Dub Techno

Yagya “Old Dreams And Memories” (Small Plastic Animals)

2020-05-21T20:50:33+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Icelandic producer Adalsteinn Gudmundsson aka Yagya now launches his own new Small Plastic Animals imprint with a brand new album, Old Dreams and Memories. After nearly two decades of releasing his Icy dub techno on labels like Sending Orbs, Delsin Records and A Strangly Isolated Place, his latest album marks a subtle move away from the sound he has dealt in before. Still slowly propulsive rhythms underpinning every track, but they are only a small part of the overall picture. Old Dreams and Memories is a rich symphony of luxurious sound, with transportive rhythms and hugely evocative layers of melody, the human voice and cinematic sampling all showing a further evolution in the art of this standalone producer. With vocals by Natsuko Yanagimoto, poems by Michizo Tachihara and saxophone by Oskar Gudjondsson.

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Night Sea “Still” (Silent Season)

2020-05-21T20:50:25+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Night Sea is honoured to present their first LP to the Silent Season family. The album is the culmination of a two-year journey playing with the relationship between sound, repetition, and impermanence. The slowly evolving musical landscapes of Still are an invitation to slow down and explore the ever-changing facets of one’s experience.

This album is dedicated to Betty and Cassius for their inspiring resilience, and Glenda for her constant support.

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Anton Kubikov “Rhythm + Chords” (Pro-Tez)

2020-05-21T20:50:20+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Anton Kubikov is back to his own imprint Pro-Tez with the dubbed-out Rhythm & Chords EP. It consists of four, ultra-deep compositions — dubby and at the same time dance-oriented tracks that will be equally enjoyable on the couch or on the dancefloor. It’s a vinyl-only release on 180 gram vinyl. Highly recommended for the fans of deep dub techno/house vibes.

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Pole “123” (Mute)

2020-05-14T23:35:55+00:00May 14th, 2020|

Stefan Betke aka Pole’s holy trilogy of frayed dub experiments resurfaces for a 20th anniversary reissue, taking us back to smokey nights at the turn of the century and some of the finest post basic-channel dub echoes ever released. Essential listening if you’re into anything from Rhythm & Sound to Vainqueuer, Jon Hassell to Jackie Mittoo.

As legend goes, Pole took his name from a malfunctioning Waldorf 4-Pole filter which produced hisses and pops which weren’t really controllable or predictable, much like a living organism. Betke realised the potential and came to alchemically morph and render them with judicious FX dubbing into a groundbreaking sort of minimalist electro-dub that sounds exceedingly good with a spliff and glass of booze. Working somewhere between the variants of abstract techno on Chain Reaction and Mille Plateaux’s cutting edge minimalist strains, Pole’s first trio of albums inarguably helped lay the foundations for dub techno as it’s come to be known and are held in the highest regard by practically everyone who owns them.

The Pole aesthetic is patently laid out in ‘1’, where his organic clicks ’n pops come out to play accompanied by lilting organ and jazzy bass channelling Jackie Mittoo via Jon Hassell and Rhythm & Sound into a uniquely, gauzy, gaseous state. But for us, his sound really comes into its own on ‘2’, where the opening melodica motif still sends electric shivers down the spine and opens out into the kind of sculpted, layered dub bass that spawned dubstep, and flows out into myriad, mesmerising permutations, but this time swapping out the hazy licks for a cavernous, brooding melancholy (that really matched this moody teenager’s psyche at the time) and reverberated through into the more humid, drizzly and funereal atmosphere conjured in the equally spellbinding spectral dub metaphysics of ‘3’.

So strong was the impact of these albums on the late ‘90s underground, they even generated a “pastiche” that was unwittingly issued (and subsequently deleted) by Fat Cat on their split series, but was purportedly made by V/Vm in a snidey but frankly hilarious prank, albeit one that demonstrates just how ubiquitous and influential Betke’s sound was at the time. More than that, it’s fair to say the 20 year cycle hasn’t rinsed out the appeal of this triptych one bit; it remains one of electronic music’s most enigmatic and strangely moving, tactile bodies of work.

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Vladislav Delay “Multila” (Keplar)

2020-04-03T01:02:03+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

Multila was the third album by Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti under the moniker Vladislav Delay. It compiles the Huone and Ranta 12″ EPs Ripatti released on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction label in 1999 and 2000. The album features six hauntingly murky dub ambient tracks and the impressive 22-minute techno odyssey “Huone”. 20 years after its original release as a full-length CD album (Chain Reaction), these timeless recordings of modern electronic music are now finally available for the first time as a double-vinyl edition. The label Keplar has been on a long hiatus and is now back with its KeplarRev series presenting vinyl re-issues of essential electronic albums from the ’90s and ’00s, as well as new recordings by momentous electronic and ambient artists. Drawings by Kaisa Kemikoski; Layout by Marco Ciceri. Remaster by Rashad Becker and vinyl cut by Kassian Troyer at Dubplates & Mastering. Includes download code.

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Voodoo Of the Godsent

2020-03-19T20:37:04+00:00March 12th, 2020|

2011 album available on vinyl for the first time. Master percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah joins forces once again with dubmaster Adrian Sherwood at the controls and a whole host of guest musicians, including contributions from dancehall pioneer Jazzwad and electronics from Adamski.

