To celebrate ten years since the release of their classic album, Booka Shade announce Movements 10. The German duo comprised of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier are known for the seminal minimal and electro-house cuts over the mid to late noughties that defined a sub-genre, alongside their Get Physical alumni M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T. Timeless classics they're responsible for, such as "Body Language", In White Rooms" and "Mandarine Girl" are all here and remastered for your listening pleasure. Not to mention a collection of fine remixes by a who's who in the current tech house climate. Our favourites weren't limited to: "Lost High" remixed by NYC legend Dennis Ferrer, Swiss hi-tech soul merchant Deetron delivering an absolutely infectious rendition of the aforementioned "Mandarine Girl" and Geordie producer Patrick Topping delivering a very 2016 style makeover of "Night Falls"
Kevin McAuley is certainly affiliated with a generation of pioneering UK Bass producers who have since moved into the techno realm. With previous releases on Hemlock, Hessle Audio and Hotflush, his origins have definitely remained a strong aspect of his style ever since. On the In Drum Play LP, he can be heard dabbling in obtuse and disjointed low end theories such as on "Bulb In Zinc" or "Let It In" while there are some inventive takes on techno; such as on the dynamic opener "Rotor Soap" or the adrenalised stomper "More Is More To Burn". For us, the highlights were "One By One" (where his take on breakbeat techno would make the likes Shed or Stenny stand up and notice) and the oddball body basher "Skips Desk".
Italy's Andrea is now a trusted member of the Ilian Tape collective, having only released for the German label thus far. But, why would he go elsewhere? These guys are on fire, and releasing some of the most interesting shades of industrial 4/4 these days. This is his fourth single for the throng, and "Floating" starts off with a beatless, wide-eyed landscape of soft pads to introduce the twisted, shifting, break-driven tech of "Timed". "Queue A" is a driving pile of rusty kick drums and oceanic pads that head into the deeper end of the techno sphere, while "22:22" goes all-out on the jungle patterns with its broken groove that recalls the likes of LTJ Bukem or Dego at their more pacy moods. A killer of an EP!
Italian producer Fango returns with more vicious and downright oddball grooves for the third installment in his Viscera series. Starting out with the haunting vibes and suspenseful strings of the punk-funk journey "Amnios, he then gets stuck into "Medulla'. On this dramatic number there's more huge orchestrations on offer complete with a tough beat, sounding like an action scene from a film soundtrack. Finally "Metacarpo" sees him throw down jagged and angular industrial techno which has seen him win the adoration of DJs like Marcel Dettmann in recent times.
If you're looking for Brooks Mosher, you'll find him Here. It's the Cinematic 74 producer's first release under his own name since 2014's Don't Say Goodbye - which was also released by Dolly - and contains four more club-ready cuts. While there's something undeniably forthright and off-kilter about the hard-edged, Italo-style arpeggio lines, creepy synths and snappy drums of "Entrenched', the rest of the E.P is far groovier and hazier. He's something of an expert at crafting analogue-rich deep house tracks that look to Detroit futurism for inspiration, as can be heard on the stellar "Gordito" and sweltering "Airwaves". The more robust and gently sweaty "No Place You'd Rather Be", is also rather fine.
How one appropriates themselves is allegedly what Guy Brewer looked inwards and asked himself regarding his current penchant for techno and experimental music and covering up a somewhat secretive past as part of drum and bass duo Commix. The Appropriation Stories LP addresses this subject head on, for his second full length release on Hospital Productions since 2013's Under A Single Banner. The Berlin based producer conducts experiments merging the worlds of harsh and textural techno (as heard on his respected Avian imprint) with industrial noise mayhem as executed under his Covered In Sand or Alexander Lewis aliases. All in all a compelling listen that provides moments of cerebral listening with adrenalised dancefloor fodder.
Paris' infamous Rex Club release the next volume on their in house series, with Poker Flat boss Steve Bug at the helm on the fittingly titled Rexology EP. Starting off with the deep and hypnotic tech house of "What's Happening", which has one seriously humming bassline that's just perfect for dancefloor dynamics. On the flip, Rotterdam's finest Benny Rodrigues steps up to deliver a typically functional techno remix, with some stomping cyclicality that will surely appeal to DJs. Final offering "Berlinian Rexing" is a very Berlin style dark journey track, with the mandatory wonky bassline and dark atmosphere that will appeal to a wider cross section of DJs.
