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Craigie Knowes is a record label based in Perth, Scotland. It was founded in 2015 by Mitch Hunter and Max Spittal, who met while studying at the University of St Andrews. The label's name is a reference to the neighborhood where they both grew up.

Craigie Knowes releases a wide range of electronic music, from house and techno to ambient and experimental. The label has a reputation for releasing high-quality music from up-and-coming artists, and its releases have been praised by critics and DJs alike.

Some of the artists who have released music on Craigie Knowes include Chaos In The CBD, Bicep, Carl Finlow, and Cygnus. The label has also released a number of compilation albums, including "Craigie Knowes Presents: The Future Sound Of Scotland" and "Craigie Knowes Presents: The Scottish Techno Sound."

In addition to releasing music, Craigie Knowes also organizes events in Perth and Edinburgh. The label's parties are known for their eclectic lineups and friendly atmosphere.
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Energy Obsession EP
Energy Obsession - (5:34) 129 BPM
Totally Wild (Rave mix) - (6:14) 136 BPM
Motomami's Chant - (4:54) 132 BPM Hot
Sonar Quartz - (4:58) 132 BPM
Review: Craigie Knowes serves up four fresh slices of progressive house on Guy Contact's pulse-pounding "Energy Obsession" EP. The title track kicks off with a dark and hypnotic groove. A deep bassline throbs underneath, drawing listeners in while maintaining a hint of menace. "Totally Wild" follows, a full-on techno assault with relentless, fast-paced rhythms that's guaranteed to get bodies moving. "Motomami's Chant" takes a nostalgic turn. A chugging bassline reminiscent of the late 90s provides a familiar foundation, while modern production elements keep things fresh. The EP closes with "Sonar Quartz," a deep dive into the heart of progressive house. Intricate melodies intertwine with pulsating rhythms, leaving listeners wanting more.
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CKNOWEP 60
07 May 24
Progressive House
Spaced Repetitions EP
CLJL - "Non Terrestrial" (Spaced mix) - (5:47) 130 BPM
CLJL - "Shadow Speak" - (6:01) 130 BPM
Jamie Leather - "Thats Enough Now" - (6:05) 130 BPM
Jamie Leather - "Like This, Like That" - (6:40) 126 BPM Hot
Review: Jamie Leather and Christopher Ledger make an impactful Craigie Knowes debut with four mind-bending club jams. Their joint venture as CLJL takes the lead on "Non Terrestrial (Spaced Mix)", delivering a serious concoction of house, breaks, and electronics that pays homage to the golden age of techno and electro, while veering toward touches of trance in "Shadow Speak". Jamie Leather onwards goes solo with both "Thats Enough Now" and "Like This, Like That" adding some warm euphoria to the EP in former next to some classic piano acid and New York vibes in the latter. Break it down.
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CKNOWEP 58
05 Feb 24
Breakbeat
Echo Chamber EP
Echo Chamber - (5:33) 135 BPM
Kanizsa - (6:21) 138 BPM
Thinker - (4:57) 138 BPM
Sad On The 16th - (5:30) 132 BPM Hot
Review: Melbourne-based producer Fader Cap returns to Craigie Knowes with some deep, melodic and bassline house-electro crossovers. Dope stuff. Featuring four tracks that seamlessly blend club-centric vibes with expansive melodies, Echo Chamber delves deep into a diverse mix of beats tailored for every moment throughout the night. Its lead cut delivers a sweet and aqueous bassline with snares flailing left-right-and-centre, with "Kanizsa" ebbing a few fathoms deeper and bringing with it a subtle touch of '90s trance through its subdued vocal. "Thinker" pumps it up a somewhat with some solid warehouse grooves and flecks of acid-synth and bleep, with "Sad On The 16TH" going minimal in a way that you can see Ricardo Villalobos agreeing with. Doffed.