All the elements of a classic African Head Charge album are present: spaced out dub, tribal chants, ecstatic trance, but updated with a rugged sound system undercarriage. Arguably some of the hardest hitting AHC rhythms laid down in the studio to date.

Part of an extensive reissue campaign that sees all of African Head Charge’s 1990 – 2011 work presented in lovingly put together new editions, a companion to the reissue of the band’s early work that On-U Sound undertook in 2016.

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In Pursuit of Shashamane Land

2020-03-19T20:37:14+00:00March 12th, 2020|

Originally issued in 1993 and the last African Head Charge album on On-U Sound for 12 years, released at the height of the band’s popularity as a staple of live music festivals. Continuing the skillful fusion of styles they had explored on Songs Of Praise, this album added elements of trance and electronica to their trademark percussion-heavy sound.

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African Head Charge “Songs Of Praise” (On-U Sounds)

2020-03-13T20:33:49+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Considered by most fans to be AHC’s masterpiece. One of the prominent elements throughout African Head Charge’s discography has been the ethnomusicology influence. On Songs Of Praise this is even more pronounced, featuring religious chants set to an African dub backdrop of hand percussion, with a mighty sonic and great musicianship. A significant record both for African Head Charge and On-U Sound, originally released in 1990.
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African Head Charge ‎”Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi” (On-U Sound)

2020-03-13T20:33:49+00:00March 5th, 2020|

A unique album of outtakes from the classic Songs Of Praise and In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land albums, compiled by On-U archivist Patrick Dokter from the original tapes and expertly sequenced to work as an immersive listening experience. A companion piece to the acclaimed Return Of The Crocodile set from 2016 that took the listener on a version excursion through the early years of the group.

These are the dubbier and more out-there experiments mixed down whilst Adrian Sherwood was shaping the sound of the albums. Bubbling percussion lines skitter across the stereo spectrum, ghostly voices echo inside the machine and mangled guitar riffs beam down from Mars, whilst staying rooted in the tough tribal rhythms that form the bedrock of the AHC sound, this is music for the head and feet, take heed!

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Grit/Stojche “Genocide” (Grounded In Humanity)

2020-03-13T20:34:11+00:00February 28th, 2020|

As we approach the very last installment of the story, the greatest, final and cruelest battle between humankind and the clones is fought, just after the resistance is discovered hiding out in their underground lair. The humans were overwhelmed in numbers and outclassed in technology so the struggle was soon stifled and every rebel was brutally slaughtered until no one, but the captain, remained standing. Literally the last man on Earth burst into tears as he realized his species had been extinguished for good and he couldn t do anything to eschew it, while he was contemplating the obliterated battleground. That is even more painful than his own imminent death. He doubts for a split second, he pulls his gun from the belt and he says to himself while pushing the trigger.

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Octal Industries “Our Seasons” (Vertex)

2020-03-13T20:34:11+00:00February 28th, 2020|

After a couple of meetings between Jamie (Exalt Records) and (Andy Verdant Recordings) bosses, the idea of a label collaboration seemed a natural progression for both imprints and ‘Vertex’ was spawned. To honour their common love of music that have depth, width and atmosphere, approaching Gudmundsson for material to kickstart their new venture was an easy choice for both involved.

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Octal Industries “Julia Sets” (Kontakt)

2020-01-18T21:49:31+00:00January 18th, 2020|

Black repress. Octal Industries returns from hiatus as a solo artist after several succesful releases teaming up with fellow Thule artist OHM. This release is dedicated to his signature sound which is the perfect mix between Detroit dubtechno and stone cold Icelandic chords recollecting the vibe of his early collaboration with Deepchord on the highly sought after Spectral Network trilogy. Mike Huckaby gives >When It Rains< an mindblowing S Y N T H treatment and brings the Detroit vibe to the next level.

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Ena “Baroque” (Different Circles)

2019-12-13T06:00:29+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Two years in the works, Baroque follows from the D&B-styled flux of Ena’s early 2019 collaboration with Felix K (F&E #1) to sound out more unorthodox areas of inquiry of abstruse, Chain Reaction-like sound design and algorithmic decomposition. In terms of the music’s boneless construction and roiling spectral nature, it surely ranks among Different Circles’ headiest and most psychedelic releases following the dread kinematics of Logos’ Imperial Flood album (DIFFLP 003LP) and the cult acclaim given to their killer Raime and Szare 12″s in the past year. Variously recalling the sound of stressed-out machinery or the sferic mystery of The Conet Project, Baroque sees Ena transition further from recognizable styles into a richly enigmatic tonal and texture-rhythmic language. Over the album’s six tracks he uses this futurist-primitive mode to express a detached, meditative state-of-mind that speaks to paradoxical ideals of club music and domestic listening: of being simultaneously in it, yet out of it; of finding yourself lost in the crowd of noise. It’s a sound that resonates with the short-circuiting AI convulsions of Logos, Mumdance, and Shapednoise’s EP for The Death of Rave as much as the hypnagogic mulch of Thought Broadcast or the most abstruse Chain Reaction releases — think a rusted and sunken Dynamo or Porter Ricks in radioactive waters — and comes primed in artwork by Raime that perfectly highlights the music’s strange, semi-organic nature and austere yet psychoactive allure. RIYL: Porter Ricks, Felix K, Dynamo, Pendant. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 300.

