Golden Dawn (feat Stefanie Parnow) - (7:14) 133 BPM
Interdimensional Interferenc - (5:58) 137 BPM
Distant Paradise - (8:04) 128 BPM
Be (feat Robert Owens) - (4:50) 138 BPM
Vampir - (6:29) 127 BPM
Downtown 161 - (11:36) 132 BPM
Review: Existenz is Dave Sumner's third artist album as Function, and it partly ushers in a change in style. While there are echoes of his typical brooding, hypnotic techno on the mysterious, acid-tinged "Nylon Mood" and the heads-down roller, "Golden Dawn" - which features Stefanie Parnow - much of the album comprises a more mellow mood. There's the wonderfully hypnotic 90s ambient of "The Approach" and "Sagittarius A (Right Ascension)", while Function hooks up with vocalist Robert Owens to do deep house on the layered, textured "Growth Cycle". It's without doubt Function's most diverse long player, and ranges from the rickety electro of "Pleasure Discipline" to the dub shanty of "Interdimensional Interference".
Review: Next up on Lost Palms is 1-800 Girls aka Jake Stewart. Dancing is an atmospheric affair that is sure to appeal to fans of more esoteric techno. "3am Central Line" opens the release with a gentle, stepping groove and squelchy acid lines, while in a similar style is "Latin Tongue": the 303s have been replaced with breathy, billowing synths, but the punchy drums remain. On "Don't Wanna Stop", Stewart ups the tempo to deliver rolling break beats, but they deliver jazzy keys, while the EP concludes with "Minds Nature", an evocative piece of music that has echoes of 90s ambient.
Review: Following Eps for 20:20 Vision and Freerange, Whitesquare aka Maurice Uzzan makes his debut for Life And Death. This release draws on a number of sources for inspiration; on the title track, the bass is influenced by early 90s house, while the acid line is redolent of Josh Wink at his finest. The dreamy vocal samples and break beats on "Not Moving" could have come from a San Fran free party, while "Jasmine" is more grounded. Led by an earthy acid line and a stepping rhythm, it's one of the more functional tracks on this release - until DJ Tennis gets his hands on it and turns it into a rumbling, 303-led roller.
Review: It's hard to believe that "Give Your Body" is nearly 30 years old. Originally issued on Djax back in 1992, its throbbing acid groove and mesmerising vocal sample still burn with the same hypnotic intensity. Delsin has commissioned two of modern techno's most respected names to provide new remixes. Delta Funktionen delivers a tripped out, break beat version of the classic, with layer upon layer of acid woven into the arrangement, The excellent Lost Trax meanwhile drop a straighter, dance floor-focused version; beefing up the drums and adding a visceral edge to the arrangement, it and the Delta Funktionen take are respectful interpretations of this evergreen classic.
Review: Legendary disco diamond Rayko and his Rare Wiri label confirm some new wares from Daniel Klien, aka Sirs, an artist with old school connections to labels like Flamingo Discos and Peppermint Jam. As Sirs he surfaces with a quality EP of four sides and the record goes deep into cosmic space and classy vocoder territory with the inter-dimensional "Pookish", while New York mafiosos are referenced in the post-punk, drum rolls and heavy Italo sound of "Nosa Costra". Strands of rock and minimalism combine between the socialistic and angsty gestures of "Ja Gakaki" with the voice of a most alluring German devil hidden deep within "Der Trip".
Review: The second release on Spandau20 is a family affair. Fadi Mohem, who has previously released on Klockworks, gets down to business with the steely, percussive techno of "Nine". Shifting gears and changing tact, Balas delivers the broken beats, clanging hats and jungliest bass of "Desdemona", while Fjaak return to straighter techno thanks to the big-room chord stabs and pounding kicks of "Transmission", which has echoes of Dave Clarke's Red series. The sound shifts once again for Claus Schoning's "Wizard". In stark contrast to what went before it, it's an abstract, break beat track full of otherworldly squelches and atmospheric textures.
Review: Over the years, Joey Negro has delivered compilations focusing on a wide range of styles and sub-genres, including soulful disco, Italo-house, early U.S disco-rap, and Washington D.C go-go. Now he's turned his attention to electro, the style that did more than any other to inspire Britain's first wave of DJs and dance music producers. This "personal collection" contains a mixture of stone-cold scene classics - Aleem's Leroy Burgess-fronted "Release Yourself", Hashim's scene anthem "Al Naayafiysh (The Soul)" and Dwayne Omar's P-funk influenced "This Party's Jam Packed" - alongside deeper selections such as Kosmic Light Force's brilliant - and hard to find - L.A electrofunk classic "Mysterious Waves", and The Russell Brothers thrillingly intergalactic "The Party Scene".
