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Black Acid EP
PHONICA 018
10 Mar 17
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Too Hot To Sleep - (4:34) 128 BPM
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Troubled Mind - (7:22) 120 BPM
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Black Acid - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Work & TV - (5:45) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Domshe
Review: Roman Flugel has been making electronic music for about a quarter of a century, but as Black Acid demonstrates, his productions show no sign of getting stale. "Too Hot To Sleep" is the big dance floor cut here; centring on a jittery, shaky minimal house groove and a sub-bass that's inspired by 2-step's darkest excesses, it's an unforgettable, individualistic track. "Troubled Mind" is slower and more abstract, but provides a neat segue into the title track. There, Flugel brings together many of his influences, including electro drums, minimal house and the melodies of IDM. "Work & TV" features one further surprise, with Flugel reverting to the minimal sounds of "Sleep", this time without the foreboding London bass.
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Beats
ROYAL 321
10 Mar 17
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Beats - (8:50) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Beats (Serge & Tyrell remix) - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Review: Hot on the heels of his debut EP for Clone Royal Oak - the jaunty, swinging deep house shuffler that is "Valentine's Groove" - KiNK returns to the Dutch imprint. It sees label mainstays Serge and Alden Tyrell join forces to deliver a scorching rework of the previously unheard "Beats". As you might expect from the basement-loving duo, it packs a serious punch, thanks in no small part to their surging drum machine rhythms and expert use of build-and-release arrangement. The experienced pair are masters of creating and retaining energy, and their percussion sounds are always as jacking as they come. In other words, it's another club slammer.
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Resist
EXILELP 02
16 Mar 17
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First Movement - (7:52) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Second Movement - (6:57) 130 BPM
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Third Movement - (6:21) 127 BPM
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Fourth Movement - (7:44) 127 BPM
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Fifth Movement - (6:45) 129 BPM
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Sixth Movement - (5:54) 126 BPM
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Seventh Movement - (2:52) 103 BPM
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Eight Movement - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Ninth Movement - (6:01) 128 BPM
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Played by: Sound On Sound
Review: Resist, Markus Suckut's latest album, is released on his own Exile label and plays out like a DJ set. Spread across nine 'movements', it starts with the vocal sampling, bell chiming first installment, before Suckut nudges the listener towards the dance floor with the dense rhythms of number two. However, it becomes clear that Suckut does not succumb to predictability and Resist does not follow the typical conventions of a linear DJ set. Both "Third Movement" and "Fifth Movement" are deep, rolling grooves and the fourth installment centres on a tracky house rhythm. Resist never goes for the jugular - Suckut even slips in an ambient track near the end - and it's this unwillingness to go down the obvious, banging route that makes it so alluring.
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Reveries Of
BARN 047
03 Mar 17
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Intro - (1:42) 116 BPM
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A Lover's Anxiety - (5:11) 125 BPM
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Llamada 911 - (7:10) 124 BPM
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City Neon - (7:54) 123 BPM
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Esquinas (Feat. Daniel RA¤A¤f) - (9:09) 123 BPM
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Klubbensborg - (6:17) 124 BPM
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Greg's Island - (5:51) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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A Blues (Dolphin Cruise edit) - (7:55) 110 BPM
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Aah Hej Da Ra - (4:34) 124 BPM
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East Village Trip - (9:37) 131 BPM
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Review: Alongside pal and fellow Karlovac Recordings founder Mr Tophat, Art Alfie has produced some of the most interesting and respected house music of recent years. Remarkably, Reveries Of is not only his debut album, but also his first solo outing of any kind. It's a sprawling but hugely enjoyable set, full of spaced-out, lo-fi deep house cuts that are rich in evocative melodies and mood enhancing musical elements, but low on slick production polish. Highlights include the Detroit influenced melancholia of "LLamada 911", the jazz-fuelled Balearic house pump of "Klubbensborg", the dub-wise, ska-sampling madness of "Greg's Island", and the epic, techno-tempo stomp of closer "East Village Trip".
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Leighton Buzzin EP
ARTFIC 010
20 Mar 17
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Leighton Buzzin (original mix) - (5:00) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Npfo (original mix) - (4:08) 130 BPM
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Leighton Buzzin (Walton remix) - (4:03) 129 BPM
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Leighton Buzzin (Corticyte remix) - (6:01) 131 BPM
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Npfo (Rivet Digital remix) - (8:04) 64 BPM
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Review: Get to know: Denham Audio continue their powerful 130 jungle charge into the darkest corners of the dance with their Artifice debut. "Leighton Buzzin" rolls with bulbous subs and fractured Think breaks while "Npfo" opts for an icier vibe with its cold synths and crucial stepper drop. Version-wise Walton adds a little flutey prang, Corticyte takes on a dungeon tour while Rivet crunches up the dance with some spiked out acid techno. Two dank originals, three equally murked remixes, documents don't get much better than this.
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Warp 10+2: Classics 89-92
WARPCDD 68
18 Dec 14
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Forgemasters - "Track With No Name" - (5:09) 127 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "Dextrous" - (4:04) 83 BPM
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Sweet Exorcist - "Testone" - (7:13) 126 BPM
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DJ Mink - "Hey Hey! Can U Relate?" - (4:52) 122 BPM
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LFO - "LFO" (Leeds Warehouse mix) - (5:19) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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LFO - "Track 4" - (5:14) 123 BPM
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LFO - "Probe" - (4:31) 124 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "Aftermath" (LFO remix) - (4:37) 84 BPM
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Sweet Exorcist - "Testfour" - (5:47) 126 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "I'm For Real" - (6:24) 85 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "Aftermath" - (5:58) 125 BPM
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Tricky Disco - "Tricky Disco" - (7:03) 123 BPM
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The Step - "Yeah You" (Robert's mix) - (6:26) 119 BPM
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Sweet Exorcist - "Clonk" (Freebass) - (7:48) 126 BPM
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Tuff Little Unit - "Join The Future" - (4:43) 121 BPM
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Nightmares On Wax - "A Case Of Funk" - (5:21) 126 BPM
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Coco Steel & Lovebomb - "Feel It" - (7:30) 120 BPM
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LFO vs FUSE - "Loop" - (8:30) 132 BPM
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Sector II: Acid
DKMNTL 045
20 Feb 17
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Arrival - (7:45) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Acid - (6:10) 125 BPM
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I Am Matrix - (6:26) 129 BPM
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Rites - (6:33) 127 BPM
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Played by: Djs Pareja, Bach Music
Review: Bay Area retrovert Matrixxman has become one of the most in demand producers of techno in the last couple years, due in so small part to some stellar releases on Delft, Spectral Sound and of course Dutch institution Dekmantel who now present the second installment of a triptych series. Following up the first volume Sector I: Rhythm, Sector II: Acid does exactly what it says on the tin: exploring the timeless capability of that little silver Roland box. He joins the dots between hypnotic techno and acid house on "Arrival" or "Rites" just as well as Scandinavian Varg can. Speaking of acid house: it's exactly that in all its vintage charm; it's like '88 all over again on "Bad Acid" or the absolutely explosive "I Am Matrix".
