reform, the tuscan techno duo, make a return to etruria beat to follow up the success of 2017s ‘checkmate ep, remixed by amelie lens and their recent ep on second state with a huge new offering - unconventional spaces. reform present three fresh originals, backed by a massive rework from etruria boss luca agnelli. unconventional spaces is a melodic and timeless work, perfect for a magic sunrise closing set. luca delivers a heavier rework, creating a special atmosphere with powerful chords that drift back and forth. just this is characterised by a raw triple stab, a vocal laid down by the guys themselves and an emotional and mysterious break. closing the ep is span, which is composed of bouncing tom samples, straight hats and a moogy bass that develops throughout the arrangement, a perfect peaktime number and strong finalé.
after some releases on several interesting label in the techno scene, reform make return to etruria with their strong new ep called “checkmate-, which includes two remixes from the soma talent charles fenckler and the belgian amelie lens . first original is a melodic track characterized by hypnotic synths which interchange everytime in the arrangement and also dirty and powered drums. amelie version’s express exactly her style, giving to the tracks something magic with the vocals added, making a very true and enigmatic game of chess. second original instead is dominated by a strong pad, which fill up the mix, blowing up in the break and giving an epic feeling to the ensemble. charles’s remix is techno with no excuses: raw powerful and groovy, is the perfect end for this pack, giving a much more underground touch to the release.
following the great ep from doomwork, italy strike back with the duo reform! two guys who joined their mind together to create music, testing new electronic paths, playing with external machines to creates their own sounds, after only one release and one track on a compilation you can see that the duo have a lot to say into techno. reform bring here with “chaotic dimension“ a very complete release who take from techno madness with chaotic dimension to deep techno for extremis passing by a super funky vibe for dancewear with this vocal who drives you, to end with treasure who deliver a mind blowing experience.
reform is the first work by stave. the album is an exercise in precision and spacialization, with isolated electronics and icy beats producing a grisaille of vaporized metals. tracks move from disembodied murk and blunted pulses to sustained forcefulness. touch points include techno, ambient and industrial predecessors, all bent gravitationally towards a dark, cold and unsettling soundworld.
the vinyl lp includes a download code for the full album.
BEND THE WAVE (BAMBOUNOU / OBSOLETE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY RMXS / DOWNLOAD CODE)
12" Vinyl ( / download code) D12.02.19
reformed society, aka londoner harsh puri, joins marco faraone and norman methners uncompromising techno imprint uncage with >bend the wave< ep. featuring four originals - two of which digital exclusives - and remixes by parisian key techno figure, bambounou and steve tangs obsolete music technology, reformed societys ep sounds and feels like a seasoned professional. very nice fullcover and download code.
after something of a hiatus, manchesters claro intelecto is back to release his third full-length album, reform club, on delsin records in april 2012! throughout his career, the man known as mark stewart has always created lush deep house and techno soundscapes awash with dubby undercurrents. they have previously come on boomkats boutique label modern love, whilst his recent second blood ep marked a delsin debut. it was his first real outing in some time, bar the odd remix for the likes of depeche mode, the black dog and delphic, and was well received by fans of stewarts past work, including the likes of his stripped back warehouse sessions 12inch series.
the fourth installment in john osborns dred records series will be from fellow uk producer harsh puri who goes under the moniker reformed society. dred 004 consists of six tracks in total three that will appear on the vinyl release, followed by another three that will be digital-only exclusives. harsh puri aka reformed society debuted in 2015 with this being his sixth consecutive release in order. harshs productions caught johns eye, or rather ear, after being sent to him last year and resulted in this release of six solid prime time deep house stompers. packaged in an understated matte white sleeve with a black and white picture of brahma (the four headed hindu god of creation) handstamped on each cover by the label owner himself, this being a continuation of the human skull dred logo. one life opens the dimensions ep and is the track given to label boss john osborn for deconstructing and remoulding into his own specific vision each release will contain a rework from osborn. if you are familiar with johns previous work you will immediately recognize his characteristic resonating percussion, the tune being a deep house sci-fi storm expedition driven by a full luscious kick covering the tracks of chords from unsettled pads. the eps title track has ambient sonic rays flowing through it, being aptly named dimensions it is also the records warmest adventure, distorted percussion juggles sparse subaqueous melodic moments, and from here we go into the 12inches final moment, chasing titanoid. reformed society goes in with full yet silent force on this one. a warped bassline co-creates the groove with a particularly bouncy beat with sharp strings piercing though.
reformed society is back! -food for thought- and -sunflower startfish- are two pure deep house tracks, -zero gravity- is the bumping house affair. about massimiliano pagliara remix, there is no need descriptions.