Review: Massien has put out material on labels like XL and Tectonic and now brings his street sounds to Dance Trax. "Twist & Turn" is inspired by old-school, breaking electro, with Massien dropping warbling synths over rolling 808s and powerful bass stabs, while on "Lust & Sound", he drops a niggling acid-led breaker. Electro producer of the moment Jensen Interceptor introduces a more clubby feel to the release, which is thanks to an ominous bass on his remix, while there are two tracks featuring DJ Haus; "Hypnotik Rhythm Sequence" is a bleak, steely breaker and "Random Access Memory" is an acid-laced, tone-shifting affair - both marking Massien out as a formidable artist.
Review: The mood on the eighth volume of Eps dedicated to celebrating De:tuned's 10th birthday is darker than previous editions. It begins with a new, full-on version of Humanoid's "Stakker" - renamed here as "ST8818r" - replete with coruscating acid lines and stomping break beats. Mike Dred aka Kosmik Kommando's timeless rave track "Biosurvival" also gets an airing, before Luke Vibert slows the pace down with the grinding "The Banter Notes". DE:10.08 also gets extra kudos for including a track from the brilliant - and underrated act - Air Liquide. In keeping with the overall acid-fried theme, they contribute the mind-bending "Strunkelpotz".
Review: Tommy Four Seven has commissioned remixes of tracks that featured on his acclaimed Veer album from earlier this year, getting some of electronic music's most respected electronic music involved. Machine Woman delivers a slow-paced tribal take on "Radius", while in a similar vein, Pessimist's version of "Dead Ocean" resounds to robust broken beats and industrial undercurrents. At the other end of the spectrum, Parrish Smith of L.I.E.S fame turns "Colony" into fast-paced, pulsating techno groove tailored for murky basements, while Silent Servant's remix of "Aphelion" is an atmospheric, acid-led electro workout. It's an essential remix collection.
Review: Following a productive 2016 in which he delivered superb material on labels including Dekmantel, Clone and Perc Tracks, Randomer returns to L.I.E.S for the first time since 2015. "Smokin" is a typically bombastic and bass-heavy affair, with the producer combining his usual metallic, industrial-tinged sounds and spacey electronics with a killer electro groove. It's little less than a genuine club roller that achieves a perfect balance between rhythmic funkiness and trippy eccentricity. you will then get the creepy, echo-laden hits, horror chic and panicked rhythms of "Velvet" and the dense, dusty late night techno throb of "Rye". While neither of the these tracks can match the thrills of "Smokin", they're both excellent mixing tools.
Review: GOTT is a new collaboration between Uncanny Valley label owner Sneaker and Scannoir. It is also the German word for 'God'. Indeed on "Total Kommander", it sounds like the almighty has had a hand in the production, as an ominous, robust groove rolls menacingly and bleak, gloomy synths underpin a frazzled vocal sample. More indistinct mutterings are audible on the murky rhythm of "En Blick Ufs Matterhorn", where the pair use lo-fi blips and grainy synths to capture the listener's attention. Meanwhile, "Passion" is redolent of Hague-style mutant disco as the God-like duo deliver a pulsating groove tailored for blacked-out bunkers.
Review: It would be fair to say that Lisbon-born, London-based Silvestre has developed a distinctive and unique trademark sound. Rich in dusty samples, reggaeton references and bustling, club-ready beats, his previous work for Diskotopia and Cr?me Organization is well worth checking. He continues on a similar tip on this Secretsundaze label debut. There's much to enjoy across the EP, from the dreamy tropical heat of "Lights" and melodious, post-dancehall fusion of "Fuego", to the drowsy, manipulated harmony vocals and skittish rhythms of "Paying The Rent". Antinote regular D.K delivers the headline-grabbing remix, turning "Fuego" into a bass-heavy chunk of tribal-tinged deep house.
Spacetime Continuum - "Only One Sky" - (6:02) 125 BPM
Scanner - "Mothlit" - (6:42) 117 BPM
Ross 154 - "Eath To Our Freinds" - (8:03) 134 BPM
Leo Anibaldi - "Crion" - (5:08) 139 BPM
Review: While a cynic might argue that De:tuned's tenth anniversary celebrations have been more prolonged than Liberace's last party, it has nonetheless resulted in some truly unforgettable electronic music being issued. Here, the selection moves from Spacetime Continuum's atmospheric ambient techno on "Only One Sky" and the dreamy textures of Ross 154's "Eath To Our Freinds" [sic] before a slightly darker and more ominous approach prevails on the slow, nightmarish beats of Scanner's "Mothlit". Closing out this seventh instalment of De:tuned's tenth anniversary celebrations is a more mellow piece - the loose drums and dreamy melodies of Leo Anibaldi's "Crion".
Review: Usually, De:tuned puts out reissues, so Communion marks something of a departure for the label. It's Kirk Degiorgio's first studio album in 15 years under the As One project, and as befits its heritage, it's a gloriously widescreen affair. There's the dreamy ambience of "Absorption Spectra" and both "Downburst" and "Irimias" fuse similar sound scapes with brittle electro back beats. "The Ladder" sees Degiorgio push farther in the Detroit techno direction, guided on the way by out space blips, while the serene "Aimpoint" is redolent of the deeper than deep ambient-techno sound he explored on the classic As One album, Reflections. It's a timeless work.