Techno/House

Matt Karmil “STS371” (Smalltown Supersound)

2020-03-27T02:29:24+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Made primarily while on the road, the nine-track LP spans techno, electro, deep house and ambient. It’s Karmil’s second full-length on Smalltown Supersound, following 2018’s Will.

Describing his production process, the UK artist says, “I tended to record a little here and there when I could grab some time with my gear, and then do most of the arranging and choices while I was traveling about—until the end when I went to mix in one of my favourite studios, Cologne’s incredible The Brewery.”

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Container “Scramblers” (Alter)

2020-03-20T19:34:31+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Ren Schofield’s work as Container has developed into a succession of complementary releases over the last decade. He’s released four aggressive noise-techno LPs, all simply titled LP with searing noise and grinding electronics providing grisly decorations for rigid, skeletal beats indebted to hardcore and minimal techno. While Schofield can wreck plenty of audio destruction, the rhythmic foundation beneath the chaos gives every track a throttling momentum.

Schofield’s latest album, Scramblers, offers some major and minor changes to his spartan formula, the most obvious being the release’s titular divorce from the LP series. On Scramblers, Schofield junks familiar elements while keeping the noise at a euphoric high. The eponymous first track opens as hardcore techno written for jackhammers and power drills before boiling over with an off-kilter synth arpeggio. “Mottle” sounds like it’s constantly on the verge of ripping itself apart, slowing, accelerating, and convulsing relentlessly. While “Queaser” deploys synths that feel ripped from an old video game sound-chip. When that song’s beat finally drops out, it opens space for a field-recorded collage of howling and hooting animals that seamlessly meshes with the following track’s industrial clangs. That transition is a perfect example of how skilled Schofield has become at sequencing his work, landing haymakers with something as subtle as a tracklisting. Container has always had a firm grasp on the nuances of both noise and dance music, but this album captures the thrill and fun of the hybrid in a way he’s never quite done before.

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Vatican Shadow “Opium Crop Airstrikes” (Hospital Productions)

2020-03-20T19:37:16+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Opium Crop Airstrikes is a Vatican Shadow EP with long-form industrial tracks in the style known from Jordanian Descent (2012). A portion of the proceeds go to AYOK civil society volunteer organization for earthquake relief in rural Mexico. Cassette comes in oversized package; includes fold-out poster.

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Flamingo Pier “Flamingo Pier” (Soundway)

2020-03-20T19:40:17+00:00March 19th, 2020|

2020 repress. Following their self-released debut EP, Flamingo Pier (DJ residents Luke Walker, Dominic Jones, and Bradley Craig) have crafted four dance floor-worthy tracks influenced by the boogie, disco, Afro and classic house. Slick, rolling disco synths and punchy drum machines are woven in with Afro-centric percussion and dreamy vocal chants, for an exotic disco-boogie journey from start to finish. Early support for the EP is already coming from Bill Brewster, JD Twitch (Optimo) and Ray Mang. The EP is being released to coincide with the Flamingo Pier Festival in Waiheke, New Zealand.

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Yasuko Agawa “Lowdown” (Studio Mule)

2020-03-20T19:41:10+00:00March 19th, 2020|

One of most popular jazz singers in Japan, Yasuko Agawa’s late ’80s release was originally released as a promo only. It’s finally reissued here on 12″ with remastering by Kuniyuki Takahashi. “Lowdown” is a house cover of Boz Scaggz. It’s a Japanese house classic. “You Bring The Sun Out” is a super mellow electric lovers rock.

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Moodymann “Mahogany Brown” (Peacefrog)

2020-03-20T19:53:45+00:00March 19th, 2020|

The debut Peacefrog album from Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann originally released in 1998 is an album of truly epic proportions, a must have for any and all collectors and lovers of house music. Utilising soul, funk, gospel, and even hip-hop production techniques and alternating from mellowed-out disco dubs like “Mahogany Brown” and “Stoneodenjoe” to more raw and dirty tech-house tracks like “Me and My People’s Eyes.” Mahogany Brown delivers a slice of Black American music that affirms Kenny’s reputation as a major influence on house music today.

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Albumsi

2020-03-19T20:30:57+00:00March 12th, 2020|

The year is 2019, and Jan Schulte is spelling out his vision in simple terms. Within the first few of Albumsi’s hour-plus runtime, our host lays out the mat, and welcomes us to the ‘Galaxy’, just as he welcomed us to ‘Zum Paradies’ on Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World. There, he donned a Wolf Müller mask. Here it is nom de doof, Bufiman. The directive is clear: buckle up, as this trip advisor for countless left-of-the-dial dancers and deep thinkers alike is back in the hot seat.

