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Voices From The Dawn - (7:08) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ray - (6:32) 123 BPM
Review: Tale of Us' label is steadily growing a reputation for championing left of centre dance music and "Ray" is no exception. The work of Swiss pair Adriatique, it brings together unusual sources to create a distinctive vision for contemporary techno. "Voices from the Dawn" boasts the dusty, grainy authenticity of proto-techno and ambient, with the duo integrating droning bleeps with a pulsating, electronic groove. On the title track, they go deeper; the rhythm is low slung and hypnotic and a melancholic synth riff unravels over a sequence of understated kicks. It's another killer release from this fast rising imprint.
AL 012
09 Mar 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Dawning - (4:02) 60 BPM
   
Awakening Machines - (6:06) 63 BPM
   
Random Notes Orchestra - (6:54) 61 BPM
   
Nude - (3:38) 68 BPM
   
Panchromatic - (8:27) 60 BPM
   
Tachykardia (feat Delhia De France) - (4:16) 90 BPM
   
Point Of No Return - (5:35) 58 BPM
   
Buchla's Dreaming - (3:46) 62 BPM
   
Studies In Dance Theory - (6:47) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mystery (feat Jono McCleery) - (4:45) 103 BPM
   
Ultraschall - (3:52) 76 BPM
   
Ray (Reincarnation) - (4:08) 62 BPM
AL 020
26 Oct 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Mystery (Tale Of Us & Mathame remix) - (7:04) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nude (Solomun remix) - (8:04) 125 BPM
   
Tachykardia (Kobosil remix) - (5:15) 125 BPM
   
Nude (Rampa remix) - (7:52) 123 BPM
   
Buchla's Dreaming (Agents Of Time remix) - (7:43) 126 BPM
   
Ray (Johannes Brecht remix) - (9:09) 123 BPM
   
Mystery (Isol?e remix) - (7:12) 121 BPM
Review: It's been almost a year since Swiss duo Adriatique presented their much lauded full length effort 'Nude', and this fresh collection of reworks ensure they still get to live on in the (mind the pun!) - Afterlife. While household names such as label bosses Tale of Us (with Mathame), Keinemusik's Rampa and Solumun appear, it's definitely worth mentioning the more underground artists that they reeled in. Berghain resident Kobosil's barrelling and austere rework of "Tachykardia" keeps the sensual vocals of the original, but is absolutely geared for the peak time period of his acclaimed DJ sets at the Berlin institution. Italian trio Agents Of Time (Obscura) deliver a typically epic and entrancing journey into the deeper realms of dancefloor dynamics, and probably most surprising of all is the addition of Frankfurt minimal house legend Isolee who injects "Mystery" with his idiosyncratic style of emotive and glitching minimal funk.
AL 030
25 Oct 19
Techno
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Endeavour - (6:34) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spectre - (6:07) 124 BPM
   
Raven - (6:35) 123 BPM
Review: Aether is probably one of the most underground - not to mention mysterious - artists of the Italian label Afterlife. There was not even a picture of him to date until now. Originally from Rome but now in London, Matthias Cordsen aka Aether is an accomplished musician who feels good on the international stage. With his new EP Specter, the artist wanted to find and promote his own sound. After collaborating with label staples and fellow Italians Mind Against last year on the terrific Solaris EP, he strikes out on his own here with the deep and slinky progressive house of "Endeavour, the euphoric epic that is the title track is geared for some proper tunnel vision under the strobe light and the moody dancefloor drama of "Raven" which employs the label's love of evocative melodies so well.
AL 017
27 Jul 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Solaris - (6:05) 125 BPM
   
Eclipse - (5:57) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Event Horizon - (8:13) 126 BPM
Review: The latest release on Tale of Us' label is a collaboration between Italian duo Mind Against and Aether, who is based in London. Like Mind Against's previous release on the label, this three-tracker is deep and tripped out. The title track evolves from a pulsing groove into a tranced out rush that gently moves up and down the melody scale, accompanied by a frazzled bass. "Eclipse" is more stripped back, with minimal beats and percussive clicks providing the backing for a rasping bass. Finally, there's "Event Horizon". Like the deep space horror movie of the same name, it sees the trio voyage down a wormhole populated by supernatural sounds and discarded space wreckage.
AL 003D
10 Feb 17
Techno
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Dream Vision - (6:25) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Floating Time - (5:12) 125 BPM
   