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CKNOWEP 57
15 Jan 24
Minimal/Tech House
Southern Seas EP
Whomnp - (6:32) 142 BPM
Frayed - (6:21) 132 BPM
Transmission - (5:39) 138 BPM Hot
Review: Diving into the depths of the "Southern Seas EP" reveals an immersive exploration of DJ Life's musical finesse--an intricate fusion of advanced production techniques tailor-made for those eager to plunge the dancefloor beneath tempestuous waves. It goes beyond conventional club music; rather, it unfolds as a cerebral expedition. The EP's inaugural track, "Whomnp," embarks as an intricately paced progressive techno marvel, intricately interweaving screw synths and sci-fi motifs. The auditory journey kicks off with a mesmerizing mind-melter, beckoning listeners to traverse uncharted waters of sonic exploration. Subsequently, "Frayed" introduces a vibrant spectrum of psychedelic hues, contorting over filtered vocal fragments and supple drums--an enthralling tapestry of sound that meanders through the listener's consciousness. Drawing the sonic voyage to a close, "Transmission" unfolds with stomping drum funk illuminated by celestial melodies, providing a climactic resolution to the musical expedition. DJ Life's knack for blending intricate rhythms with cosmic elements shines through, leaving an enduring impact on the audience.
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CKNOWEP 56
08 Jan 24
Progressive House
Good People Only
Cafe Crazy (original mix) - (5:45) 136 BPM Hot
Cafe Crazy (feat NAP - D. Tiff's Brain Cafe Refoam) - (5:57) 140 BPM
Keep Going - (5:26) 144 BPM
Hang Out - (6:16) 142 BPM
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CKNOWEP 55
04 Dec 23
Euro Dance/Pop Dance
Elation Station
Schponglen - (11:17) 70 BPM
Yeah [16x] - (6:49) 132 BPM Hot
Hands In The Air - (6:48) 125 BPM
Ned Kelly Trance - (6:19) 73 BPM
Full Moon Party - (6:32) 70 BPM
Bleeps And Bloops - (6:46) 135 BPM
Immaculate Vibes - (7:26) 110 BPM
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CKNOWLP 4
13 Nov 23
Uplifting Trance
Protosphere EP
Mesomorph - (6:41) 141 BPM Hot
Rhizome - (7:03) 137 BPM
Hypha Dose - (7:48) 141 BPM
Desert Power - (6:51) 140 BPM
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CKNOWEP 54
13 Nov 23
UK Hardcore
Analog Heart, Magnetic Soul
Smooth Orbit Over The Detroit River - (6:40) 127 BPM Hot
Planet Lumina - (4:30) 128 BPM
The Keyz - (4:44) 126 BPM
Rouge Like - (6:09) 126 BPM
Review: Brian Kage, a prominent figure in Detroit's electronic music scene, has graced us with his latest offering, the "Analog Heart, Magnetic Soul" EP, released under the discerning Craigie Knowes label. The EP commences with the fittingly titled "Smooth Orbit Over The Detroit River." It's a mesmerizing journey through space and time, exuding the quintessential Motor City charm. This opening track sets the tone for what's to come, as it unfolds as a widescreen, cosmic groove cruise that seamlessly blends classic Detroit influences with a futuristic edge. "Planet Lumina" takes us even deeper into the celestial expanse, boasting ethereal synths and talk box vocals that intermingle with cyborg-friendly electro-funk elements. "The Keyz" continues the intergalactic odyssey with its energetic electro vibes and intricate soundscapes. The EP concludes with "Rouge Like," a track that sends us off with a bang. It features bold, bouncy drum patterns and a dreamy fusion of smeared, dubbed-out chords. The result is a mesmerizing dancefloor experience that encapsulates the essence of machine-made soul perfection.
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CKNOWEP 53
10 Nov 23
Minimal/Tech House
Creeping Plant EP
Creeping Plant - (5:08) 140 BPM Hot
Unlimited Fun - (5:50) 155 BPM
LEZGO - (4:47) 155 BPM
Snake Venom - (7:07) 100 BPM
Melted - (6:30) 129 BPM
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CKNOWEP 52
10 Nov 23
Techno
Friends In Low Places
Snake Charmer - (6:49) 127 BPM Hot
Bunker 7 - (6:39) 130 BPM
Gaffney - (6:38) 131 BPM
Mind The Bleep - (5:25) 124 BPM
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CKNOWEP 50DIGI
02 Nov 23
Techno
Hi-Tee EP
Woodwind - (6:03) 132 BPM Hot
Euphoria - (7:01) 132 BPM
Anthem - (6:13) 131 BPM
Hi-Tee - (6:31) 130 BPM
Review: The Craigie Knowes crew has always been good at snapping up material from rising stars, so it's little surprise to see Italian duo Data Memory Access - whose recent, Mood Waves-released album 'Yearning For Cobalt' was undeniably special - pitch up on the popular Scottish imprint. Predictably, they're in fine form from the off, blending UK garage beats, trippy acid lines, early Warp style bleeps and booming bass on 'Woodwind', before leaping atop a pedestal and dancing like crazy on the chunky rave revivalism of 'Euphoria'. On 'Anthem', they doff a cap to the early days of Orbital (with a dash of dreamy deep house thrown in), while title track 'Hi-Tee' is an arpeggio-driven slab of dark, peak-time-ready dancefloor sleaze.
