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11 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Spec., Alkalino, Juno Recommends Techno, Simonlebon, Menorah, Resident Advisor, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Larssen, Jt86, Eats Everything, Dapayk Solo
Review: The Boddika-helmed Nonplus unveil Think & Change, the label's first compilation and what a way to mark such an event. Calling on a cast of the great and the good of contemporary techno and bass music, Think & Change arrives sporting some thirteen tracks, a statement of how far Nonplus has come since its emergence in 2009 as an outlet for the Autonomic family of artists, gradually mutating into a more wide ranging approach, with material from Actress, Kassem Mosse and Basic Soul Unit ensuring a reputation as one of the most respected labels in the bass music diaspora. The highlights on this compilation are many, but you should be checking Four Tet's contribution "For These Times" (easily his best, least fussy club track to date) "Bad Chicago" from Martyn, and Kassem Mosse's excellent "Broken Patterns".
11 Mar 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick, Joseph Capriati, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Pan-Pot, Brisboys, Jay Lumen, Karotte, Tom Wax
Review: Paganini drops a heavy, functional EP for Sven Vath's label. The title track sets the tone for the release, a dark, slamming affair characterised by heavy, concrete beats and hissing percussion. A similar approach applies on "Fire In My Arms", but here the central riff drones like a strike craft moving in to drop its deadly payload.
"Polyester" is more straightforward, as a rolling groove drops and builds again, powered by metallic drums. "Hot" sees Paganini revisit the approach on the title track with insistent vocal samples littered in the arrangement, while "Parallel" features a vocal snippet intoning "I'm stretched" over a belching acid line.
27 Mar 13
04 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Joachim Spieth (Affin), Juno Recommends Techno, Enclave, Victor Martinez, Submerge, Resident Advisor, Jt86
Review: It seems incredible to think that despite his nearly 20 years of production experience, Dave Sumner hasn't released a full Function album until now. Thankfully Incubation proves it's been well worth the wait with the Sandwell District member really stretching his legs out for one of those techno albums that is most definitely an album experience. This nine track set bristles with great ideas and murky atmospherics, combining dystopian sci-fi soundtrack textures with the precision techno he's become known for. There are robust dancefloor tracks - see the murky acid techno of "Against The Wall" and sweaty "Modifier" - but also moments of intense, melodic beauty, from the crystalline bliss of "Counterpoint", to the dreamy hypnotism of "Inter (album version)".
20 Mar 13
Review: Creeping ever closer towards their third year of existence, Modularz have remained steadfast in their aesthetic approach, deftly combining the dynamism of straight up techno with an intricately textured approach that has proved enduringly rewarding. Label boss Developer once again features prominently on their tenth entry, contributing four cuts. The expansive bassline to the opening track "Sequence 85" practically consumes you, with "Sequence 88" markedly sparser, allowing the rigid percussion and booming kicks centre stage. "Mover Of The Mercury" meanwhile combines linear, tribal drumming and bleak, distant drones, while "Gaining" is imbued with a surprisingly funky character a la Gesloten Cirkel, as dark synth horns snake around precision drums. The producer's allies put in a fine showing too; last seen on Mote Evolver, Spaniard Psyk adds further balance with the subaqueous dub techno of "Transito", whilst the unknown quantity Rhomb is on electrifying form with the Mike Parker-esque "Reboot". Elyas' "Camberwell" may seem to take its name from one of South London's more picturesque locations, but the slamming techno stabs and granite drums are anything but polite, recalling Shed's Equalized material; Ascion rounds things off with the trippiest cut of the release, as savage waveforms twist themselves around abstract atonal beeps.
24 Apr 13
Played by: In Flagranti
Review: Zero confirms what this writer had long thought about Subjected: he inhabits a world where darkness reigns. Indeed, the tone on Zero is predominantly bleak; from the white noise of "M" and the slowed down, scraping rhythm of "Vx800" to the hammering drums and slamming rhythm of "Tool 1", the wild analogue yelps of "SD 1" and the searing bass and stepping rhythm of "Vault 101", the album is not designed to chill out at home to. But that doesn't mean it is throwaway or disposable, and alone the epic chord builds and sheet metal percussion of "Concept 3" is more powerful than a warehouse full of drone albums.
