Techno/House

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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Dr. Togo “Be Free” (Best)

2020-05-21T20:50:31+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Voice of the Kano project and former percussionist of Eric Clapton, George Benson and Chaka Khan, Glen White in 1982 wrote and arranged “Be Free”, one of the most intriguing and elegant Italian disco / boogie song together with the producer Louis “Gigi” Figini (former member of project “Koxo” alongside the unforgettable Leonardo Re Cecconi). An overlooked gem by the West Indian artist brought back to the musical community!

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RIS Featuring Celeste “Love N Music” (Best)

2020-05-21T20:50:31+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Love N Music is an original classic Italo Disco with an Hi-NRG touch. The original song starts with a sweet female voice that seemed to be an hymn to love, a strong pre-house atmosphere soon introduces an extravagant synths as a prelude to the hot bass-line combined with the Italian rap of Celeste. Many of you will recognize its melody used in 2002 by Felix da Housecat on his tune “Happy Hour”. RIS is another one superbe collaboration by Tony Carrasco (Klein + M.B.O.) and the always excellent Aldo Martinelli. Remix by the dj and Danish record collector Flemming Dalum.

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Adam Pits “International Wafter” (Coastal Haze)

2020-05-21T20:50:29+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Coastal Haze welcome the new decade with one of the most exciting artists to come out of the UK of recent in Adam Pits. Known for his intricate productions, this will be Pits’ first release on the label having already gained support from the likes of Ciel, Batu and Call Super. ”International Wafter” offers up four club weapons, two peak time whompers and two ethereal burners.

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Noah Gibson “Press On” (Northern Electronics)

2020-05-21T20:50:27+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Noah Gibson marks his first appearance on North Electronics with an EP of plaintive meditations on his innermost causes and conflicts. Acidic enthusiasm spirals out of control in innumerable ways across ‘Press On,’ routing us through the reflective atmosphere that hangs heavy in the background of the thrilling adrenal spikes.

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Moon King “Voice of Lovers SOBO Mixes” (Sobo)

2020-05-21T20:50:26+00:00May 21st, 2020|

SOBO’s parent label, Arbutus Records, requested alternate dance mixes of Moon King’s hit album “Voice Of Lovers” from three long time companions: Dane, Cooper Saver and SOBO’s own Patrick Holland. All created and collected for SOBO’s 10th record. Smashing out the gate is Cooper’s mix of “Free Time”. His signature percussion and arp combo barrels down the scope of the song without ever coming up for air. Aptly chosen as the lead single, this mix gets the music video treatment from the elusive Dr. Cool. On the other side of the spectrum, Dane and Patrick rework “6 Months”, into two unique mellow trips. While Dane’s focuses on the groove, Patrick’s aims for the heartstrings.

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Patrick Holland “Simstim” (Verdicchio Music Publishing)

2020-05-21T20:50:26+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Inspired by Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’, Patrick Holland dives deep into the ambivalent future with Simstim. Also known for work as Project Pablo, Simstim uses familiar motifs with a more personalized touch. Pointillist melodies lay in a wash of noise artifacts, as pulsating rhythms fray subtly falling between sections, all delicately glued together with blissful harmonies. For the dancer and/or headphone listener alike.

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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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Various Artists “Shouts: Vol. 2, Five Years of Rhythm Section Intl” (Rhythm Section International)

2020-05-21T20:50:23+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12″ compilation Shouts Vol. 1 and 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club-ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories. Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalog but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts, and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The Shouts compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission. Shouts is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. Shouts is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. Shouts: Volume 2 features Duke Hugh, Research Club, Paula Tape, Jad & The, Shy One, and Session Victim.

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Various “Shouts: Vol. 1, Five Years of Rhythm Section Intl” (Rhythm Section International)

2020-05-21T20:50:23+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12″ compilation Shouts Vol. 1 and 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club-ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories. Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalog but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts, and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The Shouts compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission. Shouts is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. Shouts is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. Shouts: Volume 1 features Yu Su, Katerina, Lock Eyes, Valesuchi, and Dawit.

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Yukihiro Fukutomi “It’s About Time” (Studio Mule)

2020-05-21T20:50:23+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Second reissue of Japanese house music legend Yukihiro Fukutomi on Studio Mule. Title track on A side, “It’s About Time”, was included in the compilation Remix Trax Vol.6 – Japanese New Vibes. “It’s Gonna Be Alright” is an E2-E4 influenced deep house and “Facing Up” is reminiscent of Danny Tenaglia’s harmonica track. Both tracks on B side are taken from his second album which was released on CD only in 1993.

