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Safe/Multiply
PH 52DX
22 Apr 16
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Safe - (6:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Multiply - (7:56) 129 BPM
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Review: Random contact through Soundcloud saw Phantasy owner Erol Alkan sign Ghost Culture and now, seven EPs and one album later, this almost accidental hook-up has paid off in spades. "Safe" is a fine modern techno track; a dark, moody bass lashes and flashes like a live power line, while industrial strength acid ploughs its way over Ghost Culture's pumping groove. On the flip side, "Multiply" represents a different side to his sound. It is deeper and more melodic; tranced out chords and melodic hooks of almost crystal fragility play out over a warbling bass and dry percussive ticks. Both tracks consolidate Ghost Culture's reputation as a fine modern day techno artist.
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Irrbloss
HVN 034
09 Mar 16
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Irrbloss - (7:05) 126 BPM
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Insvept - (5:58) 120 BPM
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Votiv - (5:58) 89 BPM
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Kassiopeia - (5:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gloson - (7:35) 125 BPM
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Gripen - (7:45) 125 BPM
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Sagofabrik - (5:36) 91 BPM
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Cirkla - (8:06) 125 BPM
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Review: Alexander Berg has been a busy boy of late. Hot on the heels of his druggy, voodoo-inspired "Time Stretch Totem" 12" comes this expansive album for the consistently impressive Hivern Discs stable. In keeping with both his work and that of the label he's starring on, Irrbloss is hard to place, featuring as it does atmospheric, out-there explorations that variously touch on experimental deep house, IDM, ambient, crystalline techno and throbbing late night wonkiness. Despite the eclecticism, it all makes perfect sense, and comes cloaked in an air of feverish confusion that's never less than beguiling. We shouldn't have expected anything less.
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Art Of War Part II EP
REKIDS 088
22 Apr 16
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Jen High - (6:27) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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When Round, They Go - (6:31) 120 BPM
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When Round, They Go (Terekke remix) - (6:27) 119 BPM
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Review: Peggy Gou has had a busy debut year thanks to her opener on Phonica's white offshoot, and now two EP's out on Rekids in quick succession. Her sound is a subtle, minimalistic blend of house and techno, exactly the sort of tech-minded groovers that have appeared on Radio Slave's label in the past. "Jen High", for instance, takes a dusty being of drums and wraps them around delicate blends of chimes, whereas "When Round, They Go" heads deeper into space with the help of a sublimely cosmic swarm of sonics. The special piece comes from Terekke's remix of the latter, and the LIES man adds his signature touch to an already very deep house tune, making his version that one toke over the line!
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Music/Tell You No Lie
MPM 27
29 Apr 16
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Music - (6:30) 129 BPM
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Tell You No Lie - (8:33) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: A taster for Robert Hood's second Floorplan album, this EP puts a spotlight on the radical nature of his musical transformation. On "Music", the visceral rhythms of techno minimalism are gone; in their place is a rolling, tracky groove that boasts a repetitive vocal loop and which has shades of classic Relief /Derrick Carter. "Tell You No Lie" is even more impressive. It sees Hood use a gospel vocal over a stomping, funk guitar-sampling disco house workout. There is an audibly religious dimension to "Tell You No Lie," but Hood's knack for writing a great tune means that it sounds celebratory rather than self-indulgent or preachy.
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Blush EP
GRD 003
29 Apr 16
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Blush - (6:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outpost - (6:02) 121 BPM
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Holdup - (5:39) 131 BPM
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Review: Harry Agius aka Midland is back: does he ever find time to sleep? Following up the Akase side project he's involved in with Robbie Redway and some killer releases on Aus Music, Feel My Bicep and of course his own Graded imprint which this appears on; making it the label's third release already. "Blush" is a slow burning and emotive piece with an epic vintage synth arpeggio and soulful strings backed by the most restrained beat. "Outpost" gets a bit more fierce with a tougher beat and a free running arpeggio that reeks havoc much like Carl Craig's classic remix of "Falling Up". Finally "Holdup" hammers the message home gloriously with its off kilter yet hypnotic beat and sombre yet emotive atmosphere.
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4 (Remixes)
HYPE 050D
12 Feb 16
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Sexspurt (Ricardo Villalobos/Max Loderbauer remix) - (12:10) 124 BPM
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Techno Disco (KiNK remix) - (8:13) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Come On Kerrier (Head High remix) - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Review: Luke Vibert donned the Kerrier District moniker last year on the tremendous Kerrier District 4 album on Hypercolour, and here are the remixes. He's done alright; look at who he's got on board. First there's the Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer remix of "Sexspurt", which is long and as liquid and tripped out as you'd imagine. Bulgarian hardware maverick delivers the goods always on his funky, fierce and soulful rendition of "Techno Disco", it's quite brilliant actually. Finally the now legendary Rene Pavlowitz dons the Head High alter ego for a slamming warehouse rave makeover of "Come On Kerrier".
