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Names - (4:51) 68 BPM
   
Muscle Memories - (3:42) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Stopped Counting - (4:42) 138 BPM
   
Fragments Of The Good Old Days - (3:37) 136 BPM
   
So Be It - (3:47) 159 BPM
   
My Messengerette - (3:25) 67 BPM
   
Terry Has Got It All - (4:58) 136 BPM
   
The Obvious & The Imbeccable - (3:10) 59 BPM
   
Patrick, Frank & Joe Are Chasing The White Rabbitoh - (4:04) 90 BPM
   
Names (reprise) - (4:09) 120 BPM
Review: Lars "Anstam" Stoewe has long been part of Modeselektor's extended family of artists, releasing his first two albums on their 50 Weapons label. While those first two sets were characterized by a desire to blend punishing dancefloor rhytms with elements of IDM and dark ambience, Names - his third LP - is a largely more considered affair, with shards of light amongst the gathering gloom. Of course, he's not totally abandoned the skittering rhythms and maudlin basslines - see the sweeping chords and intense beats of "I Stopped Counting" and the rushing post-dubstep blast of "Fragments of the Good Old Days" - but these moments are countered by hazy songs and sweet soundscapes, with the superb "The Obvious & The Impeccable" standing out.
MTR 050D
29 Sep 14
Coldwave/Synth
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A Matter Of Time (original version) - (7:06) 105 BPM
   
A Matter Of Time (Frank Wiedemann remix) - (7:50) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MTR 049
05 Sep 14
Deep House
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Silent Embrace (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (6:00)
   
Solar - (6:30)
   
All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (4:16) 163 BPM
   
Initiate - (7:38) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lights - (4:14)
   
Phosphorus - (5:56)
   
A Matter Of Time (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (7:06)
   
Sheya - (5:35) 140 BPM
   
Hush - (4:21)
   
Unknown - (7:58)
Review: Alex Banks has endured something of a stop-start career, first hitting record shelves in 2007 under the Munk 777 alias before finally returning - largely as a renowned DJ and remixer - a couple of years back. Here the Brighton producer finally fulfils his early promise with an excellent debut album for Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records. Illuminate sits somewhere between grandiose post-dubstep, sinewy string-laden deep house, jazz-flecked techno, murky glitch-hop and folksy electronica, with grandiose dancefloor moments (the gloriously rushing "Inititate") nestling side by side with woozier, more introspective pieces (the Bonobo-goes-electronic jazz of "Lights"). Immaculately produced and impressively atmospheric throughout, it's the sort of debut album that should propel Banks towards the upper echelons of electronic music.
MTR 043
30 May 14
Bass
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All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (4:23) 163 BPM
   
Phosphorus - (5:56)
   
All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz - Phon O remix) - (6:07) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
All You Could Do (alternate version) - (3:54)
Review: Ahead of his debut album dropping on Monkeytown, Alex Banks gives the world a sneak peek at the sound he has been conjuring up by way of this single. The title track features the haunting vocal tones of Elizabeth Bernholz, whose siren song peals out over a frenetic mash of electronic beat mangling that calls to mind earlier strains of Clark. "Phosphorus" also gets busy in the edit, as infinitesimal sonic details bounce off of each other with the swagger of 2-step and some emotive synth work. Phon O reworks "All You Could Do" with a taut, stepping techno rhythm and a hopeful synth lilt, while Banks himself offers up an alternative version that moves in a slower, more spacious manner compared to the original.
MTR 041
02 May 14
Bass
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Silent Embrace - (6:00) 131 BPM
   
Solar - (6:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Phosphorous - (5:56) 126 BPM
MTR 043STEMS
03 Aug 15
Bass
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Alex Banks - "Be The One" (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (7:04) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Onra - "Blast" - (2:38) 83 BPM
   