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CKNOWEP 51
17 Jul 23
Deep House
Microtransitions EP
Electromagnetic Field - (6:27) 140 BPM Hot
Radiance - (4:12) 150 BPM
Amber Signal - (4:07) 142 BPM
Abyssal Zone - (4:34) 140 BPM
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CKNOWEP 49
03 Jul 23
Techno
Square One EP
Cloud Chamber - (6:27) 134 BPM
D?j? Voodoo - (6:29) 137 BPM
Square One - (7:56) 133 BPM
Perception Check - (5:17) 140 BPM Hot
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CKNOWEP 45
28 Jun 23
Techno
Surreality EP
Astral Dream - (6:29) 136 BPM Hot
Again - (6:35) 129 BPM
Babylon 5.1 - (6:39) 133 BPM
Close Encounters - (4:34) 147 BPM
Review: Experience a close encounter of yet another kind as Jeku joins Craigie Knowes for a mindtrip with his label debut. The 'Surreality' EP features straight up club tracks for DJs looking to lift dancefloors, plus heady tackle to lead the crowd into the outer realms. From the acid-tinged sunrise breaks of "Astral Dream", to the higher state of consciousness you'll reach on the dancefloor bomb "Again", plus classic house motifs galore on the euphoric "Babylon" -
it's an outing of the spirit that rides the arc of the night.
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CKNOWEP 46
28 Jun 23
Breakbeat
CKNOWEP48
E.a.r.t.h - (5:27) 133 BPM
Cave Map - (6:07) 132 BPM
Low End Freqz - (6:05) 130 BPM
Witch Medicine - (5:51) 133 BPM Hot
Review: It's hard not to love any release that starts with a speak-and-spell computer voice. When it's fused with robotic tones and hip-hop scratches, it's even more desirable. All those elements are combined on "Earth", the opening track on Reflex Blue's debut Craigie Knowes release. He follows it in quick succession with "Cave Map", a bass-heavy stepper that resounds to insistent tones and, in the background, an insistent siren. "Low End Freqz" sees Reflex Blue focus on stripped-back electro funk, peppered with irresistibly tripped out tones. Turning his attention again to the dance floor, "Witch Medicine" is an acid-laced groove that will have across the board appeal.
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CKNOWEP 48
28 Jun 23
Minimal/Tech House
Hyper Charged EP
System Check - (5:17) 130 BPM Hot
Do It Like This - (6:15) 134 BPM
Hyper Charged - (5:56) 130 BPM
Terrorformer - (5:49) 133 BPM
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CKNOWEP 41
30 Jan 23
Breakbeat
Cosmic Confession
Secret Entrance - (6:32) 120 BPM Hot
Cosmic Confession - (7:02) 129 BPM
Lucky Dip - (8:15) 134 BPM
Let Your Mind Go (feat Lourene) - (4:54) 120 BPM
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CKNOWEP 40
14 Nov 22
Deep House
Motherland EP
Musli - (3:53) 138 BPM Hot
Ullakrew - (6:15) 145 BPM
Joyrider - (6:26) 130 BPM
Worldy - (6:20) 138 BPM
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CKNOWEP 43
07 Nov 22
Techno
Club Telepathy EP
Listen - (6:12) 130 BPM
Temple Tone - (6:15) 132 BPM Hot
Xenon (original mix) - (6:47) 132 BPM
Xenon (Shedbug remix) - (6:07) 137 BPM
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CKNOWEP 44
31 Oct 22
Breakbeat
Crocodile Tears EP
Crocodile Tears - (3:56) 140 BPM
Autoroute - (4:07) 142 BPM
Corporate Sound - (4:14) 137 BPM Hot
Rushin Ahead - (3:55) 152 BPM
Review: Moroccan DJ/producer Driss Bennis returns under the OCB alias, following releases on Warning, Casa Voyager and Rue De Plaisance with the 4-track Crocodile Tears EP on Perth's Craigie Knowes. Classic house motifs of the early '90s merge with hardcore UK beats on the title track, while hypnotic dub chords face off with the zeitgeist of early German trance on "Autoroute" and the dystopian sounds of Detroit electro represent on the slamming "Corporate Sound".
