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Trees Feat. Paul St. Hilaire - (7:40) 120 BPM
Review: After a long, well-publicised farewell, Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label finally bits the dust, bowing out with a release from the owners. For the fiftieth and final record, the German pair have recruited long-time Rhythm & Sound vocalist Paul St Hilaire. He brings his baleful, shanty style delivery to the intense, rolling title track, and if anything tempers the intensity of the massive, shimmering chord builds that unfold as "Trees" progresses. On the other side, there's "50 Trees". On this occasion, Modeselektor decide to drop out the beats and the listener is left to contend with dark, textured sound scapes, a chilling but evocative goodbye to one of techno's key imprints.
50WEAPONS050STEMS
25 Jan 16
Techno
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Trees (feat Paul St Hilaire) - (7:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
50 Trees - (5:14) 120 BPM
Review: After a long, well-publicised farewell, Modeselektor's label finally bits the dust, with a release from the owners. For the fiftieth and final record, the German pair have recruited long-time Rhythm & Sound vocalist Paul St Hilaire. He brings his baleful, shanty style delivery to the intense, rolling title track, and if anything tempers the intensity of the massive, shimmering chord builds that unfold as "Trees" progresses. On the other side, there's "50 Trees". On this occasion, Modeselektor decide to drop out the beats and the listener is left to contend with dark, textured soundscapes, a chilling but evocative goodbye to one of techno's key imprints.
50 WEAPONS050
18 Dec 15
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Fjaak - "Super Smash" - (6:25) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Raddhad - "Oblivion" - (7:53) 130 BPM
Review: The penultimate 50 Weapons release pays tribute to the music of its home town, Berlin. Oddly enough, it plays host to the first release on the label by Rodhad. The Dystopian boss delivers "Oblivion", a raw and noisy analogue workout that calls to mind the sonic extremities of Landstrumm and Vogel, realised against a stepping rhythm. However, the real highlight comes from Fjaak. This Berlin trio, who received their break thanks to releases on 50 Weapons, drop "Super Smash". The track's wailing, diva vocal, techy chords and flowing groove may not be the most innovative, but it'll go a long way to ensuring that the future of Berlin techno is safe in Fjaak's hands.
50 WEAPONS049
11 Dec 15
Techno
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Benjamin Damage - "Battle" - (8:40) 127 BPM
   
Truncate - "86" - (6:34) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: As Modeselektor's label reaches the final stages of its life, it is clear that it is going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Central to this impressive swan song is Benjamin Damage, one of the most prolific artists on the label. Here, he delivers "Battle", a dense, pumping track, its layered textures riding over tough, dub-heavy beats and rasping percussion. In a similar vein is US producer Truncate's contribution. Following on from his 2014 release on the label, he delivers "86". The groove is less busy than Benjamin Damage but no less effective, thanks to the use of chilling strings and dramatic bass tones, a fitting requiem for the label.
50 WEAPONS048
04 Dec 15
Techno
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Marcel Dettmann - "Activator" - (6:12) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zenker Brothers - "Namuan" - (6:10) 130 BPM
Review: The 50 Weapons farewell continues in style with this release from Marcel Dettmann and the Zenkers. The MDR boss has been quiet this year on the release front, but "Activator" shows that he hasn't lost his ability to craft hypnotic techno, as stripped back, stepping beats underpin a wave of hypnotic, 'caught in a wind tunnel'-style sounds. The Zenker Brothers' "Namuan" is more indebted to 90s techno; insistent drums and percussion clatter and clang like iron bars flung on a concrete floor, as chords surge and climax in the background. There are just three releases left now and it will be interesting to hear what Modeselektor come up with next.
50 WEAPONS047
27 Nov 15
Techno
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Anstam - "Dolores" - (10:23) 90 BPM
   