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Mill's Theme
ONLOOP 002
06 Mar 17
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Another One - (7:29) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bend Sinister - (5:42) 130 BPM
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Review: Following a strong opening gambit, Moxie fires up her On Loop label for a second round and turns to Fold to deliver the goods. There's a clue in the name of the label as "Mill's Theme" gets rolling, riding atop a pristine disco lick in a manner that Sound Stream would be fully down with. There's plenty of diversity to be enjoyed on the record however, as "Another One" proves with its tough n' dusty house manner sounding fit for a New York basement. "Bend Sinister" then switches up the situation once more with a taut and snappy techno workout that pings some choice dub techno chords around the mix for a true club wrecker of an EP closer.
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Not Also You
RB 062
24 Feb 17
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Not Also You - (6:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Not You Also - (7:16) 127 BPM
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Review: Although Henrik Schwarz has kept himself busy in recent years, it's been a while since he released a full-throttle dancefloor workout. This debut appearance on Gerd Janson's Running Back label - the German producer's first solo single 2013 - is arguably his most forthright and floor-friendly missive since the turn of the decade. "Not Only You" is a thumping techno stomper, where ragged, mutant, repetitive lead lines are propelled forwards by some seriously good drum machine programming. Flipside "Not You Also" offers a slightly more eccentric riff on the same blueprint, with Schwarz adding some eccentric spoken word segments and a couple of bold synth fills.
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Chorus
MNSW 004
30 Sep 16
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Chorus - (6:13) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Madame X - (6:35) 120 BPM
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Emotional Breakdown - (5:30) 83 BPM
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Review: Bulgarian hardware maverick KiNK is back, this time on Singapore based Midnight Shift who have presented great releases previously by L/F/D/M, Mr G and John Heckle. First track "Chorus" features hands in the air synth stabs that resonate and modulate to a mighty crescendo over a dry, skittering rhythm. Second offering "Madame X" delves deeper on this low slung acid number, where the signature wobble of the Roland TB-303 faces off with a bare bones TR-909 rhythm; simple yet effective. Finally "Emotional Breakdown" goes for some off kilter electro flavour with its broken beat accompanied by emotive pads and spacey modular squeals on this fine example of deconstructed hi-tech soul.
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Ritual
PRJKTS 005
27 Feb 17
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Ritual (original mix) - (4:51) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Rules (original mix) - (3:45) 128 BPM
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Gates (original mix) - (4:15) 128 BPM
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Ritual (Farsight remix) - (4:35) 129 BPM
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Played by: Rebellious
Review: Dehousy has only a few releases to his / her credit, but as Ritual displays, despite its irregular appearance, this project is always worthy of attention. The title track is an intoxicating house groove that revolves around tough tribal drums, warrior chants and wild shrieks, while on "No Rules", there is a similarly funky approach. Rolling drums, percussive drops and more deranged samples abound. "Gates" also mines an Afro path as an insistent groove and somewhat menacing chants take centre stage, while on the Farsight version of "Ritual", the mood swings towards garage as the chants rise a pulsing, stepping bass.
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Projections Vol 2
SCP 059
12 Mar 17
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Acki - "The Beast" - (7:33) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bak - "Low Response" - (4:54) 127 BPM
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Daniel Hecke - "Open Space" - (6:03) 124 BPM
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Kreisel & Monococ - "Kalateh" - (8:40) 125 BPM
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Max Delta - "Alaska" - (6:12) 126 BPM
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Oruam Zior & Deep Colors - "Reject" - (6:17) 130 BPM
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Played by: Sound On Sound
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Soma Track Series Vol 5
SOMA 482D
10 Mar 17
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Vapour - (6:03) 129 BPM
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Played by: N.O.B.A, Alvinho L Noise
Review: Soma owners Slam continue their journey back to their underground techno roots on the fifth instalment of Track Series. While the Scottish duo may still be best know for their euphoria-inducing Positive Education, there has always been a darker side to their sound, evident on tracks like "Stepback". "Vapour", the sole track on Volume 5, falls into that malevolent category. Kick drums hammer away mercilessly and percussion hisses furiously as a dramatic organ riff filters and twists its way into the foreground. "Vapour" is undoubtedly a 90s-influenced track, and will appeal to fans of Slam's tougher side.
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New Age Dystopia EP
MORD 036
03 Feb 17
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Something More Sinister - (5:58) 132 BPM
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Population Control - (7:20) 135 BPM
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Dystopian Heart - (5:58) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Consistency & Patience - (6:33) 133 BPM
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Fight For The Power - (5:32) 132 BPM
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Time Of The Wolf - (7:06) 134 BPM
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To Maintain The Flow - (5:55) 134 BPM
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Age Of Darkness - (5:02) 132 BPM
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Review: Is Endlec's latest release on Bas Mooy's label a soundtrack for these dark days of global uncertainty? Certainly, "Something More Sinister", with its splintered analogue riffs and hammering rhythm, captures the terrifying mood surrounding regime change in the US, while the heads-down, cyber-techno jack of "Dystopian Heart" and "Population Control" act as warnings of further bad things to come. Despite these somewhat chilling titles, the Greek producer knows how to craft a hypnotic sound. "Consistency & Patience" resounds to a mesmerising, layered rhythm, infested with wild electronic blips and bleeps, while the noisy, siren riff-led "Fight for the Power" is the naked, angry sound of the resistance.