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Metric System “Studio 440” (Kontakt)

2020-03-07T06:08:24+00:00December 6th, 2019|

Kontakt brings back two sought after minimal-dubtechno tracks by Metric System, which was one of many aliases used by Thomas P.Heckmann in the 90ties, where he explored the sounds of the legendary Sequential Circuits 440. The original recordings have been carefully restored and officially re-mastered by Thomas himself. Limited coloured vinyl.

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Upwellings “Distant Lights” (UPW)

2019-11-08T04:35:37+00:00November 8th, 2019|

Hand numbered and limited to 200 copies for the world Once again Upwellings lead us into deepness with these four new tracks coming straight out his studio. As usual, all that music has been played live in the studio, convoking dub techniques to give life to an imaginary modular orchestra. First track “Frozen” reminds old Rhythm & Sound grooves with extra low bassline and various delayed chords. “Distant Lights” is more about a kind of journey into dub basics, playing with our perception of spaces and sounds, the illusion of a static loop, but it never sounds exactly the same… “Dub Arena” shows us a more techno oriented dub with straight kicks and percussions. On top of that, sweet chords in constant evolution and finally the “real” bassline mash up the place. And last but not least, “Blue Mountain” is a long walk between trees, a rough way to reach the top…

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Octal Industries “Julia Sets” (Kontakt)

2019-10-31T23:40:30+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Black repress. Octal Industries returns from hiatus as a solo artist after several succesful releases teaming up with fellow Thule artist OHM. This release is dedicated to his signature sound which is the perfect mix between Detroit dubtechno and stone cold Icelandic chords recollecting the vibe of his early collaboration with Deepchord on the highly sought after Spectral Network trilogy. Mike Huckaby gives >When It Rains< an mindblowing S Y N T H treatment and brings the Detroit vibe to the next level.

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Steve O’Sullivan “Babylon Paralysis” (Future Primitive)

2019-10-31T23:40:28+00:00October 31st, 2019|

The fifth Future Primitive release, Babylon Paralysis, sees the label work with an all-time favourite UK techno artist Steve O’Sullivan. We are super happy to be reissuing a classic slab of late ’90s Bluetrain material from Steve in the shape of “Congo Shuffle”, which originally surfaced as an untitled B1 on the timeless Echo Freaks 12″. Newly extended and edited by O’Sullivan, “Congo Shuffle” has been lavishly cut at the Exchange giving new life to this bottom feeding monster.

On the flip, Steve blesses us with two brand new productions continuing the sub-heavy theme of the A side. Invisible Guest steps away from the straight up 4/4 productions he’s nailed in recent years in favour of a stealthy broken dub approach that wouldn’t be out of place on go-to Bristol label Idle Hands.

“Paralyzed Dub” is both the inspiration for the release title and another classic demonstration of Steve’s ability to stun listeners with very few elements. Play loud and keep away from laptop speakers.

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Mike Dehnert “MD2.8” (MD2)

2020-03-07T06:09:19+00:00October 31st, 2019|

The eighth instalment of Mike Dehnert’s MD2 series is another set of primo club tools from the Fachwerk boss. These tunes perfectly synthesise dub techno, minimal techno and Berlin-school tech-house. Generally the production here is crisp and elegant – this is particularly true on the first two tracks – but closer ‘MD2.8.3’ threatens to upset the balance with glitching loops and degraded bass hits. If you’ve been digging Levon Vincent’s recent Dance Music EPs then we suggest that you give MD2.8 a spin.

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Idealist “Say Yes To No” (Ideal)

2019-10-11T03:19:12+00:00October 11th, 2019|

Joachim Nordwall digests and mutates dub in unique industrial style on The iDEAList’s almighty follow-up to a tape and 7″ in this killer mode, bringing guest vocalists, JA’s Nazamba and polymath John Duncan, for a deeply crooked ride worthy of rinse and repeat. Picking up where his raw Early Tactical Experiments In Techno & Dub left off in spring 2019, the rugged styles of Say Yes to No poses only slightly less risk of contracting salmonella with a more stewed and treated suite taking in proper songs starring Nazamba and John Duncan amid all manner of virulent, wayward electro-dub variation. As with his superb tape for Industrial Coast, that wicked 7″ with Genesis P-Orridge, and even his recent albums as Joachim Nordwall — Conventional Wisdom with John Duncan (IDEAL 182LP), and the collaborative CD Communication Is Key — the iDEALIST naturally highlights fundamental links between dub and noise, the core principles of manipulating sound in space, with a critical blend of tactile playfulness and rigorous pressure. The two vocal cuts are outstanding in their own rights; “Bigga Boss” features Kingston-based poet and playwright Nazamba utterly possessing the opening shot with his baritone growl, rooting the LP at one pole, while John Duncan’s equally compelling appearance on a similar riddim in “Tough Doubt” comes to epitomize the project’s direct approach toward alloying and allying styles with alchemical suss comparable to The Bug, Ossia, or Andreas Tilliander. Vocals also spill out into the LP’s other tracks, but here they’re more textural and elusive, scudding thru “Everyone Fucking Relax” in a way recalling DJ Scud’s thudding remix of Bong-Ra, or masticated into intelligibility on the amorphous dub-noise lurch of “Inner Space Dub (Insane Version)” and the LP’s cataclysmic closer “Say Yes To Dub”, which are all held tight in contrast with the more defined techno and electro-dub structures of the LP’s club-ready highlights, “The Ecstasy” and “Shit Skull/Golden Mind”. It’s a hugely enjoyable album — one that leaves bits in your teef and gets up in your head like a healthy dab of shatter. RIYL: Ossia, DJ Scud, Andreas Tilliander, Jay Glass Dubs. Mastered for vinyl and at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