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Outer Acid EP
ML 2231
14 Mar 16
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Outer Acid - (6:37) 117 BPM
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Qwazars - (6:16) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nodyahed - (6:45) 119 BPM
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Aether - (6:49) 109 BPM
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Review: It would be fair to say that Mr Fingers 2016 is something of an event release, at least for those who love deep house. While Larry Heard has kept busy - largely with remixes and reissues - this marks the first 12" release under his most famous moniker for over a decade. He begins in contemplative mood, fusing tumbling music box melodies, creepy electronics and nagging 303 lines on "Outar Acid", before laying down some typically blissful, atmospheric deep house on the wondrous "Qwazars". Flip for "Nodyahead", an effortless mixture of heavy dub-house bottom end, African-influenced percussion and moody late night refrains, and the ultra-deep, piano-laden bliss of "Aether".
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The Other (remixes)
SNDST 015
25 Dec 15
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Riot (Carl Cox remix) - (5:34) 126 BPM
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Fugitives (Joseph Capriati remix) - (8:48) 126 BPM
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Your Attention (Nicole Moudaber remix) - (9:26) 122 BPM
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Optimistic Grey (Extrawelt dub) - (6:20) 124 BPM
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Riot (Paul Ritch remix) - (7:39) 125 BPM
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Sleepless (Stephan Bodzin remix) - (9:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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808 Nirvana (Ray Kajioka remix) - (8:26) 127 BPM
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Broken Engine (Wigbert deeper remix) - (9:35) 124 BPM
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Punxsutawney (Alan Fitzpatrick remix) - (8:24) 124 BPM
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Get In (Kevin Knapp ME first remix) - (6:47) 124 BPM
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Proliferation
TURBO 177D
22 Apr 16
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Poliferation (original mix) - (6:08) 126 BPM
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Shape (original mix) - (7:01) 125 BPM
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For Future Use (original mix) - (6:09) 125 BPM
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For Future Use (Bitten By The Black Dog V 1) - (5:24) 128 BPM
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For Future Use (Bitten By The Black Dog V 2) - (5:55) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: GoldFFinch's relationship with Turbo continues with the impressive Proliferation. On the title track, the Belgian producers drop a murky, low-slung techno track. Led by rough drums and tonal bleeps, it has echoes of early Neil Landstrumm. "Shape" favours a reduced approach but ends up sounding more contemporary than "Proliferation"; a primal rhythm lurches and lunges against the backdrop of hollowed out, croaking drums. By contrast, "For Future Use" is a woozy, tranced out track with GoldFFinch drawing on the dreamy, break beat-driven sound of mid-90s UK techno. The Black Dog complete the release with two driving, hypnotic versions of "Use".
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Day Without Yesterday
PHONICAWHITE 015
01 Apr 16
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Day Without Yesterday - (5:39) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Six O Six - (6:06) 126 BPM
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Review: Originally from South Korea but moving to London at the age of 14 where she spent her formative years, Peggy Gou has since moved to Berlin (of course!) where she's since made her break releasing two EPs in less than a year on Matt Edwards esteemed Rekids imprint. Her new one on Phonica white sees her explore classic deep house aesthetics convincingly such as on the dusty MPC bashing Moodymann style deepness of "Day Without Yesterday" with its deep funk bass, emotive strings and woozy sample all working in perfect harmony. But "Six O Six" gets a craving for the acid life with some gnarly 303 lines going head to head with hands in the air vocals and rusty drum machine grooves.
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Nervous Sex Traffic
DKMNTL 033
25 Apr 16
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Nervous Sex Traffic - (9:02) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mount Grace - (5:54) 123 BPM
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Review: Call Super first met the Dekmantel crew last year, one of many high profile DJs to play their summer festival in Amsterdam and it wasn't long before the esteemed Dutch imprint asked him to supply them with an EP. Impressively, Nervous Sex Traffic is one of his strongest 12" singles to date - no mean feat given his track record - with the title track, in particular, delivering thrills in spades. Stretching out over nine mesmerizing minutes, it overlays snappy, analogue-sounding beats and cowbell hits with alien bleep melodies, synthesized horn stabs, rich bass, and pads that recall Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls". It's a melodious, eyes-closed treat, all told. "Mount Grace" sees a deeper, more metallic affair that draws inspiration from vintage Detroit techno, blissful electro, and the morning-after confusion of ambient house.
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Call 2 Me
LOB 019
15 Apr 16
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Call 2 Me - (5:35) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Le Freak - (6:16) 62 BPM
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Review: Mak and Pasteman should not be categorised as being 'bass artists'. A better way to coin their styles would be to say that they make pretty fierce and excellent DANCE music. This latest collaboration on Lobster Boy seems them in a surprising techno mood, which at first is more contained and steady on the breaks through "Call 2 Me", before turning all hawkish and German on us through the highly recommended banger that is "Le Freak". Solid.
