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Beyond The Reach Of Time
   
No Love From Above - (5:58) 132 BPM
   
At The Side Of Silence - (4:23) 132 BPM
   
Beyond The Reach Of Time (part 2) - (12:57) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Human Host (digital bonus) - (4:42) 129 BPM
Played by: Anderson Noise
Review: As part of its twenty-year celebrations, ePM really impresses with this release from Regis aka Karl O'Connor. The three tracks on Beyond were produced back in 1999, but O'Connor did not feel at the time that they were ready for release. Despite these misgivings at the time, the passage of over two decades has been kind to the music. "No Love From Above" is a rolling, filtered groove, with O'Connor layering some angelic sound scapes over the arrangement, while "At The Side Of Silence" sees the seminal producer drop the kind of linear, driving track that has become his signature, underpinned by pummelling steely drums and pitch-bent percussion. "Beyond The Reach Of Time Pt 2" follows in a similar vein, and serves as a reminder that when it comes to tough, expertly crafted techno, Regis is peerless.
EPM 94
12 Nov 21
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Againstnature
   
Washing My Hands - (2:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Let Them Bleed - (5:47) 138 BPM
   
Paralyzing - (2:32) 149 BPM
   
Nothing & No One - (4:55) 137 BPM
   
Meat - (5:25) 138 BPM
   
Join Us In Paradise - (5:03) 137 BPM
   
Hanoi Hanoi - (5:30) 137 BPM
   
Guiltless - (6:24) 136 BPM
   
Theme From Streetwalker - (5:16) 138 BPM
   
Under Skin - (1:57) 138 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of the recent 30-year anniversary compilation, Tresor has another landmark release scheduled - a reissue of the seminal Againstnature album. Originally released back in 2000, this collaboration between Karl O'Connor and Peter Sutton laid the foundations for the distinctive 'Birmingham sound' - and you can hear the evolution of this style on the dense, looped rhythm of "Let Them Bleed", the coruscating, frazzled builds of "Guiltless" and "Hanoi Hanoi", which resounds to steely, chain mail percussion. Apart from these visceral tracks, Againstnature also sees O'Connor and Sutton deliver the neo-classical sound scapes of "Paralyzing" and "Under Skin", tracks that sound as powerful and moving as their unmistakable industrial techno.
TRESOR 147
22 Oct 21
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EPM20
Various
   
Regis - "Beyond The Reach Of Time Pt 1" - (8:08) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Advent & Zein Ferreira - "Strangeform" - (5:20) 140 BPM
   
Robert Hood - "Shadows" - (5:22) 128 BPM
   
Bryan Chapman - "Io" - (6:28) 125 BPM
   
Paul Mac - "Nothing Remains" - (5:29) 129 BPM
   
Rico & Sonny - "The Beat" - (6:48) 128 BPM
   
Ben Long & Oliver Way - "Belladona Beats" - (6:22) 130 BPM
   
Arno Vancolen - "Fragment 7" - (7:58) 142 BPM
   
Itchy Ear - "Transmutation Celebration" - (3:55) 95 BPM
   
Carl Finlow - "Optogenetic" - (7:16) 160 BPM
   
Ben Sims - "Xotunc" - (5:15) 135 BPM
   
Detroit's Filthiest - "Werewolf" - (5:18) 140 BPM
   
Francesco Terranova - "Resilient" - (6:19) 133 BPM
   
W. Jeremy - "Northern Lights" - (5:20) 124 BPM
   
Jon Dixon - "Mack & Bewick" - (6:36) 126 BPM
   
Eddie Fowlkes - "1-2-3" - (6:17) 127 BPM
   
James Ruskin - "There Was A Time" - (5:26) 134 BPM
   
Mark Broom - "The Three Swords" - (5:15) 130 BPM
   
Luis Martinez - "Equinox" (Solar Eclipse mix) - (4:56) 125 BPM
   
DJ 3000 - "Summer 1995" - (6:10) 125 BPM
   
Modulator aka Freddie Fresh - "ProMars" - (5:27) 120 BPM
Review: With 20 years spent releasing, distributing and representing techno and electro's finest producers, it's fair to say that ePM is a true champion of the underground. That commitment comes into sharp focus on EPM20, which brings together music from all of the Eps that the label released over the past year. The listener is really spoilt for choice: Regis delivers the beautifully ghostly techno of "Beyond The Reach Of Time Pt 1", while Robert Hood keeps the mood mysterious on the aptly named "Shadows". While the compilation spotlights prominent producers, it also showcases artists who sometimes fly under the radar - on this occasion, it's Paul Mac with the drum-heavy "Nothing Remains" and Carl Finlow's nocturnal electro on "Optogenetic". The fact that it's dedicated to the sadly departed Tim Baker is also a lovely touch.
EPM 92XX
15 Oct 21
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Let The Night Return EP
   