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Massive Attack “Vs. Mad Professor Part II (Mezzanine Remixes)” (Virgin)

2019-10-11T03:15:05+00:00October 11th, 2019|

The fabled, previously unreleased Mad Professor dubs of ’Mezzanine’ land with finest style and keeling doses of nostalgia to mark the 20th anniversary of Massive Attack’s late ‘90s trip hop classic

Following in the vein of Mad Professor’s legendary ‘No Protection’ – his ’95 dub version of Massive Attack’s 2nd side ‘Protection’ – the echo chamber king radically reframes six cuts from the lustrous gothic dub of ‘Mezzanine’ in a purely smoked out style, alongside his re-do’s of the rarer ‘Wire’ and ’Superpredators’. For a generation who spent their formative years with ‘Mezzanine’ in the background, it’s a heavily satisfying bout of nostalgia as temporal sickness, pulling heads of an age back to a time that only seems like it was yesterday.

This pair of ears were probably starting to study for GCSEs when ‘Mezzanine’ dominated our late night listening in ’98 (off a Thai bootleg tape copy, lol), and while the album does feel a little cheesy when we return to it nowadays, it’s surely left an indelible mark on our listening life. Like many others, we were also enamoured with ‘No Protection’ back then, and always wondered what a proper dub gutting of ’Mezzanine’ might sound like, until now.

In key with the OG LP, the mood is arguably much starker and more gothic than the lush precedents set by Mad Professor’s ‘No Protection’. The likes of ‘Angel (Angel Dust)’ are huffed-up in a bittersweet bubbling style, and ‘Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub One)’ is eased off but still retains enough of Liz Fraser’s vocal and the harpsichord to send shivers down the spine. Likewise, the ‘Risingson (Setting Sun Dub Two)’ sounds achingly brilliant reset in a swarm of duppied FX, and ‘Group Four (Security Forces Dub)’ steps the finest line of paranoid pre-millennial tension.

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Octal Industries “Julia Sets” (Kontakt)

2019-09-20T04:23:32+00:00September 20th, 2019|

Octal Industries returns from hiatus as a solo artist after several succesful releases teaming up with fellow Thule artist OHM. This release is dedicated to his signature sound which is the perfect mix between Detroit dubtechno and stone cold Icelandic chords recollecting the vibe of his early collaboration with Deepchord on the highly sought after Spectral Network trilogy. Mike Huckaby gives >When It Rains< an mindblowing S Y N T H treatment and brings the Detroit vibe to the next level. Very limited coloured vinyl.

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Babe Roots “Remixes” (Echocord)

2019-09-13T06:33:45+00:00September 13th, 2019|

Following 2018’s Babe Roots EP, Echocord revisits with reworks from Forest Drive West, Mike Schommer, Felix K, DB1, and Babe Roots themself. London’s DB1 leads the package with his take on “Work Hard”, a mostly beatless interpretation. Felix K then ups the energy levels with a high-octane take on “Sufferation Time”. Forest Drive West steps up next to remix “Jah Nuh Dead”. Former Deepchord member Mike Schommer’s take on “Bless Me” follows, the pioneer of contemporary dub techno delivers a cinematic rework. Babe Roots revisits “Sufferation Time”, delivers a more refined feel this time around.

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Segue “The Island” (Silent Season)

2019-08-30T02:42:03+00:00August 30th, 2019|

Silent Season is proud to present Segue’s third full-length LP with the label. On his new album, Jordan Sauer explores a new facet of West Canadian natural history. Four thousand years ago, Western Canada’s First Nations people migrated into the fjords and rainforests carved out by the retreating glaciation of the last Ice Age. The Island is a tribute to Canada’s prehistory and the spiritual journey of a people entering a forever- altered landscape to call their home.

While Segue’s last album very much explored a cross section journey of British Columbia from the mountains to the sea, The Island explores the hidden coastlines and inlets that pepper a still- mysterious landscape.

Throughout the album, each song spreads out beautifully as a reflection of the place or thing it’s named after and paints a stunning portrait of BC’s natural wealth. At first glance it seems like a tourist’s guide, but when you listen deeper, The Island blossoms into something deeply personal and moving- a sonic imprint of places in relation to culture. One listen will put you right in the rainforests and mountains that the Coast Salish has called their home.

