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Apache - (4:17) 128 BPM
   
Modus - (4:57) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Apache (Ital remix) - (7:08) 126 BPM
   
Apache (MATRiXXMAN remix) - (6:28) 128 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac, Shadow Dancer
Review: This release has nothing to do with the track most likely to be sampled by a hip-hop producer, but don't let that put you off. "Apache" is a gloriously woozy techno affair, revolving around robust broken beats and the most frazzled synths since Juju & Jordash's last joint. The rest of this release follows a similarly offbeat approach. "Modus" sees Alis use a straighter techno groove, but here too the spiky beats are enveloped by spacey pads and splurging acid. The remixes of the title track - from Ital and Matrixxman - also follow a tripped out approach, with plunging basslines and broken beats prevailing.
5WALL 012
22 Apr 14
Techno
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Drone Function - (6:10) 127 BPM
   
Tropical Fuck - (6:22) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Phantom Female - (6:09) 131 BPM
   
T-AO-192 - (5:40) 126 BPM
   
Drone Function (Divvorce remix) - (5:23) 126 BPM
   
Tropical Fuck (Hound Scales She Goat remix) - (6:08) 125 BPM
Review: If you're looking for relentless techno, then you've come to the right place. On Man Out of Dubs, Clouds take skewed, metallic rhythms and fashion them into something darker and more disturbing. Muffled vocals and swathes of background noise are audible on "Drone Function", while deranged vocals - this time pitch-bent and tripped out - feature on the grinding, riff-heavy "Tropical F**k". Clouds take a break on the sinewy broken beats of "T-AO-192" - although muffled vocals are still audible - but soon enough it's back to banging techno territory on the Hound Scales She Goat remix of "Tropical F**k", where heavy industrial beats and a searing bassline prevail.
5WALL 003
30 Apr 13
Techno
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E1 - (5:52) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
E2 (featuring Hound Scales) - (7:10) 125 BPM
   
E3 - (5:12) 126 BPM
   
E4 - (5:21) 127 BPM
   
E2 (Grenier Reformat featuring Hound Scales) - (6:48) 125 BPM
   
E3 (Mrsk remix) - (6:43) 126 BPM
5WALL 002
26 Mar 13
Deep House
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Wander 7 - (4:14) 125 BPM
   
Roquentin's Release - (4:55) 126 BPM
   
Roquentin's Release (Physical Therapy remix) - (5:36) 120 BPM
   
Anny (Unklone remix) - (8:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: The grey area between house, techno and bass gets even more blurred than usual on this release. "Wander 7" marries a menacing low end throb with swirling deep house keys to create a seductive hybrid. Meanwhile, "Roquentin's Release" pushes closer to techno thanks to its crushing drums, killer subs and icy synths. The Physical Therapy version of "Release" slows the tempo down and welcomes ghostly, flickering synths to the arrangement and makes the results more atmospheric. Finally, there's the Unklone take on "Anny". Favouring a straight dance floor approach, the dubby drums and mysterious melodies make for a groovy but slightly eerie take on house.
5WALL 009
26 Nov 13
Techno
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Rant - (4:41) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sturm - (4:41) 130 BPM
   
Metis - (5:11) 132 BPM
   
Rant (POI remix) - (7:18) 130 BPM
   
Rant (DJ Ford Foster remix) - (5:38) 128 BPM
Played by: DJ Ford Foster
Review: Dualit only have the one release to their name and that was a self-titled debut on the Earwiggle label last year. It seems Fifth Wall is a fan of the Irish hard techno imprint, inviting the duo to the label with this solid five-track missive. Fifth Wall employ DJ Ford Foster and POI to tackle "Rant"; POI's mix is heavy and worn down while Foster's is straight-up club music made to sweat to. As for the originals, again, it's "Rant" which is a standout, while "Stirm" is linear and bleepy and "Metis" is disjointed Detroit-styled techno to the max.
5WALL 015
30 Sep 14
Techno
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Rebels Of The Neon God - (6:07) 150 BPM
   
Qing Shao Nian Nuo Zha (Henning Baer extended mix) - (7:28) 191 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Qing Shao Nian Nuo Zha - (4:10) 156 BPM
   
Qing Shao Nian Nuo Zha (Hound Scales Hunger Chains mix) - (5:00) 64 BPM
   
Qing Shao Nian Nuo Zha (Henning Baer bonus loop) - (3:56) 180 BPM
5WALL 011
25 Mar 14
Drum And Bass
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Case (Nabis) - (7:17) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stasi Flex (Homme Plus) - (5:00) 130 BPM
   
Black Bile (Dog Star) - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
Surrender Dorothy - (6:05) 126 BPM
   
Storyville (Too Young For A Devil) - (7:15) 128 BPM
   
Case (Nabis) (Ghosts On Tape remix) - (6:50) 123 BPM
   
Stasi Flex (Homme Plus) (Isolated Lines remix) - (6:20) 126 BPM
   
Black Bile (Dog Star) (The Weald remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
5WALL 001
19 Feb 13
Techno
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Princip (rubble dub 1) - (5:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spahnners (rubble dub 2) - (3:50) 125 BPM
   
