of being. driven and dirty techno beats form the rhythmic foundation while esoteric vocal samples lead the proceedings through the tibetan book of the dead in “origin/destination” and “bardo thō,,,dol”, and onward into the metaphysical mantra of “trans dimensional”.
damon wild and david sumner (aka functions) relationship dates back to 1991 at lord michaels future shock, limelight, new york city when damon was running experimental records via northcott productions. at the time, he first saw something in dave and added him to brand x, a record pool run by moneypenny. but their bond is based around a period 5 years later when dave had an apartment above rogue music at 251 west 30th street in midtown, manhattan. it was during this time damon developed him as a synewave artist and released his first ep as function in the fall of 1996 catalog number, sw-24. falling in and out of touch over the years, across continents, the two have somehow remained on the same cosmic path. so its not a coincidence that now damon has turned to dave to release his first album in 13 years, during the time he is reissuing that first synewave ep on recompiled i/ii & ii/ii (a-ton lp02/03). this is where those paths cross again 21 years later, this fall, dave will release cosmic path on infrastructure. the cosmic connection.