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Equiknoxx “Mark Ernestus Remixes” (Demdike Stare)

2019-08-02T03:18:21+00:00August 2nd, 2019|

Mark Ernestus dubs Equiknoxx to the moon and back for DDS with an irresistibly percolated take on “Congo Get Slap” backed with a jaw-dropping, Basic Channel-style version of “Flagged Up.” Like Shackleton’s dub of “The Stomper” by Cutty Ranks for DDS, the results here triangulate deep-rooted connections between Jamaica, Lancashire, and Berlin, speaking to a mutual respect and reverence of style and pattern which has heavily resonated from sub-tropical Kingston into much colder, European climes over successive generations.

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Sea Urchin “Tahtib” (Brokeh Versions)

2019-07-26T16:42:01+00:00July 26th, 2019|

Tahtib is food for your mystical post-exotica musical landscape – hand drums played by computers fall with a squelch into the swamp, horses neigh at dub bassists, there’s water everywhere full of urchins and tarot cards and just when you think you need to breathe this record breathes for you. Tahtib’s future ambient glyphs are matched with the rapid-fire staccato “taks” of imaginary tahtib sticks (tahtib is an Upper Egyptian martial art which was enjoyed and practiced by Leila’s grandfather Baba Aly). Leila Hassan sings seamlessly between Arabic and Italian (and possibly more) breathing pure soundart alchemy across Francesco Cavaliere’s library of sound effects and textures.

You remember Sea Urchin? They added their signature aquatics to Osaka-native 7FO’s 7” for Bokeh back in 2017. The duo of Leila Hassan and Francesco Cavaliere debuted a totally unique expression of ‘library music as future music’ on a series of small run cassettes before their proper debut LP Yaqaza was released on legendary Belgian imprint Kraak (Pan American, Limpe Fuchs, Typhonian Highlife). This caught the ear of Bokeh designer svengali Patrick Savile, who adds his vision to the LP cover. Francesco has also released solo explorations on Hundebiss (Kelman Duran, Lil Ugly Mane) and Edições Cn (Dolphins Into The Future).

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HLLW “Bolge” (Moerk)

2019-07-26T16:42:01+00:00July 26th, 2019|

Copenhagen producer HLLW returns top the Lobster family following a very special triple 7″ release in 2017 with a four track EP exploring the deeper, more subtle side of his sound.

Having been cooking away on the outskirts of the Danish capital (with quite literally hundreds of tracks bounce and submitted) the Bølge EP draws off of his more space-exploring dub techno side, throwing fog, snow and shade into the mix for a seriously Mörk-sounding release.

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Brendon Moeller “Materialize” (Vibrant Music)

2020-03-07T06:11:16+00:00July 5th, 2019|

Brendon Moeller is an artist that needs no introduction. The South African-born living in the US, like few of his generation constantly challenges himself with new concepts and ideas, has incorporated techno, dub, jazz, ambient, sound design into his works throughout the years. He’s never chased the limelight, but instead the work, one idea after the next, one project after the other, restless. He has collaborated with labels like Echocord, Third Ear, Electric Deluxe, Prologue, and Mord, to name some. Materialize is his first work for Vibrant Music. From his early days in various bands in the ’80s and ’90s, Brendon liked indie, shoegaze, ambient, moody, cinematic ‘scapes. With Materialize he came full circle, reaching out to his early influences, but with the knowledge and experience of many years of exploration of modular synths, to create a concept space that feels intimate, and at the same time vivid evokes visual imagery. It explores the time space through a minimalist, stoic approach. It tells the story of how we are all linked into this tree of music we call electronic music, wherever each one is coming from. A celebration of life through the mind of one of today’s scholars of electronic music. A liberation from the strictness of tempo and metronomes, to reach to a more creative state.

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Yutaka Hirose “NOVA +4” (WRWTFWW)

2020-03-07T06:11:29+00:00July 5th, 2019|

Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve: Includes liner notes in English and Japanese. WRWTFWW Records present an expanded reissue of one of the most fascinating Japanese ambient/environmental albums ever made, NOVA by Yutaka Hirose, originally released in 1986. The expanded reissue includes the album known as Soundscape 2: Nova, sourced from its original masters, as well as four never-released-before recordings over 50 minutes. Initially released in 1986 as part of the Soundscape series. Commissioned by Misawa Home Corporation for use in their prefabricated houses, Yutaka Hirose’s NOVA has grown to become a mythical piece of the Japanese minimalist/ambient/environmental scene of the eighties. Initiated around the enchanting landscapes of the two first tracks recorded for the project, “Nova” and “Epilogue”, Yutaka Hirose’s magnum opus serenely blends vintage synth with nature sounds, exploring soothing palettes and organic backdrops. For “Slow Sky”, Hirose explains he “went for a pointillism-like sound, and tried to express a scenery of awakening, where the portal of a heart is opening up”, while on “Humming The Sea”, he “tried to compose a kind of music that expresses the daily, lazy life of child-like innocence in a summer vacation in some small town.” The bonus material gathers four long unreleased pieces created around the same period of time for installations, described by Yutaka Hirose as “not music per se but rather sound sculptures”, and including the haunting “Shadow Of A Water Droplet” which was recorded for an Ikebana exhibition. All in all, NOVA + 4 is a transcendent experience of nature in the urban context, an oeuvre which, much like Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass or Satoshi Ashikawa’s Still Way (1999), holds the power to appease the soul in turbulent times. As one inspired YouTube commenter once said when describing Yutaka Hirose’s masterstroke: “I can’t tell if the birds are singing inside or outside! Thank you!” Includes liner notes in English and Japanese.