Henrik Schwarz - "We Are Bankrupt" - (6:20) 123 BPM
   
Brandt Brauer Frick - "Jungle Love" (feat Vic Mensa & Om'Mas Keith) - (4:56) 129 BPM
Review: Veteran Berlin outfit Modeselektor take their "selektion" very seriously indeed. Perhaps this is why each instalment of Modeselektion, their painstakingly curated compilation series, takes so long to arrive. Here we finally have another sampler from part three. Highlights of these four tracks include the blissful synth fest of Alex Banks' "Be The One", the quirky, live electro-pop of Heinrik Schwarz's "We Are Bankrupt" and the off-kilter, acidic soulful hip-hop of "Jungle Love". Looks like the full-length album will be worth the wait.
MTR 046
11 Jul 14
Bass
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Down In The Basement - (3:43) 140 BPM
MTR 098S1
15 May 19
Bass
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Down In The Basement - (3:43) 140 BPM
   
Catnapp & Modeselektor - "The Mover" - (2:57) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Don't Care - (2:53) 80 BPM
   
Fight For A Fight - (3:58) 65 BPM
   
Catnapp & El Plvybxy - "Give It Back" - (3:06) 96 BPM
   
Thunder - (4:00) 90 BPM
   
Catnapp & Doxxed - "Lengua" - (4:31) 80 BPM
MTR 101DNL
05 Jul 19
Pop
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Fight For A Fight (A.Fruit remix) - (3:37) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Don't Care (BABii remix) - (2:35) 160 BPM
   
I Don't Care (Nocturnal Sunshine remix) - (3:50) 160 BPM
   
Catnapp & Doxxed - "Lengua" (El Plvybxy remix) - (3:26) 160 BPM
   
Catnapp & Modeselektor - "The Mover" (HDMIRROR remix) - (3:50) 135 BPM
MTR 102DNL
22 Aug 19
Bass
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No Cover - (2:05) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Easy - (2:21) 121 BPM
Review: Much like Throwing Shade, the sounds of Berlin's Catnapp have a tendency to blend electronic and r&b in fine style. Neo-pop could go some way in explaining it, but we like to talk in technical terms, and the fact that Monkeytown Records have snapped her up is enough for us to feel safe about the prospects of some reliable bass-weight. In fact, although "No Cover" can be enjoyed as a harmless pop tune, almost hummable in its sway and vocal mannerisms, there resides a wicked gust of bass underneath its wings, while "Easy" much more poignantly stars its position as a cold-cut slice of bass music, twisting and falling apart amid harsh beats and distorted vocals from Catnapp herself.
MTR 090DNL
13 Jul 18
Bass
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Armed (feat FFX) - (2:41) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fade (feat Dabow) - (3:17) 102 BPM
   
YPMH - (2:56) 51 BPM
   
Mantis (feat Bungalovv) - (2:56) 100 BPM
   
Bring It Back To Me - (3:48) 160 BPM
Review: Catnapp (real name Amparo Battagliaa) is a live act from Buenos Aires, Argentina, now based in Berlin. She combines breakbeat, drum and bass, electronic, pop, rapping and other genres. Amparo cites classic influences like The Prodigy, Aphex Twin, OutKast or Beyonce, while her productions also draw from today's post-internet and post-rap sounds. Her new release for Monkeytown entitled Fear is her most focused and on point release yet, featuring an untamed DIY aesthetic on five tracks ranging from grim slowcore trap like on "Armed" to bright-eyed futurist R&B on Fade (feat Dabow) Fade (feat Dabow).
MTR 082DNL
30 Mar 18
Bass
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Fade (Peder Mannerfelt remix) - (6:08) 66 BPM
   
YPMH (Umru remix) - (3:53) 154 BPM
   
Fade (MESH remix) - (3:21) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Amparo Battaglia's Catnapp moniker is really gaining momentum, as of late, and not just for us, but for the wider millennial bass movement. The sounds and tones used are expansive, touching upon many different aspects of rave couture, and it's no wonder that Germany's magnificent Monkeytown Recordings have taken the producer on. Her recent EP, Fear, is remixed by a trio of apt names, starting with Pander Mannerfelt, who comes through with a surprisingly deep and progressive mix, while Umru bangs out the bass bullets good and proper, leaving PAN's MESH to offer the most somber, most pensive version of the original, sounding very close to what we could tag as 'post-wave'.
MTR 083DNL
27 Apr 18
Bass
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Full Nelson - (3:09) 180 BPM
MTR 106DNL
21 Nov 19
Drum And Bass
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Damage - (2:02) 119 BPM
   