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X-Pollination
UNRILIS 021
18 Apr 16
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X Pollination - (8:12) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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X-Pollination (Mark Reeve remix) - (7:37) 126 BPM
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A-Sides Vol 4
DC 152
25 Jan 16
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Adam Beyer - "Pluto" - (7:44) 125 BPM
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Alan Fitzpatrick - "Eternia" - (6:55) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pirupa/Brain Zoo - "Dee Pawa" - (7:19) 123 BPM
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Harvey McKay - "The Mad Drummer" - (5:59) 127 BPM
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Ilario Alicante - "Temporary" - (7:00) 128 BPM
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Dustin Zahn - "Born Spark" - (7:44) 126 BPM
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Nicole Moudaber - "Own" - (9:02) 126 BPM
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Mark Reeve - "Exodus" - (7:52) 126 BPM
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Nick Curly - "BBC" - (7:10) 125 BPM
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Dubspeeka - "K185" - (7:13) 125 BPM
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Continuum
UNTERTON 08DIGITAL
18 Mar 16
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Opto - (5:35) 129 BPM
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Ahora - (5:49) 131 BPM
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Continuum - (6:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Limb - (5:36) 127 BPM
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Review: Ukrainian producer Etapp Kyle has already put out two EPs on Klockworks, but this release on Ostgut spin-off Unterton may prove surprising. Indeed, opening track "Opto" calls to mind the grainy, analogue trance of Canadian label Wagon Repair from the mid-00s. "Ahora" makes for another unexpected twist, with Kyle using broken beats and dusty sounds to create an offbeat techno track. That said, he also caters to those who want heads-down techno; the title track rides a pulsing bass and ominous synths for a subtle approach, while "Limb" marks a return to the Klockworks aesthetic, as distorted kicks, insistent claps and acid undercurrents bubble to the surface.
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Voices Of Control EP
CRG 003
27 Apr 16
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2nd Limit - (6:47) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Formation - (6:02) 129 BPM
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Side Fx - (6:02) 131 BPM
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Control - (3:39) 156 BPM
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Review: Jorden Hodgetts is the producer behind the Cleric project, but there is nothing pious or precious on offer here. Indeed, the opposite is true and he ends up making an unholy racket. "2nd Limit" revolves around a pounding kick drum and an industrial/EBM-style vocal exhorting the listener to 'let the beat control your body'. "Formation" is even more intense thanks to razor-sharp percussion, stomping drums and bleeding acid lines, while "Side FX" adheres to a similar style thanks to its dark 303s and grungy bass. By the time the listener gets to the static interference and white noise of "Control", it feels like sweet relief.
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Utility
LIVITY 019
15 Apr 16
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Comments Off - (4:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Scido - (4:50) 123 BPM
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Balance - (4:56) 132 BPM
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Sleep Chamber - (5:17) 124 BPM
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Some Cats - (3:09) 109 BPM
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Loops 1 - (4:06) 160 BPM
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Bubbling Under - (5:05) 128 BPM
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A Bluish Shadow - (3:44) 164 BPM
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Shots Fired - (5:42) 126 BPM
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Review: The steady rise of Joe Cowton has been such that Utility, his long-awaited debut album, is arguably one of the most hotly anticipated techno sets of 2016. Happily, it's a fine set, brilliantly showcasing his instinctive way with booming, stripped-back drum patterns, sparse textures, and alien electronics. While there are forays into more house leaning pastures - see the dreamy, metallic shuffle of "Scido" - and cascading ambience ("Some Cats" and "A Bluish Shadow"), it's naturally the album's more bombastic, club-ready stompers that really stand out. These include two subtle reinventions of early British bleep techno ("Balance" and "Shots Fired") that aptly showcase the London-based producer's Northern roots.
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Modular Baptism
ELV 42
22 Apr 16
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Modular Baptism (continuous DJ mix) - (1:33:58) 125 BPM
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Now Or Never - (6:31) 125 BPM
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Vangelism - (7:25) 125 BPM
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Irrigate - (7:56) 124 BPM
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Modular Baptism - (8:09) 126 BPM
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Growler - (7:18) 125 BPM
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The Saint - (8:12) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funk Of The Moog - (7:00) 126 BPM
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On The Way To Holland - (8:28) 126 BPM
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Passage To Israel - (7:07) 126 BPM
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Acid Bath - (6:51) 126 BPM
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Fungus - (7:48) 125 BPM
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Stella - (8:15) 126 BPM
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Silk - (8:07) 126 BPM
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Let Go - (8:54) 124 BPM
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Played by: Pig & Dan
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Emerald Tunnel
TIEF 009
07 Mar 16
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Emerald Tunnel (Efdemin remix) - (5:30) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Caves Of Steel - (6:34) 128 BPM
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Emerald Tunnel - (7:31) 127 BPM
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Squadra Quadra
BK 015
11 Mar 16
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Quadra Sette - (6:25) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Quadra Nove - (5:54) 130 BPM
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Review: Italian techno doyen Donato Dozzy has long been a favourite at New York club The Bunker, and now he makes an appearance on the club's label. Staying true to the trance-led aesthetic that informs everything he does, "Quadra Sette" is a layered, dense affair, ebbing and flowing over limber break beats. "Quadra Nove" meanwhile is harder and more direct. Designed for the peak-time, it sees the affable artist lay down gnawing tonal bleeps, haunted synth lines and relentless percussive ticks. The end result is reminiscent of Mike Parker getting down with Richie Hawtin's FUSE project and makes for captivating listening.
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Paradygm Shift Vol 1
DKMNTL 031
04 Mar 16
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Form - (7:20) 126 BPM
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Lockers - (5:06) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The recruitment of Robert Hood is a sign of Dekmantel's growing stature as a label. The Detroit legend has agreed to release a trio of EPs and an album under the Paradigm Shift banner, a project title designed to reflect the producer's desire to see great change within dance music. This first EP is classic Hood, with A-side "Form" - all effects-laden drums, looped-up textures, hissing cymbals and cacophonous kick-drums - sounding like no-one else. Flipside "Lockers" follows a similar script, though there's a little more house-influenced funk to the relentless beats, while Hood's use of starburst riffs and classic Motor City electronics adds a sense of far-sighted adventure..
