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01 May 01
13 Sep 11
Review: Following Afrojack's "Pacha On Acid", Turbo offshoot label Twin Turbo drop two new tunes by Australia, an alias, the label coyly claim, for: "two top-shelf producers". We're open to suggestions as to who they may be, but we do know that we're definitely feeling both of these. "Sydney On Acid" is, as expected, full of brilliant 303 action, with a subtle drop into a slow-burning beat. "Chopper" is the standout though - full of aggressive vocal shots over some monster kicks and forceful bass sequences.
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Played by: S-E-N - Phonique
20 Aug 12
Review: Since arriving just a few short years ago, Scottish outfit Clouds have quickly risen to the top of many a big DJ's chart, and have garnered much praise while doing so. Once again released through Tiga's esteemed Turbo Records, their latest release seems to mirror the label's recent moves into deep techno. Title track "Consciousness" is a relentlessly linear slice of percussive-led techno that harks back to the big rooms of the 90s. Ireland's Sunil Sharpe delivers a pounding, warehouse-friendly remix that goes to town on the old 303 to great effect and London hot-shot Randomer turns the tune into a blisteringly raw, breaks influenced banger. Finally, "Sonic Swamp", changes the tone slightly, opting for a cool hip-house vocal atop sparse beats.
29 Mar 11
Played by: Tiga
Review: A major talent that's been snapped up by Tiga's Turbo label after releases on Southern Fried and Blood Music, the long-awaited Numbers EP has finally dropped and it's a wonked-out techno gem with support from Boys Noize, Fake Blood, Proxy and Annie Mac. The Scottish duo recall Tiga's own ZZT version of "Lower State of Consciousness" on the title tune, while "Sucker" begins with a severely beat-mashed vocal before elegantly dropping into a fierce, dry techno kick replete with subtle yet outstanding bass sounds. "Fibre" is a stripped-down succession of killing acid rises, while "Been Warned" is horror-tech of the finest, edgiest kind.
26 Nov 12
Review: Scottish hotshots Clouds drop a killer release for Tiga's label. "Those Cracks In Your Face, Do They Hurt" is a highly effective peak-time affair, its concrete weight but deceptively lithe beats and growling riff underpinning squelchy acid licks, a churning filter and the kind of pitched down vocal that featured on 'Losing Control'. Taken together, these elements makes for an utterly modern, smart referencing bomb. Truss delivers a grinding, broken beat take on "Those Cracks" but it can't compare to the other Clouds track here, "Krafterah". It's also based on a stepping rhythm, but the eerie chords and segue into straight 4/4s will seduce anyone who likes techno raw and unpredictable.
16 Dec 11
Review: Seriously incredible techno goodness from Scottish outfit Clouds who drop a grand new set of beats for Twin Turbo that have already had the tip o' the hat from Erol Alkan and (of course) Turbo boss Tiga. Keeping the balance between overblown bass channels and crisp, dry and hugely rumpshaking percussion, "Matter" is a huge highlight, as is the slightly more tropical handrum-fest that is "Articles", which also gets an enormous hypnagogic remake by Ado here too. With the minimal dubby acid of "Mr Pink" rounding off the release, this is simply essential Turbo fuel.
18 Feb 13
Review: Not only is the title of this latest missive from Turbo regulars Clouds a bit of a mouthful, you'll also find it hard to get your chops around the gargantuan floorfillers contained within. In typical Twin Turbo style, Bulbophyllum Remiferum is all killer, no filler. There's a chunk of sample-heavy rave-era techno revivalism in "HE 1523-0901", some decidedly sweaty 4/4 breaks mutations in the shape of "Local Bubble", and a vaguely psychedelic Juke-meets-UK funky drone attack ("Terrorcore"). There's not much in the way of cosy subtlety, but that's not the Twin Turbo way. If you're after bona fide bangers, head this way.
15 Dec 09
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.
19 Sep 11
Review: Tiga's label brings together a diverse range of remixes of Swiss artist Crowdpleaser. At one end of the spectrum is Hreno & The Mole's version of "Jewel Self Dribbling Basketball", a trippy house groove, its psychedelic qualities augmented by a sample of a stoner talking about taking hits from an illicit substance. Daniel Maloso's take on "My Grandmother Could Tell You That" opts for a darker approach, with reverberating claps swept along by a malevolent acid line and a sinewy funk bass, while the St Plomb take on "Jonx" offers a more playful version of the 303-soaked house groove. Finally, Giorgio Gigli weighs in with a deep, hypnotic take on "DSG".