Pro Music - (7:15) 128 BPM
   
Vapor Floor - (6:28) 129 BPM
Review: Tale Of Us' revered imprint now serves up another thriller courtesy of southern fellow countrymen Agents Of Time. The Obscura Music head honchos deliver some big room melodic tech-house, that is equally as big on the sonic narratives as it is the dancefloor drama. Having previously contributed to the Realm Of Consciousness compilation, they now present their Forest Of Lies EP. The thundering tension and suspense of "Floating Time" sets the scene well, right into the hypnotic journey of "Dream Vision" or when they venture over to the darkside superbly on the nefarious acid of "Vapor Floor".
AL 021
30 Nov 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Resolve - (7:22) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Eriador - (7:50) 126 BPM
   
Exchange - (6:45) 125 BPM
   
Gravity - (7:45) 126 BPM
AL 029
05 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Modelo - (9:28) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Bender - (8:22) 123 BPM
   
Natural Causes - (7:45) 120 BPM
Review: Danish DJ and producer Denis Horvat had a stellar year in 2017 with releases on Innervisions, Exit Strategy and of course his own Aeon imprint. His surefire brand of deep melodic techno now finds yet another fitting home of Tale Of Us' Afterlife imprint. Razor sharp arpeggios, Afro tinted rhythms (plus all the mandatory buzzy synth leads!) comprise the dynamic opener "Modelo". This is the sort of track you'd imagine the likes of Dixon and Ame playing to festival heaving crowds. To create some proper dancefloor drama, you could bet on the brooding slow burner "The Bender" to deliver while "Natural Sources" delivers one more dose of euphoria, featuring intricate layers of tunneling and hypnotic sequences - emitting some immaculate audio sorcery you can lose yourself in. More impressive tracks from one of the scene's rising stars.
AL 011
09 Feb 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Noise - (7:21) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Miracle Of The Rose - (5:31) 123 BPM
   
Divin - (7:05) 122 BPM
   
Royale (Bonus Track) - (7:09) 120 BPM
Review: After his excellent contribution to Diynamic's Picture series, ascendant Danish DJ/producer Denis Horvat is back on Afterlife. He returns to Afterlife for a second EP of distinctive, dancefloor productions - a year after the wonderful "Modelo". On Miracle Of The Rose, bear witness to an evocative and authentic development of Horvat's sound. From the hypnotic melodicism of "Noise" (feat. Lelah) which again showcases the Dane's trademark sound, to the moody and minimalist atmosphere of the title track and ending with the ethereal sci-fi dancefloor drama of "Divin".
AL 025
22 Mar 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Impressum - (6:36) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hadar - (6:48) 125 BPM
   
The Tensior - (6:47) 120 BPM
   
Avior - (7:17) 125 BPM
   
Kalotypse - (8:10) 119 BPM
Review: With releases on labels like Poker Flat and Stil Vor Talent to their credit, it's clear that Fideles aka Daniele Aprile and Mario Roberti are making a big impression. The Italian duo's music achieves this effect on Impressum, their first outing for Tale of Us' label. The title track is built on tough kicks and rasping percussion, while eerie hooks and ominous hooks swirl through to the foreground. "Hadar" revolves around the kind of menacing bass that you'd associate with Oliver Huntemann, but the pair make it their own, fusing it with mesmerising trance hooks. "The Tensior" is even more intense, thanks to its warbling low end and reversed filters, while "Avior" is all grandiose synth sweeps, supported by a frazzled, bleak bass.
AL 008
27 Oct 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Heading North (feat Flu) - (7:17) 125 BPM
   
Harmed - (7:15) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Endless Sacrifice - (7:34) 124 BPM
   
Tynos - (6:37) 123 BPM
AL 023
25 Jan 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Move You - (5:36) 122 BPM
   
Move You (Mr Kristopher And Gosteffects remix) - (5:27) 122 BPM
   
Move You (Christien Cazarez remix) - (4:24) 128 BPM
   
Move You (Playin'fields remix) - (4:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFTR 005
29 Jan 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Tear The Club Up (Monolith remix) - (5:31) 128 BPM
   
