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01 Aug 11
Played by: Peter Edison, Shadow Dancer, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, The Undah-Dub, Axer Rouf, Sean Danke, Chris Chambers, Hannah Wild, Gareth Bilaney, Frank Sonic, Carl Taylor
Review: One of Carl Craig's trillion monikers is Paperclip People and here, the Detroit don serves up the 4 My Peepz EP on his own label Planet E, remixed by two of the biggest names in the game: Dubfire and Loco Dice. Pounding, head strong and dirty techno is on the menu and Dubfire's rework of "4 My Peepz", despite its almost hip-hop-esque title, sticks firmly to the underground with its heavy kick drums and whirring sirens. Up "Parking Garage Politics" gets a remix from Loco Dice; minimal and sparse as it is, it's constructed in just the right way as it builds and progresses into a thoroughly hypnotic affair - Juno's pick of the two. Highly recommended stuff.
26 Sep 11
Played by: Sebastian Bayne [if? Records], Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Alkalino, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Cottam, Greencross, Alex Mayer
Review: Some of Carl Craig's most rewarding output has focused on introspection - check Landcruising if you're in any doubt - and he explores this terrain on Just Another Day to devastating effect. "Darkness" is a brooding wash of synths and chords, which rise and ebb spectacularly, while "Sandstorms" and the attendant C2 remix explore the string-soaked builds of his contemporary techno approach, only without the pounding beats. The real highlight however is "Twilight"; starting off as a jazz-tinged ambient composition it flirts with the kind of widescreen emotive melodies Derrick May pioneered on "Icon". Highly recommended.
11 May 13
Played by: Joachim Spieth (Affin)
11 Feb 13
Review: The first release of the year for Hessle Audio sees the long-awaited release of "Raw Code", a live favourite of the sets Peverelist and Kowton perform with fellow Bristolian Asusu as part of Livity Sound. It's been high on the request line for some time, having featured in acetate form on mixes dating as far back as the label showcase for Benji B's Radio 1 show from February of last year, securing it a place on Ben UFO's recent Fabriclive mix. The lead track sports the kind of instantly recognisable string bursts that have characterised Kowton's recent crop of grime influenced techno productions, together with a bouncy yet mechanical groove dominated by weighty sub bass. It comes backed with "Junked", a slower, decidedly more broken production reminiscent of the experimental rhythm tracks present on Pearson Sound's Clutch EP released last year. Essential.
22 Apr 13
Review: Tresor chalk up a whopping 260 releases with Sleeparchive's A Man Dies In The Street Part 1. Roger Semsroth has always constructed dense techno from minimal means: dusty white noise, a handful of bleeps, solid drums and simple sequences melded into new forms by heavy doses of repetition and austere atmospherics created from the waste products of cycling parts. Spooky bleeps only make up the even half of the EP, with "2" dinging endlessly like a quantised but malfunctioning train crossing, while "4" sees Semsroth inject more life into his short wrung tonal bursts. "1" and "3" however are the remit of ringing metrical's, with Sleeparchive seemingly paying homage to Regis' mid '90s style of hard and grubby techno, similar to "He/1" and "He/2".
16 Jan 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Santero, Carl Taylor, Mental Overdrive, Gigi D'amico, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Antonzap, Shadow Dancer, Eddie Niguel Aka Edel, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Techno, Sean Danke, Future Beat Alliance, Enzo Canale, Simonlebon, Things Happen, Ali Tillett (Warm Agency), Jason Hodges, Resident Advisor, Sven Vath
Review: The Versatile main man and one half of Chateau Flight doesn't drop as many singles these days as he used to, but at least when he holds off he can come correct with some firepower for the floor. Sizzling hats and a solid disco beat set the tone for "Transpiration" while the meat of the track comes in the form of a nasty old-skool rave stab. It's a monster tune that should get sweat pouring from anything in a five-mile radius. The title track is a pacey, Italo flavoured cut that seems to intentionally challenge the demonic moniker, while "Jah Menta" opts for a deeper shade of disco. Highly recommended.