Destroy What I Am - (3:17) 93 BPM
   
Vamp - (2:48) 104 BPM
   
Catnapp & IXXF - "Slow" (2k20 version) - (2:26) 121 BPM
   
Catnapp & IXXF - "Hate Hate" - (2:22) 131 BPM
   
Weapon - (2:26) 87 BPM
Review: Favoring emotional expressionism and intense beats, Catnapp is pushing the boundaries of electronic music with a unique and bold take on songwriting and production. Her music and live shows are both challenging and highly relatable, as she combines cutting-edge millennial aesthetics with openhearted lyricism and barely filtered feelings. Very much an Monkeytown alumni, this Damage EP follows her 2019 Break LP with this selection of tracks pushing the limits of vocal distortion, bass mechanics and future trance to R&B and experimental sub-pop. A self-taught sound engineer, her songs speak of toxic relationships and deception, of artistic growth, and standing up for yourself. They denounce fake friends and shallow scenesters; confessional listening from start to finish.
MTR 109DNL
26 Jun 20
Bass
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Damage - (2:02) 119 BPM
MTR 109S1
15 May 20
Bass
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Slow (2k20 version) - (2:26) 121 BPM
MTR 109DNLS2
12 Jun 20
Bass
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The Mover - (2:57) 135 BPM
MTR 098S2
04 Jun 19
Bass
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Fade - (3:17) 102 BPM
MTR082S-S 1
23 Mar 18
Bass
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Now & Laters - (3:07) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Now & Laters (instrumental version) - (3:07) 135 BPM
Review: Next up on the always surprising Monkeytown imprint out of Berlin is the Malaysia based producer Cee. He has been in the game for two decades now, shaping and contributing to the global club scene with projects like Al-Haca and Bass Sekolah. He delivers a bass heavy assault on "Now & Laters" with some on point rapping by Homeboy Sandman of Stones Throw fame. Story has it that the two met at a show in Kuala Lumpur. Cee crafted some beats in his studio in the Malaysian jungle - in a resort frequently visited by the likes of label head honchos Modeselektor, Africa HiTech, Kode9 and others. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Homeboy laid down his vocals in NYC. This follows up his 'Diversions 01' EP, released in 2016 on Dubai based 264 Records.
MTR 079DNL
24 Nov 17
Bass
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Wind 'Em Up - (6:18) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heeez Baaad - (5:51) 135 BPM
   
That's That Sh** - (6:44) 126 BPM
   
Body - (5:28) 65 BPM
MTR 097DNL
12 Apr 19
Bass
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Silent Fall - (5:26) 62 BPM
   
Odyssey - (5:58) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Ahead of their long-awaited debut album Imagin, Dark Sky break a year's release-silence with two awesome slices of uncategorisable bass beauty. "Silent Fall" is as delicate as it is heavy. The vocals (which don't sound too far away from Ninja Tune's Stateless) fall lightly on a punctuated heartbeat bass refrain providing the ultimate balance of weight and spirit. "Odyssey", meanwhile, thunders with a more robust full-bodied wave that's slinks and slaps over a solid tech arrangement with nuances of classic electro... A little like Deetron might after eating a lorry load of burgers. Now let us feast on the album!
MTR 047
15 Aug 14
Bass
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Rainkist - (4:16) 120 BPM
   
Rainkist (Trevino heartbeat remix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
   
Rainkist (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (8:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The lead single from Dark Sky's debut album Imagin has the potential to win them many a fan with its impassioned vocal turn and crisply-realised melancholic step, building into a beautifully crafted melodic crescendo that resonates perfectly with the shortening days. By way of remixes, Trevino is up first with the dramatic "Heartbeat Remix", which interestingly eschews any kick drum in favour of rousing bass swells and stabbing hats. Marcel Dettmann meanwhile takes a long time to fully reveal himself, letting the vocal sit stark on its own and teasing the full thrust of the track in gently with some powerful synth strings to boot.
MTR 051
10 Oct 14
Bass
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Imagin - (3:57) 164 BPM
   
