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1974
DKMNTL 023
02 Mar 15
Techno
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1974 - (10:27) 126 BPM
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Under Water - (5:11) 124 BPM
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Back Draft - (5:06) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: You could hardly say that Joey Anderson's 2014 debut album, After Forever, was overlooked, but it certainly didn't get the coverage it deserved. The New Jersey native is a distinctive talent, and After Forever was full of tracks that took deep house and techno in unique directions. This speedy follow-up EP, also for Dekmantel, is similarly impressive. Opener "1974" is intensely bright, with restless synthesizer arpeggios and dreamy chords riding a heavy-but-subtle, off-kilter groove. "Under Water" is woozier and a little darker, with curious samples twisted into melodious metallic shapes, while "Back Draft" sees Anderson dropping sci-fi sounds over a throbbing, jacking rhythm.
Fall Off Face
DKMNTL 015
13 Jan 14
Deep House
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Repulsive - (6:14) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sky's Blessings - (6:00) 120 BPM
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Heaven's Archer - (5:42) 132 BPM
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Review: Its been a landmark year for Joey Anderson with a succession of superb 12" releases and V/A appearances for labels such as Latency, Anunnaki Cartel, Syncrophone, Avenue 66 and his own Inimeg recordings all demonstrating the New Jersey-based producer's reputation is well deserved. This release provides as taste of his year to come, as he graces Dekmantel with this excellent 3 track EP ahead of a debut album for the Dutch label planned for some time in 2014. Deep beneath the frazzled, pixelated synth of lead track "Repulsive" there's a haunting quality that informs so much of Anderson's work, yet it still feels immediate enough to be the track that many selectors will gravitate towards. "Sky's Blessing" acts as an introspective wedge between the classic B-Side in the making that is the hypnotically charged "Heaven's Archer".
After Forever
DKMNTL 017
02 Jun 14
Techno
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Space Between Curtains - (3:54) 120 BPM
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It's A Choice - (5:46) 113 BPM
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Space Colors Ideas - (4:06) 129 BPM
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Maidens Response - (6:50) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sorcery - (8:20)
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Amp Me Up - (6:18) 126 BPM
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Keep The Design - (5:40) 120 BPM
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Brass Chest Plate - (6:33) 130 BPM
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Archer's Ceremony - (6:43) 116 BPM
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Sky's Blessings - (6:00) 120 BPM
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Heaven's Archer - (5:42) 132 BPM
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Review: Finally the debut album from Joey Anderson arrives after what seems like forever (if you'll excuse the pun). After Forever demonstrates Anderson's dedication to beat his own path, with plenty of mind bending moments to contend with. Highlights come thick and fast, "Space Colors Ideas" is a wondrous cascade of scatty bass synth and celestial sweeps, whilst the suitably named "Sorcery" melds together palpitating, subliminal kicks, a light dusting of hats, some loping Rhodes and complimentary synth notes. After Forever is destined to remain in the playlists of the more considered selectors for years to come.
Pregnant
DKMNTL 032
11 Apr 16
Deep House
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Pregnant - (12:43) 114 BPM
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Star Butchers (original mix) - (7:49) 115 BPM
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Star Butchers (Darling edit) - (7:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Now very much a global concern, Dekmantel still remain strong to their local Amsterdam roots as evidenced on this new 12" from Awanto 3. Steven Van Hulle is arguably one of Dutch electronic music's unsung heroes, with a long history of production work dating back to time in Rednose Distrikt alongside Aardvarck and Kid Sublime. Van Hulle's been working as Awanto 3 for the past six years, racking up music for Rush Hour and Dekmantel. Fans of his work will recognise the 13 minute deep burning stomper "Pregnant", which originally featured as part of Dekmantel's 5 year anniversary compilation series. They've wisely revisited the track, giving it centre space on the A-side of this 12" with a fresh Awanto 3 cut, "Star Butchers", housed on the flip. Don't skip over the closing Daring Edit of "Star Butchers" either, it's a thing of beauty.
Dekmantel Anniversary Series
DKMNTL AS-52
13 Jan 12
Deep House
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Awanto3 - "Pregnant" - (12:43) 114 BPM
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Makam - "Good To You" - (4:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lone - "Risttowe" - (4:29)
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Review: Dekmantel commence their fifth anniversary series with a weighty three-track offering. Awanto3 serves up a roaming 12 minutes of understated groove for the slow blend, employing a moody key line and punchy disco beat to ride out in a haze of warm-up bliss. Makam is a little more in yer face, taking a classic funk sound base to create a masterclass in feeling good without trying too hard. Lone brings his own inimitable style to bear on "Risttowe", full of electronica synth warbles and jacking beats yet still ploughing the same delirious, dreamy furrow that so much Dekmantel output manages to wind up in.