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Ardent
SA 027
01 Apr 16
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Kangding Ray - "Ardent" - (8:52) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rrose - "Swallows" - (8:16) 150 BPM
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Review: The latest single from Lucy's Stroboscopic Artefacts label pits two heavyweights of modern electronics against each other in Kangding Ray and Rrose. The pair may possess strong associations with Raster Noton and Sandwell District respectively, but they've become increasingly part of the Stroboscopic family in the past few years. Ray takes the lead with title track "Ardent" and it's a chance for him to engage in a style of epic techno away from the more conceptual bent of his output for Raster Noton. There's a sensation of magnitude to Rrose's "Swallows" that is apparent as soon as the music begins to swell upwards from the depths of the channels and unfurls into some eight minutes of waveforms that that multiply and disintegrate with a real elegance. Oh to hear this one on an appropriate soundsystem.
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The Invisible Man EP
MONNOM 009
04 Apr 16
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The Wonk - (5:58) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Invisible Man - (5:51) 133 BPM
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Wir Leben FArr Die Nacht - (6:02) 133 BPM
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The Bounce - (5:57) 131 BPM
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Surrender (feat Cat Yen) - (2:24) 134 BPM
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Review: The latest release on Monnom Black sees its owner deliver a killer 90s-inspired release. "The Wonk" and "The Bounce" set the tone for the rest of the EP, albeit in a slightly more restrained form. Dark stabs and sirens cutting through the smoky fog hint at a lost-it post-rave sound. This really comes to fruition on the title track and the curiously titled "Wir Leben Farr Die Nacht" (possibly a reference to Joe Farr). On both occasions, powerful, rolling basslines, pounding kick drums and bullet ricochet percussion recall the glory days of Frankfurt Trax. Even though the vocal sample on the latter is tongue in cheek, there is no escaping the slightly sinister specter that Dax J conjures up.
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Ructions
RUKUS 002
25 Apr 16
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Smoke & Mirrors - (3:22) 138 BPM
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Drifting - (8:35) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Back 2 Bass - (7:13) 124 BPM
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Harcourt Street - (8:36) 120 BPM
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Inceptions - (6:30) 123 BPM
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Klout & Bones - (6:52) 121 BPM
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The Enemy (feat Felix Da Housecat) - (6:33) 122 BPM
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Remember - (8:23) 124 BPM
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Stanleys - (7:21) 124 BPM
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Rizzle - (4:23) 124 BPM
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The Resort - (6:26) 123 BPM
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Strings For Life - (6:08) 120 BPM
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Review: After a string of high-profile releases for Richie Hawtin's Minus, Gavin Lynch aka Matador delivers a new album for Ruckus. It sounds like the Irish producer has matured as a producer. At times, Ructions seethes with an understated menace. This is evident on "Drifting", a drawn out groove with menacing bass pulsing underneath. "Back 2 Bass" follows a similar trajectory, augmented by a repetitive vocal sample and sirens firing off into the ether. There is still a lot of big-room style tracks - just check the ominous "Inceptions" and the heads-down pulses "Klout & Bones" - but this album works best when Lynch explores unexpected directions, like the subtle, sub-aquatic house of "Harcourt Street".
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Zehn/Sieben
OSTGUTLP 2007D
15 Apr 16
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Martyn - "Jah Bedouin" - (7:36) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Atoma/Tobias - "Physik E7532" - (5:42) 125 BPM
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Planetary Assault Systems - "Hama Static" - (5:16) 128 BPM
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Review: If the Acht release accommodates Panorama Bar's house sensibilities, then Sieben is sure to be played out on Berghain's main floor. That said, the seventh release in Ostgut's 10-strong series starts with Martyn in reflective mood. With its loose, tribal drums, ponderous vocal and dubby chords, "Jah Bedouin" could be the Dutch producer's own version of Bandulu's distinctive techno. Tobias and Atoma soon pick up the pace though, and their "Physik E7532" fuses steely claps and clanging rhythms with grimy acid lines. Luke Slater ramps up the intensity levels further with Planetary Assault System's "Hama Static", a bleep-heavy banger that will drill its way into your cranium.
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Frozen Room
SOMA 450D
19 Feb 16
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Frozen Room - (6:12) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Frozen Room (Christian Wunsch remix) - (5:33) 130 BPM
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Immersion - (7:02) 129 BPM
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Nonuser
TOKEN 60D
15 Apr 16
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Vocabulary - (5:56) 132 BPM
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Nonuser - (6:12) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Wave - (6:54) 132 BPM
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Review: Token has been home to all of CTRLS work since he appeared in 2012, and Nonuser solidifies what has been a very fruitful relationship. The follow up to 2015's Users (it's not hard to see a pattern emerging), it starts with "Vocabulary". Tight, steely rhythms provide a basis for bleak synths that break and burst like grey waves against a harbour wall. The title track is more of a heads-down affair, as the Danish producer realises his vision for looped techno, albeit one where razor sharp hats and a bleating siren cut through the dense rhythms. Finally, there's a deeper track, "The Wave". Based on a dense, percussive groove, those incremental progressions up and down the melody scale that will set spines tingling.
