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Dekmantel is a Dutch label, events company, festival and DJ collective that’s been providing the good vibes since 2009. Co-founded by Thomas Martojo and Casper Tielrooij, Dekmantel is now one of Amsterdam’s ‘most respected sources of forward-thinking house and techno’ music. The label has an abundance of peak time heaters, including Palms Trax’s ‘To Paradise’, Fatima Yamaha’s ‘Araya’ and Jex Opolis’ ‘Earth Boy’. Other artists to release on Dekmantel include: Tom Trago, Randomer, Space Dimension Controller, Young Marco, Juju & Jordash, Joey Anderson, Bufiman, Peaking Lights, Robert Hood, upsammy and many more.
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Saturn To Home
Saturn To Home (feat Miss Kittin) - (6:05) 127 BPM
You Got Me (feat Robert Owens) - (7:58) 126 BPM
Your Love - (6:43) 128 BPM Hot
Golden Star (feat Baal & Mortimer) - (5:46) 155 BPM
Only The Good Times - (4:28) 133 BPM
Krank - (7:06) 125 BPM
No Trouble In Paradise (feat Paul St Hilaire) - (6:55) 126 BPM
Cloak And Dagger - (6:20) 134 BPM
Review: After a five-year hiatus, Luke Slater revives his L.B. Dub Corp alias with Saturn to Home, a dynamic, vocal-led ode to the club, featuring Robert Owens, Paul St. Hilaire, Miss Kittin, and more. This album marks Slater's first appearance on Dekmantel and celebrates his musical journey, from his earliest memories of big band and jazz funk beats to his fascination with the imperfections of human rhythm. With contributions from iconic artists and Slater's own live drumming, Saturn to Home is a rich tapestry of sounds and stories, blending house, dub, and techno influences. Standout tracks include the feverish "Your Love," the smoky "Golden Star," the elastic "Krank," and the star-scraping "Only The Good Times," each reflecting Slater's lifelong passion for music and the club scene.
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DKMNTL 101
24 May 24
Minimal/Tech House
Genesis Domain
Genesis Domain - (5:32) 130 BPM Hot
Delicate Senses - (5:28) 143 BPM
Twisted Solstice - (5:45) 136 BPM
Planet Lonely - (4:35) 136 BPM
Queen Of Demons - (5:30) 135 BPM
Played by: Rave Energy
Review: In his Dekmantel debut, Sepehr unveils a symphonic, transcendental journey into the Genesis Domain, a fictional metaphysical space where reality is reinvented at will. Known for his versatile club music spanning techno, drum and bass, electro, EBM, and acid, Sepehr continues his exploration of pseudo-spirituality of his recent LP Fall From Grace. This EP showcases a diverse sonic language; from the throbbing, trance-infused title track to the snappy broken beat rhythms of "Delicate Senses" and the mystical electro tones of "Twisted Solstice" and "Planet Lonely". Closing with "Queen Of Demons", Sepehr masterfully blends brooding low-end with intricate beats, inviting listeners into his vivid, evocative world where his vision seamlessly becomes yours.
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DKMNTL 103
10 May 24
Minimal/Tech House
Only The Good Times
Only The Good Times - (4:28) 67 BPM
Only The Good Times (Burial remix) - (10:34) 65 BPM Hot
Played by: Step2 Records
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DKMNTL 101B
03 May 24
Experimental/Electronic
Nosferatu
Nosferatu - (7:14) 126 BPM
Slave - (5:31) 123 BPM
W72 - (6:34) 128 BPM Hot
Sorrow - (5:25) 116 BPM
Review: Dutch producer Tunik takes a sinister turn with his latest release, "Nosferatu," on the revered Dekmantel label. This four-track EP draws inspiration from the classic horror film of the same name, offering up a blend of techno, industrial, and ambient influences that create a chilling and atmospheric listening experience. The opening track, "Death in the Afternoon," sets the tone perfectly. Ominous synth drones and distorted percussion build a sense of dread, while unsettling samples weave a narrative of lurking danger. This is not your typical dancefloor techno; it's a journey into the shadows. "Theatres des Vampires" ups the tempo slightly, but retains the dark atmosphere. Throbbing basslines and rhythmic clanging create a sense of industrial menace, while eerie soundscapes evoke the feeling of being hunted through a desolate landscape. The midway point brings a brief reprieve with "Through the Walls of Auxerre." Distorted yet melancholic piano chords and sparse percussion offer a moment of respite, though the tension never fully dissipates. The EP culminates with "Blood Flower." Eerie whispers and sustained synth notes create a sense of unease, while distant clanging percussion adds a layer of industrial dread. The track fades out slowly, leaving the listener with a lingering sense of unease. A dark and unsettling journey that perfectly captures the atmosphere of the classic horror film.
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DKMNTL 098
15 Mar 24
Minimal/Tech House
You Got Me
You Got Me - (7:58) 126 BPM
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DKMNTL 101S 1
13 Mar 24
Funky/Club House
Lighthouse
Lighthouse - (5:42) 135 BPM Hot
Warp - (5:30) 128 BPM
Take Control - (5:12) 130 BPM
Distance - (5:10) 130 BPM
Review: Dekmantel welcomes Theo Kottis with an EP of vibrant, melodically-charged house, techno, and electro, boasting a distinct '90s edge. Lighthouse signals a shift in focus for the London-based Scottish producer, reflecting a matured sound honed through a self-imposed creative reset. The title track, embraced by DJs like Ben UFO and Palms Trax, exemplifies Kottis' prowess in seamlessly blending club music's finest elements into a cohesive and potent whole. From the driving Reese bassline to the sharp 4/4 drums and Motor City pads, it's a techno hybrid of the highest caliber. The EP continues with "Warp", "Take Control" and "Distance", each showcasing Kottis' knack for crafting impactful club tracks infused with iconic '90s sounds.