Monolake - "VT 100" - (6:11) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Talk about going out in style. Modeselektor's label's prolonged death continues in style with two ex-cellent tracks from Germany's finest experimentalists. Lars 'Anstam' Stoewe has been a regular on the label since 2011, and this latest effort is one of his finest recordings for 50 Weapons. Clocking in at ten minutes, "Dolores" is a teased out groove that resonates to creepy wind chimes and ponder-ous, heavy bass, creating a chilling, atmospheric effect. It couldn't be further removed than some of the clubby releases on the label. Then it's the turn of Robert Henke. One of the architects of modern techno as Monolake, "VT 100" is all splurging, corrosive bass, twitchy drums and insistent, nagging percussion. It's a fitting swan song, but not, one suspects the last we'll hear from this label.
50WEAPONS 046
20 Nov 15
Techno
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Dark Planet (Modeselektor remix) - (4:32) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dark Planet (Modeselektor remix) - (4:58) 134 BPM
Review: Modeselektor are clearly keen to make 50 Weapons' last few releases as strong as possible. For this 12", they've turned to Berlin techno titan Shed, who - somewhat predictably - more than delivers the goods. "Dark Planet" is a thick, tough and driving beast, with chopped-up, manipulated vocal snippets forming a quirky melody line above a thumping rhythm that neatly combines pounding kick-drums and hissing cymbals. This is no-nonsense, floor-friendly techno that comes laden with sly funk. Modeselektor themselves have a go at remixing it on the flip, delivering a far weirder, wilder, stranger and - bizarrely - more melodious 'broken techno' interpretation.
50WEAPONS 045
13 Nov 15
Techno
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Bambounou - "See You Soon" - (10:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Margaret Dygas - "Popular Religions" - (9:08) 128 BPM
50WEAPONS 044
06 Nov 15
Techno
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Phon.o - "Tw33tz" - (6:22) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bambounou - "See You Soon" - (10:10) 120 BPM
   
Addison Groove - "Allaby" - (4:36) 133 BPM
Review: If the Modeselektor guys are not careful, their label may end up having more farewells than Liberace. The latest curtain call in the 50 Weapons saga is the release of stems of tracks to allow digital DJs to get really creative with the label's back catalogue. Phon.O's "Tw33tz" yields some fantastically hypnotic, broken beats and dense percussion, while the stems of Bambounou's "See You Soon" also provides some excellent tools in the form of heavy dub beats and atmospheric bleeps. Best of all though is Addison Groove's "Allaby" a halfway house between Dance Mania-style ghetto techno and modern footwork, all mesmerising percussion and relentless, jacking rhythms.
50WEAPONSBOXSTEMS 2
02 Nov 15
Minimal/Tech House
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Addison Groove - "Allaby" - (4:36) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Errorsmith - "Airbag" - (5:34) 87 BPM
Review: With Modeselektor's highly lauded 50 Weapon's imprint on its way out after a great run of seminal releases, they're going out all guns blazing with two absolute killer tracks. The first from UK bass hero Antony Williams aka Headhunter aka Addison Groove, who throws down the jacking and unrelenting juke inflected monster that is "Allaby". Beware, there's some serious bass frequencies on this one! If that was not enough, they commission Berlin techno maverick and one half of MMM Erik Wiegand aka Errorsmith for some of his typically bleepy, massive and downright outrageous main room monsters in the form of "Airbag". If you thought the bass on the previous track was too much, just wait until you hear this full frontal sub assault.
50 WEAPONS 043
30 Oct 15
Techno
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Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka - "Kansas" - (8:26) 126 BPM
   
Bicep - "Closing Sequence" - (6:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
50 WEAPONS 042
23 Oct 15
Techno
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Phon O - "Tw33tz" - (6:22) 127 BPM
   
Paula Temple - "Oscillate" - (5:25) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: "Tw33tz" is Phon.O's follow-up release on Modeselektor's label and it's an intoxicating fusion. Great melodic chords wash over a rolling, robust rhythm that lurches and sways forcefully. It's an adept combination of the functional and the musical. There are no such concessions towards melodic elements on the flipside track, from UK producer Paula Temple. "Oscillate" is reminiscent of Robert Hood at his most visceral or even her former associate Chris McCormack. Dark, bleak stabs swoop in over a relentless minimal rhythm, which also features subtle percussive builds and breaks. It's in stark contrast to Phon.O's melodic production and proves that even during its last days, that 50 Weapons remains an adventurous imprint.
50 WEAPONS 041
16 Oct 15
Techno
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1994 - "Narr Day" - (6:40) 110 BPM
   
