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North To South Part 1
115 DSR
28 Mar 16
Techno
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Dark Days - (7:10) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Synchronized - (6:21) 124 BPM
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Betray The Opponent - (6:25) 120 BPM
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Eclipse - (6:48) 124 BPM
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Played by: OCH
Review: It's not that long since Boris Bunnik dropped his most recent Conforce full-length, but already the man of many pseudonyms is donning the alias again. Predictably, North To South Part 1 is full of the kind of shimmering, melodious, futurist treats that sit somewhere between classic Detroit techno and mid '90s British intelligent techno. All four tracks are superb, making picking highlights somewhat tricky. Today, we're particularly enjoying the icy pulse of the B12-ish "Syncronized" and the classic Transmat flex of "Eclipse", but tomorrow that could change. Opener "Dark Days" - all rich, intergalactic chords, snappy snares and stargazing intent - is arguably the best of the lot.
24 EP
CBS 12
13 Mar 12
Techno
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Grain - (6:45) 129 BPM
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Be There At Night - (6:24) 126 BPM
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24 (Gesloten Cirkel remix) - (6:02) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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24 (original mix) - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Review: After the conceptual nature of Escapism, the recent Delsin album from the perma-brilliant Conforce, Mr Bunnik returns to the Clone Basement Series with the totally essential 24 EP. Recently the focus of a must read feature on the new breed of Dutch techno via our sister site Juno Plus, this release finds Conforce in deadly form approaching the art of the genre from different, equally sharp angles with precision results. Opening with "Grain" Bunnik pounds spectrally charged vocal groans with unrelenting layers of percussive intent and the increasing gurgle of analogue malfunction, whilst "Be There At Night" is looser in feeling, as jacking rhythms threaten to slip out of time amidst the intermittent granite thick rave stabs. On the flip recent Moustache Techno signee Gesloten Cirkel remixes the title track "24" shifting the dubby wormhole shuffle down a gear or two and introducing some delightful string plucked sensuousness.
Cruising EP
CURLE 021D
09 Dec 09
Minimal/Tech House
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Truth - (6:45) 120 BPM
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Predictable Coincidence - (7:21) 118 BPM
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Cruising - (6:36) 123 BPM
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Joyless Mind - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kinetic Image
102DSR/CFC-CD 2
09 Dec 13
Techno
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Excess Mortality - (6:19) 115 BPM
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Spatiotemporal - (7:28) 157 BPM
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Temporary Reversals - (7:09) 123 BPM
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Semantic Field - (5:03) 140 BPM
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Scientific Trajectory - (6:12) 162 BPM
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Underwater Settlers - (6:33) 155 BPM
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Formerly Programmed Decisions - (6:08) 152 BPM
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Abundance Of Selves - (6:24) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Optimum Pace - (6:30)
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Anti-adaptive State - (6:00)
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Review: Kinetic Image sees the tireless Dutch producer known as Boris Bunnik offer up third album under the Conforce moniker. If you are starting to feel that Bunnik has dealt a deal with the devil that trades sleep for productivity you are not alone - Kinetic Image is his second album this year following the issue of a Versalife longplayer on Clone West Coast and let's not go into all the various EPs and 12"s Bunnik has put one of his various names to this year. Issued by Delsin, Kinetic Image sees Bunnik draw on the experience of his recent non-dancefloor focused output to deliver an album that moves away from regimented 4/4 beats and into slower, more surreptitious tempos. The subaqueous electro vibe we've come to associate with Bunnik still remains and the Dutchman's loyal fans will love this set.