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DKMNTL 102
02 Feb 24
Minimal/Tech House
Take Control
Take Control - (5:12) 130 BPM
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DKMNTL 102-S2
19 Jan 24
Minimal/Tech House
Lighthouse
Lighthouse - (5:42) 135 BPM
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DKMNTL 102-S1
29 Nov 23
Minimal/Tech House
Birds Of Paradise
Shadow On The Left - (7:12) 60 BPM
Rainbrain - (4:40) 69 BPM Hot
JSF48 - (6:57) 71 BPM
HLOw - (5:07) 76 BPM
02nd - (6:24) 90 BPM
Grown Trancy - (6:14) 80 BPM
Endofthe Tunnel - (5:20) 80 BPM
Cmmn Cmmn - (5:39) 87 BPM
Dreamsynth204 - (5:55) 104 BPM
Parcel 33 - (5:06) 66 BPM
Yep, Beavers? - (6:02) 80 BPM
Birds Of Paradise - (5:33) 88 BPM
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DKMNTL 092
13 Oct 23
Experimental/Electronic
Yep, Beavers?
Yep, Beavers? - (6:02) 80 BPM
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DKMNTL 092-S2
29 Sep 23
Experimental/Electronic
Dreamsynth204
Dreamsynth204 - (5:55) 104 BPM
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DKMNTL 092-S1
15 Sep 23
Experimental/Electronic
Vanta
Onyx Vanta - (5:00) 65 BPM Hot
Vromen Vanta - (4:27) 79 BPM
Vanta - (5:24) 80 BPM
Jet Vanta - (3:36) 68 BPM
GG Vanta - (4:03) 78 BPM
Metal Vanta - (3:42) 62 BPM
Raven Vanta - (4:44) 77 BPM
Volta Vanta - (3:56) 75 BPM
Pitch Vanta - (3:04) 87 BPM
Midnight Vanta - (2:14) 72 BPM
M. Vanta - (5:06) 65 BPM
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DKMNTL 099
08 Sep 23
Experimental/Electronic
A New Dawn
New Dawn Fades - (6:22) 124 BPM
The Aeon - (5:16) 125 BPM Hot
Electro 01 - (6:49) 89 BPM
Third Eye Connection - (6:18) 125 BPM
MS20 - (5:24) 126 BPM
Review: Tunik makes a bold statement with A New Dawn on Dekmantel, showcasing his distinctive strain of jacking drum machine electro-techno. Emerging in 2020 with notable releases on My Own Jupiter and Furthur Electronix, this Barcelona-based, Argentina-born artist spreads his wings once more. Its five tracks effortlessly melds influences from 80s synth-pop, early 00s electro noir, and sleek modern techno, resulting in harmonically rich tunes that evoke both emotions and dancefloor intrigue. From the melancholic chimes of "New Dawn Fades" to the electro lament of "The Aeon" and the punchy rave energy of "Electro 01," Tunik's finely honed studio prowess, and Dekmantel's ever current curatorial, continues to shine.
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DKMNTL 096
07 Jul 23
Minimal/Tech House
Fear Of Programming
Coral - (2:49) 143 BPM
Suffice To Predict - (5:54) 125 BPM
Renewal Theory - (5:36) 125 BPM
Transport - (1:14) 160 BPM
Water (feat Ryan Elliott) - (5:34) 133 BPM Hot
Pxls - (2:12) 132 BPM
Reverse Dreams - (6:59) 124 BPM
X12 - (5:41) 128 BPM
(Batteries Not Included) - (4:50) 130 BPM
Picture 2020 - (4:13) 124 BPM
Selective Dissolution - (1:40) 98 BPM
Tone - (7:39) 128 BPM
Fear Of Programming - (5:19) 126 BPM
Review: Almost a decade after the release of his last solo album, Marcel Dettmann delivers this follow-up. Unlike many of his peers, there is no concept at the heart of Programming, rather it's a reflection of a continuous period spent in the studio. This explains why it shifts in style, with its author never staying in one place for too long. "Suffice to Predict" is a dense, bass-heavy roller, while on "Renewal Theory" spiky Detroit rhythms prevail. These dance floor tracks sit between the ambient swirls of "Coral" and "Transport". Elsewhere, Dettmann explores Motor City influences, with the lithe electro of "Pxls" and the Juan Atkins-sounding brittle groove of "Water". The mood darkens on the droning, repetitive "Batteries Not Included" and "Selective Dissolution" but as the expansive title track demonstrates, Marcel Dettmann's music takes in many perspectives.
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DKMNTL 095
25 Nov 22
Techno
Grooveboxxx
Welcome To Grooveboxxx (feat MC Paul T) - (1:03) 157 BPM
Meet Me At The Mecca - (5:04) 124 BPM
Jetlag - (4:05) 120 BPM
La DS - (6:35) 130 BPM
Eau Membership - (5:48) 127 BPM
Marathon (Rap version) - (4:51) 135 BPM
Kimberly & Nance Backstage Rehearsal - (3:29) 123 BPM
Secretly Silly - (6:19) 127 BPM Hot
Sound Of The Dune Town - (5:37) 126 BPM
Asta Grand Closing - (2:50) 90 BPM
Exposure - (5:00) 128 BPM
Sandokan (U-Nite In Peace) - (4:09) 125 BPM
The Temple - (8:22) 120 BPM
Review: While he may not have released all the much music since debuting in 2017 - just two EPs for Second Circle and one apiece on Safe Trip and Animals Crossing - Chris Kuhlen has more than proved to be a producer with talent and a developing trademark sound. Grooveboxxx, his debut album, sees him once more blur the boundaries between warehouse-ready retro-futurism, twisted dancefloor psychedelia, tropical synth sounds and plenty of gritty, off-kilter sleaziness. Highlights appear thick and fast throughout, from the oddly swung, unearthly bleep & bass revivalism of 'La DS' and the organ bass-sporting breakbeat house hedonism of 'Meet Me At The Mecca', to the breathless, stab-happy rave rush of 'Marathon (Rap Version)', late '80s deep house colour of 'Secretly Silly' and the trance-inducing techno psychedelia of the formidably foreboding 'The Temple'.