Spahnners (Tuff Sherm remix) - (4:55) 125 BPM
   
Youth Series (rayon dub 1) - (5:09) 118 BPM
   
Superior Headwraps (rayon dub 2) - (5:20) 126 BPM
Review: The latest release on NY imprint Fifth Wall comes from Hound Scales, one of its owners. Pinky Violence is everything one would expect from Hound Scales and more; both "Princip (Rubble Dub 1)" and "Spahnners (Rubble Dub 2)" are dense, drummy workouts, the latter favouring a stepping rhythm and the former's tough, tracky rhythm underscored by dense , tribal beats. The other tracks favour a more disparate approach; "Youth Series (Rayon Dub 1)" is more subtle, the groove sounding brittle and muffled vocals making their way into the arrangement, while "Superior Headwraps (Rayon Dub 2)" pushes in the opposite direction, a grimy swampy affair littered with scratchy rhythms and tinny drums. Tuff Sherm also supplies a bleepy disco take on "Spahnners".
5WALL 014
07 Jul 14
Techno
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A Clique Of Tough Women - (5:30) 125 BPM
   
Throated - (5:47) 125 BPM
   
A Clique Of Tough Women (Yuji Kondo remix) - (5:48) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Throated (Bleaching Agent remix) - (6:00) 126 BPM
Review: New school techno outfit Hound Scales impresses with this second outing for Fifth Wall. "A Clique Of Tough Women" is all jarring industrial rhythms and grubby beats, a framework that Hound Scales uses to conjure up dark drones and eerie motifs. "Throated" is more direct; while similar dark drones prevail, they are underscored by a throbbing, dance floor-focused sub-bass. The remixes offer radically different visions; Yuji Kondo's take on "Clique" lends that track a skewed dance floor bias thanks to its splintered rhythms, while Bleaching Agent's take on "Throated" goes in a different direction. In contrast to his recent EP for Komisch, this is deep, shimmering house music, shot through with razor sharp percussion.
5WALL 007
24 Sep 13
Techno
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L'estasti Dell'oro - "Der Hase" - (6:57) 127 BPM
   
Loric - "Under Sharer" - (6:04) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Greg Z - "Public Anomie" - (6:34) 85 BPM
   
Shawn O'Sullivan - "Fumarin" - (5:32) 126 BPM
Played by: Gut Nose
5WALL 013
03 Jun 14
Techno
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Case Closed - (6:16) 120 BPM
   
Credentials - (5:14) 125 BPM
   
Protocol - (6:05) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
A Witness - (4:24) 120 BPM
   
Case Closed (Ill Life remix) - (6:01) 130 BPM
   
Credentials (Myler remix) - (5:42) 126 BPM
5WALL 005
23 Jul 13
Deep House
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Third Law - (5:29) 130 BPM
   
Third Law (Eomac remix) - (6:17) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lofstrom - (6:20) 128 BPM
   
Leviathanks - (5:59) 130 BPM
   
Dragen Tract - (5:59) 129 BPM
Review: Whatever happened to minimal's experimental sound? There was a period during the mid-00s when labels like Sender explored an interesting alternative to hiccuping beats and ping-pong percussion, and this Metrist release takes its cue from that time. With the passage of time however, this approach has beome more abstract and noisy, as scuffled, stop-start rhythm and noisy bass of "Third Law" demonstrates. Elsewhere, "Leviathanks" and "Dragen Tract" deliver a more stepping take on the minimal glitch sound, while "Lofstrom" goes back in time to the yelping analogue techno of G-Man. Eomac's strident take on "Third Law", which flits from ambient textures into dark stepping rhythms, completes the package.
5WALL 010
28 Jan 14
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Blue Madams - (5:22) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Glad Bags - (6:05) 126 BPM
   
Blue Madams (Moerbeck remix) - (5:02) 122 BPM
   
Blue Madams (Metrist remix) - (5:51) 128 BPM
Played by: Yuji Kondo, Divvorce
5WALL 004
11 Jun 13
Techno
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Yes, I'm Elastic - (5:39) 117 BPM
   
I Did - (8:23) 124 BPM
   
World On Fire - (5:22) 125 BPM
   
I Did (J Tijn remix) - (5:43) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Did (version 2) - (8:07) 128 BPM
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: The brooding Physical Therapy moniker touch down on the wonderfully scalding, Brooklyn-based Fifth Wall imprint. Yes - gritty, analogue bypass in the road here. "Yes, I'm Elastic", "World On Fire" and "I Did" all fuse around a similarly excellent rhythmic pattern, with the artist's own voice sampled cleverly in the mix amidst rampant kicks and snares, whilst the latter sees a violent remix by Pennyroyal's, J.Tijn - another romper-stomper of a tune. Full support from the likes of Norman Nodge and the rest of the B-town mob...
5WALL 008
22 Oct 13
Techno
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Tetsuo - (6:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sleep - (7:52) 130 BPM
   
Grit 555 - (6:16) 125 BPM
   
Grit 555 (Clouds remix) - (6:24) 126 BPM
Review: It's techno of the banging, industrial variety here from Unklone. The most intense track is "Grit 555", a murky mix of dense, grainy rhythms, gained drums with a militaristic feeling and an acid undercurrent. Clouds rise to the challenge of matching the original version, with a prowling bass combined with firing percussive bursts to create a version that is more club-friendly but just as sinister. By contrast, "Sleep" sounds subdued, mainly thanks to its bongo drums, but it is hardly mellow and nightmarish chords are mixed with heavy beats and rasping percussive licks. "Tetsuo" also contains glassy percussion but at its centre is a pounding drum whose intensity sums up this release.
5WALL 006
19 Aug 13
Techno
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