06 Jun 11
29 Nov 11
Review: Turbo Recordings' Twin Turbo imprint reaches its fifth release from the mysterious French outfit Donovans, the appropriately titled "Rise & Fall". With a searing synth line that teases with its varying degrees of intensity, it's the kind of track that tunnels its way directly into your brain, and is a perfect addition to Twin Turbo's focus on straight up electro house bangers. As Turbo themselves warn: "Don't play this for less than 500 people". Remix support comes from Munich based producer SCNTST, who reworks the big room original and creates something a little more understated, taking the bassline and morphing it into ever more complex structures across the track's six minute running time. As you'd expect from Turbo, they don't come much bigger than this.
17 Sep 12
Played by: Ross Michael, Santero, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Visti, Grant Nelson, Eric Sharp, Scott Fell, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Electro House, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Tiesto, Tiga, Dave Seaman, Ave Blaste, Sccucci Manucci, Mat Zo, Erol Alkan, Sasha, Dublin Aunts, Moguai (Mau5trap/ Size), Bufi, Detroit Swindle, Resident Advisor, Abstraxion, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Andre Vii, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything
Review: The reinvention of Tiga's label continues with this excellent house release. Duke Dumont is known as a remixer of bands, but he proves his worth on "No Money Blues". A glorious stop-start deep house / techno groove, its spacey synths recall Jamie Read at the height of his powers and the soulful, plaintive vocals from Extra Curiccular will remind older listeners of classic House of 909 material. "The Giver" meanwhile is darker, its resonating bassline unfolding over doubled-up beats and an unidentified but haunting vocal saying 'makes me want to give into it.' We know how that feels.
21 May 12
Played by: Santero, Jakal, Krl, Tiago, Dominic Martin Aka Domsko), Shadow Dancer, DJ Dizzy, Juno Recommends Electro House, Thomas Schumacher, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Kissy Sell Out, Angela Fisken, The Golden Toyz, Digitalism, Groove Armada, Top Billin DJ Team, Flashmob, Phonique
Review: Since his emergence, Duke Dumont has been notable mostly for a lack of material, choosing to hint at his obvious talent on a series of infrequent releases and remixes for a well respected and disparate range of labels including Turbo, Tigersushi, Phantasy Sound and Dubsided. It is on Tiga's evergreen label Turbo that we might finally get a conclusive insight into the musical mind of the Duke with a series of four EPs promised over the coming months entitled For Club Play Only. The debut instalment has been preceded with some fanfare thanks to requisite "club play" of lead track "Street Walker" from Turbo's circle of premiere DJs like Erol Alkan. That advance hyperbole is justified as the track is immense, lifting a sample about prostitution and weaving it around a mutant warehouse groove. It's followed by the equally accomplished "Thunderclap" which wouldn't sound out of place on a KiNK record and an electro funked alternate take on "Street Walker".
10 Dec 12
Review: Duke Dumont's "The Giver", first released on his For Club Play Only (Part 2) EP earlier in the year, gets touched-up by Tiga, Lando Kal and Gingy & Bordello. Tiga kick starts the party, dropping a rework that pairs together murky low-end pressure and touchy-feely pads with choice elements of the original (in particular, the spine-tingling, rave-era vocal sample). Occasional Hotflush type Lando Kal flips the script, delivering a bubbling techno version that harks back to the glory days of star-kissed Detroit futurism whilst retaining a contemporary feel. Gingy and Bodello, meanwhile, strip the track back to its bare bones, overlaying fuzzy, distorted vocal hits over a gritty, balls-out techno groove.
23 Apr 12
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Review: A golden addition to the Turbo roster, Gesaffelstein's Variations EP drew enormous praise, as have his mixes of Cassius and Azari and III. Here he shines again over three tracks of joyous and supremely crafted techno. "Aufstand" is a revelation - full of tight plate reverb and huge chugging bass notes - while "Hatred" is a maximal beast that is wrapped around a snaky and cold 80s synth melody. "The Lack Of Hope" might just be the most gorgeous thing on here though - slow, warm and a real builder, it might not be perfect for the floor but it is very welcome for the head.
