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Names
MTR 050D
29 Sep 14
Coldwave/Synth
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Names - (4:51) 68 BPM
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Muscle Memories - (3:42) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Stopped Counting - (4:42) 138 BPM
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Fragments Of The Good Old Days - (3:37) 136 BPM
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So Be It - (3:47) 159 BPM
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My Messengerette - (3:25) 67 BPM
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Terry Has Got It All - (4:58) 136 BPM
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The Obvious & The Imbeccable - (3:10) 59 BPM
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Patrick, Frank & Joe Are Chasing The White Rabbitoh - (4:04) 90 BPM
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Names (reprise) - (4:09) 120 BPM
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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.
A Matter Of Time
MTR 049
05 Sep 14
Deep House
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A Matter Of Time (original version) - (7:06) 105 BPM
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A Matter Of Time (Frank Wiedemann remix) - (7:50) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All You Could Do
MTR 041
02 May 14
Bass
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All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (4:23) 163 BPM
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Phosphorus - (5:56) Biggest-selling track on this release
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All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz - Phon O remix) - (6:07) 140 BPM
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All You Could Do (alternate version) - (3:54)
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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.
Illuminate
MTR 043STEMS
03 Aug 15
Bass
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Silent Embrace - (6:00) 131 BPM
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Solar - (6:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Phosphorous - (5:56) 126 BPM
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Illuminate
MTR 043
30 May 14
Bass
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Silent Embrace (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (6:00)
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Solar - (6:30)
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All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (4:16) 163 BPM
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Initiate - (7:38)
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Lights - (4:14) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Phosphorus - (5:56)
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A Matter Of Time (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (7:06)
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Sheya - (5:35) 140 BPM
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Hush - (4:21)
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Unknown - (7:58)
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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.
Modeselektion Vol 03 #2
MTR 046
11 Jul 14
Bass
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Alex Banks - "Be The One" (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (7:04) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Onra - "Blast" - (2:38) 83 BPM
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Henrik Schwarz - "We Are Bankrupt" - (6:20) 123 BPM
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Brandt Brauer Frick - "Jungle Love" (feat Vic Mensa & Om'Mas Keith) - (4:56) 129 BPM
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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.
Voyages
MTR 055
31 Jul 15
Bass
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Voyages - (4:32) 123 BPM
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Voyages (Francis Inferno Orchestra's Tamburo mixx) - (5:39) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Voyages (Redshape remix) - (7:18) 62 BPM
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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.
The Walker/Kilter (Remixes)
MTR 073DNL
21 Apr 17
Techno
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The Walker (Danny Daze remix) - (7:41) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kilter (Zenker Brothers remix) - (6:22) 131 BPM
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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

Silent Fall
MTR 047
15 Aug 14
Bass
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Silent Fall - (5:26) 62 BPM
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Odyssey - (5:58) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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!
Rainkist
MTR 051
10 Oct 14
Bass
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Rainkist - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Rainkist (Trevino heartbeat remix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
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Rainkist (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (8:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
Imagin
MTR 048D
29 Aug 14
Bass
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Imagin - (3:57) 164 BPM
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Silent Fall - (5:26) 62 BPM
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Voyages - (4:32) 123 BPM
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Lucid - (2:05) 120 BPM
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Vivid - (4:55) 60 BPM
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Nothing Changes - (3:17) 120 BPM
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Odyssey - (5:58) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rainkist - (4:17) 120 BPM
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Manuka - (4:34) 58 BPM
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Purple Clouds - (3:52) 125 BPM
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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.
Vivid / Odyssey
MTR 048STEMS
03 Aug 15
Bass
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Vivid - (4:55) 60 BPM
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Odyssey - (5:58) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Passenger
MTR 075DNL1S1
02 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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The Passenger - (8:27) 131 BPM
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The Passenger/The Walker
MTR 075DNL
23 Jun 17
Deep House
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The Passenger - (8:27) 131 BPM
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The Walker (Roman Fluegel remix) - (7:12) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Angels (live version) - (6:23) 132 BPM
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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".
Othona
MTR 074CD
07 Apr 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Othona - (4:57) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Domes - (5:52) 60 BPM
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Cyan - (4:29) 61 BPM
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Found & Lost - (0:59) 81 BPM
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Angels - (4:16) 66 BPM
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Badd - (5:42) 62 BPM
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Jjj - (4:48) 61 BPM
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The Walker - (7:13) 66 BPM
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Field Tower - (6:25) 69 BPM
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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!
