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Real Sessions EP
Mark Williams - "Nights Of Pleasure" (Mark Broom remix) - (4:42) 138 BPM
Mark Broom - "Ditch" (Mark Williams remix) - (5:35) 138 BPM
Mark Broom - "Ditch" (Broom's Tweaked mix) - (3:56) 138 BPM
Mark Broom - "One World" (Mark Willams remix) - (4:40) 138 BPM
BMD 043
16 Aug 24
Klub Jamz Two
Satellite (2024 mix) - (5:04) 141 BPM Hot
Funky Sounds - (4:11) 141 BPM
Played by: S-File, Audioklinik
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BMD 042
05 Jul 24
Donna EP
Donna - (4:32) 143 BPM Hot
Donna (Mark Broom remix) - (4:01) 143 BPM
Close - (4:28) 143 BPM
Different - (5:07) 140 BPM
Physical - (4:19) 141 BPM
Extreme - (4:05) 141 BPM
Review: Uncertain is one of the most in-demand producers in club techno and Donna demonstrates why this is the case. The title track is a killer peak-time workout. Featuring an insistent vocal sample looped over a driving rhythm and insistent thunder claps, it makes for a dynamic techno track. "Close" also sees Uncertain focus on the dance floor - on this occasion, the track revolves around insistent stabs, a looped vocal sample and niggling hi hats. Both "Different" and "Physical" have echoes of Dave Clarke's Red series thanks to the use of ominous chords and supporting rolling rhythms. Label owner Mark Broom delivers a remix of the title track, bringing its jacking sensibilities and vocal samples to the fore.
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BMD 041
31 May 24
Elephant Bones EP
Elephant Bones - (4:34) 140 BPM
Elephant Bones (TWR72 remix) - (5:49) 143 BPM
Track 1 - (4:28) 143 BPM
Average - (4:01) 141 BPM Hot
Circuit Riddim - (4:53) 138 BPM
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BMD 040
26 Apr 24
Smoke Machines & Strobe Lights EP
VV2 - (3:30) 141 BPM
Sound System - (3:50) 141 BPM
Listen - (3:33) 144 BPM
Pipz - (3:33) 144 BPM
Tool - (3:36) 141 BPM Hot
Review: Few producers can compete with Mark Broom when it comes to making techno for dark, smoke-filled rooms. On his latest release, the veteran UK producer effortlessly captures this aesthetic. Both "VV2" and "Listen" are driving, linear tracks powered by insistent claps and rolling snares. Meanwhile "Sound System" sees Broom deliver a more abrasive take on this style, with a combination of gated synths and tough kicks. "Pipz" is in a similar vein, with an added layer of militaristic percussion adding to its dance floor appeal. Rounding off the release is "Tool". As its titles suggests, it's a relentless, driving techno track designed to cause maximum impact.
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BMD 039
22 Mar 24
Counterclockwise EP
Squad - (4:57) 138 BPM
Squad (Gene Richards Jr remix) - (5:56) 140 BPM Hot
Class_C - (6:16) 140 BPM
Unmute - (6:35) 139 BPM
Projektor - (5:26) 142 BPM
Driver - (6:08) 140 BPM
Review: Skov Bowden lands on Beard Man with a distinctive dance floor EP. "Squad" samples tribal chants and resounds to a ghetto swing. On "Class_C" and "Projektor", he opts for a different approach. Based on minimal rhythms, tweaked tones and utilitarian percussion, it is inspired by the 90s minimalism of Steve Stoll. "Unmute" also focuses on a stripped back approach - but on this occasion, Bowden layers insistent riffs that build and build over the angular rhythm. "Driver" is built on concrete kicks, which act as the basis for him to weave in tripped out vocal samples. Gene Richards Jnr delivers a raw and ready take on "Squad", which is led by a pulsing bass and jittery percussion.