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In Yer Face Bicep Remixes
FMB 007
30 Sep 16
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In Yer Face (Bicep remix) - (7:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In Yer Face (Bicep Acid dub) - (6:26) 120 BPM
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Review: For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".
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Midnight On Ecorse Creek
SRTX 016
17 Mar 17
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Getting That Feeling - (6:21) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's The Message - (6:37) 120 BPM
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Midnight On Ecorse Creek - (5:10) 125 BPM
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Acid Feeling - (8:18) 127 BPM
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Review: After a brief flirtation with Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Jared Wilson is back on Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax imprint. Predictably, he's in a retro-futurist kind of mood, delivering tracks that tip a wink to a variety of vintage house and techno productions. He begins with the Larry Heard style warmth, Chez Damier percussion and Detroit techno cymbal lines of "Getting That Feelin", before diving headfirst into the world of classic Chicago jazz on heavyweight acid wriggler "It's The Message". He tehn carries on with the ghostly chords, intelligent techno electronics and mind-altering acid lines of "Midnight On Ecorse Creek", before Wilson caps a fine EP via the Mr Fingers style deep house-jack of "Acid Feeling".
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Central Music Ltd: Best Of Vol 5: Special Hard Techno
CENTRAL MUSIC LTD LP 12
12 Nov 12
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Flangerz - (5:16) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Burn - (5:05) 155 BPM
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I Keep You Movin - (5:18) 148 BPM
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Future - (5:00) 155 BPM
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Cellular - (5:00) 155 BPM
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Frame - (7:04) 146 BPM
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Mega - (5:19) 146 BPM
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Delat - (5:18) 146 BPM
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Magnetik - (5:15) 148 BPM
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Matador - (5:11) 150 BPM
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Contact - (6:42)
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Unstoppable Machinery - (5:09) 154 BPM
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Scandal - (5:10) 150 BPM
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Fly - (5:10) 150 BPM
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Muzik - (7:24)
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Reflex - (7:14)
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Interferences - (6:59) 148 BPM
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Switchable - (5:25) 148 BPM
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Term 303 - (7:09) 146 BPM
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Fabrika - (6:11) 146 BPM
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Sacred Drums
NH 005
07 Oct 16
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The Healer - (3:31) 136 BPM
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Darabukka - (4:21) 88 BPM
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Parade - (5:24) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Assam's Children - (4:28) 131 BPM
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Tsvi & Luru - "Egyptian Sensation" - (4:01) 134 BPM
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Tsvi & DJ JM - "Aziza" - (5:39) 83 BPM
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Review: Badness alert! New TSVI material on the hotly tipped Nervous Horizons imprint, coming your way like a gunshot to the head! This really is the ills bass material going around these days, and that's because this head honcho knows how to play his cards right when it comes to the dubstep-techno alliance. Each tune is drenched in the sort of hybrid approach that makes GOOD UK bass music appealing all around the world; bangers like the opening "The Healer", with its semi-beatless heat, the grime-techno experiment that is "Darabukka", or even the tribal, clap-riddim of "Assam's Children" just sound so fresh to the ear. Moreover, there's no gimmicks here, just straight-up dance floor heat with the man's own twist. "Egyptian Sensation" is another one of those tunes that'll make most keen corner dwellers come out of their shell and approach the DJ with the universal question of: "mate, what's this!?"
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Madness
10119269
15 Mar 17
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Tilthammer - "Rumours About A Dead Man" - (5:39) 150 BPM
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Soulless - "Madness" - (5:25) 160 BPM
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Greg Notill - "Audio Lsd 6" (Withecker remix) - (7:33) 163 BPM
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Dave Blunt - "Foward" - (6:26) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alex B - "Hellraiser" - (6:21) 156 BPM
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Rules Of Reality EP
CRG 007
17 Mar 17
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Unwritten Future - (6:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Unspoken Rules - (5:26) 130 BPM
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Unwanted Arrival - (6:02) 129 BPM
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Unwanted Arrival (Beatless mix) - (3:46) 164 BPM
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Driven/X-mop 198
H&T 02
16 Dec 16
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DJ Koze - "Driven" - (6:39) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Robag Wruhme - "X-mop 198" - (4:59) 123 BPM
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Review: Pampa offshoot Hart & Tief launched earlier in the year, via a split EP featuring tracks by Soulphiction and Mike Denhert. This time round, fellow German producers DJ Koze and Robag Wruhme are at the controls. Koze kicks things off with "Driven", a clanking, booty-shaking fusion of metallic percussion hits, resonating electronics, dub techno motifs, and minimalist textures. It feels a little like a contemporary Berlin take on early '90s Sheffield "clonk" (think Sweet Exorcist's Clonk's Coming album on Warp), which is no bad thing in our book. Wruhme's "X-mop 198" is a much more straightforward, early morning techno bubbler, albeit with similarly clanking percussion hits amongst the thumping kick drums and restless, one-note riffs.
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Unboxed Brain
ASGDE 012
17 Mar 17
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B12 - "Worlds End" (Kirk Degiorgio Future/Past remix) - (5:22) 129 BPM
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B12 - "Worlds End" (Mark Broom remix) - (6:45) 89 BPM
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Scanner - "Eros" (Bitten By The Black Dog) - (5:54) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Future Sound Of London - "Monolith" - (3:59) 93 BPM
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Review: There's no doubt that 90s UK techno is popular again - just look at Discogs prices for confirmation of the renewed interest in this form. But what do those revered acts sound like now? The exhaustive 2016 compilation, Brainbox, did much to shine a light on those artists' current trajectory and this follow up remix package also does a fine job. The Black Dog deliver an atmospheric ambient take on Scanner's "Eros", while on Future Sound of London's "Monolith", a somewhat bleaker, dystopian take on ambience is audible. That said, classic UK techno also had a place on the dance floor; Kirk Degiorgio's tunneling take of B12's "World's End" - remixed under his Future/Past name - and Mark Broom's skeletal electro version of the same track show that nearly 25 years later, that this remains the case.
