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30 Apr 12
Review: Super-fresh cross-pollinating sounds from an emerging new talent here, as Toronto-based Nautiluss drops an action packed EP featuring four solid productions. The EP overall, is routed in the progressive field, however there are influences from techno and psy, which add an interesting dynamic. Out of the four it's 'Mixed Numbers' and 'Cloud City' which will do the most damage. Deep, bubbling grooves with plenty of energy and nostalgic 16bit sounds piercing through the arrangement while acid laser beams take things to another level. Old-school free party vibes, that will keep it rocking till the early hours. Check it out!!
12 May 09
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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.
08 Sep 09
03 Jun 13
Review: Tiga's mission to reposition Turbo as a techno label continues with Clock. The title track is stomping and full-on, its concrete beats pushed to the point of distortion, its bassline sounding like a sped-up version of an 80s EBM bass. Joefarr continues with his journey into the noisy side of techno on "Big Jeff", with grainy drums supporting a cut-up vocal sample and agresisive, filtered builds. Meanwhile, "What Goes Around" is more stripped back and jacking, while "Uncle B" is decidedly groovy, its rough percussion and throbbing rhythm playing host to a pitched down vocal and insistent riffs. Fans of early Neil Landstrumm and Relief should check out Clock.
15 Dec 09
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.
25 Apr 11
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.
11 Feb 02
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.
04 Jun 12
Review: It sounds like Tiga's label is in reinvention mode, as Locked Groove's latest missive has little to do with the electro and synth pop that Turbo has long been associated with. The title track is a dense techno affair, its rough drum patterns and shuffling rhythm unfolding to reveal a series of resonating bleeps. "Structure" is a deeper affair as repetitive chord stabs populate the tightly meshed, wiry rhythm, but Locked Groove maintains a higher tempo. "Back To 91" reveals a different side to Locked Groove's approach; a slower, deeper techno jam, its dreamy chords are supported by rasping, sharp percussive licks, like shards of glass on velvet.
24 Jan 12
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Electro House, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Jon Saigon
Review: Andy Graham aka Sei A has put out a series of impressive releases for Tiga's Turbo - and "Flux" is no exception. It sounds like Graham has been listening closely to the work of crossover techno/bass artists like Martyn, Shed and Cosmin TRG, as the title track is a raucous mixture of dense off-beats, squealing riffs and soaring, billowing chords. "Jus Appreciate" follows a similar trajectory, and its rolling rhythms are littered with insane vocal samples, while "Break the Pattern" is mellower, with dubby drums underscoring breathy filters and trippy acid lines. Martyn completes the package with a slamming, lurching take on the title track. Highly recommended.
17 Sep 12
Played by: Ross Michael, Santero, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Visti, Grant Nelson, Mark Johnson (Back In The Dark), 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, Dizzy Womack, 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".
29 Nov 11
Review: There is no question that Tiga has an ear for identifying hits - as his own version of "Sunglasses at Night" attests - and it sounds like he could have another anthem on his hands with Flower. However, there's a caveat; Sei A's approach is different to Tiga's and Flower is a beautifully fragile, downtempo affair, its spiky, gitchy percussion supporting a wonderfully wounded, muffled vocal. It sounds like Portishead getting it on with Pansonic with Monolake on mixing duties. "Starjar" is less immediate but its chiming bells and icy melodies make it almost as irresistible, while Midland provides some dance floor direction with his heavy, drum-led take on the title track.
23 Aug 11
Review: Jesper Dahlback + Tiga + a spoken word sample of a spangled American rave kid = "Girl At A Party With A Siren". A brilliant addition to Turbo's stuffed roster of quirky techno genius sees the duo combine under Tiga's new part-time moniker for this ode to losing it on the dancefloor. With a typically off-kilter, warped acid kit and unexpected bleeps piercing the song, the pair structure things beautifully - interspersing the vocal sample with subtle breakdowns and not-so-subtle crowd cheering sound effects.
05 Nov 12
Review: Tiga's label has re-positioned itself as one of the leading outlets in techno music - and Habitat will only serve to reinforce this reputation. "Depth Charge" is built on dank, grainy drums, which provide a basis for tight, whiplash percussion, a pumping bassline and layers of droning noise. "Surfeit" sees Nautiluss play the dark techno card again, but on this occasion, jagged percussion and insistent riffs prevail over the heavy kicks. "Sunder" is more reduced, with a cavernous bassline and ravey motifs prevailing, while Nautiluss shows that he doesn't have to bang the box on "Stygian", delivering a downtempo workout.
19 Nov 12
Review: A headnod to his devoted fans, Phil puts a twist on 2011's "I Can't Stop" with this absolute monster for Tiga's Turbo: "I Can't Go On". Rolling with wavy analogue punches and a whispered vocals, it peaks and troughs with electro energy but carries the same insistency that all his records do; no holds barred techno. "Ghetto Face Place Space" upkeeps the whispering motif of the title track, but does so with a deeper twist. The heartbeat bassline lollops with a prog-like charm before the acidic synth and percussion do the real damage. Kieran at his finest.
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.
27 Jan 07