twelve minutes of blissful melody, hypnotic drums and quaking bass, in florian meyerãs fresh mix-up of west african polyrhythms with the sensibilities of classic us minimalism. jordan gcz from juju & jordash edges his remix into the outlands of free jazz, with pulsating bass drum and spiritual synths, like terrence dixon beaming down from saturn.
berlin-based pascal hetzel returns to caduceus records with a new slice of gritty industrial-tinged techno and finely tuned sound design. “noxious stimulus”, the ep’s title track, is a heavy peak-time filler with a mesmerizing bleepy modular sequence on top of rough monochrome beats. on her remix, rising talent denise rabe cranks up the paranoia and turns “noxious stimulus” into an unrelenting pitch black grinder. “pain tolerance threshold” starts off as hefty with yet another dose of metallic atmospheres and crushing modular sequences, until a bright pad appears out of the dark. proper techno goodness for the wee hours in your favorite warehouse. pressing on smokey green marbled vinyl.
jane oak is a paris-based dj and techno producer. she grew up listening to detroit pioneers, jeff mills, robert hood and blake baxter whom greatly influenced her work. in her first ep low pressure zone with caduceus records, she unveils a dark minimalistic universe, intensified by sharp beats and hypnotic melodies. an audacious ep for this young belgian producer.
japonaiserie was the term the dutch post-impressionist painter vincent van gogh used to express the influence of japanese art. artists including manet, degas and monet, followed by van gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block prints called ukiyo-e prints a mini lp by benoit b, the boss of banlieue records, on which he creates a futuristic environment influenced by the japanese electronics of the 80s. a musical japanaiserie that can melt your cold cold heart.
the industrial project of oliver ho and tommy gillard at its most subversive and evocative, with two preoccupations threaded throughout: middle-eastern percussion, most vivid in the chimes of casting and the driving doumbek rhythms of burning and the sands and the structural iteration of chaos, underlying a collage of wild left-turns, scornful of repetitive hooks and other musical routines. early birds bag a 7inch by hos desert burials, evoking classic punk/funk hybrids like cabaret voltaire.
after a short break, caduceus records returns with a weighty techno 12inch by long-time friend pascal hetzel. the berlin-based producer delivers four storming tracks that cleverly translate the 90s techno heritage into the present. on motion blur a hypnotic bleep sequence gives way for majestic pad sweeps just in time for your serotonine rush. -stutter- is more restrained, with a modulating chord sequence and sturdy drums, while -timelapse- catapults into darker territory filled with industrial shrapnel and an extra bit of high-octane paranoia. strobe is the fittingly titled closer of the ep. a pummeling piece of monochrome techno hypnosis with a massive kickdrum drenched in reverb and icy atmosphere.
up from down under, following crucial releases on his own body language imprint, lj shifts gears and steers his intricate sound-world — torn between house and ambient, with larry heard s alien lp coursing through — into deeper, more techno-infused waters. watch out for the centre of time, evoking over its twenty minutes both the arctic vapour of vletrmx21-vintage autechre and the expansiveness of vangelis in full flight. next-level stuff from berceuse heroique.
it’s 3am. the club is still open. you’re bathed in sweat, mid-set. it’s not time to go home. not just yet. now imagine the new release from germany’s oliver deutschmann kicking in on the sound system. this is the new release on swiss imprint, caduceus records. they’re back with yet another undiluted dancefloor bomb from the man himself - a release guaranteed to take you to that place and guide you further down the rabbit hole.
baby whale doses a cross between classic chicago house and e2-e4 with a no-prisoners boogie bassline and piano chords glistering in from rimini. jv’s signature spaced-out production assures a head-turning dancefloor banger for the 4am crew. adam & eve is an intriguing mix of exotica and arthur russell. ‘the sound of matisse,’ says the label.