True to his word, the first thing that hits is the drums. Across the album are samples that Bufiman has been collecting since he was a mere Bufiboy. Recordings culled from market stalls 20+ years ago and song sketches that lay dormant since 2006 get a facelift at the Wolf Müller Flanger Studio and walk into the world as finished articles. A proggy tribute to funk classic ‘Blow Your Head’ takes this updating job most directly, transporting Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s to the fringes of a Frankfurt rave with a decanter of spiked punch, doin’ the worm through a space-time wormhole as they go.

Sometimes those drums jive away steadily, and sometimes they boom and bap right under your n

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Kill Yourself Dancing – The Story Of Sunset Records Inc. Chicago 1985-89

2020-03-19T20:17:17+00:00March 12th, 2020|

Flashback to Chicago in 1985, when House Music was just being born.

A few kids – Matt Warren, Miguel Garcia and Ralphi Rosario, get together to join forces with the already established Sunset Mobile Disco – owned by brothers Alex and Robert Rojo – to create a new record label as an outlet for their productions.

In the following 4 years, Sunset Records Inc. released some of the most groundbreaking Chicago House records, mixing New Wave, Disco and Industrial influences with “beat tracks” and a huge amount of talent expertly scouted by Matt Warren & Miguel Garcia.

While largely remaining in the shadows of larger labels like Trax and Dj International, the metamorphosis of Sunset Mobile Disco into Sunset Records Inc. perfectly illustrates the wide range of influences that gave Chicago’s dance scene its unique sound.

Jerome Derradji is proud to present the definitive story – written by Jacob Arnold – of one of Chicago’s House Music best kept secret in a superb gatefold DLP and a DCD compilation that includes remastered, rare and unreleased tracks from the Sunset Records Inc. label along with lost pictures and artifacts spread in a gatefold DLP and in a 23 page booklet (DCD only).

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In The Dark (The Soul Of Detroit)

2020-03-19T20:17:44+00:00March 12th, 2020|

The incredible double pack ”In The Dark” with exclusive, unreleased tracks by Marcellus Pittman, Rick Wilhite, Delano Smith, Mike Huckaby, Keith Worthy, Malik Olston and others. All the artists involved in this project are essential creators and perpetuators of the musical heritage of the motor city.

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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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Various Artists “Bubble Chamber” (Gentrified Underground)

2020-03-13T20:33:44+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Gentrified Underground presents an interdisciplinary project tackling the sonic fiction and Afrofuturism of Drexciya. Thought as an extension to the Bubble Chamber exhibition happening at Mikro & UP STATE Zürich, Gentrified Underground releases a 2×12″ vinyl compilation and a booklet with contributions by Abdul Qadim Haqq, Charlie Mills, chukwumaa, Dominiqueh White, Gentrified Underground, Maïté Chéniere, and tracks by Xor Gate (Gerald Donald), Shawescape Renegade, DJ Dijital, Plant43, The Exaltics, Kuldaboli, Iko, Tom Ware, Luz1e, and Sansibar. The goal of this compilation is to showcase the reach and influence which Drexciya had on generations of electronic music producers while linking them together with compositional predecessors from the early ’80s. The musical timeline of the compilation starts from 1982 and reaches its contemporary end in 2019. The 56-page booklet contains unseen and unreleased Drexciyan drafts by Abdul Qadim Haqq, an interview between him and GU, contemporary art contributions by chukwumaa, Dominiqueh White, and Maïté Chéniere, and an academic essay by Charlie Mills. 56-page fanzine booklet; cover by Abdul Qadim Haqq.

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Subtle Houzze “Controversy” (Running Back Double Copy)

2020-03-13T20:33:44+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Subtle Houzze were Boris Dlugosch and the late Gary D. The joint venture of Hamburg’s golden boy and Front resident Dlugosch and his Unit/Tunnel counterpart Gary D was like a moment in love. Written and produced in 1992, it cast the grappling statues of techno soul and deep house in bronze. Save for two tracks of the original release, albeit graced with another and previously unavailable mix of “Hemisphere”, all the glory of the future of the past is available again. Remastered, restored and reconfigured via the Running Back Double Copy series. If you need more proof, see this quote from Discogs user guigui612 from September 26, 2019: “Super good EP. Very diverse, full of deepness and emotions.”

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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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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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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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Grant “Fantasy Blues” (Lobster Theremin)

2020-03-13T20:34:12+00:00February 28th, 2020|

US Born, Marseille based house producer and DJ, Grant returns to Lobster Theremin, with a 9 track album brimming with warm, melodic, deep house cuts. Fantasy Blues drops November 29th via Lobster Theremin.