Escapism
90DSR_CFC-D1
05 Dec 11
Techno
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Revolt DX - (7:14) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Escapism - (4:17) 125 BPM
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Elude - (4:29)
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Lonely Run - (5:20) 110 BPM
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Shadows Of The Invisible - (8:51) 124 BPM
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Timelapse - (3:45) 123 BPM
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Within - (7:02) 123 BPM
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Aquinas Control - (7:10) 124 BPM
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Ominous - (6:25) 124 BPM
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Diversion - (5:22) 118 BPM
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Review: At a time when classic-sounding techno is at a premium, Boris Bunnik aka Conforce is one of its main proponents, right? Wrong. It would be too easy and simplistic to dismiss the Dutch producer as merely revisiting the sounds that were current during the mid-90s, and Escapism, like his other releases for Clone, Rush Hour and Delsin, does much to dispel any pre-conceived notions about him. One of the common themes and sources of inspiration on the album is Bunnik's love of swirling, ambient textures. Spacey melodies unfold all the way through "Aquinas Control" as a dubby, rippling bass takes hold, while on the title track, glassy percussion and shuffling 808s provide the electro backing to Bunnik's atmospheric chords. There are times too when it sounds like Conforce has completely immersed himself in electronic music's reflective, esoteric side and the evoactive, shimmering synths of "Timelapse" could have been part of a long lost sci-fi soundtrack. On other occasions, Escapism sounds earthy, grainy and twitchy, especially on the detuned textures of "Diversion" or "Revolt DX", which sees Bunnik drop a gained, jarring rhythm track. However, the real highlights occur when Bunnik occupies a place where all of these sounds meet, like the ghostly pads and forceful bass of "Elude" or the hushed tones and uplifting synths of "Ominous". It's also where you'll find this year's most eloquent articulation of techno escapism.
Time Dilation EP
96DSR_CFC3
18 Feb 13
Techno
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Nomad - (7:38)
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Receiver - (7:54) 126 BPM
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Last Anthem - (9:15) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Embrace - (8:35) 120 BPM
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Review: Scientists recently discovered that Boris Bunnik can function on just one hours sleep a day, which goes a great deal to explaining how the Dutch producer is so damn prolific! He returns to the Delsin label under his widely regarded Conforce moniker for the four track Time Dilation EP, with the label describing it as "designed for deeper dancefloors". One listen and you'll agree as Bunnik seemingly plunges further down the dub techno wormhole for a more cerebral experience than his lauded Clone Basement 12" last year. There is room for a banger however, with "Last Anthem" combining ethereal ambience alongside prickly staccato stabs and an insistent kick drum that could almost be described as ghetto house-inspired.
Dystopian Elements EP
89DSR_CFC2
23 Sep 11
Techno
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Luminous - (6:04) 112 BPM
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Desolate Ground - (4:51) 120 BPM
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Lonely Run - (5:20) 110 BPM
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Vacuum - (6:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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State Of Mind EP
CBS 05
06 Apr 11
Techno
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Spoiled - (6:18) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vulcan - (7:14) 120 BPM
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Spoiled (XDB Reshape 2) - (6:56) 120 BPM
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Spoiled (XDB Reshape 1) - (6:33) 125 BPM
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Review: Clone and Conforce seem like such a perfect fit and the latter's debut on the former's Basement Series does not disappoint, delivering some of his darkest sweatbox rattlers to date! "Spoiled" drips with jerky acid menace, with heavy strains of synthesized horror filling the spaces between dizzying bouts of percussive rain. It's this staccato approach to rhythmic execution that proves utterly thrilling. "Vulcan" twists itself inside out, beginning in stripped down fashion with rasping hi-hats providing the rhythmic thrust which is gradually strangled by the death grip of the raw emotive machine funk narcosis that steadily rises to the fore. Finally XDB comes through with two variants on "Spoiled" with the relentless percussive shower of the first remix a nice contrast with the more guttural acid poise of the second.