Epidaurus (live extract 1) - (3:36) 80 BPM
   
Calling Down A Curse - (5:59) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Clean Air - (2:17) 63 BPM
   
The Blind Departing - (5:20) 63 BPM
   
Epidaurus (feat J.K Brodrick - live extract 2) - (3:15) 80 BPM
   
Temporary Thing (feat Ann Margaret Hogan - soundcheck instrumental) - (7:24) 93 BPM
Review: Let The Night Return is a unique one-off performance by Karl 'Regis' O'Connor which took place at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Peloponnese, Greece. A remarkable UNESCO world heritage site devoted to Asclepius (Greek god of medicine), Regis took to the stage with pianist Ann Margaret Hogan, the soundscapes of Vasileios Trigkas and Justin K Broadrick on guitar for a special one-off performance, miced up and recorded for future prosperity. With the heavyset and poetical language of Regis' music still firmly intact, beat driven numbers come through "The Blind Departing" and "Calling Down A Curse" - which will appeal to fans of his Kalon project to tracks like "Blood Witness" - with O'Connor's all time post punk sound ringing true in "Clean Air". With shadowy, industrial murk and distorted edginess to be explored in "Epidaurus (live extract 1)" & Epidaurus (live extract 2)" - it's as if Regis went as far to channel Lou Reed in "Temporary Thing". Best thing since BMB Live In Tokyo.
LINO 89
11 Jun 21
Experimental/Electronic
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A Hollow Moment EP
   
A Hollow Moment (original mix) - (8:55) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Empty Centre - (7:21) 128 BPM
   
A Hollow Moment (dub) - (6:54) 128 BPM
Review: Regis follows his recent Killing European Sons release on Downwards with another master class in cutting edge techno. Representing the seminal UK producer's more club friendly side is the title track: it's a hypnotic affair, with Regis layering hypnotic tones over a throbbing, dense groove. On "The Empty Centre" the Downwards boss opts for a more abstract approach, with waves of industrial noise combined with a stepping rhythm. Remaining true to his tendency to never stay in one place for too long, Regis proceeds to deliver the grainy, murky loops of "A Hollow Moment (dub)" - which will delight fans of his work as Kalon and Reality or Nothing.
DNHM 01
23 Apr 21
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CUB
   
CUB (original mix) - (6:43) 157 BPM
   
CUB (re-edit) - (6:39) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
DNCIB 01
09 Apr 21
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Killing European Sons
   
Killing European Sons Pt 1 - (6:02) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Killing European Sons Pt 2 - (5:09) 135 BPM
   
Killing European Sons Pt 3 - (1:26) 123 BPM
   
Killing European Sons Pt 4 - (5:35) 136 BPM
DNKES 01
26 Mar 21
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#
   
Lord & The Sunshiny Doors - (4:51) 94 BPM
   
Nobody - (4:00) 114 BPM
   
Let's Get Lost - (4:00) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Chat - (2:37) 122 BPM
   
Pavelius - (4:26) 75 BPM
   
Malibu - (4:31) 59 BPM
   
With You In Mind - (4:57) 142 BPM
   
We Want It All - (5:04) 140 BPM
   
Everybody Goes Away - (3:21) 129 BPM
   
My Funny Valentine - (3:16) 150 BPM
406179 8823390
21 Dec 20
Coldwave/Synth
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Tongue Box
   
Blood Witness (restructured) - (7:18) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blinding Horses (restructured) - (6:51) 64 BPM
   