Cosmin TRG - "Narr Day Remodulated" - (6:33) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: A cynic could argue that Modeselektor's label has had more farewells than one of Liberace's Las Vegas residencies, but this release is worth the discerning the techno listener's attention in any event. The title track is the work of 19.94, and it's an impressive debut from this mystery act. Slow, purposeful bass supports textured drones and white noise washes. On "Narr Day Remodulated", Cosmin TRG takes the droning noise and sets it to a pumping, relentless rhythm. Combined with dark, repetitive riffs, it's the perfect counterpoint to 19.94's slow paced experiment. The 50 Weapons count down has truly begun.
50WEAPONS 040
09 Oct 15
Techno
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Cosmonaut - (6:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Parallax View - (5:56) 131 BPM
Review: It's fitting that Benjamin Damage is the last artist to release an album on 50 Weapons. Apart from owners Modeselektor, he was also one of the first to feature on the label. Obsidian sees Damage straddle a fine line between the melodic and the atmospheric, the dance floor-heavy and the visceral. This is audible on the title track, where spacey chords are introduced over a rolling rhythm and on "Monolith", an arrangement that sees Damage fuse tribal beats with fragile, angelic hooks. Even though much of the album revolves around this interplay, there are also moments when the balance tips in the favour of the esoteric, and the lithe break beats and sensuous ambience of "Pulse Width" and "Shimmer" bring an end to Damage's relationship with the label in fine, introspective style.
50WEAPONSCD 18STEMS
28 Sep 15
Techno
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Obsidian - (1:40) 124 BPM
   
Cosmonaut - (6:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Monolith - (4:35) 126 BPM
   
Transmission - (7:21) 128 BPM
   
Pulse Width - (3:43) 125 BPM
   
Shimmer - (5:06) 128 BPM
   
Vostok 6 - (5:19) 131 BPM
   
Parallax View - (5:56) 131 BPM
   
Poly - (4:13) 125 BPM
   
Tetrapod - (3:32) 135 BPM
   
HRM TX - (1:55) 136 BPM
   
Trickster - (5:47) 131 BPM
Review: It's fitting that Benjamin Damage is the last artist to release an album on 50 Weapons. Apart from owners Modeselektor, he was also one of the first to feature on the label. Obsidian sees Damage straddle a fine line between the melodic and the atmospheric, the dance floor-heavy and the visceral. This is audible on the title track, where spacey chords are introduced over a rolling rhythm and on "Monolith", an arrangement that sees Damage fuse tribal beats with fragile, angelic hooks. Even though much of the album revolves around this interplay, there are also moments when the balance tips in the favour of the esoteric, and the lithe break beats and sensuous ambience of "Pulse Width" and "Shimmer" bring an end to Damage's relationship with the label in fine, introspective style.
50WEAPONSCD 18
25 Sep 15
Techno
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Gewerbe 15 - (5:53) 126 BPM
   
Rush - (5:08) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Modeselektor's label has provided a platform for Berlin trio Fjaak's tough club techno and they rise again to the occasion on Gewerbe 15. The title track is a thumping, abrasive workout, brash and noisy, but also displaying evidence of some maturity through the use of a churning chord sequence. "Rush" is more nuanced, but could hardly be described as understated either. At its heart is a heavy, stomping kick drum and a distorted rhythm, but the manner in which they weave a vocal snatch over the arrangement is reminiscent of Rene 'Shed' Pawlowitz doing a house project like Wax or EQ'D.
50 WEAPONSXTR 05
18 Sep 15
Techno
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Headache - (5:52) 125 BPM
50WEAPONS 023STEMS
03 Aug 15
Deep House
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Schn33 - (6:34) 126 BPM
50WEAPONS 027STEMS
03 Aug 15
Minimal/Tech House
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Brim - (6:12) 63 BPM
50WEAPONS 026STEMS
03 Aug 15
Bass
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Breakdown - (5:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dial 2.0 - (4:58) 123 BPM
   
Pressurize - (4:49) 119 BPM
   
Bipolar - (4:41) 130 BPM
50WEAPONS 033STEMS
03 Aug 15
Techno
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Various
   
Phon.o - "Defrost" - (5:39) 131 BPM
   
Benjamin Damage - "Up" - (7:21) 126 BPM
   
FJAAK - "Attack" - (6:53) 131 BPM
   
Phon.o - "Whi5tleblower" - (6:41) 128 BPM
   
FJAAK - "Curious" - (4:30) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Addison Groove - "Push It" - (3:40) 89 BPM
50WEAPONSBO 2014STEMS
03 Aug 15
Techno
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Up - (7:13) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acid Bath - (6:28) 130 BPM
50WEAPONS 036STEMS
03 Aug 15
Deep House
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New Structures For Loving - (3:56) 128 BPM
   