Yeah! (Blatta & Inesha remix) - (6:12) 128 BPM
   
Kick The Bass (357 Magnum remix) - (4:30) 110 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat (Run DMT remix) - (4:47) 136 BPM
   
Yeah! (Action Adventure remix) - (4:45) 128 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat (Kreap remix) - (6:24) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Slave To The Sweat (Fire For Effect remix) - (3:18) 128 BPM
AL 003
19 Jun 12
Electro House
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Slave To The Sweat - (4:37) 128 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat (Rule Of Eight remix) - (5:46) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Slave To The Sweat (Housquare remix) - (6:15) 128 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat (Disrupt The Scene remix) - (5:06) 128 BPM
Played by: Lee Mortimer
AL 001
14 Feb 12
Electro House
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House Of God (feat DHS) - (5:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kick The Bass - (4:06) 128 BPM
   
Tear The Club Up - (4:32) 128 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat - (4:37) 128 BPM
   
Yeah! - (5:03) 128 BPM
AL 002
27 Mar 12
Electro House
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FVKKOPHPH - (5:29) 128 BPM
AFTR- 001
02 Jun 14
Electro House
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Tear The Club Up (Black Matter remix) - (6:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Slave To The Sweat (Rule Of Eight remix) - (5:46) 128 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat (Fat & Ugly remix) - (5:54) 128 BPM
   
Slave To The Sweat (Platinumb remix) - (5:25) 127 BPM
   
Tear The Club Up (Deathface remix) - (3:16)
   
Tear The Club Up (Kai Wachi remix) - (4:33) 128 BPM
   
Tear The Club Up (Mustafuck remix) - (4:43) 130 BPM
   
Kick The Bass (KroyClub remix) - (4:03) 128 BPM
   
Yeah (Disco Dali remix) - (5:00) 128 BPM
AL 005
21 Aug 12
Progressive House
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Vigilans - (6:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Impurity - (6:38) 122 BPM
   
Rhytidome - (7:04) 120 BPM
   
Weigela - (6:38) 122 BPM
Review: Not restrained or bound by conventions, Innellea are the ascendant German duo on Tale Of Us' revered imprint. Their visions and impressions visibly transfer into their music, as heard on labels such as Underyourskin Records, Steyoyoke and TAU in recent times. Beginning with some rock crossover into melodic tech house on "Vigilans", followed by deep journeys into the aether as heard on "Rhytidome" or "Impurity" respectively which incorporate ethereal elements accompanied by seductive, slinky and hypnotic arrangements which are right in line with the Afterlife modus operandi.
AL 022
20 Dec 18
Minimal/Tech House
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White Blanket - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
The World Returns - (6:21) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Visionquest - (7:50) 120 BPM
   
We Thrive - (6:53) 122 BPM
AL 031
29 Nov 19
Progressive House
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Kas:st & Be No Rain - "Hold Me To The Light" - (8:25) 120 BPM
   
Kas:st & Be No Rain - "Hold Me To The Light" (Tale Of Us remix) - (6:38) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Hymn Of Fallen Dreams - (7:54) 123 BPM
   
Be Yourself - (6:37) 126 BPM
AL 032
13 Dec 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Aratak - (7:12) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sciamachy - (7:16) 126 BPM
   