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DKMNTL 093
21 Oct 22
Deep House
Best Of Dekmantel X Patta (2015-2022)
Various
Rimer London - "Do Easy" - (5:37) 120 BPM
Young Marco - "The Best I Could Do (With What I Had)" - (9:27) 125 BPM
Palmbomen II - "Theme" (Drum version) - (6:19) 118 BPM
Ge-ology - "Re-Fingered With Love" - (8:56) 122 BPM Hot
Aardvarck - "Kubaa Rumbaa" - (6:40) 122 BPM
Upsammy - "Translucent Edges" - (4:32) 104 BPM
Tom Trago - "Brutal Romance" (TT's Love Fix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
Mary Lake - "Back From Crete" - (5:12) 130 BPM
Animistic Beliefs - "Save Aru Islands" - (5:07) 141 BPM
Fatima Yamaha - "The Creature From Culture Creation" - (9:27) 109 BPM
Jasmin - "Purl Stitch Knitting" - (5:21) 80 BPM
Makam - "The Struggles" - (7:22) 119 BPM
Darling - "Japanter" - (4:54) 145 BPM
Interstellar Funk - "Androids Know Love Too" - (4:45) 124 BPM
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DKMNTLXPATTA 14
03 Aug 22
Deep House
Mutations II: Delicious Intent
Delicious Intent - (7:03) 162 BPM
A Familiar Place - (7:01) 158 BPM
If U Wanna - (4:26) 170 BPM
PPPRISM - (7:39) 160 BPM Hot
Review: Following the release of his recent album The Snake That Eats Itself, Berlin-based Aquarian debuts on Dekmantel 's UFO imprint with the second edition in the Mutations series titled Delicious Intent, showcasing more club-focused solo material for the first time in a few years that's rather indicative of the Canadian DJ/producer's 'genre collapsing' DJ sets. Whther it's the elevating rave singal of the opening title track, the off-kilter hardcore deconstruction of "If U Wanna" or the evocative Reese drama of "PPPRISM" - you'll be reaching for the lasers throughout your listen to Mutation II: Delicious Intent.
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DKMNTLUFO 12
27 May 22
Experimental/Electronic
Into The Echo
Ghost Of Kyiv - (3:13) 105 BPM
Crystal Whispers - (4:56) 105 BPM Hot
Dreamers (Part I) - (7:01) 80 BPM
Psycho Panner - (4:36) 120 BPM
The Helium Queen - (5:03) 105 BPM
Last Piece Of The Puzzle - (4:52) 80 BPM
Northern Winds (feat JASSS) - (5:24) 80 BPM
Octave Echoes (album mix) - (4:19) 105 BPM
Crickets At Night (feat Loradeniz) - (5:43) 105 BPM
Into The Echo - (5:23) 60 BPM
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DKMNTL 085
25 Mar 22
Balearic/Downtempo
Mutations I: Death, Taxes & Hanger
Death, Taxes & Hanger - (7:06) 167 BPM Hot
Rene Likes The Steak - (6:41) 140 BPM
Sam Handwich - (6:42) 136 BPM
Dead Whale - (8:54) 145 BPM
Played by: Lakeshouse
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DKMNTL UFO11
18 Mar 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Suikerplein EP
Westerpark - (5:13) 108 BPM Hot
Domela - (4:22) 108 BPM
Spaarndammerplantsoen - (4:54) 100 BPM
Box - (4:43) 100 BPM
Scannen - (5:53) 108 BPM
Review: As DJs, BSS contributed to the Dekmantel podcast last year. Already a staple of labels like Hivern and Honey Soundsystem, now they bring their production skills to the Dekmantel imprint. Suikerplein is a sprawling, expansive four-tracker that takes in a range of influences, but at its core boasts an atmospheric aesthetic. "Westerpark" resounds to staccato breaks and gloomy synth lines, while on "Domela", BSS opt for a low-slung electro workout, driven by glitchy percussive slivers. "Spaarndammerplantsoen" is more atmospheric, sounding like the soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi movie. Rounding off the release is "Box", where they re-focus on electro, with a low-slung groove powered by a menacing bass and powerful steely drums.
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DKMNTL 090
21 Jan 22
Experimental/Electronic
Dekmantel - Best Of 2021
Various
Louise Freeman - "Mirage" - (6:43) 120 BPM Hot
Upsammy - "Flutter" - (5:21) 120 BPM
Mary Lake - "Back From Crete" - (5:12) 130 BPM
Alberta Balsam - "Cascade" - (4:36) 126 BPM
Upsammy - "Spat" - (4:03) 120 BPM
Bruxas - "Minitrip" - (3:53) 148 BPM
Jasmin - "Purl Stitch Knitting" - (5:21) 120 BPM
DJ Corridor - "Never" - (4:27) 129 BPM
Santoro - "Lover Message" - (5:03) 52 BPM
Phillip Jondo - "Whowhuwho" (feat DJ Plead) - (4:51) 146 BPM
Bruxas - "Red Pillows" - (5:29) 115 BPM
Alberta Balsam - "Suspended In The Manifold" - (5:28) 158 BPM
Naone - "Beamd" - (5:43) 150 BPM
Frits Wentink & Erik Madigan Heck - "What Joy To Breathe" - (5:04) 160 BPM
Review: Dutch party brand Dekmantel celebrates a good innings for 2021, continuing its label operations despite the setbacks of the pandemic and looking forward to a more optimistic 2022 where they can return with their flagship festival in Amsterdam, as well as the Dekmantel Selectors series in Croatia. Best Of 2021 features several catalogue highlights such as Louise Freeman's old school Italo disco goodie "Mirage", the evocative broken beats of Alberta Balsam's "Cascade", in addition to local artist Upsammy's hypnotic polyrhythms heard on "Spat", Phillip Jondo delivering a typically oddball groove on 'Whowhuwho' (feat DJ Plead) and deep house favourite Frits Wentink serving up something a bit different than usual (with Erik Madigan Heck) on the classical ambient journey "What Joy To Breathe".