Under The Same Sky
DKMNTL 028
23 Nov 15
Techno
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We All Want To Believe - (7:36) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Without Fears - (6:49) 130 BPM
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Landlocked - (6:20) 160 BPM
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The Rift Between - (6:00) 132 BPM
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Until The End Comes - (4:49) 83 BPM
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Temptress - (6:58) 128 BPM
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Unwavered - (7:48) 127 BPM
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Restless In Thought - (5:42) 160 BPM
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Fate In Hand - (6:11) 124 BPM
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Under The Same Sky - (6:00) 129 BPM
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Review: There's been a fair bit of hype surrounding this second album from Stuart Li under his now familiar Basic Soul Unit guise, and it's not hard to see why. Dropping on Dekmantel some three years on from his Still Music released debut album Motional Response, Under The Same Sky revels in its' instinctively atmospheric and floor-friendly blend of classic Detroit, Chicago and - more surprisingly - British techno influences. As usual, the chords are deep and spacey, the melodies bold and shimmering, and the beats rough and ready. The results are splendid from start to finish, with the early LFO-influenced smasher "Fate In Hand", thunderous "Temptress" and sci-fi brilliance of "We All Want To Believe" amongst the numerous highlights.
Nervous Sex Traffic
DKMNTL 033
25 Apr 16
Deep House
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Nervous Sex Traffic - (9:02) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mount Grace - (5:54) 123 BPM
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Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: Call Super first met the Dekmantel crew last year, one of many high profile DJs to play their summer festival in Amsterdam and it wasn't long before the esteemed Dutch imprint asked him to supply them with an EP. Impressively, Nervous Sex Traffic is one of his strongest 12" singles to date - no mean feat given his track record - with the title track, in particular, delivering thrills in spades. Stretching out over nine mesmerizing minutes, it overlays snappy, analogue-sounding beats and cowbell hits with alien bleep melodies, synthesized horn stabs, rich bass, and pads that recall Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls". It's a melodious, eyes-closed treat, all told. "Mount Grace" sees a deeper, more metallic affair that draws inspiration from vintage Detroit techno, blissful electro, and the morning-after confusion of ambient house.
Political Dance #1
DKMNTL 034
20 May 16
Deep House
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Keep Love On Me - (6:18) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Body Issue - (8:48) 123 BPM
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Tube Life - (5:47) 123 BPM
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This Is Hand - (5:17) 123 BPM
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Longest Way Between Two Points - (4:34) 158 BPM
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Review: Man of many pseudonyms Natal Zaks brings his Central project to Dekmantel, with the first of a series of EPs entitled Political Dance. It's an expansive affair, with the Danish producer delivering a quintet of tracks that meld distinctive Detroit techno, early US deep house, broken beat and deep space ambient influences into attractive new shapes. Highlights abound, from the rolling, loved-up grooves of the starry "Keep Love On Me", and Motor City deep house shuffle of "Body Issue", to the horizontal bliss of "Longest Way Between Two Points", and tech-jazz swing of standout "This Is Hand". Impressive stuff, all told.
Political Dance #2
DKMNTL 035
20 May 16
Deep House
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Convenient Departures - (7:34) 118 BPM
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Detour King - (7:09) 120 BPM
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Political Dance - (7:31) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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H Ain't Nothing But A Number - (7:40) 122 BPM
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Review: Natal Zaks is a talented chap. To date, he's released a large amount of very good material, under numerous pseudonyms, for a wide variety of labels. Here he returns to Dekmantel with the second part of the Political Dance series, under the now familiar Central guise. Just like its' predecessor, it's a deliciously positive, melodious and atmospheric affair. The brilliant "Detour King" sounds like Space Dimension Controller, Vincent Floyd and Boyd Jarvis jamming on Mars, while "Political Dance" is a deliciously loved-up journey into early New Jersey deep house, with some distinctively spacey flourishes to boot. Zaks also doffs a cap to ambient house era intelligent techno on the luscious "Convenient Departures".
Selectors 001 Sampler - Motor City Drum Ensemble
DKMNTLSLCTRS 001
05 Aug 16
Deep House
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DJ Slym Fas - "Luv Music" - (5:57) 123 BPM
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House Of Jazz - "Hold Your Head Up" - (5:29) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Raphael Green - "Don't Mess With The Devil" - (4:13) 105 BPM
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Bill Deal & The Rhondels - "Freak N Freeze" - (4:08) 133 BPM
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Bay 25
DKMNTL 014
03 Feb 14
Techno
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Bay 25 - (5:23) 129 BPM
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Living Up (original mix) - (7:34) 126 BPM
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Living Up (Gesloten Cirkel remix) - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With a debut LP from Joey Anderson and more Juju & Jordash material on the horizon, 2014 looks like being another interesting year for the Dekmantel label, and they kick off in style with a label debut for Mark Du Mosch. For those who don't know, Du Mosch is a regular contributor to a like-minded enclave of labels, racking up excellent 12"s for Lunar Disko, Tabernacle, Cyber Dance and Dutch labels Field, SD and Moustache Records. Having added some heritage to the fledgling Amsterdam operation Tape last year, Du Mosch adds a more established capital-based outlet to his discography with the Bay 25 EP. Contained within are two snapshots of Du Mosch's production palette with the rough and rugged Rotterdam squat techno of the title track complemented by the deeper burn of "Living It Up". An added bonus comes in the form of Du Mosch's Moustache Techno pal Gesloten Cirkel who also makes his Dekmantel bow with a typically haywire modification of "Bay 25".