Kilter/Acacia
MTR 072DNL
17 Mar 17
Bass
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Kilter - (6:37) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Acacia - (6:46) 120 BPM
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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.
Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp EP
MTR 012
13 May 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Benson Bridges - (2:11)
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp - (3:07)
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Dry Lemons - (4:13) 152 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Good High - (3:48)
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Byetone remix) - (6:13)
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Lazer Sword remix) - (5:42) 136 BPM
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Played by: Ennio Styles
Fuzzy Numbers EP
MONKEYTOWN 016
14 Oct 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Blackout - (6:27)
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Next 2 Last - (4:02)
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Down 4 You - (4:22)
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2in5four - (3:16)
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Modeselektor remix) - (3:20) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Saccharin On Top (Anstam remix) - (4:59)
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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.
Next 2 Last
MONKEYTOWN 017
21 Oct 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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I Can't Breathe - (2:33) 134 BPM
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Benson Bridges - (2:11) 116 BPM
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp - (3:07) 148 BPM
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Dry Lemons - (4:13) 76 BPM
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Good High - (3:48) 94 BPM
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Alligator Snaps - (4:33) 99 BPM
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Hunting Season - (3:31) 84 BPM
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Saccharin On Top - (2:43) 131 BPM
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Shoot The Beam - (2:45) 100 BPM
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Blackout - (6:27) 120 BPM
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Next 2 Last - (4:02) 117 BPM
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Down 4 You - (4:22) 88 BPM
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2in5four - (3:16) 81 BPM
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Next 2 Last (Mindesign remix) - (4:12) 80 BPM
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Benson Bridges (HeRobust remix) - (3:40) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hunting Season (Mike Gao remix) - (2:49) 79 BPM
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Byetone remix) - (6:12) 124 BPM
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Lazer Sword remix) - (5:41) 136 BPM
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Good High (Devonwho remix) - (3:38) 87 BPM
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Alligator Snaps (Cosmin TRG remix) - (5:39) 125 BPM
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Saccharin On Top (DJ Pound remix) - (2:07) 116 BPM
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Hunting Season (Nasty Nasty remix) - (4:00) 140 BPM
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2in5four (Low Limit remix) - (4:29) 136 BPM
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Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Modeselektor remix) - (3:19) 92 BPM
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Shoot The Beam (Fitz Ambrose remix) - (2:31) 86 BPM
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Saccharin On Top (Anstam remix) - (4:57) 96 BPM
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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.
Alligator Snaps EP
MONKEYTOWN 014
19 Aug 11
Electro
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Alligator Snaps - (4:34) 149 BPM
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Hunting Season - (3:31) 124 BPM
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Saccharin On Top - (2:43) 131 BPM
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Shoot The Beam - (2:45)
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Alligator Snaps (Cosmin TRG remix) - (5:39) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wolves
MTR 070
16 Dec 16
Techno
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Wolves - (4:03) 128 BPM
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Pray For Berlin - (2:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fjaak
MTR 071DNL
20 Jan 17
Bass
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Spnd Ballett - (3:23) 83 BPM
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Sixteen Levels - (4:21) 127 BPM
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Wolves - (4:03) 128 BPM
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Snow - (3:07) 120 BPM
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Offline (feat Rodhad) - (4:27) 87 BPM
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Fast Food - (3:39) 128 BPM
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Das Programm - (6:03) 64 BPM
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Gewerbe 15 - (4:38) 126 BPM
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Tomorrow - (2:45) 84 BPM
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Against The Clock - (7:26) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fjkslktr (feat Modeselektor) - (4:57) 118 BPM
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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.
Killers
MTR 057
11 Sep 15
Bass
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spark (In A Sea Of Echoes) (feat Audego) - (3:37) 100 BPM
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I Can't Love You (feat Sanders Bohlke) - (4:36) 65 BPM
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Pseudonyms (feat Anothr) - (3:58) 150 BPM
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Killers (instrumental) - (3:30) 115 BPM
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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.
Funkstorung
MTR 059DNL
26 Jun 15
Bass
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Fall Into You (feat Audego) - (3:20) 85 BPM
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Laid Out (feat Anothr) - (3:38) 124 BPM
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IATC - (0:37) 129 BPM
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So Simple (feat Jamie Lidell) - (3:55) 110 BPM
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HPE - (0:42) 98 BPM
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Drown In Time (feat Anothr) - (3:13) 161 BPM
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CHNNL - (2:30) 107 BPM
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM
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SLO - (2:35) 152 BPM
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Who Is Who? (feat ADI) - (3:20) 140 BPM
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All The Things (with Anothr) - (3:25) 126 BPM
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I Love Him So (feat Jay Jay Johanson) - (3:12) 150 BPM
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KRKTR - (0:19) 143 BPM
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The Other Way Round (feat Anothr) - (4:46) 50 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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!