Noise Code - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vertigo - (5:59) 125 BPM
50WEAPONSCD 13STEMS
03 Aug 15
Deep House
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50WEAPONS 028STEMS
03 Aug 15
Footwork/Juke
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Where - (1:26) 133 BPM
   
Composer - (6:28) 126 BPM
   
Fire Woman - (4:56) 159 BPM
   
Excluding Natalia - (6:11) 121 BPM
   
S.A.C. - (5:16) 126 BPM
   
Each Other - (6:07) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oez - (4:05) 164 BPM
   
At The Mirror - (5:39) 126 BPM
   
0 To 1 - (4:16) 144 BPM
   
I Ride - (6:44) 133 BPM
Review: Centrum is Parisian producer Bambounou's second artist album on Modeselektor's label and it shows two distinct sides to his musical palette. The album begins with haunting, glitchy tracks like "Composer" and "Fire Woman", before Bambounou moves into melodic, bleep-heavy sounds courtesy of "Excluding Natalia" and "SAC". Unexpectedly, the listener is shaken out of this stupor with "Each Other", a tough, hammering rhythm, "Oez", which is less direct but also revolves around a grainy, dense rhythm track and the glitchy techno of "At The Mirror". Just in case the listener is left in any doubt about Bambounou's musical duality, the album ends with the humming bass and tough percussion of "I Ride".
50 WEAPONSCD 17
27 Feb 15
Techno
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Oben - (7:39) 130 BPM
   
Unten - (9:33) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Modeselektor's label provides a neat soundtrack for two sides of clubbing on its latest release. "Oben" (German for upper floor) is built for the kind of peak-time action its title suggests and sees Fjaak let loose with a slamming, relentless rhythm, heavy drums and a cut-up of the "Amen" break, while a detached vocal witters away in the background. By contrast, "Unten", which is German for 'bottom' - or, in this context, 'the basement' - is more considered. Cavernous, spacious kicks and heavy claps provide the basis for a chord sequence that flits and floats through the arrangement as randomly as conversations at an after party.
50 WEAPONSXTR 04
16 Jan 15
Techno
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Feel Like This - (5:36) 126 BPM
   
Onto This - (6:06) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Bambounou again proves he is a reliable source for straight up dancefloor music devoid of pretence and full of quality. The producer's French house side shines through on this fourth release for 50Weapons, but he still holds on to the ghetto vibe he's shown on his ClekClekBoom releases, while keeping it deep. "Feel Like This" features a skipping house beat with a repetitive vocal and evolving background textures, while "Onto This" is a fuller alternative thanks to upfront chords and extra percussion.
50 WEAPONSXTR 03
14 Nov 14
Minimal/Tech House
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Attack - (6:53) 131 BPM
   
The Wind - (4:55) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Curious - (4:29) 129 BPM
Review: According to their label, Fjaak live and sleep in their studio, but whatever about their methodology, it is clear that they are doing something right. The title track is a monstrous affair, based on a gargantuan stepping rhythm and tough breeze block beats as the trio shoot out Landstrumm-esque grating noise. In stark contrast is "The Wind". Deeper and groovier, it centres on breezy chords but retains dance floor clout thanks to the shards of hissing percussion. "Curious" sees Fjaak back to the same kind of territory as "Attack"; the only difference is that this time, the groove is straighter, but the grainy drums are just as relentlessly unforgiving.
50WEAPONS 039
17 Oct 14
Techno
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Dat Ass - (3:20) 136 BPM
   