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Mark Thibideau “Lividus” (Vade Mecum)

2019-06-28T04:15:42+00:00June 28th, 2019|

The Thibideau brothers were a big source of inspiration for us in the last two decades, so we feel deeply honoured that Mark also accepted the invitation to join the label. His love and mastery for analogue and hardware synthesizers led to a feature in the famous documentary >I Dream of Wires<, alongside Matt. However this is one of the most important reasons why his sound is so mature and deeply touching. On the first side we have a punchy deep house track that effortlessy blends the synth bass with melodious dream elements. Flip the record and dive deep with the wonderfully spacey chords from Blue Rose Dub.

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Various Artists “Surfaced Dubs” (Cymawax)

2020-03-07T06:11:51+00:00June 28th, 2019|

3 tracks by 5 artists with a passion for stripped down dubbed out house and techno have joined forces for this very user-friendly piece of slab. The first track: Dub 2.3 by Fede Zerdan is a no-compromise ode to the sound of echoes in empty spaces. The second track Marz by Karina is a far more feline affair, purring it’s way around a funkified acidic bassline with a groove that’s guaranteed to make you move.

The label side is reserved for Minimal Surface… a collaboration between the Russian master of dub techno Heavenchord & the Italian dual delay and blood brothers, Sibling. This one is an insisting 4 to the floor peek time banger that is guaranteed to ripp dancefloors apart wherever it may land.

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Vesa-Matti Kivioja “Mineral Wave” (Ljudverket)

2019-06-28T04:15:08+00:00June 28th, 2019|

Ljudverket’s 11th release is a four-tracker from a man of many sounds and personas, Vesa-Matti Kivioja. Here, operating under his given name, he delivers four tracks of experimental dub and electronica, taking the listener from his/her living room all the way to a dimly lit dance floor in an alien planet, with a sound system capable of producing frequencies way below human hearing and a smoke machine filled with unknown substances.

”These are recycled patterns forming sounds which describe minerals and stones. The use of stone has had a huge impact on the cultural and technological development of the human race. Often composed of grains of minerals, in nature, more than one substitution may be found in the same mineral. It can be made of one element or more elements combined together. A hard, solid, non-metallic, naturally occurring inorganic substance. It is found in a wide variety of geological locations. It’s not made by humans.”

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YWF “Replaced” (Echocord)

2019-06-21T19:23:22+00:00June 21st, 2019|

Copenhagen’s Echocord welcomes YWF onto its roster with Replaced EP, backed with remixes from Berlin’s Freund Der Familie (FDF). “Replaced” opens the package via a sturdy rhythmic foundation, wandering synth licks, and winding modulations before “All ls Temporary” embraces a cinematic aesthetic, edging in elongated sub drones, emotive strings, and delayed percussive hits. FDF takes control on the latter half of the package, delivering two interpretations of “Cutoff”: first up is “Reshape”, employing an airy atmospheric feel amongst fluttering low-end and dustry drums, while the “Days Of Doom” lays focus on menacing bass, expansive delays, and menacing voices.

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Earthen Sea “Grass And Trees” (Kranky)

2020-03-07T07:02:24+00:00June 21st, 2019|

Jacob Long’s reductionist rhythmic ambient vessel, Earthen Sea, ebbs towards a more purely elemental state on his second excursion for Kranky, Grass And Trees. He describes the creative process as one of “simplifying things as much as possible,” designing uncluttered spaces traced in nothing but breath, field recordings, and “sounds that could be played by hand but weren’t.” The results feel decentralized but dynamic, low-lit evocations of ambiguous nocturnal environments—dub techno disassembled into stray pulses and spare parts. It’s a music both interior and infinite, languorous yet transformative, made in the outer boroughs of a metropolis but existing in its own liminal wilderness. Long’s vision is a grounding one, rooted in the physical body but attuned to larger currents: “In response to living in a fairly hectic city, and at a very hectic time for the world at large, creating something more drawn back and restrained felt appropriate.”

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Not Glass “Forma” (Ecstatic)

