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06 Jun 11
Review: If your looking for something a little different then this album is definitely for you. Its an LP that will sound as good in the car as it will at the afterparty. Canadian label Turbo have uncovered a eclectic band who keep things interesting and varied across a solid 11 tracks. Although definitely not one for the clubs, its sounds great through the headphones with real highlights being 'My Grandmother Can Tell You That' and 'Jonx'.. Be open minded and give this a good go.
27 Oct 09
28 Jan 13
Review: Jumping back and forth from Sound Pellegrino to Turbo like some type of wild stud, Finnish pair Renaissance Man are clearly enjoying a bountiful spate of creativity right now. Across the six tracks on this latest Turbo hook-up you'll recognise a distinctive classic electro vibe that does more than nod towards the extensive works of Mantronix or DMX. "Call2Call" sets the foundation with icy, stripped back undertones. "Kish Free Zone" is equally mesmerising and comes with a hook that doesn't sound far off the jungle classic "Champion Sound". Later on in the EP we find the breakbeats taking an even darker turn with the ugly distorted spirals of "Moov" before taking a live-swing vibe the church-balltastic "Supercell". A completely different sound for Renaissance Man, this proves their stud status in a major way.
19 Mar 12
Review: Finnish duo Renaissance Man delivered one of last year's most interestingly constructed albums in the shape of The Renaissance Man Project, a debut notable most for its obvious attention to sound design. Sensing there was room to explore the many layers on those twelve tracks, the duo's label Turbo have released the impressive looking and self explanatory Renaissance Man Remix. Any release that features the collective production talents of Dexter, Jori Hulkkonen, Joakim, Matthew Herbert and Call Super among others is worthy of attention and each remix is quite excellent. Klakson boss Dexter takes on "Stalker Humanoid" retaining the clanging sonic textures amidst ominous dojo vibes, whilst Hulkkonen goes prog acid in the best way possible. Tigersushi boss Joakim meanwhile turns in a reliably mental take on "Trance Central" whilst the Berlin dwelling Call Super takes you through the murky recesses of machine funk with an equally individual "Proto Forma" take on "Vancouver". Additional remixes come from Teeth, Locked Groove, WhoMadeWho, Paul Woolford and Renaissance Man themselves. Highly recommended.
01 Nov 11
Played by: Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant)
Review: Following releases over the years for Made To Play and Teki Latex's Sound Pellegrino imprint, Renaissance Man have refined their sound and found themselves headhunted by Tiga for their debut album release on Turbo Recordings. Beginning with the oddball house of "What Do You Do When You Do What You Do", the album continues along with its wildly experimental take on electro. "Stalker Humanoid" for instance offers a driving house beat in the vein of Claude Von Stroke, but with the sound of slightly off key plucked strings, while "Vancouver" takes various flute samples and puts them atop a funereal beat. "Natti Jussi" meanwhile is a slightly more serious but no less playful slice of jaunty Germanic sounding minimal house, while "Trance Central" offers another surprisingly deep mid-tempo house track with weird vocal flourishes. All things considered, it's a fascinating ride, and its infectious energy is bound to impress those looking for something more than the standard electro-house.
15 Nov 10
18 Jun 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Pagalve, Shadow Dancer, Balankin, Juno Recommends Techno, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), DJS Pareja, Anja Schneider, Tura, Dave Elyzium, Tocacabana
Review: If this is the new face of techno, then clearly, there's a lot to be excited about. Tomas Andersson turns in a grungier, more unhinged take on "Washing Machine" here, but in the process, he ensures that "Stickingar O" is not lacking in loose funk. The common bond on the standout tracks is the bassline; Milano's "Wasteland" is a perfect example, with a hoover bass booming its way through a moody arrangement and Locked Groove & Gingy's "Tie Dye" features a visceral low end steamrolling its way through a chord-heavy rolling rhythm. But best of all is Gang 49's "Clouds", a distorted kick-led piledriver that makes 99 per cent of contemporary techno sound polite and sterile.
