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The Spelling - (6:34) 130 BPM
   
The Spelling (Zadig remix) - (6:54) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gate - (5:29) 130 BPM
   
Gate (Oscar Mulero remix) - (5:24) 133 BPM
POLEGROUP 040
23 Sep 16
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Internal Conversion (original mix) - (3:19) 50 BPM
   
Flourescence (original mix) - (5:37) 125 BPM
   
Auger Electrons (original mix) - (5:32) 126 BPM
   
When The Process Is Expected (Tommy Four Seven remix) - (3:44) 111 BPM
   
Ionized (original mix) - (5:29) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Radioactive Decay (original mix) - (6:48) 85 BPM
   
Nuclear Transition (original mix) - (3:02) 121 BPM
   
Graphene (original mix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
   
Fixed Fraction (original mix) - (5:47) 127 BPM
Review: Christian Wunsch is becoming as much of a formidable force as his fellow Spanish and Pole Group patriarch Oscar Mulero and close cohort Developer. Last year Pole Group released the debut album of Spanish duo Exium and now they move the spotlight over to Wunsch, who shines brightly from the first track onwards. The album is of course full of huge club productions like "Auger Electrons", "Ionized", "Graphene" and "Radioactive Decay" - but Wunsch delivers the type of techno in productions like "When The Process Is Expected", "Nuclear Transition" and "Fixed Fraction" that makes Internal Conversion more than just a heavy weight slab of booming DJ tools. One of the best releases to come from Pole Group yet.
POLEGROUP 024
02 Jun 14
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Microorganisms - (5:32) 127 BPM
   
Organic Molecules - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
Cosmic Radiation - (5:37) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Chemical Reactions - (5:32) 127 BPM
Played by: N-TER
Review: It's been a few years since Christian Wunsch last released on Polegroup, but Mutation shows that he has lost none of his potency. "Organic Molecules" is a dense, drum-heavy workout with little else than clicking, steely percussion joining the monstrous kicks. "Cosmic Radiation" is equally dense, with rickety slivers of percussion bouncing off a central bass and drum combination of concrete weight. By contrast, "Chemical Reactions" has a loose, almost organic rhythm, like the straightest, most clubby iteration of Cosmic / Lost Recordings. Finally, "Microorganisms" sounds like Wunsch has been listening to a lot of Mike Parker, with pneumatic bass and dark bleeps prevailing.
POLEGROUP 038
10 Jun 16
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1975 A (Reeko remix) - (8:37) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
1975 B - (5:45) 128 BPM
   
1975 C - (6:39) 128 BPM
   
1975 A - (6:14) 129 BPM
Review: US producer Developer teams up with Mulero's Pole Group label for a fine dancefloor techno release. "1975 A" is a tough rhythm track, its distorted kicks and grinding riffs pushing into Mills-esque territory. "B" is just as dense, but not as visceral. While the central rhythm bangs away, Developer uses swirling filters and dreamy chords to create a deeper sound. The same is true on "C", where snappy percussion and dramatic string stabs unfold over a pulsing, predatory bassline. The label has commissioned a great remix of "A", with Spanish producer Reeko making the original less abrasive thanks to its surging chords and intricate percussive filaments.
POLEGROUP 023
21 Apr 14
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Mantra (Peter Van Hoesen remix) - (7:08) 129 BPM
   
Lifeforce - (5:14) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mantra - (5:43) 136 BPM
POLE 005
15 Nov 10
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Complex (Rolando remix) - (7:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Complex - (5:22) 132 BPM
   
The Quiet Man - (5:15) 134 BPM
POLE 009
03 Oct 11
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Monopoles - (5:48) 128 BPM
   