Laid Out (remixes)
MTR 058
07 Aug 15
Bass
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Laid Out (Alex Banks remix) - (5:25) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Laid Out (Funkstorung remix) - (5:00) 62 BPM
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Laid Out (Mouse On Mars' It's A Blader remix) - (3:49) 133 BPM
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Laid Out (Anstam's Sizzling Symptoms edit) - (4:11) 62 BPM
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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.
Funkstorung
MTR 059STEMS
03 Aug 15
Bass
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM
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All The Things (feat Anothr) - (3:28) 126 BPM
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Drown In Time (feat Anothr) - (3:13) 121 BPM
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So Simple (feat Jamie Lidell) - (3:56) 110 BPM
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Who Is Who? (feat Adi) - (3:20) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funkstorung (Traktor Remix Sets)
MTR 059TRS
14 Sep 15
Bass
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Killers (feat Taprikk Sweezee) - (3:30) 115 BPM
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All The Things (feat Anothr) - (3:25) 126 BPM
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Drown In Time (feat Anothr) - (3:13) 121 BPM
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So Simple (feat Jamie Lidell) - (3:55) 110 BPM
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The Other Way Round (feat Anothr) - (4:46) 148 BPM
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Who Is Who? (feat Adi) - (3:20) 141 BPM
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'17
MTR 077DNL
03 Nov 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Auf Mit Den Lebenden - (3:42) 104 BPM
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St. Pierre - (5:39) 74 BPM
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Futur Zwei - (4:28) 74 BPM
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Feld - (2:16) 91 BPM
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Trage Es Weit - (6:20) 68 BPM
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Bogen - (4:32) 78 BPM
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Vom Hammel - (4:19) 100 BPM
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Das Ewige Fest - (6:40) 80 BPM
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Trockenmasse - (6:21) 60 BPM
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Luft - (4:34) 73 BPM
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Review: Matti Gajek's follow-up to his 2014 debut album 'Restless Shapes' opens the floodgates to signals from a future best navigated by ear. Gajek is a Berlin-based animator and musician. He has been applauded for his illustration video work on "Beacon" for the prominent Warp Records musician Clark. The 10 tracks on this album are great examples of electrifyingly futuristic club music, that paying tribute to electronic pioneers like Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Florian Fricke. From the noisy droney electronica of "St. Pierre", the analogue grind and pulse of "Trage Es Weit" (which sounds a bit like legends Suicide) or the wobbly off- the- grid shenanigans of "Das Ewige Fest" that pushes the same boundaries as Mark Fell.
Restless Shapes
MTR 053
21 Nov 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Curved Engines (part 1) - (3:07) 64 BPM
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Curved Engines (part 2) - (1:22) 64 BPM
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Curved Engines (part 3) - (0:29) 73 BPM
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Curved Engines (part 4) - (0:59) 64 BPM
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Curved Engines (part 5) - (0:30) 64 BPM
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Curved Engines (part 6) - (1:12) 64 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 1) - (0:53) 63 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 2) - (2:47) 62 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 3) - (2:01) 63 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 4) - (1:16) 108 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 5) - (0:45) 63 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 6) - (3:25) 63 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 7) - (1:31) 61 BPM
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Restless Water Shapes (part 8) - (1:36) 71 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 1) - (2:17) 70 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 2) - (1:49) 70 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 3) - (1:49) 70 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 4) - (1:01) 70 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 5) - (0:54) 62 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 6) - (1:22) 93 BPM
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Moving Glasses (part 7) - (2:49) 70 BPM
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Plaid & Alva Noto (remixes)
MTR 060
04 Sep 15
Bass
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Curved Engines (part 04 - Plaid remix) - (4:36) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Restless Water Shapes (part 05 - Alva Noto remodel) - (6:05) 158 BPM
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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.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
MKTXTR 002
12 Sep 14
Deep House
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Smells Like Teen Spirit - (8:59) 125 BPM
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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.
Memory
MONKEYTOWN 025
27 Apr 12
Bass
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Sky Burial - (2:03)
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Toldyall - (3:37)
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Missed A Spot - (5:17)
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Point Of Return - (5:22)
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Let's Work (feat Jimmy Edgar) - (5:25) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Better From U - (6:03)
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Out The Door - (2:15)
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Pleasure Zone - (5:26)
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Sounds Sane - (4:58)
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CHSEN (feat Machinedrum) - (5:39)
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People - (6:57)
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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.