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DKMNTL 2021
17 Dec 21
Electro
Higher Dreams
Atuan Tombs - (4:52) 123 BPM
Cascade - (4:36) 126 BPM
Metanoia - (4:42) 129 BPM Hot
Higher Dreams - (2:23) 149 BPM
Suspended In The Manifold - (5:28) 158 BPM
Review: Said to be inspired by science-fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin - Alberta Balsam presents her debut album Higher Dreams for Dekmantel. A narrative-based listening session also designed for the dancefloor, the LP tells the story of a quest for survival and a planet ravaged by ecological collapse and environmental apocalypse. With that said, this is by far a draconian listen of gothic doom and swathes of cheap reverb - but a colourful and melodic session of pumping synth-music and electro references taking both Drexciya and Delia Derbyshire. Get your kicks from "Atuan Tombs", "Metanoia" and "Cascade" next to Alberta Balsam's own vocals in the title track and some hardcroe Detroit flair in "Suspended In The Manifold". A deep and beautiful debut that should be enjoyed and explored in its entirety.
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DKMNTL 080V
19 Nov 21
Electro
Little Princess EP
Dunkelziffer I (feat Maxwell Sterling) - (2:50) 70 BPM
Dunkelziffer II (feat Maxwell Sterling) - (4:01) 60 BPM
Whowhuwho (feat DJ Plead) - (4:51) 73 BPM Hot
Whowhuwho (feat DJ Plead - Moa Pillar remix) - (4:38) 73 BPM
Review: Dekmantel introduces the solo sounds of Phillip Jondo - one half of the Gardland duo (Lullabies For Insomniacs), Spa Recordings label boss, and Salon des Amateurs resident DJ. Having given Dekmantel a podcast back in 2017 - and contributed to Lena Wilikens Selectors 005 compilation, - Jondo secures a full debut opus with the Little Princess EP. Full of weirdo drum patterns, subtle rave influences and plenty of new age motifs, the EP also features collaborations with one Maxwell Sterling (Ecstatic and AD 93) and Boomkat and Livity Sound associate, DJ Plead. Full of blooming spirals of hypercolour and positive synth to broken beats, jungle rhythms, grime melodies and falling 808s - there's a fair dose of tribal, south London deconstructed dance, and new school electronica too.
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DKMNTL 089
01 Oct 21
Experimental/Electronic
Dekmantel X Patta 2021
Various
Nathan Kofi - "Omdu" - (6:00) 64 BPM Hot
Jasmin - "Purl Stitch Knitting" - (5:21) 80 BPM
Cinnaman - "Duck" - (5:18) 64 BPM
Alberta Balsam - "Pyramids" - (3:50) 63 BPM
Nadia Struiwigh - "PIEEC" - (5:29) 75 BPM
DJ Corridor - "Never" - (4:27) 64 BPM
Mary Lake - "Back From Crete" - (5:12) 65 BPM
Naone - "Beamd" - (5:43) 100 BPM
Review: Primo Dutch streetwear store Patta and choice selectors Dekmantel hook up once more for their 2021 collection, bringing the world of positive chance the opportunity to delve through a new range of wardrobes, prints, catch phrases and accessories. On the music side of things, this year's collection commissions the likes of Nous'klaer recording artist Nadia Struiwigh with a blustery epic "PIEEC" that finds its place in association with Mary Lake's familiar synth trope "Back From Crete". DJ Corridor fills in the middle section with a lo-fi jungle explosion of warehouse IDM, electro and leftfield house next to Alberta Balsam's very synthy and tonal "Pyramids". Cinnaman makes an appearance with a lo-fi rhythm section plus touches of acid in "Duck", while the artist Jasmin turns it up with experimental and broken beat driven "Purl Stitch Knitting". Introducing Nathan Kofi with an extra expressive synth tip, Unknown To The Unknown affiliate Naone goes low, industrial and electro on "Beamd".
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DKMNTLXPATTA 13
06 Aug 21
Experimental/Electronic
Muscle Memory
Muscle Memory - (4:10) 120 BPM
Red Pillows - (5:29) 115 BPM Hot
Bodywarmer - (3:20) 70 BPM
People - (3:09) 101 BPM
Cogelo, Rapido (feat Maria Pandiello) - (5:38) 118 BPM
Mountain Cruise - (3:07) 120 BPM
Minitrip - (3:53) 99 BPM
Crazy Spacey - (7:45) 120 BPM
Salt Water Pool - (5:10) 115 BPM
Review: A few years back, Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic joined forces to release a handful of rather good EPs inspired by -in their words - "a psychedelic journey into the tropics". Muscle Memory, the pair's first full-length as Bruxas, continues this approach, combining Mauscovic's love of infectious global rhythms and spaced-out dub disco effects with Gardner's alternately warming and out-there synth sounds. It's undoubtedly a winning formula, with highlights including the cheery synth-tropicala of 'Bodywarmer', the Italo-goes-tropical happiness of 'Cogelo, Rapido', the slow-motion eccentricity of 'Minitrip' and the accurately titled Afro-syth/space disco fusion of 'Crazy Spacey'.