Travelogue
TRSDW 002
25 May 15
Techno
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Phase 7 - (5:58) 113 BPM
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Informatica - (7:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Coast To Coast - (7:24) 120 BPM
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Zero Five Eight - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Review: Given the sheer pace at which Boris Bunnik puts out material across his cavalcade of aliases, there is no small irony in the relaxed manner in which Transcendent, the label he runs with Julius de Wal, operates. Launched back in late 2012 with some material from Bunnik, naturally, under his Hexagon alias, there have been only two subsequent releases on Transcendent. A new year brings the count to five, with the Travelogue EP brandishing four fresh Conforce off cuts from Bunnik's Rotterdam studio. From the off, Transcendent has focussed on deeper, more abstract sonic terrain and it's no different here with cuts such as "Phase 7" little more than analogue pulses transmitted into the ether and met with all manner of delay and phasing. Nobody does it better than Bunnik!
Narrative Collapse EP
TRSDW 003
28 Jul 16
Techno
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Heavenly - (5:56) 127 BPM
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Kill The Drift - (7:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Infinity - (6:33) 125 BPM
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Renewall - (6:04) 125 BPM
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Our Concern EP
RH-LTD020
22 Nov 07
Techno
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Our Concern (Evolving mix) - (7:20) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Our Concern (original mix) - (8:05) 126 BPM
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Our Concern (dub) - (6:33) 127 BPM
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Played by: John Dalagelis
Machine Conspiracy
DSR-X 7
17 Nov 14
Techno
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Sonar Conversation - (8:15) 125 BPM
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First Impression - (6:13) 123 BPM
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Subtraction - (7:04) 120 BPM
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Intimidation - (7:17) 123 BPM
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Machine Conspiracy - (4:44) 125 BPM
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Rare Education - (7:54) 123 BPM
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Love Hate - (8:07) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Land Of The Highway - (5:53) 120 BPM
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Stop Hold - (8:32) 160 BPM
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Review: Originally released back in 2010, Boris Bunnik's debut album as Conforce has stood the test of time. It helps that the type of music and influences that the Dutch producer draws on are timeless, it also has a lot has to do with his flair for production and subtle touch. This combination of skills is audible throughout on the album, but is especially noticeable on the deep electro of "First Impression", where rave whistles appear amid squelchy bass tones or on the acid bleed and warm chords of "Subtraction". Bunnik may be mining well-known tropes and paths, but it is to his credit that he manages to squeeze new shapes and sounds from them, as the ghostly techno groove of "Rare Education" demonstrates.
Depth Over Distance
107 DSR
08 Sep 14
Techno
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Depth Over Distance - (7:29) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Plateau - (6:31) 126 BPM
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Rendez-Vous - (7:32) 119 BPM
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Closer - (8:08) 118 BPM
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Review: Given how prolific he's been across multiple aliases these past few years, you can forgive Boris Bunnik for the lack of output that's characterised his year so far, with just the sole Versalife 12" for Clone's Store Only Series issued. A return to his main creative concern Conforce is most welcome then and the Depth Over Distance EP suggests the Dutchman's production powers are fully recharged. Opening with the title track, Conforce's talent for captivating spacious lines and crisp refreshing drum programming is on full display whilst "Plateau" veers off into abstract territory. Powered by supple arpeggios and powerful kicks, "Rendez-vous" feels like Conforce at his most floor focused whilst "Closer" ends proceedings on a haunting, ambient note.
Grace EP
82 DSR_CFC1
30 Aug 10
Techno
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Shade (original mix) - (3:50) 160 BPM
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Grace (original mix) - (8:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Insecure (original mix) - (8:37) 120 BPM
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Junction
RH-LTD 026
01 Apr 08
Minimal/Tech House
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Junction (Peak mix) - (7:33) 127 BPM
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Junction (dub) - (8:43) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Shadow Dancer
Presentism
111DSR
29 Jun 15
Ambient/Drone
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Glideslope - (5:58) 78 BPM
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Realtime - (5:19) 123 BPM
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Blue Note - (6:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Artefact From A Higher Dimension - (6:48) 62 BPM
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Time Space Continuum - (5:36) 115 BPM
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Erased Connections With The Past - (6:47) 122 BPM
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Motion Sequence - (5:52) 88 BPM
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Sequence Of Subcult - (6:37) 112 BPM
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Monomorphic - (5:55) 110 BPM
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Ocean Lab - (6:10) 129 BPM
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Hydrosphere - (7:01) 120 BPM
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Predictive Flow - (6:08) 129 BPM
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Review: Undoubtedly one of the most prolific Dutch artists currently working in electronic music, Boris Bunnik has put out a staggering amount of records in the eight years since he first surfaced. Presentism is his fourth full length under the familiar Conforce name and flips the script a little. Recorded following his recent move to Rotterdam, it sees the veteran Dutch artist blending glacial electronics, crystal clear melodies and spacey chords with elements of ambient, classic IDM and Detroit techno. As a result, it's a far more picturesque and set than his three previous albums, with an emphasis on mood and melody previously buried beneath industrial textures and razor-sharp rhythms. It could well be his best set to date, and that's saying something.