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Hackney Parrot/Helter Skelter
POLY 001
17 Feb 17
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Hackney Parrot - (5:44) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Helter Skelter - (4:01) 131 BPM
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Played by: Diplo, Sound On Sound
Review: London's Tessela has been crafting his sound in spectacular fashion over the last few years and none of his productions have caued more of a stir than the now rare as you like vinyl smash "Hackney Parrot". The prodigious bass explorer is not necessarily offering groundbreaking new genres but, instead, new ways of layering sounds next to one another. Both of the present tunes magnificent examples of rough, sweltering UK bass that's been run through the ever-enjoyable jungle filter. "Hackney Parrot" twists and layers up a famous vocal sample with masses of stop-start jungle breaks, and a couple of deep basslines that remind us of Dillinja's early output for Metalheadz. "Helter Skelter" is the heads-down tune, the one that's bound to get the crowd moving during a 5am trance, and Tessela's use of drums is becoming more and more essential for us after this new Poly Kicks. Warmly recommended.
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The Time Of Cruel Miracles
30 DLP001
17 Mar 17
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Our Understanding - (4:10) 84 BPM
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NGC1277 - (5:23) 126 BPM
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Captured Rotation - (5:14) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Approaching Lights - (6:20) 130 BPM
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Gravity Zone - (4:48) 129 BPM
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Goldene Spirale - (4:59) 127 BPM
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Beyond Language - (5:36) 130 BPM
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Standard Model - (5:36) 128 BPM
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Future Teller - (5:28) 131 BPM
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Superstring Theory - (7:44) 128 BPM
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Stadt Des Orion - (4:38) 120 BPM
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The Mirror - (4:44) 120 BPM
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Goldene Spirale (Substance remix) - (6:05) 132 BPM
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NGC1277 (Architectural remix) - (6:32) 123 BPM
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Stadt Des Orion (Rivet remix) - (6:56) 127 BPM
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Superstring Theory (Zero Mass remix) - (5:35) 128 BPM
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Research Program #1
GAMMLP 001
17 Mar 17
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Intro - (0:24) 76 BPM
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CCTV Dance - (4:24) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clerks & Spies (Bristol mix) - (5:19) 67 BPM
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Justified Money Control (Interlude) - (0:35) 73 BPM
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Control This - (4:17) 61 BPM
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Keep On Rocking (404 Cut) - (3:07) 105 BPM
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Not In My System - (3:36) 108 BPM
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Teach Culture (Interlude) - (0:46) 108 BPM
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Give Love! - (4:24) 63 BPM
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Hustler's Dub - (5:03) 62 BPM
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Four-Dimensional Dub (Manchester mix) - (4:41) 62 BPM
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Played by: Sound On Sound
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Submerged Metropolitan
TOKEN 71D
17 Mar 17
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Submerged Metropolitan - (6:19) 133 BPM
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Fallen Columns - (4:44) 86 BPM
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This Absent Mind - (5:21) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Ashley Burchett has been releasing on Token since its inception a decade ago, so the direction on Metropolitan comes as a surprise. The title track is more direct than is Burchett's usual appraoch, with a fizzling din riding an up-tempo, linear rhythm, heavy drums and cheese-wire sharp percussion. It sounds like SP-X going head to head with Robert Hood. On "The Absent Mind", there is another unexpected move; the UK producer delivers a metallic, clanging rhythm that fuses Chain Reaction's dubby repetition with the locked on, linear approach of the aforementioned Mr Hood. Only on "Fallen Columns" does O stay close to the stepping sound that he made his name with - but even there, the approach is understated and ghostly.
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Best Of DKMNTL X PATTA
DKMNTL 044
09 Jan 17
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Young Marco - "The Best I Could Do" - (9:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tom Trago - "Brutal Romance" (TT's Love Fix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
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Fatima Yamaha - "The Creature From Culture Creation" - (9:27) 55 BPM
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Review: Originally released in 2015, Young Marco's "The Best I Could Do" shows that he is as adept in the studio as he is behind the decks. The renowned crate digger draws on his knowledge of underground house and techno for this understated, melancholic affair. Sad synths swirl up over a raw, resonating bass and the end result has a decidedly wintry feeling. House veteran Tom Trago drops a similar sounding track, "Brutal Romance (TT's Love Fix)". However, on this occasion, the groove is upbeat and the riffs are more insistent, but the same frazzled approach to production prevails. Keeping it atmospheric, Fatima Yamaha delivers the slow tempo, synth-heavy "The Creature From Culture Creation", which also featured on the original 2015 release.
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Journey To Solar
ELLLP 01D
18 Nov 16
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The Replicant V1 - (6:22) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shoulder Of Orion - (7:54) 122 BPM
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Motor Rotor - (7:45) 121 BPM
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Love On Time - (7:03) 123 BPM
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The Replicant V2 - (6:22) 122 BPM
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Review: Maceo Plex returns on his respected Ellum Audio imprint with a new album. Here the fellow known to his Mum as Eric Estornel presents some highly engineered grooves that reflect his extensive background in producing techno and electro; way back to his modest Dallas, Texas beginnings under the tutelage of greats like Gerard Hanson (Covenxtion/E.R.P.) where he used such aliases as Mariel Ito and Maetrik. Return to Solar is certainly diverse in its execution of various moods and grooves but overall has a definite sense of soul and emotion throughout. We particularly enjoyed the the intelligent electro of "The Replicant V1" or "Love On Time", the hi-tech soul of "Shoulder Of Orion" and the tough futurist stomp of "Traktion".