Blinding Horses (Stable Boy mix) - (2:34) 60 BPM
   
Manbait (restructured) - (7:29) 62 BPM
   
The Solution - (3:24) 75 BPM
   
Masterside 1 (remastered) - (7:54) 64 BPM
   
Masterside 2 (remastered) - (6:30) 65 BPM
Review: Regis aka Karl O'Connor revisits his releases on the now shuttered Blackest Ever Black label for this fine compilation. The rolling, insistent drums on "Blood Witness" from the 2011 In A Syrian Tongue EP still sound fresh, while the droning,'Blinding Horses' from the same release also features. Tongue Box also features a new take on this track, and the frosty sound scapes of the 'Stable Boy Mix' are nothing short of mesmerising. In contrast, O'Connor delivers a tighter, rhythm-heavy version of "Manbait" - the title track of his 2015 compilation on the label - as well as the robust "Masterside" stepper available in two dance floor-primed versions.
DNRE 04
27 Nov 20
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Digital
   
Regis - "Obscurum Dom" (Regis Birmingham mix) - (4:52) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Obscurum - "Botched" (Mugon mix) - (3:47) 139 BPM
RLS 00115858
02 Sep 20
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Almost Mainstream: Underground Pop From Western Switzerland 2015-2020 Vol 1
Various
   
Barrio Colette - "Facon Facon" - (3:40) 65 BPM
   
Julien Israelian - "Socca" - (2:13) 109 BPM
   
Schade - "Le Soleil" - (4:44) 129 BPM
   
Bandit Voyage - "Peines Et Marees" - (2:40) 111 BPM
   
Adieu Gary Cooper - "Il Commence A Faire Noir" - (5:29) 80 BPM
   
Meril Wubslin - "Ecoreve" - (5:29) 154 BPM
   
Regis - "Adieu Geneve" - (3:07) 80 BPM
   
Chateaughetto - "La Nuit" - (3:52) 108 BPM
   
La Bande A Joe - "Ours" - (3:37) 88 BPM
   
Chapelle - "Chanson D'amour" - (2:13) 100 BPM
CHPTL 045
19 Jun 20
Indie/Alternative
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Hidden In This Is The Light That You Miss
   
Calling Down A Curse - (10:03) 85 BPM
   
Eros In Tangiers - (3:13) 69 BPM
   
The Blind Departing - (6:54) 64 BPM
   
I See Fire - (5:08) 64 BPM
   
Alone Of All Her Sex - (1:54) 90 BPM
   
The Sun Rose Pure - (11:03) 65 BPM
   
Cracked Earth - (5:33) 65 BPM
   
Another Kind Of Love - (3:05) 75 BPM
   
Everything Is Ahead Of Us - (6:50) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: A mighty 19 years since we last heard a solo album from Regis on Downwards, Hidden In This Is The Light That You Miss sees Karl O'Connor return with a post-era defining sound. Stripped-back, heavy, and broken beat techno swinging with tribal percussion and industrial malice, it's tracks like "Cracked Earth", "Calling Down A Curse" and "The Sun Rose Pure" that should appeal most to hardened Downwards characters. Find slower, more malevolent numbers in "The Blind Departing", made harder still by the moans and gnarly bass in "I See Fire", collectively plotted through a album of loose narratives and beatless sound design in tracks like "Eros In Tangiers" and "Alone Of All Her Sex". Long live Regis!
DNLP 28
22 May 20
Experimental/Electronic
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Penetration 2020 Remastered Version
   
Get On Your Knees - (5:03) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Slave To The Inevitable - (2:57) 106 BPM
   
It's A Mans World - (5:14) 135 BPM
   
Thirst - (5:03) 136 BPM
   
White Stains - (5:52) 136 BPM
   
Penetration - (5:01) 136 BPM
   
Aftertaste Of Guilt - (5:06) 135 BPM
   
Her Surrender - (6:17) 135 BPM
   
Aftertaste Of Guilt (Part 2) - (6:46) 135 BPM
   
White Stains (Part 2) - (6:10) 135 BPM
LINO 30
17 Apr 20
Techno
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Delivered Into The Hands Of Indifference
   
Hands Of A Stranger - (5:18) 133 BPM
   
Disease Through Affection - (5:01) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Body Unknown - (5:00) 133 BPM
   
Barriers - (5:03) 133 BPM
   
Concentration - (4:51) 133 BPM
   
Extract 1 - (1:46) 133 BPM
   
Extract 2 - (1:15) 133 BPM
   
Extract 3 - (1:19) 133 BPM
   
Escape From Yourself - (4:43) 133 BPM
   
Indifference - (5:03) 133 BPM
   
Streetwalker - (5:16) 138 BPM
   
Artilary - (4:33) 134 BPM
DNLP 05
17 Apr 20
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Necklace Of Bites
   