Lazer Sword Presents Best Of Monkeytown Records 2011
MTRDIGLZ
23 Jan 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Modeselektor - "This" (feat Thom York) - (6:38) 140 BPM
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Siriusmo - "Signal" - (5:36)
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eLan - "Blackout" - (6:27)
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eLan - "2in5four" (Low Limit remix) - (4:29) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lazer Sword - "Klock" - (5:25)
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eLan - "Alligator Snaps" (Cosmin TRG remix) - (5:39)
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Modeselektor - "German Clap" - (6:33)
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Siriusmo - "Simple" - (4:27)
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eLan - "Saccharin On Top" (DJ Pound remix) - (2:07)
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Siriusmo - "High Together" (album version) - (4:10)
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Gita
MTR 037
04 Oct 13
Bass
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Gita - (4:22)
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Gita (instrumental version) - (4:28) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Kingdom
MTR 034
28 Jun 13
Deep Dubstep
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Bad Kingdom - (4:22) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Kingdom (instrumental) - (4:22)
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II - Traktor Remix Sets
4 tracks (Versions - Milk - Therapy - This Time) from Moderat's album II set up for immediate use with Traktor's remix decks
Bass
MTR 035TRS
28 Nov 13
$16.47
Last Time
MTR 039
17 Jan 14
Bass
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Last Time - (5:15)
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Last Time (instrumental version) - (5:14)
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Last Time (alternate version) - (6:01)
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Last Time (Jon Hopkins remix) - (5:56) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: After being hidden away on the deluxe CD edition of Moderat's II long player, "Last Time" gets a full airing with this single release that lets the pop-electronica crossover stand proud on its own. With a delicate, emotive take on trap providing the back drop and Apparat's vocals standing clear and confident in the front of the mix it's a cut that could easily infiltrate the charts given the right attention. The "Alternate Version" keeps the structure intact and builds a more obtuse beat around it, but it's Jon Hopkins that really gets to grip with the track as he throws down a thrilling arpeggio and touch stepping rhythm polished with his trademark finesse.
Reminder (Answer Code Request remix)
MTR 062RMXSTEMS
22 Feb 16
Bass
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Reminder (Answer Code Request remix) - (5:37) 97 BPM
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Reminder
MTR 062DNL
19 Feb 16
Bass
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Reminder - (3:54) 159 BPM
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Fondle - (4:55) 58 BPM
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Reminder (Special Request remix) - (6:23) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reminder (Answer Code Request) - (5:37) 97 BPM
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Review: Simply put, and if you weren't already aware, Moderat is the collaboration between Modeselktor and Apparat, three masters of electronic music that are averse to genres, and instead prefer to let their hands guide the synths and drum machines to pastures new. It's been a while since we heard from them, so this new EP on Modeselektor's Monkeytown comes as a breath of fresh air, bringing through some much needed experimentation to our weekly electronic charts. The title track "Reminder" is basically a pop tune with a deep and ethereal backdrop of sonics, but "Fondle" brings through the German roots by blasting out a steady techno beat, and a whole myriad of rich and textural electronics. The special surprises come via two remixes of "Findle", the first by the ever-impressive Answer Code Request, who injects some of his signature stumbling break patters, and from the UK's Special Request, who adorns the original with an awesome, jungle-leaning house banger for the dance.
III (Instrumentals)
MTR 065DINS
01 Apr 16
Bass
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Eating Hooks - (4:31) 125 BPM
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Running - (3:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Finder - (5:19) 112 BPM
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Ghostmother - (5:57) 110 BPM
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Reminder - (3:54) 159 BPM
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The Fool - (4:12) 134 BPM
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Intruder - (4:38) 93 BPM
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Animal Trails - (4:38) 150 BPM
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Ethereal - (5:28) 159 BPM
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Running
MTR 066DNL
20 May 16
Bass
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Running - (3:51) 120 BPM
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90% Wasser - (5:05) 160 BPM
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Running (Shed remix) - (5:03) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Running (KiNK mix) - (7:32) 128 BPM
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Eating Hooks
MTR 067SLM
23 Sep 16
Bass
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Eating Hooks (Siriusmo remix - Solomun edit) - (7:02) 124 BPM
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Played by: Alex Greenhouse
Review: Moderat's third album, simply tagged as III for the purpose of continuity with their previous two albums on the Monkeytown imprint, took us by the scruff or necks when it was released earlier this year, and we knew it was only a matter of time before see some remixes to spring up off the back of it. However, this particular number isn't quite a remix, but an edit of a remix. Yes, very much in line with the label's improvisational vibe. Tech house specialist Solomun remoulds Siriusmo's remix of the track, now a sleek and DJ-ready house anthem with a progressive tone at its core, and drenched in poppy vocals to make it an instant hit beyond the ones in control of the decks.