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CKNOWEP 42
24 Oct 22
Breakbeat
Re-Bound EP
Antithesis - (4:42) 85 BPM
Aeon - (5:54) 123 BPM Hot
Drop Down - (3:24) 153 BPM
My House - (5:29) 120 BPM
Shy Partiboi - (6:06) 135 BPM
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CKNOWEP 37
12 Sep 22
Deep House
From The Taxi To The Club EP
Lonely Why (Slammin version) - (6:42) 136 BPM
Day Spray - (6:44) 138 BPM
Bottles On The Rider - (6:12) 135 BPM
From The Taxi To The Club - (8:09) 125 BPM Hot
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CKNOWEP 36
29 Aug 22
Deep House
Witches Drinner EP
Puk Codes - (5:58) 134 BPM
Witches Drinner - (6:53) 138 BPM
Posture (Correction mix) - (5:43) 136 BPM Hot
Ratenplan - (6:10) 136 BPM
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CKNOWEP 39
22 Aug 22
Techno
Misaligned Logic
Managed Devices - (4:53) 135 BPM
Misaligned Logic - (5:41) 131 BPM
Plains Of Neptune - (6:09) 133 BPM
Telepathic Unity - (6:40) 130 BPM Hot
Translucent - (4:35) 130 BPM
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CKNOWEP 32DIGI
05 Jun 22
Electro
Heart Of Silicium
Retro Yongsan - (5:22) 135 BPM
Lovelace - (7:20) 133 BPM Hot
Heart Of Silicium - (6:18) 135 BPM
Neuralink - (4:41) 131 BPM
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CKNOWEP 35
23 May 22
Electro
Freaks On Speed
Fly Away - (5:47) 140 BPM Hot
Racer (original mix) - (8:10) 138 BPM
Schlamm - (5:43) 140 BPM
Racer (Speed Freak mix) - (8:08) 138 BPM
Review: Cromby has released on a range of respected labels, including Rekids, Phantasy Sound and Bicep's label. Now he steps up for Craigie Knowes with a great release that transcends electro and techno. "Fly Away" resounds to a rolling techno groove and is cloaked in ominous synth textures. The title track sees Cromby hone his vision to focus on the dance floor, with filtered synths and a rolling, steely rhythm creating the desired impact. "Schlamm" is a deeper track thanks to the use of chiming piano keys, but he doesn't lose sight of the dance floor and a tight tribal groove accompanies these musical elements. The release also features a Freaks on Speed rework of "Racer", with the resulting driving, linear workout sure to have the desired dance floor effect.
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CKNOWEP 33
04 Apr 22
Techno
Spins, Parities & Multipolarities
Simpler Times - (6:22) 140 BPM
Existing - (4:14) 153 BPM
Train To Luzern - (6:46) 115 BPM
Transmission III - (5:11) 120 BPM Hot
Are We Really Doing This? - (5:34) 133 BPM
For Everyone Who Didn't Make It This Far - (6:00) 146 BPM
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CKNOWLP 3
16 Mar 22
Ambient/Drone
Ultraviolet Freqs EP
Doors Of Perception - (5:56) 124 BPM Hot
Ultraviolet Freqs - (4:57) 126 BPM
Look Into The Mind - (6:49) 122 BPM
The First Anura Ever Known - (6:34) 124 BPM
Review: Scottish label Craigie Knowes presents a new EP by Guy Contact, a bloke from a land down under that's released on homegrown labels like Butter Sessions, with the Ultraviolet Freqs EP. It features four 'consciousness expanding house tracks primed to tug your mind into the spirit realm' and that's certainly an apt description. It starts with the rolling and bass-driven groove of "Doors Of Perception", equally acid-laced is the low slung "Look Into The Mind" and the psychedelic tech house of "The First Anura Ever Known".