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Thin Air
116 DSR
15 Apr 16
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Thin Air - (7:30) 130 BPM
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I Repeat - (6:10) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All Out - (8:03) 128 BPM
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Waybackmachine - (5:56) 130 BPM
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Review: A Made Up Sound man Dave Huismans is not messing around on this 12", his first outing on Delsin for six years. Opener "Thin Air" may contain creepy melodies, strange samples and curious orchestral samples, but these largely play second fiddle to a booming techno rhythm. "All Out" and "Waybackmachine" also hit home hard, with trademark rhythmic madness and densely layered chords combining to create two hectic and intense broken techno smashers. Even the EP's most laidback moment, the noticeably deeper "I Repeat", owes its' power to a surging sub-bass line and some snappy post-dubstep rhythms, rather than its' faintly unsettling electronics and melancholic musical elements.
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Art Of War EP
REKIDS 085
05 Feb 16
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Troop - (5:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Sum - (6:36) 122 BPM
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Troop (Galcher Lustwerk remix) - (7:25) 124 BPM
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Review: Rekids' first 12" of 2016 comes from a previously untapped talent, Berlin-based producer Peggy Gou. The South Korea-born DJ/producer's sound has been influenced, in part at least, by that of her mentors and piano tutors Nu Guinea (a duo whose releases for Early Sounds have been superb). Certainly, you can hear their tropical take on deep house in opener "Troop", whose Afro-influenced beats combine brilliantly with Gou's humid melodies and beautiful chords. She flips the script slightly on "In Sum", where spacey, Detroit-influenced electronics envelop a snappy deep house rhythm. A fine debut EP is brought to a close by Galcher Lustwerk's remix of "Troop", which takes the track further towards Detroit techno territory via deep space electronics and cymbal-heavy beats.
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Penultimate
BNR 154D
22 Apr 16
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The Opener - (6:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Middeler - (6:51) 132 BPM
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Penultimate - (5:52) 129 BPM
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Penultimate (Housemeister remix) - (4:57) 129 BPM
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The Opener (Jensen Interceptor remix) - (6:34) 127 BPM
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Search Deep Inside Yourself
BP 044
28 Mar 16
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Search - (6:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Deep - (5:53) 128 BPM
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Inside - (6:46) 128 BPM
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Yourself - (6:01) 128 BPM
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Review: To commence their 20th birthday celebrations, British techno imprint Blueprint has naturally turned to some of their pals for fresh material. Thus, we get Search Deep Inside Yourself, Surgeon's first appearance on James Ruskin's imprint for 19 years. The Birmingham producer naturally rises to the occasion, surging between metallic loop-jams ("Inside"), bleep-heavy broken techno brilliance ("Deep"), and surprisingly warm, tribal-enthused techno anthems ("Search"). Arguably best of all, though, is closer "Yourself", which sounds like Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams" after 20 years on crack, several spells in jail, and a brutal gang beating. Sure, there are few surprises, but when does Surgeon ever disappoint? You know the drill.
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Klub Psycho
RR 082
11 Mar 16
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Klub Psycho - (7:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Black Age - (5:52) 118 BPM
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Black Age (The Hacker remix) - (5:25) 118 BPM
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Klub Psycho (Joe Spurgeon remix) - (6:27) 127 BPM
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Review: This is Mondowski's second appearance on Robi Insinna's Relish label, and it appears that he is fitting in well with the in-house sound. The title track is percolating disco juggernaut, shimmering with percolating electronics and arpeggiations. It is remixed by Joe Spurgeon and turned into a pared back widescreen epic. "Black Age' is even cooler though - all gothy EBM grooves and loops that are given a stark dressing down courtesy of the legendary techno hero The Hacker. Moody beats are here!
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Lumiere Noire 03 EP
97684
15 Apr 16
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Dog Is Calling You - (7:06) 121 BPM
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Papa En Roy - (7:18) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Asesino Psicotico - (6:55) 119 BPM
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Dog Is Calling You (Die Wilde Jagd remix) - (7:12) 121 BPM
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Split EP 3
COT 015
22 Apr 16
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Endlec - "Cyclo" - (7:07) 134 BPM
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Endlec - "Nycto" - (7:00) 134 BPM
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Euskalraver - "Offset Mode" - (6:34) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Euskalraver - "Unestable Motion" - (6:15) 89 BPM
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Review: The latest release on Arnaud Le Texier's label sees Endlec partner up with newcomer Euskalraver for some devastating results. First up it's Endlec; "Cyclo" is a pulsing techno groove daubed in layers of grimy textures, while on "Nycto", he goes for a more extreme approach; the drums and rhythm are more abrasive and visceral, with rusty acid globules dripping over these backing elements. Despite it being Euskalraver's debut outing, he impresses greatly; "Offset Mode" is a hypnotic, tunnelling track in the finest Sandwell District fashion, while "Unestable Motion" is a bleep-heavy groove, the 303s bubbling over robotic drums.
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Petropolis
MOBILEE 162
11 Mar 16
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Petropolis - (8:16) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Capitelle - (8:01) 123 BPM
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Sulfuric State - (8:58) 122 BPM
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Cily - (7:20) 123 BPM
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Review: Olivier Mateu has had a long association with Mobilee and on Petropolis, he shows why he is such a valued artist. "Cily", with its chiming chords and flowing groove, is redolent of much of the label's deeper output, but he delves into less well-known territories on "Sulfuric State". There, eerie synths and dank 303 lines collide for an atmospheric trip through the outer regions of deep house. However, it's on the title track and "Capitelle" where Mateu really surprises. Tonal bleeps, twitchy drums and growling bass all combine to make for some of the darkest underground house this side of Nu Groove.