Having released on imprints like Telrae and Trapez, Reimut Van Bonn set up his own label a few years ago. He has chosen Van Bonn to issue his album Control on, whose title suggests that he wants to do it his own way.Unsurprisingly, the music also has a free-spirited, unpredictable approach. "Into" is a deep, dubby groove, while straight afterwards the German producer channels the sound of early Perlon and even Thomas Brinkmann for the vocal snippet heavy, reduced minimal house of "Papillon". "Undertow" sees Van Bonn pushing towards peak time, as it features a surging, overwhelming bass, while the title track also keeps the audience guessing with its hypnotic, mesmerising dubby chords.
Disclosure is Kassem Mosse's follow up to this 2014 debut long player, Workshop 19. Apart from further cementing the relationship with Honest Jons, it also sees him further pushing his already skewed house sound to the outer limits. "Drift Model" and "Phonenica Wireless" both sound like he took a hammer to the offbeat style on his previous album, while "Stepping on Salt" is just a series of malfunctioning computer blips and bleeps. Mosse finally ventures onto the dance floor with the rickety, haunted minimalism of "Galaxy Series 7", but it's only a temporary divergence and his sense of adventure returns for the broken down rhythm and broken drums of "Collapsing Dual Core".
The lines dividing industrial techno and bass become ever more blurred on this collaboration between Perc and Randomer. The former, whose label Igneous appears on, brings his insanely heavy, sledgehammer drums to the title track, which serve to support Randomer's swung rhythm. On "Breezeblock", the sound is just as intense and even more complex; the drums swing in with the precision of production line robots; the bass is gnarled and twisted and is encased in fizzling, hissing percussive bursts. On "Flooring", it seems like Perc's approach prevails, with the stepping element gone and a focus on distorted kicks and wailing sirens that skate up and down the frequency spectrum like a deranged banshee
Buffalo, NY producer Mike Parker has long been one of techno's most prolific - not to mention consistent - talents. He's released on a multitude of labels over the last decade, and here adds the Voices From The Lake-operated Spazio Disponsible to his stellar discography. He begins in atmospheric fashion, working soft-touch drums and mind-bending electronic motifs on hypnotic opener "Undulating Frequencies", before entering the wonky zone with the sparse, delay-laden rhythm track "Three Golden Heads". He returns to the quietly effective formula explored on "Undulating Frequencies" with the similarly trippy "Invisible Arms", before completing a solid EP with the thunderous kick drums and alien riffs of standout "Two Steps Sweep".
DJs Pareja are an Argentinean duo who have been releasing sporadically on Comeme since the late 00s. For their latest outing on Matias Aguayo's label, they present a variety of styles. "Bwoo" is an acid-heavy roller focused on a central buzzing riff, while "Mad Box" sees the pair edge their way into Helena Hauff territory, as a night bird's shrieks and howls over gnarly 808s and a rumbling rhythm. In stark contrast are "Club De La Locura" and "Alto". The rhythms still swing but they are clean and angular; combined with woozy synths and whooshing sound effects, they round out another diverse release from this unpredictable pair.
Cadans has only a few release to his credit but they have all been on high profile labels like Clone, Tripeo and Balans. For his latest outing the Dutch producer has chosen Darko Esser's label to release his big room sound. "Hollow Funk" is a peak-time, drum-heavy affair with huge percussive bursts and a relentless riff that drills with the intensity of an industrial drill. "Got Woodblock" is deeper and more understated and sees Cadans add submerged chords to his palette but the drums still have an unflinching, militaristic feeling. "Vocal Exercise" sees him mine a buzzing, stripped back approach - as always with an ear for the dance floor - while he rounds off the release with a collaboration with Kracht, the drum-heavy DJ tool, "Papercuts".
Ambition is Surgeon's second EP this year and is a by-product of him using hardware for his live shows. In effect this approach means that he is no longer a DJ but a live act and the material on Bland Ambition comes from this performance route. Despite this re-positioning this latest release is also a return to his roots. Tracks like "Part 2" recalls the frazzled experimental approach of his Basic Tonal Vocabulary debut album while "Part 1" and "Part 3" are tough and dense panel-beating affairs that sear and soar with the same intensity as early Downwards releases. He may have changed the format but Surgeon has not departed from his signature sound.
