02 Mar 15
Review: You could hardly say that Joey Anderson's 2014 debut album, After Forever, was overlooked, but it certainly didn't get the coverage it deserved. The New Jersey native is a distinctive talent, and After Forever was full of tracks that took deep house and techno in unique directions. This speedy follow-up EP, also for Dekmantel, is similarly impressive. Opener "1974" is intensely bright, with restless synthesizer arpeggios and dreamy chords riding a heavy-but-subtle, off-kilter groove. "Under Water" is woozier and a little darker, with curious samples twisted into melodious metallic shapes, while "Back Draft" sees Anderson dropping sci-fi sounds over a throbbing, jacking rhythm.
13 Jan 14
Repulsive - (6:14) 124 BPM
Sky's Blessings - (6:00) 120 BPM
Heaven's Archer - (5:42) 132 BPM
Review: Its been a landmark year for Joey Anderson with a succession of superb 12" releases and V/A appearances for labels such as Latency, Anunnaki Cartel, Syncrophone, Avenue 66 and his own Inimeg recordings all demonstrating the New Jersey-based producer's reputation is well deserved. This release provides as taste of his year to come, as he graces Dekmantel with this excellent 3 track EP ahead of a debut album for the Dutch label planned for some time in 2014. Deep beneath the frazzled, pixelated synth of lead track "Repulsive" there's a haunting quality that informs so much of Anderson's work, yet it still feels immediate enough to be the track that many selectors will gravitate towards. "Sky's Blessing" acts as an introspective wedge between the classic B-Side in the making that is the hypnotically charged "Heaven's Archer".
02 Jun 14
Space Between Curtains - (3:54) 120 BPM
It's A Choice - (5:46) 113 BPM
Space Colors Ideas - (4:06) 129 BPM
Maidens Response - (6:50) 124 BPM
Sorcery - (8:20)
Amp Me Up - (6:18) 126 BPM
Keep The Design - (5:40) 120 BPM
Brass Chest Plate - (6:33) 130 BPM
Archer's Ceremony - (6:43) 116 BPM
Sky's Blessings - (6:00) 120 BPM
Heaven's Archer - (5:42) 132 BPM
Review: Finally the debut album from Joey Anderson arrives after what seems like forever (if you'll excuse the pun). After Forever demonstrates Anderson's dedication to beat his own path, with plenty of mind bending moments to contend with. Highlights come thick and fast, "Space Colors Ideas" is a wondrous cascade of scatty bass synth and celestial sweeps, whilst the suitably named "Sorcery" melds together palpitating, subliminal kicks, a light dusting of hats, some loping Rhodes and complimentary synth notes. After Forever is destined to remain in the playlists of the more considered selectors for years to come.
03 Apr 17
Cold Steel - (2:41) 95 BPM
Murky Waters - (5:48) 121 BPM
Explode - (5:17) 125 BPM
Momentum - (5:27) 130 BPM
Infrared Vision - (5:12) 133 BPM
Bizarre (Part 2) - (4:23) 132 BPM
Spell On Me - (2:25) 110 BPM
The Chant - (4:36) 132 BPM
Zenith - (4:33) 101 BPM
So Alive - (6:09) 130 BPM
Review: New Yorker Anthony Parasole has been responsible for some of the most distinctive techno music of the past five years. Releasing mainly on The Corner, Dutch festival organisers Dekmantel have coaxed him to put out his debut album on their label. Infrared Vision builds gradually and incrementally, like one of Parasole's mesmerising DJ sets. It starst with the murky abstractions of
"Cold Steel" before moving into the deep house of "Murky Waters" and the skeletal drum tracks, "Explode" and "Momentum". The tempo and intensity levels ramp up on the dubby, bleep-heavy title track, while "Bizarre (Part 2)" rave influences are recycled. While "Spell On Me" sees him take a break with an ambient interlude, "The Chant", with its repetitive vocal sample and fat drums, shows that Parasole is most at home on the dance floor.
11 Apr 16
Pregnant - (12:43) 114 BPM
Star Butchers (original mix) - (7:49) 115 BPM
Star Butchers (Darling edit) - (7:35) 120 BPM
Review: Now very much a global concern, Dekmantel still remain strong to their local Amsterdam roots as evidenced on this new 12" from Awanto 3. Steven Van Hulle is arguably one of Dutch electronic music's unsung heroes, with a long history of production work dating back to time in Rednose Distrikt alongside Aardvarck and Kid Sublime. Van Hulle's been working as Awanto 3 for the past six years, racking up music for Rush Hour and Dekmantel. Fans of his work will recognise the 13 minute deep burning stomper "Pregnant", which originally featured as part of Dekmantel's 5 year anniversary compilation series. They've wisely revisited the track, giving it centre space on the A-side of this 12" with a fresh Awanto 3 cut, "Star Butchers", housed on the flip. Don't skip over the closing Daring Edit of "Star Butchers" either, it's a thing of beauty.