Magnetic Flux - (5:53) 127 BPM
   
Rotating Frames - (5:33) 128 BPM
   
Early Life - (5:41) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Exium continues his strong run of releases. As this four-tracker so ably demonstrates, what's really impressive about the Spanish producer is his ability to integrate existing tropes with his own sound. On "Monopoles", this approach sees him fuse a Function-style linear pulse with a repetitive vocal sample, while "Magnetic Flux" goes further and deeper into this direction, a dank, tunneling rhythm led by tonal bleeps and blips. On the title track, he changes direction again, with the kind of drones that one would associate with Hospital Productions fused with shaking percussion, while "Early Life" brings the release to a close to the sound of Mills-inspired, panel-beating drums.
POLEGROUP 032
15 Jun 15
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Dronid - (4:36) 123 BPM
   
Massless Particle - (4:52) 125 BPM
   
Parallel Computing - (4:41)
   
Absolute Magnitude - (5:53) 128 BPM
   
Biosh - (5:11) 123 BPM
   
Dagma - (2:34) 165 BPM
   
Cimmerian Trail - (6:32) 120 BPM
   
Novakron - (5:49) 123 BPM
   
Nucleoid - (5:40) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The 12th Planet - (5:19) 123 BPM
Review: Exium continue to strengthen their working relationship with Pole Recordings, gracing Oscar Mulero's label with A Sensible Alternative To Emotion, their second studio album. Having spent over a decade refining their own vision of hard edged techno, Exium use this platform of a second album to expand on their established sound, at times easing down the tempos and intensity for a more balanced listen across the 10 tracks. Productions such as the granite heavy "Massless Particle" or tunnelling abstraction of "Absolute Magnitude" demonstrate this is no drastic departure from the Exium sound but there's an equal consideration for melodic arrangements and more subdued moments.
POLEGROUP 016
03 Jun 13
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The 12th Planet (Silent Servant remix) - (5:59) 123 BPM
   
Nucleoid (Jonas Kopp remix) - (6:37) 127 BPM
   
Massless Particle (Oscar Mulero remix) - (5:39) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dronid (Tripeo Digital edit remix) - (9:24) 84 BPM
   
Massless Particle (Oscar Mulero digital bonus remix) - (5:54) 126 BPM
   
Parallel Computing (Tripeo remix) - (6:35) 127 BPM
Review: Oscar Mulero's Polegroup calls upon a storied cast of producers to remix Exuim's 2013 album, which begins with this EP's highlight: a fresh, post-punky - supremely techno sounding - Silent Servant remix to "The 12th Planet". Jonas Kopp's remix to "Nucleoid" is a deep vamp of circulating darkness for the warehouse set, while Oscar Mulero turns in a dubby, liquid-coated production of throbbing bass frequencies when reworking "Massless Particle". The digital version of this EP presents two bonus remixes and the first comes from Dark Esser's Tripeo alias with an edit of "Dronid". It's both booming and calm while Mulero provides a second subterranean option of "Massless Particle". Tripeo's official remix of "Parallel Computing" completes the EP with a combination of bleep and chime sequences wavering on top of watery basslines and industrial atmospheres. Something here for every techno DJ.
POLEGROUP 025
21 Jul 14
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Non-cellular Life - (5:31) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Inner Mind - (5:32) 129 BPM
   
Immune Response - (6:06) 128 BPM
   
Host Range - (5:38) 128 BPM
POLEGROUP 052
19 Oct 18
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The 12th Planet (Silent Servant remix) - (5:59) 124 BPM
   
Nucleoid (Jonas Kopp remix) - (6:37) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Massless Particle (Oscar Mulero remix) - (5:39) 128 BPM
   
Dronid (Tripeo Digital edit remix) - (9:24) 126 BPM
   
Massless Particle (Oscar Mulero Digital Bonus remix) - (5:54) 126 BPM
   
Parallel Computing (Tripeo remix) - (6:35) 127 BPM
POLEGROUP 025
21 Jul 14
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Exium - "After Exposure" - (5:27) 135 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Simulated Visibility" - (5:10) 133 BPM
   
Reeko - "6 Sievert" - (5:18) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Christian Wunsch - "Sacred Geometry" - (5:46) 134 BPM
POLE 004
26 Jul 10
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DragN - (6:10) 130 BPM
   
Zero Summing - (5:18)
   