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CKNOWEP 31
27 Jan 22
Minimal/Tech House
Knowes Universal Broadcast (Seg. 1)
Highfield Casuals - "Highfield Daze" - (7:07) 131 BPM Hot
Natureboy Gold - "Prozac Test" - (7:56) 127 BPM
Steven Simpson - "Qaua" - (7:10) 83 BPM
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CKNOWEP 21
01 Dec 21
Techno
Metamorphose EP
Quantum Vector Missle - (4:13) 146 BPM
Polynomial Camouflage - (5:58) 143 BPM Hot
Metamorphose - (5:53) 146 BPM
Review: Following releases on Gestalt and SITU, Boulderhead aka Henry James joins Craigie Knowes for this distinctive three-track EP. "Quantum Vector Missile" starts the release in dance floor-friendly form, with a pulsating bass aligned to a rickety, high-paced rhythm. Located somewhere between electro and techno, it makes for an unusual fusion. On "Polynomial Camoflague", James remains in similar territory: the rhythm is dense and overlaid with vocal samples, while the tempo is redolent of 90s techno records. On the title track, a more abstract take on this sound is audible, with James laying down shuffling drums and tripped out tones and blips.
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CKNOWEP 30
11 Nov 21
Techno
Gamma!
Sandal Acid - (5:28) 129 BPM Hot
Gamma! - (6:10) 132 BPM
On A Plateau - (6:02) 130 BPM
Shake & Hold - (6:19) 133 BPM
Review: Big week for Melbourne artists, with a release by Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange and now this new one by Salt Mines/Life Sciences Division label head Rudolf C: a young producer now based in Berlin who joins Craigie Knowes for their first dispatch of the year - the Gamma! EP. From the thumpin' 303 madness of "Acid Sandal" to the hypnotic heads down tackle of the title track and the Detroit inspired techno funk of "Shake Hold" - the Glasgow label has started 2021 in fine form.
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CKNOWEP 29
22 Mar 21
Minimal/Tech House
Last August EP
Headache - (6:55) 121 BPM
Rage - (6:08) 61 BPM Hot
Minimum For Maximum - (5:58) 121 BPM
Review: Earning his stripes through labels like M>O>S Recordings, Domina Trxxx and Chiwax, Russian producer and DJ Kovyazin D arrives on Craigie Knowes! A label that's on fire right now. Pushing a sound that heads towards EBM and fetish as much as it does electro and acid, Kovyazin D's Last August EP pushes into the red. With a more industrial sound cementing the tone of "Headache" through its hardcore '80s gothic vibe, "Rage" delivers a session of heavy dungeon acid and slamming drums next to a more minimal techno number "Minimum For Maximum" that goes large on its synths and post punk aesthetic. Russian fetish techno.
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CKNOWEP 28
21 Dec 20
Electro
Thunderstrike EP
Destruction Wave - (5:32) 135 BPM
Larionov - "Never Forever" - (5:55) 131 BPM Hot
Infinity Abyss - (5:22) 131 BPM
St. Theodore - "Cursed Dreams" - (7:18) 124 BPM
Review: In a collaboration that's come through Snuff Trax sub-label Snuff Cuts - the Larionov & St Theodore project presents the Russian duo's third release following some deep cuts on Rotterdam Electronix and Oliver Lieb's Maschine label before that. Welcomed into the much loved Craigie Knowes fold, the duo Larionov & St Theodore fire up their SH-101s, TR-808s and 909s for this Thunderstrike EP to turn in some EBM powered electro in "Destruction Wave" alongside the murky synths of a Detroit-flavoured "Infinity Abyss". Independently, Larionov looks to '80s synth and sub-electro-pop in "Never Forever" while St Theodore's "Cursed Dreams" looks to '90s techno inspirations alongside some heavy acid trance. Strike like lightning crash like thunder.
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CKNOWEP 27
04 Dec 20
Electro
Gone
Ennui - (4:31) 124 BPM
Relinquish - (6:49) 137 BPM
Wasn't Ready - (5:33) 130 BPM
Obsolescence - (2:32) 138 BPM
Hideaway - (4:07) 110 BPM
Supposed - (5:48) 123 BPM Hot
Enervation (Energized Edition) - (7:12) 129 BPM
Stutters - (2:50) 127 BPM
Review: Having recently contributed to the label's War Child compilation series, Eluize returns to Craigie Knowes for her second album. "Ennui" kick starts the release in dreamy mode, before she focuses on a darker sound with the pummelling kicks and wild acid spirals of "Relinquish". On "Wasn't Ready", she keeps her focus on acid influences, this time with hushed vocals underpinned by a throbbing acid line, while "Hideaway" showcases Eluize's ability to craft techno torch songs as dreamy vocals are fused with a mysterious, downtempo arrangement. Meanwhile, on "Supposed", she reaches a midway point between the dreamy and the dance floor-based with an acidic stepper.