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BMD 038
01 Mar 24
Klub Jamz EP
Mark Broom - "Shake That Body" - (4:26) 144 BPM Hot
The Phantom's Revenge - "Real Flesh & Blood" (Broom's Kick edit) - (5:02) 144 BPM
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BMD 037
12 Jan 24
P Flava's EP
P Flava's (original mix) - (5:14) 140 BPM
P Flava's (Confidential Recipe remix) - (5:53) 140 BPM
Steam (original mix) - (4:05) 141 BPM
Steam (Volster remix) - (4:35) 141 BPM Hot
Steam (Lighter Thief remix) - (4:32) 141 BPM
Review: The ever prolific and always consistent Mark Broom returns with another killer techno EP. The title track is a rolling track, populated by deft filters and insistent steely percussion. It makes for smartly executed peak time techno The same can be said for "Steam". Featuring tribal chants and dense tribal drums, it sees Broom weave in ominous synth stabs. The seminal UK producer has commissioned a series of impressive remixes; Confidential Recipe turns "P Flava's" into a soaring Detroit techno track. Meanwhile, Volster's take on "Steam" focuses on a different type of Motor City sound - the steely minimalism pioneered by Robert Hood. Lastly, Lighter Thief turns "Steam" into a slamming, looped affair.
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BMD 036
24 Nov 23
Mood EP
Mood - (4:30) 142 BPM
Bullet - (4:19) 142 BPM
Defense - (4:18) 141 BPM Hot
Cut - (4:32) 141 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of releases for Rekids and Suara, Uncertain now drops this high-octane release on Mark Broom's label. The title track starts the EP in frenetic mode. Centred on an insistent rhythm and driving percussion, the arrangement is peppered with vocal snatches and relentless stabs. "Bullet" continues in a similar vein. Led by steely hi hats and tough tribal drums, it also features ominous chords that recall vintage Dave Clarke. That style is also audible on "Defense", where Uncertain drops a piledriving percussive rhythm, with ominous chords rolling in over the arrangement. "Cut" rounds off the release in dance floor mode - disco filters are fused with a grainy groove to cause maximum impact.
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BMD 035
03 Nov 23
Tribe Vibes EP
Tribe Vibes (original mix) - (4:25) 141 BPM
Tribe Vibes (Gene Richards Jr remix) - (5:33) 141 BPM Hot
Tribe Vibes (dub mix) - (3:51) 141 BPM
Central - (4:31) 141 BPM
808 Workout - (3:10) 141 BPM
Review: The always consistent Mark Broom returns to his Beard Man label with this hard-hitting release. The title track is inspired by late 90s loop techno. Centred on a fast-paced, rolling groove and firing, pitch-bent percussion, it sees Broom layer in dramatic, surging chords. On "Central", he goes down a more visceral route. Led by a jittery rhythm and bleak synth stabs, it is redolent of Robert Hood's minimalism - an influence that bubbles to the surface on the track's cheese-wire percussion. The release contains two fine remixes. Gene Richards Jr's slamming, sample-heavy take on the title track is sure to approve to the house heads, while the dub take of "Tribe Vibes" delivers a lean, rolling version.
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BMD 034
15 Sep 23
Hardgroove 4 Life EP
Hardgroove 4 Life (original mix) - (5:20) 138 BPM
Hardgroove 4 Life (Ben Sims remix) - (5:08) 138 BPM Hot
You Got Me (original mix) - (4:33) 137 BPM
You Got Me (DJ Love mix) - (3:59) 145 BPM
Love Train - (4:05) 141 BPM
Review: With Ben Sims' label and related sound firmly back in the spotlight, the main proponents of late 90s techno should not be forgotten. In addition to Mark Williams putting out music again, Mark Broom's Hardgroove 4 Life shines a light on his contribution. The title track - and Sims' version - are the sound at its very finest, comprising rolling hypnotic club grooves and impactful tribal drums. "You Got Me" sees Broom add a moody undercurrent to this sound thanks to the use of a visceral bass stab. But as he shows on the infectious, disco-filtered "Love Train", this is party music, designed to be played and enjoyed at maximum volume.