10 Apr 17
Azrael (feat Darling) - (7:03) 116 BPM
Positive Negative - (8:35) 124 BPM
This Is When We Met - (6:33) 123 BPM
Hooli Goose - (7:44) 133 BPM
Why Don't You - (5:13) 79 BPM
Ride The Dragon - (6:38) 129 BPM
Thick (feat Dexter) - (5:58) 128 BPM
Happy Bird - (2:04) 123 BPM
Gargamelancholia - (9:10) 120 BPM
Review: Steven de Peven is Amsterdamer Awanto 3, a staple of local imprints Rush Hour and Dekmantel since 2010 (not to mention moonlighting as Red Nose District) who presents his new LP Gargamel, This is his second full length since 2014's Opel Mantra. Starting off this great EP is the single "Azrael" which features usual studio partner Darling on this deep nu-disco cut, as does the booming and lo-slung bass exercise "Hooli Goose". Our personal highlights were the spooky, rusty and dusted down jack of "This Is When We Met" (which will really remind you of that notorious villain from the Smurfs that the album is named after) or the deep and minimal electro groove of "Thick" which features another local legend in the form of Klakson's inimitable Dexter. Awanto 3 likes his samples vibrant, his drums wobbly and his synths sweaty as a Detroit summer breeze. The MPC wizard returns!
13 Jan 12
Awanto3 - "Pregnant" - (12:43) 114 BPM
Makam - "Good To You" - (4:25) 123 BPM
Lone - "Risttowe" - (4:29)
Played by: George Kelly, Adam B (Homegrown Music), DJ VIVONA, SCENERY RECORDS, Shadow Dancer, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Frank Booker, Freddy Love, Cottam, Hypnotic Groove, Mitchell Goor, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Marvin Zeyss, ABC Music
Review: Dekmantel commence their fifth anniversary series with a weighty three-track offering. Awanto3 serves up a roaming 12 minutes of understated groove for the slow blend, employing a moody key line and punchy disco beat to ride out in a haze of warm-up bliss. Makam is a little more in yer face, taking a classic funk sound base to create a masterclass in feeling good without trying too hard. Lone brings his own inimitable style to bear on "Risttowe", full of electronica synth warbles and jacking beats yet still ploughing the same delirious, dreamy furrow that so much Dekmantel output manages to wind up in.
23 Nov 15
We All Want To Believe - (7:36) 125 BPM
Without Fears - (6:49) 130 BPM
Landlocked - (6:20) 160 BPM
The Rift Between - (6:00) 132 BPM
Until The End Comes - (4:49) 83 BPM
Temptress - (6:58) 128 BPM
Unwavered - (7:48) 127 BPM
Restless In Thought - (5:42) 160 BPM
Fate In Hand - (6:11) 124 BPM
Under The Same Sky - (6:00) 129 BPM
Review: There's been a fair bit of hype surrounding this second album from Stuart Li under his now familiar Basic Soul Unit guise, and it's not hard to see why. Dropping on Dekmantel some three years on from his Still Music released debut album Motional Response, Under The Same Sky revels in its' instinctively atmospheric and floor-friendly blend of classic Detroit, Chicago and - more surprisingly - British techno influences. As usual, the chords are deep and spacey, the melodies bold and shimmering, and the beats rough and ready. The results are splendid from start to finish, with the early LFO-influenced smasher "Fate In Hand", thunderous "Temptress" and sci-fi brilliance of "We All Want To Believe" amongst the numerous highlights.
30 Jun 17
Mas Profundo - (6:12) 110 BPM
Tropicaovas - (5:50) 80 BPM
Selva Casmica - (5:36) 83 BPM
Plantas Falsas - (6:13) 109 BPM
07 Jul 17
Peace Moves (original mix) - (6:33) 111 BPM
Peace Moves (DJ Normal 4 Ever Armistice mix) - (7:56) 119 BPM
Peace Moves (Pulse mix) - (9:31) 111 BPM
Graffiti Moves - (5:14) 116 BPM
Review: Salon Des Amateurs' Bufiman makes his Dekmantel debut with two left-of-centre, broken beat mind-melters. "Peace Moves" is a lo-fi, almost sludgy dive into a synth swamp where flurries of cosmic synth licks swoon and tease above your heard. "Graffiti Moves" takes an even trippier twist over a similarly low-and-slow drum arrangement but with added sparkling percussion. Throw in two cutlass-sharp versions of and you've got yourself a watertight declaration of peace. Absurdly on-point as always from Dekmantel.