Sciamachy (Konstantin Sibold remix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
Review: Having released on a number of underground labels, De Vries now joins household names like Stephan Bodzin and Recondite with his debut on Afterlife, the label run by Tale of Us. Certainly, the Berlin-based producer deserve the spotlight: on the title track, he delivers a pulsating, spaced out groove that ebbs and flows majestically to the sound of hypnotic bleeps and blasts of white noise. On "Sciamachy", De Vries opts for a more spacey, tranced out arrangement, albeit one that is powered by rasping percussion and shiny synths. Rounding off this impressive debut on Afterlife is Common Sense People party founder Konstantin Sibold, who delivers a frosty, icy take on "Sciamachy".
AL 019
05 Oct 18
Techno
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Lonely Tribe - (7:37) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lonely Tribe (Fango remix) - (7:38) 126 BPM
Review: American producer Eric Estornel must barely find time to sleep: when not returning to his Detroit roots when curating his wonderful Lone Romantic imprint, making electro as Mariel Ito, tech-house as Maetrik or running his long standing Ellum Audio imprint - he's recorded some of the most infectious and pop-inflected techno under his most well known alias: Maceo Plex. He has also become a key artist for Afterlife Recordings in recent times, playing a great number of shows at their Ibiza residency alongside label heads Tale Of Us. Dramatic strings announce you to surrender to the void (right before the massive drop) of "Lonely Tribe" - tunnelling and hypnotic techno number featuring an infectious looped vocal refrain. There's also a remix by the ever impressive Italian Fango which takes the track ionto oddball exotica territory.
AL 028
22 Jul 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Skywalking - (6:14) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Departure (Tale Of Us Intro edit) - (6:34) 125 BPM
AL 024
22 Feb 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Nothing Around Us (with Lyke) - (5:45) 125 BPM
   
22 - (6:18) 127 BPM
   
Fade In To You - (6:27) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Next up on Afterlife is the Italian duo Mathame, who featured on the label's second Realm Of Consciousness compilation. Their tracks have since been played regularly in the sets of label head honchos Tale Of Us and here they present more of their sought-after tracks. This latest offering is no doubt and diverse affair, beginning with the melancholic yet life-affirming "Nothing Around Us" (with Lyke) - another fine execution of dancefloor drama that you've come to expect from the label and features a dark pop element courtesy of Lyke's dramatic vocals. For something more straight-ahead (and with adequate groove dynamics) there's the brooding dub techno slow-burner "22" and the atmospheric mood lighting of "Fade Into You". The latter hypnotizing you with its slinky minimal tech house groove and angelic vocals atop.
AL 018
07 Sep 18
Techno
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For Every Forever - (6:22) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
For Every Forever (dub mix) - (6:22) 128 BPM
   
Stairway 3000 - (7:33) 127 BPM
AL 034
14 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Days Gone - (6:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cloud Nine - (6:53) 126 BPM
   
Cloud Nine (Alex.Do remix) - (7:40) 128 BPM
Review: Italian power duo Mind Against are back, serving up some surefire dancefloor drama for comrades Tale Of Us on their esteemed Afterlife imprint. Featuring the dreamy and mesmerising "Days Gone" which could have been equally at home of Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream imprint; with its lush orchestral arrangements, hypnotic bell textures and sublime use of melodies just begging to played at open air rooftop parties in the Summer. Rest assured all the epic and wonky synth leads are featured throughout, in glorious fashion: it's their trademark after all right? On a more moody and serious tip is next offering "Cloud Nine", an immersive and tunnelling excursion through the progressive house sound, full of shimmering arpeggios and complex rhythm arrangements that reverberate through endless layers of delay and reverb. The remix up next by Berlin stalwart Alex.Do (Dystopian) is respectful and doesn't deviate dramatically from the original, instead emphasising certain layers for added dancefloor dynamics.
AL 010
19 Jan 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Walking Away - (7:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bloom - (7:36) 123 BPM
AL 035
13 Mar 20
Deep House
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Checkmate - (3:44) 120 BPM
   
Cannibalistic - (3:07) 128 BPM
   
Smile! - (3:26) 128 BPM
   
Binary - (3:10) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AFTR 006
12 Feb 16
Minimal/Tech House
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The Hatchet - (6:46) 123 BPM
   