Solution (Voices) - (1:15) 144 BPM
   
Wound Us - (5:05) 138 BPM
   
Solution (Music) - (1:29) 160 BPM
   
Executive Handshake - (4:40) 137 BPM
   
Adolescence - (5:08) 138 BPM
   
Execution Ground - (4:28) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rites - (4:55) 136 BPM
   
Purification (Endless) - (4:57) 137 BPM
   
Rise - (1:17) 115 BPM
   
Baptism - (6:08) 138 BPM
   
The Right Side Of Reason - (5:00) 138 BPM
   
On The Wheel - (1:35) 125 BPM
Review: Originally released between the tail end of the 90s and the start of the new millennium, the material on Necklace Of Bites shows why Regis is one of the pre-eminent forces in modern techno. Starting with the Jim Jones samples on "Solution (Voice)', with the chilling orchestral "Music" version of the same track, the compilation then veers into the streamlined, pounding "Wound Us" and the dense, tribal kinetics of "Executive Handshake". What's most remarkable about Regis' output from this period is how well it has aged: "Adolescence", with its momentous filters and breeze block kicks, makes the current wave of techno sound staid, while the shrieking samples and razor sharp rhythm of "Execution Ground" is as lethal as the day it was conceived.
DWN 03
01 Nov 19
Techno
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Expect Nothing
   
Expect Nothing (2018 mix) - (6:01) 134 BPM
   
Expect Nothing (Reeko remix) - (6:47) 128 BPM
   
Expect Nothing (Regis remix) - (5:44) 134 BPM
   
Expect Nothing (Oscar Mulero remix) - (5:28) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Expect Nothing (Reeko Alternative remix) - (6:20) 85 BPM
   
Expect Nothing (Regis Alternative remix) - (5:51) 134 BPM
   
Expect Nothing (Oscar Mulero Alternative remix) - (6:00) 86 BPM
NHEOMA 020
29 Mar 18
Techno
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Live In NYC
   
Untitled I (live) - (4:05) 88 BPM
   
We Said No (Alt version) - (4:31) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Translation (live) - (4:16) 133 BPM
   
Untitled II (live) - (5:27) 133 BPM
   
Careless Pedestrian (live) - (5:12) 133 BPM
Review: The don of Birmingham techno Karl O'Connor serves up some live rarities courtesy of retroverts Cititrax. Features recently uncovered recordings of a Regis performance in NYC on January 4th, 1997 at the famed Film Academy. His unmistakeable sound and influence is integral to the DNA of the techno sound, blatantly copied but never matched. Some classics from the Downwards catalogue are contained on this EP in all their austere fashion. "We Said No" "Translation" and "Careless Pedestrian" from his seminal 1996 LP Gymnastics being highlights. The original tapes were discovered by Evan Kreeger, studio work/transfers by James Ruskin in London and audio mastered by Veronica Vasicka in New York.
CITI 023
19 Dec 17
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Gymnastics Restored
   
We Said No - (4:55) 133 BPM
   
Allies - (4:46) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep Planning - (1:07) 110 BPM
   
Careless Pedestrian - (5:08) 133 BPM
   
Translation - (4:18) 133 BPM
   
Sand - (5:45) 133 BPM
   
Cold Water - (5:03) 133 BPM
   
The Black Firefighter - (5:07) 133 BPM
Review: Well, we knew that this day had to come some time soon, but we didn't realise it was going to hit us this hard. Regis, real name Karl O'Connor, requires no introductions so we're not going to write one, but what we will say is that plenty of people round the Junodownload HQ have been awaiting for his debut LP from 1996 with a noticeable level of hysteria. Gymnastics, along with a few other key releases, single-handedly launched Regis onto the UK techno scene and helped him to redefine it after the days of hardcore and house. Aside from the fact that this gear sounds as fresh as it did over 20 years ago, every tune on this thing is a keeper; the likes of "Allies", "Translation", "Sand" have been imitated relentlessly by all the techno heads over the years and, if it weren't for this album or this man, the likes of Barghain would not exist in the same way. Nuff said. Essential.
DNLP 2R
21 Jul 17
Techno
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Structures And Solutions
Various
   