2019-06-07T03:01:16+00:00June 7th, 2019|

Not Glass is the debut collaboration between Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) and his longtime correspondent Dimitris Papadatos (Jay Glass Dubs), paying tribute to Latin and Greek authors Ovid and Heraclitus in a suite of dramatic electronics and cryptic rhythms comparable to a theatrical soundtrack. Knowingly, ironically pretentious, yet serious with it, Forma is the result of years of daily Facebook chats between the London and Athens-based artists where they cemented the album’s concept around key quotes by the legendary poet/philosophers, who hail from their respective homelands of Italy and Greece. The results are in effect a spellbinding attempt to transmute those notions within the collaborative, contemporary framework of their music, using patented palettes of hardware, vocals, and FX to render and reflect core classical mythological and philosophical ideas about drama, love, metaphysics, cosmology and the “unity of opposites”. On this timeless plane, Natalizia and Papadatos both step outside of themselves to find “what opposes unites”, spaciously consolidating their typical, yet contrasting, rhythm-driven approaches in a reverberant, often beatless sphere of exploration. Removed from their usual handrails, the artists operate at their most open-ended and subtly suggestive, amorphously shapeshifting from gloaming shadow plays of synth and keys to investigate arcane percussive impulses and iridescent ambient whorls. The result is a perfect, finely shaded marriage of their mutually esoteric, outsider Southern European energies, which intuitively acknowledges and inhabits the paradoxes of their respective styles. The illusively static yet mercurial ebb-and-flow of the atmospheric intro “Fallite Fallentes” sets the scene, where “Dum Loquor, Hora Fugit” invokes a viscous but brittle tangle of wide bass and pointillist rhythms beside a stately cello vignette “Ludicrum” that recalls aspects of Scott Walker’s mystic charm “Soused”. The rapid arps and slow moving, glassy pads of “Pauper Ubique Iacet” conjure a sublime tension that becomes diffused into the cavernous, hollow dub dread of “Ut Ameris, Amabilis Esto”, possessed with its throaty, processed vocal, and the lonely strings and plasmic electronics of “Forma Bonum Fragile Est” connotes a psychedelic coming-to-terms with their artistic/philosophic duality. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 500.

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Gas “Konigsforst” (Kompakt)

2019-06-07T03:01:15+00:00June 7th, 2019|

Königsforst — following the 1997 release of Zauberberg, Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS project returned with Königsforst in 1998, a full-length that has stood the test of time as a template for introducing fundamentals of ’90s techno into the principles of contemporary electronic music. Originally released in 1998 on the iconic Frankfurt imprint Mille Plateaux, and then reissued in 2016 as a part of GAS Box, Königsforst is now released on Voigt’s own label, Kompakt, as a 180 gram, triple-LP vinyl in its original artwork. Königsforst brings glimmers of light into Voigt’s dark, magnificent forest. Melodic strings and brass are added to his signature layers of ominous intensity. The forest path is laid out by muffled kick drums as classical music loops incessantly swirl with no direction. Includes download.

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Deadbeat “Waking Life” (BLKRTZ)

2019-05-10T19:09:03+00:00May 10th, 2019|

“Expertly-made dub techno for the dance floor. As Deadbeat, Scott Monteith’s last album, Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve was both a lament and a message of hope for a world in turmoil. On that record, the Canadian artist embedded speech in an often-instrumental form. On Waking Life, his latest LP, he’s less poetic, reflecting not on the world around him but on a festival he played last year: Waking Life in Portugal. In the process, he’s made some of his most straightforward dub techno in recent memory. Waking Life has the same rich sound design that’s characterized so much of Monteith’s music. Lush synths glimmer in the dark expanse of the aptly titled “A New Sense Of Purpose.” The gently percolating lead on “Waking Dub” evokes sunlight reflecting off a river. The 14-minute closer, “A Last Swim,” is immaculate dub techno. Waking Life feels made for the dance floor and flows like a night out, peaking with “A Last Swim.” The album’s midsection is heady and nocturnal, with a tech house-inflected groove on “Midnight In The Garden” and a bleepy lead on “A Thousand Shining Stars” that wriggles and shimmies endlessly. Most of Waking Life has this feeling of perpetual motion, as if the whole record poured out of Monteith in a single studio session. Waking Life may be Monteith’s most satisfying work since his career masterpiece, Drawn & Quartered. Like that album, it strips down the Deadbeat sound to its core elements — house, techno, and dub — the results of which are undeniable. But where Drawn & Quartered was almost intimidating in its heft, Waking Life seems intent to serve the kind of uplifting and communal experience that spawned it.”

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STL “Take Your Seats” (Echocord)

2019-05-10T19:09:03+00:00May 10th, 2019|

Stephan Laubner, better known as STL, is regarded for his unique twist on dubbed-out house and techno sounds. “Lost Harbour” leads Take Your Seats EP with textural field recordings, crunchy distorted rhythms, and an amalgamation of snaking bass, synth, and piano lines, intertwining and unfolding throughout. “Mr. Sinister” switches the vibes over to menacing bass swells, fluttering subs, gritty percussion, and an underlying tension before “Sensimilla” edges into more ethereal territory with spiraling dub chords, shuffled hats, and winding atmospherics.

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Son.Sine “Variable States” (Echo Echo)

2019-05-10T19:08:18+00:00May 10th, 2019|

Echocord sub-label Echo Echo returns with its first release of 2019, courtesy of son.sine. Leyton Glen, aka son.sine, presents a new EP of original material, his first in four years. The thirteen-minute “Uncertainty” opens, driven by hazy atmospherics, pulsing acid bass tones. and murky sub bass while glitched-out percussion subtly carries the cinematic groove. “Evident Topology” follows, taking a more robust approach with jittery low-end chops, expansive dub chords, and an amalgamation of emotive strings and jazzy bass licks ebbing-and-flowing within. “Three Linear Decay” rounds out the package via skippy organic drums, ethereal pad swells, and metallic bleeps.

