Repulsive - (6:14) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sky's Blessings - (6:00) 120 BPM
   
Heaven's Archer - (5:42) 132 BPM
Played by: Wesley Matsell, Coni
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".
DKMNTL 015
13 Jan 14
Deep House
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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) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DKMNTL 017
02 Jun 14
Techno
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1974 - (10:27) 126 BPM
   
Under Water - (5:11) 124 BPM
   
Back Draft - (5:06) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
DKMNTL 023
02 Mar 15
Techno
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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 Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
DKMNTLUFO 4
03 Apr 17
Techno
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Azrael (feat Darling) - (7:03) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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!
DKMNTL 042
10 Apr 17
Deep House
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Awanto3 - "Pregnant" - (12:43) 114 BPM
   
Makam - "Good To You" - (4:25) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lone - "Risttowe" - (4:29)
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.
DKMNTL AS-52
13 Jan 12
Deep House
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We All Want To Believe - (7:36) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DKMNTL 028
23 Nov 15
Techno
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24x33 - (5:28) 98 BPM
   
Smerig Eiland - (4:20) 105 BPM
   
De Rust Die Je Zocht - (5:16) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Renaat Egypte - (5:24) 117 BPM
   
Verminkte Toekan - (4:47) 120 BPM
   
Troostprijs - (2:41) 155 BPM
   
Skytronic Cola - (6:14) 110 BPM
   
Nintendo Pantera - (4:27) 109 BPM
   
Leo/ Mirjam - (4:24) 120 BPM
   
Achter Het Zwembad - (4:26) 124 BPM
   
Lisanne Landal - (4:34) 118 BPM
   
Eindleader Videonet - (2:23) 96 BPM
Review: The work of Dutch producers Betonkust and Palmbomen II, Center Parcs was recorded in an ageing holiday park, from whence its name is derived. Like the slowly decaying surroundings that became the pair's de facto studio, there is a degraded sensibility throughout Parcs. It starts with the dreamy, frazzled "24 x 33" and "Smerig Eiland" and continues on the easy listening "De rust die Je Zocht". There is also a slightly more sinister edge to the album, audible on the pair's exploration of raw techno on "Renaat Egypte" as well as the warped acid of "Skytronic Cola". But overall, a longing for better times and the faded glory of their surroundings win through, audible on the serene "Troostprijs" and the blissed out "Nintendo Pantera".
DKMNTL 058
21 May 18
Techno
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Leo/Mirjam - (4:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Leo/ Mirjam (Legowelt remix) - (7:00) 143 BPM
DKMNTL 057
20 Apr 18
Deep House
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Bart Is Alone Again - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
Underground Dance Floor - (5:43) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Working In The Attic - (4:35) 134 BPM
   
Bart's Jam - (5:09) 128 BPM
   
Rejected Demo Tape - (3:38) 111 BPM
   
A Series Of Bad Decisions - (5:21) 116 BPM
Review: Dutchmen Betonkust and Palmbomen II are back on local institution Dekmantel, following up last year's well received Center Parcs LP - which was recorded in the bunker of an abandoned theme park. The retro, grainy and lo-fi qualities that characterise each others work is evident again here on Parallel B EP. This time recorded in a bungalow somewhere in the Dutch countryside, it finds a distinct middle ground between Kal Hugo's lo-fi classic house aesthetics and Swiere Westveen's taste for gritty electro, acid and Italo sounds. It pays fictional homage to a now deceased famous TV star, who instead on working on the screen, took up a new direction in making music.
DKMNTL 062
14 Jan 19
Electro
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Mas Profundo - (6:12) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tropicaovas - (5:50) 80 BPM
   
Selva Casmica - (5:36) 83 BPM
   
Plantas Falsas - (6:13) 109 BPM
DKMNTL 049
30 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sirocco - (3:55) 81 BPM
   
Hermes - (5:29) 50 BPM
   
Sirocco (Club version) - (5:13) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Maria's Holiday - (6:20) 58 BPM
DKMNTL 059
25 Jun 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Peace Moves (original mix) - (6:33) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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
Played by: DJ Mau Mau, Jad & The
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.
DKMNTL 051
07 Jul 17
Deep House
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Galaxy - (5:54) 108 BPM
   
Sara Sara - (6:37) 125 BPM
   
Hoolock Rock - (7:12) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blow Your Head - (8:14) 115 BPM
   
Pantasy - (13:22) 115 BPM
   
News From The Treetops - (6:44) 50 BPM
   
Langsam Aber Slowly/I Think I Got It Under Control Now/Well, Traumhaft - (11:55) 138 BPM
   
Coolness - (6:24) 50 BPM
   
Apo-Calypso - (8:52) 116 BPM
   
Rave The Forest - (5:53) 122 BPM
Played by: Tech Support
Review: Jan Schulte aka Bufiman drops his debut album on Dekmantel, and it's a thing of cosmic beauty. There's the odd ball groove of "Galaxy", on "Sara Sara", he tackles electronic boogie with great flair and "Hoolock Rock" is a superb slice of spaced out disco. However, Schulte's project is not just concerned with revisiting existing styles, and he seems to be just as content when teasing out weird and wonderful new hybrids. These are articulated most impressively on the frazzled acid and steely drums of "Blow Your Mind", the dreamy down tempo drums and tropical sounds of "News From The Treetops" and the sludgy electro funk on "Langsam Aber Slowly".
DKMNTL 074
20 Jan 20
Electro
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Bufiman - "Hymn To The Moonface" (Break mix) - (9:21) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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
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.
DKMNTL 10YEARS09
23 Feb 18
Coldwave/Synth
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Burnt Friedman - "Monsun" - (8:10) 93 BPM
   
Ectomorph - "Edge Of" - (5:45) 120 BPM
   
Juju & Jordash - "Neon Swing" - (7:40) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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)".
DKMNTL 10YEARS05
08 Sep 17
Techno
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Nervous Sex Traffic - (9:02) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mount Grace - (5:54) 123 BPM
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.
DKMNTL 033
25 Apr 16
Deep House
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Call Super - "Fluenka Spoke" - (9:00) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shanti Celeste - "Hinoki" - (7:08) 134 BPM
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.
DKMNTL 10YEARS02
14 Apr 17
Techno
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Pillow Peace (original mix) - (6:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pillow Peace (Andet mix) - (5:13) 120 BPM
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.
DKMNTL 048
02 Jun 17
Deep House
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Keep Love On Me - (6:18) 122 BPM
   
Body Issue - (8:48) 123 BPM
   
Tube Life - (5:47) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
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.
DKMNTL 034
20 May 16
Deep House
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