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Dippina Side
HOTC 076
22 Apr 16
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Dippina Side - (7:03) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dippina Side (Joseph Capriati remix) - (6:56) 125 BPM
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Owls & Toucans (feat Haiku 575) - (7:42) 125 BPM
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Played by: Paul Oakenfold
Review: Riva Starr's back everyone: look out! Our favourite Italian tech house prankster appears again on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' esteemed Hot Creations imprint and it's tech house that's as punchy and as funky as you like it. "Dippina Side" is the kind of rolling main room groove for hedonists that'd make a Gruuv or Saved record pale in comparison. The remix by Neapolitan techno hero Joseph Capriati isn't as ferocious as you'd think, but definitely tougher with some big druggy breakdowns. Finally "Owls & Toucans (feat Haiku 575)" features some sexy and exotic Latin flair with those steel drums but then that adrenalised bump and shuffle comes rushing in complete with wacky synth lead and pitch shifted vocals; all the good stuff!
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In Absentia/Tome 1
DSRC 7
29 Apr 16
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In Absentia (feat PVNV) - (5:25) 127 BPM
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Escape From The Void - (6:13) 128 BPM
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Poison River - (5:58) 128 BPM
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Escape From The Poison River (Artefakt Collage) - (7:04) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Since debuting on his Taapion Records imprint back in 2013, Shlomo has delivered a succession of quietly impressive, abstract techno EPs. The Delsin crew were clearly fans, as they've asked him to deliver a series of 12" singles under the In Absentia title. This first 'tome' opens with the icy techno throb of PVNV hook-up "In Absentia", before diving headfirst into darker waters via the rubbery electronics, hushed textures and relentless bottom-end thump of "Escape From The Void". There's a strangely grandiose feel to "Poison River", where dub techno style sonic textures ride a thunderous techno groove. A fine EP reaches its' conclusion with Artefakt's hustling, slow-burn remix of the same track.
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Phalanx
HFT 046
01 Apr 16
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Phalanx - (5:07) 120 BPM
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Warg - (7:01) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The master of dark journey tracks known as Recondite returns, this time for Scuba's esteemed Hotflush imprint. The sombre and doomy vibes of the title track are a bit more restrained than Lorenz Brunner's usual tracks but just as foreboding with those now trademark 'wonky' melodies which truly work a treat. "Warg" on the flip has a bit more momentum and definitely more elements incorporated into its sound. It's funky, in a brooding way of course; with another epic melody for some seriously dramatic dancefloor moments that he's known for.
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Stowaway
TPTCD 007
15 Apr 16
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Chemical Kenny - (4:10) 119 BPM
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Blackwater - (4:55) 132 BPM
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Poldark - (6:37) 132 BPM
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Stowaway - (5:10) 133 BPM
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The Pain Train - (8:08) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Back Alley Sally - (3:20) 87 BPM
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Grave Digger Figure - (6:23) 135 BPM
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Vyken - (5:52) 132 BPM
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Snake Eyes - (6:49) 134 BPM
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Bad Blood - (5:26) 131 BPM
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Ben Sims Presents Ron Bacardi
BCR 047
22 Jan 16
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Rock Your Body - (8:00) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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First Effort - (6:02) 124 BPM
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The Money - (6:08) 126 BPM
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Review: Ben Sims on D'julz' Bass Culture imprint? You better believe it! The Hardgroove head honcho and all round techno legend delivers three cuts of bangin' and dusty house that's full of attitude under his new Ron Bacardi alias. "Rock Your Body" features massive drums and a cavernous bassline this side of Shed or Special Request plus mysterious, crooning vocals; it's wicked! "First Effort" is jacking, funky and a downright loopy workout reminiscent of classic DJ Sneak. "The Money" is more like the Sims we know on this tough and tribal DJ tool that delivers all the funk and 'oomph!' so typical of his sound.