26 May 09
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25 Apr 11
Played by: Selecto
23 May 11
Played by: Stereo Underground
Review: "100 years ago I had a dream: release music I love, with pro graphics, without going bankrupt". Trust Tiga to give a great soundbite for his label's four-part retrospective, part two of which drops this week. Covering 2005-2008, some stone cold electro and techno classics reside herein: Tomas Barfod's criminally underrated wonky-tech beauty "Saturdaya" and early tunes from Boys Noize (the untypically subdued "Haldern"), Proxy, Dim and Duke Dumont's Debbie Deb-sampling "When I Hear Mu'sic". With Justice's mighty take on ZZT's "Lower State of Consciousness" also here, this is a perfect collection for die-hards and casual Turbo listeners alike.
20 Jun 11
25 Jul 11
13 May 13
Renaissance Man - "What Do You Do When You Do What You Do" (Matthew Herberts Little Liar remix) - (5:46) 122 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
Review: Rewind! Tiga's Turbo plunder the recent cabinets in their 15 year vaults and dust off 20 of their favourite/most acclaimed tracks from releases 100-125. Ranging from the lush disco of Azari & III to the fairy-tale echoes of Matthew Herbert via the new-beat 80s funk of Footprintz they're flexing their broadest musical muscles with equal measures consistency and variety. Highlights include Midland's gritty bass-house rub of Sei A's "Frozen Flower" and Duke Dumont's sexy shuffler "Street Walker".
18 Mar 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Tripeo, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Electro House, Jay Lumen, American DJ, Top Billin DJ Team, Danny Daze
Review: Ever since serial eyeliner abuser Tiga released FPU's cover of Crockett's Theme in 2002 on his Turbo imprint, he's always been known for his love of a Miami Vice lifestyle. This year he's all over Miami with a virtual mini-tour of the city as well as hosting a big label party. This is the corresponding compilation and as always it boasts top-notch releases from the world of electro-disco. Highlights include Shadow Dancer's Jan Hammer esque opener "Day By Day", the stabby stomp of Locked Groove's "Keep Thorough" and the sublime "One Of Us" by Iron Galaxy & Sexlife, whose name's a highlight in itself.
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10 Dec 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
Review: His fifth studio album, Zombie Nation proves he's still got the dancefloor goods. And he does so with true distinction. The title says it all RGB... All you need are three colours to show the whole spectrum. Which is exactly what he does; each cut bumps and stutters with simplistic stripped back style while exploring the wide world of electronica. There's mangled and mutated Italo ("Maingame"), deep hypnotic machine grooves ("Level"), sleazy west coast funk ("Schoove") and even distorted post-punk grit ("Tryouts"). Five albums down and still a highly exciting beatsmith.
08 Nov 11
Review: Having previously impressed with a handful of sporadic singles releases, Tiga and Florian Senfter finally unveil a full-length of ZZT material. Those who enjoyed previous much-played singles "Lower State Of Consciousness" and "The Worm" will be in their element, as much of Partys Over Earth explores similar hard-wired territory. In addition to the relentless machine rhythms and droning dancefloor workouts (of which the album includes many fine examples), the duo has wisely included a smattering of experimental pop and downtempo electro moments. As a general rule, these that really hit the mark, with the quirky vocal outing "Nickel Und Dime" standing out.
06 Aug 12
Review: Collecting together some of the enormous remixes to have sprung from Tiga and Zombie Nations' ZZT project over the years, this new Turbo collection is simply faultless and a must-have for fans of the most fearless electro-tech of the last five years. From Julio Bashmore's tranquil take on "ZZafrika" to Justice's disco-destroying remake of "Lower State of Consciousness", via contributions from Proxy, Erol Alkan, Gesaffelstein, Duke Dumont and Clouds, this is a simply indispensable revisit through some hands-down classics.