THE ILLUSION OF TRUTH AND DRAMA (BASIC SOUL UNIT REMIX)
12" Vinyl FR15.06.16
next up on swiss imprint, caduceus records, is a release veiled in secrecy and hidden behind a mask of obscurity. whilst the producer behind the tracks remains in the backseat, the music sits at the forefront, with only itself to speak for.
koehler returns to berceuse heroique with his third release for the label. contra blood invokes the spirit of early no u turn records, infusing some techno dynamics, creating a very interesting anthem for people who don’t care about boundaries in dance music. flammarion breach combines his classic ‘ardcore techno sound with a repetitive arpeggio that recalls the tension of some of the best film scores by john carpenter. with rotating rupees, koehler delivers another beautiful ambient tune and this time its his ode to zelda.
morah’s first release came from helena hauff’s return to disorder label and this time the athenian producer takes the same techno and electro sound and goes completely berserk for berceuse heroique. morah creates some huge waves of feedback on anarchy, which sounds like a techno version of metal machine music, then he takes the old school viewlexx sound and makes it even more confrontational, on you said no and impasse. looking back is a beautiful, melancholic - but still very dysfunctional - version of the death of a rave. one of the strongest points of this new producer is that his music sounds like the city of athens right now: raw energy mixed with manic depression and pessimism.
on his first release for berceuse heroique, rotterdam’s finest dj overdose meets one of the strongest producers of detroit, mr. ob ignitt. overdose creates the best soundtrack for a “march of the robots” scene with dead city. the mighty bounce of early dr. dre productions meets some nasty electro carnage. on sorry to disappoint you can hear the classic west coast electro sound of some of his older releases mixed with some funky sci-fi synth lines. then, ob ignitt takes this monster of a tune and creates one of the gnarliest house tunes of this year with a proper g funk bassline that will properly test your sound system on a good night.
originally released by legowelts strange life on a cd-r back in 2007, mons testaceum finally has its first vinyl press on mannequin records. first full length released by heinrich dressel aka valerio lombardozzi, boss of the mighty minimal rome, mons testaceum together with escape from the hill and completion of the amphoras table represented the first of a trilogy dedicated to the monte testaccio, an artificial mound in rome composed almost entirely of testae, fragments of broken amphorae dating from the time of the roman empire
the forever under-rated mb steps out on bh — after illustrious releases everywhere from mathematics to creme — with this gorgeous fifteen-minute epic, evoking the glory days of carl craig. on the flip, specter from sound signature draws the dancefloor in deep.
FLANGERS - INCL MARKUS SUCKUT & JEROEN SEARCH RMXS
12" Vinyl UK02.10.15
flangers opens with the dark, gravelly, brooding, and heads down techno of the title track - a lengthy, spacious workout which manages still to cut a deep groove despite it s direct driving force. similarly, beast paces itself, slowly unfolding all of its treasures as it grows, swells and shapeshifts over the course of just over five minutes of sustained tension. on the flip, two heavyweight producers step up to the remix: germany s markus suckut and dutch producer, jeroen search. suckut s interpretation of flangers keeps much of the understated groove and tension of the original whilst dipping it in a more shrouded cloak of murky techno. jeroen search on the other hand pitches up the pace with a crisp, high-hat driven dive into the deep
koehler the bastard back on bh, with his spar kuno in tow. no u turn versus bunker nastiness. the flying dutchman aka a made up sound must have nerves of steel to try remixing this evilous gnarl. his first move is to deep-freeze the fucker, while he prepares a ministration of snare to wake the dead.
after several acclaimed releases on astropolis, stripped muzic and bedrock records in a short space of time, caduceus records enlist the french producer for the next 12inch slab of techno on the label.
with a lengthy discography on influential imprints like his own sub static, triebstoff, dumb unit, contexterrior, and more, falko brocksieper has been a force in the development in deep, minimal sounds for a decade and a half. working alongside label co-head m.i.a., sub static and sublabel karloff released music from prestigious producers - rené breitbarth, mathew jonson, pan/tone, dj slip, shonky, and themselves - from 2001-2010 and established the lasting reputation of falko while identifying their label as a source of quality dancefloor ideas for its decade-long run.