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Clusters - (7:21) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Fire Sign - (8:27) 138 BPM
The DNA Of Life - (4:57) 131 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: The mysterious A Sagittariun goes back to the '90s for Across The Celestial Sphere. "The DNA of Life" is in keeping with his previous releases, as robust breakbeats underpin sensuous bleeps and a powerful sub-bass. However, the release starts to get really interesting on "Clusters". The backing drums are similar to the track Stacey Pullen contributed to the True People compilation - seek it out if it's not in your collection - to which Sagittariun adds dreamy chords and a soaring acid line. Meanwhile, "Fire Sign" is a deep affair, powered by a throbbing bass; once again, the track is reminiscent of Detroit techno from the mid-90s.
28 Oct 13
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Sundial - (4:23) 62 BPM
Crystallization (feat Skip McDonald) - (9:32) 85 BPM
V4641 Sgr - (5:36) 65 BPM
Conquering Lions - (6:52) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Seven Locks (in dub) - (5:10) 90 BPM
The South Node - (6:36) 66 BPM
Trine - (6:48) 60 BPM
The Age Of Sin - (4:46) 99 BPM
Year Of The Ox - (5:53) 60 BPM
The Mind Has No Time - (6:01) 100 BPM
A Lucid Dream (Original Dream) - (8:18) 61 BPM
Network Restoration - (6:36) 63 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about the work of mysterious producer A Sagittariun. To date, the enigmatic artist has delivered a string of strong 12" singles that sit somewhere between classic Detroit techno, mid-'90s electronica (think Pete Namlook with a dancefloor pulse, or stargazing ambient house) and early U.S deep house. Dream Ritual, his first full-length, continues in a similar vein, offering the kind of stargazing melodies, wide-eyed atmospherics and tactile, synth-heavy rhythms that bristle with cosmic intent. There are some startling diversions from the formula, too, not least the rubbery slap bass, paranoid vocal samples and vintage drum machine hits of "The Age of Sin".
23 Nov 13
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The Mojo Odyssey - (8:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
A Lucid Dream - (8:17) 122 BPM
A Lucid Dream (Terrace remix) - (7:46) 121 BPM
26 Aug 13
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Eye Against Eye - (7:25) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Eye Against Eye (Marco Bernardi Elevated Mishape) - (5:57) 111 BPM
Funky Archer - (6:34) 128 BPM
Funky Archer (Aubrey remix) - (5:43) 130 BPM
M54 - (7:54) 131 BPM
Eye Against Eye (Marco Bernardi Super Ninja mix) - (6:01) 123 BPM
Review: Arriving back in late 2011, A Sagittarium brandished a fully formed blend of house and techno and a cloak of mystery, and both elements have remained intact across the smattering of material that has surfaced in the subsequent period. A Transparent Mind is a fine return for A Sagittarium pairing two original productions against remixes from Marco Bernardi and Aubrey. "Eye Against Eye" demonstrates just why so many people lap up these Elastic Dreams releases, arising from cinematic beginnings into a unique sounding array of deep pads, cavernous bass stabs and slowed down but still eminently rolling jungle breaks. Mr Bernardi switches the mood from dream laden to nightmarish on his crunchy lo fi remix which will appeal to adoptees of the Jamal Moss school of thinking. The wonderfully named "Funky Archer" meanwhile is pure intergalactic bliss, with crisp 808 programming rising delightfully over a bed of interplanetary gurgles and streamlined synths. Again the source is flipped on its head in superlative fashion, as Aubrey transforms the track into a reverberant, clanking, yet still very funky techno track.
18 Mar 13
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Carina (original Dream) - (7:04) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Carina (Octobers Full Body mix) - (8:29) 122 BPM
The Ninth Sign - (6:35) 126 BPM
Space Dub Dream - (5:02)
An Afterthought - (7:12) 111 BPM
05 Mar 12
Deep House
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The Circle Stops Somewhere (original mix) - (7:00) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Telepathic Heights (original mix) - (7:48) 124 BPM
The Circle Stops Somewhere (MD2 Mello mix) - (6:24) 124 BPM
The Circle Stops Somewhere (MD2 Hard mix) - (4:23) 124 BPM
Played by: Salvatore freda
Review: Apparently the work of a big-name producer who wants to keep his real identity a secret, "Circle" does a fine job of merging classic sounds with contemporary flavours. The title track is populated by spine-tingling acidic licks and powerful bass surges, but the underlying rhythm is stripped back as stuttering minimal beats take hold. "Telepathic Heights" offers a similar approach, with stripped back beats underpinning a soaring bass and Chicago-style doubled up claps. The release is also notable because it sees Berlin techno producer Mike Dehnert in more reflective mood than usual; his 'mellow remix' of circle as MD2 is all swirling rhodes keys and plinky-plonk bass, but he returns to typical form with the Basic Channel-style chords and distorted beats of the MD2 "hard" version.