Drop Audio
DKMNTL 025
01 Jun 15
Electro
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The Screen - (6:52) 138 BPM
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Hit The Road - (5:27) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trials Of Love - (7:05) 131 BPM
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Slow Motion Disaster - (6:21) 131 BPM
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Araya
DKMNTL 046
06 Feb 17
Progressive House
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Araya - (5:58) 126 BPM
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Piayes Beach Bar And Grill - (4:48) 122 BPM
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Romantic Bureaucracy - (4:21) 111 BPM
Xup EP
DKMNTLUFO 6
11 Nov 16
Techno
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XUP - (8:55) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vast - (6:25) 160 BPM
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Tryptch - (4:08) 125 BPM
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Shadow Play - (3:44) 120 BPM
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Played by: S-File
Dekmantel Anniversary Series
DKMNTL AS 53
21 Feb 12
Deep House
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Hundred20 - "The Whale Minke Congregration" - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hunee - "The Lowest Animal" - (7:35) 120 BPM
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Played by: Roberto Rodriguez
Review: It's been five years since the launch of Amsterdam's Dekmantel parties, and three since the label sprang into life. To celebrate, they're putting out three Anniversary Series singles featuring tracks from roster artists and likeminded friends. This second instalment in the series features a track apiece from Hundred20 and Hunee. The latter is in fine form, delivering an off-kilter analogue deep house jam that harks back to the glory days of Mr Fingers and Virgo Four. Hundred20's bizarrely titled "The Whale Mink Congregation" also has a touch of the Larry Heard about it, offering a heady mix of deep chords, clattering 808 percussion and languid melodies.
Invisible Switch
DKMNTL 029
14 Dec 15
Techno
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Invisible Switch - (4:42) 132 BPM
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Organ To Dust - (5:13) 126 BPM
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Reset - (5:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Us Where - (7:11) 120 BPM
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Amarna - (6:52) 127 BPM
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Nabta Playa - (6:25) 131 BPM
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18 Arms - (6:27) 126 BPM
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Beige Mantis - (4:44) 131 BPM
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Blind Light - (6:58) 130 BPM
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Step Back - (5:23) 124 BPM
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Review: Joey Anderson isn't a typical New York house producer. Aligned to the recent wave of artists to come from the city more through personal connections than a common sound, his work also has little relationship with the vocal house or disco legacy of the Big Apple. This disconnect is pronounced on Switch, his follow up to his 2014 debut album, also on Dekmantel. From the balmy ambience of the title track through the droning, visceral techno of "Nabta Playa" and "18 Arms" and the organ riffs and slinky minimalism of "Organ To Dust", Anderson's sophomore album takes a trip down some dark alleys to realise his singular vision.
Clean Cut
DKMNTL 021
08 Dec 14
Deep House
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Clean-Cut - (8:20) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Schmofield - (6:22) 123 BPM
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Whippersnapper - (6:12) 126 BPM
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Swamp Things - (5:53) 123 BPM
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Deadwood City - (6:16) 126 BPM
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Maharaja Mark - (4:28) 107 BPM
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Wheeze Please - (4:50) 120 BPM
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Anywhere - (6:11) 71 BPM
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Eventide - (6:56) 119 BPM
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SP Shakes - (6:41) 120 BPM
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Review: Juju and Jordash are rather good at making albums. Their last full-length excursion, 2012's brilliant Techno Primitivism, was a gloriously maudlin and evocative affair, as influenced by drowsy ambient and experimental electronica as house and techno. While there are some similarly dark tracks lurking in the shadows of third album Clean Cut (see the creepy "Swamp Things"), for the most part it's a pleasingly dancefloor-centric concoction. That's not to say that they've packed it with jolly moments - the tipsy, melodious "Anywhere" and dub disco-meets-deep house wonk-out "SP Shakes" aside - but rather their leftfield blends of house and techno have a more club-friendly feel. The results are, for the most part, extremely good, with the rave-era revivalism of "Whippersnapper" (a kind of darkroom, Detroit-influenced take on T-Coy's "Carino") standing out.
Down To The Roach EP
DKMNTL 026
29 Jun 15
Deep House
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Down To The Roach (original mix) - (8:05) 131 BPM
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Bean Bag Motel - (7:13) 125 BPM
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Lights At Night - (7:02) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Down To The Roach (dub) - (5:27) 131 BPM
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Played by: Ellen Allien
Review: Given their frequent habit of charging off in different musical directions, predicting the contents of a new Juju & Jordash record is getting increasingly difficult. Down To The Roach, their latest release for regular home Dekmantel, is typically wide-ranging, variously exploring bouncy fusions of techno futurism and whimsical deep house (the title track and its' accompanying dub), new age-influenced dream house (the bizarrely titled "Bean Bag Motel"), and spiraling, synthesizer-heavy house/electronic disco hybrids (the stargazing goodness of "Lights at Night"). It goes without saying that all four tracks are imaginative, immaculately produced, and hugely enjoyable. Excellent work all round.