23 Feb 18
Bufiman - "Hymn To The Moonface" (Break mix) - (9:21) 108 BPM
Betonkust & Palmbomen II - "Onrust Bij Tihange" - (4:59) 59 BPM
Space Dimension Controller - "Hindsight '92" - (5:02) 120 BPM
Lena Willikens - "Neue Obakel" - (6:26) 126 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Leftfield
Review: Aside from hosting a pretty spectacular line-up each and every June in the Amsterdam area, Dekmantel also know how to lay down some hard dance tunes and, since their inception, they have been a pillar to the modern house and techno spectrum. This series of releases marks ten years of activity from the Dutch crew, and they certainly know how to celebrate in style - Bufiman's opening "Hymn To The Moonface" is a stunning slice of progressive sci-fi rolling, Betonkust and Palbomen II's number is sleek and tech-minded, while Scotland's Space Dimension Controller rolls through with some spectacularly cinematic electro-tech, and Lena Willikens' appearance is marked by raucous bass tones and sharp-edged beats. BIG.
08 Sep 17
Burnt Friedman - "Monsun" - (8:10) 93 BPM
Ectomorph - "Edge Of" - (5:45) 120 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Neon Swing" - (7:40) 140 BPM
Fatima Yamaha - "Platforms" (Empty version) - (5:18) 146 BPM
Review: When it comes to celebrating their tenth year in business, no one could accuse Dekmantel of doing it in half measures. For this, the fifth instalment of their 10 Years series, they have recruited well-known faces alongside some surprise appearances. German dub producer Burnt Friedman delivers "Monsun", a high-paced, heavily filtered workout that cruises along at break neck speed. By contrast, "Edge Of", from Detroit producer Ectomorph, is a model of restraint, following a dubby groove that ebbs and flows to the sound of spaced out textures and a lurching bass. Dekmantel regulars Juju & Jordash drop the uptempo, jazzed out house of "Neon Swing", while helping to blow out the birthday candles is Fatima Yamaha, with the sultry keys and synths of "Platforms (Empty Version)".
25 Apr 16
Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: Call Super first met the Dekmantel crew last year, one of many high profile DJs to play their summer festival in Amsterdam and it wasn't long before the esteemed Dutch imprint asked him to supply them with an EP. Impressively, Nervous Sex Traffic is one of his strongest 12" singles to date - no mean feat given his track record - with the title track, in particular, delivering thrills in spades. Stretching out over nine mesmerizing minutes, it overlays snappy, analogue-sounding beats and cowbell hits with alien bleep melodies, synthesized horn stabs, rich bass, and pads that recall Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls". It's a melodious, eyes-closed treat, all told. "Mount Grace" sees a deeper, more metallic affair that draws inspiration from vintage Detroit techno, blissful electro, and the morning-after confusion of ambient house.
14 Apr 17
Played by: Honey Soundsystem
Review: This release is the second in a series of ten records that Dutch label and festival promoters extraordinaire Dekmantel has planned for 2017 to celebrate its first decade in business. Call Super's "Fluenka Spoke" is an understated affair; over a stripped back, clicky groove, the UK producer adds in whirrs and ticks, birdsong and tropical effects. It makes for a heady affair. On the flipside, Dekmantel have tapped Shanti Celeste and her contribution, "Hinoki", doesn't disappoint. Over a rolling, rickety rhythm, she adds in beautiful, billowing chords and breathy vocal samples - an intoxicating vision of Detroit techno, routed through Bristol and interpreted in great style.
20 May 16
Keep Love On Me - (6:18) 122 BPM
Body Issue - (8:48) 123 BPM
Tube Life - (5:47) 123 BPM
This Is Hand - (5:17) 123 BPM
Longest Way Between Two Points - (4:34) 158 BPM
Played by: Young Adults
Review: Man of many pseudonyms Natal Zaks brings his Central project to Dekmantel, with the first of a series of EPs entitled Political Dance. It's an expansive affair, with the Danish producer delivering a quintet of tracks that meld distinctive Detroit techno, early US deep house, broken beat and deep space ambient influences into attractive new shapes. Highlights abound, from the rolling, loved-up grooves of the starry "Keep Love On Me", and Motor City deep house shuffle of "Body Issue", to the horizontal bliss of "Longest Way Between Two Points", and tech-jazz swing of standout "This Is Hand". Impressive stuff, all told.
20 May 16
Convenient Departures - (7:34) 118 BPM
Detour King - (7:09) 120 BPM
Political Dance - (7:31) 117 BPM
H Ain't Nothing But A Number - (7:40) 122 BPM
Review: Natal Zaks is a talented chap. To date, he's released a large amount of very good material, under numerous pseudonyms, for a wide variety of labels. Here he returns to Dekmantel with the second part of the Political Dance series, under the now familiar Central guise. Just like its' predecessor, it's a deliciously positive, melodious and atmospheric affair. The brilliant "Detour King" sounds like Space Dimension Controller, Vincent Floyd and Boyd Jarvis jamming on Mars, while "Political Dance" is a deliciously loved-up journey into early New Jersey deep house, with some distinctively spacey flourishes to boot. Zaks also doffs a cap to ambient house era intelligent techno on the luscious "Convenient Departures".