14 Nov 11
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Wind Tunnel - (7:11) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cyrranus 247 - (6:49) 125 BPM
West Of Ophiuchus - (10:27)
Somewhere In Montpelier - (7:33) 126 BPM
Review: The incognito A Sagittariun returns for their third outing on Elastic Dreams, and it's the best EP from the producer yet. "Wind Tunnel" is a hypnotic cut, as sizzling leads rise and intersect from the murky ether, while "Cyrannus 247" takes a good three minutes to get started, throwing organic percussion over a slick arpeggio, before morphing into something much deeper. "West Of Ophiuchus" and "Somewhere In Montpelier" both see the producer deliver their own warm take on early Detroit techno, as sci-fi pads go against loose, punchy drums.
23 Jul 12
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Kobalt - (5:38) 137 BPM
Curvature - (8:03) 129 BPM
Bleepanomix - (6:14) 127 BPM
Floating On Salt Water - (4:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
24 Mar 17
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Some Scrambled Message - (7:01) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Empathogen - (6:10) 126 BPM
Shadow Play - (6:17) 120 BPM
27 Apr 15
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Loopholes - (7:24) 132 BPM
Blakes Vision - (5:56) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Lathe Of Heaven - (7:13) 81 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
17 Nov 14
Minimal/Tech House
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Architect Of Your Existence - (6:47) 101 BPM
Blim Burn - (5:04) 127 BPM
Transmission From Jesse - (1:05) 135 BPM
Apokalypsis - (5:32) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Composition - (8:32) 90 BPM
Transmission From Terrence - (2:20) 119 BPM
The Naming Of The Names - (4:36) 86 BPM
Chapter & Verse - (5:01) 134 BPM
Slowdive - (5:58) 90 BPM
Telescopium - (6:06) 100 BPM
Transmission From Alan - (1:57) 159 BPM
Quickness - (5:28) 135 BPM
Resurrection Of A Memory - (10:45) 124 BPM
Transmission From Robert - (2:18) 159 BPM
Black Starliner - (5:17) 116 BPM
A Sagittariun via Vortichez - "Transmission From Myrtle Avenue" - (1:35) 151 BPM
Review: When Bristolian man-of-mystery A Sagittariun released his debut album, Dream Ritual, back in 2013, there was a brilliant freshness to his '90s inspired intelligent techno sound. Since then, many others have mined similar inspirations, but few can match the authenticity of his sound. Elasticity, his sophomore set, widens his palette of influences further, via nods to blissful ambient house, trippy interludes (complete with spoken word samples from famous psychedelic thinkers), Drexciyan electro, the guitar-laden atmospherics of Jonny Nash, and, most surprising of all, classic UK garage. It's a fine set, all told, and one that reveals greater details with each successive listen.
23 Apr 16
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Contortion - (7:34) 142 BPM
Concrete Walls - (8:24) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
27 May 16
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Stingray - (5:26) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
An Infinite Number Of Possibilities - (5:39) 132 BPM
Burning Crystal - (6:37) 120 BPM
720 Degrees - (5:53) 129 BPM
Review: Since 2011, or what we could describe as the rebirth of vintage electronic music and the muddled, increasingly convoluted evolution of 'bass' music, Nick Harris aka A Sagittariun has been providing our charts, and the wider scene, with consistently high levels future-proof techno. Slightly Ajar is his third release of 2017 already, and it comes through on his own Elastic Dreams imprint with a squadron of deep and effortlessly mesmerizing electronic shapes. "Stingray" opens with an ocean of euphoric pads and industrial rhythms coming together as one, and is followed elegantly by the much deeper, more reflective broken patterns of "Burning Crystal". On the B-side, "An Infinite Number Of Possibilities" kicks the gears into motion with a much bouncier, club-centric techno groove filled with surreal melodies, and "720 Degrees" buries a load of bleeps into a hypnotic bundle of sci-fi sonics for total dancefloor domination. Effective and ultra-sleek - the lot of them!