Despite its title, Wander to Hell is a relatively mellow affair. Issued on Tale of Us' freshly minted label, it sees UK-based producer Vaal conjure up an epic track that basks in the sunlight of melancholic indie and Border Community-style, trance-friendly electronics. To their credit, the label owners are also catering for DJs, and they have commissioned Locked Groove to rework the title track. Accentuating the original version's trance hooks and underpinning them with a pulsing, menacing groove, his take will work on more discerning prog/trance floors. By contrast, Berlin-based house producer Baikal steers "Wander" into a more menacing direction, where eerie woodwind and a pounding bass prevail.
877 Records are a British outfit who specialise in the more bass-heavy end of the tech-house game and, along with labels like Black Butter, these guys are single-handedly taking on the bigger boys like Swamp 81. That's because each one of these EPs is a total killer on the dance floor, and this latest collaborative effort by Allmostt and company is effective and absolutely screaming to get mixed up on a pair of CDJs. "Vowels" sees Allmostt himself drop some snare-driven house on us like a pile of bricks, and this is followed by the more wonky, disjointed groove of "Juice Box", alongside Pelikann. Our man teams up with Lace on "Blendr", and here we have something a little different, a more swamped-out kind house tune that uses its few elements to create a full and penetrating DJ tool, but "WB2" has to be the EPs oddest and most daring tune, where Allmostt and Kodu lay down some utterly filthy vibes that recall the techno of Boddika and Jon Convex. Killah!
Bristol's Don't Be Afraid, proudly helmed by the experienced DJ Semtek, is fast becoming one of our go-to imprints, and is arguably in the running for label of the year. Each new release is more finessed and mature than the next, and Semtek is quickly introducing us to a whole new selection of artists. This time, it's the Dyad duo that make an appearance on the label, and their cold, steely strain of techno is a perfect way to bring in the Autumnal months. Ben Gibson and Fundamental Interaction are the two producers behind this project, and this is the first time that they branch out from their self-titled DYAD imprint. "Illumine" is a fast, kick-driven techno missile with a spiralling set of sonics at its core, while "Oblique" takes a darker, more barren approach to its thumping 4/4; it's one which instantly calls to the warehouse, and the sort of material one drops as the clock hits 5am. Sick.
Kenneth Christiansen's revered dub techno institution celebrates fifteen years of trusted innovation on this superb compilation showcasing the label's esteemed roster of legends. Starting out with the always impressive Stephan Laubner aka STL who surprises as always; this time with the haunting yet bittersweet ambient journey "The Ancient Scale". There's more from masters of the old school such as German producer Arovane and his broken low end theory on "Struktur 1", the deeply rooted resonations of XDB's "Latonal" and Fachwerk main man Mike Dehnert's Maurizio inspired "Track Providing Home" being one of our highlights.
Sven Vath's Frankfurt based powerhouse Cocoon returns with two legends serving up some surefire anthems to close out this year with a big bang. Scottish hi-tech soul merchant Vince Watson appears first with the emotive and elevating "Speaker Freaker", which sees this veteran producer serve up something much more accessible than what fans would be used to, but fantastic all the same. Next up Frankfurter Frank Lorber appears and although usually more known for his tech house stylings, here he takes a cue from fellow homeboys Lauer and Gerd Janson on the retro feelgood vibes of "L'obscure Objet Du Desir".
Famously, Guy Evans has been producing music since the early '90s, though it's only in the last few years that most of it has seen the light of day. Like his previous full-length, Unearthed Trax, sophomore album Concentric Rhythms is also made up of vintage tracks rescued from the archives. There's naturally much to enjoy, from the fuzzy, full-force Detroit techno assault of "Concentric Rhythm", and the glistening, intelligent techno melodiousness of "Through The Galaxy 93", to the balls-out acid onslaught of "Fresh Horizons" and intergalactic D&B madness of "Banzappa Dub". Happily, Hypercolour has also squeezed in "20 96", a 16-minute trip into the furthest parts of the techno galaxy.