What About Tuesday?
DKMNTL 043
20 Jan 17
Funky/Club House
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Monday Mellow - (7:51) 126 BPM
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Wednesday Something - (7:45) 126 BPM
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Thursday, Heavy. - (6:29) 124 BPM
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Review: Israeli duo in Amsterdam Juju & Jordash really are unstoppable at present. When not focusing on solo projects or collaborating with German deep house don Move D as Magic Mountain High, they're up to their usual shenanigans in tandem and this new one for hometown heroes Dekmantel is a fine example of how they excel in what they do. The deep hypnotic house of "Monday Mellow" floats gently above soaring, ethereal pads, a bouncy bassline and soothing bell tones while "Wednesday Something" is more uplifting and and positive; swirling in layers of rich vintage synth flair and rushy arpeggios. "Thursday Heavy" is much harder hitting, but rest assured: it is still deep, with its booming Juno bassline and reverberated drums creating some basic trance induction that works a treat.
Dekmantel Anniversary Series
DKMNTL AS-5 1
19 Dec 11
Techno
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Juju & Jordash - "African Flower" (Cosmic Dub) - (9:59)
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Morphosis - "Impulse" - (8:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Techno Primitivism
DKMNTL 011
01 Oct 12
Techno
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Stoplight Loosejaw - (8:48) 123 BPM
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Diatoms - (4:43) 120 BPM
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Backwash - (2:40) 124 BPM
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Rogue Wave - (3:14) 120 BPM
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Shakshuka Dub - (6:46) 115 BPM
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Slow Boat To Haifa - (3:01)
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Powwow - (6:02) 129 BPM
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Peligroso - (2:19) 142 BPM
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Dr Strangepork - (6:30) 110 BPM
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Track David Would Play - (7:07) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Echomate - (7:14) 119 BPM
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Techno Primitivism - (7:40) 114 BPM
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Loosey Goosey - (5:49) 124 BPM
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Shrublands - (7:00)
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Way Of The Road - (6:38) 118 BPM
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Review: It's rare these days that you have a spare 90 minutes to focus on an album, but Techno Primitivism is one of those albums that makes you want to change your lifestyle accordingly. Everything about this new album from Juju & Jordash breathes class, showcasing a blend of music that's fully representative of the Amsterdam based duo's styles and influences. At 15 tracks deep, the full beauty of Techno Primitivism will undoubtedly reveal itself slowly, the cheeky misnomer of the title hinting at Gal & Jordan's often revealed humour. Opening in grand style with the triple suite of "Stoplight Loosejaw", "Diatoms" and "Backwash", the duo set a hazy, atmospheric tone that remains throughout, with brief machine funk interludes such as "Slow Boat To Haifa" and "Rogue Wave" in between longer improvised explorations. Favourites on this album change with every listen, but you can't deny the potency of tracks such as "Powwow" or the Magic Mountain High referencing "Track David Would Play" or the superbly titled "Dr Strangepork". One of the albums of this year, without doubt!
Soul Hell EP
DKMNTL 013
14 Aug 13
Deep House
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Soul Hell - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stinger - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Detrance - (7:03)
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Review: Stefano "Ksoul" Boati and Paolo "MuteOscillator" Giangrasso join the Dekmantel fray having previously issued their brand of dusty, degraded house - a severely neglected Marcellus Pittman perhaps - through Aroy Dee's MOS Recordings, Azuri and their own Kinda Soul Recordings. Their style remains very much in evidence on the three track Soul Hell EP, with the title track standing out thanks to its wonderfully insouciant blend of tough kick drums, molten synth lines and playful key patterns that demonstrate Boati and Giangrosso's musicality. "Stinger" meanwhile is a deeper excursion characterized by its bassline squelch and subdued Detroit chords, while "Detrance" sees them indulge their experimental side, with a combination of stumbling beats and loose electronic textures that recalls the similarly abstracted house of labelmates Juju & Jordash. More essential wares from Dekmantel...
Than Sadet
DKMNTL 041D
17 Nov 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Chihuahuas - (1:21) 87 BPM
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When Light Gives You Hope - (8:16) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Buddha's Bridge - (4:59) 123 BPM
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Stray Dog - (5:08) 58 BPM
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Resort Abandoned - (7:05) 60 BPM
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Than Sadet - (3:38) 87 BPM
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Makarbar - (7:45) 129 BPM
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Mr Singh - (5:41) 129 BPM
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Riding High - (5:14) 64 BPM
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Mai Pen Rai - (5:17) 75 BPM
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Seven Kings - (4:32) 86 BPM
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Thunder Drums - (3:49) 110 BPM
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Romantic Blazer - (3:19) 64 BPM
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Waves Of Than - (6:26) 62 BPM
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Than Sadet Sampler EP
DKMNTL 037
24 Jun 16
Deep House
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Riding High - (5:14) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Than Sadet - (3:38) 87 BPM
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Review: Makam doesn't let up! The Dutch hero re-appears on homebase Dekmantel where he's surely become a stalwart of the label and their sound. On "Riding High" he gives us a melodic deep house journey full of emotion and equal parts mystery over its glorious five minutes that you'll wish never stopped. Ge serves up something much more atmospheric on the grainy ambience of "Them Sadet", a collage of trippy exotic samples over emotive elements makes this one definitely to remember also.