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DKMNTL 086
21 May 21
Balearic/Downtempo
Scores III
Interstellar Funk - "Seasonshore Sequences" - (15:19) 65 BPM
Guenter Raler - "Ecotone" - (15:44) 76 BPM Hot
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DKMNTL 069
14 May 21
Experimental/Electronic
Red Pillows
Red Pillows - (5:29) 57 BPM
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DKMNTL 086S2
30 Apr 21
Experimental/Electronic
Cogelo, Rapido
Cogelo, Rapido - (5:38) 59 BPM
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DKMNTL 086S1
02 Apr 21
Experimental/Electronic
Bend
Flutter - (5:21) 80 BPM
Spat - (4:03) 80 BPM
Worm - (4:51) 94 BPM
Metallic - (3:14) 60 BPM Hot
Review: With leaps and bounds the meteoric rise of Dutch producer Upsammy sees no end. Following the release of her Zoom LP that Dekmantel put out last year, she follows it up with a fresh selection of clicks and cuts teeming with her now trademark modular glockenspiel sound, bringing back memories of Schiller's classic trance anthem (and Tiesto's remix!). From the outset "Worm" takes charge as this EP's most direct number with its reinforced kick drum, whereas something like "Spat" revels in the syncopation of its groove, glitchy percussion and atonal musicality - next to some sweet minimal piano. Find something softer and more dreamlike in "Metallic" while "Flutter" takes the scenic route through a heavy field of harpsichord expressionism and broken beat rhythms.
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DKMNTL 087
01 Mar 21
Experimental/Electronic
Safe Passage
The Half Collected Soul - (1:49) 152 BPM
The Shadow Of A Gnarled Thorn - (0:41) 144 BPM
What Joy To Breathe - (5:04) 160 BPM
An Infant's Dream - (0:59) 113 BPM
A Rememberable Life - (1:30) 144 BPM
A Choir Of Angels - (5:34) 157 BPM
The Imagination Of The Whole - (5:27) 146 BPM
A Fracture In The Vapor - (4:28) 60 BPM
Is It Not Better To Walk Alone - (1:26) 146 BPM
Safe Passage (Matthew Herbert's "Withers" dub) - (11:24) 60 BPM
Safe Passage (The Soft Pink Truth's "The Weight Of Pleasure" mix) - (7:23) 120 BPM
Safe Passage (BvDub's "Breathless Haunts / Crush Of Air" mix) - (9:13) 106 BPM Hot
Safe Passage (East Of Oceans' "Delusion Of Safety" mix) - (9:37) 80 BPM
Safe Passage (Frits Wentink 'Garden' mix) - (4:52) 60 BPM
Review: By and large known for his work at Will & Ink and Bonny Donny to other labels like Royal Oak, Heist and Wolf Music, Frits Wentink brings to Dekmantel a very personal concept album that takes in the inspiration of American visual artist Erik Madigan Heck to the whispered guest vocals of Hollywood actress Tilda Swinton. A largely ambient, choral and classical experience graced by poetic passages of the forlorn, a bridge into techno is crossed by the radical and deconstructed grooves of tracks like "A Fracture In The Vapor" next to Frits Wentink's 'Garden' mix of "Safe Passages". Find walls of noise in BvDub's remix next to the hype DnB sounds of "Delusion Of Safety" in an album that Dekmantel calls a soundtrack in which many people will find solace in those they remember. Find extra digital only remixes from Matthew Herbert and The Soft Pink too!
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DKMNTL 088
15 Feb 21
Ambient/Drone
Dekmantel - Best Of 2020
Various
Bufiman - "Sara Sara" - (6:37) 125 BPM
Upsammy - "It Drips" - (3:41) 90 BPM
Peaking Lights - "Dreams" - (5:28) 120 BPM Hot
Peaking Lights - "EVP" - (4:06) 120 BPM
The Mauskovic Dance Band - "Ventura Phase" - (4:12) 133 BPM
Space Dimension Controller - "Planete Contraire" - (6:39) 121 BPM
Bufiman - "Blow Your Head" - (8:14) 115 BPM
Upsammy - "Extra Warm" - (3:39) 85 BPM
Identified Patient - "Lust Mountain" - (5:43) 129 BPM
Zohar - "Minor Discomfort" - (3:33) 95 BPM
Max Abysmal - "Quod Libet" - (6:09) 120 BPM
Ranie Ribeiro - "Junee" - (2:37) 145 BPM
Laura Agnusdei - "Fuga" - (10:37) 110 BPM
Review: While 2020 has not been plain sailing for much-loved Dutch label Dekmantel, the imprint has continued to release some superb music - as this sampler style round-up of their best moments of the last 12 months proves. It begins with a rare (and inspired) outing from Jan Schulte's more dancefloor-focused Bufiman project ('Sara Sara') and ends with the gently unfurling ambient brilliance of Laura Agnusdei's 'Fuga'; in between, you'll find such sumptuous treats as Upsammy's sparkling, warm and dizzyingly up-tempo 'Extra Warm', the toasty, quietly colourful brilliance of Space Dimension Controller's 'Planete contraire', the thrillingly-percussive heaviness of Mauskovich Dance Band's 'Extra Ventura' and the clandestine creepiness of Max Abysmal's 'Quod Libet'.
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DKMNTL 2020
21 Dec 20
Minimal/Tech House
Nerve Deposit
Low Kust - (4:51) 134 BPM
Secretary - (5:08) 114 BPM
Lust Mountain - (5:43) 129 BPM Hot
Visualize It - (6:22) 127 BPM
Territory Doubt - (6:45) 111 BPM
Review: An artist to rise up through the ranks of Rotterdam's Pinkman label (with a split sojourn on Brokntoys too) Identified Patient's returns to Dekmantel UFO with Nerve Deposit. Finding a new home on the Dekmanel sub-label that's pushing an experimental, futuristic and harder edged techno, electro and electronica sound, Nerve Depsoit finds it self steeped in something breakbeat, deeper and hardcore. Touching on chop & screwed drum & bass in tracks like "Secretary" alongside heavier industrial electro in "Territory Doubt" to the EBM and gothic sounds in "Visualize It", Identified Patient verges into dubstep with "Low Kust" while turning up the sleazy and rave aesthetics in "Lust Mountain".