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BMD 033
28 Jul 23
Human Flaws EP
Charms - (5:40) 130 BPM
Genetical Paths - (6:48) 132 BPM
Limbus - (6:11) 130 BPM Hot
Wayward - (6:33) 127 BPM
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BMD 032
06 Dec 19
Voice EP
Voice (original mix) - (4:50) 128 BPM Hot
Voice (Avision remix) - (6:02) 128 BPM
Voice (Avision NYC dub) - (6:23) 128 BPM
Mangle - (5:18) 130 BPM
M19 (Josh Reeves remix) - (5:28) 129 BPM
Played by: Danny Tenaglia
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BMD 031
04 Oct 19
Animate EP
Armanis Ghost - (6:00) 132 BPM Hot
Thin Leaves - (5:16) 132 BPM
Another Track - (6:27) 88 BPM
In The Gym - (3:42) 135 BPM
Anime - (4:53) 132 BPM
Review: The latest release on Mark Broom's label is a tough and powerful affair. The EP starts with "Armani's Ghost", where Absent fuses the distorted kicks of Chicago techno with phased chords. "Thin Leaves" boasts a similar backing, with the mysterious producer teasing out ticking percussion and rough kicks, while on "Another Track", Absent mines another influence, namely the industrial style of Surgeon mixed with Disko B-stye functionalism. "In The Gym" has echoes of the Jeff Mills classics like "Solid Sleep", as a synth riff is looped over a thumping drum sequence, while on "Anime", Absent opts for a slightly less upfront approach, albeit with some razor-sharp percussion to guide the jagged synths.
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BMD 030
19 Jul 19
No More EP
No More (original mix) - (5:03) 128 BPM
No More (Mark Broom remix) - (5:00) 128 BPM Hot
Dynamo (original mix) - (5:03) 128 BPM
Dynamo (Discrete Circuit & H4L remix) - (5:26) 128 BPM
Mutation (original mix) - (4:59) 129 BPM
Mutation (Discrete Circuit & H4L remix) - (5:21) 129 BPM
Played by: S-File, Mark Broom
Review: Three original tracks and three accompanying remixes make this a great VFM package for techno lovers. 'No More' is an intense, claustrophobic, eyes-down kinda cut in its Original form before Mark Broom injects a serious dose of dark, 3am techno-funk. 'Dynamo' takes a turn for the fiercer with pounding 4/4s underpinning nagging, pulsing synths, while the Discrete Circuit & H4L is lighter on its feet and takes us into tech-house territory. And then finally 'Mutation' in its Original form is a tribal, percussive workout before Discrete Circuit & H4L give it similar treatment to the track before.
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BMD 029
22 Feb 19
Fire EP
Fire - (5:46) 133 BPM
Loop132 (original mix) - (5:21) 132 BPM Hot
Loop132 (Rondell Adams NiteFreaxxx remix) - (5:35) 132 BPM
Haven - (5:40) 130 BPM
Played by: S-File
Review: UK techno veteran Mark Broom returns to his own label after a flurry of releases for Epm. Starting off with the title track, Broom relives the intensity of 90s techno tracks like Joey Beltram's "Forklift" as waves of electronic riffs build over a hammering rhythm. "Loop132" is also influenced by 90s techno, with the Beard Man boss delivering a firing, slightly distorted loop-y workout. "Haven" is different again, as Broom takes inspiration from Basic Channel and Chain Reaction's layered dub but underpinning it with tough kick. The release's diverse approach continues on Chicago producer Rondell Adams' dense and noisy take on "Loop132".
