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Chicago born and raised Jana started DJing at the tender age of 10, and started producing just three years later. Influenced by Robert Armani, Lester Fitzpatrick, Cajmere, DJ Milton, and DJ Deeon. She released her first record on Dance Mania back in 1996 but having a hiatus from music between 2000 to 2013. With her latest opus here, she has created an album rooted in Chicago's footwork sound, but with a myriad of influences, such as jungle, acid, soul, jazz and house, developing her sound on from "MPC 7635".
For his latest full-length, post-dubstep innovator turned dystopian soundscape specialist Shackleton has joined forces with British-German singer-songwriter Anika. Her drowsy, chilling tones provide the perfect foil for the producer's alternately paranoid and ethereal musical compositions; stretched-out pagan epics that sit somewhere between the soundtrack for The Wicker Man, the wind-swept ambience of Firecracker's Mac Talla Nan Craeg - compilation, and the experimental sound collages of the Music Concrete movement. It makes for a heady, intoxicating and at times otherworldly listening experience, even if it features numerous pastoral elements. Prepare to be thrilled and scared in equal measure
Moscow based producer Anton Kubikov is one of the key figures of the Russian electronic music scene. His recent dub techno exploits have been heard on local labels like Heisenberg and his own Pro-tez imprint. Kubikov's relationship to Kompakt extends years back, when his SCSI-9 project (with Maxim Milyutenko) made its debut and has since several releases for the label thus far. It's a predominantly atmospheric affair on his new LP entitled Whatness. The slightly Italo tainted horror soundtracks of "Liquid Mirror" or the title track soon give way to seductive soundscapes of "Other The Sea" which wouldn't have sounded out of place on one of the label's famed Pop Ambient collections while tracks like "Kurt's Forest" or "April" have that Balearic tinged style of chill-out about them that will appeal to fans of International Feel or Music From Memory. Elsewhere the modern classical bliss piece "Pia" is quite a gorgeous moment but he saves the best for last on the mesmerising shoegaze style drones of "Entrance"



San Francisco's Roam Recordings have been championed by the likes of Eric Duncan, Timo Maas, Marquis Hawkes and Tale Of Us. Their new one comes courtesy of Neil Parnell aka Tronik Youth, who many of you may know as label boss of electro-indie dance imprint Nein Records: which he co-runs with with father and son team Ian and Jonah Considine. "Tunnel Of Hate" is darkwave Italo for smoke filled basement parties full of nu-New Romantics. The remix up next by Rigipolar further displays the burgeoning talent emerging from Mexico City and this young gun shows real promise on his brooding and atmospheric take that focuses more on the Italo side. "Insecticide" is a grating and snarling EBM slow burner to really turn the heat up later in the evening and it too comes with some killer renditions: but it's all about French legend The Hacker who delivers the real highlight on this neon-lit electro noir journey.



When the New York composer Vito Ricci produced a handful of experimental pieces in the 1980s, he probably would not have expected that a popular reissue label would bear the name of one of his albums: Music From Memory. This is his first album in 30 years, released via the new label Intelligent Instruments. Ricci has composed a lot over the decades, but this LP is completely composed on a Commodore Amiga; using the Music Mouse - developed by avant garde Composer Laurie Spiegel. The album turns out to be a timeless, fresh perspective of ambient music. With its new-age drones, hypnotic percussive loops: the different tracks do not sound unusual given the instrumentation and restriction. Between Ricardo's distant guitar and the alienated vocals of his wife Lisa Vachon: it is detailed, fascinating and perfect music conjured from obsolete music technology to tremendous effect.
Hemlock founder Untold is back on the label with his first release since "Doff" on sub-label HBLK back in 2015. This release follows appearances on last year's #savefabric compilation, and more recently on Magic City III compiled by Mixpak boss Jubilee. HEK029 follows a rewarding period of A&R for Hemlock, that has so far delivered EPs from locals Bruce and Parris, with several more scheduled to drop throughout 2017. This EP's two winding tracks are a natural progression from the fiercely textural drum work of Untold's previous singles and the album Black Light Spiral. Here the material is given more space to breathe and released from the grid, creating a lighter more footloose feel. "Tear Up the Club" carries the weight of DMZ era half-step, using a loose web of elasticated breaks and builds to reveal a striking melodic line. On "Watton Res" exotic tones are further compressed and expanded in sequence, encasing drum machine, keyboards and guitar work within a delicate shell.