27 Feb 12
Review: Tiga's label has commissioned remixes of Gesaffelstein that differ in sound but which are all underpinned by intensity and a tendency towards the darker side of electronic music. Dave Clarke's remix project with Mr Jones, Unsubscribe, delivers a bass-heavy, static percussion-coated take on "Aufstand", while Brodinski's treatment of "Viol" follows a similar direction, with whooshing percussive bursts and air raid sirens vying for attention over a pumping bassline. Milano's take on "Opr" also opts for a dark approach, but one that is based on broken industrial beats. The Hacker surprises with a Sleeparchive-style bleep techno version - albeit one powered by a tearing bass - while David Caretta's version of "Hatred" is a slamming ebm workout. Finally, Glass Figure provides some respite with a bassy electro take on "The Lack Of Hope".
18 Jul 11
Review: Hot on the heels of Part 1, as well as the excellent Variations EP for Turbo, Gesaffelstein returns with these three devilishly dark technoid gems - each of which are 100 per cent essential. The slow, 115 bpm stomp of the Sebastian-gone-industrial opener "Viol" is a breath of fresh air, as is the similarly tempo'd "Opr", which positively throbs with an enormous elastic bassline, huge drums and a spooky, John Carpenter movie breakdown in the middle. Back up to house-tempo, "Conspiracy Origins" is a relentless builder from the start, as dark waves of menacing tech-pads are slowly brought up over a thick kick.
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23 Jul 12
Review: For a label that's best known for putting out 80s-referencing synth pop and electro house, Turbo is doing a fine job to re-establish its techno credentials. In the wake of the label's recent compilation comes this fine, techno-centric remix package. J Tijn turns Gingy & Bordello's "Ausbruch" into a tearing peak-time affair, its coruscating drums and noisy riffs recalling Synewave at its most ferocious. The Locked Groove take on "Panopticon" is also derived from visceral sources, with a searing acid line rising through the arrangement. Kevin McPhee and Cicerio's takes on "Iron & Water" focus on a deeper approach, but don't let that fool you; the McPhee version in particular is an eerie, chord-heavy groove that will slay a peak-time floor.
09 Jul 12
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Techno, Thomas Schumacher, Da Goblinn /Remuted, Resident Advisor
Review: Attention all analogue techno lovers: Gingy & Bordello have arrived with three peak time slabs of no nonsense functionalism. "Ausbruch" is as German as it sounds, replete with machine gun snares, repetitive and industrial stabs and a techno-synonymic boom-boom kick drum. The EP title track is a DJs wet dream, as a pitter-pattering groove sucks and pumps for two minutes before setting up filtered dubby chord stabs, add some classic 909 symbols and you are left with a deadly club bomb. "Panopticon" begins as a lone rolling kick drum, before a hungry overdrive pedal takes full effect and tangos with some poisonous and acidic inflections - linear club techno at its best.
15 Nov 11
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: It's hard not to be cynical about attempts to revive the 303 sound, especially when the vast majority of such releases end up sounding like pale replicas of past glories. Thankfully, Gingy & Bordeloo's latest record sounds like something that was made in a Chicago basement 30 years ago as tortured 303 lines gurgle and squelch their way over rattling drums and a shuffling groove. KiNK has been one of the most successful contemporary interpreters of the acid sound and his "On Acid" remix has all the hallmarks of a hysterical Hardfloor-style wig out, as insane layers of tweaked 303s implode over one another. KiNK's second remix, "In Deep" is more languid by comparison with its liquid filters, but here too the bass is tearing and reaches an effective crescendo. The wiry bass and hissing hats of "Animo" completes this killer release.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
Review: There are producers who harp on about kicking it old school, and there are producers who actually do it. With tracks "Eraser" and "Chalk", Harvard literally falls in the latter category. But don't go thinking this is an unnecessary trip down retro lane; the only thing classic about both these icy, spiky bangers is their timeless quality. "Eraser" is just one hypnotic, vicious, unforgiving bass riff while "Chalk" is more your android funk with alien burps and some serious sample hammering on the hi-hats. Old school, new school, whichever you favour, Harvard Bass's lessons should mandatory for all sonic students.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
Review: "Cream" sounds like what would happen if one of DJ Funk's charges got it on with Ancient Methods. Admittedly, nothing on Twin Turbo 17 (Cream) emulates the pure white noise fury of the Berlin act, but "Cream" comes close enough. The rhythm is slower and acid-laced and insane sirens screech in overhead. If this track is too sleazy and unseemly for the average techno fan, fear not as Ambivalent comes to the rescue. The Minus artist drops a bleepy bass and trancey tones, but the bugged out vocals persist. Finally, "Pimps" is more housey, albeit with jarring filters and the unnamed vocalist appearing again.
29 Sep 09