Running (Ame Remix)
MTR 066AME
22 Jul 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Running - (7:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Resident Advisor, Kolsch
Review: Moderat should need no introduction should they? Riding on the success of their third album, the lead single "Running" has had a succession of absolutely brilliant remixes by the likes of Ostgut Ton maverick Shed, Bulgarian hardware freak KiNK and now it's the turn of Innervisions head honchos Ame who give the track a makeover that is effective in all its subtlety and restraint but has all the euphoric and soulful hallmarks of their signature sound.
Running
MTR 066DNLS1
13 May 16
Bass
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Running (Shed remix) - (5:03) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Resident Advisor
Eating Hooks
MTR 067DNL
07 Oct 16
Bass
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Eating Hooks (live version) - (8:52) 124 BPM
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Eating Hooks (Siriusmo remix - Solomun edit) - (7:02) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Eating Hooks (NGHT DRPS remix 2) - (5:57) 125 BPM
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Eating Hooks - (4:31) 125 BPM
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Review: Moderat's third album, simply tagged as III for the purpose of continuity with their previous two albums on the Monkeytown imprint, took us by the scruff or necks when it was released earlier this year, and we knew it was only a matter of time before we'd see some remixes spring up off the back of it. However, this particular number isn't quite a remix, but an edit of a remix. Yes, very much in line with the label's improvisational vibe. Tech house specialist Solomun remoulds Siriusmo's remix of the track, now a sleek and DJ-ready house anthem with a progressive tone at its core, and drenched in poppy vocals to make it an instant hit beyond the ones in control of the decks. To cap it off, there's one more remix by NGHT DRPS, a jittery, pseudo house groove drenched in vocals of bittersweet nostalgia, along with the original mix of the tune, a Moderat signature-tune, and a live version for added effect. These guys can do no wrong.
Ghostmother (Live)
MTR 068S1
04 Nov 16
Bass
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Ghostmother - (6:06) 110 BPM
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Review: Modeselektor and Apparat have been busier than usual recently, turning out an album and an endless string of EPs, all for the inimitable Monkeytown label, of course. We're graced by the presence of a live version of "Ghostmother" this week and, although we don't usually say this about electronic music, we think that this surpasses the original mix in terms of charm and energy. This gorgeous pop song is still produced to its best capabilities, and its electronic half-steps still very much in a tight arrangement, but there's now something a little looser and more vibrant about it; something that we're sure you'll love to.
Live
MTR 068DD
25 Nov 16
Bass
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Intro (live) - (2:58) 136 BPM
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Ghostmother (live) - (5:55) 110 BPM
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A New Error (live) - (6:18) 55 BPM
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Intruder (live) - (4:57) 93 BPM
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Bad Kingdom (live) - (5:30) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Damage Done (live) - (5:29) 144 BPM
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Animal Trails (live) - (5:00) 150 BPM
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Reminder (live) - (5:10) 160 BPM
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Eating Hooks (live) - (4:30) 124 BPM
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Eating Hooks (Siriusmo remix - live) - (4:04) 124 BPM
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Rusty Nails (live) - (5:26) 126 BPM
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The Fool (live) - (4:36) 134 BPM
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Last Time (live) - (6:36) 147 BPM
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No. 22 (live) - (8:43) 138 BPM
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Live (Non-Stop live Concert) - (1:15:31) 125 BPM
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Review: Modeselektor and Apparat's Moderat project has, by now, become a staple of modern electronica. This isn't a surprise; the material these two sets of producers come up with ticks all the boxes, and has the the power to appeal across the underground masses thanks to its subtle infusion of pop. This latest album for the Monkeytown imprint brings together their last few years of work under one roof; precisely, these tunes are all live versions of their biggest hits. Tunes like the mesmerising "Ghostmother", or the more progressive "A New Error", have new life breathed into them with this live approach. The originals were already moving and hypnotic as they were, but these versions certainly add an extra layer of charisma to these wonderfully timeless tracks.
II
MTR 035STEMS
03 Aug 15
Balearic/Downtempo
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Therapy - (5:45) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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This Time - (5:45) 115 BPM
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