Serpent - (7:50) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Believe in the afterlife? You'll most definitely be convinced after hearing the new offering on Tale Of Us' imprint. The journey of ascension is this time curated by Amsterdam's scene stalwart Patrice Baumel. This will be his second elease for the imprint, following up last year's brilliant Glutes EP and he also makes a rare appearance outside his usual outlet Kompakt. The hypnotic, ping-pong rhythms of "The Hatchet" are somewhat reminiscent of Plastikman, combined with Baumel's great penchant for mesmerising layers of textured emlody. Second offering "Serpent" relies mainly on a slithering mental arpeggio, which is bound to create some sorcery - the sort that label bosses Milleri & Conte are renowned for on the dancefloor. This is guaranteed for transcendence in the club, much like the label's name suggests.
AL 013
06 Apr 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Glutes - (7:29) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Engage - (6:35) 127 BPM
Played by: Domshe
Review: The latest release on Tale of Us' label comes from Patrice Baumel. The German DJ/producer has always focused on a dreamy, tranced out sound - and Glutes is no exception. On the title track, he uses a purring bass to underpin building, minor key melodies, but still manages to maintain an understated, studied feeling and avoids slipping into an over the top cliche. "Engage" is a different matter; it sees Baumel up the pace and drop a pulsing, rolling groove that draws on eerie Detroit synths to create an atmospheric, spaced out arrangement that, like the title track, defies categorisation.
AL 004
12 May 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Sender - (6:42) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Receiver - (6:39) 127 BPM
Played by: Joris Voorn, Anderblast
AL 033
31 Jan 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Valvate - (5:33) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rainmaker - (6:38) 126 BPM
   
Saudade - (5:55) 121 BPM
   
Rufus - (7:38) 122 BPM
   
Step Back - (6:33) 122 BPM
   
Arcane - (6:18) 124 BPM
Review: Do you believe in the Afterlife? If Tale Of Us remain boasting of its virtues in such fine fashion, then consider us believers. The next next chapter in levitation comes courtesy of one of the scene's true finest: Lorenz Brunner. The German studio wizard delivers a massive six tracks of dancefloor drama on the Rainmaker EP, which involves a compelling narrative throughout its six tracks and a variety of moods and textures too. From the deeply brooding mood lighting of opener "Valvate", to the hypnotic and strobe-lit title track and "Aracne" that's reminiscent of his work on Dystopian - perfect for those heads-down moments in the early hours. Brunner delivers material that's right in harmony with the label's most devoted fans with the atmospheric melancholia of "Saudade" with its squeaky melodic action and the brooding dancefloor drama of "Step Back".
AL 015
30 May 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Brighten Up Bunny - (6:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Welcome Back Mama - (5:05) 132 BPM
   
Melodi - (5:03) 127 BPM
   
Welcome Back Mama (Fjaak remix) - (6:00) 132 BPM
Review: Benny Rodrigues aka ROD becomes the latest underground producer to join the ranks of the Afterlife imprint. Known for his dark and oftentimes uncompromising club techno sound, Bunny sees him showcase a deep-er side to his style. It's audible on the title track's pulsating groove, which supports epic builds that float and shimmer sublimely. "Welcome Back Mama" is somewhat darker, and resounds to a pumping electronic rhythm track, while on "Melodi", he opts for a bleaker style, thanks to its spooky central riff. Meanwhile, the Fjaak take on "Mama" brings his fans back to the locked on, loopy techno that the ROD project has become synonymous with.
AL 026
03 May 19
Techno
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Strand - (7:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Catamaran - (8:19) 125 BPM
Review: Stephan Bodzin hasn't put out any solo material in a few years, and Strand serves as a reminder as to why he is so well respected. Issued on Tale Of Us' Afterlife label, it sees the German producer strike a fine balance between pristine trance melodies and subtle, club-friendly grooves. The title track is vintage Bodzin; featuring a powerful, purring bass and hypnotic synth riffs, it ebbs and flows like the evening tide. "Catamaran" is more understated. It sees Bodzin take influence from Italo and even early German electronic music to create an unforgettable piece of moving, melancholic dance music - its melodies swirling over a dubbed out backing.
AL 009
08 Dec 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Analogy - (6:40) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cylon - (5:30) 125 BPM
   
Esplora - (5:29) 126 BPM
   
Kalea - (6:14) 124 BPM
   
Inhibition - (7:03) 124 BPM
   
Enlighted - (6:47) 124 BPM
   
Circle Of Harmony - (7:59) 125 BPM
AL 039D
29 May 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Monument - (6:00) 125 BPM
   