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28 Jun 12
Various - "Past, Present, Future Vol 2" (continuous DJ mix by Carlo Lio - part 1) - (1:06:18) 126 BPM
Played by: Hannah Wild
12 Dec 11
Played by: Carl Falk, Maxx, Bigboss, Juno Recommends Techno, Future Beat Alliance, Gary Beck, Hannah Wild, Stefano Infusino, F.akissi, Jason Fernandes, Sergio Marini, Heron, Oliver Klein, Harvey Mckay, Spektre, Rumah
Review: It's hard to believe that Sweden's Drumcode has been going since 1996, but Adam Beyer's imprint celebrates its fifteenth birthday this year, and as part of the celebrations the label have released this essential 28-track compilation. Instead of looking to the past, as is usually customary with this kind of collection, 15 Years of Drumcode focuses on the newest work of the label's current roster alongside new material from some well known names from the label's past and special contributions from some bonafide techno legends. Highlights come in the form of Slam's powerhouse "Temperance", and the percolating, acid tinged textures of Jesper Dahlback's "No Control", the pulsating robo-techno of Patrick Seich's "Structure", and the dubby atmospherics of Mauro Picotto & Riccardo Ferri's "Asteroids".
15 Mar 13
25 Jun 12
Review: Kevin Saunderson's label has released so many classics that this compilation celebrating its quarter century is an embarrassment of riches. Classics provides an insight into Saunderson's diversity as a producer; from the classic late 80s/early 90s Detroit techno-house of "Rock to the Beat" and "The Groove That Won't Stop" through the pop techno of "Good Life" and the deeper, bass-heavy sound of his E-Dancer project, represented here by "World of Deep" and "Bassline", this is a well-rounded snapshot of Saunderson's best-known releases and projects. However, it also wins extra kudos for including some obscure gems like the classy, ominous vocal-led house of "Forces", reorded under the Essa guise.
08 Apr 13
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18 Jun 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Pagalve, Shadow Dancer, Balankin, Juno Recommends Techno, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), DJS Pareja, Anja Schneider, Tura, Dave Elyzium, Tocacabana
Review: If this is the new face of techno, then clearly, there's a lot to be excited about. Tomas Andersson turns in a grungier, more unhinged take on "Washing Machine" here, but in the process, he ensures that "Stickingar O" is not lacking in loose funk. The common bond on the standout tracks is the bassline; Milano's "Wasteland" is a perfect example, with a hoover bass booming its way through a moody arrangement and Locked Groove & Gingy's "Tie Dye" features a visceral low end steamrolling its way through a chord-heavy rolling rhythm. But best of all is Gang 49's "Clouds", a distorted kick-led piledriver that makes 99 per cent of contemporary techno sound polite and sterile.
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Review: Submerge release yet another full-blown leviathan of a compilation for all you Detroit addicts out there! This has literally got it all, ranging from classic rhythms like Underground Resistance's "Timeline" or Disco D's infamous electro monster "SOS", and even various re-ups from DJ Assault's vaults, such as "Dick Ride" and the hip-hop filtered "Same Ho"; to lesser known beasts by the likes of DJ Zap, DJ Godfather and many others! There are over thirty pieces here, so take your time and enjoy. Whatup doe!
19 Apr 13
30 Apr 13
Review: The ever-interesting Eddie Ruscha returns with a new Secret Circuit full-length, the first on Tim Sweeney's excellent Beats In Space imprint. Given the usually vivid style of his psychedelic electronica, it's no surprise to find that Tactile Galactics is a mesmerizing trip from start to finish. Ruscha darts between kaleidoscopic space disco, wide-eyed shoegaze house, analogue psychedelia, touchy-feely ambience and intense, druggy Italo, somehow shoehorning 25 years of musical misadventure into 70 spellbinding minutes. It's bold, melodic, hypnotic, beautiful, blissful, intense, inspiring and exciting. Put simply, Tactile Galactics is a great album.
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