Electrica Phenomena - (6:26) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Emission Of Electrons Of A Surface - (4:55) 128 BPM
POLEGROUP 014
12 Nov 12
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Exium/Various
   
Exium - "Unknown Landscapes Vol 3 - Mixed By Exium" (continious DJ mix) - (1:12:57) 128 BPM
   
Edit Select - "The Freezing Process" - (4:01) 160 BPM
   
Vril - "KnokOKknok" - (6:37) 128 BPM
   
Samuli Kemppi - "Bioskop" - (6:02) 128 BPM
   
Birth Of Frequency - "ColdSpell" - (6:04) 125 BPM
   
Refracted - "Separate Action" - (7:01) 124 BPM
   
Jeroen Search - "The Method Differs" - (6:15) 140 BPM
   
Echologist - "1968" - (6:30) 127 BPM
   
Francois X - "Crisp" - (6:56) 128 BPM
   
Eric Fetcher - "Commender" - (5:41) 133 BPM
   
Antigone - "Printers Devil" - (6:05) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mental Resonance - "Resonant Object" - (5:34) 127 BPM
   
Reeko - "Regnum Asturorum" - (5:35) 130 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Ascension" - (5:49) 127 BPM
   
Ribe - "Deviation" - (5:55) 130 BPM
   
Inigo Kennedy - "The Shepard Tones" - (7:31) 130 BPM
   
Christian Wunsch - "Blazar" - (5:36) 127 BPM
   
UVB - "Fantastic P" - (5:45) 136 BPM
   
Kwartz - "Doctrine" - (5:33) 128 BPM
   
Sleeparchive - "Multicolored Works" - (6:07) 132 BPM
   
Dino Sabatini - "Enigmatica" - (5:15) 121 BPM
   
Pulse One - "Estrangements" - (5:38) 127 BPM
   
Exium - "Bextar" - (5:31) 128 BPM
   
Allen - "Altered Memory" - (5:12) 117 BPM
   
Conrad Van Orton - "Nathalie" - (8:01) 124 BPM
POLEGROUP 35CD
01 Jan 16
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Jonas Kopp - "Grey Area" (original mix) - (2:05) 154 BPM
   
Jonas Kopp - "Intelligent Seeker" (original mix) - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Jonas Kopp - "Akut" (Orignal mix) - (4:51) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pfirter - "Into Another Dimension" (original mix) - (2:37) 148 BPM
   
Pfirter - "Euritmia" (original mix) - (6:04) 128 BPM
   
Pfirter - "Earth Rising" (original mix) - (5:35) 129 BPM
Played by: Brumaag
POLEGROUP 041
04 Nov 16
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Cloned Motions (original mix) - (6:22) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Chains Of Abstraction (original mix) - (5:38) 127 BPM
   
Sensorium (Reeko remix) - (7:06) 130 BPM
   
Sensorium (original mix) - (6:08) 128 BPM
Played by: Brumaag
POLEGROUP 044
17 Feb 17
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A Tragic End - (7:19) 126 BPM
   
Right Discipline - (5:27) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dissociation Of Body & Mind - (6:22) 127 BPM
   
Theory Of Emptiness - (5:29) 127 BPM
Review: Pole Recordings, as it was known back in 2014, was one of the first labels to release material by Kwartz aka Mario Campos. Fast forward three years and a number of EPs later, and the Spanish producer returns to Oscar Mulero's renamed imprint. "A Tragic End" starts the release in somewhat reflective mode, as Campos brings together atmospheric textures with a dense, stepping rhythm. There is no musical element on "Right Discipline", where a rolling, hammering groove and metallic drums collide. The release takes an intense turn on "Dissociation of Body and Mind", where waves of electronic fury unfold over a rough, mangled rhythm and pile-driving percussion. By the time he reaches the relatively serene "Theory of Emptiness", Kwartz's fans will be craving its dubbed out nuances.
POLEGROUP 047
06 Oct 17
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Form & Void (original mix) - (6:03) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Form & Void (Reeko remix) - (5:37) 129 BPM
   
