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Hypnagogia
LSR 012
01 Sep 14
Electro
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Dopplereffekt - "Delta Wave" - (5:43) 139 BPM
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Objekt - "Ganzfeld" - (5:56) 147 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: In something of a dream pairing for Leisure System, this split disc spans the old guard of electro and those well versed in pushing it into new contortions. Dopplereffekt is of course one of the most lauded of all post-Drexciya projects, and new material comes few and far between. "Delta Wave" is a lavish, sweeping wonder of celestial voices and sci-fi mystery that satisfies all your desires without sounding like a re-hash of old material. On the flipside Objekt has risen to the occasion and delivered one of his most outright electro-infused belters to date, keeping the beat rigid but funky, and working similar amounts of drawn out pads into the mix while keeping the crafty edits and playful sounds as limber as ever.
Objekt EP
OBJEKT 002
11 Jul 11
Techno
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CLK Recovery - (9:24) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Unglued - (7:46) 129 BPM
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Review: After the last Objekt record got everyone frothing at the mouth, he returns with another two tracks of techno-dubstep fusion goodness. "CLK Recovery" warms up with a sound-laden start before a Detroit jazz-lick fills the space between the beats. Three minutes in the noise falls away to an uptempo thump replete with thunderous snares. "Unglued" is more broken as a stepping intro quickly gives way to rubbery synths. Things don't stagnate for long as a bumping groove pulls up before another cheeky jazz refrain and yet more rhythms. It's not often you find floor-ready bangers that also boast such dynamism.
Objekt EP1
OBJEKT 001
31 Jan 11
Deep Dubstep
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Tinderbox - (6:36) 144 BPM
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The Goose That Got Away - (5:18) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Objekt #3
OBJEKT 003
19 Nov 13
Techno
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Agnes Demise - (7:00) 132 BPM
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Fishbone - (5:12) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Pixelord
Review: There's a lot of hype surrounding TJ Hertz's work, but thankfully the young producer has the talent to deliver. "Agnes Demise" is all twitchy, hyperactive percussion, a lumbering rhythm and the most merciless kicks and gut-busting bass drops known to man (or machine). All the while that sense of unrest, almost like an itch that won't go away, pervades. "Fishbone" is even more complex; the rhythm feels like it's going to trip over itself and jittery claps support a series of dark sonic blips and jarring riffs. It's chaotic but Hertz manages to navigate his way through the sonic madness with his sanity intact.
Cactus/Porcupine
HES 019
13 Feb 12
Bass
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Cactus - (5:56) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Porcupine - (5:18) 131 BPM
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Played by: GAZE ILL
Flatland
PAN 60
24 Oct 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Agnes Revenge - (1:54) 74 BPM
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One Fell Swoop - (4:42) 70 BPM
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Ratchet - (5:01) 75 BPM
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Strays - (5:13) 82 BPM
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Agnes Apparatus - (3:21) 61 BPM
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Dogma - (4:35) 91 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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First Witness - (4:14) 60 BPM
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(Whodunnit?) (interlude) - (2:11) 66 BPM
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Second Witness - (3:45) 62 BPM
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One Stitch Follows Another - (4:25) 66 BPM
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Cataracts - (5:13) 110 BPM
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Review: After the meteoric impact of his self-released singles and spots on Hessle Audio, Power Vacuum and Bleep, the electronic music world has been waiting patiently for TJ Hertz to step up and share a wider vista of his sound world. This debut LP for PAN does not disappoint, channelling the electronica quality of his most crushing club music and giving it a chance to roam that bit more freely. The beats still hit hard on the likes of "Ratchet", but that's not their only purpose. With sound design and general production fireworks at the forefront, whether you can dance to this or not is unimportant; what matters is how completely edge-of-your-seat thrilling it is to listen to, from every space age sweep to each grubby reverb impulse. We always knew he had it in him, and Objekt has more than delivered on that promise.