The Hangar - (6:08) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The annual Cocoon Ibiza mix is back this summer, with the 2017 edition mixed by two top talents. Nastia is one of the hottest DJs in the world right now. The Ukrainian is headlining clubs and festivals around the globe, showcasing great skills and a vast musical knowledge. In addition, she runs the Propaganda imprint and has also run her own festival, Strichka. Her solid and driving mix features tracks by Luke, Slate, Terrence Dixon and Calibre among others. Taking care of the second disc is Frankfurt's favourite son Einzelkind: he man who runs three labels including JAX and the esteemed Pressure Traxx in addition to releases on local institutions Playhouse and Cecille. He is a no-nonsense DJ who has played the likes of fabric and Space, and as such has helped put his hometown of Frankfurt on the underground dance map. His mix is minimal and cerebral mix is comprised almost entirely of his own tracks, both solo and produced with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Robin Scholz and Markus Fix.
AL 006
01 Sep 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Wander To Hell - (5:57) 124 BPM
   
Wander To Hell (Locked Groove remix) - (6:26) 121 BPM
   
Wander To Hell (Baikal remix) - (8:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Despite its title, Wander to Hell is a relatively mellow affair. Issued on Tale of Us' freshly minted label, it sees UK-based producer Vaal conjure up an epic track that basks in the sunlight of melancholic indie and Border Community-style, trance-friendly electronics. To their credit, the label owners are also catering for DJs, and they have commissioned Locked Groove to rework the title track. Accentuating the original version's trance hooks and underpinning them with a pulsing, menacing groove, his take will work on more discerning prog/trance floors. By contrast, Berlin-based house producer Baikal steers "Wander" into a more menacing direction, where eerie woodwind and a pounding bass prevail.
AL002D
24 Oct 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Monument (Barnt remix) - (9:48) 125 BPM
   
Monument (Stephan Bodzin remix) - (7:32) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Monument (Adriatique remix) - (7:59) 125 BPM
Review: Tale Of Us have revolutionised their Afterlife label over the last few years. Once upon a time, their imprints were about their specific music, a minimalistic take on deep house and soul-ridden tech. This new EP, however, is a perfect example of their recent branching out, with the opening remix of "Monument" being carefully re-stylised by Magazine's head honcho, the ever-impressive Barnt (recently of Hinge Finger recruitment). European techno veteran Stephan Bodzin comes through with a comparatively deeper, dreamier wave of sleek techno, guided here by melancholic male vocals, whereas the moodier Adriatique hands in a much colder, more calculated techno reinterpretation. Solid.
AL 007
15 Sep 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Tale Of Us - "Lies" - (5:40) 117 BPM
   
Monoloc - "Phoenix" - (6:08) 124 BPM
   
Recondite - "Murphy's Law" - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Woo York - "Poseidon" - (6:13) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Somne - "Triangle" - (7:11) 128 BPM
   
Jon Hester - "Logan" - (5:56) 130 BPM
   
Locked Groove - "Emeralds" - (8:11) 122 BPM
   
Ryan James Ford - "Toree Bahrstad" - (5:35) 131 BPM
   
Obscure Shape & SHDW - "Die Wiederkehr" - (6:38) 129 BPM
   
Mind Against - "Gravity" - (7:29) 123 BPM
Review: Tale of Us launch their Afterlife label in style with the Realm of Consciousness compilation. Bringing together some of the best-known names in contemporary techno as well as a group of newcomers, it moves effortlessly between esoteric moods. Tale of Us contribute the ambient intro, while Monoloc and Woo York are both in more mellow form than usual on the melodic "Phoenix" and "Poseidon" respectively. Meanwhile, Recondite contributes the sad melodies and throbbing bass of "Murphy's Law" and Locked Groove balances supernaturally beautiful hooks with powerful bass pulses on "Emeralds". Even more dance floor-focused tracks, like Obscure Shape & SHDW's "Die Wiederkehr", are filled with trancey melancholia.
AL 001D
24 Jun 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Various
   
Tale Of Us - "Nova" - (7:22) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Agents Of Time - "Paradigm" - (6:10) 125 BPM
   