U Been Gone (feat DJ Rashad) - (3:40) 107 BPM
   
Push It - (3:40) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Masamune - (3:46) 53 BPM
Review: Following the sad news of Rashad's passing, this latest single from the ever-productive Addison Groove takes on a more poignant nature as the late footwork legend guests on the second track. That the track is called "U Been Gone" only adds to the emotional weight of it, not to mention the wistful keys and yearning vocal lick. Elsewhere Addison Groove is on typically fiery form, from the rave baiting whiplash of "Push It" to the weighty bassbin busting badness of "Dat Ass". The samples are beyond cheeky in their recognisability, and it matters not a jot when the music kicks as hard as this.
50WEAPONS 038
22 Aug 14
Footwork/Juke
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Don't Leave Me - (6:55) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Plan A - (7:18) 126 BPM
Review: Whilst the most recent Modeselektion compilation saw Berlin pair Modeselektor pick from a largely established (if very varied) pool of artists, the latest release on their 50 Weapons labels shows Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have not lost any of their canny A&R skills for uncovering new talent. The uniquely named Fjaak are a Berlin trio with "futuristic minds but already nostalgic feelings" and as far as we can tell this two tracker is their debut release. Familiarise yourself with both cuts and you'll understand why Bronsert and Szary scooped Fjaak up, with a their rave ready productions executed on a mixture of hardware and software the sort of club focused music 50 Weapons has made it's name on. As immediate as the title track is, our pick is the tougher techno fix of "Plan A".
50WXTR 02
18 Jul 14
Techno
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Whi5tleblower - (6:41) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Defrost - (5:37) 130 BPM
   
Crystal Math - (3:22)
Review: Always found lurking not too far from 50 Weapons, Phon.o is fired up once again with a dextrous arsenal of bass-meets-techno styles rich in ideas and style. "Whi5tleblower" kicks things off with a driving slab of dub techno shot through with subtle breakbeat touches and brooding bass, leaving space for some powerful strings to come raining in for maximum emotional response. "Defrost" maintains the dubby theme in a neater 4/4 context, keeping the energy of the track at bay until the time comes to turn up the melodic throb of the lead synth. "Crystal Math" makes for a pleasant addendum to the release, mixing gamelan tones with swirling found sounds.
50WEAPONS 037
06 Jun 14
Techno
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Up - (7:13) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acid Bath - (6:28) 129 BPM
   
Splash - (6:35) 127 BPM
Review: Benjamin Damage returns to 50 Weapons for another ripper and he means business on this one! Aqueous melodies, dubbed-out beats and just the right level of bass feed into a strong techno backbone; "Up" is a warehouse banger with seductive loops, and "Acid Bath" is a straight tool bumper for the peak hours, but it's "Splash" that really impresses, finishing things off with some much needed - albeit subtle - jackin action.
50WEAPONS 036
23 May 14
Techno
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Breakdown - (5:01) 128 BPM
   
Dial - (4:57) 123 BPM
   
Pressurize - (4:48) 120 BPM
   
Bipolar - (4:41) 129 BPM
50WEAPONS 033TRS
29 Apr 14
Techno
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M.I.L.F. - (8:20) 123 BPM
   
D.S.K. - (5:10) 124 BPM
   
H.E. - (7:19) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: It's no understatement to say that French techno godhead Garnier is enjoying a renaissance and this release for Modeselektor's label is the latest step in that process. "M.I.L.F." sees him investigate his love of primal Chicago house, albeit with a twist. Synths sweep and ride their way through the jacking arrangement, before the track progresses into lithe back beats and grungy bass licks. "D.S.K." is also stripped back, but this time the mood is reminiscent of Suburban Knight as a dark bass pulses to the foreground. No Garnier release would be complete without his sensuous touch, and the bassy "H.E." features a vocal about being "licked from head to toe". Plus ca change.
50WEAPONS 034
04 Apr 14
Minimal/Tech House
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HereNow (feat Bass Sekolah) - (6:13) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kellerkind - (4:24) 130 BPM
   
Moonwalk - (3:37) 120 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
50WEAPONS 035
28 Mar 14
Deep House
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Take It Out On Me (French Fries remix) - (5:49) 88 BPM
   
Ignition (Laurent Garnier remix) - (8:39) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: 50 Weapons continue to turn out a healthy amount of Bambounou-related material, although in this instance they look to a pair of remixers to deliver their own interpretations of his unique, bass-laden sound. French Fries steps up with a remix of "Take It Out On Me" that pays its dues to footwork in its raw, tom-heavy construction, while also keeping the arrangement sparse and limber. Laurent Garnier keeps the French connection strong with a version of "Ignition" that sees the veteran techno producer getting deep into a simmering techno treatment that builds progressively over nearly nine taut minutes.
50WEAPONSRMX 10
21 Mar 14
Techno
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Intro - (3:03)
   
Just You - (3:54)
   
Warped - (4:18)
   
