Review: Joining pioneers like Carl Finlow and Freddy Fresh on Lone Romantic are CYRK. The duo, who have released on labels like Avoidant and Rawax, deliver four diverse electro cuts. The title track resounds to a rumbling bass and mysterious synth stabs, with these elements supported by robust bass drums. On "Holographic", the pair carve out a more mysterious sound, with eerie melodies underpinned by a gurgling, splurging bass, while "We Are Not" is a jarring track, as CYRK incorporate speak and spell tones and hushed vocals over a rough rhythm. Lastly, "Zeigarnik Effect" sees them delve into deep, sub-aquatic sound scapes and a rumbling bass.
Bitch Get Off Me (feat Parkhouse) - (2:12) 145 BPM
D3T-313 - (1:55) 150 BPM
Keep My Name Out Your Mouth (feat Lil Mz 313) - (2:16) 140 BPM
Show Some Respect - (2:50) 135 BPM
Bounce Dat Ass (feat Goodmoney G100) - (1:30) 150 BPM
Godzilla 2020 - (3:12) 150 BPM
Shut The Fuck Up (feat King Saadi) - (2:08) 150 BPM
Only One City - (3:18) 145 BPM
Make The Ass Go BOOM (feat Goodmoney G100) - (2:34) 145 BPM
Get It Girl - (2:48) 125 BPM
Rebirth Of A City - (3:33) 125 BPM
It's On Again (feat Goodmoney G100) - (2:41) 130 BPM
Games With WOPR - (2:50) 135 BPM
Late Night Funk - (3:25) 140 BPM
Wack DJ (feat Goodmoney G100) - (1:06) 145 BPM
King Of The Circle - (1:55) 150 BPM
Jit Like Me (feat Parkhouse) - (2:14) 150 BPM
Elektro Rok - (1:58) 146 BPM
High (feat Goodmoney G100) - (1:45) 145 BPM
Jit Or Die - (1:59) 145 BPM
Work The M.F. (feat Parkhouse) - (2:12) 145 BPM
Sunday Morning Spliff - (2:03) 140 BPM
They Wanna See My Footwork (feat Goodmoney G100) - (1:59) 145 BPM
The Battle - (1:42) 150 BPM
Owe You Shit (feat Lil Mz 313) - (2:46) 150 BPM
Booty Funk - (2:37) 146 BPM
These Strippers (feat Dan Diamond) - (2:19) 145 BPM
Certified Freak Hoe (feat King Saadi) - (4:04) 125 BPM
Up All Night (feat Christina Chriss) - (5:37) 125 BPM
Loud Mouth (feat Goodmoney G100) - (3:02) 126 BPM
I'm Drunk, I'm High (feat Parkhouse) - (4:33) 126 BPM
Woooooo! - (2:43) 130 BPM
Big Girl (feat Parkhouse) - (5:24) 130 BPM
The D - (2:04) 140 BPM
But Her Friend (feat Goodmoney G100) - (2:26) 145 BPM
313 Keep It Down - (1:45) 145 BPM
Nights At The Packard - (1:41) 150 BPM
Like Some Dubstep - (2:35) 150 BPM
Blow The Bitch Down (feat Goodmoney G100) - (2:07) 150 BPM
Do It! - (2:33) 150 BPM
Detroit After Dark - (2:04) 154 BPM
Let Me See That Jit - (2:53) 155 BPM
Smoke In Da Air - (3:26) 159 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that after all these years one of the founding forces in Detroit ghetto tech is only now, in 2020, releasing his debut album. Well...at 44 tracks large, maybe it's been worth the wait...coming from a man who back in the day helped set up Twilight 76 that released classics from the likes of DJs Assault, Deon and Slugo to Dave Clarke and Todd Osborne. More recently Godfather relaunched his Databass label which he now champions with an epic, straight-shootin' and unpretentious full time opus that takes in every angle of Detroit ghetto tech, be it the more contemporary, breakbeat and footwork sounds of "Smoke In The Air" to the gnarilier electro vibes of "The D". Featuring crewdem like Goodmoney G100, King Saadi, Lil Mz 313 and Parhouse to Dan Diamond in "These Strippers", Electro Beats For Freaks is bold music for bold times, but fresh as fuck.
