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The Mental Universe
DSR-C 8
28 Oct 16
Techno
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The Mental Universe - (8:36) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tidal - (2:02) 142 BPM
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Mirage (original mix) - (7:54) 127 BPM
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Mirage (Rework) - (7:20) 127 BPM
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Review: Artefakt is a platform for Nick 'Metropolis' Lapien, along with Robin Koek, to explore the deeper end of the techno spectrum and Universe follows the pair's debut under this guise on Delsin last year. Sound-wise, the pair are still in the same space as their first effort, The Fifth Planet. The resonating, bleepy techno of "Mirage" is offset by wonderfully atmospheric synths - redolent of Convextion. Meanwhile on the title track, Artefakt lay down a predatory bass as a backdrop for their melodic approach, with the floaty synths similar to the approach of contemporary artists like P.God. They slip into watery, fluid ambience on "Tidal", while the release ends to the hypnotic strains of a reworked version of "Mirage".
Kinship
122 DSR
17 Feb 17
Techno
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Kinship - (5:49) 85 BPM
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Tapestry - (5:36) 85 BPM
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Entering The City - (12:06) 127 BPM
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Somatic Dreams - (5:58) 127 BPM
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Fernweh - (8:21) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Return To Reason - (7:24) 127 BPM
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Tapeloop 1 - (4:55) 99 BPM
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Played by: Cone
Review: Since first emerging in 2014, Dutch duo Artefakt has earned a reputation for delivering spacey, melodious techno tracks that mines both classic Detroit techno, and British style 'intelligent techno' for inspiration. On this hotly anticipated debut album, they cast their net a little wider, including denser rhythms and more left of centre sounds amongst the starry melodies, intergalactic chords, and sparkling drum machine beats. It's a formula that consistently delivers results, from the undulating, tribal-influenced rhythms and emotion-rich musicality of "Entering The City", to the angry, acid-fuelled onslaught of "Return To Reason", via the sun-kissed electro brilliance of "Somatic Dreams".
The Final Theory
FIELD 21
08 Jul 16
Techno
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The Final Theory - (10:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Moving Horizon - (7:23) 126 BPM
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Solaris - (6:15) 122 BPM
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Review: One of Artefakt aka Robin Koek and Nick Lapien's first records was The Fifth Planet, which appeared on Delsin. Now the duo surfaces on another local Dutch labels for Theory. Lapien is better known for his ebm/wave-influenced work as Metropolis, but this release sees him return to deep Detroit-style techno. The title track effortlessly marries acidic pulses with soaring string melodies over a jerky rhythm. "Moving Hori-zon" follows a similar path with 303s and atmospheric synths singing in unison over an angular groove. The pair take the tempo down but don't abandon their love of spell-binding melodies on closing track "Solaris".
The Fifth Planet EP
DSRC 4
14 Sep 15
Techno
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Transit - (7:14) 126 BPM
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From Our Minds To Yours - (6:59) 126 BPM
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The Fifth Planet - (11:33) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Last year, Dutch producers Robin Koek and Nick Lapien impressed with a couple of contributions to EPs on Prologue and Tikita under the Artefakt alias. Here, they've been given a chance to showcase their sound further, via a debut release for the mighty Delsin imprint. As the title suggests, they're stargazing sorts, and all three tracks feel like they were inspired - in part, at least - by the original futurist ethos of Detroit techno. Of course, there are other influences - see the tumbling, intelligent techno style synthesizer melodies and acid flashes of "Transit", or the attractive depth and ambient chords of "From Our Mind To Yours" - but these simply serve to enhance the prevailing mood.
The Radiant City
DSC 013
30 Oct 17
Techno
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Raid - (8:50) 124 BPM
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The Radiant City - (7:11) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lichtspiel - (6:36) 124 BPM
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Falling Into The Light
DSRC 13
22 Jun 18
Techno
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The Blue Hour - (8:04) 128 BPM
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Weltformel - (5:00) 129 BPM
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Falling Into The Light - (10:23) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Artefakt aka Nick Lapien and Robin Koek have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Delsin. They released one of their first Eps on the label back in 2015 and issuing their debut album on its sister imprint, Ann Aimee, last year. Now the duo makes a return visit to the main Dutch imprint. "The Blue Hour" is a malign-sounding roller, led by acrid riffs and heavy layers of reverb. By contrast, "Weltformel" is a wonderfully light and floaty break beat affair that captures their work at its most atmospheric. Somewhere in the middle of these opposites sits the title track, a deep, dance floor-friendly groove that features a fusion of airy synths and curling acid lines.
