a rhythmically pulsating quadrivium, the fragments of reference ep distils four disturbed takes on deeply unnatural sound in a 4/4 framework. cavorting around themes of self-actualization, denial, inevitability and fate, the ep goes to great lengths to reflect our modern predicament. techno clairvoyance.
mental resonance is the alter ego of guido camino, a young producer from buenos aires, argentina. *divine blood ep* is his debut on reference, a 90s flavoured minimalistic techno with nice old school detroit-style patterns.
reference are back on 200 records! after their stellar 12 ghetto nebula on our sub-label 200 black they return with isolated rhythm. the a-side is an excellent piece detroit techno that has chart potential this time around. on the b-side we have unified movement, a perfectly produced dub-techno track in a beautiful atmosphere
after his first release on reference at the beginning of 2013, jack murphy delivers again a great quality ep. a restless trip through hypnotic atmospheres, this time characterized by a more mysterious dark accent.
limited edition of 300 copies on blue vinyl. 200 black is a new vinyl series focusing on organic and analogue techno. our second release comes from detroits reference (brian kage and luke hess). reference released on planet e and beretta music before – and now we are glad to bring two superb tracks on 200 black to you.
after a busy year of five releases in 2012, cinematic is already back to it in 2013 with the fourth release by label debutant florian muller. alongside the burgeoning frenchmans original contributions sit some heavyweight remixes, namely from wildly idiosyncratic mathematics label boss hieroglyphic being and reference, aka detroit dub-smith luke hess and brian kage. mullers first contribution you demonstrates a predilection for dubby deepness and polished production.
we all love our furry friends dont we? when it comes to beretta grey, sometimes its the more the merrier. strength in numbers-taking in strays and raising up stallions.
this time we dug deep to find seth yender and his bring me joy ep. our newest slab of wax features only the finest detroit-inspired techno & house. his proximity to the beretta crew and the motor city lends the grit to the a side bring me joy - its a warehouse kinda vibe we almost just forgot about.
marking the release of their debut album ‘dream cargoes‘, tj kong & modular k present ‘end-game‘, the first single to be lifted off the cd on poker flat. shuffling and sparkling with urgent, peak-time electronic disco vibes, ‘end-game‘ is one of the calling cards from their album, which as it happens is jammed packed with stand-out cuts. freaking and peaking over almost 10 minutes, the pair are not afraid of fully exploring and expanding a jam until they have worked it as much as possible! the pumping reference remix leads us into even bigger room zones as an old school techno vibe lifts us up and carries us into the late night. strong, rushing and full of tension, this mix is a guaranteed festival goosebumb moment!
the detroit duo known as reference focuses on the soul of electronic music, not the hype, staying true while working to promote the expression of underground music and dance culture. luke hess is a name synonymous with a new wave of detroit techno producers, but his roots go deeper than that. his continued dedication to musicianship and his natural talent as a dj have allowed him to release music on some of the most respected labels in the genre, and play some of the most prestigious clubs in the world. brian kage is the founder of the record label beretta music. along with a countless number of successful releases, brian s experience as a producer, dj, and label head has helped catapult the careers of some of today s brightest and best artists in the dance music community.