O & V & R - "Metal Slipper" - (7:19) 131 BPM
   
Lakker - "Chain Of Combs" - (6:00) 130 BPM
   
James Ruskin & DVS1 - "Page 1" - (6:13) 130 BPM
   
Makaton - "Slur" - (7:04) 134 BPM
   
Planetary Assault Systems - "Pull" - (7:36) 131 BPM
   
Steve Bicknell - "Disguise Of Beings" - (4:09) 128 BPM
   
Regis - "Party Spoiler Too" - (5:09) 134 BPM
   
Randomer - "Sheen" - (6:59) 130 BPM
   
Truss - "Wanastow" - (5:58) 89 BPM
   
Rumah & Progression (UK) - "Speak & Spell" - (5:56) 130 BPM
   
James Ruskin - "6teenth" - (5:22) 132 BPM
   
Tessela - "Rub" - (6:11) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rommek - "Off The Radar" - (6:15) 128 BPM
   
Blawan - "Passer By" - (6:07) 129 BPM
   
Oliver Ho - "The Serpent Devours Itself" - (5:10) 128 BPM
   
The Fear Ratio - "Lonor" - (4:53) 103 BPM
   
Lakker - "Orange" - (5:09) 135 BPM
Review: To mark the twentieth anniversary of the foundation of his label, James Ruskin has put together this massive compilation. It includes long-term friends and associates of the label - like Oliver Ho, Regis and Luke Slater - as well as newer additions to the roster, including Lakker and Rommek. Apart from uniting artists from different generations, the compilation also showcases the label's various hues; from the broken beats and intricate rhythms of Ruskin and Regis' O/V/R project and the hypnotic soundscapes of Lakker's "Orange" to the trace stabs and 10 tonne kicks of Regis' "Party Spoiler Too" and the chaotic industrial rhythms on Truss' "Wanastow", this compilation offers to newcomers an invaluable introduction to Blueprint, or to long-standing fans an indispensable reminder of why the label is unique.
BP 2016
24 Jun 16
Techno
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Manbait
   
Ike Yard - "Loss" (Regis version) - (7:16) 126 BPM
   
Dalhous - "He Was Human & Belonged With Humans" (Regis version) - (5:00) 158 BPM
   
Regis - "Blood Witness" (feat MJ Harris & Karl O'Connor - original 12" mix) - (6:24) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vatican Shadow - "Church Of All Images" (Regis version) - (7:12) 126 BPM
   
Family Sex - "Manbait" (Regis version) - (6:47) 123 BPM
   
Blinding Horses - (4:58) 130 BPM
   
CUB - "C U 1" (original mix) - (6:43) 157 BPM
   
Blood Witness (Downwards extended version) - (7:19) 130 BPM
   
Tropic Of Cancer - "Plant Lilies At My Head" (Alternate version) - (4:10) 149 BPM
   
Blinding Horses (Turin version) - (7:10) 126 BPM
   
Raime - "This Foundry" (Regis version) - (7:54) 126 BPM
   
Blinding Horses (Stableboy version) - (2:34) 120 BPM
BLACKESTDL 013
25 Sep 15
Techno
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Balance 025 (unmixed tracks)
   
Various - "Balance 025" (continous mix by Danny Tenaglia) - (1:01:12) 123 BPM
   
Various - "Balance 025" (continous mix by Danny Tenaglia) - (1:00:47) 126 BPM
   
04LM - "Tragicaller" - (5:53) 126 BPM
   
Ugo Carrano - "Gbass" - (7:10) 128 BPM
   
Reboot - "Banging Ear Drums" - (11:18) 126 BPM
   
Talismann - "Zula" - (7:34) 129 BPM
   
Cowboy Rhythmbox - "Shake" - (5:09) 118 BPM
   
A [Phase] - "Dirtro II" - (6:39) 127 BPM
   
MRI - "Es Geht Um Mehr" - (7:33) 126 BPM
   
Hot Since 82 - "Planes & Trains" (Dosem remix) - (6:42) 125 BPM
   
Kernel Key - "Out Of Body Experience" - (7:18) 127 BPM
   
Gabriel DaOr & Bordoy - "Element 84" (Alex Under remix) - (6:50) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sanys - "Dominance" - (6:43) 125 BPM
   
Tom Laws - "The Yellow Enemy" - (8:34) 125 BPM
   
Pherox - "Black Copy" (feat Lee Curtiss) - (7:48) 124 BPM
   
Nicole Moudaber - "Movina On" - (7:43) 125 BPM
   
Mancini (ManJas) - "What I Think" (Yamen & Eda remix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
   