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CKNOWLP 2
19 Oct 20
Techno
War Child 4
Various
Eluize - "Enervation" (Asthenia Recovery mix) - (4:43) 129 BPM
The Burrell Connection - "Sun Fades Away" - (4:00) 146 BPM
Rudolf C - "Crystaliser" - (5:47) 131 BPM
Warlock - "Shock Headed" - (6:49) 132 BPM Hot
Stellar OM Source - "Seeker" - (4:46) 116 BPM
No Moon - "Wasp City" - (7:40) 135 BPM
DJ Python - "Moto" - (6:56) 114 BPM
Review: With most altruistic projects focused on supporting Covid-related causes, it's heartening to see that the Craigie Knowes label continues to support the War Child charity. This fourth instalment is an exemplary volume, and features expansive, wide-eyed ambient pieces from Night Tide's Eluize and The Burrell Connection sitting alongside the twitchy, acid-infused breaks of Rudolf C's "Crystalliser". Scene veteran Warlock also contributes, with the busy, noisy electro of "Shock Headed" - which is similar in style to "Real Seeker", Stellar Om Source's contribution - while on "Transitions", Innershades steers the compilation back towards a more melodic direction. While these tracks all stand out in their own right, the fact that they are supporting a good cause makes them even more precious.
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CKNOW4 DIGI
02 Oct 20
Techno
Shadow
Shadow (feat Nadia D'Alo) - (5:47) 147 BPM Hot
D.Y.S. (feat Nadia D'Alo) - (5:36) 154 BPM
PI - (7:21) 166 BPM
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CKNOWEP 26
25 Sep 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Live From The Sea Of Tranquility
Heart Su?tra - (7:30) 134 BPM
The Soft Machine - (6:40) 134 BPM Hot
Interzone - (6:07) 132 BPM
Review: The latest addition to the Craigie Knowes roster is A Sagittariun. Known for releases on his Elastic Dreams label and other well-known outlets like Idle Hands, the project's strength lies in its ability to reinterpret 90s rave and techno for modern dance floors. On "Heart Sutra", this trademark style comes into focus as breezy synths are fused with a snappy rhythm and a pulsating groove. The atmospheric melodies and high-paced rhythm of "Interzone" inhabit a similar territory, but the UK producer also pays tribute to Craigie Knowes' label sound on the rumbling bass and metallic 808s of "The Soft Machine".
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CKNOWEP 25
20 Jul 20
Electro
Descent
Descent - (6:18) 124 BPM Hot
Undertones - (6:27) 124 BPM
Cascade - (5:31) 124 BPM
Displaced - (5:34) 114 BPM
Review: Delivering the best in electro beats this side of the cosmos is the super sonic Craigie Knowes label outta Glasgow. Following an epic 2019 that saw releases from the likes of Textasy, Maelstrom, Jensen Interceptor and the always reliant John Daly, Craigie Knowes follows up its first 2020 release by Cygnas with the deeply cool Descent EP from Carl Finlow. Full of some fine snap, crackle and deep electro pop - word to the Craigie Knowes mastering engineer of choice over the years - this EP maintains the quality of standard we've come to know from the label. The hit here is "Undertones" with its glistening production values that finds its sister track (or slight dub version) in "Descent". For something gnarlier check the riffing basslines of "Cascade" or the spacious and percussive minimalism of "Displaced". Bonafide quality.
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CKNOWEP 24
27 Mar 20
Electro
Connection Error
Ebony Starlight - (4:43) 125 BPM
My Secret Data - (4:59) 138 BPM
Metroid C64 - (2:53) 144 BPM
Connection Error - (7:06) 138 BPM
Votoms - (5:47) 129 BPM Hot
Review: Having toiled away for years, Cygnus is now joining that other Texan electro producer, ERP / Convextion and finally gaining a global audience for his work - with key releases on Barba, CPU and Craigie Knowes. Like Gerard Hanson's ERP project, both the title track on this release and "My Secret Data" resound to dramatic bass patterns and woozily atmospheric synths. However, it would be wrong to assume that Cygnus is following Hanson's path too closely; "Metroid C64" is a stripped back, electro funk affair, while "Votoms" sees him dive deep underwater to deliver a free-flowing workout that is redolent of Drexciya at their most esoteric.