Field Records Collection: 12'' Sampler 3 3
FIELD 13
29 Sep 14
Techno
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Artefakt - "Narcosis" - (8:50) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Iori - "Inject" - (6:03) 121 BPM
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Szare - "All Over" - (8:24) 126 BPM
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Played by: Paul Mac, Josh Wink
Review: There aren't that many underground labels that specialise in putting out split releases. Maybe this is because Dutch label Field excels at compiling tracks from various producers and no one else wants to compete with them. Certainly, Field's expertise is audible on this third taster for its first CD collection. Every track on 3/3 is dance floor based, but each one is different. '"Narcosis" by Artefakt sounds like a midnight ride through a tunnel, the steel girders and yellow lights reflected in its wiry framework, while Iori's "Inject" is a grimy rhythm soaked in acid. Finally, Szare reverts to a similarly futurist approach as Artefakt, but "All Over" is more stepping and grittier, thanks to its tough drums and claps.
Field 08
FIELD 08
17 Sep 12
Techno
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Artefakt - "Mirror Society" - (10:47) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mark Du Mosch - "Dwelling" - (4:25) 127 BPM
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Steffi - "Full Glory" - (7:08) 128 BPM
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Area Forty_One - "PRTCTN" - (6:02) 119 BPM
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Played by: Paul Mac
Review: The Field label is one of the few imprints that does split releases in style. Unlike some labels, Field puts a lot of time and care into A&Ring these records - and the eighth release is no exception. Area Forty One's contribution is a glorious ambient soundscape, like a modern update on the theme from Blade Runner. A similarly evocative theme can be found in Artefakt's track, but it is in the middle of a hypnotic, repetitive rhythm. Mark Du Mosch takes the heads-down approach to the extreme on the grungy, ass-quaking bass of "Dwelling", while Steffi steers the release back to deeper waters on the spiky drums and esoteric melodies of "Full Glory".
10 Years Of Jaunt - Sea
JR 0071D
14 Sep 18
Electro
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Hiver - "Itrai" - (6:13) 125 BPM
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Artefakt - "Wanderings" - (6:40) 124 BPM
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Hnode - "Vision" - (4:55) 130 BPM
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Region - "Cosmic" - (6:54) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Jaunt Records' 10 year celebrations are spanning a series of releases that feature a broad spectrum of artists searching for the ultimate deep techno fix. The four contenders that occupy this Sea release all have their own agenda, but they sit together perfectly. Hiver weaves illustrious pads in between nimble electro drums and bubbling acid bass, while Artefakt creates eerie, fractured acid meanderings to send a shiver down your spine. Hinode does some deft break choppage to create a dreamy trip for the up all night crew, and then Region rolls the record out on an emotive tip while keeping the rhythm section pumped up for the floor.
Body 1:1 Mind
TIKITA 002
17 Apr 17
Techno
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Ko-Ta - "Drums Of Life" - (5:27) 126 BPM
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Artefakt - "Hypnosis" - (7:40) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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IORI - "Falcon" - (5:51) 164 BPM
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Kiyokazu Hamawaki - "Untitled #15" - (6:16) 123 BPM
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Field 10
FIELD 10
02 Aug 13
Techno
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RAG - "Siel" - (6:03) 115 BPM
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Delta Funktionen - "Motor" - (5:17) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Artefakt - "The Other Sun" - (11:27) 120 BPM
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Metropolis - "Void" - (6:43) 157 BPM
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Review: The impressive Field imprint reaches their tenth release since its formation in 2008. Along with Conforce, Delta Funktionen has played an influential role in Field's development, and he supplies some dusty, gurgling acid techno in "Motor". M>O>S boss R-A-G debuts on Field with the tense, Chicago-inspired "Siel", while after appearing on Field 08, Artefakt returns to the label for some rolling cosmic house. Metropolis, another Field debutant, ends the EP with the beatless, arpeggio driven "Void".
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