Review: Delivering a fifth record for your stash of hardcore electro and house music wares in 2020 is DJ Haus, continuing to fly the flag high for Unknown To The Unknown during these modern times. Sending in three tracks here, a highlight almost without saying is the melodies and sweet tones of "Analog Chime" in combination with Haus' trademark gnarly acid progressions. "WiFi Network" adds a new spin to what a dial up modem might sound like in 2020 thrown amongst some splashes of Drexciyian electro while the title-track is a righteous piece of deep sea dwelling computer music. Dial up. Plug in. Download.
Review: Following up his debut album which was released earlier this year, Warsaw-based producer Bartoz Kruczynski - better known as Earth Trax - presents his second album titled, naturally, 'LP2' on Shall Not Fade. The 15 tracks served up here are warmer and more soothing than on his last outing, but at the same time more dance oriented. From the evocative Motor City style tones of ambient house epic "After The Rain", the life-affirming slo-mo acid of "The Complete Trance Induction" and going out all guns blazing onb the end with the thunderous old school techno of "Dark River" calling to mind classic Laurent Garnier. Featured on this digital edition are four bonus remixes for you to enjoy.
Review: Icelandic imprint Lagaffe Tales are back after another awesome instalment, following up a great one by label chief Jonbjorn. Their latest is the debut of one Kerr Wilson. A good friend from back in Reykjavik, he's been based out of Berlin for the past few years and is slowly building a name for himself with his ecstatic DJ performances around the city. On the 'Kids' EP he brings forth three dynamic cuts, starting out with the sensual and dusty deep house of the title track, a poignant tribute to his new home on the mesmerising electro beat of "Berlin Took My Breath Away" and closing it out with the evocative stepper "The Right Left".
Review: With records for Ovum, Pets Recordings and REKIDS of late, Mathias Kaden's quintessential festival sound makes it back to Radio Slave's label following last year's Liberate Drums EP. Delving into synthy, dub techno territory with "Substance" (DJ Pete we hope you're watching), the rest of the record finds itself rooted in classic strands of bigger room Detroit techno and European minimalism, alongside a touch of electro and industrial synth wave in "Control Your Mind" - thinned down and stripped back by Marcel Dettmann's remix. Littered with tougher elements of rave and banging tech house alongside solid bassline progressions in "Conviction" and "Anticipation" too, Mathias Kaden helps us remember what it's going to be like when festivals resume once more. Downloaded for Richie Hawtin!
Review: Macedonian producer Stojche joins the Infiltrate stable for a bout of classy, moody electro with bags of personality hot on the heels of his Urban Chaos LP for Tangible Assets. 'Trauma' builds towards an emotive crescendo, while 'Phobia' twitches in a more dystopian framework that rushes at a formidable tempo. 'Thug Life' keeps things edgy with razor-sharp lead lines that shimmer and shudder around the hard-stepping beat. 'Conflict' rounds things out with a more melancholic mood shaped out by choice chords that drape themselves over the snap of the snare and rapid hats.
Review: As we continue to celebrate the stream of releases Rotter's Golf Club have brought to us by The Woodleigh Research Facility we're endowed with three more cuts from Nina Walsh's unrivalled collaboration with Andrew Weatherall. Forever bent on their slight electro trip, the pair dial up a spooked computer in "Scattered Microworlds" next to "Moment Of Lucidity" which only emphasises the project's identity as some kind of solitary outpost conjuring up all kinds of telecommunication experiments somewhere in the southern hams of Devon country. With subtle post-punk and industrial themes weaved into the darker tones of "The Fallen", we rate this EP up there as the project's most exemplary yet.
Review: Glasgow-based label Avoidant deserves kudos for bringing together some of the most respected names in electro for this compilation. Annie Hall and Versalife represent deeper ends of the spectrum, with Hall's bubbling "Meido Estetico" in particular standing out. Carl Finlow drops a lean, industrial funk workout in the form of "Syncopated Automated", while on the compilation's title track, The Advent teams up with Zein Ferreira on a bleak trip through discordant synths and popping rhythms. Sharing space on the compilation are label regulars like CYRK, who drop the epic melodies and gurgling bass of "Block" and Kronos Device, a project from Bass Junkie / Dexorcist, which sees concrete weight bass drums connected to wild electronic stabs on "Crisis Point".