11th - (3:28)
   
Space Apples - (5:00)
   
Malus - (1:23)
   
One Fall - (4:17)
   
The Spirit Level - (5:17)
   
Bad Seed - (4:44)
   
Abandon - (3:20)
   
167 Blast - (4:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cultivate - (2:38)
   
Rzor - (3:31)
   
Ain't It Love - (4:07)
Review: Stepping up with his second album for 50 Weapons, Addison Groove is once again mining the rhythmic excitement of juke and footwork and working it into his blue-hued melodic headspace. Standout vocal cut '"Just You" is a prime example of the upbeat flavour across the album, while "11th" matches the plush harmonies with moodier switch-ups, and "The Spirit Level" drops the tempo into a house bump that lends itself to the illustrious synth sweeps. Typically though the beats are in that twitchy middle ground between dubstep and footwork, leaving plenty of space for razor-sharp constructions and dazzling edits as best demonstrated on the dynamic acid roll of "Space Apples".
50WEAPONSCD 16
28 Feb 14
Footwork/Juke
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Breakdown - (5:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dial 20 - (4:57) 123 BPM
   
Pressurize - (4:48) 120 BPM
   
Bipolar - (4:41) 129 BPM
Review: Maybe it's because he is releasing on Modeselektor's label that US producer Truncate has chosen a different approach than usual. Whatever the explanation, Pressurize is full of surprises. The only real dance floor track on the release is "Bipolar", a stripped back, functional minimal techno groove that gets increasingly intense thanks to its grimy acid undercurrent. Elsewhere, Truncate is in more reflective mood. Both "Breakdown" and "Dial 20" are chord-heavy stepping grooves that combine the intensity of Technasia with the bassy power of Shed. Just in case there was any doubt that Pressurize marks a sideways shift for Truncate, the title track is led by dubby chords and slowed down, teased out beats.
50WEAPONS 033
14 Feb 14
Techno
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Various
   
Cosmin TRG - "Vertigo" (Tale Of Us & Fango remix) - (7:55) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Benjamin Damage - "010x" (SCNTST & Chris Liebing remix edit) - (6:15) 127 BPM
   
Moderat - "Bad Kingdom" (Marcel Dettmanns Pitch & Stretch remix) - (6:00) 130 BPM
   
Addison Groove & Sam Binga - "Rzor" (DJ Friction remix) - (5:18)
Review: It may not have the catchiest title, but this remix package from Modeselektor's label manages to cover a range of sounds and styles. At one end of the spectrum there's the high-paced, spaced out jungle rework of Addison groove and Sam Binga's "Rzor" by DJ Friction, while at the opposing end, Tale Of Us and Fango turn Cosmin TRG's "Vertigo" into a deep, reflective broken beat arrangement, replete with jazzy inflections and clattering rhythms. The biggest surprises however come from Marcel Dettmann and Chris Liebing. The Berghain resident's Pitch & Stretch take on Moderat's "Bad Kingdom" is a hyperactive, ravey workout , while Liebing's version of Benjamin Damage's " 010x", which the CLR boss did with SCNTST is a dark but deep-chord techno groove.
50WEAPONSCD 15DIG 02
31 Jan 14
Techno
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Moderat - "Rusty Nails" (Shackleton remix) - (9:35)
   
Moderat - "A New Error" (Headhunter remix) - (6:04) 140 BPM
   
Moderat - "Rusty Nails" (T++ remix) - (5:46) 139 BPM
   
Addison Groove - "I Go Boom" (Rashad remix) - (6:14)
   
Addison Groove - "I Go Boom" (Doc Daneeka remix) - (5:04)
   
Benjamin Damage - "Delirium Tremens" (Robert Hood remix) - (11:23)
   
Benjamin Damage - "Delirium Tremens" (long version by Benjamin Damage) - (8:14)
   
Modeselektor & Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team - "Negativity" (Bambounou remix) - (6:46)
   
Benjamin Damage - "010x" (Truncate remix) - (5:58) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Benjamin Damage - "010x" (SCNTST remix) - (4:37)
   
Cosmin TRG - "New Structures For Loving" (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (5:30)
   
Cosmin TRG - "Noise Code" (Lee Gamble remix) - (7:19)
   
Moderat - "Gita" (Anstams Dustified dance edit) - (5:19)
   