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John Digweed: Live In Montreal (unmixed tracks)
BEDMONTCD
26 Feb 16
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Various - "John Digweed" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:12:12) 114 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:17:06) 117 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed" (continuous DJ mix 3) - (1:12:35) 120 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed" (continuous DJ mix 4) - (1:18:25) 122 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed" (continuous DJ mix 5) - (1:17:50) 124 BPM
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Various - "John Digweed" (continuous DJ mix 6) - (1:17:38) 124 BPM
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Induction - "Epitrachelion" - (3:14) 129 BPM
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Mohlao - "Neurowaves" - (6:20) 84 BPM
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Esteban Adame - "Rise & Shine" - (3:59) 146 BPM
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Recondite - "Tame" - (4:34) 107 BPM
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Christerk - "Snowhaze" - (5:14) 110 BPM
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Jemil Deep - "About Drugs" (Dejvid remix) - (6:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Recondite - "Baro" - (5:55) 120 BPM
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Alek S - "It's All Good" - (6:51) 117 BPM
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The Unhottest - "For Sale" - (8:51) 120 BPM
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Mr Dello - "All That Matters" - (6:56) 118 BPM
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Patrick Chardronnet - "Slowmo" - (8:30) 54 BPM
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Wayne Duggan - "Experiment 1" (Matthias Meyer/Patlac remix) - (7:19) 121 BPM
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Recondite - "Undulate" (Lawrence dub version) - (6:34) 124 BPM
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Sei A - "You Can Bring" - (6:06) 127 BPM
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Simoncino - "Dub Theory I" - (6:15) 125 BPM
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Ed Ed - "Monti" - (7:10) 119 BPM
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The Unhottest - "Job Lose" - (8:25) 122 BPM
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Dovim - "Ectoderm" - (7:18) 123 BPM
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Smash Tv - "Cascadia" - (7:37) 120 BPM
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Ashworth - "Braun" - (5:44) 124 BPM
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Smash Tv - "God Key" - (8:18) 121 BPM
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Tigerskin - "This Place Is Empty Without You" - (8:25) 116 BPM
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Dovim - "The WOW Signal" - (7:23) 123 BPM
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Ulf Bonde - "Blossom For Me" - (6:19) 120 BPM
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Whitesquare - "Daylight" - (10:06) 123 BPM
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Of Norway - "Love Is Over" (Terje Saether remix) - (7:32) 123 BPM
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Moonwalk - "Breath" - (7:08) 122 BPM
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H2 - "What Is" (AFFKT remix) - (8:08) 124 BPM
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Def Mike - "Come Right Here" - (6:57) 123 BPM
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Toni Varga/De La Swing - "Black Train" (Darlyn Vlys/HearThuG Rework) - (6:25) 123 BPM
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Martin Eyerer - "The Rolls" (Funk D'Void remix) - (6:06) 123 BPM
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Nuiton - "Way Out" - (7:09) 121 BPM
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Raw District - "Within Our Gates" - (6:49) 122 BPM
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Simon Garcia - "A Hot Drink In The Desert" - (7:31) 122 BPM
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Nick Curly - "Reverie" - (7:07) 126 BPM
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Leonardo Gonnelli - "Tonada" (No Asking dub) - (7:58) 123 BPM
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Scan Mode - "Panama Jaxx 1.1" - (4:28) 118 BPM
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Nuiton - "Flashback" - (8:42) 125 BPM
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Martin Landsky - "I'm A Bitch" - (6:57) 124 BPM
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Timid Boy - "Shout Him" (Stacey Pullen remix) - (8:08) 126 BPM
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Clarian - "Fear And Self Loathing" (Hunter/Game remix) - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Hunzed/Harvey - "Cala Salada" (David Mayer remix) - (7:53) 123 BPM
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Damian Lazarus/The Ancient Moons - "We Will Return" (Joeski dub) - (6:28) 123 BPM
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Bedrock - "Santiago" (Joeski remix) - (6:28) 123 BPM
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Andre Lodemann - "Leaving The Comfort Zone" - (8:34) 123 BPM
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Mita Mita - "Wishing To Receive" - (6:27) 125 BPM
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Eagles/Butterflies - "Fireworks" - (8:30) 122 BPM
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Blond:ish - "Inner Jungle" - (7:29) 122 BPM
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HVOB - "Tender Skin" (DJ Tennis remix) - (8:59) 120 BPM
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HOSH - "Cilantro" - (9:11) 122 BPM
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Clarian - "Absence" - (5:42) 120 BPM
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Joop Junior - "Sofie_Lucie" - (9:52) 124 BPM
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Lee Van Dowski - "Quasar27.3" - (9:40) 124 BPM
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Remcord - "Saed" (Ramon Tapia Deep Space remix) - (8:18) 124 BPM
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Eagles/Butterflies - "Moonlight" - (8:04) 120 BPM
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Tigerskin - "Hippies" - (7:05) 124 BPM
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Lee Van Dowski - "If Only Jack Was Here" - (10:39) 122 BPM
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Simon Garcia - "Ataraxia" - (8:00) 121 BPM
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Noir - "LumiArre Sombre" - (7:35) 123 BPM
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Clarian - "Fear & Self Loathing" (Christian Burkhardt 'Vegas' remix) - (7:05) 125 BPM
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Popof - "Serenity" (Noob remix) - (7:04) 127 BPM
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Joseph Capriati - "Fratello" (Dubfire remix) - (8:56) 124 BPM
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Bedrock - "Emerald" (Bog remix) - (8:15) 122 BPM
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DJ Dozia - "Pop Culture" (Joris Voorn remix) - (6:44) 126 BPM
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Dave Angel - "Scorpion" - (7:48) 125 BPM
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Mike Griego - "Sofia" (Guy Mantzur Secret mix) - (7:35) 123 BPM
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Frankey/Sandrino - "Acamar" - (8:20) 120 BPM
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Eric Volta/Gaika - "Until I Dissolve" (Deetron remix) - (7:12) 126 BPM
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Agoria - "Independence" (Stephan Barnem remix) - (9:05) 124 BPM
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KiNK - "Cloud Generator" - (7:10) 125 BPM
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Pan Pot/Martin Eyerer/Abby - "Muddy Waters" - (7:47) 124 BPM
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Eagles/Butterflies - "Murder Was The Bass" - (6:50) 124 BPM
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3 Channels - "Alphabetti Spaghetti" - (6:55) 125 BPM
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Adam Beyer - "What You Need" - (6:41) 125 BPM
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Played by: Domshe
Review: The boss is back! The legendary UK pioneer and Bedrock head honcho gives us a live set from Canada's second city, complete with crowd noise. Digweed's knack for sniffing out the most cutting edge progressive and tech house grooves is second to none and you can bet that this set is chock block full of narrative, innovative grooves: one journey you'll never forget! Featuring contributions from Germany's Recondite ("Tame"/"Baro"), Glasgow's Sei A ("You Can Bring"), Berlin's Smash TV ("Cascadia"/"God Key") and Los Angeles' Eagles & Butterflies amongst a host of other big names. Also comes as six continuous mixes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
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Soma Track Series Vol 2
SOMA 454D
01 Apr 16
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Take You There - (9:02) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: JAK
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XTC
PAMPA 024
19 Jun 15
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XTC - (8:19) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Knee On Belly - (6:05) 122 BPM
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Review: Ah, it's finally the summer and where would we be without a DJ Koze record to accompany those long, open-air parties? The title track is a lush, string-filled affair that chugs along slowly. It's made all the more trippy by a female vocal whose narrative begins with the claim that 'everyone is experimenting with ecstasy' and who goes on to talk about lies and meditation. If that sounds too cosmic for you, then we recommend that you check out "Knee on Belly". It could be the German artist's version of '90s disco house, but realized against a gentle minimal house backdrop.