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DKMNTLUFO 10
21 Sep 20
Techno
Albumsi Rhythm Trax
Galaxy - (4:37) 108 BPM
News From The Treetops - (4:09) 100 BPM
Blow Your Head - (4:56) 115 BPM Hot
Apo-Calypso - (5:04) 116 BPM
Hoolock Rock - (4:00) 61 BPM
Under Control Now - (4:10) 92 BPM
Review: A less is more approach from the post-mixdown mind of the venerable Jan Schulte, aka Wolf Muller, operating here under his Bufiman alias! Schulte first debuted the project via Versatile Records back in 2015 and with this three-track maxi he delivers a stripped back, bonus mixdown of the Albumsi LP Dekmantel released earlier this year. Described as a release for world peace and dance music for frogs, this follow up is largely inspired by a sleeping Dutch classic called Jive Rhythm Trax, with Bufiman turning in some downbeat, slo-mo rave vibes in "Under Control Now' - serious warehouse heat - to the solidly warped tropical tones and percussive drum machine mainframes of "Apo-Calypso". Find the EP's ultimate rhythm number in "Hoolock Rock". Bufiman goes Drumsi.
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DKMNTL 082
04 Sep 20
Balearic/Downtempo
Zoom
Melt In My Heated Hands - (3:43) 60 BPM
Growing Out Of The Plastic Box - (4:03) 82 BPM Hot
It Drips - (3:41) 90 BPM
Subsoil - (4:18) 80 BPM
In A Shade - (4:36) 61 BPM
Echo Boomed - (3:16) 75 BPM
Send-Zen - (5:05) 74 BPM
Overflowering - (3:42) 67 BPM
Extra Warm - (3:39) 85 BPM
Twisted Like A Flame - (3:03) 96 BPM
Reality Paces The Platform - (5:04) 76 BPM
Review: Since Upsammy emerged in mysterious fashion for Die Orakel in 2018 the producer has established herself as a fresh entity breaking new ground in abstract and experimental dance music. With a split release on Whities and a debut album for Nous'klaer Audio adding to the hype surrounding Upsammy's music too, this Zoom LP adds yet another shade of sound to her growing discography, in this case for Dekmantel something metallic, bit-graded, and tropicana. With bleep culture, jungle and future sub-pop influences meeting higher tempo percussion and Afro-centric rhythms, these inspirations are woven together furthermore by dub, some nerdy synthesis, broken beats and syncopation. Zoom in, Sammyup!
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DKMNTL 083
08 Jun 20
Experimental/Electronic
E S C A P E
Dharma - (6:11) 125 BPM
Peace - (4:18) 63 BPM
EVP - (4:06) 120 BPM Hot
The Dammed - (5:07) 128 BPM
The Caves - (2:21) 105 BPM
Soft Escape (Moonman mix) - (4:37) 116 BPM
Eyes Alive - (5:57) 69 BPM
Innerterrestrial - (5:43) 100 BPM
Dreams - (5:28) 60 BPM
Silver Clouds - (3:59) 108 BPM
Enchanted Sea - (2:19) 109 BPM
Traffic - (7:16) 126 BPM
Change Always Comes - (6:08) 73 BPM
Review: Hello Wisconsin! Say Dekmantel who at the moment pour their interests into the electric folk, pop and synthwave of American husband and wife duo Peaking Lights. With their indie sound familiar to labels like Mexican Summer, City Slang and Not Not Fun, this E S C A P E album follows up the Sea of Sand maxi-EP released by Dekmantel in 2018. A stand out studio work, this 2020 release sees the duo go dubby in "Dreams", industrial and synthwave in "Innerterrestrial" to beatdown, psychedelic NY breaks in "Silver Clouds". Indra Dunis' sultry, breathy and playful vocals are a force in Peaking Lights' music, spare the odd instrumental tracks like "The Caves" and "Enchanted Sea", with a world of psychedelic inspirations, experimental dub, ambient and dance grooves caught up in eastern-themed motifs of E S C A P E. Be Free!
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DKMNTL 081
11 May 20
Balearic/Downtempo
Scores II
Identified Patient - "Comeback" - (8:24) 80 BPM
Max Abysmal - "Quod Libet" - (6:09) 60 BPM Hot
Lamellen - "De Stuiter" - (8:38) 57 BPM
Laura Agnusdei - "Fuga" - (10:37) 110 BPM
Review: For a second time Dekmantel team up with The Netherlands Sound and Vision Institute RE:VIVE to bring together and commision a suite of artists to help showcase 30 years of Dutch experimental filmmaking. Sampling, splicing, manipulating and reinterpreting soundtracks from the Academy Award winning Nico Crama and amateur Dutch filmmaker, Otto Laan, soundscapes come in the form of retroactive experimental techno (Identified Patient) to the undulating cavern rhythms of Max Abysmal's "Quod Libet " There's Lamellan's bizarro cut ups and foley sound in "De Stuiter", leaving Laura Agnusdei to lead the EP with a journeysome drone, synth and whistle piece in excess of 10-minutes. New age cinema.
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DKMNTL 077
24 Apr 20
Experimental/Electronic
Shadance Hall
Ventura Phase - (4:12) 66 BPM
Squeeze Dogs (original mix) - (3:33) 87 BPM
Theorie Amerikaan (original mix) - (4:20) 76 BPM
Controleer Jezelf (original mix) - (5:41) 62 BPM
Controleer Jezelf (Rhythm version) - (5:29) 62 BPM
Theorie Amerikaan (Space dub) - (4:14) 76 BPM
Squeeze Dogs (Crunch dub) - (2:59) 103 BPM Hot
Ventura (dub) - (4:31) 64 BPM
Review: With the Dekmantel machine growing by the week the label has come to a point over the last 10 years where it's happy to stand up and represent the otherside of dance music, bands. That now includes The Mauskovic Dance Band, a five piece group outta Amsterdam sending some tropical cosmo flavours for the silly summer season. The album delivers a lo-fi and almighty analogue sound of disco and psychedelica next to the bells and whistles of percussion music, 60s dub ethics and a chic 70s cosmiq.