Basement Jaxx - "Mermaid Of Salinas" (Michel Cleis Isla dub) - (7:09) 126 BPM
   
Thomas Schumacher - "Iall Do You" - (8:44) 130 BPM
   
Dadub - "Existence" (Kangding Ray remix) - (7:33) 126 BPM
   
Architectural - "4.1" - (8:16) 120 BPM
   
Funkndy - "Station" - (7:54) 129 BPM
   
Regis - "Cold Water" (Substance version) - (8:26) 140 BPM
   
The Yellowheads - "Red Light District" - (5:05) 127 BPM
   
Antigone - "The Melody" - (6:40) 129 BPM
   
Antigone - "The Time Merchant" - (6:46) 129 BPM
   
Lewis Fautzi - "Binary" (Oscar Mulero remix) - (6:48) 126 BPM
   
Dax J - "Dreamscape" - (6:54) 132 BPM
   
HO - "Deletion 3" - (6:52) 130 BPM
   
Gregor Tresher - "Nightcolors" (Garnier Without The B Devotions remix) - (9:51) 126 BPM
   
Herva - "Snow & Clouds" - (6:32) 132 BPM
   
2 AM & FM - "Acid Planes" - (13:00) 130 BPM
   
Svreca - "Overgang" (Oscar Mulero remix) - (6:05) 126 BPM
   
Attemporal - "ATT9" (Craig Mcwhinney remix) - (7:14) 126 BPM
   
Spear - "Cognitive Dissonance" (Miki Craven remix) - (11:37) 128 BPM
   
Brian Sanhaji - "Datalogger" (Jonas Kopp remix V1) - (7:30) 130 BPM
   
Sin Sin - "Grounded" - (8:37) 128 BPM
   
Exploit - "UFO" - (7:40) 130 BPM
Played by: Franz Johann
Review: Danny Tenaglia is a stone cold legend, but his profile has waned significantly over recent years. Given that it's 25 years since the release of his first production, this first contribution to the Balance series - is well timed. Pleasingly, it seems Tengalia still "has it it". Throughout the collection, the veteran NYC DJ maintains a fearsome energy level, mixing things up via a track list that spans chunky tech-house, darkroom tribal, heavily percussive fare (see Michel Cleis' dub of Basement Jaxx's "Mermaid of Salinas") and intelligent techno revivalism (Dax J's brilliant "Dreamscape" and Ho's "Deletion 3"). It is, of course, an impeccable selection, as you'd expect from a man with Tengalia's undoubted pedigree.
BAL 011D
19 Sep 14
Minimal/Tech House
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DN 51
   
Fragment 1 - (5:32) 135 BPM
   
Fragment 2 - (4:42) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fragment 3 - (4:48) 134 BPM
   
Fragment 4 - (5:13) 126 BPM
Review: More unreleased heat from the Karl O'Connor vaults! DN51 features four tracks plucked from the recording sessions for O'Connor's Penetration album under the Regis moniker, released in 2001. Originally only available as dubplates, the material finally sees a full digital release, with four slabs of loop-driven, brutal machine funk. The granite hard kicks of "Fragment 1" threaten to dislodge the needle from the groove such is the ferocity with which they rattle; be sure to check the penetrating, tunnelling groove of "Fragment 4". A must for Regis completists and another fine release in what is becoming a pretty special year for O'Connor.
DN 51
04 Aug 14
Techno
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Chua Rave
   
Chua Rave (Regis mix) - (3:59) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Harshing (William Bennet remix) - (2:36) 87 BPM
   
Harshing (Kevin Drumm remix) - (7:57)
Review: The Downwards label precede the intriguing release of a new album from multi disciplinarian Russell Haswell with this remix release brandishing wildly different reinterpretations of the Coventry based musician's work from William Bennett, Kevin Drumm and label boss Regis. Haswell and Downwards seem like a good fit given the former's long career of boundary pushing music across labels as varied as Editions Mego, Warp Records and Carlos Giffoni's No Fun Productions, while the latter have remained uncompromising in the direction of their release schedule. It's a rare occasion when you can identify a Regis remix as the most accessible contribution to a release, but that's certainly the case here, with the Downwards chief delivering a twitching, loopy techno workout of "Chua Rave," while Whitehouse founding member William Bennett - another former collaborator of Haswell's - has remixed "Harshing" which is quite aptly described by Downwards as a "stereo head f*cking, brain floss session". This is surpassed in the "skin crawling brutal sonics" stakes by the minute remix of the same track from the Chicago-based experimental musician Kevin Drumm.
LINO 51R
30 Jun 14
Techno
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Blood Witness
   