02 Jun 17
Review: Renowned alias collector Natal Zaks has largely impressed since transferring to Dekmantel last year via the two-part Political Dance release. "Pillow Peace", his return to the esteemed Dutch imprint, is something of a fluttering, sun-kissed summer treat. While the beats are typically solid and the bassline warm and heavy, it's the melodious musical elements he layers on top - think sparkling synth lines, lilting new age motifs and tactile chords - that really catch the ear. Fittingly, those undulating, synthesizer heavy, new age influences are explored further on the flip, where Zaks joins forces with Young Marco as Andet to deliver a blissful, head-in-the-clouds interpretation.
05 Aug 16
DJ Slym Fas - "Luv Music" - (5:57) 123 BPM
House Of Jazz - "Hold Your Head Up" - (5:29) 123 BPM
Raphael Green - "Don't Mess With The Devil" - (4:13) 105 BPM
Bill Deal & The Rhondels - "Freak N Freeze" - (4:08) 133 BPM
01 Dec 17
Donato Dozzy & Peter Van Hoesen - "Storta" - (5:54) 127 BPM
Deniro - "Serval" - (7:56) 128 BPM
Matrixxman - "Sexual Frustration" - (6:02) 128 BPM
Talismann - "Aciano" - (7:25) 138 BPM
Review: The ongoing celebration this year of Dekmental's tenth anniversary has already yielded a series of interesting split EPs and the eight instalment is no exception. It starts with Peter Van Hoesen and Donato Dozzy's "Storta". Over a sliding, distended rhythm, the techno duo conjure up cinematic sound scapes. In stark contrast is Matrixxman's "Sexual Frustration", which draws on classic Midwest techno to deliver pneumatic kicks and wild acid tones. Deniro's "Serval" sees another shift in style, but remains in the same geographical space as Matrixxman; combing atmospheric synths with powerful bass tones, it sounds like the lost connection between Patrice Scott and Kenny Larkin. The droning, discordant techno of Talismann's "Aciano" completes the latest Dekmantel celebration.
03 Feb 14
Bay 25 - (5:23) 129 BPM
Living Up (original mix) - (7:34) 126 BPM
Living Up (Gesloten Cirkel remix) - (7:00) 120 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Techno, Conforce, Da GobliNN /Remuted, Turbo Turbo, Paul Du Lac
Review: With a debut LP from Joey Anderson and more Juju & Jordash material on the horizon, 2014 looks like being another interesting year for the Dekmantel label, and they kick off in style with a label debut for Mark Du Mosch. For those who don't know, Du Mosch is a regular contributor to a like-minded enclave of labels, racking up excellent 12"s for Lunar Disko, Tabernacle, Cyber Dance and Dutch labels Field, SD and Moustache Records. Having added some heritage to the fledgling Amsterdam operation Tape last year, Du Mosch adds a more established capital-based outlet to his discography with the Bay 25 EP. Contained within are two snapshots of Du Mosch's production palette with the rough and rugged Rotterdam squat techno of the title track complemented by the deeper burn of "Living It Up". An added bonus comes in the form of Du Mosch's Moustache Techno pal Gesloten Cirkel who also makes his Dekmantel bow with a typically haywire modification of "Bay 25".
01 Jun 15
The Screen - (6:52) 138 BPM
Hit The Road - (5:27) 129 BPM
Trials Of Love - (7:05) 131 BPM
Slow Motion Disaster - (6:21) 131 BPM
26 May 17
Blast (feat Narch Beats & Pendo Zawose) - (5:04) 108 BPM
Rift Valley (feat Abakisimba) - (5:22) 120 BPM
Rent-A-Disc - (6:26) 125 BPM
Review: Recently, Esa Williams has done a good job in stepping out of the shadow of regular Auntie Flo collaborator Brian D'Souza. Here he furthers his solo career via a fine EP on much-loved Dutch imprint Dekmantel. He begins with the deliciously angular and fuzzy "Blast", a joint production with Notch Beats that wraps Pendo Zawose's exotic, drifting vocals around razy sharp electronic motifs and shuffling, 108 BPM afro-house beats. Kenyan vocalist Abakisimba lends a hand on the warm and fluid East African deep house lusciousness of "Rift Valley", before Williams rounds things off via the house tempo Detroit techno positivity of "Rent-a-Disc".
06 Feb 17
Araya - (5:58) 126 BPM
Piayes Beach Bar And Grill - (4:48) 122 BPM
Romantic Bureaucracy - (4:21) 111 BPM
Review: When Bas Bron agreed to re-release his track "What's A Girl To Do?' on Dekmantel in 2015, he could not have imagined the success and acclaim it would go on to enjoy. Then the Dutch producer faced a fresh dilemma - how to make a suitable follow-up. He seems to have overcome this hurdle with Arava. While the title track's soaring bass and sun-kissed melodies are tailored made for festivals and big rooms, the real Fatima Yamaha sound is audible on the laid-back electro funk of "Piayes Beach Bar And Grill", while another slow-burning classic is audible on the easy-listening electronics of "Romantic Bureaucracy".