Recondite & Henrik Schwarz - "Motion" - (6:08) 122 BPM
   
Ovend - "Nuits Fauves" - (9:05) 124 BPM
   
Mind Against - "Portal" - (6:04) 125 BPM
   
Fideles - "Lotus" - (7:12) 123 BPM
   
SCB - "Tide Slide" - (8:01) 126 BPM
   
Aostil - "Quantic" - (6:42) 126 BPM
   
Sterac - "Universum" - (6:11) 130 BPM
   
Edit Select - "Phase In" - (6:47) 134 BPM
   
Luigi Tozzi & Antonio Ruscito - "Subterrel + Ex Funzione" - (13:50) 126 BPM
   
Konstantin Sibold & Kosme - "Cyclone" - (7:16) 126 BPM
   
Hunter & Game - "Changing Weather" - (5:41) 124 BPM
   
Kevin De Vries - "Magoa" - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
Tone Depth - "Ibn Sina" - (8:19) 123 BPM
Review: Following on from last year's second Consciousness compilation, Afterlife returns with an even more ambitious project. Label owners Tale of Us deliver a suitably melodic track, "Nova", but there are also a series of contributions from high-profile artists. Sterac's "Universum" is an expertly weighted, stripped back techno affair, while on "Phase In", Edit Select takes it deeper with a throbbing, tranced out groove that is like a more refined take on early Plus 8 material. Completing the techno triumvirate is Scuba's SCB project. Now also a vehicle for the UK producer's socially conscious thoughts, "Tide Slide", which is possibly a reference to the effects of climate change, sees him deliver a frosty techno groove.
AL 016
29 Jun 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Various
   
Ae:ther - "Beyond The Lights" - (6:18) 124 BPM
   
Tale Of Us & Ovend - "Red Sky" - (6:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Denis Horvat - "Bruto" - (8:16) 120 BPM
   
Keith Carnal - "Cloudy Monday" - (9:09) 128 BPM
   
Recondite - "Hundred1" - (7:21) 120 BPM
   
Per:sona - "393" - (7:53) 124 BPM
   
Mathew Jonson - "The Prophet" - (9:08) 126 BPM
   
Black Peters - "Avenue B" - (7:25) 126 BPM
   
Darse - "Horus" - (7:59) 122 BPM
   
Mathame - "Timeshift" - (7:29) 126 BPM
   
Hunter & Game - "Illusion" - (6:23) 122 BPM
   
Woo York - "Hypernova" - (6:08) 126 BPM
AL 005
16 Jun 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Various
   
Tale Of Us - "Alone" - (5:33) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ae:ther - "He Does It" - (8:18) 127 BPM
   
Anii - "MT1" - (7:25) 125 BPM
   
Colyn - "It's All Over" - (7:42) 125 BPM
   
Hunter & Game - "Dark Aster" - (5:20) 126 BPM
   
Tale Of Us - "Together" - (5:19) 127 BPM
   
Avidus - "Vangelis" - (8:28) 125 BPM
   
Coeus - "Rebirth" - (8:05) 123 BPM
   
Denis Horvat - "Perpetual" - (8:12) 59 BPM
   
Fideles - "Wave Rider" - (5:59) 123 BPM
   
Stephan Jolk - "Doubts" - (5:40) 126 BPM
   
Stephan Bodzin - "Diamant" - (9:07) 125 BPM
   
Kas:st - "The First Time" (feat Kerri Chandler) - (7:32) 125 BPM
   
Agents Of Time - "Astra" - (5:48) 127 BPM
   
Lyke - "Moonwar" - (5:23) 126 BPM
   
Glowal - "Behind Us" - (7:37) 122 BPM
   
Anyma_ofc - "A True Connection" - (6:00) 126 BPM
   
Woo York - "Immigrant" - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Recondite - "Tunnel" - (6:42) 127 BPM
   
Josh Wink - "Chrysalis" - (7:57) 131 BPM
   
Marcel Fengler - "Wir Kommen" - (8:14) 130 BPM
   
Kevin De Vries - "Omert?" - (6:01) 125 BPM
   
SOEL - "Fiorire D'inverno" - (6:51) 123 BPM
   
Innellea - "Dust Planet" - (6:29) 122 BPM
   
Mathame - "Magia" (feat Franchino) - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
The Element MT - "Ryder" - (6:45) 128 BPM
   