next up on the influential artreform records label is the boss himself, aka kyiv-based dj and producer yevgeniy joss. often turning out tracks that sit high in the juno and decks charts, joss has a high-quality sound that ranges from slick tech to deep house and now he proves that once more.
up first is smooth, an infectious groove with lively synths scurrying about and bringing lots of dynamism to the drums. the percussion is crisp and the whole thing feels spaced out and futuristic. it’s busy and brimming with energy and will get any floor on its toes. sharp is a darker number with more menace in the drums. they are rubbery and supple and run through with edgy little synth lines. the track grows wilder as it unfolds and will really work dance floors into a lather.
once again the master joss shows just why he is such a tastemaker in the underground dance scene.
popof’s illustrious label form music is set to release a special vinyl only compilation showcasing some of the imprint’s most exciting artists entitled, ‘reformers’.
since its formation in 2009, form music has rapidly established itself as one of the most innovative and ambitious dance labels, working alongside both established and new artists including julian jeweil, sébastien léger, animal & me, mendo, philip bader, petar dundov, dj fronter and jay lumen as well as the label’s head honcho himself, popof.
kicking the four track package off is popof’s sublime rework of julian jeweil’s acclaimed dancefloor destroyer ‘chrome’, which is perfectly followed by the pounding drum-and-bass-tinged-techno workout ‘shadow tactics’, created by slovenia’s pioneering dj/producer umek.
julian jeweil’s ‘midi’ continues the release, seeing the talented frenchman utilising synths with real expertise and blending electronic nuances with melodic percussive elements to bring us nicely on to the compilation’s closing track, the deep and trippy tech house gem ‘slush fund’ by berlin-based simina grigoriu.
making a welcome return to wavereform after last years effe ep, qindek is back with the kind of distinctive dancefloor alchemy that promises to get under your skin and create an unforgettable experience. hailing from deventer in the netherlands, thomas lauren has already issued some essential releases over the past few years for labels as respected as wolfskuil and sneji, and now he comes back to wavereform with one of his most potent creations to date.
for its 25th release kiev-based label artreform invited exceptional artists - legendary moscow electronic duo scsi-9. for artreform anton kubikov and maxim milyutenko prepared the new track in their recognizable styles of groovy, meticulously arranged tech-house with a myriad of nuances. trombone groove ep promises to become a perfect gift for all who loves scsi-9’s music since their iconic releases on famous label kompakt and their own pro-tez.
* after almost 20 years of making tracks with blaringly loud kicks, you tend to start producing with the other elements first to give yourself a break from the constant pounding of monitors at point blank range. following an analog filter shopping spree, i began working on a group of tracks where the low end was satisfied by the filtering, and realized these songs worked just fine without a bass drum. therefore this record is called “rareforms” since most of my other work consists of a kick drum and lots of loud effects. this record is dedicated to the brilliant synthesist and interpreter isao tomita, whose records always provide inspiration in the lab. also to master storyteller rod serling and his frequent collaborator bernard hermann, whose score for the hitchcock film vertigo i adapted through some midi processes and wavetable synthesis, then sent it through a 4-foot spring reverb.* - phil moffa
skalen ep consists of sleek, functional but no-nonsense techno variations from snitch. leading with >skalen< - a deadly, serrated tool fashioned to carve up the hardest of dance floors and takes you through the tunnel without a torch.>kromag< displays a bit more of the swing that this producer does so well adding darker atmosphere to a killer effective techno banger. the ep rounds up with a terrific laiva remix of kromag. laiva was discovered in the eastern town of kuhmo and made an appearance on wavereform before with a killer t16 record. he makes it all about dub-scuffed kicks here and pulsating bleeps throughout his version of ruthlessly straightforward, point-blank attack for the 48-hour-party people.
british producer reformed society is on a steadfast mission to dig deeper by going against the grain, standing up to the status quo and daring to do something different. a self proclaimed goal that is easily noticeable in his first release for “made of concrete”, wherein he reveals three original tracks and a remix by gathaspar, one of the label’s regulars. kicking things off with “high tension”, a high strung stripped back piece with an aerial feel, the artist builds up the entire mood of the ep from scratch. a clear-cut, steady groove whose versatility makes it relevant as an intro, outro or interlude. gathaspar’s rausch remix is a sub-bassy reinterpretation of the initial piece, filled with contorted whirs and whizzes that give the track a sub- aquatic feel. on “volgende halte”, the opening vocal sample shifts from a seemingly conventional soundbite to a recurringly haunting snippet that remains etched into the listener’s brain. rhythmical rolling pads galvanize the groove, making for an eerie yet relaxed overall vibe. movement inducing from the get go, final offering “orbiting jupiter” centers around wavering bass leads, while playing on a blend of spacious synths and timbered percussion patterns.
artreform meets hooved. the one of the interesting italy producer at the moment. this man has lots of great releases on labels like amam, time has changes, bouquet music and other. please welcome his debut vinyl only release on our label!