31 Jul 17
Played by: Juno Recommends Techno
Review: Dutch Dance dominators Dekmantel have collaborated with high street fashion brand Patta on the impressive Dkmntl X Patta series (featuring the likes of Tom Trago and Fatima Yamaha). The eighth instalment features work by Baltimore music legend GE-OLOGY. Known for his success in the 90s hip-hop world, this guy is also a seasoned house producer too. Here we get "Dance In Retrograde", a charming hybrid of light and fluffy 2nd wave Chicago house, Ron Trent style Detroit rhythms and retro boogie. We also have "Re-Fingered With Love" which is a warm and luxuriant deep jam that comes across like a Latin disco take on Good Life.
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24 Mar 17
Gigi Masin - "Maja" - (10:49) 116 BPM
Vakula - "Robot Fuck The System" - (6:45) 125 BPM
Roman Flugel - "Mice On Stick" - (6:40) 115 BPM
Review: The first release in the Dekmantel 10 Year Anniversary releases sees Venetian ambient don Gigi Masin make his debut for the label with the totally sublime and drifting jazz deconstruction heard on "Maja", while Ukrainian wunderkind Vakula keeps on with his recent deviations into techno and other forms of underground electronics on "Fuck The Robot System" which as the name may suggest is quite an electro tinged and futuristic groove full of snappy 808 beats, vocoded vocals and rusty vintage arpeggios. Finally, the man from Frankfurt Roman Flugel works his magic as always on the stripped and minimal deep house journey "Mice On A Stick" which is full of soothing bell textures, dusty drum patterns and dreamy melodies all working together great on this dramatic slow burner.
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21 Feb 12
Hundred20 - "The Whale Minke Congregration" - (6:32) 120 BPM
Hunee - "The Lowest Animal" - (7:35) 120 BPM
Played by: Roberto Rodriguez
Review: It's been five years since the launch of Amsterdam's Dekmantel parties, and three since the label sprang into life. To celebrate, they're putting out three Anniversary Series singles featuring tracks from roster artists and likeminded friends. This second instalment in the series features a track apiece from Hundred20 and Hunee. The latter is in fine form, delivering an off-kilter analogue deep house jam that harks back to the glory days of Mr Fingers and Virgo Four. Hundred20's bizarrely titled "The Whale Mink Congregation" also has a touch of the Larry Heard about it, offering a heady mix of deep chords, clattering 808 percussion and languid melodies.
14 Dec 15
Invisible Switch - (4:42) 132 BPM
Organ To Dust - (5:13) 126 BPM
Reset - (5:30) 124 BPM
Tell Us Where - (7:11) 120 BPM
Amarna - (6:52) 127 BPM
Nabta Playa - (6:25) 131 BPM
18 Arms - (6:27) 126 BPM
Beige Mantis - (4:44) 131 BPM
Blind Light - (6:58) 130 BPM
Step Back - (5:23) 124 BPM
Review: Joey Anderson isn't a typical New York house producer. Aligned to the recent wave of artists to come from the city more through personal connections than a common sound, his work also has little relationship with the vocal house or disco legacy of the Big Apple. This disconnect is pronounced on Switch, his follow up to his 2014 debut album, also on Dekmantel. From the balmy ambience of the title track through the droning, visceral techno of "Nabta Playa" and "18 Arms" and the organ riffs and slinky minimalism of "Organ To Dust", Anderson's sophomore album takes a trip down some dark alleys to realise his singular vision.
29 Jun 15
Down To The Roach (original mix) - (8:05) 131 BPM
Bean Bag Motel - (7:13) 125 BPM
Lights At Night - (7:02) 129 BPM
Down To The Roach (dub) - (5:27) 131 BPM
Played by: Ellen Allien
Review: Given their frequent habit of charging off in different musical directions, predicting the contents of a new Juju & Jordash record is getting increasingly difficult. Down To The Roach, their latest release for regular home Dekmantel, is typically wide-ranging, variously exploring bouncy fusions of techno futurism and whimsical deep house (the title track and its' accompanying dub), new age-influenced dream house (the bizarrely titled "Bean Bag Motel"), and spiraling, synthesizer-heavy house/electronic disco hybrids (the stargazing goodness of "Lights at Night"). It goes without saying that all four tracks are imaginative, immaculately produced, and hugely enjoyable. Excellent work all round.
