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Played by: Juno Recommends Trance
21 Mar 11
Review: There are but a handful of vocalists in trance who have become household names in their own right. At the top end of that elite list is Tiff Lacey, who here enters the vocal booth for German producer Tom Cloud, on the mighty In Trance We Trust label. Drenched in the quality and emotion you would expect from the pair, Tiff's vocals effortlessly resonate alongside some glorious melody work and a crisp percussion. Ruby & Tony vs Elmar contrast a proggy base and shuffling beats with twisted soaring synths, while Soarsweep effectively takes it down a lighter chilled route.. Something for everyone.
11 Mar 13
06 Sep 10
Played by: Andrea Mazza
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30 Apr 13
Review: If you're looking for relentless techno, then you've come to the right place. On Man Out of Dubs, Clouds take skewed, metallic rhythms and fashion them into something darker and more disturbing. Muffled vocals and swathes of background noise are audible on "Drone Function", while deranged vocals - this time pitch-bent and tripped out - feature on the grinding, riff-heavy "Tropical F**k". Clouds take a break on the sinewy broken beats of "T-AO-192" - although muffled vocals are still audible - but soon enough it's back to banging techno territory on the Hound Scales She Goat remix of "Tropical F**k", where heavy industrial beats and a searing bassline prevail.
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.
18 Feb 13
Review: Since first joining the Ramp Recordings family way back in 2008, Finnish bass heads Tommi Llikka and Samuli Tanner have generally impressed with their wonky blends of deep dubstep and icy electronica. Here, they get a chance to stretch their legs with a first full-length. It's an attractively leftfield concoction that effortlessly joins the dots between folksy Scandi-pop, tumbling dubstep and Hyetal-ish bass-tronica, all the while retaining an attractive electronic sensibility. This is arguably best showcased on "Get Over It", a James Blake-ish trip into heartaching, stripped-back electronica. The album also comes with a trio of remixes, including a booming techno makeover from the excellent Gerry Read.
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.
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.
16 Aug 10
Played by: Exceptional Records
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.
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.
19 Apr 07
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30 Apr 12
Review: The latest single to be lifted from Clouds 'Hokarangen Space Program Strings' album, and one of the finest moments on it. A captivating blend of cosmic audio landscapes and progressive undertones in which the quality lay in the simplicity. The Original is built around a gently evolving string which takes centre stage in the arrangement and mix, while the other sounds subtly wash around. It's the remix which picks up the pace and chop things up a bit in terms of bringing genres together as Throwing Snow brings a unique flavour of rock and a slight edge of dubstep. Completing the package is another new track 'Untitled' that will transport the listener to a Far Eastern temple.
19 Nov 07