Breakage (original mix) - (7:24) 128 BPM
   
Breakage (Exium remix) - (5:51) 128 BPM
Review: Spanish outpost Polegroup is the archetypal techno label, and Kwartz is a purveyor of the finest techno workouts. After having released artists such as the US' Developer, the nomadic Kwartz touches down on the label with two daring and sublimely bleak tracks for the midnight hour. Both "Form & Void" and "Breakage" are perfect Berghain tracks for the likes of Dettman or Klock, but that's not all - Reeko and Exium remix the former and the latter respectively, turning up the power considerably and making things that little bit heavier.
POLEGROUP 026
15 Sep 14
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Psychopath - (2:00) 128 BPM
   
Entering - (5:37) 128 BPM
   
Subconscious - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
Diffracted - (5:37) 128 BPM
   
Rentless Pain - (5:59) 130 BPM
   
Seasick - (5:11) 128 BPM
   
Furrow - (5:02) 130 BPM
   
Cyclic Human - (5:02) 130 BPM
   
Optic Chiasm - (5:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Brain Revolution - (3:33) 85 BPM
Review: Mind is Fautzi's third album and follows two long players for Soma as well as a brace of EPs on Figure, Warm Up and Pole. It's a mysterious, textured affair that begins with the ambient noise of "Psychopath" before moving into the eerie sound scape menace of "Entering". The Portuguese producer then shifts his attention towards the dance floor - "Subconscious" is a stripped back, minimal groove laden down with eerie soundscapes, while on "Defracted" and "Rentless", he veers down a tunnelling, acid soaked path, like a murky, visceral version of Sandwell District. "Seasick" is darker and more droning, led by a Mike Parker-style bass, but no matter what style he tuns his hand to, Mind demonstrates that Fautzi is a master.
POLEGROUP 46
16 Jun 17
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Blood - (4:49) 128 BPM
   
Blood (Exium remix) - (6:04) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Skin (original mix) - (5:04) 128 BPM
   
Skin (Kwartz remix) - (5:37) 131 BPM
POLEGROUP 034
30 Oct 15
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Like A Wolf - (5:40) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
In A Silent Way - (5:35) 130 BPM
   
Horses - (5:13) 133 BPM
Review: Spanish producer Oscar Mulero always brings an experimental edge to dancefloor techno, and Like A Wolf is no exception. "In A Silent Way" starts off life as a solid dubby rhythm, but gradually Mulero raises the intensity levels, turning it into a jarring industrial workout, but adding airy atmospheric textures to offset the austerity. "Horses" makes no such concessions, featuring noisy beats and a recoiling bassline from the outset, but "Like A Wolf" sees him revert to an unpredictable approach. Underpinning the evil acid licks are heavy break beats and the kind of eerie sound textures that wouldn't sound out of place on an Autechre album.
POLE 006
28 Mar 11
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Tidal Acceleration - (5:26) 130 BPM
   
Orbital Resonance - (5:32) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rotation - (5:19) 130 BPM
POLE 010
05 Dec 11
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Electric Storm (original mix) - (6:12) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Electric Storm (Sigha remix) - (6:07) 128 BPM
   
Cave (original mix) - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Cave (Tommy Four Seven remix) - (5:12)
Review: Arguably one of Spain's most prolific techno talents, Oscar Mulero returns to the super label PoleGroup with the Electric Storm EP. The title track combines Mulero's trademark throb and reverb-heavy ambience with powerful drums, while "Cave" takes things in an even darker direction, with brittle percussion resonating against reverb-heavy ambience. The remixes aren't too shoddy either; Our Circula Sound boss Sigha delivers a remix of the title track with some prickly yet powerful synth blips, and Tommy Four Seven coats "Cave" with an industrial fuzz and into a broken techno nightmare which will destroy any dancefloor.
POLEGROUP 022
10 Mar 14
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Mind-Body Interaction - (3:01) 152 BPM
   
Dualistic Concept - (8:53) 126 BPM
   
Involuntary Response - (5:16) 84 BPM
   
Anatomical Variation - (5:38) 125 BPM
   
Mentally Induced Action - (6:37) 51 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Interrelated - (5:49) 125 BPM
   