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BMD 028
23 Mar 18
Hinder EP
Locomotion - (5:45) 130 BPM
M37 - (6:16) 131 BPM Hot
Vexed - (6:52) 130 BPM
Hinder - (7:18) 132 BPM
Halt - (6:32) 133 BPM
Played by: S-File
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BMD 027
23 Feb 18
Excess EP
That's My Sh*t - (6:00) 128 BPM
Excess (original mix) - (6:37) 128 BPM
Excess (Skudge remix) - (6:01) 128 BPM
Dub Trip - (6:15) 128 BPM Hot
Serenity - (7:30) 128 BPM
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BMD 026
15 Sep 17
Typ 10-14
Typ 10 (Mark Broom remix) - (4:51) 132 BPM Hot
Typ 10 (original mix) - (5:50) 132 BPM
Typ 12 - (4:59) 132 BPM
Typ 13 - (5:06) 132 BPM
Typ 14 - (4:28) 132 BPM
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BMD 025
30 Jun 17
Surface EP
Scratching The Surface - (7:07) 130 BPM
Dusty Road (Part 1) - (6:31) 128 BPM Hot
Dusty Road (Part 2) - (6:18) 128 BPM
Entropy - (9:32) 130 BPM
Recursive Decent (Mark Broom edit) - (4:48) 132 BPM
Played by: S-File
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BMD 024
28 Apr 17
Snake Eyes EP
Snake Eyes - (5:46) 133 BPM
Witch - (4:34) 133 BPM
Upside Down (Head Front Panel remix) - (5:24) 137 BPM
Upside Down (2017 mix) - (4:50) 133 BPM Hot
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BMD 023
24 Mar 17
Inverse EP
Blue Sleep - (5:23) 128 BPM
Manipulate - (6:08) 128 BPM
Manipulate (Makaton Cannibal Jaw remix) - (6:09) 128 BPM
Wirken - (5:33) 128 BPM
Inverse - (6:21) 126 BPM Hot
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BMD 022
24 Feb 17
Shanty Star EP
Shanty Star - (5:33) 133 BPM Hot
D282 - (5:12) 132 BPM
Demanding (original mix) - (5:47) 133 BPM
Demanding (Don Williams mix 1) - (7:59) 91 BPM
Demanding (Don Williams mix 2) - (4:55) 137 BPM
Review: Label owner Mark Broom returns to Beard Man doing what he is best at - tough but expertly put together club techno. The title track is a heavy, tribal affair and is not dissimilar to the loopy material Broom was making at the end of the 90s, albeit laced with insistent bleeps. "D282" is also redolent of that period, with an electronic bass underpinning Broom's rolling rhythm, while "Demanding" sees the Beard Man boss adding some surging chords to the equation. Don Williams from Artless maintains the 90s theme on his first reshape of "Demanding", with hyperactive jazz-synth stabs riding a restless, percussive rhythm. A heavier, more modern approach prevails on his second re-work.
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BMD 021
25 Nov 16
Dust EP
Dust - (5:13) 129 BPM
Dust (Turbo Turbo remix) - (5:31) 130 BPM
Dust (Patrik Carrera remix) - (7:11) 125 BPM
Loop 131 - (5:38) 131 BPM Hot
Review: Mark Broom and some of his like-minded producers revisit the sound of the late 90s for the UK veteran's latest release. Broom himself impresses with "Loop 131"; like a hybrid of dirty Chicago ghetto and 90s Mills going down an organ-heavy wormhole, it's a killer piece of peak-time techno. Recent Beard Man signing Patrik Carrera keeps the sound dry and minimal for his take on the title track and in so doing straddles a fine line between repetition and musicality. The biggest surprise comes from GND owners Turbo Turbo. Grabbing "Dust" by the scruff of the neck they turn into a stadium-sized trance-techno pounder reminiscent of CJ Bolland.
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BMD 020
07 Oct 16
Freak Zone EP
Freak Zone - (7:35) 125 BPM
Freak Zone (Mark Broom remix) - (6:01) 128 BPM
Stripped - (6:49) 125 BPM
Dope Jazz - (6:03) 125 BPM Hot
Played by: S-File
Review: Anthony Cardinale is an American producer who has just launched this new side-project, Avision. It's clear that the long years spent frequenting and playing at underground clubs in the States has rubbed off on his production style and this EP is a rough, raw analogue ride. The title track sets the tone with its insistent rhythm and noisy drums, while "Stripped" is even rawer-sounding, as a clanging metallic bar bashes away against the backdrop of pumping drums and surging chords. "Dope Jazz" offers some respite - and showcases Cardinale's deeper sound - but it's only a temporary one and label boss Mark Broom drops an intense kick-drum heavy take on the title track.