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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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The Nightstalker “Tragedies of a High-Tech World” (Childhood Intelligence)

2020-05-21T20:50:15+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Mysterious duo Nightstalker returns after an 19 year hiatus with ‘Tragedies Of A High Tech World’. Ten tracks spread out over 2 heavyweight vinyl slabs, containing dark hues of acid, dreamy atmospheres, and Drexciyan influenced chord progressions of the highest order. A musical journey awaits here, traveling from themes of social programming, and controlled society on Earth to mystical High Tech planets in deep outer space and back. An essential release for all admirers of pure analogue and imaginative Electro and Techno.

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Derek Carr “Pursuit Part 1” (Pariter)

2020-05-21T20:50:13+00:00May 21st, 2020|

An absolute future classic album of the incredible Derek Carr on Sushitech’s sub label – Pariter.
A long journey of 15 tracks that starts with some deep and dubby chords, acidic grooves and ends up with lush string based ambients.
For the fans of Convextion, Schatrax and of course Derek himself! Huge release!

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Derek Carr “Pursuit Part 2 (Pariter)

2020-05-21T20:50:13+00:00May 21st, 2020|

An absolute future classic album of the incredible Derek Carr on Sushitech’s sub label – Pariter.
A long journey of 15 tracks that starts with some deep and dubby chords, acidic grooves and ends up with lush string based ambients.
For the fans of Convextion, Schatrax and of course Derek himself! Huge release!

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Various Artists “Studiolo – The 90s Afro Cosmic Era” (Antinote)

2020-05-21T20:50:09+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Antinote and Dizonord present STUDIOLO – Belfiore, Veneto, 1447. Birth of the first “Studiolo” or cabinet of curiosities, these rooms where “rare, new, and singular things”, often exotic, were stored and exhibited. A practice that would spread throughout Europe during the Renaissance.

Northeastern Italy, at the beginning of the 1980s, an entire local scene gathered around a handful of DJs who put their dancefloors in a trance to the sounds of “rare, new, and singular” music, under the strong influence of ethnic and world music. Mixes where German Kosmische clashes with space disco, along with the most experimental side of British new wave, industrial music, creepy funk, deviant rock and pop. All this mixed with Brazilian and Afro music, reggae, ragga, percussions and bhangra… A kind of mixing in total rupture with that of a dying disco for which it is intended as an alternative. A way of playing songs often at the wrong speeds, at 33RPM instead of 45RPM and vice versa, and always the obsession of a slow tempo, between 95 and 110 BPM, while the cruising speed of disco mixes goes up to 125/130 BPM… A haunting rhythm, accelerated or slowed down voices, with experimental and ethnic approaches… the sets by Moz-Art, Ebreo, Roberto Lodola, TBC, Meo, Fabrizio Fattori… are endowed with a baroque, quasi)mystical dimension. Without forgetting the enemy brothers, at the origin of this fusion of styles, Daniele Baldelli, resident of the Cosmic Club in Rimini, who called it Cosmic Style, and Beppe Loda, resident of the Typhoon in Gambara (a small town not far from Belfiore, unsurprisingly) and who referred to his mixing as “Afro Style”. “Afro”, the name that will be adopted by this scene and especially by its fans, recognizable by their post-hippy style, their Citroën DS or 2CV, with car radios fully powered by mixtape cassettes recorded in the clubs by these DJs, then sold in the parking lot of what was still called “the discotheque” at that time. This “Afro” wave mainly involved 3 regions in Italy (Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, and Veneto) and the young Austrians and Germans who would go there on holiday. Among them, Stefan Egger, a young DJ from Innsbruck, received a monumental shock while listening to a set by Daniele Baldelli during his holidays in Rimini. Therefore, he decided to make his Austrian dancefloor resonate to the sound of the Cosmic Style.