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Faze DJ Set #43: DJ Emerson
DJS 119INT
16 Oct 15
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Faze DJ-Set 43 (continuous DJ mix) - (2:16:51)
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HOURS - "Too Many" - (9:36) 127 BPM
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Alex Bau - "Bassmati" - (6:07) 123 BPM
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Sebbo - "Watamu Beach" - (5:58) 129 BPM
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Alderaan - "Hyperspace" - (6:17) 130 BPM
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Aiken - "Diversity" - (5:54) 132 BPM
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Truncate - "Another One" - (5:34) 130 BPM
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Oliver Deutschmann - "Resist" - (6:26) 132 BPM
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Gemini Voice Archive - "Absoluto Disparate" - (5:55) 127 BPM
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Stefano Infusino - "Nemesi" (Jeff Rushin tool mix) - (5:44) 126 BPM
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DeKai - "Dawn" (Torsten Kanzler remix) - (7:04) 128 BPM
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Wirrwarr - "Black Tailed Mermaid" - (6:32) 128 BPM
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Kellener & Marla Singer - "Infernal Bass" - (6:51) 126 BPM
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Flug - "XLR" (Mas Teeveh remix) - (5:59) 126 BPM
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Niereich - "Placebo Effect" (DJ Emerson remix) - (6:46) 126 BPM
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Joachim Spieth - "Never Mind" (The Plant Worker remix) - (6:50) 128 BPM
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Micol Danieli - "C2612" (The Plant Worker remix) - (5:45) 128 BPM
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Fixon - "The Pain Is Gone" (Audio Injection remix) - (4:44) 130 BPM
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DJ Emerson - "Rubberband Man" - (5:57) 130 BPM
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DJ Emerson & Angel Costa - "Exag" - (7:13) 128 BPM
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Lag - "Kontrola" (Bas Mooy remix) - (6:05) 130 BPM
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Pfirter - "Procyon" - (6:22) 130 BPM
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Fixon - "Bad Election" - (7:33) 128 BPM
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Brian Sanhaji - "Panic" - (7:15) 129 BPM
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Christian Fischer - "Holy Mountain" (Xhei remix) - (8:04) 128 BPM
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Xhei - "Protonotocomia" - (6:08) 130 BPM
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Peru & Like The Country - "Pretty Far Gone" (Markus Suckut remix) - (5:34) 127 BPM
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Keith Carnal - "Untold" - (8:32) 128 BPM
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DJ Emerson - "Anonymous" - (7:47) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alex Dolby - "Metauro" - (6:04) 127 BPM
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Fidelity Kastrow - "Full Moon Falcon" (DJ Emerson edit) - (7:52) 126 BPM
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Played by: Sander Van Doorn
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Paranoid London
PDONLP 001D
20 Nov 15
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Light Tunnel (feat Mutado Pintado - album version) - (5:48) 125 BPM
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Transmission 5 (feat Mutado Pintado - album edit) - (5:57) 123 BPM
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Headtrack (album version) - (5:40) 125 BPM
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Paris Dub 3 (feat Paris Brightledge) - (7:12) 125 BPM
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Machines Our Coming (album version) - (5:15) 120 BPM
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Lovin U (feat DJ Genesis - album version) - (7:27) 125 BPM
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We Ain't (album version) - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Eating Glue (feat Mutado Pintado - album edit) - (6:05) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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300 Hangovers A Year (feat Mutado Pintado - album version) - (6:05) 123 BPM
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Paris Dub 1 (feat Paris Brightledge - album edit) - (6:01) 125 BPM
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Line Up Meltdown (feat Mutado Pintado - Digital Bonus) - (4:50) 123 BPM
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Review: This mysterious group have caused a stir thanks to their ability of mixing vocals with throbbing acid tracks. In particular, "Paris Dub", which features Paris Brightledge on vocals, has seen them break through to dance music's mainstream. That track features twice here - the steely drums of the lat-est edit are worth checking - but what's most interesting are the other tracks. "Light Tunnel", with Mutado Pintado on vocals, is a sleazy workout all about wearing black; "Headtrack" shows that Paranoid London are capable of other sounds and is a tough ghetto workout, while "Lovin U", fea-turing DJ Genesis, sees them apply a frazzled bass to new wave vocals. Paranoid London proves that they excel at knocking out 303-heavy club tracks, but it also suggests that this mystery act is capable of making other, less obvious sounds.
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You'll Understand
HAWAII 003
10 Feb 17
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Talk To Me You'll Understand - (6:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gettin' It Done - (5:06) 127 BPM
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Bootman - (6:05) 115 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino, Lauri H
Review: With his 2015 debut EP for Breaker Breaker, London-based deep house misfit Ross From Friends made a seriously big impression. Much was made of his dusty, fidgety, lo-fi sound, and his penchant for jamming out tunes using outboard hardware. This belated follow-up for Lobster Theremin offshoot Distant Hawaii takes a similar approach, kicking off with the loved-up chord progressions, clattering drum machine percussion, redlined tape hiss and heart-aching vocal samples of "Talk To Me You'll Understand". "Gettin' It Done" is an altogether more positive and Balearic-minded trip into dusty deep house territory, while "Bootman" makes merry with mutilated '80s soul samples, hazy chords and fuzzy drums.
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Floor Invaders
BSR 007
09 Mar 17
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Floor Invaders - (5:50) 152 BPM
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Seek Yourself - (6:09) 154 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Without Limitations - (5:51) 153 BPM
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Box Drop EP
OTON 103DIGITAL
17 Mar 17
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Box Drop - (7:07) 128 BPM
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Still - (6:09) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Out Of Sight - (7:45) 125 BPM
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Review: It's a case of gamekeeper turned poacher as Ostgut boss Nick Hoppner appears again on the label, following his 2015 debut album, Folk. This three-tracker is like a distillation of his time spent in the Panorama Bar booth. The title track is a hypnotic, techy groove, covered in warm, hazy chords and redolent of classic David Alvarado's Sun Children material. On "Still", Hoppner keeps it deep, but injects some trippy acid undercurrents. The closing track, "Out of Sight", is the most dance floor friendly, with Hoppner opting for a lithe, swinging rhythm as a backing for his warm, sun-kissed chords and melodies.