What Ya Doin'
DKMNTL 010
28 Jun 12
Deep House
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What Ya Doin' - (8:45) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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What Ya Doin' (Funkineven remix) - (5:20) 126 BPM
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Review: Dutch producer Makam has largely remained on the fringes of the acceptance his prolific output deserves. Based in The Hague, the producer cut an impressive swathe with his 2009 debut, the Sushitech released New York Hustler, and has been responsible for a steady stream of quality house in the subsequent period - mostly on the Berlin label. (Indeed we are still basking in the delights of Dreams Of Tommorow, a double 12" release on Sushitech that contained some of his finest work to date.) Having contributed to Dekmantel's Fifth Anniversary Series, Makam here graces the Amsterdam label with "What Ya Doin", which essentially picks up where he left off on the aforementioned Sushitech release, betraying his love for the heady times of house music's origins at The Music Box, playing a breathy vocal off against a procession of 909 rim shots. On the flip FunkinEven applies the deranged dynamics of his recent Apron endeavours to the track with typically explosive results.
Sector I/Rhythm
DKMNTL 039
07 Nov 16
Techno
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Process - (6:11) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mainframe 2.0 - (7:25) 130 BPM
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Glyph - (6:08) 133 BPM
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Instigator - (6:26) 127 BPM
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Played by: Borgie, Resident Advisor
Review: While Matrixxman has produced releases for a wide range of labels, it seems that he has a soft spot for Amsterdam imprint-turned- party organisers Dekmantel. It was on this label that Charles McCloud Duff put out the excellent Nubian Metropolis in 2014, and Sector I/Rhythm is just as impressive. While Duff's approach is far more singular on this follow-up, it proves again that he is a skilful interpreter. In this instance, it's the 90s techno of Hawtin, DBX and 7th City. Percussion flies in like hail stones descending on the Hudson waterfront; drums kicks and stomp relentlessly, and each track has the nervous, twitchy analogue energy of mid-90s midwest techno.
Nubian Metropolis
DKMNTL 022
26 Jan 15
Deep House
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Sermons - (6:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cybernetic Implant - (5:52) 126 BPM
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Siamese Twins - (6:56) 126 BPM
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System Blackout - (5:58) 127 BPM
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Review: In terms of current US artists, no one seems to have made as much of an impact in recent times as the the superbly named Charles McCloud Duff has done under his Matrixxman name. Unknown To The Unknown, Spectral Sound and Soo Wavey Records are some of the labels that have put the call out for material from Matrixxman, whose club ready style of house and techno has always been complemented by a clear sense of humour. Matrixxman's superb debut for Dekmantel makes for a perfect start to 2015 for the increasingly influential Dutch label and is hopefully the start of a prosperous working relationship. Opener "Sermons" is loose and jacking, with a decidedly haywire acid line at its core, whilst "Cybernetic Implant" reins in the rhythmic madness in order to let those deep bleeps catch you off guard. If you like rolling vocals a la Hodge's "Amor Fati" do check closer "System Blackout", which is our pick!
Future City Traffic Part 1
DKMNTL 018
06 Oct 14
Deep House
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Anti Social Plan - (6:21) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slow Run In Our Dreams - (5:01) 126 BPM
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Crisis Zone - (8:21) 120 BPM
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Review: Having previously collaborated under their given names, Massimo Di Lena and Rio Padice launched their MFO project earlier in the year with a single-track salvo on their own Early Sounds Recordings. Here, they deliver the first MFO 12" for Dekmantel, and it's something of a peach. All three tracks effortlessly join the dots between Detroit techno, machine soul and deep house. This manifests itself in the fizzing alien funk of opener "Anti-Social Pain", the melancholic pianos and rolling machine drums of "Slow Run In Our Dreams" and, most impressively, the robust, techno-tempo percussive assault of "Crisis Zone".
Future City Traffic - Part 2
DKMNTL 019
20 Oct 14
Deep House
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Motor - (6:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Oman Jazz - (6:51) 123 BPM
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Design The Future - (5:21) 125 BPM
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Arctic Lodge - (6:12) 120 BPM
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Just A Clown On Crack
DKMNTL 036
13 Jun 16
Ambient/Drone
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Bridge Over A Golden Duckpond - (4:46) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Japanese Trains - (3:51) 120 BPM
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Telephatic Consultation - (8:52) 144 BPM
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Blue Austral - (7:57) 120 BPM
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Central Coast Drifter - (5:56) 83 BPM
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Just A Clown On Crack - (5:54) 90 BPM
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Review: Danny 'Legowelt' Wolfers describes the music he makes under the Occult Orientated Crime alias as "an accumulation of 20 years of musical research and training, and what affect it has on the brain". Read into that what you will; in practice, his OOC output allows Wolfers to explore the more deep and cosmic end of the ambient spectrum, with sly nods towards jazz and movie soundtracks amongst the Motor City synthesizers, buried spoken word vocals and intergalactic chord progressions. The fantastically titled Just A Clown On Crack is the first OOC release to make it to wax, and effortlessly recalls the early '90s glory days of ambient house and intelligent techno, whilst still retaining many of Wolfers' stylistic trademarks.