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Purl “Poems” (Rohs!)

2019-04-19T02:17:58+00:00April 19th, 2019|

After almost two years in the works, ROHS! is glad to announce the release of “Poems” 2×12″ by Ludvig Cimbrelius aka Purl. He began to use this alias at the age of 15, as a tribute to the sounds of nature that helped him rediscover inner peace. The intention behind Purl is to be an expression of the serenity and depth of our natural state. In support of the original tracks “Slow Poem” and “Cellar Door”, other 7 artists have re-imaginated and reworked the original two tracks, in vinyl order: Segue, Lingua Lustra, Mind Over MIDI, Wanderwelle, Rhucle, Docetism, Stray Theories.

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Phase90 “Infinitati Intrusion Dubs” (Echospace)

2019-04-19T02:17:57+00:00April 19th, 2019|

We’re proud to announce Intrusion (cv313/echospace) reworks of Phase90’s, “Infinitati” an album Boomkat hailed as, “a place to dip your toes in Deepchord/Echospace’s oceans of sound, this is it.” A night time walk on the wrong side of the street, creepy and ominous in nature as a result of the possessive quality of supernatural textures, field recordings and found sounds conducted at the Calvary Cemetery. Utilizing the original 1/4″ tape recordings and individual sounds, Intrusion builds on the foundation steps further, using the mixing board as the primary instrument as well as, tape splicing, 12 bit loop stations and other audio wizardry. The material on this 12″ ep can be interpreted as sinistral–dark,, heavy due to the hardware and its currencies emitted by its source–the phase 90. An acidic dream residing somewhere in the ether. Absolutely essential listening and horizontal grooving for the ages!

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VC-118A “Inside” (Delsin)

2019-04-11T21:54:17+00:00April 11th, 2019|

Samuel van Dijk releases his third album as VC-118A on Delsin Records. It dives deep into the sonic narrative of VC-118A –who is also known as Mohlao– and mixes up his unique sounds with evocative musical imagery. An album that goes from sparse, mysterious grooves to shiny underwater electro to frazzled and distorted techno via absorbing passages of ambient and overdriven machine workouts. It marks his first original work on Delsin, having released his distinctive brand of electro and techno on Frustrated Funk, Radio Matrix and Tabernacle before now.

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Anton Kubikov “Echoma” (Seven Villas)

2019-04-11T21:54:16+00:00April 11th, 2019|

He doesn’t need any introduction, we know Anton from the very beginning with his releases as SCSI-9 with his partner Maxim on “Force Tracks”. These days he continue delivering top quality deep works for Kompakt and other respectable labels. He joins Seven Villas with “Echoma EP”, a stellar deep techno work.

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CV313 “Glass City Sessions” (Minimood)

2019-02-08T19:22:26+00:00February 8th, 2019|

Following on from Dimensional Space on Echospace (CV313 001CD, 313 004CD), dub techno legend CV313, aka Stephen Hitchell, offers up his second album, Glass City Sessions on Minimood, featuring five profoundly immersive tracks that come as a double vinyl release only. CV313’s signature dub techno sound has been a blueprint for the genre and is created on vintage hardware; all sounds, static, tones, and paranormal occurrences are left in to render it as atmospheric as it is. The five expansive recordings that make up the album are actually based on live recordings from a DEMF after-show night back in 2000 in Detroit. “The music is a bit creepy and so was the experience of this live show,” says Stephen Hitchell. “It was an old dingy warehouse about ten miles out of downtown Detroit, right next to the now abandoned Eloise asylum, but there are many stories of it still being haunted.” Indeed, that theme of haunted locations around Detroit echoes through the five tracks and makes them a truly cinematic experience. Opening things up on the first record is the brilliantly dark “Belle Isle Symphonics”, twelve frosty minutes of hunched-over drums and rattling metal sounds that place you in the center of a large abandoned building. “Masonic Mystic” is much sparser and more eerie, with watery chords and warm static suspending you in an unsettling calm atmosphere, but one that always feel like something strange is around the corner. On the second record the superb “Stars Above Elmwood” lifts the shadowy mood somewhat with more airy dub techno drums and pensive chords rippling out in all directions. It’s warm, expansive, and utterly absorbing for more than 13 minutes. “Two Way Inn” continues the trip in fine style with gentle chords and barely there drums, comforting white noise and distant pads all sinking you into a state of meditation before the masterful “Eloise’s Theme” arrives, an ambient-ish masterpiece with horizontal chords gently moving up-and-down the scales to trap you in a soothing state, but always with an undercurrent of foreboding. This new album by CV313 is deep, storytelling dub techno of the highest order. Comes on splatter vinyl.

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DJ Sotofett “Dub Off” (Honest Jon’s)

2019-01-25T04:58:16+00:00January 25th, 2019|

Three murderous steppers dubs on a propulsive, rat-tat-tat rhythm, combining mystical spaciousness with detail and ferocity. Angry-lion bass and smears of brass, fusillades and explosions, scares and shocks, oriental pentatonics, clattering percussion and synthy transcendence — the business. The second mix is nastiest; the third is the wildest and most discombobulated. Letter-pressed, poly-lined sleeves.

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