15 Sep 17
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The Sacred Chao - (6:42) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Last Train To Tucumcari - (5:25) 90 BPM
Along Black River - (3:54) 118 BPM
A Fistful Of Bitcoins - (6:32) 93 BPM
The Road To Devils Tower - (5:42) 101 BPM
08 Nov 19
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Wave Upon Wave - (6:11) 138 BPM
And The Moon Be Still As Bright - (6:49) 129 BPM
Ascella - (6:49) 134 BPM
Re-Ignition - (6:43) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: There are few producers out there trading in anonymity that escape the sense it's being used purely as a marketing tool, but A Sagittariun belongs in this small group. Having established a particular style of house music with a series of releases on his own Elastic Dreams label, the supposed Bristol elder turned in one of last year's finer debut long players in the shape of Dream Ritual. His first release since then is The Jupiter Chronicles, a four track EP of diverse productions that will please A Sagittariun fans no end. Lead track "Wave Upon Wave" is a fairly well titled exercise in unrelenting breakbeats and rolling Roland 303-esque riffs, and the shifts upwards as the EP progresses. There's an undeniably subtle euphoria to "Re-Ignition" whilst wonderful chaos seems to grip A Sagittariun with the other two cuts, where the freneticism of "Ascella" is well complemented by the rugged yet playful "And The Moon Be Still As Bright".
21 Apr 14
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The Code Breaker - (6:25) 135 BPM
Aruba (overhead mix) - (5:30) 112 BPM
Triangulum - (6:20) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
02 Mar 15
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The Golden Apple - (5:41) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Blue Lotus - (5:12) 138 BPM
Liebe Tanzen - (6:55) 130 BPM
Review: Nick Harris' A Sagittariun project has been behind some of the most distinctive techno releases in recent years - and Fahrenheit 451 is no exception. It starts with the high-paced rhythm of "The Golden Apple", which progresses to reveal hypnotic bleeps, clattering percussion and a wonderfully menacing bass, all supporting a soaring melody. On "Blue Lotus", Harris combines spindly break beats and muted kicks to provide the basis for tropical melody lines. Changing course once again, "Liebe Tanzen" sees Harris create a dense percussive framework, against which he lays down a bass that hums like a group of non-plussed bees.
27 Jul 18
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Uno 10 - (7:31) 129 BPM
Uno 10 (Skudge remix) - (6:01) 128 BPM
Dres Done - (7:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
So So Such - (7:17) 124 BPM
07 May 12
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The Empath - (8:19) 159 BPM
Wolf In The Fold - (8:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Cloud Minders - (8:16) 160 BPM
The Cloud Minders (A Sagittariun On The Black Ark Re-Dream) - (9:44) 160 BPM
Errand Of Mercy - (8:48) 120 BPM
24 Jun 13
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Lick Wid Nit Wit - (7:25) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lick Wid Nit Wit (A Sagittariun's Sabresonic Re-Dream) - (6:58) 139 BPM
Lick Wid Nit Wit (A Sagittariun's Friday Night At Happy Jacks remix) - (5:46) 130 BPM
Review: It would be fair to say that "Lick Wid Nit Wit" is not one of the better-known tracks by the Sabres of Paradise, Andrew Weatherall's once high profile 1990s techno trio. The track, a wild re-imagining of their "Wilmot" single rich in clanking, metallic percussion hits, snaking Middle Eastern inspired melodies and copious amounts of dub delay, was only ever released on an obscure compilation. Happily, Elastic Dreams has decided to give it a new lease of life, with label boss A Sagittariun delivering two thrillingly intense new interpretations. There's a "Sabresonic Re-Dream" (named in honour of the trio's label/club night, Sabresonic) that mixes fast-paced rhythms and distorted bass with some particularly hallucinatory sounds, and a more straightforward - but no less trippy - techno take (the Friday Night At Happy Jacks Remix).
16 Mar 18
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