Silent Fall - (5:26) 62 BPM
   
Voyages - (4:32) 123 BPM
   
Lucid - (2:05) 120 BPM
   
Vivid - (4:55) 60 BPM
   
Nothing Changes - (3:17) 120 BPM
   
Odyssey - (5:58) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rainkist - (4:17) 120 BPM
   
Manuka - (4:34) 58 BPM
   
Purple Clouds - (3:52) 125 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac, Denny Loco
Review: It's been an exciting ride for both group and listeners alike since Dark Sky first emerged some four years ago on Black Acre, with ever more impressive musical feats getting signed up to ever more respected labels, and now well and truly in the Modeselektor fold on both 50Weapons and Monkeytown, they offer up their debut album. It's an expansive listen, from the rich synth orchestrations of the title track to the catchy band-in-the-room groove of "Vivid", with the focus very much on home-listening interest over club dynamics. There are still some kicking moments such as the rushy arpeggio drop of "Odyssey", but on the whole this is an album of carefully composed melodies and finely chiseled sounds to accompany you in more personal, introspective moments.
MTR 048D
29 Aug 14
Bass
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The Passenger - (8:27) 131 BPM
MTR 075DNL1S1
02 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Othona - (4:57) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Domes - (5:52) 60 BPM
   
Cyan - (4:29) 61 BPM
   
Found & Lost - (0:59) 81 BPM
   
Angels - (4:16) 66 BPM
   
Badd - (5:42) 62 BPM
   
Jjj - (4:48) 61 BPM
   
The Walker - (7:13) 66 BPM
   
Field Tower - (6:25) 69 BPM
Review: After some down time spent in the studio, 2017 will see the British duo Dark Sky return to Monkeytown and present their debut album entitled Othona. Across nine tracks, the album 'is a return to the deeper darker realms of dance music from which Dark Sky emerged.' Heavy on bottom end with subtle melodies and emotive synths, this is Dark Sky's most dynamic and accomplished work to date. Highlights on this tremendous opus include the evocative IDM journey "Domes" which is decorated by soaring and spangling vintage synth flair, the simply gorgeous/pop inflected house of "Angels" and "The Walker" which is guided by angelic vocals and magical arpeggios guiding you triumphantly upwards to the light. The LP will in turn yield a new live show which we're all excited about: stay tuned!
MTR 074CD
07 Apr 17
Experimental/Electronic
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The Walker (Danny Daze remix) - (7:41) 129 BPM
   
Kilter (Zenker Brothers remix) - (6:22) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Culled from Monkeytown's second album, Othona, as well as the preceding single, "The Walker" and "Kilter" get reshaped by two of electronic music's most respected emerging artists. First up is Miami's Danny Daze; his take on "The Walker" starts inauspiciously with ghostly electronic chants, but they are soon joined by a pulsing, acid-soaked bass that pushes the original track into a tripped out disco finale. Meanwhile, the German techno duo the Zenker Brothers get to rework "Killer". Grainy percussion drizzles over a steppy rhythm and billowing chords, while metallic drums knock out the clanging beat. With the addition of grandiose woodwind, it makes for an epic treatment

MTR 073DNL
21 Apr 17
Techno
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The Passenger - (8:27) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Walker (Roman Fluegel remix) - (7:12) 131 BPM
   
Angels (live version) - (6:23) 132 BPM
Review: Across its nine tracks, the London duo's recent opus entitled Othona was a return to the deeper darker realms of dance music from which they are said to have emerged. Heavy on bottom end, with subtle melodies and emotive synths; it was Matt Benyayer and Tom Edwards' most dynamic and accomplished work to date. Their new single follows in suit: "The Passenger" featuring an epic arrangement full of tight elements and much suspense: it's sure geared for some proper dancefloor drama. "The Walker" is taken from the aforementioned album but is remixed by Frankfurt legend Roman Fluegel, whose trance inducing version is bleepy and evocative as always. Finally there is a wonderful live version of "Angels".
MTR 075DNL
23 Jun 17
Deep House
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Voyages - (4:32) 123 BPM
   