In Gold
DKMNTL 024
30 Mar 15
Deep House
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In Gold - (6:18) 124 BPM
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People Of Tusk - (5:49) 123 BPM
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Sumo Acid Crew - (6:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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High Point On Low Ground
DKMNTL 030
01 Feb 16
Deep House
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High Point On Low Ground - (5:29) 124 BPM
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Cloud City - (6:01) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Paws - (5:03) 124 BPM
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Review: Having initially impressed with two fine singles on Lobster Theremin, Jay "Palms Trax" Donaldson joined the growing Dekmantel with 2015's In Gold. Here, he delivers his second EP for the acclaimed Amsterdam imprint. Opener "High Point On Low Ground" is a cheery, life-affirming delight, with layers of glistening, analogue-sounding synthesizer lines riding a rubbery electronic bassline and breezy deep house beats. You'll find nods to Giorgio Moroder, grandiose Italian piano house and spine-tingling Balearica on the notably large "Cloud City", while "Pause" is a punchy electro-meets-acid track with a sunny, melodic twist. He rarely fails, and this is another ear catching three-tracker.
Quadra
DKMNTL-UFO 1
03 Jun 16
Techno
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Quadra - (6:48) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cartesian Taiko - (5:48) 128 BPM
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P2ME - (5:59) 130 BPM
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Duet Dub - (5:51) 128 BPM
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Review: Since making his debut a decade ago, Belgian-in-Berlin Peter Van Hoesen has earned a reputation as one of techno's most reliable producers. Perhaps it was that reliability that persuaded Dekmantel to sign him up as the debutant of their new UFO vinyl-only series. There's naturally plenty to get excited about on Quadra, with each of the four tracks hitting the spot. "Cartesian Taiko" sounds like Derrick May reworking Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack after a few love pills, while "Duet Dub" is a crustier, more urgent affair, full of pinging electronics and post-industrial sleaze. "P2ME" laces oddball electronic bleeps and stabs over a relentless techno groove, before he breaks up the beats on the trippy-but-dense electro shuffle of "Quadra.
Running Dry
DKMNTLUFO 2
24 Jun 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Running Dry - (5:32) 65 BPM
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My Ears Hurt - (4:40) 87 BPM
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Rendell Pips - (4:18) 65 BPM
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Music For Two Kalimbas - (5:39) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The title track on Randomer's first release for Dekmantel is deceptive. Although the rhythm flails and rolls with the UK producer's usual sense of urgency, it is swathed in misty, hazy melodies. There is no such ambiguity on "My Ears Hurt"; earning its place on the label's UFO Series, the arrangement features a rhythm that weaves its way in and out of a myriad of tonal blips and bleeps. In contrast, "Rendell Pips" and "Music for Two Kalimbas" are powerful DJ cuts. In the absence of any unusual sideways turns, Randomer relies on tight drums, rolling rhythms and plunging breakdowns to lead the listener down the wormhole.
Dekmantel Anniversary Series
DKMNTL AS-55
05 Apr 12
Deep House
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Redshape - "Flexx" - (7:06) 118 BPM
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Fudge Fingas - "Light In My Life" - (6:01) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Shadow Dancer, Cottam
Review: To date, Dekmantel's Anniversary Series of singles has proved to be something of a hit, delivering high quality deep house, acid and techno from such formidable talents as Hunee, Juju & Jordash, Skudge and Lone. Predictably, this fifth instalment is just as impressive as its predecessors, offering wildly contrasting fare from Redshape and Fudge Fingas. While the latter's fluid, loose, jazz-flecked "Light In My Life" impresses greatly, it's Redshape who wins the day. His "Flexx" is unashamedly powerful - a sweaty, percussive roller full of shuffling military drums, stargazing techno melodies, foreboding strings and booming bassline pressure. It's arguably his best for sometime.
Paradygm Shift (Volume 2)
DKMNTL 038
10 Jun 16
Techno
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Master Jack - (6:11) 130 BPM
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Magnet - (6:32) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Hot on the heels of Detroit legend Robert Hood's first EP for Dekmantel, Paradygm Shift, comes this second volume of typically forthright techno cuts. Opener "Master Jack" is hypnotic and heavy, with spacey synth loops and starburst electronics riding a thumping bassline and relentless rhythm track (think fizzing cymbals, snappy drum machine handclaps, colossal kick drums etc). "Magnet" is altogether deeper affair, but no less devastating. Hood is a master at wringing maximum dancefloor effectiveness out of the least number of intertwined elements, and here works wonders with little more than stomping drums, metallic electronics, and some well-placed special effects.