The sadly departed Jaki Liebezeit was the kind of drummer whose influence will be continually recognised over the decades to come. Best known for his work in Can, there are also many more sides to this singular sticksman, and Emotional Rescue has chosen to shine a light on his post-Can period living in Stollwerck. First is the sound of Phantom Band with Linear Johnson & The Protons. "Rush Rush" has a spiky new wave bent to it, but still Liebezeit's drumming stands out. Then "Drums Off Chaos" need little explanation - it's the sound of one of the all-time drumming greats letting rip in a ferocious blast of percussive abandon.
Venezuela born, Barcelona based Cardopusher's career goes back over 12 years- the proverbial 10,000 hours to master a skill long fulfilled. His forthcoming LP "New Cult Fear" on Boysnoize Records proves it through disciplined, focused craftsmanship. It's the type of no-frills production that deceives the amateur listener with it's simplicity, while the seasoned listener knows that the simpler the elements, the harder it is to make a track that moves the dancefloor. Moving dancefloors it does, although there's few smiles to be had. This is music for dark rooms, for Nitzer Ebb's famous pairing of "muscle and hate." This is being electrocuted by a broken TB-303- only you find the feeling erotic, your exclamations recorded on a haunted reel-to-reel. And it's never sounded so good.
Dutch producer Mitchel van Dinther aka Jameszoo presents his new Flake EP; the follow-up to his debut album released via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder. Brand new single "Rolrolrol" (feat. keyboardist Niels Broos) is some of the most organic 'future beat' you'll ever hear. Again it is an enjoyable blend of jazz and off kilter electronics. Van Dinther was rewarded for his adventurous attitude in the studio by Gilles Peterson who bestowed upon him the "John Peel Play More Jazz" Award at the Worldwide Awards 2017.
WILDLIFE! presents his new EP "Anima" in a live setting, in collaboration with Nitemind. Wildlife! is the alias of Swiss music producer and sound artist Samuel Riot. "Mysterious human-like sounds land like the shrapnel of teenage goth nostalgia, detuned pianos provide delight and discomfort in their grandeur, and ominous sonic bombardments put the finishing touches on WILDLIFE!'s otherworldly soundscapes. Oscillating between moments of ambient bliss and traces of left field dancehall and hip-hop DNA, "Anima" remains a decisively genre-defying venture, an emotive and compelling listening experience."
One of the most popular and forward thinking composers associated with impressionist music, Claude Debussy's innovative composition style inspired countless artists from the likes of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Through parallel chords and bitonality, in addition to the use of whole-tone and pentatonic scales: there were no limits or boundaries. The French composer very much challenged the traditional status quo in harmonic sounding scale tone music of the time. After studying countless composers of the last century, Systematic Recordings boss Marc Romboy took up the challenge to edit, remix and reconstruct several works of his favourite composer. Here he performs electronics together with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Ingo-Martin Stadtmuller), with Dusseldorf based concert master Miki Kekenj and sound programmer Ali Khalaj. The recordings took place on December 12th 2016.
Lucerne based Prasens Editionen was founded in 2011 to give home to Zweikommasieben Magazin. Ever since, a bunch of magazines, books, zines, records, tapes and oddities have been published. After digging deep into their vast archive, they found two gems that are particularly striking: a live recording from a collaborative project in the form of the the textural industrial/noise journey by Nilbog entitled "Liverecording 02/11/16". On the flip Mr Pena's "TMC" (The Markt Chronicles) is a three minute gabba onslught. Mr. Pena lets loose, aiming at hardcore dancefloors while balancing between fight-or-flight terror and pacifying joy.
Exclusives
WILDLIFE! - Anima (Mixpak)
ANTON KUBIKOV - Whatness (Kompakt Germany)
UNTOLD - HEK029 (Hemlock Recordings)