Voyages (Francis Inferno Orchestra's Tamburo mixx) - (5:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Voyages (Redshape remix) - (7:18) 62 BPM
Played by: DARK SKY
Review: London's Dark Sky trio have come a long way over the last three years, first appearing on the mighty 50 Weapons, then jumping on to Mister Saturday Night's catalogue, and now landing most vertically on Germany's Monkeytown - quite impressive if you ask us! The NTS Radio residents serve up "Voyages", a wonky techno side-stepper complete with tribal percussion and a distinct UK feel. Remix duties are taken care of by Francis Inferno Orchestra, who deliver a hypnotic and floor-ready version of the original, and techno God Reshape with his slithering, ultra-stripped back version. Another class act from Monkeytown camp.
MTR 055
31 Jul 15
Bass
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Kilter - (6:37) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acacia - (6:46) 120 BPM
Played by: Majora
Review: Matt Benyayer and Tom Edwards are the London based production duo Dark Sky. Having met at secondary school, Dark Sky formed out of a mutual love for the ever evolving London electronic music scene; a love that the duo have always explored through not only their DJ sets but also their productions. The new single "Kilter" is a dark journey track engineered for maximum dancefloor drama. Yes it has the mandatory wonky synth lead happening, but it's a wicked one, bearing the true grit of analogue and backed by some rusty rhythm patterns that work a treat. Second offering "Acacia" is more deep and gentle to an extent, with its sublime pads and hypnotic bleep melody backed by some sultry vocal samples and dusty barely there rhythms.
MTR 072DNL
17 Mar 17
Bass
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Vivid - (4:55) 60 BPM
   
Odyssey - (5:58) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MTR 048STEMS
03 Aug 15
Bass
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Alligator Snaps - (4:34) 149 BPM
   
Hunting Season - (3:31) 124 BPM
   
Saccharin On Top - (2:43) 131 BPM
   
Shoot The Beam - (2:45)
   
Alligator Snaps (Cosmin TRG remix) - (5:39) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MONKEYTOWN 014
19 Aug 11
Electro
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Blackout - (6:27)
   
Next 2 Last - (4:02)
   
Down 4 You - (4:22)
   
2in5four - (3:16)
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Modeselektor remix) - (3:20) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Saccharin On Top (Anstam remix) - (4:59)
Review: As if releasing their third album wasn't enough, Modeselektor are also busy releasing music on their label, and Elan steps up to deliver some flavoursome electro stylings. "Blackout" is a joyful mixture of dystopian sci-fi grind rubbing up against treated boogie bass in an undeniably funky melting pot. If you ever got down to Dabrye, just you try resisting this release. "Down 4 You" particularly shines with its insistent bump and gently detuning VHS synths. Meanwhile the bossmen (Modeselektor) turn in a surprisingly short and sweet remix that serves as a pleasant bookend rather than a show stealer.
MONKEYTOWN 016
14 Oct 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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I Can't Breathe - (2:33) 134 BPM
   
Benson Bridges - (2:11) 116 BPM
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp - (3:07) 148 BPM
   
Dry Lemons - (4:13) 76 BPM
   
Good High - (3:48) 94 BPM
   
Alligator Snaps - (4:33) 99 BPM
   
Hunting Season - (3:31) 84 BPM
   
Saccharin On Top - (2:43) 131 BPM
   
Shoot The Beam - (2:45) 100 BPM
   
Blackout - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
Next 2 Last - (4:02) 117 BPM
   
Down 4 You - (4:22) 88 BPM
   
2in5four - (3:16) 81 BPM
   
Next 2 Last (Mindesign remix) - (4:12) 80 BPM
   
Benson Bridges (HeRobust remix) - (3:40) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hunting Season (Mike Gao remix) - (2:49) 79 BPM
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Byetone remix) - (6:12) 124 BPM
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Lazer Sword remix) - (5:41) 136 BPM
   