01 Dec 17
Deep Blue Meanies (Robert Hood Sci-Fi mix) - (8:40) 128 BPM
Deep Blue Meanies (Robert Hood Monobox remix) - (8:03) 126 BPM
Played by: Weslochan
Review: Dekmantel unleash Detroit legend Robert Hood on Juju and Jordash's "Deep Blue Meanies" from last year's self titled album. The virulent pulse that ran through the track marked "Deep Blue Meanies" as the most impressive moment, and Hood does the track justice with two differing but equally astounding treatments. The Sci Fi Mix is akin to a full on sensory assault, flipping the track into a relentless thumping future techno groove replete with throbbing bass that absorbs brain matter and multi layered percussion that demands to be bounced off cavernous warehouse walls. Then Hood's "Monobox Remix" tones down the percussion to focus on crafting hypnotic patterns of scratched melodies and singular drones atop a minimalist groove. The growing acid tension that characterises the closing stages of this remix make it hard to choose a favourite.
09 Oct 17
Herkie - (6:13) 86 BPM
Rah-Rah - (5:54) 125 BPM
Back Tuck Basket Toss - (6:26) 121 BPM
Deadman - (6:58) 115 BPM
Paper Dolls - (6:35) 136 BPM
Hanging Pyramid - (5:15) 122 BPM
L-Motion - (6:17) 111 BPM
Attack The Crowd - (6:44) 131 BPM
One Armed Liberty - (7:24) 122 BPM
Review: There must be something in the water near Juju & Jordash's studio, because they have never made a bad or even average record. Sis-boom-bah! is their fourth studio album and serves to reinforce how consistent they are. Irrespective of whether they are laying down noodle jazz workouts like the wonderful "Herkie" or off centre house grooves - check the vocal sampling, funk bass of "Rah Rah" - the pair's jams are delivered with effortless brilliance. There are dance floor tracks of sorts included here as well, particularly the lean groove of "Back Tuck Basket Toss" and the dubbed out drums of "Deadman", but like all their best work, this album's strength lies in its sprawling, freeform approach to electronic music.
01 Dec 17
Juju & Jordash - "Deep Blue Meanies" - (6:56) 124 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Jugdish" - (3:00) 107 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Pulse A Denura" - (5:16) 122 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Time Slip Remix" - (5:21) 108 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Dirty Spikes" - (6:43) 119 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Jazzy Trance" - (5:55) 119 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Quasi" (Ruff dub) - (6:59) 110 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Niks" - (3:16) 92 BPM
Juju & Jordash - "Huseesh" (Acid dub mix) - (5:58) 119 BPM
Lerosa - "Ruski" (Juju & Jordash "Ruski On The Roof" remix) - (6:39) 111 BPM
08 Dec 14
Clean-Cut - (8:20) 125 BPM
Schmofield - (6:22) 123 BPM
Whippersnapper - (6:12) 126 BPM
Swamp Things - (5:53) 123 BPM
Deadwood City - (6:16) 126 BPM
Maharaja Mark - (4:28) 107 BPM
Wheeze Please - (4:50) 120 BPM
Anywhere - (6:11) 71 BPM
Eventide - (6:56) 119 BPM
SP Shakes - (6:41) 120 BPM
Review: Juju and Jordash are rather good at making albums. Their last full-length excursion, 2012's brilliant Techno Primitivism, was a gloriously maudlin and evocative affair, as influenced by drowsy ambient and experimental electronica as house and techno. While there are some similarly dark tracks lurking in the shadows of third album Clean Cut (see the creepy "Swamp Things"), for the most part it's a pleasingly dancefloor-centric concoction. That's not to say that they've packed it with jolly moments - the tipsy, melodious "Anywhere" and dub disco-meets-deep house wonk-out "SP Shakes" aside - but rather their leftfield blends of house and techno have a more club-friendly feel. The results are, for the most part, extremely good, with the rave-era revivalism of "Whippersnapper" (a kind of darkroom, Detroit-influenced take on T-Coy's "Carino") standing out.
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20 Jan 17
Monday Mellow - (7:51) 126 BPM
Wednesday Something - (7:45) 126 BPM
Thursday, Heavy. - (6:29) 124 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House
Review: Israeli duo in Amsterdam Juju & Jordash really are unstoppable at present. When not focusing on solo projects or collaborating with German deep house don Move D as Magic Mountain High, they're up to their usual shenanigans in tandem and this new one for hometown heroes Dekmantel is a fine example of how they excel in what they do. The deep hypnotic house of "Monday Mellow" floats gently above soaring, ethereal pads, a bouncy bassline and soothing bell tones while "Wednesday Something" is more uplifting and and positive; swirling in layers of rich vintage synth flair and rushy arpeggios. "Thursday Heavy" is much harder hitting, but rest assured: it is still deep, with its booming Juno bassline and reverberated drums creating some basic trance induction that works a treat.