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CKNOWEP 23
20 Feb 20
Electro
Darkroom
Kord - (5:25) 143 BPM
Gyorgy - (6:05) 140 BPM
Gritti - (5:04) 128 BPM Hot
At The End Of The World - (4:06) 134 BPM
Played by: Posthuman, ARA-U
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CKNOWEP 22
27 Dec 19
Electro
Sanya
Sanya - (6:11) 124 BPM Hot
Deolta - (5:22) 88 BPM
Sweet Salts 2 - (8:02) 121 BPM
The Day After - (4:28) 140 BPM
Review: Under the SJ Tequilla alias, Naota Matsuda has a track record for creating dreamy, otherworldly deep house that sounds like it could have been made by a bunch of loved-up Italians in 1989. He's at it again on his latest EP, where opener "Sanya" offers a near perfect fusion of hazy, machine-driven grooves, humid sounds, tropical melodies and chords so rich and delicious that might make you hallucinate. Matsuda also offers up his interpretation of turn of the 90s ambient house on the impeccable "Deolta", mixes clanking acid house and swirling electronics on "Sweat Salts 2" and takes us on a trip into the farthest reaches of the solar system on drowsy electronic number "The Day After". It all adds up to another inspired EP from the fast-rising producer.
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CKNOWEP 21
22 Nov 19
Deep House
Supernatural EP
Tribal Delusions - (5:58) 124 BPM Hot
Spraypaint On A Werewolf - (5:27) 126 BPM
Alien Adjustment - (5:26) 130 BPM
Hyper Tension - (5:26) 129 BPM
Review: Vin Sol debuts on Craigie Knowes with an EP directed squarely at the dance floor. It starts in deep mode with "Tribal Delusions", which is reminiscent of early 90s US deep house thanks to its looped vocal sample and jazzy keys. "Spraypaint on a Werewolf" also mines a classic sound, but on this occasion, Vin Sol has chosen the squelching 303s of Chicago acid tracks for inspiration. Another influence from the same city is audible on "Alien Adjustment". with the US producer dropping acid lines over a slamming ghetto track, while on "Hyper Tension" he reverts to a similar approach as "Spraypaint..", albeit with a more reduced drum track at its centre.
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CKNOWEP 20
08 Nov 19
Techno
Time To Throw Down EP
Let's Go - (6:55) 128 BPM Hot
Drop It - (6:39) 128 BPM
Heavyweight - (6:59) 133 BPM
Overdub - (5:37) 127 BPM
Review: It's time to take the acid-breaks fusion to a whole new level here as DAWL lands on Craigie Knowes for four tracks of electronic mastery, kicking off with the moogy arpeggios and crunchy breakbeat drumwork of 'Let's Go'. Following this we then move into the more nostalgic padwork and rolling percussive switchups of 'Drop It', before we head down a super old-school road on the bubbling bass tones of 'Heavyweight'. Finally we finish this one up with a dash of additional spice as 'Overdub' wades into view, slowing the tempo into a more timedancey episode, driven by it's unusual percussive expanses and acidic synth patterns.
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CKNOWEP 19
05 Sep 19
Breakbeat
Strings Of Love EP
Strings Of Love - (5:29) 135 BPM
Pancho Returns - (5:46) 135 BPM
Flanger City - (5:37) 126 BPM
The Raw Theory - (5:49) 128 BPM Hot
Played by: Ben Sims
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CKNOWEP 18
26 Jul 19
Electro
New Advancements In Lizard Techa
Lizard Theme - (4:55) 132 BPM
The Raid - (5:14) 134 BPM Hot
Transcendents From The Outer Sphere - (8:54) 142 BPM
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CKNOWEP 17
19 Jul 19
Electro
Safe EP
What If? - (5:39) 117 BPM
Safe - (6:12) 116 BPM
Moving On - (4:48) 120 BPM Hot
For The Sake - (7:43) 123 BPM
Review: Irish deep house hero John Daly (Feel Music) makes his debut on Scottish imprint Craigie Knowes with four quality grooves, following up some great ones on the label by Jensen Interceptor, Posthuman and Carl Finlow. The Safe EP features the dusty, crunchy old school emotions of "What If" with its chunky Juno bassline that's reminiscent classic Mr Fingers. The retro flavoured antics continue on the euphoric acid house vibe of the tile track, the sombre dub techno of "Moving On" and finally "For The Sake" goes for a faster tempo on this powerful piece that takes its cues from the hi-tech soul aesthetic of classic Detroit.