Good High (Devonwho remix) - (3:38) 87 BPM
   
Alligator Snaps (Cosmin TRG remix) - (5:39) 125 BPM
   
Saccharin On Top (DJ Pound remix) - (2:07) 116 BPM
   
Hunting Season (Nasty Nasty remix) - (4:00) 140 BPM
   
2in5four (Low Limit remix) - (4:29) 136 BPM
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Modeselektor remix) - (3:19) 92 BPM
   
Shoot The Beam (Fitz Ambrose remix) - (2:31) 86 BPM
   
Saccharin On Top (Anstam remix) - (4:57) 96 BPM
Review: The relentless tidal wave of chunky electronica coming out of the Monkeytown borough shows no signs of letting up with the release of eLan's debut album proper. Funk is most definitely the order of the day, with the West-coast producer's beats clearly indebted to the swagger of g-funk and boogie. Much like his fellow conspirators such as Shlohmo, plenty of space is allowed for the, darewesayit, wonky grooves to strut and tumble around Moog basslines and dreamy samples. While maybe not as wild as some of the Californian beat scene output, Next 2 Last is a thoroughly satisfying record to bump when you want that low-slung jam fix.
MONKEYTOWN 017
21 Oct 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Benson Bridges - (2:11)
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp - (3:07)
   
Dry Lemons - (4:13) 152 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good High - (3:48)
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Byetone remix) - (6:13)
   
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Lazer Sword remix) - (5:42) 136 BPM
Played by: Ennio Styles
MTR 012
13 May 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Wolves - (4:03) 128 BPM
   
Pray For Berlin - (2:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MTR 070
16 Dec 16
Techno
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Spnd Ballett - (3:23) 83 BPM
   
Sixteen Levels - (4:21) 127 BPM
   
Wolves - (4:03) 128 BPM
   
Snow - (3:07) 120 BPM
   
Offline (feat Rodhad) - (4:27) 87 BPM
   
Fast Food - (3:39) 128 BPM
   
Das Programm - (6:03) 64 BPM
   
Gewerbe 15 - (4:38) 126 BPM
   
Tomorrow - (2:45) 84 BPM
   
Against The Clock - (7:26) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fjkslktr (feat Modeselektor) - (4:57) 118 BPM
Review: Both 50 Weapons and the Monkeytown massives would not be where they are if it weren't for the dedication and continuously high-calibre music of artists like Fjaak. The Berlin trio are total music junkies, preferring to spend their days with their heads in hardware manuals rather than in clubs or being seen at parties. We love that kind of dedication; it's what the underground community has always been about. Their new album, out on Monkeytown, of course, is self-titled and fully representative of their rugged, amorphous blends of bass and breakbeat science. In fact, there isn't a tune on here that could be categorized under one genre, and even heavy techno tunes like "Wolves" contain something new and curious, whether that be weird and wonderful melodies, or even a little injection of jungle juice. Techno viking Rodhad appears on the dark and mysterious glow of "Offline", but even that tune is drenched in enough experimentalism to render it utterly singular. Check and indulge.
MTR 071DNL
20 Jan 17
Bass
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Duz It - (3:41) 129 BPM
MTR100 DNLS6
31 May 19
Bass
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM
   
All The Things (feat Anothr) - (3:25) 126 BPM
   
Drown In Time (feat Anothr) - (3:13) 121 BPM
   
So Simple (feat Jamie Lidell) - (3:55) 110 BPM
   
The Other Way Round (feat Anothr) - (4:46) 148 BPM
   
Who Is Who? (feat Adi) - (3:20) 141 BPM
MTR 059TRS
14 Sep 15
Bass
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Fall Into You (feat Audego) - (3:20) 85 BPM
   