Marino Canal - "Unfold" - (7:40) 123 BPM
   
In Anima - "Last Call" - (6:50) 127 BPM
   
Alfa Romero - "Claim Your Love" - (7:20) 125 BPM
   
Franky Wah - "Aftertime" - (7:54) 124 BPM
   
Mind Against - "Above It All" - (3:29) 126 BPM
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AL 037
03 Apr 20
Progressive House
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Various
   
Recondite - "Savaaq" - (6:17) 124 BPM
   
Adriatique - "Hound" - (6:35) 122 BPM
   
Adamant (IT) - "Last Promises" - (6:19) 124 BPM
   
Mind Against And Blausch - "Trust My Eyes" (feat Running Pine) - (7:56) 125 BPM
   
Colyn - "Amor" - (8:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Woo York - "Discovery" - (6:33) 126 BPM
   
Ae:ther - "Arteon (Dealing With God)" - (6:52) 123 BPM
   
Anna - "Spectral" - (5:50) 128 BPM
   
ARTBAT - "Element" - (7:24) 123 BPM
   
Mathame - "Farewell" - (8:05) 129 BPM
   
Agents Of Time - "Superia" - (6:47) 124 BPM
   
Vaal - "Weakness Pays" - (5:22) 118 BPM
   
Innellea - "Lost In Fades" (feat Ameli) - (5:38) 118 BPM
   
Fideles - "The Last Glow" - (6:50) 124 BPM
   
Kevin De Vries - "Phoenix" - (6:40) 125 BPM
   
Coeus - "Eden" - (6:50) 122 BPM
   
Lyke - "Lem" - (5:23) 125 BPM
   
Murat Uncuoglu - "Abetone" - (8:01) 120 BPM
   
Lehar & Aldebaran - "Da Levante" - (6:42) 117 BPM
   
ENAS - "Neptune" - (6:21) 126 BPM
Review: Acclaimed Italian duo Tale Of Us present the third Realm Of Consciousness compilation on Afterlife Recordings. A collection of spellbinding and melodic epics packed full of narratives plus plenty of dancefloor drama awaits with some rather surprising additions too - artist wise. The German hero Recondite serves up the powerful opening track "Savaaq" with its tension and suspense and those soaring melodies, fellow Italians Mind Against team up with Blausch on the hypnotic bliss of "Trust My Eyes" and Ukranian deep techno experts Woo York give us the steely heads down techno of "Discovery". Elsewhere, southern Italians Agents Of Time appear with the adrenalised and entrancing cyclicality of "Superia", frequent Tale Of Us collaborator Vaal takes you deep into the aether on "Weakness Days" and ascendant German Kevin De Vries gets into freefall on the sublime "Phoenix"
AL 027
21 Jun 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Inception - (3:25) 84 BPM
   
More Than A Feeling - (4:08) 126 BPM
   
Through Peaks & Valleys - (5:39) 126 BPM
   
Burning With You - (5:41) 126 BPM
   
Energy Pulse - (6:15) 126 BPM
   
Kadastre - (6:42) 125 BPM
   
Equilibrium - (6:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walk Along The Rainbow - (6:09) 125 BPM
   
Second Breath - (6:06) 126 BPM
   
Chasing The Dream - (5:58) 163 BPM
   
There Is A Light - (6:15) 125 BPM
   
Rise - (5:11) 126 BPM
   
Chasing The Dream (instrumental mix) - (5:58) 159 BPM
Review: Chasing The Dream is the first artist album on Tale of Us' label and it's an impressive affair. The work of Ukrainian duo Woo York, it stays true to Afterlife's love of melodic electronic music. This is audible on the gentle break beats and warm synth hooks of "More Than a Feeling" and the title track or the windswept "Inception". That said, there is also a darker side to Dream; it first rears its head on the pulsating acid of "Burning With You" before the pair veer into the throbbing, epic "Energy Pulse" and drop tough kicks and the purring bass menace of "Kadastre". However, they really impress on the record's more melodic moments, and the soft-burning hooks of "Rise" shows that Woo York and Afterlife are masters of the art of the melodic.
AL 014
04 May 18
Techno
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Echoes From Beyond - (7:38) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dancing With Sirens - (6:08) 126 BPM
   
Minimalism - (5:41) 124 BPM
   
Epilogue - (5:29) 129 BPM
AL 038
15 May 20
Minimal/Tech House
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