reference (planet e / echospace / beretta) consists of the detroit-based artists luke hess & brian kage. in the first reference vs project we squeezed some of the party out of seth troxler and some of the percussion expertise from ryan crosson to create the still sought after tracks >the fade< and >the bumps<. in the second installment of our reference vs series we wanted to get a bit more soulful, & deep with the music, and highlight two of the worlds finest dub techno artists - stephen hitchell (cv313) and marko furstenburg (surphase). stephen hitchell aka cv313 is first a sound engineer. his experiments with synthesis create a warm, ethereal, and organic analog sound all his own. in the reference vs projects we seek to extract the natural strengths of the artist. when we received the files from stephen we knew we were packing heat! we structured our zone around the life-like chord structure that cv313 so effortlessly creates and gave it some more dance floor flavor. we believe the track titled >the wake< will fill dance-floors over the summer months on the beach as well as in the clubs. what can we say. markos shuffled dub stab style has been in demand since the artist started releasing on thinner back in 2002. mr. fürstenbergs deep and emotional music is an extension of his character. we were happy to receive what we expected from marko, super percussive, cavernous, and soulful soundscapes. again we referenced the package out with some drones, new analog rhythms, and eureka. the zone continues relentlessly in >the swell< to carry the dancer through the night into another summer day in the sun
nice price deal !!! expanding on the success of forward strategy group, label boss smear has fashioned the new minimalist outfit, retail & leisure, with a new addition of the fsg corporate family. retail & leisure is in many ways the polar opposite of fsg, ditching their trademark dense, heavy techno in favour of simplicity, space and a more systematic approach to composition. side a strips right down to the bare essentials, leaving little more than an ice-cold rhythm, bleep and hiss, creating a deep mix-tool for fans of artists such as mika vainio and sleeparchive. the b side features a remix by fsgs latest recruit adrian ross. mechanical scrapes and clangs mesh with deep, pressing kicks to create a sound which is dense and impenetrable. ross is a unique entity in techno: with a genuine outsiders take on the genre, he is an exciting prospect and a great asset to the group. the final track is r&ls take on dubstep, with dry, chalky percussion, discordant siren and churning bass. snares spin, shuffle and shatter against the tracks main, oppressive rhythms. the record ends with some valuable advice on where one should position ones feet
REFERENCE VS. EP 1 (VS SETH TROXLER & RYAN CROSSON)
12" Vinyl US14.11.08
beretta grey presents the second record by detroit duo >reference< a.k.a. luke hess & brian kage.. >reference vs. vol 1<, consists of collaboration with other key beretta grey artists ryan crosson and seth troxler. each song was carefully developed by all artists simultaneously. sessions were held at interstellar studios in detroit with all artists present. the initial musical concepts were recorded and written. next, the songs were sent back and forth until the finished product was agreed upon by all parties. in this fashion, the music created provides the character and soul of each artist, but fused together in a way that creates a more detailed account. one perspective alone does not capture the whole story. in this release, a feeling is captured by four artists, giving the listener a bigger picture, which helps to better capture the concepts of sound as it relates to a moment in time
fausto’s burnel ep is the result of a collaboration between two brussels based labels called le pacifique records & unknown references. the pacifique side, comes complete with fausto’s trademark experimental house sounds and a remix from aidons antoine. on the flip, wan voager & lbnhrx take things deeper, darker and more twisted.
after more than 15 years the legendary dj producer returns with a full length album. eight tracks all about the future that is hiding right under our nose. luke mcmillan provides his familiar signature sounds in a futuristic collection of hardcore beats. he lived the future incognito, and is ready to show us what’s to come.
introducing charles green on the second release of tafkamp’s revenge techniques imprint. hailing from brighton (uk) charles has been consistently dishing out club bangers with no remorse. highly essential club tracks!
a year after his last 12 inch release here we are. thats desire ep and few months after a cd release hamburg süd/nee iyaow eow eow featuring experimental field recordings and vocal improvisations, wolfgang tillmans returns with a new extended play on his own label fragile.
john t. gasts inna babalon was originally published as a cassette on gasts 5 gate temple in 2016. an important offering in the british producer s output. revitalizing anglo-saxon folklore through bassy dub magic.
framed by two spoken word samples and wrapped in house and techno emotions, that know about electro and 90’s electronica too: the new, second album of the leipzig and berlin based producer and live artist martin enke aka lake people moves in a fresh way. this time he shifts towards a focus on the essentials of electronic club music: sounds and groove, rough and playful interweaved with the aesthetic particles of techno. with his “point ep”, released on the berlin based imprint krakatau records in late 2012, his creative life as a producer for melancholic driven club tunes took off. several top notch djs played the tune “point in time”, lake people started to tour world-wide with his mesmerizing live set and produced countless remixes for colleagues from all around the globe. in 2015 he finally released his first album “purposely uncertain field” on the munich based label permanent vacation and delivered eleven tracks at the interface of techno, ambient, experimental and electronic, that bewitch with hymnal chords, yearningly melodies, detailed production, elaborate sound design and an overall introspective, emotive feeling. now, just shortly after he published a fresh ep on the dresden based imprint uncanny valley, lake people drops “phase transition”, a new album consisting of ten haunting tracks full of dance suspense. he recorded all between 2016 and early 2017 on various vintage analog synthesizers, uad and other creative interfaces. to find out if his latest pure slamming tracks work deep, he tried them out during his live shows in order to catch some new ideas directly from the dance floor.