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A-Sides Vol 5 (20 Years 20 Tracks)
DC 159
15 Aug 16
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Enrico Sangiuliano, Hertz - "Start Of Madness" - (7:17) 125 BPM
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Luca Agnelli - "Phoenix" - (8:01) 128 BPM
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Tiger Stripes - "A Feeling" - (6:33) 127 BPM
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Jay Lumen - "Horizon" - (8:12) 127 BPM
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Alan Fitzpatrick - "Terra Firma" - (8:25) 126 BPM
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Secret Cinema, Egbert - "Maximaal" - (8:45) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Juan Sanchez - "Din" - (6:03) 128 BPM
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Pleasurekraft - "Dopefiend" - (6:34) 123 BPM
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Adam Beyer, Mark Reeve - "Nine Of You" - (6:38) 126 BPM
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Bart Skils - "Voodoo Child" - (8:47) 126 BPM
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Kaiserdisco - "Bonkers" - (6:19) 127 BPM
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Kevin De Vries - "Eternity" - (7:27) 128 BPM
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Layton Giordani - "Rivington" - (7:20) 126 BPM
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Dustin Zahn - "Miss You" (Truncate remix) - (4:47) 128 BPM
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Ian O'Donovan - "Crucible" - (8:40) 126 BPM
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The Junkies - "Masters Of Nothing" - (7:23) 126 BPM
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Alan Fitzpatrick, Gary Beck - "Sky Jacket" - (6:12) 125 BPM
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Timmo - "With You" - (6:53) 126 BPM
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Boxia - "Revolution" - (6:41) 125 BPM
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Marco Bailey - "She Is A Player" (Break D Beat mix) - (6:28) 128 BPM
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Review: A big congratulations to Adam Beyer and his esteemed Drumcode imprint celebrating 20 years in the business. His techno powerhouse has continuously and effortlessly remained relevant, championing the work of fellow Swedish legends Cari Lekebusch, Joel Mull and Christian Smith, to late noughties heroes like Paul Ritch, Kyle Geiger and Pig & Dan to present day stars like Nicole Moudaber, Joseph Capriati and Luigi Madonna. There's a lot of serious peak time artillery on here, rest assured. But for us, the highlights weren't limited to Alan Fitzpatrick's uplifting and downright epic "Terra Firma" with its massive drop, head honcho Beyer and Mark Reeve's "Nine Of You" with its darkly fierce and tunnelling groove plus Truncate's killer remix of Dustin Zahn's "Miss You". Honourable mention to newcomer Boxia; he's surely one to watch if the banging "Revolution" is anything to go by!
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Awakened
DC 169
20 Feb 17
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Times - (6:01) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Awakened - (7:10) 127 BPM
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Sense - (8:04) 128 BPM
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Apogeo - (6:57) 126 BPM
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Played by: Rebellious
Review: Alicante has released on high-profile labels like Soma and Cocoon - the latter home to a 2013 DJ mix from the Italian - so it's no surprise that Adam Beyer's imprint has snapped up a release. Awakened is a diverse affair: at one end of the spectrum there's the minimal, tranced out title track, while at the other there's "Senses" and "Apogeo". Drumcode fans will relish the understated but relentless rolling groove of both of these tracks, which unfold to snappy percussion and euphoria inducing snare rolls. However, the real highlight here is "Times". Starting off as hypnotic, metallic track, it morphs into a melodic, epic affair that showcases Alicante's musical side
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Expander Six
SOMA 478D
17 Mar 17
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Expander Six - (4:51) 130 BPM
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Tides - (5:22) 128 BPM
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1991 - (5:41) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Dogs - (5:11) 133 BPM
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Played by: N.O.B.A
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Adera Dera
BT 15
14 Sep 15
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Tutapona - (5:52) 125 BPM
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Uvivu - (6:00) 114 BPM
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Nyota Faraja - (5:53) 113 BPM
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Wazanzibari - (6:04) 115 BPM
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Furahi - (5:19) 135 BPM
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Adera Dera - (5:44) 130 BPM
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Mwaitoma - (6:09) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alo Hai - (4:40) 130 BPM
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Yako Nde - (6:01) 130 BPM
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Oya Oya Oya - (6:20) 113 BPM
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Review: Even if you followed the media for a few seconds over the past few months, you will have seen that the concept of two worlds colliding often causes problems. On this new album by Mim Suleiman, they live in sweet harmony. Dera revolves around the concept of mixing Maurice Fulton's studio prowess with the Tanzanian singer's startling vocal range. From the DJ QU-style dense percussive house of "Tutapona" and "Uvivu", where Suleiman warbles seductively over wailing violins, into the high-paced electro funk and nattering vocal samples of "Wazanzibari" and "Furahi" and the appropriation of Chicago house on "Yako Nde", Adera Dera is a heady serving of social and sonic engineering.
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It's Good To Be Differ-Ent
DBALP 002
17 Mar 17
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Inhabit Tense - (4:57) 131 BPM
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Marvel Less - (9:31) 128 BPM
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Met Allergic Flew Antsy - (9:20) 128 BPM
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Compute Her - (3:41) 136 BPM
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Drum Addict - (8:03) 128 BPM
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We Have U Surrounded - (6:42) 130 BPM
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Motive Hate Shun - (4:40) 136 BPM
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Fasten 8 Shun - (7:04) 130 BPM
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Gem In Eyes (feat DJ Bone) - (7:56) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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A Calm Bliss - (7:43) 89 BPM
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Laser Eyes - (3:40) 136 BPM
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I M Differ-Ent - (7:42) 126 BPM
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Review: Detroit's DJ Bone is and always has been one of his city's most underrated producers. In fact, the man is a killer behind the decks too, mashing up house and techno with that inimitable US speed that has also been championed by the likes of DJ Rush et al. His relationship with Bristol's Don't Be Afraid has been a fruitful one of the last year or two, releasing a couple of gnarly EPs under the Differ-ENT moniker, a sound that expands upon his comparatively more rigid techno sound. This is the debut album under the Differ-ENT alias, and we most certainly agree that It's Good To Be Differ-ENT." There isn't a dud tune on here, and for an LP that focusses primarily on the dancefloor, it manages to convey a strong narrative throughout, built with mastery and dedication by this talented artist. Tunes like "Met Allergic Flew Antsy" or "Marvel Less" are muscly and fast-paced, but there is still plenty of exploration going on at their core, while remnants of electro can be heard on tunes like "Compute Her". This is a vibrant LP, made up of many different guises and shades, all finely tuned around the dancehall, and strangely fitting with the UK's lust for the broken sound. Recommended.