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19 Dec 11
Juju & Jordash - "African Flower" (Cosmic Dub) - (9:59)
Morphosis - "Impulse" - (8:22) 122 BPM
01 Oct 12
Stoplight Loosejaw - (8:48) 123 BPM
Diatoms - (4:43) 120 BPM
Backwash - (2:40) 124 BPM
Rogue Wave - (3:14) 120 BPM
Shakshuka Dub - (6:46) 115 BPM
Slow Boat To Haifa - (3:01)
Powwow - (6:02) 129 BPM
Peligroso - (2:19) 142 BPM
Dr Strangepork - (6:30) 110 BPM
Track David Would Play - (7:07) 120 BPM
Echomate - (7:14) 119 BPM
Techno Primitivism - (7:40) 114 BPM
Loosey Goosey - (5:49) 124 BPM
Shrublands - (7:00)
Way Of The Road - (6:38) 118 BPM
Review: It's rare these days that you have a spare 90 minutes to focus on an album, but Techno Primitivism is one of those albums that makes you want to change your lifestyle accordingly. Everything about this new album from Juju & Jordash breathes class, showcasing a blend of music that's fully representative of the Amsterdam based duo's styles and influences. At 15 tracks deep, the full beauty of Techno Primitivism will undoubtedly reveal itself slowly, the cheeky misnomer of the title hinting at Gal & Jordan's often revealed humour. Opening in grand style with the triple suite of "Stoplight Loosejaw", "Diatoms" and "Backwash", the duo set a hazy, atmospheric tone that remains throughout, with brief machine funk interludes such as "Slow Boat To Haifa" and "Rogue Wave" in between longer improvised explorations. Favourites on this album change with every listen, but you can't deny the potency of tracks such as "Powwow" or the Magic Mountain High referencing "Track David Would Play" or the superbly titled "Dr Strangepork". One of the albums of this year, without doubt!
14 Aug 13
Review: Stefano "Ksoul" Boati and Paolo "MuteOscillator" Giangrasso join the Dekmantel fray having previously issued their brand of dusty, degraded house - a severely neglected Marcellus Pittman perhaps - through Aroy Dee's MOS Recordings, Azuri and their own Kinda Soul Recordings. Their style remains very much in evidence on the three track Soul Hell EP, with the title track standing out thanks to its wonderfully insouciant blend of tough kick drums, molten synth lines and playful key patterns that demonstrate Boati and Giangrosso's musicality. "Stinger" meanwhile is a deeper excursion characterized by its bassline squelch and subdued Detroit chords, while "Detrance" sees them indulge their experimental side, with a combination of stumbling beats and loose electronic textures that recalls the similarly abstracted house of labelmates Juju & Jordash. More essential wares from Dekmantel...
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19 May 17
Levon Vincent - "UK Spring Vibes" - (5:51) 123 BPM
Legowelt - "Blue Austral Techno" - (7:30) 120 BPM
Joey Anderson - "Opened Gate" - (5:58) 126 BPM
Central - "Six Five Two" - (7:38) 118 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Techno
Review: Dutch party crew/ label Dekmantel has achieved more in the past decade than most labels, and that they are able to call on such a heavyweight line-up for the third installment of their celebratory series is evidence of this fact. The release starts with the steely drums and mournful, rainy day pianos of Levon Vincent's "UK Spring Vibes" - which is a rare contribution from the US artist outside of his Novel Sound label - and continues with the fist-punching acidic sweeps of Legowelt's "Blue Austral Techno". Shifting the focus back to the other side of the Atlantic, Joey Anderson weighs in with the spooky, swirling synths and understated "Opened Gate", while Danish artist Central rounds off the EP with the jazzy abstractions of "Six Five Two".
28 Jun 12
Played by: Alkalino, Rodriguez Jr, Djs Pareja, Anja Schneider, Nina Kraviz, DJ T, Marc Romboy, Agoria, Ibiza Sonica
Review: Dutch producer Makam has largely remained on the fringes of the acceptance his prolific output deserves. Based in The Hague, the producer cut an impressive swathe with his 2009 debut, the Sushitech released New York Hustler, and has been responsible for a steady stream of quality house in the subsequent period - mostly on the Berlin label. (Indeed we are still basking in the delights of Dreams Of Tommorow, a double 12" release on Sushitech that contained some of his finest work to date.) Having contributed to Dekmantel's Fifth Anniversary Series, Makam here graces the Amsterdam label with "What Ya Doin", which essentially picks up where he left off on the aforementioned Sushitech release, betraying his love for the heady times of house music's origins at The Music Box, playing a breathy vocal off against a procession of 909 rim shots. On the flip FunkinEven applies the deranged dynamics of his recent Apron endeavours to the track with typically explosive results.
17 Nov 16
Chihuahuas - (1:21) 87 BPM
When Light Gives You Hope - (8:16) 124 BPM
Buddha's Bridge - (4:59) 123 BPM
Stray Dog - (5:08) 58 BPM
Resort Abandoned - (7:05) 60 BPM
Than Sadet - (3:38) 87 BPM
Makarbar - (7:45) 129 BPM
Mr Singh - (5:41) 129 BPM
Riding High - (5:14) 64 BPM
Mai Pen Rai - (5:17) 75 BPM
Seven Kings - (4:32) 86 BPM
Thunder Drums - (3:49) 110 BPM
Romantic Blazer - (3:19) 64 BPM
Waves Of Than - (6:26) 62 BPM
24 Jun 16
Review: Makam doesn't let up! The Dutch hero re-appears on homebase Dekmantel where he's surely become a stalwart of the label and their sound. On "Riding High" he gives us a melodic deep house journey full of emotion and equal parts mystery over its glorious five minutes that you'll wish never stopped. Ge serves up something much more atmospheric on the grainy ambience of "Them Sadet", a collage of trippy exotic samples over emotive elements makes this one definitely to remember also.