Siriusmo - "Stinky Wig" (Anstams Bustified breaks edit) - (3:57)
   
Cosmin TRG - "Terminus Abrupt" (Legowelt remix) - (5:52)
   
Cosmin TRG - "Noise Code" (Miles Against The Grain remix) - (8:47)
   
Moderat - "Bad Kingdom" (Head High remix) - (6:15)
   
Moderat - "Bad Kingdom" (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (5:46)
Played by: JAK
50WEAPONSCD 15DIG 01
31 Jan 14
Bass
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7 tracks (Cosmin TRG - Noise Code, Benjamin Damage - 010x, Addison Groove & Sam Binga "Rzor, Bambounou - Brim, 05 Phon.o - Schn33, Benjamin Damage - Delirium Tre) from Moderat's album II set up for immediate use with Traktor's remix decks
50WEAPONSVATRS
30 Dec 13
Minimal/Tech House
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Cosmin TRG - "Desire Is Sovereign" - (5:47) 125 BPM
   
Shed - "The Dirt" - (4:33) 127 BPM
   
Benjamin Damage - "010x" (Truncate remix) - (5:58) 129 BPM
   
Untold - "Targa" - (9:02) 128 BPM
   
Datei42 - "They Explore Themselves" - (7:27) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bambounou - "Ignition" - (6:31) 128 BPM
   
Benjamin Damage - "Spirals" - (4:19) 128 BPM
   
Cosmin TRG - "New Structures For Loving" (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (5:31) 128 BPM
   
Bambounou - "Brim" - (6:12) 125 BPM
   
Addison Groove & Sam Binga - "Thr3id" - (3:20) 165 BPM
   
Phon.o - "Schn33" - (6:33) 126 BPM
Played by: Jon Gurd
Review: All lists are subjective, but there's no doubt that Bambounou aka Jeremy Guindo-Zegiestowski has done a fine job in compiling this selection from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Tracks that start off as functional techno workouts - Datei42's "They Explore Themselves" and the Truncate take on Benjamin Damage's "010x" - progress to reveal glowing chord sequences, while the compilation twists and turns through noisy soundscapes (Benjamin Damage's "Spirals"), thumb-snapping tight footwork (Addison Groove & Sam Binga's "Thr3id)" and some ultra-lean techno from Marcel Dettmann and Cosmin TRG. However, nothing can compare to the washes of old school rave synths and lithe break beats that constitute Shed's "The Dirt".
50WEAPONSBO 2013
13 Dec 13
Techno
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Ignition - (6:30) 128 BPM
   
Take It Out On Me - (7:26) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: It's not been that long since the last Bambounou outing on 50 Weapons but Jeremy Guindo-Zegiestowski is at it once again with this precise two tracker of gold-standard hybrid cuts that feed off techno before mixing it up with a curious DNA that is all his own. "Ignition" takes a dub techno chord and makes it bounce and roll at a skewed angle while the rest of the track seems to be focused on charging ahead. "Take It Out On Me" is less convoluted with its staunch techno focus, all thick, thudding kick and cyclical patterns of robotic chatter, but there's still plenty of room for some quirky breakdowns and fills in amongst the more delineated fare.
50WEAPONS 032
06 Dec 13
Techno
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Bad Kingdom (Head High remix) - (6:14) 118 BPM
   
Bad Kingdom (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (5:46) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Taken from Moderat's recent II album, "Bad Kingdom" gets turned inside out by Marcel Dettmann and Rene Pawlowitz. It's no surprise that the Berghain resident's version is the most frenetic and abrasive; over a high-tempo groove, Dettmann delivers screeching riffs, jarring percussion and high-pitched vocal yelps. Just when the listener couldn't imagine it getting more intense, he drops the madness volume down with a sensuous woodwind break down. By contrast, Pawlowitz's version as Head High is far less viceral. Based on a dubby house groove, it leads into tranced out chords and a soulful vocal - but it isn't a completely smooth ride, and a humming bass ensures this version also has dance floor clout.
50WEAPONSRMX 09
29 Nov 13
Minimal/Tech House
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Terminus Abrupt (Legowelt remix) - (5:51) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Noise Code (Miles Against The Grain remix) - (8:49) 112 BPM
Played by: Kid Who, Max Riolo
Review: Plans from the 50 Weapons label to offer up Gordian, Cosmin TRG's excellent LP from earlier this year, for rework and reshape seem to be edging further towards outright unpredictability with each subsequent release. Launching the series with a remix from Marcel Dettmann was a pretty standard decision from the label, but it was complemented by a jaw droppingly unusual take on "Noise Code" from jungle recyclist Lee Gamble. The inspired commissions continue apace here with remixes from Legowelt and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. "Terminus Abrupt," the closing track from Gordian is focus of Legowelt's attention who seemingly expands on the moment of melodic warmth that appears late in the original, whilst Whittaker tackles "Noise Code" trudging up all manner of sonic grit with menacing intent.
50 WEAPONSRMX08
15 Nov 13
Techno
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Eti Rework - (6:10) 126 BPM
   