Blood Witness (extended) - (7:19) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blood Witness (edit) - (6:11) 128 BPM
Played by: Concrete Djz
LINO 100
23 Jun 14
Techno
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Death Head Said
   
Death Head Said - (6:03) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Absolute - (5:05) 133 BPM
   
Baptism - (8:05) 130 BPM
   
Death Head Said (version) - (5:07) 134 BPM
   
Assume Nothing - (4:41) 136 BPM
   
VD Hospital - (5:11) 134 BPM
   
Unnatural Selection - (4:58) 136 BPM
Played by: Ancient Methods
DN 50
23 Jun 14
Techno
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Halha
Various
   
Regis - "Cold Water" (Substance version) - (8:26) 140 BPM
   
Oake - "Tenoun Rah Zan" - (6:45) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fret - "Fret" - (5:46) 148 BPM
   
Talker - "Cut The Weight Part 1" - (5:12) 160 BPM
   
Concrete Fence - "The Unabridged Truth" (Sleeparchive mix) - (6:53) 126 BPM
   
Mark F - "None Of This" - (1:27)
   
Antonym - "Consumer Device" - (3:39) 119 BPM
   
Antonym & Regis - "Simple Radical Practice" - (7:32) 125 BPM
   
Kerridge - "A Shadow Cast" - (5:42) 124 BPM
Review: Giving the vast and slightly daunting discography the Downwards label has built up since its foundation by Karl 'Regis' O'Connor and Peter 'Female' Sutton in 1993, it makes for little surprise that this 20th anniversary compilation does not opt for the traditional 'greatest hits' route. Of course that wouldn't be the Downwards way either, such is their mischievously contrary nature. Instead this nine-track compilation opts to slip in a few rare curios from the label's early years alongside a selection of tracks from its current roster. O'Connor naturally features heavily; there's an unreleased Substance remix of a track from his debut LP, a track recorded along with Sutton under the rarely used Mark Farmer alias and his more recent Concrete Fence project with Russell Haswell features too, getting a typically loopy Sleeparchive remix. For long term Downwards fanatics it will be the inclusion of tracks from Antonym and Fret (aka ex Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris) that will really excite - with the latter's "Untitled" sounding particularly ahead of it's time. Music from OAKE, Kerridge and newcomers Talker hints at Downwards future.
DNS2020. 1
12 May 14
Techno
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Regis Complete Works 1994-1996
   
Speak To Me - (6:17) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Model Friendship - (4:32) 140 BPM
   
Ital - (4:14) 138 BPM
   
Lapal - (4:13) 138 BPM
   
Point Of Entry - (5:49) 134 BPM
   
Surface - (5:02) 139 BPM
   
Keep Planning - (4:41) 135 BPM
   
We Said No - (4:46) 136 BPM
   
Allies - (3:42) 133 BPM
   
Translation - (4:12) 134 BPM
   
Careless Pedestrian - (4:20) 136 BPM
   
Sand - (5:51) 132 BPM
   
Cold Water - (3:56) 134 BPM
   
The Black Freighter - (4:01) 133 BPM
   
S/He 1 - (5:29) 134 BPM
   
S/He 2 - (5:20) 134 BPM
Review: Now regarded as something of a doyen for the UK techno community, Karl O'Connor aka Regis is revered with something approaching religious fervor in some circles. And it's little wonder; his brutal yet inherently funky and artful strand of techno brought together the worlds on industrial and DIY punk with pummeling 4x4 machine music long before any one else. Between 1994 and 2000, he delivered a string of uncompromising techno records comparable to the early output of Dave Clarke and Jeff Mills, and here the Downwards imprint looks back on those halcyon days with the first volume of a Complete Recordings reissue. Certified fans won't bother reading this review - it's buy on sight material - but lovers of contemporary techno looking to trace the genre's diverse origins should look, listen and learn from one of the undisputed greats.
DNRECD 1
29 Feb 12
Techno
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Complete Works 1997-1998
   