brutaz unleash their first three tracker coming from jules venturini, a continental expat supposedly having ties with a famous nunmetal band and a certain secondhand record shop. shameless melodies joined with a darker, churning grooves, pushed to the edge of with a gentle dose of distortion.
repress 2017 ! uk-born producer luke standing aka blue hour has made a considerable impact since his emergence in 2013. a move from bristol to berlin precipitated a run of stellar self-released eps that immediately won him an ardent following among techno s most revered djs for a sound that offered a fresh take on classic techno and electronica, while always maintaining a supreme dancefloor functionality. among those fans was function, who included an exclusive track from standing in his berghain 07 mix and part i of its accompanying 12-inches. now standing s self-titled outlet launches a new remix series, calling on some of those aforementioned fans to offer their own takes on a trio of the standout tracks from his label s first five releases. ostgut resident answer code request applies the driving hybrid techno-bass approach that has made him one of berghain s brightest stars to blue hour 002 title cut axis motive, paris-based tresor resident marcelus offers an ethereal take that focuses on blue hour 003 s reference 97 s more hypnotic elements, and ostgut ton s steffi is perfectly matched to the third ep s moments, employing her signature sound that similarly offers a timeless anthemic quality to the original...
highly limited 10- dubplate with custom sleeve. -with a raft of excellent music already accumulated, we move on to the penultimate release in our project mohawk series, with our 8th instalment only adding to the quality that has gone before. odd harmonics may be a new name to some, but being one quarter of the highly regarded g.h.o.s.t outfit should set the scene on what sort of ep you can expect. with the full crew on board for the retro virus-esque roller that is orbiter, and our own label boss tony consort on collab duties for edgy & minimalistic middle ground, this release retains the funk and old skool production values that so many still crave in the drum & bass scene today. with a selection of tracks that fully hit the mark, yet each offering something a little different, odd harmonics lays down a marker as solo producer of note in his own right-
for several years now, the void* (pronounced: the void pointers) have been developing their own sound idiom at the cutting edge of ambient, live electronics, drones and post-rock. the trio, consisting of roald dillewijn, eric magnee and tijs ham, chooses to build their own instruments to accomplish this. both the coding of software and hardware tinkering are used to knead their sonic universe. values is released by three(!) collaborating record labels from the netherlands: lomechanik, esc.rec. and shipwrec. this album fits seamlessly into the catalogues of all three labels. both musically and aesthetically, because the packaging of this 12” vinyl is stunningly beautiful, as usual.
hot off the heals of open 001 frazer campbell delves even deeper for his new .elliot.project. imprint. beautiful, contemplative 12- - dubby, trippy, oceanic excursions... strictly limited to 200 copies!
craig peyton was a mainstay in nyc jazz and dance music beginning in the 70s. from playing on dan hartmans -vertigo/relight my fire- to his work on boogie funk productions with daryl payne, he is one of the unsung heroes of the era where disco transitioned into house music. his drum machine and synth based cover of william devaughans -just be thankful- came out on profile records in 1983, a daring move for a white man trained on the vibes. he gives the jam a haunting and funky rework that has only escalated in popularity over the years. it has been bootlegged extensively while original copies remain quite elusive.
TURNSTYLE EP (LUKE HESS & BRIAN KAGE / RYAN SADORUS RMXS)
12" Vinyl US24.06.15
dink & tk: young guns looking to make a name for themselves in detroit and beyond. for their debut they present 4 finely tuned club gems. from refined curves to warehouse edges, the sonic outline of detroit looms large in the newest offering from beretta grey. this is techno that evokes passion, on and off the dance floor.
limited edition of 500 copies.
again we search into west coast skies to an artist reaching for them. to los angeles, to katie gately, still in the throes of academe we find her, playing at new pop forms. this here record in july bloom is a bold and exciting taster of what is in store, around the corner. six tracks of frightening ambition. a prime distillation in computer-music-pop. more alarming – this is her debut release, she has been making organised sound for just over a year.