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BMD 019
26 Aug 16
Luminescence EP
Alpha Decay - (6:12) 130 BPM
Argon - (6:28) 128 BPM
Argon (Discrete Circuit remix) - (6:07) 133 BPM Hot
Xeno - (7:14) 126 BPM
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BMD 018
01 Jul 16
Sixty Six EP
Sixty Six - (5:12) 128 BPM Hot
Sixty Six (TWR72 remix) - (5:50) 133 BPM
Quantique - (5:32) 127 BPM
Quantique (Patrik Carrera remix) - (6:25) 125 BPM
M19 (version) - (5:13) 129 BPM
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BMD 017
06 May 16
Hovi EP
Eik (original mix) - (6:58) 125 BPM
Eik (Mark Broom remix) - (5:41) 130 BPM Hot
Hovi (original mix) - (6:39) 123 BPM
Hovi (Discrete Circuit remix) - (5:32) 130 BPM
Lunge - (6:59) 125 BPM
Review: Carrera is the latest addition to Mark Broom's label and on Hovi, he demonstrates why he is the perfect fit. "Eik" is a tough, steely rhythm track that cruises at 125 bpm before exploding in a cacophony of searing riffs and doubled up claps. On the title track and "Lunge", Carrera opts for a different approach. Both arrangements resound to heavy kicks, gnarled percussion and head-melting acid tweaks. To welcome Carrera properly into the Beard Man fold, Broom has commissioned two remixes; the first, his own take on "Eik", resounds to spiky snares and a rolling rhythm, while on Discrete Circuit version of "Hovi", Carrera's acid riffs are underpinned by doubled up claps.
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BMD 016
18 Mar 16
Redial EP
Old Kingdom - (5:41) 130 BPM
Divulge - (6:40) 131 BPM
Redial - (5:47) 128 BPM
Incursion (MB edit) - (5:30) 129 BPM Hot
Review: Discrete Circuit impressed with his release last year on Delsin and he raises the bar further with this record on Mark Broom's label. The title track and the MB edit of "Incursion" are storming robotic funkers laced with acid-filled filters and both are undeniably effective. However, when Discrete Circuit takes his finger off the 'brute force' button, things start to get more interesting. "Divulge" is a robotic, analogue workout - the 303 lines are still audible though - that is redolent of minimal pioneers like DBX. Best of all though is "Old Kingdom", where dark chords, reminiscent of mid-90s Force Inc and early Ian Pooley churn menacingly against a hail of metallic percussion.
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BMD 015
22 Jan 16
Frontline EP
Frontline - (5:21) 130 BPM
Frontline (Robert Hood Re Plant remix) - (6:16) 130 BPM Hot
Frontline (Ben Long & Oliver Way remix) - (5:54) 128 BPM
Frontline (Ben Long Late Night mix) - (5:40) 85 BPM
Review: The ever-versatile Mark Broom returns to his own label for a storming techno release. The title track revolves around a high-paced acid pulse, with the smart use of filters making it sound even more frazzled. Robert Hood repays the favour to Broom for appearing on his M-Plant label by delivering a heavy, visceral take on the title track, with the Detroit producer's signature metallic riffing and cast iron beats to the fore. Of a bigger surprise is Ben Long and Oliver Way's remix; although it's a high octane affair, the groove is pulsing and surprisingly fluid. Adding to this unexpected turn is Ben Long's 'late night' mix, where the veteran UK producer lays down a hypnotic, ambient pulse.
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BMD 014
11 Dec 15
Circuit Boost EP
Circuit Boost (MB edit) - (5:34) 126 BPM
Ground Hog (MB edit) - (5:16) 128 BPM
Ground Hog (MB dub edit) - (5:08) 128 BPM Hot
Circuit Boost (Ben Long Late Night mix) - (5:36) 126 BPM
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BMD 013
26 Oct 15
Lambs Bread EP
Purrrfume (Mark Broom edit 1) - (5:19) 129 BPM Hot
Purrrfume (Mark Broom edit 2) - (5:10) 129 BPM
X6 (Mark Broom edit) - (5:01) 129 BPM
In Vitro (Mark Broom edit) - (6:54) 123 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: We're not too sure who the obscure Cotton Crown is exactly, but we're certainly very familiar with the legendary Mark Broom. He appears exclusively on this release banging out four well executed edits. Channelling the spirit of classic Robert Hood style minimalism, these four hypnotic and cyclical grooves are some of the most flattering and worthy tributes from one master producer to another. On "Purrfume 1" and "X6", respectively, they rely on nothing more than a furious kick, a hi-hat and synth stabs yet to marvellous effect. However "Purrfume 2" creates more atmosphere through its layers with its engaging melody, later making way for a James Ruskin style woodblock workout. Lastly "In Vitro" brings the tempo down suitably with its soaring pads and razor sharp synth leads guiding you to true dancefloor euphoria. Tip!