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DKMNTL 076
17 Apr 20
Experimental/Electronic
Planete Contraire
Planete Contraire - (6:39) 121 BPM
2 Synths & An 808 - (5:37) 116 BPM Hot
Review: Following on from last year's Cryonauts album, Jack Hamill aka Space Dimension Controller returns to Dekmantel to deliver his second EP for the Dutch collective. The title track revolves around a low-slung electronic disco groove underpinned by spaced out melodies and cosmic sounds, subtle but still delightfully trippy. On "2 Synths & An 808", Hamill chooses a different route though the outer reaches of electronic music. Inspired by Detroit electro and its 80s, funk-based precursor, he fuses tight drums with a fuzzy, sleazy bass to deliver a slinky but impactful workout that's appeal to Cameo and Aux 88 fans alike.
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DKMNTL 078
16 Mar 20
Techno
EVP
EVP - (4:06) 60 BPM
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DKMNTL 0792
02 Mar 20
Experimental/Electronic
Shadance Hall
Ventura Phase - (4:12) 133 BPM
Squeeze Dogs - (3:33) 87 BPM
Theorie Amerikaan - (4:20) 152 BPM Hot
Controleer Jezelf - (5:41) 125 BPM
Review: With the Dekmantel machine growing by the week the label has come to a point over the last 10 years where it's happy to stand up and represent the otherside of dance music, bands. That now includes The Mauskovic Dance Band, a five piece group outta Amsterdam setting new tropical and Latin inspired flavours for our forthcoming hawaaian t-shirt summer season especially brought to you by the best merry makers in the business. It brings with it a diggers vibe of disco and percussion music with slights of '70s cosmique and exotica. Lo-fi, funky and chic.
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DKMNTL 076D
28 Feb 20
International
Soft Escape
Soft Escape (Moonman mix) - (4:37) 116 BPM
Soft Escape (Sleaze mix) - (4:10) 116 BPM Hot
Review: Wishy-washy surfer lo-fi italo-punk surfaces on Dekmantel via Peaking Lights, a Californian duo pushing sounds whose influences here range as wide as Ladytron and Black Sabbath ("Planet Caravan") to cosmic disco and DIY electronic indie. The pairing are probably more known to fans of the Mexican Summer label than those who enjoy Kangding Ray and Sigha's music - the two who produced Dekmantel's previous release - which goes some distance to express the musical range Dekmantel are covering these days. For their label debut expect two floating, breathy, chilled out sub pop numbers to bliss out your next mix.
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DKMNTL 079
13 Feb 20
Coldwave/Synth
Albumsi
Galaxy - (5:54) 108 BPM
Sara Sara - (6:37) 125 BPM
Hoolock Rock - (7:12) 122 BPM Hot
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
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".
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DKMNTL 074
20 Jan 20
Electro
Dekmantel - Best Of 2019
Various
Freedom Engine - "A Box Full Of Magic" - (5:32) 129 BPM
Lamellen - "Horse Massage" - (6:04) 50 BPM
Epsilove - "Time Is The Longest Distance" - (6:30) 95 BPM
Stump Valley - "Magnifico Notturno" - (5:36) 127 BPM Hot
Jex Opolis - "Earth Boy" - (6:19) 122 BPM
Roza Terenzi - "Open Me" - (7:09) 126 BPM
Neon Chambers - "What It Takes" - (4:56) 148 BPM
Betonkust & Palmbomen II - "Underground Dance Floor" - (5:43) 118 BPM
DJ Python - "Be Si To" - (5:28) 112 BPM
Upsammy - "Uit Het Rijk Der Kristallen" - (6:59) 90 BPM
Terrace - "Bewitched" - (7:09) 126 BPM
Palms Trax - "To Paradise" - (6:12) 126 BPM
Stellar OM Source - "White Echoes" - (5:13) 127 BPM
Glenn Underground - "101 Dolmations" - (6:16) 133 BPM
Review: Its festival operation may have enjoyed its most successful year so far, but Dekmantel remains true to its underground roots on this look back at 2019. There's the off beat disco of Freedom Engine, Mathew Jonson's new project, as well as left of centre curveballs from Lamellen and Epsilove. That said, the Dutch collective also understand what's needed to rock a dance floor. Fittingly, 2019 includes the electronic disco of Jex Opolis "Earth Boy" and Betonkust & Palmbomen II's acrid acid workout "Underground Dance Floor", which both appeared on the label earlier this year- as well as the timeless icy techno classic of Terrace's "Bewitched".
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DKMNTL 2019
16 Dec 19
Techno
I See Through You
Night Alone - (5:46) 126 BPM
Lost Codes - (5:43) 127 BPM
White Echoes - (5:13) 127 BPM Hot
Wild Palms - (5:30) 128 BPM
Review: After breaking through in 2013 to a fanfare of applause and reviews thanks to a string of releases on the all encompassing RVNG Intl label, SOS's place within its catalogue presents a foundry of synthy analogue jams. With a penchant for huge vamps and startling crescendos, Dutch powerhouse Dekmantel welcome SOS back to the mainstage, lifting off with the massive "Lost Codes" - a track impersonating what a launch into trans dimensional hyperspace might sound like. Descending further into the cosmos with "Night Alone", it brings with it a small capsule of 80s-sounding New York club and pop influences. Deeper house sentimentalities find their way into the skipping rhythms of "Wild Palms", with "White Echoes" throwing down a gauntlet of acidic bass stabs and pitch-shifting rhodes for a bouncing session of warehouse blues.
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DKMNTL 075
09 Dec 19
Techno
One
Apollo - (5:34) 130 BPM
Cascade - (4:49) 135 BPM
What It Takes - (4:56) 148 BPM
Your Touch - (4:16) 90 BPM
Helles - (5:05) 65 BPM Hot
Review: Dekmantel up in this bizz with a new release from the freshly emblazoned Neon Chambers, a collaboration between Sigha & Kangding Ray. Both artists come from different but adjacent backgrounds of techno and here they combine with snapping raster effects and IDM philosophies to create and sound and rhythm that's made to fit an industrial, colourful and contemporary club context. Strands of Roly Porter epicness can be felt in "Cascade" that are underpinned by the heavy weight clak of nail gun kicks, with "Helles" and "Apollo" crafting wild rhythms and melodies from vox. Some deconstructed UK vibes in "What It Takes" too that might even turn the head of Soundman Chronicles 'headhoncho' Parris.