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04 Mar 13
Forward Strategy Group - "Nihil Novi" (Michael Cliffe house mix by Dom Factory Floor) - (9:53) 123 BPM
10 Feb 09
Played by: Hrdvsion
10 Sep 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Kid Who, Alkalino, Permanent Vacation, Cottam, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show)
Review: After Hakim Murphy and Ike Release inaugurated the Innerspace Halflife project earlier this year with a sublime debut on the former's Machining Dreams imprint - they now grace Aroy Dee's ever excellent MOS Deep label with a further enthralling journey. Even if the aforementioned Cosmology EP passed you by, you should be familiar enough with the respective solo endeavours of both producers to be suitably excited by "Wind". You won't be disappointed either, with the track unfurling from its icy origins into a monstrous arrangement dominated by the fluctuating acid bassline and razor sharp hi-hats, while the soaring chords that intermittently spread expansively over proceedings add brief moments of Utopian calm amid the relentless jacking pressure. This is complemented by a solo Ike Release cut in the shape of "Phazzled" which adopts a more atmospheric tone as ever present clouds of analogue fx add a hazy sensation to the strident drum programming and woozy chord arrangements - quite aptly described by MOS Deep as "classicist house with a future perspective".
06 May 13
Review: Ike Release returns to Holland's MOS Deep under his own alias, and with it comes a gorgeous three-tracker filled with enough analogue grit to have you crunching away on those low-bit drum shots. "Cosmic Supreme" is so gritty in substance that it literally feels like house soundtrack to Blade Runner, bringing forth one monster of a bassline and some squelching, rave-fuelled synth jerks. "Spells" is similarly sublime, but this time uses acid as the main ingredient of the cocktail, while "Westview" takes care of the deepness, where its aqueous chords glide frantically across time and space only to leave one with a warm, longing feeling of more music from Ike. Recommended.
11 Mar 13
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Played by: DJ Bone
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Review: The latest edition of the Singularity series sees LAG delivering a relentless hard techno release. Thankfully, it does not follow the linear, banging approach; "Applied Mechanics" revolves around a pounding industrial rhythm, but buried deep inside the arrangement is a lone vocal sample. "Proving Grounds" is also cut from a similar cloth and its clanging drums house a bleating riff and this time a meaner vocal. "The Snarl" sees LAG depart from straight 4/4s and its loose chain mail percussion, coupled with a stepping rhythm has echoes of Traversable Wormhole. Voidloss delivers two remixes of "Applied Mechanics", which are hewn from crashing metallic drums and paranoid sounds.
18 Mar 13
11 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: Toby Leeming aka The Third Man provides a taster of what we can expect from his album Beyond The Heliosphere, due out in May, with the Double Dawn EP on the EPM label. Leeming's production style is somewhat reminiscent of classic Dan Curtin in prioritising melodies but also has a rough and ready touch, yet Leeming is far more linear in his approach, as characterised on the title track. The grandiose swaggering way Leeming utilises his melody lines over the noisy, acid blotted bassline ensure your attentions remain elsewhere though! EPM excel themselves in procuring remixes from the superb John Heckle and Claro Intelecto, with the former's typically intensity complemented by the latter's spiky metallic rhythms.
19 Mar 12
Review: John Matze and Chris Callahan are the unsung heroes of underground electronic music, and as Photic Zone shows, they impress most when operating in the grey area between electro and techno. The title track is reminiscent of Convextion as emotive synths swell over angular rhythms and tight drums, but this release shows that the duo aren't content to follow other producers. "Electric Trees" features more robotic break beats, but they sound muted as a fluid, sensuous bass and dreamy pads make for a more introspective sound. "Galx" meanwhile sees them veer into techno territories, as a dubby groove and warbling acid provide the backdrop for subtle vocal samples and lithe broken beats.
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08 Apr 13
Review: The father and son team Rick and Tevo Howard has dropped some joint classics in recent years and it's nice to see them back together on wax courtesy of the Bio Rhythm label. Overseen by Paul Du Lac, the Dutch imprint demonstrated impressive form in its short life to date, calling on Jamal Moss, Albert Van Abbe and Crystal Maze for some excellent releases. The House Room EP has Rick and Tevo dropping an original cut that brings back the warm feeling of those early Beautiful Granville releases, whilst Du Lac gets the chance to show off his own production prowess across two remixes with the latter Acid Dub a real jack hammering joy.
06 May 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House
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17 May 13
Played by: Darkmode
26 Jan 13
03 Aug 12
Played by: Jt86
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22 Apr 13
Review: Sometimes a straightforward approach is the best and the Kamikaze Space Programme version of "Ray's House" shows that this is true. Based around a jacking rhythm and a repetitive vocal sample, these two elements are more effective than a truck full of 'advanced sound design' techno. The Unbalance version is also straightforward; opting for a stepping rhythm, its shaking percussion and reflective vocal samples make for an accomplished deeper take. At the other end of the spectrum is Mattias Fridell's version of "Section Zero". Remaining true to his production form, he unleashes a thumping, rolling groove littered with spaced out chords. Finally, the Ness take on "Vaporized" uses chiming bells and a pulsing bass to create a Sandwell-esque experience.
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