A Necklace Of Bites - (5:48) 132 BPM
   
Disease Through Affection - (5:46) 134 BPM
   
Adolescence - (5:08) 138 BPM
   
Executive Handshake - (4:37) 138 BPM
   
Body Unknown - (4:51) 138 BPM
   
Barriers - (4:55) 137 BPM
   
Concentrate - (4:46) 136 BPM
   
Escape From Yourself - (4:39) 136 BPM
   
From Now On - (9:50) 136 BPM
   
Indifference - (4:54) 138 BPM
   
Wound Us - (5:03) 138 BPM
   
Guiltless - (6:25) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Right Side Of Reason (part 1) - (5:09) 134 BPM
   
The Right Side Of Reason (part 2) - (4:26) 122 BPM
Played by: Mirko S., Sleeparchive
Review: Conceived at a time when the first wave of US minimalism was making waves across Europe, 1997-1998 offers a uniquely British response. At this stage, Karl O'Connor had placed Regis firmly on the techno radar, and tracks like "Disease Through Affection", with its razor-sharp, jarring industrial riffs and the pile-driving kicks and scatter-gun percussion on "Necklace of Bites" offer a dense, maximal counterbalance to Rob Hood's visceral minimalism. But O'Connor was then as he is now a visionary, and the most telling aspect of this compilation is how much of it would set the agenda for techno as it evolved through the late 90s and early 00s. Mills's Purposemaker project gets all the credit for creating loop techno, but one listen to the stomping, grime-caked industrial techno of "Executive Handshake" and the oppressive riffs of "Body Unknown" and it's clear who drew up the blueprint.
DNRECD 2
29 Feb 12
Techno
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Regis Complete Works 1999-2001
   
Solution (Voice) - (1:14) 122 BPM
   
Rites - (4:55) 136 BPM
   
Execution Ground - (4:27) 136 BPM
   
Solution (Music) - (1:27) 126 BPM
   
Rise - (1:16) 138 BPM
   
Baptism - (6:06) 138 BPM
   
Purification - (5:44) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Broken On The Wheel - (1:33) 125 BPM
   
Get On Your Knees - (4:59) 135 BPM
   
Slave To The Inevitable - (2:57)
   
It's A Man's World - (5:14) 135 BPM
   
Thirst - (5:02) 136 BPM
   
White Stains - (5:50) 136 BPM
   
Penetration - (4:59) 136 BPM
   
Aftertaste Of Guilt - (5:06) 135 BPM
   
Her Surrender - (6:18) 134 BPM
   
White Stains (part 2) - (6:10) 135 BPM
Review: The preceding volumes captured the artist as a young man, and this third instalment documents Karl O'Connor's development from harsh industrial techno into other forms of electronic music-making. That's not to say that 1999-2001 is devoid of O'Connor's punishing approach: "Execution Ground" is a frenetic, thundering groove and "Rites" sees a jack-knifing riff skids its way across a lunging tribal rhythm. The key difference between these tracks and past peak-time tracks is the use of a vocal sample on the former and the icy, atmospheric synths that offset the latter's grainy intensity. O'Connor's desire to bring something new to hard techno is also audible on "Baptism" and "Purification", where lunging, slamming rhythms underscore incessant vocal snippets - like a precursor to Sims-style loops. "Get On Your Knees" is further removed from Regis' original dense sound and has a more electronic groove, but even it cannot prepare for the eerie ambience of both versions of "Solution" - is that Charles Manson on the "Voice" version? - and the doomy, dead-paced beats of "Slave To The Inevitable".
DNRECD 3
29 Feb 12
Techno
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Ade
   
Ade (original mix) - (5:56) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ade (I'll House U remix) - (5:59) 127 BPM
   
Ade (Naylo remix) - (5:15) 128 BPM
TLR 019
13 Feb 12
Minimal/Tech House
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In A Syrian Tongue
   
Blood Witness - (6:24) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blood Witness (MJ Harris / Karl O'Connor Live Version 8211) - (6:46) 65 BPM
   
Blinding Horses - (4:58) 65 BPM
BLACKEST 004
28 Sep 11
Experimental/Electronic
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Parallel Perception EP
   
Regis - "Argibalt" (U VIV remix) - (5:02) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Charlton - "Argibalt" - (5:17) 136 BPM
   
Michaelangelo - "Andromeda13" - (4:36) 136 BPM
   
Djorvin Clain - "Sub Sequence" - (5:12) 132 BPM
Played by: A.Paul, Trebor, Dubfire
LABD 002
03 Jul 09
Techno
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