Opener, Ephemeral Chase signals a cosmic journey, driven with four to the floor motive. Mind Space is spaced out, modern deep-house at it’s best. On the flip, Zarenzeit joins Grant on Amaranthine Profundity, while Finite Elements chugs into an ethereal, vocal cut. Manifest picks up the pace, note a welcome homage to London town. Previous collaborator, Dan Piu features on stripped-back roller, Boundless. Joining forces on Invisible Skills, Brooklyn based composer Emil Abramyan injects otherworldly influences to the album, followed by Melancholic wiggler, Lucent Eyes. The Road In Front Of Me rounds out the release on soulful, classic tip, with velvet vocals courtesy of Jenifa Mayanja. Blissful.

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Benjamin Brunn “Untitled” (Blundar)

2020-03-16T02:27:11+00:00February 28th, 2020|

11th Solo Album by Benjamin Brunn, pressed on 180 G Heavyweight Vinyl
After Lowtec, Alex Cortex, STL and iridescence; Swedish label ‘blundar’ presents Benjamin Brunn 11th solo album, 20 years after his debut.
BLUNDAR7 comes as a 10 tracks / 38 minutes long-player, coloured cover on a 180g black vinyl. Artwork by ‘mutantexture’

Brunn wrote and produced all tracks between 2017 and 2018; In contrast to most releases that were limited to one or two synthesisers, this time a whole array of instruments was used: tELHARMONIC, Music Thing Modular Chord Organ, Doepfer A-111-3V Precision VCO, 4ms STS, Yamaha DX7, Clavia Nord Modular G1 & G2. The long-player comes after a collaborative album with Dave Wheels out on Sushitech early this year, and will be followed by one together with Move D, via Smallville in 2020.

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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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Huerta ” Junipero” (Voyage)

2020-03-13T20:34:12+00:00February 28th, 2020|

Huerta’s debut album for Voyage is a righteous journey along the coast of California; a psychosomatic blend of melodic rhythm, natural sounds and ambient textures.

Recorded throughout 2019, Huerta combines a blissful wash of west coast inspired ambient with the more affable, rhythmic house cuts he has been previously known for. Drawing on the surrounding landscapes of his upbringing, Huerta’s ode to the Juniper tree is an immersive and introspective experience; a long player capable of taking you to an elevated state of mind.

Composed, arranged and recorded by Steve Huerta at Diesel Studios Berlin, 2019

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Derrick May “Innovator – Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet” (Network)

2020-03-13T20:34:12+00:00February 28th, 2020|

When Network Records originally issued “Innovator” in 1991 we knew that the music contained within was timeless. At that time, of course, we had no grasp of how well Derrick’s epic soundscapes would time travel. We christened the collection – “Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet” – because it seemed like the music (and Derrick) had indeed arrived from another world.

The release has been acclaimed as iconic because Derrick, the madcap and maverick philosopher of Detroit Techno, introduced the concept of dance music with a musical and emotional agenda way beyond anything that had come before. Beats with beauty. Literally the strings of life. Where fellow musical geniuses Chic had previously urged everybody to simply “Dance, Dance, Dance” mood alchemist Mayday merged simple yet cerebral dreamscapes with strange and urgent complex dance rhythms and invited us all to Dance And Dream. And in a strange juxtaposed way helped birth the hedonistic Acid House scene with classics “Nude Photo” and “Strings Of Life”

The energy is frenetic, but merged with a new age ambience. The gems collected on this offering were iconic in 1991, now they cause mass hysteria when Derrick turns his one time musical experiments, created in a tiny room in Detroit, and turns them into epic concerts with orchestras and musicians across the globe. “Hand In Hand” existed in 1991 and we wanted to release it then, but it’s taken until now for the complete 13 minute recording to finally meet the world.
It will be revered, because like all of Derrick May’s music it is life affirming. Emotions Electric indeed.

The original “Innovator” release was housed on one single slab of wax. This time around we have expanded it to two discs to make space for “Hand Over Hand” and also so everything elsewhere – masterpieces remastered – can be presented in a complete and superior fashion. Whatever the tweaks, changes and updates etc all these years on, this music still sounds gloriously alien and groundbreaking. But there’s still no Tenth Planet.

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Rrose & Silent Servant “Air Textures Vol. VII” (Air Texture)

2020-03-13T20:34:12+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Double LP version. Rrose and Silent Servant team up to select for the ongoing leftfield compilation series, Air Texture. Featuring unreleased tracks from underground talent including Anthony Child (Surgeon), Ron Morelli, Laurel Halo, Octo Octa, Phase Fatale, Function, as well as Rrose and Silent Servant and legends like Charlemagne Palestine. Also included on double-CD and double-LP versions: James Fei, Not Waving, Luke Slater, and June and An-i, and Laetitia Sonami.