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Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Present Borderland: Transport
TRESOR 285
29 Apr 16
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Transport - (7:28) 128 BPM
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Lightyears - (6:07) 128 BPM
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Odyssey - (7:27) 120 BPM
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Riod - (9:14) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Merkur - (4:09) 128 BPM
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2600 - (6:44) 125 BPM
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Zeolites - (10:30) 127 BPM
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Review: To coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Berlin club Tresor, Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald have released a second album together. It begins in ominous mode, with the title track's brooding bass tones casting a long, dark shadow, but the pair soon find a way to break away from the gloom with the mesmerising chords and heavy rhythm of "Lightyears" and the wonderfully spacey Detroit techno of "Riod". Both "Odyssey" and "Merkur" push the tempo back down but keep an emphasis on hypnotic, woozy textures, snappy drums and jazzy tones, while "2600" shows that Van Oswald hasn't lost his ability to craft dub-heavy, dreamy techno.
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Second Skin EP
POLEGROUP 037
11 Mar 16
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Second Skin (original mix) - (6:24) 83 BPM
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Second Skin (Architectural remix) - (5:41) 123 BPM
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Second Skin (Architectural Digital Bonus remix) - (5:53) 123 BPM
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Rotar (original mix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
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Rotar (Tensal remix) - (6:06) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rotar (Tensal Digital Bonus remix) - (6:36) 127 BPM
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Played by: S-File, JAK, Resident Advisor
Review: Spanish techno veteran Oscar Mulero goes deeper than usual on Second Skin. The title track is underpinned by a typical Mulero stepping rhythm, but has he added feature of chords flowing and churning overhead. In a similar vein is "Rotar". Based on a straighter arrangement, firing percussion and a rumbling groove underpin synths that soar and swoop like autumn leaves in the wind. The mood changes for the darker with the remixes. Architectural's two versions of the title track are characterised by jagged percussion and intense acid burns, while Tensal's takes on "Rotar" are spring-loaded with churning filters and tough kicks.
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Klockworks 18
KW 18
15 Apr 16
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Drift - (7:10) 124 BPM
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Magnetic - (5:51) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mirage - (5:23) 132 BPM
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Industry Steal Vol 2
LIES 068
15 Apr 16
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Tepco Cunts - (5:28) 123 BPM
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Womenas Facility (Conjugal mix) - (6:01) 120 BPM
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Avoid Romance - (5:15) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dont Stop No Sleep
NONPLUS 033
04 Dec 15
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Dont Stop No Sleep (Robert Hood remix) - (6:44) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dont Stop No Sleep (Tale Of Us remix) - (7:30) 128 BPM
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Dont Stop No SLeep (Roman Poncet & DJ Deep remix) - (6:51) 130 BPM
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Identity Matrix EP
DREF 029
29 Mar 16
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Elements - (5:40) 129 BPM
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Mirror Image - (6:59) 137 BPM
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Base Point - (5:06) 131 BPM
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Identity Matrix - (7:25) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fernweh (Remixes Two)
KA 170
11 Dec 15
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Fernweh (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (6:03) 130 BPM
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Neutron (dub) - (4:28) 127 BPM
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Fernweh (Downpitch) - (7:30) 130 BPM
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Shimmer (Steve Rachmad remix) - (4:38) 126 BPM
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Neutron (Yan Cook remix) - (5:22) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shimmer (Steve Rachmad Basic mix) - (4:04) 126 BPM
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Played by: Josh Wink
Review: Following on from the first remix collection of tracks from last year's Fernweh album, Laux calls out an impressive list of remixers for the second edition. Marcel Dettmann gets to grips with the title track, making an impressive fusion of an electronic bass pulse and tough, steely drums. At the other end of the spectrum is Steve Rachmad's takes on "Shimmer". The first version keeps the focus on the dance floor thanks to a robust drum workout, but it's the 'Basic' remix that impresses most thanks to its reflective synths. New school producer Yan Cook also drops a fine, stepping interpretation of "Neutron".
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