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DKMNTL 073
04 Nov 19
Bass
Psychic Venom
Time Is The Longest Distance - (6:30) 95 BPM Hot
Time Is The Longest Distance (Ali Bobo & Shelter remix) - (5:00) 95 BPM
Sea Snakes - (7:00) 144 BPM
Sea Snakes (HAJJ & Lastrack remix) - (4:31) 144 BPM
Review: Isabelle Maitre aka Epsilove follows her 2017 debut on Dekmantel with this weird and wonderful EP. "Time Is The Longest Distance" is a mid-tempo affair that warbles to the sound of cosmic synths, hushed vocals and slow, dubbed out drums. It makes for a wonderfully woozy piece. On "Sea Snakes", Maitre picks up the pace to deliver a rickety electro track that resounds to stop-start drums and deep acid lines. Dekmantel has also commissioned remixes of this singular artist; Ali Bobo & Shelter turn "Time..." into a teased out groove, while on their version of "Sea Snakes", HAJJ & Lastrack deliver a glitchy, stripped back techno stepper, replete with cosmic keys.
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DKMNTL 071
18 Oct 19
Techno
A Box Full Of Magic
Worlds Above - (2:42) 100 BPM
The Very Strange - (6:56) 63 BPM
The Very Strange (Part 2) - (4:29) 63 BPM
Oriental Dragon (feat Magda) - (6:42) 90 BPM
Shinkansen - (8:03) 63 BPM
Space Time Continuum - (4:13) 64 BPM
Attack Of The Omnibots - (5:42) 65 BPM
An Evil Charm (Where Is The Forest) - (10:05) 65 BPM
A Box Full Of Magic - (5:32) 64 BPM Hot
Computerized - (6:44) 65 BPM
A Sunrise On The Front - (7:54) 72 BPM
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DKMNTL 070
11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
Natural Race
Natural Race (feat Wayne Snow) - (6:36) 115 BPM
Marimbamba Isle De Joie - (5:49) 55 BPM Hot
Magnifico Notturno - (5:36) 127 BPM
Barrilete Cosmico - (5:48) 118 BPM
Proletarians In Space - (5:35) 115 BPM
Zoo Planet X - (5:06) 120 BPM
Ritmo Atomico - (8:41) 120 BPM
Starbugs - (6:13) 121 BPM
Review: Turin-based duo Stump Valley are no strangers to Dekmantel, having played at their renowned yearly festival in Amsterdam, in addition to the Selectors and Lente Kabinet events. Releasing across a whole spectrum of lauded Dutch labels, their material has been heard on Dopeness Galore and Off Minor Recordings. "Natural Race" features Berlin's Wayne Snow on vocals and is a smooth and sensual expression in late night deepness reminiscent of legends Virgo Four, the neon-lit imaginary score of "Marimbamba Isle De Joie" is something you could imagine Axel Foley cruising around L.A. to, while on the darker side of the spectrum there's the moody and slow burning grit of "Proletarians In Space" or the trippy and hypnotic power of "Ritmo Atomico".
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DKMNTL 072
27 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
Djax-Re-Up
Various
Ismistik - "Flow Charts" - (5:00) 126 BPM
Glenn Underground - "101 Dolmations" - (6:16) 133 BPM
Felix Da Housecat - "Freakadelica" - (4:44) 125 BPM
Planet Gong - "Humid Empire" - (6:52) 125 BPM
Terrace - "916 Buena Avenue" (Influenza mix) - (6:21) 125 BPM
Hexagone - "Float Baby" - (5:24) 129 BPM
Random XS - "Give Your Body" - (12:43) 132 BPM Hot
K'Alexi Shelby - "Sex-N-R 001" (vocal mix) - (4:03) 130 BPM
Terrace - "Bewitched" - (7:09) 126 BPM
Glenn Underground - "Real Space" - (6:23) 128 BPM
Felix Da Housecat - "Temptation" (Color mix) - (5:52) 124 BPM
China White - "Theme From The Underground" - (5:49) 129 BPM
The Operator - "The Mind Strike" - (7:15) 136 BPM
Steve Poindexter - "Body Jam" - (6:08) 121 BPM
Mike Dearborn - "Deviant Behaviour" (instrumental mix) - (5:37) 133 BPM
DJ Skull - "Don't Stop The Beat" - (6:05) 133 BPM
Review: Djax-Re-Up is an invaluable slice of European techno history. Issued on Dekmantel as an accompaniment to the recent documentary about Djax-Up-Beats, it brings together music from the Dutch label's 90s catalogue. Featuring obscure artists like Ismistik - whose early 90s house track "Flow Chart" still sounds fresh - alongside respected producers like Glenn Underground, with the frenetic techno of "101 Dolmations" and "Real Space' and Felix Da Housecat's throbbing "Freakadelica", it serves as a reminder of the huge range of music that the label released. It also shines a light on the hugely fertile Dutch scene of the time, with Planet Gong's fragile ambience and Terrace's jacking techno-house "916 Buena Avenue (Influenza Mix)" also featuring.
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DKMNTL 063
20 Sep 19
Techno
Scores
Jordan GCZ - "Sosoon" - (7:50) 102 BPM
Upsammy - "Uit Het Rijk Der Kristallen" - (6:59) 90 BPM
Suzanne Kraft - "Prelude28" - (4:19) 71 BPM Hot
Parrish Smith - "Lichtspiel/Opus II, III, IV" - (10:19) 100 BPM
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DKMNTL 068
05 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
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