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Not From Here - (5:45) 131 BPM
   
Nature Of Motion - (5:46) 131 BPM
   
Circles - (5:23) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Times - (5:58) 136 BPM
Review: 3KZ is a collaboration between Z.I.P.P.O and Kalean, a partnership which already this year has yielded the Parallel Reflections album. Now the pair makes an impressive debut on Darko Esser's label. The title track is a powerful purist techno affair, featuring steely percussion and rhythms, coupled with dramatic synth sweeps. "Nature of Motion" is deeper and more musical, with warm keys unraveling against a gurgling groove. On "Circles", the pair flex their dance floor muscle, as an insistent, driving arrangement is combined with eerie synth loops, while "Times" concludes this club EP with a rolling, atmospheric groove that has echoes of classic Vince Watson.
BALANS 021
19 May 17
Techno
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Klappert - (6:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Evenwicht - (6:56) 129 BPM
   
Funktie - (7:35) 129 BPM
BALANS 001D
28 Mar 11
Techno
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Diepte - (8:08) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stroomstoot - (6:46) 126 BPM
   
Rustpunt - (6:43) 126 BPM
Played by: Philippe Petit
BALANS 006
30 Jul 12
Minimal/Tech House
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U Funking Confuse Me (part 2) - (5:12) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
U Funking Confuse Me (part 1) - (8:05)
   
Wood Engraving - (5:54) 125 BPM
Played by: Estroe
BALANS 002D
16 May 11
Deep House
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Fix - (6:08) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Samsa - (7:07) 128 BPM
   
Millian - (6:03) 128 BPM
Review: As 2013 nears its end, labels such as Darko Esser's Balans are the kind that have released more quality music than many may realise. Following Staffan Lazatti's bleepy debut, View From The Collapsing Centre, Pavel Dimitrenkov debuts his Cadans project in impressive style. "Fix" combines Regis-like broken beats with a distinctly European edge - like Markus Suckut on steroids, but not quite Ben Klock - while "Samsa" adds glassy chimes and synthesised bells placed on top of a Skudge-like groove, only dirtier. The EP's final track, "Millian", is rigid, dry and something the label Fifth Wall would have loved to get their hands on.
BALANS 012
14 Oct 13
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Slightly Disturbed (orignal mix) - (7:52) 128 BPM
   
Slightly Disturbed (Peter Van Hoesen Stretched & Pitched remix) - (7:03) 119 BPM
   
Slightly Disturbed (Sandwell District remix) - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Kereni, Enzo Canale
BALANS 005D
14 Mar 12
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All Is Tainted - (7:50) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Conflicting Principles Of Behaviour - (6:18) 129 BPM
   
Revolutionary Feedback - (5:20) 125 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac
BALANS 013
10 Feb 14
Techno
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Linear Regression - (5:43) 126 BPM
   
K-Means - (5:40) 127 BPM
   
Decision Tree (Yotam Avni remix) - (7:17) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Decision Tree - (4:40) 130 BPM
BALANS 022
22 Sep 17
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Frames From The Lake - (4:03) 138 BPM
   
Frequency Graven - (5:19) 133 BPM
   
Shaded Impacted - (6:09) 131 BPM
   
Vortex Empire - (6:11) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Enclave
BALANS 020
15 Apr 16
Techno
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Overheat - (6:27) 130 BPM
   
Infatuation - (5:08) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Transmitters - (5:37) 125 BPM
   
Abandonded - (5:45) 130 BPM
BALANS 016
16 Feb 15
Techno
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707 Collision - (6:45) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nocturnal Rounds - (6:33) 133 BPM
   
707 Collision (Tripeo remix) - (6:05) 132 BPM
   
707 Collision (Tripeo Beatless Tool) - (4:12) 124 BPM
BALANS 023
16 Mar 18
Techno
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Familiar #1 - (5:59) 131 BPM
   
Familiar #2 - (6:06) 132 BPM
   
Familiar #3 - (6:47) 133 BPM
   
Familiar #4 - (5:57) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: S-File
Review: Hemka follows 707 Collision, her debut on Balans from earlier this year, with a killer four-track EP. Favouring a purist approach to techno throughout, the first "Familiar" is a stripped back affair, led by tight claps and a series of niggling acid lines and broken glass minimal riffs. On "Familiar 2", the French producer moves into the kind of murky space that Jeff Mills' Purposemaker series has mapped out, with grimy, pounding kicks and eerie filter sweeps prevailing. The third instalment sees Hemka veer into Mike Parker's hypnotic, bleep-heavy territory, as an uptempo, steely rhythm track is supported by steely hi hats, while on the fourth and final "Familiar", a pumping, cavernous arrangement, supported by relentless claps, prevails.
BALANS 024
08 Jun 18
Techno
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Seeker - (5:59) 131 BPM
   
Search - (8:04) 129 BPM
   
Seeker (ROD remix) - (5:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Search (Tripeo remix) - (7:07) 129 BPM
Played by: Carl Cox
BALANS 009
29 Apr 13
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Dizziness - (6:15) 134 BPM
   
Clarity - (6:13) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Paul Mac
BALANS 017
04 May 15
Techno
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Opening - (3:42) 132 BPM
   