Paradygm Shift Vol 1
DKMNTL 031
04 Mar 16
Techno
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Form - (7:20) 126 BPM
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Lockers - (5:06) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The recruitment of Robert Hood is a sign of Dekmantel's growing stature as a label. The Detroit legend has agreed to release a trio of EPs and an album under the Paradigm Shift banner, a project title designed to reflect the producer's desire to see great change within dance music. This first EP is classic Hood, with A-side "Form" - all effects-laden drums, looped-up textures, hissing cymbals and cacophonous kick-drums - sounding like no-one else. Flipside "Lockers" follows a similar script, though there's a little more house-influenced funk to the relentless beats, while Hood's use of starburst riffs and classic Motor City electronics adds a sense of far-sighted adventure..
Dekmantel Anniversary Series
DKMNTL AS-5.4
16 Mar 12
Deep House
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Skudge - "Silent Running" - (7:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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San Proper - "Rattle (Station 2 Station)" - (7:46) 120 BPM
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Review: For the fourth part of the Dekmantel anniversary series, Skudge and San Proper go head to head with two varying levels of dark techno business. Skudge are in fine form, delivering one of their subtly melodic tracks that work around one repeated and tweaked refrain. San Proper spices things up nicely on his "Rattle (Station 2 Station)", as a grinding, industrial beat mixes with dense vocals, synths, speech samples and plenty more. The end result is a perfect example of the kind of steamy, sweaty haze of late night damage that Mr Proper has made his own.
Cyclicality Between Procyon & Gomeisa
DKMNTL 040
22 Jul 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Cyclicality Between Procyon & Gomeisa - (9:45) 110 BPM
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Acteon - (4:12) 80 BPM
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Flying Over The Sirius - (1:56) 74 BPM
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Dim White Dwarf - (3:34) 93 BPM
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Takahashi E-180 - (1:56) 105 BPM
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Double Star System - (12:39) 116 BPM
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Overcoming Distance - (8:25) 113 BPM
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Deep Motivation - (5:48) 57 BPM
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8600 Km Radius - (8:46) 55 BPM
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Intergalactic Funk - (5:20) 113 BPM
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Gomeisa Blues - (7:22) 60 BPM
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Tommasi Planet - (4:12) 115 BPM
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11.41 Light Years - (3:36) 107 BPM
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Sensei Revelation - (7:27) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Cyclicality Between Procyon & Gomeisa is a lofty title by anyone's standards, but firmly in-keeping with the psychedelic influences behind Vakula's distinctive brand of inspired electronic wizardry. It's fair to say that the lauded Ukranian is on fine form on this third studio full-length, serving up 14 trippy tracks that variously fuse heady ambience, dub techno, new age deep house, electronic jazz, dubbed-out blues and, perhaps most surprisingly, cosmic disco (see the excellent "Intergalactic Funk"). As usual, Vakula's production skills and unique vision shine through, giving the album a coherent feel despite his impressive, genre-bending antics.
DKMNTL X PATTA Compilation
DKMTLXPATTA
14 Sep 15
Deep House
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Young Marco - "The Best I Could Do (With What I Had)" - (9:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fatima Yamaha - "The Creature From Culture Creation" - (9:27) 109 BPM
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Awanto3 - "Cover Up" - (7:25) 120 BPM
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Mark Du Mosch - "2nd 5ystem" - (7:22) 126 BPM
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Robert Bergman - "Wings" - (6:01) 124 BPM
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Tom Trago - "Brutal Romance" - (7:52) 124 BPM
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Deniro - "Swing" - (6:56) 130 BPM
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Makam - "The Struggles" - (7:22) 118 BPM
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Aardvarck - "Kubaa Rumbaa" - (6:40) 122 BPM
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Interstellar Funk - "Androids Know Love Too" - (4:45) 124 BPM
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Review: If your finances couldn't quite stretch to buying all four releases in the unique Dekmantel x Patta series - in which limited edition vinyl EPs came packaged with exclusive items of clothing - this digital compilation is something of a lifesaver. For starters, the exclusive material - first included on the hard-to-get EPs, and now showcased here - is pretty darn tasty. The various Amsterdam-based producers involved generally hit the spot, from the melodious, analogue-rich Balearic techno of Young Marco's "The Best I Could Do (With What I Had)", and sparkling Detroit retro-futurism of Mark Du Mosch's "2nd 5ystem", to the cosmic deep house shimmer of Tom Trago's "Brutal Romance", and bizarre, off-kilter deep house-jazz of Makam's "The Struggles". Aardvark's quirky rumba-house workout, "Kubaa Rumbaa" is rather good, too.