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Mr G Back Trackin Pt 2
PGFLASHBACK 2
06 Jun 16
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Hear Me Out - (7:13) 127 BPM
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Push (G's Nasty dub) - (5:46) 130 BPM
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Mac RIP (Mango Boys Hurting dub) - (6:53) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mutate - (6:23) 131 BPM
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Re Kidz - (8:34) 129 BPM
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Bucket List - (8:24) 125 BPM
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Sound Bouy - (7:38) 127 BPM
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Big Gal Batty Rider - (7:56) 127 BPM
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You Doin Mi Head In! - (7:38) 127 BPM
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Where I Feel It Most (Mango Boys Red Eye mix) - (6:43) 127 BPM
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Played by: Paul Mac
Review: Colin McBean is the definitive house music machine. "Precious Cargo" gets a series of totally kick-ass reworks on Defected. First up the original is as tough and grayscale yet emotive as you'd expect of Mr G featuring some lovely diva vocals. The "Dark Broke Down Dub" Detroit hero Kai Alce steps up with "KZR's Dark mix" which has all the dust tinted blues and soul you would expect complete with rusty drums and smooth Rhodes keys.
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A Good Place...?
PGGP 1
16 Dec 16
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Yard Food - (5:47) 122 BPM
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One For The Headz - (6:14) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Moment You Realise - (3:54) 124 BPM
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Nothin' Cause We're Strong - (8:09) 126 BPM
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Love Dub - (9:08) 123 BPM
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All In Time... - (4:17) 125 BPM
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In The Sun Finally! - (3:29) 120 BPM
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That Late Night Thought - (4:21) 120 BPM
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G's Jazz - (3:16) 120 BPM
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Interluded 1 - (2:22) 128 BPM
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Review: UK techno legend Colin McBean returns on his always reliable Phoenix G imprint with A Good Place? A dozen servings of tough and steely house music that properly brings the funk as you'd expect from the man once behind such legendary and seminal acts like The Advent and G-Flame & Mr. G. There's also a few wonderful surprises too; such as the broken beat/nu jazz deepness of "One For The Headz" or the dusty disco loops of "Interluded (part 1)". But otherwise it really is business as usual, such as on the hi octane stormer "Nothin' (Cause We Are Strong)" with its "French Kiss" style melody, the deeply emotive "In The Sun... Finally!" or the raw and rusty dust covered jack of "G's Jazz" it's all killer no filler on here we assure you!
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Zuurwerk EP #2
ACIDWORX 81
10 Mar 17
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Bukiminda - (12:17) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kouzira - (9:02) 134 BPM
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Hedogon - (12:56) 136 BPM
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Forget It
BK 022
10 Feb 17
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Forget It - (7:09) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sweet Phantasy - (5:17) 124 BPM
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New Jack The House - (6:18) 125 BPM
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Moment - (6:20) 125 BPM
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Review: The Bunker's label has helped to cultivate a number of new techno acts over the past few years, and the latest artist to step up is Justin Cudmore. The Brooklyn-based DJ and producer first showcased his material on an EP for Honey Sound System last year, and Forget It provides further proof of his promise. The title track is a bleepy, acid-fuelled Chicago house track, while "New Jack The House" follows in a similar vein, albeit with rougher beats. "Moment" sees Cudmore fuse his love of 303s with the pitch-bent minimalism of Dan Bell, while on "Sweet Phantasy" he relives the energy of mid-west raves, as trancey chords flow over heavy drums.
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Acid Is The Answer
INV 014
14 Feb 17
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Action (original mix) - (6:02) 135 BPM
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Rem (original mix) - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Acid Is The Answer (original mix) - (7:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Acid Is The Answer (dub mix) - (7:04) 128 BPM
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Illegal Alien IX Years
IARCD 007
15 Aug 16
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Aleja Sanchez - "El Eclipse De Los Caidos" (original mix) - (6:20) 159 BPM
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Mental Resonance - "Outline" (original mix) - (6:15) 128 BPM
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Fixon - "MD" (original mix) - (7:11) 126 BPM
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Eric Fetcher - "Transgenic" (original mix) - (4:43) 129 BPM
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Fixeer - "Canis" (original mix) - (7:03) 128 BPM
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DJ Emerson - "Bounce Back" (original mix) - (8:15) 126 BPM
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DJ Saint Pierre - "Nautilus" (original mix) - (6:25) 126 BPM
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Echologist - "Opening Up" (original mix) - (7:18) 85 BPM
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Flug - "Retrig" (original mix) - (6:34) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dig-It - "Xor & Not" (original mix) - (6:27) 126 BPM
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Alexander Kowalski/Mario Berger - "The Force" (original mix) - (5:42) 130 BPM
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Marla Singer - "System Requierement" (original mix) - (6:17) 127 BPM
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A Mochi - "Fuel" (original mix) - (7:44) 128 BPM
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MTD - "Grooven" (original mix) - (5:24) 126 BPM
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Gotshell - "Where Is The Infinite Space" (original mix) - (5:32) 130 BPM
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Dorian Gray - "Dedikation" (original mix) - (5:38) 132 BPM
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Dinamite - "Eternal Present" (original mix) - (7:22) 128 BPM
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Monix - "Eyes Hate You" (original mix) - (5:15) 134 BPM
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Miki Craven - "Challenger" (original mix) - (6:55) 125 BPM
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Mari Mattham - "Parallel Reflection" (original mix) - (6:30) 128 BPM
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Rraph - "Tuna Canyon Park" (original mix) - (6:07) 132 BPM
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The Automatic Message - "Tabloid" (original mix) - (5:18) 130 BPM
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Koelpoes - "OM6" (original mix) - (6:53) 130 BPM
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Ricardo Garduno - "Rain After Rain" (original mix) - (5:32) 128 BPM
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Isolated Lines - "Constrain" (original mix) - (6:31) 130 BPM
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Svarog - "Fractal Flow" (original mix) - (6:14) 125 BPM
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Measure Divide - "Etched" (original mix) - (6:20) 130 BPM
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Vertical Spectrum - "Debris Of Future Hegemony" (original mix) - (5:06) 130 BPM