Kern Vol 3
KERN 003
15 Jul 16
Techno
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Kern Vol 3 (continuous DJ mix) - (1:15:40) 129 BPM
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Review: Kern Volume 3 is Objekt's first commercially available mix and it's clear that he invested an inordinate amount of time and effort into it. Despite being limited to 70 odd minutes, he has crammed a total of 36 tracks into the mix, but it never sounds rushed or frenetic. If anything there is an inordinate amount of space, with Objekt breaking the mix down midway through with the glitch dream textures of Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy's "Love Without Sound". Before that happens, there's the abstract woozy intro, supple metallic rhythms, throbbing bass-heavy steppers and atmospheric synth-led electro and the ebm of Jeff Mills' Final Cut band to contend with. Kern also includes a number of rarities, like Kirk De Giorgio's 1992 deep techno classic "Nebula Variation" as Future Past and the jittery 808s of Pollon's "Lost Souls" a one-off release on the short-lived Scopex label. These showcase Objekt's ability to bring forgotten gems to the fore, but would mean little without his masterful programming. This is evident throughout the mix, but is most notable when he moves from The Persuader's foggy techno through Oliver Ho's Birdland edit of Blaze's "My Beat" into the aforementioned Pollon.
Objekt #4
OBJEKT 004
05 May 17
Techno
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Needle & Thread - (9:25) 129 BPM
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Theme From Q - (7:20) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The fourth installment on Objekt's self-titled label has been one of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2017. So is it worth the wait? "Needle & Thread" is an atmospheric, mesmerizing stepper, with the UK producer's lithe, snappy drums underpinning swirling synths, hallucinogenic keyboard squiggles and deft filter action. However, "Theme from Q" is the track that has been praised by all. A tribute to the now shut Basement Q club, it sees TJ Hertz set a dinky house keyboard line to hiccuping drums, pressure cooker builds and a meaty bass to create the most distinctive break beat techno track since Kevin Saunderson's Reese project. On this rare occasion, the hype has been justified.
Kern Vol 3 The Exclusives (unmixed tracks)
KERN 003EP1
15 Jul 16
Techno
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Clatterbox - "Aspect Ratio" - (5:43) 140 BPM
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Shanti Celeste - "Lights" - (4:49) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Polzer - "Static Rectifier" - (4:53) 145 BPM
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Via App - "From Across The Room" - (3:40) 131 BPM
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Objekt - "Kern Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:15:40) 129 BPM
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Review: To complement Objekt's masterful 36-track session for their irregular Kern mix series, Tresor have put out two self-explanatory 12" samplers. Kern Vol. 3: The Exclusives sees contributions from accomplished electro technicians Clatterbox and Polzer as well as Bristol's rising Shanti Celeste and Via App of 1080p fame. "Aspect Ratio" from Clatterbox and Celeste's understandably incandescent "Lights" both feature in a movement on the mix that is a real highlight of Kern Vol. 3, but DJs will be happy both have been pressed her for full club play. On the B-side, the swift and snappy metallic tunnelling of Polzer's "Static Rectifier" could be mistaken for an angry DJ Stingray, whilst Via App's "From Across The Room (Edit)" is a more playful, if pensive affair.
Shuttered
BLPGRN 002
25 Feb 13
Techno
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Objekt - "Shuttered" - (5:36) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cosmin TRG - "Auster" - (5:48) 125 BPM
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Played by: Slam
Review: Continuing the nascent Bleep Green series of releases, Warp's faithful online arm draws on two surefire success stories that in many ways define the crossover between techno and dubstep, albeit in different ways. Objekt is in limber form, firing off ricocheting electro drum patterns in a densely realised soundworld of subtle hum and cell-quaking sub bass. Cosmin TRG is in a slower 4/4 driven mood, but there's a continued embrace of dystopian tones that matches Objekt's own malaise. As the acid slowly edges its way into the song structure, it's clear there is no light at the end of this particularly dank tunnel.
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