Dekmantel: Best Of 2016
DKMNTL 2016
23 Dec 16
Techno
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Palms Trax - "High Point On Low Ground" - (5:29) 124 BPM
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Young Marco - "The Best I Could Do" - (9:27) 125 BPM
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Awanto 3 - "Pregnant" - (12:43) 114 BPM
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Robert Hood - "Lockers" - (5:06) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tom Trago - "Brutal Romance" (TT's Love Fix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
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Call Super - "Nervous Sex Traffic" - (9:02) 121 BPM
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Voiski - "Happy Piece For Happy People Piece" - (6:27) 125 BPM
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Peter Van Hoesen - "Quadra" - (6:48) 128 BPM
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Randomer - "Running Dry" - (5:32) 130 BPM
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Makam - "Riding High" - (5:14) 127 BPM
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Matrixxman - "Process" - (6:11) 131 BPM
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Vakula - "Acteon" - (4:12) 160 BPM
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Central - "Keep Love On Me" - (6:18) 122 BPM
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Occult Orientated Crime - "Just A Clown On Crack" - (5:54) 90 BPM
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Raphael Green - "Don't Mess With The Devil" - (4:13) 105 BPM
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Graze - "Shadow Play" - (3:44) 120 BPM
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Palms Trax - "Paws" - (5:03) 124 BPM
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Robert Hood - "Master Jack" - (6:11) 130 BPM
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Vedomir
DKMNTL 009
02 May 12
Deep House
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Jump In The Past - (5:02) 120 BPM
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Music Suprematism - (4:22) 120 BPM
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Casserole 80th - (2:12) 120 BPM
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Forks, Knives & Spoons - (4:19) 120 BPM
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I Don't Aspire Perfection I Accept That I Have - (4:15) 110 BPM
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Hello - (4:32) 120 BPM
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Scream Of Kind Morning - (7:24) 120 BPM
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Dreams - (5:45) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lullably - (5:57) 120 BPM
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Orud'Evo - (7:22) 131 BPM
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Almost Three - (2:47) 131 BPM
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Loop Minusovka - (9:16) 120 BPM
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Orthodox Ambient - (9:07) 115 BPM
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Review: The coming months will see no less than three full length albums from Ukrainian producer par excellence Mikhaylo Vityk, which would be ridiculous for anyone else other than such a prolific artist. The first one arrives with Vityk adopting his recently unveiled Vedomir alias in typically intoxicating style with a self-titled album for the Dekmantel imprint. Veering from meditative moments of beatless analogue ambience to propulsive jacking house and glistening beat down, everything is tied together with Vedomir's undeniable grasp of intricate textural detail. Highly recommended.
Musical Suprematism
DKMNTL 012
01 Jul 13
Techno
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Musical Suprematism (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (6:33) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dreams (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (5:45) 129 BPM
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Review: Dekmantel return to last year's excellent self titled long player from Mikhaylo Vityk (aka Vakula) under his Vedomir alias for their first of this year, adding Berghain heavyweight Marcel Dettmann to their ever expanding list of high profile remixers. Marcel Dettmann has proved to be quite the versatile remixer over the past few years, reworking everyone from Luke Slater and Skudge, to artists further distanced from straight up techno like Morphosis, Commix, Fever Ray and most recently Trus'me. Here he remixes the rock 'n' roll bass and panning arpeggios of "Musical Suprematism" and the spacey minimalisms of "Dreams". The thick, viscous funk of the latter remix is a notable highlight.
I'll Be Your Maple Pecan Tonight
DKMNTLUFO 3
15 Jul 16
Techno
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Go To A Mountain & Cry For A Vision - (3:09) 100 BPM
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Happy Piece For Happy People Piece - (6:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Seriously No - (5:43) 129 BPM
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Come Back! Nothing Is Forgiven! - (7:12) 130 BPM
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Drama In The Futurists' Cabaret - (7:26) 130 BPM
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Review: Fresh from delivering a typically obtuse set of techno reworks on Russian Torrent Versions, Voiski pops up on Dekmantel with a poignant, and perfectly formed five-tracker for their UFO series. There's something particularly picturesque about the cascading synthesizer melodies and mournful chords of ambient opener "Go To A Mountain & Cry For A Vision", while there's flickering beauty to be found amongst the ragged electronics and hypnotic rhythms of "Happy Piece For Happy People Piece". Voiski flexes his futurist-meets-industrialist muscles on the angular but melodious "Seriously No", before treating us to a dash of metronomic Motor City deepness on "Come Back! Nothing is Forgiven!". Finally, he blends rising and falling synthesizer lines with punchy electro beats on the trippy "Drama In The Futurists Cabinet".
Best Of DKMNTL X PATTA
DKMNTL 044
09 Jan 17
Techno
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Young Marco - "The Best I Could Do" - (9:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tom Trago - "Brutal Romance" (TT's Love Fix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
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Fatima Yamaha - "The Creature From Culture Creation" - (9:27) 55 BPM
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Played by: Domshe
Review: Originally released in 2015, Young Marco's "The Best I Could Do" shows that he is as adept in the studio as he is behind the decks. The renowned crate digger draws on his knowledge of underground house and techno for this understated, melancholic affair. Sad synths swirl up over a raw, resonating bass and the end result has a decidedly wintry feeling. House veteran Tom Trago drops a similar sounding track, "Brutal Romance (TT's Love Fix)". However, on this occasion, the groove is upbeat and the riffs are more insistent, but the same frazzled approach to production prevails. Keeping it atmospheric, Fatima Yamaha delivers the slow tempo, synth-heavy "The Creature From Culture Creation", which also featured on the original 2015 release.
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