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BMD 012
22 Jun 15
Neon EP
M19 - (5:45) 129 BPM
Energy - (5:05) 130 BPM
Neon - (5:12) 129 BPM
Involver - (6:34) 127 BPM Hot
Review: UK techno veteran Broom is one of the most consistent producers in the game and on Neon, he delivers four killer dance floor tracks. Inspired in equal parts by the swirling, dub techno of Chain Reaction and the insistent, loopy techno of mid to late-90s Jeff Mills, the release starts with the steel-plate percussion and churning chord builds of "M19". Broom keeps his focus on that approach for "Energy", where doubled-up claps and clanging chords create an eerie but urgent sensibility, while the title track is a slightly less visceral affair thanks to the inclusion of a sleepy vocal sample amid the churning keys. Finally, "Involver" sees Broom focus his energies elsewhere, its acidic, grimy groove coming across like Steve Bicknell in a bad mood.
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BMD 011
04 May 15
Afterlife EP
Afterlife - (5:55) 128 BPM
Afterlife (Phase remix) - (6:28) 128 BPM
133 - (4:50) 133 BPM Hot
Review: Thanks to his releases on Token and Power Vacuum, veteran UK producer Mark Broom is enjoying a renaissance. That come back continues with the mighty Afterlife release. Like the record on Power Vacuum, the title track is based on a simple premise; use stomping beats and a mangled, grainy bassline as a back drop for a wild, trancey synth line that gets more and more euphoric as it progresses. If that sounds too intense, fear not as Phase has delivered a killer remix. Understated and menacing, it pulses along until he lets loose with the most threatening chord sweeps since Dave Clarke's Red 2.
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BMD 010
24 Jun 13
Silenced Part 1-4 (Remastered)
Silenced (part 1) - (4:46) 128 BPM
Silenced (part 2) - (4:40) 131 BPM Hot
Silenced (part 3) - (5:10) 136 BPM
Silenced (part 4) - (3:48) 135 BPM
Review: Broom has making techno for twenty years, but as Silenced shows, he retains the golden touch for dropping killer club tracks. "Silenced 1" features heavy tribal beats and a Hoover bass belching through the speakers, accompanied by a searing acid line. The second instalment is even more visceral; it begins relatively sedately, with deep chords setting an atmospheric tone, but soon enough, ferocious, hissing hats and a churning filter increase the intensity levels. "Part 3" features more of the same bass pressure, this time motoring along to sick acid lines and heavy clicks. Finally, "Part 4" relies on bursts of white noise and a scuffling rhythm to drive home the message.
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BMD 009
08 Apr 13
Time Is Now
Lighter Thief (original mix) - (5:00) 128 BPM Hot
Lighter Thief (Paul Mac mix) - (5:22) 131 BPM
Lighter Thief (Chris Finke mix) - (5:34) 128 BPM
Review: If you're looking for serious Mills/Hood-inspired techno, then "Time" is for you. Over chiming bells and a complex metallic rhythm, Lighter Thief allows a deep, dramatic chord sequence to build, climax and then start all over again. Veteran UK producer Paul Mac follows a similar trajectory on his remix, but he also makes reference to a distinctly UK version of techno, as screeching riffs dive-bomb over a rolling, loopy groove. Chris Finke's version also makes a nod to the past, but in this instance it's back to the early 90s rave as euphoric, slightly detuned keys dominate a hissing percussive backing track.