20 Feb 17
Arrival - (7:45) 130 BPM
Bad Acid - (6:10) 125 BPM
I Am Matrix - (6:26) 129 BPM
Rites - (6:33) 127 BPM
Review: Bay Area retrovert Matrixxman has become one of the most in demand producers of techno in the last couple years, due in so small part to some stellar releases on Delft, Spectral Sound and of course Dutch institution Dekmantel who now present the second installment of a triptych series. Following up the first volume Sector I: Rhythm, Sector II: Acid does exactly what it says on the tin: exploring the timeless capability of that little silver Roland box. He joins the dots between hypnotic techno and acid house on "Arrival" or "Rites" just as well as Scandinavian Varg can. Speaking of acid house: it's exactly that in all its vintage charm; it's like '88 all over again on "Bad Acid" or the absolutely explosive "I Am Matrix".
07 Nov 16
Process - (6:11) 131 BPM
Mainframe 2.0 - (7:25) 130 BPM
Glyph - (6:08) 133 BPM
Instigator - (6:26) 127 BPM
Review: While Matrixxman has produced releases for a wide range of labels, it seems that he has a soft spot for Amsterdam imprint-turned- party organisers Dekmantel. It was on this label that Charles McCloud Duff put out the excellent Nubian Metropolis in 2014, and Sector I/Rhythm is just as impressive. While Duff's approach is far more singular on this follow-up, it proves again that he is a skilful interpreter. In this instance, it's the 90s techno of Hawtin, DBX and 7th City. Percussion flies in like hail stones descending on the Hudson waterfront; drums kicks and stomp relentlessly, and each track has the nervous, twitchy analogue energy of mid-90s midwest techno.
16 Feb 18
Initiation - (6:20) 133 BPM
Access Granted - (6:21) 134 BPM
Desert Planet - (6:29) 120 BPM
Horizon - (6:39) 130 BPM
Review: Matrixxman's third instalment in the Sector series for Dekmantel sees him deliver a fine, diverse techno release. On "Initiation", he drops a rolling, mysterious groove, led by a heavy bass and a ghostly synth line. "Access Granted" is in a radically different vein, with the US producer taking inspiration from Robert Hood to create a visceral minimal techno workout. In stark contrast again is "Desert Planet"; it sees Matrixxman dropping the tempo to conjure up a balmy deep house groove. Rounding off this release is "Horizon", where the US producer delves into Detroit techno to drop a warbling bass-led groove that has echoes of vintage Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen.
26 Jan 15
Sermons - (6:46) 124 BPM
Cybernetic Implant - (5:52) 126 BPM
Siamese Twins - (6:56) 126 BPM
System Blackout - (5:58) 127 BPM
Review: In terms of current US artists, no one seems to have made as much of an impact in recent times as the the superbly named Charles McCloud Duff has done under his Matrixxman name. Unknown To The Unknown, Spectral Sound and Soo Wavey Records are some of the labels that have put the call out for material from Matrixxman, whose club ready style of house and techno has always been complemented by a clear sense of humour. Matrixxman's superb debut for Dekmantel makes for a perfect start to 2015 for the increasingly influential Dutch label and is hopefully the start of a prosperous working relationship. Opener "Sermons" is loose and jacking, with a decidedly haywire acid line at its core, whilst "Cybernetic Implant" reins in the rhythmic madness in order to let those deep bleeps catch you off guard. If you like rolling vocals a la Hodge's "Amor Fati" do check closer "System Blackout", which is our pick!
06 Oct 14
Anti Social Plan - (6:21) 125 BPM
Slow Run In Our Dreams - (5:01) 126 BPM
Crisis Zone - (8:21) 120 BPM
Review: Having previously collaborated under their given names, Massimo Di Lena and Rio Padice launched their MFO project earlier in the year with a single-track salvo on their own Early Sounds Recordings. Here, they deliver the first MFO 12" for Dekmantel, and it's something of a peach. All three tracks effortlessly join the dots between Detroit techno, machine soul and deep house. This manifests itself in the fizzing alien funk of opener "Anti-Social Pain", the melancholic pianos and rolling machine drums of "Slow Run In Our Dreams" and, most impressively, the robust, techno-tempo percussive assault of "Crisis Zone".
20 Oct 14
Motor - (6:46) 124 BPM
Oman Jazz - (6:51) 123 BPM
Design The Future - (5:21) 125 BPM
Arctic Lodge - (6:12) 120 BPM