The Contraption - (6:13) 134 BPM
   
View From The Collapsing Centre - (6:20) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Control - (5:21) 134 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac, Shadow Dancer
Review: Staffan Linzatti debuts on Balans, the sub-label to Dark Esser's Wolfskuil, with an EP of loopy, chord distorted techno. First up is the frenetic bounce of "Opening" which relentlessly threatens to push too far into the red, while "The Contraption" weaves, wobbles and bleeps like Jeff Mills at the controls of an out of control U.F.O. A reverby title track moves the EP into Frozen Border techno territory, while the ghostly and alien bleeps in "Control" create a spooky and atmospheric tension. Haunted DJ tools.
BALANS 011
12 Aug 13
Techno
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Transgression And Punishment - (6:32) 128 BPM
   
Smoke From Burning Fields - (6:37) 86 BPM
   
The Freezing Process - (5:34) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Midnight Zone - (6:04) 128 BPM
Review: The undisputed king of hypnotic techno returns. Lately venturing out of the comfort zone that is his own Geophone imprint with releases on Mote Evolver, Repitch and now Amsterdam's Balans. "Transgression and Punishment" is more than just another slogan versus the world; it's an apt description for the American innovator's sound. Pounding, relentless, cavernous: these are the descriptions that come to mind when describing Parker's other wordly tracks. The title track and "Smoke From The Burning Fields" are classic Parker; reductionist and ergonomic DJ tools that loop you into submission while "The Freezing Process" delivers one of the most menacing modular snarls not seen since his epic "Forward (The 5AM Mix)". But "The Midnight Zone" is the peak time killer on offer here, with its psychotropic alien signals building gradually in modulation towards transcendental euphoria.
BALANS 018
09 Oct 15
Techno
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Benway (feat Apobothra) - (5:05) 126 BPM
   
Black Acid - (5:20) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nebrakada - (5:46) 140 BPM
Review: It sounds like N-Phonix doesn't get much sleep. The Russian producer has released nine singles over the past year, but as Benway, his debut record on Darko Esser's label shows, he retains a hyperactive creative streak. It's hard to imagine whom "Nebrakada" will appeal to, as its spacey chords unravel over a frenetic rhythmic backdrop. The title track is more accessible - if you measure accessibility by noisy, stepping rhythms and occasional blasts of noise. Following on from this Shed-meets-Lakker jam, the Russian artist drops "Black Acid". Living up to its title, it features frazzled, grungy 303s layered over a tracky, insistent rhythm.
BALANS 015
11 Aug 14
Techno
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Beware - (6:36) 129 BPM
   
Aquarium - (3:34)
   
Detoxification - (6:27) 129 BPM
   
Subcutaneous Tissue - (6:51) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Philippe Petit
BALANS 008
21 Feb 13
Minimal/Tech House
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Symmetrical - (7:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Universal - (6:46) 127 BPM
   
Odyssey - (6:36) 123 BPM
BALANS 003D
27 Sep 11
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Black Paint - (5:57) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Crocodile Tears - (8:01) 128 BPM
   
Cipher - (5:49) 132 BPM
   
False Start - (5:52) 131 BPM
Review: It's been a rapid rise for Jordan Peak, with just four years active service seeing him snapped up by the likes of Morris/Audio, Bass Culture, One, Material, Tsuba and many more besides. On this latest release for Balans he's in a taut techno frame of mind, letting the edgy chords fly out of "Black Paint" with its piston-pumping rhythm section behind it. "Crocodile Tears" gets into a more restrained groove but there's plenty of movement in the lead synths, and "Cipher" strips things back further with an unresolving synth refrain and some dubby undertones. "False Start" meanwhile gets positively primal with its simple bleep hook and gnarly sound effects.
BALANS 014
28 Apr 14
Techno
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Mori One - (7:30) 128 BPM
   
Mori Two - (6:01) 128 BPM
   
Mori Three - (6:22) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Oliver Huntemann
BALANS 004D
07 Nov 11
Techno
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Float - (5:30) 128 BPM
   
Lego - (5:36) 127 BPM
   
3yr - (6:31) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kloduba - (6:08) 125 BPM
Played by: Chymera, Funk D'void
Review: It sounds like Dutch producer ROD is in tribute mode on Balans. "3yr" is a relatively innocuous, chord-building techy track, but other tracks display a more considered approach to production. "Kloduba" is laced with hypnotic wind chimes and rasping percussion as it begins its gradual ascent to a climax, while "Lego" recalls the early days of Steve Bicknell's productions, specifically the grubby, acidic loops of The Evader project. Best of all is "Float"; based on ROD's typical metallic drums and lithe rhythms, it features a niggling, nagging frequency tone that recalls the unforgettable riff at the heart of InSync's classic, "Storm".
BALANS 019
15 Jan 16
Techno
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Conflate Four - (7:34) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fool Me Again - (5:43)
   
Conflate Five - (8:04) 128 BPM
   
Welder - (5:19) 129 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
BALANS 010
10 Jun 13
Techno
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Angular - (6:09) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sad But True - (5:58) 134 BPM
   
Louter - (6:31) 135 BPM
BALANS 007
05 Nov 12
Minimal/Tech House
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