Black Stroke EP
MODEL 24
29 Feb 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Black Stroke - (9:17) 125 BPM
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Black Stroke (Kink & Neville Watson remix) - (5:38) 125 BPM
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Pretty Far From Here - (6:57) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cccp EP
MODEL 22
22 Feb 16
Techno
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Cccp - (7:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Detente - (7:24) 122 BPM
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Field 01
FIELD 01
01 Sep 08
Minimal/Tech House
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Conforce - "Fictional Environment" - (9:32) 118 BPM
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Conforce - "Fictional Environment" (Delta Funktionen remix) - (7:45) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reggy Van Oers - "Matar" - (6:36) 126 BPM
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100DSR/VAR2
100DSR_VAR2
16 Sep 13
Techno
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Mike Dehnert - "Passenger" - (6:06) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Conforce - "Wave Trace" - (7:57) 161 BPM
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CiM - "Way Station" - (3:26) 133 BPM
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Review: Delsin have chosen a fully established crop of producers for the second 100DSR release, which sees Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert, alongside Dutch electro revivalist Conforce and '90s British electronica act CiM. Mike Dehnert's return to Delsin comes in the shape of a big room take on his trademark sound with "Passenger", while Delsin regular Conforce delivers "Wave Trace", some dubbier, electro tinged techno similar to his Escapism album. Whereas 100DSR/VAR1 looked to newer names in Gerry Read and Unbroken Dub, Delsin have delved deep into their back catalogue by releasing a new track from Simon Walley's CiM project. It's the first showing of music by CiM since his Noki Bay EP on Ann Aimee released a decade ago, and almost 15 years since he debuted on Delsin with the six-track EP Service Pack.
Field 03
FIELD 03
29 Mar 10
Techno
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Mohlao - "Luminescent" - (9:51) 115 BPM
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Conforce - "Another Walk Around" - (8:08) 120 BPM
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Conforce - "Digital Affair" - (5:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Inertia #4
INERTIA 4
06 Dec 11
Techno
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Skudge - "Pollution" - (6:48) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Conforce - "When It Appeared" - (6:40) 124 BPM
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Cosmin TRG - "Plaisir Interdit" - (5:23) 125 BPM
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Sascha Rydell - "Rainy Days" - (7:02) 125 BPM
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Review: Here's us waxing lyrical about the third Interia sampler being the best of the lot, and then the fourth one lands on our laps and now we're all confused. Skudge, Conforce, Cosmin TRG and Sascha Rydell all contribute tracks here, with Swedish duo Skudge opening with the sparse rattle of "Pollution", which is ably supported by the twitching minimalism of "When It Appeared" by Conforce. Up next, Cosmin TRG adds to his growing techno oeuvre with "Plaisir Interdit", which, much like his recent material on 50 Weapons, combines restless, swinging hats with bowel-shaking low frequencies. Finally, Sascha Rydell (the only artist on this 12" who hasn't released an album this year) drops "Rainy Days", and rather then being overawed by the esteemed company, he revels in it, turning in a majestic slice of atmospheric, contemplative techno.
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