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BMD 008
11 Jun 12
Like Dat
Like Dat - (4:48) 127 BPM Hot
Like Dat (Ben Sims remix 1) - (7:27) 131 BPM
Like Dat (Ben Sims remix 2) - (6:34) 129 BPM
Like Dat (Kirk Degiorgio remix) - (6:02) 127 BPM
Review: Beard Man started life as an outlet for Marc Broom's own releases and as this release under his Lighter Thief moniker demonstrates, the affable producer has been able to attract some of the other key UK techno players to his enterprise. In its original form, "Like Dat" is a rolling club techno groove, featuring soulful vocal samples and jarring riffs. It has an unmistakable old school feeling and recalls loop techno before it veered down a one-note cul de sac. Kirk Degiorgio delivers an awesomely trippy take that recalls the dark bleeps and dense beats of the New Religion label, while Ben Sims drops two peak-time rollers, powered by siren riffs, surging basslines and stomping beats.
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BMD 007
12 Mar 12
Redial - (6:39) 128 BPM Hot
Mist - (7:57) 125 BPM
Review: If there was a dedicated techno dictionary, there is no doubt that "Redial" would feature under the entry marked 'big room'. While Broom has made a wide range of electronic music over the years, his focus is now firmly set on putting out peak time tunes for cavernous clubs. The title track is an upfront jacking affair, with reverberating drums underpinning screeching sirens, walls of jarring effects and visceral claps. "Mist" is even more over the top, with a rolling rhythm and filtered metallic riffs leading to an insane crescendo. It may not have the subtlety of his A13 work, but it's certainly effective. Recommended.
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BMD 006
30 Jan 12
Essex Acid EP
Paul Mac/Mark Broom - "I Don't Know" - (8:02) 129 BPM
Paul Mac/Mark Broom - "Remember When" - (8:23) 122 BPM
Paul Mac - "A Certain Era" - (6:11) 125 BPM
Paul Mac - "Knocker" - (5:57) 129 BPM Hot
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BMD 005
05 Dec 11
The Jacking Zone
The Jacking Zone - (5:55) 130 BPM Hot
48 - (5:42) 130 BPM
Fever - (5:55) 126 BPM
Review: When he launched his Beard Man label, UK veteran Mark Broom decided to take ownership again of his releases. Now he's steering his music again and this time it's back to the old school. "48" is an inspired combination of modern white noise bursts and tribal drums that lead into a massive filtered breakdown, while "Fever" is reminiscent of the stab-heavy, acid-tinged techno Broom used to deliver with such aplomb for Pure Plastic. Best of all though is the title track: featuring the distorted beats of DJ Rush and Ben Sims' insistent discoy loops, it is both familiar and fresh.
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BMD 004
24 Oct 11
Verve (original mix) - (7:39) 125 BPM Hot
Verve (Dustin Zahn mix) - (6:43) 126 BPM
Verve (Gary Beck mix) - (8:42) 126 BPM
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BMD 003
11 Aug 11
Night Nurse EP
Pigeon (original mix) - (6:46) 128 BPM Hot
Pigeon (Norman Nodge remix) - (6:31) 128 BPM
Night Nurse (original mix) - (5:34) 127 BPM
Review: Given that two of UK techno's most experienced techno producers feature on "Night Nurse" you could be forgiven for thinking that it might turn into a lesson in dance floor intensity. However, while "Pigeon" is based on a solidly jacking rhythm augmented by firing hats and insistent, stabbing riffs, that only tells half the story. Midway through, it veers into a Chain Reaction-style chord sequence that subsequently morphs into a dreamy outro. It's the musical elements that Norman Nodge's remix centres on - the stomping backing helps too - while the title track isn't all sturm und drang either, its broken beats providing the basis for chilling strings and mysterious pads.
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BMD 002
27 Jun 11
Satellite (mix one) - (5:20) 127 BPM Hot
Satellite (mix two) - (5:20) 126 BPM
Satellite (Alex Bau Repaint) - (6:19) 127 BPM
Review: Veteran UK producer Mark Broom proves once again that diversity is key to remaining relevant. While most of his peers have faded into obscurity at best, Broom's both versions of "Satellite" sound as fresh as the day that he first started fiddling with a sampler. Combining the old with the new, both versions are underpinned by contemporary-sounding dense beats and snappy percussion, but also feature panning, nagging acid lines that are reminiscent of vintage Plastikman. Broom also makes nods to the recent mnml explosion with hissing percussion descending into bursts of white noise - but he does it with such style that it sounds fresh. Here's to another 20 years.
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BMD 001
01 Mar 11
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