Nebula - (3:31) 119 BPM
   
Revolve - (5:35) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Recursion - (6:04) 128 BPM
Review: 50 Weapons' Welsh correspondent Benjamin Damage continues the explicit flirtation with techno explored on debut album Heliosphere with the two track 4600 EP. Intriguingly it's the first tangible results of O'Shea's restorative endeavours with a huge ETI 4600 synth, having spent some 18 months repairing it back to working condition with a synth-obsessive in Suffolk. Given the lengths he went, you'd think Damage would be happy but no there he is on the cover, scowling whilst perched on a vintage Italian scooter. Still though stern faces suit the mood of the music within with "ET Rework" unashamedly aimed at the darker main room techno floors. "Nebula" meanwhile, offers something more cerebral in its skipping percussion and faltering analogue bleeps.
50WEAPONS 031
25 Oct 13
Techno
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Gita (Anstam's Dustified dance edit) - (5:19) 50 BPM
   
Stinky Wig (Anstam's Bustified Breaks edit) - (3:57) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Yup, a new 50 Weapons killer and it's a remix EP. Bliss. Two Moderat and Siriusmo cuts receive a fine re-jigging by a fine producer by the name of Anstam. Have we mentioned that his stuff is always amazing? Well, you know now and judging by his remix of "Gita" - slow-paced, pale-eyed machine funk with cheeky low-ends and shifting percussion - it's probably one of his most daring pieces yet. "Stinky Wig" receives a more severe head-shake, where Anstam transforms the original into a break-laden, off-kilter kinda thang - miss at your own peril!
50WEAPONSRMX 07
11 Oct 13
Experimental/Electronic
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New Structures For Loving (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (5:31) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Noise Code (Lee Gamble remix) - (7:19) 130 BPM
Review: The Romanian hotshot gets his work reshaped by two of the best contemporary remixers. Marcel Dettmann is best known for his industrial-tinged techno, but his remix of the title track casts a different light on him. Shards of delicate, metallic percussion provide the basis for Dettmann to deliver fragile melodies and a mysterious electronic groove. It's an impressive about turn for the German producer, but not quite as jaw-droppingly unusual as Lee Gamble's version of "Noise Code". There, razor sharp hats soar in over a pacey, tracky rhythm that stops, starts and collapses to reveal a wobbly, cartoonish bassline. Just before the end, Gamble lets the track descend into abstract mushiness, a fitting end to an idiosyncratic remix package.
50WEAPONSRMX 06
27 Sep 13
Minimal/Tech House
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The Dirt - (4:33) 127 BPM
   
Fluid 67 - (5:49) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: This two-track single marks Rene Pawlowitz's return to 50 Weapons following the release of his divisive album The Killer last year, which saw him stepping outside of his usual home of Ostgut Ton for Modeselektor's club-focused imprint. Straddling the line between techno, bass and ambient, it was the kind of album that saw Pawlowitz largely leave behind the clubbier focus of his Head High, Wax, EQD or WK7 aliases to the frustration of some. This release however sees two more distinctly ravier tracks: "The Dirt" which combines turbulent synth textures and threadbare but propulsive rhythms, and the hardcore-influenced "Fluid 67", which packs enough '90s tinged euphoria into its 5 minutes to silence the naysayers.
50WEAPONS 030
13 Sep 13
Techno
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3 tracks (New Structures For Loving - Noise Code - Vertigo) from Cosmin TRG's album Gordian set up for immediate use with Traktor's remix decks
50WEAPONSCD 13TRS
09 Sep 13
Minimal/Tech House
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