Laid Out (feat Anothr) - (3:38) 124 BPM
   
IATC - (0:37) 129 BPM
   
So Simple (feat Jamie Lidell) - (3:55) 110 BPM
   
HPE - (0:42) 98 BPM
   
Drown In Time (feat Anothr) - (3:13) 161 BPM
   
CHNNL - (2:30) 107 BPM
   
Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM
   
SLO - (2:35) 152 BPM
   
Who Is Who? (feat ADI) - (3:20) 140 BPM
   
All The Things (with Anothr) - (3:25) 126 BPM
   
I Love Him So (feat Jay Jay Johanson) - (3:12) 150 BPM
   
KRKTR - (0:19) 143 BPM
   
The Other Way Round (feat Anothr) - (4:46) 50 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Funkstorung have been releasing acid-driven techno since the mid 1990's and although they've kept a below-commercial status over the last few years, they certainly haven't gone anywhere. Germany's Monkeytown welcomes them back to the surface of the scene with their latest LP, a fourteen-track journey through vast planes of electronica and sparse bass explorations. Compared to their older material, tracks like "IATC", "So Simple" featuring Jamie Lidell, and "CHNNL" are considerably softer and more pensive, opting instead to delve into your mind by means of melody and soulfulness rather than brute beat anger. A breath of fresh air!
MTR 059DNL
26 Jun 15
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Laid Out (Alex Banks remix) - (5:25) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Laid Out (Funkstorung remix) - (5:00) 62 BPM
   
Laid Out (Mouse On Mars' It's A Blader remix) - (3:49) 133 BPM
   
Laid Out (Anstam's Sizzling Symptoms edit) - (4:11) 62 BPM
Review: Funkstorung, who by now have amassed a rather impressive back catalogue of productions, recently released an album for Germany's Monkeytown which featured a track named "Laid Out". The duo, Chris De Luca and Michael Fakesch, see their tune morphed and reshaped by a couple of the Monkeytown casuals, and that's always a cause for excitement around these parts. Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Alex Banks is first up, and brother caresses the tune into a docile, break-ridden jam featuring the original's vocals; Funkstorung themselves strip the tune back into a mass of stuttering drums and wavy, fading voices; Cologne's Mouse On Mars duo break the groove up and go for the half-step approach on their reinterpretation; the ever-mesmerising Anstam duly delivers some of his signature weirdness with his own utterly broken, and beautifully abstract version.
MTR 058
07 Aug 15
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spark (In A Sea Of Echoes) (feat Audego) - (3:37) 100 BPM
   
I Can't Love You (feat Sanders Bohlke) - (4:36) 65 BPM
   
Pseudonyms (feat Anothr) - (3:58) 150 BPM
   
Killers (instrumental) - (3:30) 115 BPM
Review: The Funkstorung duo have been active on the techno scene since the mid 1990s, and their productions gained significant approval from the underground heads, courtesy of imprints such as Acid Planet and even Studio !K7. The Monkeytown collective have unearthed their talents and they presented the pair's first LP in almost ten years, this year, and now a follow-up EP. "Killers" features the vocal talents of Taprikk Sweezee and a gorgeous half-step rhythm with plenty of warm sonics and a hip-hop edge; the tune is followed by the watery synths and docile voices of "Spark (In A Sea Of Echoes)", "I Can't Love You" and "Pseudonyms", but "Killers" is the oddest and most alluring of the lot - a winding belter of a tune complete with sci-fi melodies and deep, twisted beats.
MTR 057
11 Sep 15
Bass
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM
   
All The Things (feat Anothr) - (3:28) 126 BPM
   
Drown In Time (feat Anothr) - (3:13) 121 BPM
   
So Simple (feat Jamie Lidell) - (3:56) 110 BPM
   
Who Is Who? (feat Adi) - (3:20) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MTR 059STEMS
03 Aug 15
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Curved Engines (part 1) - (3:07) 64 BPM
   