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Wirrwarr - "Born" (original mix) - (8:32) 128 BPM
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HD Substance - "Ode To Nothing" (extended version) - (9:53) 125 BPM
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Jorg Rodriguez - "Flames" (original mix) - (7:12) 127 BPM
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Angel Costa - "Brooke" (original mix) - (8:45) 126 BPM
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Splinter (UA) - "Menacing Forest" (original mix) - (6:52) 128 BPM
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Sintoma - "Analog Variation" (original mix) - (7:56) 126 BPM
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Bruno Sacco - "Derision" (original mix) - (8:22) 130 BPM
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Yuuki Sakai - "Ytio" (original mix) - (5:02) 128 BPM
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Thomas Hoffknecht - "Hypno" (original mix) - (6:11) 127 BPM
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Bandada - "Blackbird" (original mix) - (6:24) 130 BPM
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KWR - "Akkro" (original mix) - (6:35) 124 BPM
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Corvum - "Primordial" (original mix) - (8:42) 125 BPM
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Aleja Sanchez - "Illegal Alien IX Years" (continuous mix) - (1:10:45) 121 BPM
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Amour
WOLF 002LP
27 Nov 15
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Aura - (3:15) 154 BPM
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Saphire - (5:57) 123 BPM
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Il Mare - (3:00) 152 BPM
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Lacrimosa - (5:48) 123 BPM
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Delicatezza - (6:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Amour - (10:18) 120 BPM
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Kristallin - (6:29) 123 BPM
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Sentir - (5:06) 153 BPM
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Played by: Benjamin Fröhlich
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Cubismo
ARCH 008
16 Jan 17
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Cubismo 8.1 - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Cubismo 8.2 (Lost In Buenos Aires I) - (5:49) 87 BPM
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Cubismo 8.3 - (7:22) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cubismo 8.4 (Lost In Buenos Aires II) - (5:57) 123 BPM
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Cubismo 8.5 (Lost In Buenos Aires II - Bonus Track) - (3:46) 87 BPM
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Review: Architectural is the side project of Juan Rico, better known in techno circles as Reeko. However, 2015's excellent Amour album as Architectural suggested that Rico's real talent lay in creating deeply atmospheric electronic music. That touch is audible on the hypnotic sound scapes of "Cubismo 8.2 (Lost in Buenos Aires 1)", but also bubbles beneath the surface on dance floor tracks like the frazzled tribal groove of "Cubismo 8.1". On "Cubismo 8.3", Rico follows a tunneling techno route, but in the main he impresses most when adopting a more reflective approach. "Cubismo 8.4 (Lost in Buenos Aires II)" resounds to shimmering chords and the "Cubismo 8.5 (Lost in Buenos Aires II)" is fizzy ambience of the highest order.
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I Appreciate Your Face
361497 3599408
08 Mar 17
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I Appreciate Your Face - (7:12) 132 BPM
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Phantom Studies
OTON 100DIGITAL
27 Jan 17
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Phantom Studies - (8:49) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No One Around - (4:34) 133 BPM
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The Room - (4:47) 128 BPM
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Prophet Man - (6:46) 127 BPM
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Bad Boy - (4:01) 130 BPM
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The World Tonight - (5:54) 130 BPM
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The Tenant - (4:09) 129 BPM
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Review: Quite a number of techno fans will go weak at the knees when they spot this expansive collaboration between longtime friends and occasional studio partners Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock. It's their first combined release since 2013. Every one of the 7 tracks are full of high quality, atmospheric, late night techno workouts, from the creepy riffs and off-kilter drums of "Phantom Studies", and the horror-influenced post-dubstep shuffle of "The Room", to the raging, mind-altering dancefloor heaviness of "Bay Boy" and sparse, minimalist techno closer "The Tenant". Given their abilities as producers, we'd expect nothing less than superbly produced, club-ready cuts. Predictably, Phantom Studies delivers that in spades.
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The Remixes
DC 164X
28 Nov 16
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Porcelain (Luca Agnelli remix) - (7:51) 127 BPM
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Go (Bart Skils remix) - (9:11) 126 BPM
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Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano remix) - (7:14) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Porcelain (Alan Fitzpatrick's Late Night dub) - (8:01) 124 BPM
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Go (Tiger Stripes White Tail remix) - (7:08) 127 BPM
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Natural Blues (Dense & Pika remix) - (7:10) 126 BPM
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Go (Manic Brothers remix) - (9:07) 128 BPM
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Natural Blues (Marco Faraone's Whitelandvox remix) - (7:18) 128 BPM
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Go (Tiger Stripes Black Lodge remix) - (7:22) 126 BPM
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Review: Talk about an unusual pairing; New York's best-known vegan has partnered with Adam Beyer's techno label for some big room versions of his 90s hits. At its most understated, this collection features German producer Tiger Stripes delivering a stripped back, minimal house take on "Go", while at the other end of the spectrum, Luca Agnelli turns the dreamy, wispy vocals of "Porcelain" into a thumping, rolling affair. In between these two extremes, there's the organic drums on Bart Skills' take of "Go" and Enrico Sangiuliano turning "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" into an effective but strangely catchy groove, as the original track's operatic vocal is fused with waves of acid.
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Separate Paths EP
121 DSR
10 Mar 17
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Dopamine Antagonist - (7:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cascading Lights - (6:31) 120 BPM
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Maori Octopus - (7:50) 122 BPM
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Separate Paths - (5:05) 91 BPM
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Review: Despite his fresh-faced appearance, Weisemann has released on an impressive range of labels, including Mojuba, Artless and Styrax and has recently added Delsin to his list. Separate Paths, his second release on the Dutch label, doesn't offer too many surprises, but it reinforces what his fans have known for a long time - namely that dance floor techno doesn't get much deeper than Sven Weisemann. The title track is a languid, introspective affair, with late night dub chords unfolding over slowed down drums, while the tempo, if not the mood, changes on "Dopamine Antagonist" and "Maori Octopus". There, tight drums support ghostly vocal samples and cavernous dub bass. Finally, "Cascading Lights" is a superbly melancholic piece of Detroit techno.
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