embracing disco, techno and house music in all its declinations, what ever not introduces now british artist reformed society, project started by house producer harsh puri as a consequence of djing and collecting records since 1998, debuting with a four track old school house ep, optimistic chaos coherently fitting with the italian imprint philosophy. ‘hope’ has that solar, yet dusty groove folding distorted rhythmics and joyful pads around an insistent lead dubby pattern and shimmering synths. ‘optimistic chaos’ is again smooth but lightly gloomy, until a pause intoxicates one’s body and mind filling them with inebriating ambients. ‘incognito’ delivers a deep driving atmosphere here, featuring dogged, crisp drums together with minimalist, yet momentary cosmic motives. for the closing cut ‘detracid’, the artist cooks up a brew of acid lines with the usual charming synths and vivid hats, building a light sense of tension fired up by the warm, heady sound scapes. each track is similar to the last, stiffening the musical timbre of the label, confirming the producer’s strong artistic identity as a consequence.
motormännen has made a huge impact in sweden with its unique & successful information techno. informal, their debut album has been praised countless times by the press and caught the attention of swedens hottest techno producers as manic brothers, inter gritty, nima khak & ragnar atari takes the concept of swedish welfare into the darkest and hardest corridors of techno.
joss is a ukrainian producer with a deep understanding of house. he has released his seductive wares on labels like this one as well as get high music and high-jack. a long time vinyl lover, he has played intimate clubs and vast festival all of europe and is now in fine form in production mode, too. opener solely is a deep, shuffling cut with icy hi hats, subtle cymbal splashes and a tight bassline than gurgles and bubbles invitingly. muttered vocals add an all important human element and its a fine effort, once more from the man.
listen & unite! superb recordings presents the brand new ep >mdma< by london based producer & dj by the name of „reformed society“ aka harsh puri. harsh definitely has an affinity for drones and this can be heard on all 3 productions. theres something about drones that is so hypnotic whether its played on its own or like on here in combination with raw techno and house. hope you can feel it too! the tracks are mastered by cgb from dubplates & mastering berlin. print designed by tessa de ceuninck.
andrea martello and giulio spagnuolo are known in their homeland as producers who are passionate about learning the intricate of house and techno sound. their releases are kept, with a minimum of melodic aspects, but sound definitely good and accurate. luminér doesn t deviate from that principles with their three new tracks for artreform. orbita , calendula (the titles refer us to slavic languages) and pressant’ is a meditative dry deep techno which, however, works well on the dancefloors. support from: adriatique, slam, broxgaard, noah pred, 2000 and one, luciano esse, satoshi fumi, alessio mereu, vince watson, simon garcia samuel l session and many more!
wavereform continues to shape out its identity as a guiding light for cutting edge techno coming from less explored corners of europe. after jüras lietus seismic starp 12inch, the berlin-based label returns with a powerful single from finnish newcomer laiva. hailing from the eastern town of kuhmo, laiva was inspired to start producing his own music after finlands leading alternative radio station mafia ceased broadcasting in 2003. after spending years refining his craft, wavereform proudly presents the first evidence of this thrilling new entity on the scandinavian electronic music scene.
like any good techno producer, moscow electronic producer harry light envelops his stage image by a veil of mystery, preferring to communicate with his audience exclusively through the music. its more than enough in his case. harry lights music is artsy and ascetic. theres nothing superfluous and it sounds extremely good, the louder the better revealing its great potential. regarding harrys stylistic range, it extends from well recognized german techno and minimalistic deep house to dub and deep techno. it also can be easily read by the label names where harrys music being released. theres anton kubikovs iconic label pro-tez, highway records sub-label whats in the box and trendy young imprint electronica. important addition to this list will be a release on kiev vinyl label artreform. on this new release titled resistance harry light has managed to show all the best sides of his eclectic sound.
after the immersive techno pulse of qindeks effe 12inch, wavereform is thrilled to present the return of rising lativan talent juras lietus to our label for our fifth release. his debut single des-m marked our second release in 2014, and while the artist remains something of a mystery outside of his home city of riga, his productions sport the kind of well-travelled tones that transcend geographical location to deliver an infectious message. the single kicks off with metallic thump of >steiga<, which leaps out from the very start with an addictive chord line and a well-rounded kick. juras lietus handles the progression of his track with poise, feeding in a rich tapestry of percussive elements and teasing the filter on that distinctive synth to give the track a fluid, psychedelic flavour. balancing these elements out is a warm, undulating bassline that injects a joyous energy into the track, while the soul-stirring speech sample should be familiar to any socially conscious dancer. its a production that satisfies the needs of a party-hungry dancefloor while equally delivering the internal reflection that comes with all great dub techno.