Curved Engines (part 2) - (1:22) 64 BPM
   
Curved Engines (part 3) - (0:29) 73 BPM
   
Curved Engines (part 4) - (0:59) 64 BPM
   
Curved Engines (part 5) - (0:30) 64 BPM
   
Curved Engines (part 6) - (1:12) 64 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 1) - (0:53) 63 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 2) - (2:47) 62 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 3) - (2:01) 63 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 4) - (1:16) 108 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 5) - (0:45) 63 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 6) - (3:25) 63 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 7) - (1:31) 61 BPM
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 8) - (1:36) 71 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 1) - (2:17) 70 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 2) - (1:49) 70 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 3) - (1:49) 70 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 4) - (1:01) 70 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 5) - (0:54) 62 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 6) - (1:22) 93 BPM
   
Moving Glasses (part 7) - (2:49) 70 BPM
MTR 053
21 Nov 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Curved Engines (part 04 - Plaid remix) - (4:36) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Restless Water Shapes (part 05 - Alva Noto remodel) - (6:05) 158 BPM
Review: Matti Gajek, or simply known as Gajek, is a recent Monkeytown signing who released an LP as his debut, back last year. Two of the tracks from that Restless Shapes album, "Curved Engines 04" and "Restless Water Shapes 05", are remixed and juiced up by two special guests on the label. The former is reinterpreted by techno legends Plaid, who made a name for themselves on a little old label by the name of Warp, and the duo shape the tune into a lovely electronica ballad filled with starry melodies and subtle percussive twists; the latter sees Raster-Noton's legendary Alva Noto morph Gajek's original into a broken, pulsating techno drifter with a dubby edge. Excellent as always from the Monkeytown crew.
MTR 060
04 Sep 15
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Smells Like Teen Spirit - (8:59) 125 BPM
Review: Modeselektor's Monkeytown label has never shied away from releasing music that's a little eccentric and left-of-centre. Even so, few would have expected them to release a minimal techno-inspired atmospheric deep house cover of Nirvana's grunge classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The men responsible are - somewhat surprisingly - RY X and Ame's Frank Wiedemann, who don the Howling alias for the first time since their eponymous debut on Transmodern. Their interpretation is one of those records that will divide opinions; those who love it will claim it's a nine-minute chunk of winding, atmospheric house with a beguiling, haunting vocal atop. Certainly, you can feel the pain and anguish in the vocal.
MKTXTR 002
12 Sep 14
Deep House
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MONKEYTOWN 019
25 Nov 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Sky Burial - (2:03)
   
Toldyall - (3:37)
   
Missed A Spot - (5:17)
   
Point Of Return - (5:22)
   
Let's Work (feat Jimmy Edgar) - (5:25) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Better From U - (6:03)
   
Out The Door - (2:15)
   
Pleasure Zone - (5:26)
   
Sounds Sane - (4:58)
   
CHSEN (feat Machinedrum) - (5:39)
   
People - (6:57)
Review: After the triumph of their debut album, Low Limit and Lando Kal are back in action under their Lazer Sword alias, this time on 50 Weapons. It makes total sense to see guest spots from Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum on here, but it's more remarkable how much the duo have switched up their approach from the last LP. There's a much more footworking influence at work, and a lot more ambience and textural ambience where they were once so enamoured with plush, glossy beats and chunky synths. The same attention to detail remains, but now shot through with a moody slant that perhaps reflects their individual evolution as artists.
MONKEYTOWN 025
27 Apr 12
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Modeselektor - "This" (feat Thom York) - (6:38) 140 BPM
   
Siriusmo - "Signal" - (5:36)
   
eLan - "Blackout" - (6:27)
   
eLan - "2in5four" (Low Limit remix) - (4:29) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lazer Sword - "Klock" - (5:25)
   
eLan - "Alligator Snaps" (Cosmin TRG remix) - (5:39)
   
Modeselektor - "German Clap" - (6:33)
   
Siriusmo - "Simple" - (4:27)
   
eLan - "Saccharin On Top" (DJ Pound remix) - (2:07)
   
Siriusmo - "High Together" (album version) - (4:10)
MTRDIGLZ
23 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Gita - (4:22)
   
Gita (instrumental version) - (4:28) Biggest-selling track on this release
MTR 037
04 Oct 13
Bass
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Eating Hooks - (5:15) 62 BPM
MTR 065DBTRSTEMS
09 May 16
Bass
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