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CKNOWEP 16
21 Jun 19
Deep House
Where Do We Go From Here?
Breakpoints - (5:56) 135 BPM Hot
Aoe_advancing - (5:44) 137 BPM
Where Do We Go From Here? - (5:45) 134 BPM
Review: No Moon aka Fred Shepherd follows last year's Infinite Dreamz EP on Craigie Knowes with this fine electro release. "Breakpoints" resounds to steely, clipped drums and a pulsating bass, with Shepherd layering atmospheric sound-scapes over the top. On "Aoe Advancing", he opts for a somewhat more esoteric approach; spindly break beats unravel and provide the basis for melodies that strike a fine balance between dreamy and tropical, as Shepherd deploys the well-known Sueno Latino bird sample. "Where Do We Go From Here?" is a similarly inclined piece, with a combination of spacey sounds and acidic spirals unfolding over tight break beats.
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CKNOWEP 15
10 Jun 19
Electro
Confide LP
Home - (3:24) 117 BPM
Say - (4:39) 122 BPM
Distance - (5:54) 121 BPM
Disconnect - (5:41) 119 BPM
Elapse - (2:55) 113 BPM
Still - (5:24) 120 BPM Hot
Oceanic - (2:12) 115 BPM
Review: On the back of a handful of heady EPs released over the last five years, Night Tide label founder Eluize has been tipped as a future star. This well judged and expertly produced debut album - which also happens to be Craigie Knowes first foray into the full-length format - provides further supporting evidence of the Berlin-based artist's ascending status. Check, for example, the fluid, spacey, soft-touch brilliance of intricate opener "Home", the off-kilter deep house headiness of "Say" - in which she sings appealingly over skittish beats and intergalactic electronics - and the Motor City techno shuffle of "Distance". There's much to admire elsewhere across the LP, too, from the deep acid-jack of mind-altering club cut "Disconnect" and the retro-futurist ambient techno throb of inspired closing cut "Still".
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CKNOWLP 1
22 Apr 19
Deep House
The Ultimate Wave Riding Vehicle
Aqua Lung - (6:10) 142 BPM
Wave Slave - (6:32) 147 BPM
E L E K T R O - (5:26) 147 BPM Hot
Biometric - (5:03) 140 BPM
Played by: Lynch Kingsley
Review: Following a series of impressive releases for CPU and Cultivated Electronics, Jensen Interceptor debuts on the brilliant Craigie Knowes. "Aqua Lung" gets the release off to a high-paced start with a frenetic electro-techno workout that draws on dreamy Detroit sounds and buzz saw acid lines in equal measure. "Wave Slave" sees the Australian artist refocus on pure electro with a visceral 808 workout, while a similar approach applies on "ELEKTRO". Speak-and-spell vocals inspired by Kraftwerk unravel over a great shuffling rhythm and atmospheric synths. Rounding off this fantastic release is the eerie, Dopplereffekt-style funk of "Biometric".
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CKNOWEP 14
04 Mar 19
Electro
The Snake Bites Twice
Steal The Show - (5:40) 130 BPM
Cobra Structure - (7:20) 123 BPM
Polywater Acid - (8:17) 124 BPM Hot
Down 2 Jakk - (7:01) 128 BPM
Review: It's been quite a year for Posthuman: apart from releasing a series of EPs on labels like Shipwrec and Balkan Vinyl, they also put out an excellent long player, Mutant City Acid. Rounding off their year is The Snake Bites Twice, their debut on Scottish imprint Craigie Knowes. While "Cobra Structure" and "Polywater Acid" deliver more of the same low-slung acid that they are synonymous with, the EP also throws up some surprises. The primal jacking "Down 2 Jakk" features psychedelic rave riffs, while on the aptly named "Steal the Show", they take inspiration from bleep techno and hardcore - check those piano stabs - to deliver a wonderfully moody, evocative cut.
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CKNOWEP 13
21 Dec 18
Techno
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