While the official history of underground dance music has very quickly and rightly retained the contribution of DJs from Chicago and New York, it was not until the early 2000s that interest in the Afro/Cosmic scene was finally shown. Since then, a lot has been said on this scene, its DJs, their completely crazy and obscure tracklists, while Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda are playing Boiler Room sets as well as Europan and Japanese gigs one after the other. But few have shown interest in the moment in time when, at the end of the 80s, these DJs became producers and started creating songs that sounded like their sets, where all their influences would collide, often naively, sometimes with genius, always without filters. Nor to how this scene changed at the beginning of the 90s with a marginal approach to trance and progressive house, when the Italian, Austrian and German DJs of this second Afro period played these trance and progressive records at 33+8, as their elders did with synth wave or post-punk records, always staying within this 100/110 BPM tempo. It is in this last period that this compilation will immerse you, through 8 tracks from the Italian, German and Austrian scenes

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Earth Trax “LP1” (Shall Not Fade)

2020-05-21T20:50:08+00:00May 21st, 2020|

LP1 takes influence from cold wave, applying gloomy chords onto House and Breakbeat, whilst including textures that might draw reference to early IDM. Earth Trax blends dreamy vocals, pads and melodies with striking rhythms, squawking synthesizers and strong bass lines throughout. The LP was recorded as an extension of some of the artists moodier singles on Shall Not Fade sister imprint, Lost Palms. It explores a more experimental approach towards House music, whilst drawing influence from some of his more downtempo style releases as Bartosz Kruczyński. LP1 features the stunning photography of Kasia Zacharko & graphic design of Kaja Kukuła.

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Maurice Fulton Ft. Peggy Gou “Earth” (Gudu Records)

2020-05-21T20:50:07+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Following its 2019 launch with Peggy Gou’s ‘Moment’ EP and a follow up 12″ from DMX Krew, Gudu Records continues its journey with one of the true heroes of the underground, Maurice Fulton. Consisting of three diverse tracks, the ‘Earth’ EP captures a shared love of esoteric experiments in house, disco and funk, delivering a different flavour with each cut.

The EP opens with a collaboration between Fulton and label founder Peggy Gou: ‘Jigoo’ is the sound of both artists in full swing, combining a rolling, infectious bassline with the sort of joyous chords that have won Gou’s previous productions quite so much play. Vintage Chicago house drum work drives the track forward, while a series of psychedelic breakdowns combine to create another understated club anthem in waiting.

On the B side, ‘Not Sure How I Would’ may offer the perfect introduction for those yet to have fully immersed themselves in Fulton’s wonderful back catalogue. A chugging bassline, live drums and guitar plus a barrage of effects invite listeners into a hugely accomplished, utterly unpredictable dancefloor space, one primed to invite full-scale freakouts for heads-down crowds.

Finally, ‘One Itself’ provides the most understated moment on Gudu thus far. Slowly and surely bubbling, yet more raw percussion intertwines wildly with fizzy, analogue manipulations, Fulton engineers a veritable pressure-cooker of slo-mo rave euphoria that could once again leave a dancefloor spinning on its collective head.

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Sleep D “Smoke Haze” (Planet Euphorique)

2020-05-21T20:50:06+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Off the back of their debut LP, Sleep D continue to thrive and refine their production skills, this time with the 10th EP on Planet Euphorique, “Smoke Haze”w. 2020 – the future is now, the 4 tracks each offer a glimpse into a distant yet looming world of dark, driving atmospherics; outer worldly electronics perfect for club use. Sticking true to their deep, cosmic constructions, the Australian duo feel to have fully come into their sound, ever progressive and evocative, whilst never forgetting the filth, jack and grit that drives us to move.

A1 “Freezer”, wastes no time, diving in with militant metallic flair, elevated above ground through the syncopated stabs and swirling synthesis. Continuing to build throughout the track with delicate, imperative percussion and rolling delays, bubbling analog voices slipping in and out of consciousness to contrast the 4/4 steadiness. “Green Pond”, the A2 takes off from the opener, bringing a naughty tech-house energy, making it impossible to stand still as the sleazy bass locks in with the drums. Winding high-end technicality balances the playful lows, muffled vocal hooks and decaying leads evoking a sense of hedonism, snapped back to reality by the fierce snare programming.

On the B side “King Tide” teases a slightly lighter mood, with energized melody and floating bounce. Utilizing familiar tones and percussion, whilst experimenting with filters and resonance to take you on a sonic exploration. A state of hypnosis, occasionally interrupted by subtle unexpected contrast, those special desired moments on a dance floor. “Bugger”, the final track on the record, presents a skin crawling anthem destined for the darkest of corners, murked shadows engaging in a heavy stomp. Bass focused, blurring genres, total sludge with a whiplash – commanding your attention.

Each track brings its own unique mastery and mature sound design, built upon a trusted foundation of rolling elation. As the Melbourne X Planet Euphorique partnership continues to develop, the pairing feels particularly ideal, linking in harmony to deliver an innovative, polished record primed to cause havoc.

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