Mindful Body - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
201 Element - (6:30) 160 BPM
   
Mechanical Function - (6:16) 120 BPM
   
Muscle & Mind - (6:01) 120 BPM
   
Mental Causation - (4:00) 132 BPM
   
Unconscious - (5:11) 120 BPM
Review: Spanish techno stalwart Oscar Mulero trailed this fourth album in as many years with Dualistic Concept, a set of typically dark, hypnotic and ghostly remixes. That can be found on the second disc, and ties in neatly with the robust, forthright and atmospheric sound of the album itself. Muscle & Mind has moments of beauty, of course - see the blissful ambience of "Mental Causation" and enveloping chords and found sounds of "Unconscious" - but for the most part it's concerned with the power of rhythm. Few are better at wringing maximum intensity from loop-heavy jams, and Mulero's love of dusty white noise, trippy melodies and skittering percussion guarantees variety in the grooves throughout.
POLEGROUP 031
20 Apr 15
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Oscar Mulero - "Reverberation" - (6:06) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Exium - "No Sign Of Weakness" - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Christian Wunsch - "Sleeper Cell" - (5:51) 128 BPM
   
Reeko - "Lynx" - (5:25) 129 BPM
Review: Spanish techno power clique Oscar Mulero, Reeko, Exium and Christian Wunsch load and fire part six of their Seleccion Natural series out of Mulero's Polegroup canon. The previous five blasts came from Reeko's Mental Disorder, Christian Wunsch's Tsunami Records and Mulero's native Warm Up Recordings. Reeko's "Lynx" is a hi-octane power-trip of scratchy industrialism and gunshot snares jacked with a ferocious pace, as is Mulero's "Reverberation" only to a more bleepy and streamlined effect, with obvious fidelity toward Surgeon, Regis and Jeff Mills. Had Wunsch's booming "Sleep Cell" not been released here, it could easily hold its own among the factory-made releases of Perc Trax. Exium proceed with break-beat drums in "No Sign Of Weakness" which aggressively lends itself to a trove of over-driven bass squelches, piston pushing white noise and a tribal ramshackle of percussion - cabalistic techno at it's most dangerous.
POLEGROUP 013
16 Jul 12
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Oscar Mulero/Various
   
Unknown Landscapes Mix Vol 1 (continuous mix by Oscar Mulero) - (1:08:56) 126 BPM
POLEGROUP 020
25 Nov 13
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Second Skin (original mix) - (6:24) 83 BPM
   
Second Skin (Architectural remix) - (5:41) 123 BPM
   
Second Skin (Architectural Digital Bonus remix) - (5:53) 123 BPM
   
Rotar (original mix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
   
Rotar (Tensal remix) - (6:06) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rotar (Tensal Digital Bonus remix) - (6:36) 127 BPM
Review: Spanish techno veteran Oscar Mulero goes deeper than usual on Second Skin. The title track is underpinned by a typical Mulero stepping rhythm, but has he added feature of chords flowing and churning overhead. In a similar vein is "Rotar". Based on a straighter arrangement, firing percussion and a rumbling groove underpin synths that soar and swoop like autumn leaves in the wind. The mood changes for the darker with the remixes. Architectural's two versions of the title track are characterised by jagged percussion and intense acid burns, while Tensal's takes on "Rotar" are spring-loaded with churning filters and tough kicks.
POLEGROUP 037
11 Mar 16
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Unveiling Of Reality - (5:45) 132 BPM
   
Out Of Field - (5:36) 130 BPM
   
Wandering Nowhere - (5:39) 126 BPM
   
Unnoticed Absence - (5:32) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Reeko
POLEGROUP 054
07 Dec 18
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Internal Pressure (original mix) - (5:48) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dissolution (original mix) - (5:48) 128 BPM
   
Dissolution (Tensal remix) - (6:22) 128 BPM
   
Exceed By Delicacy (original mix) - (5:18) 129 BPM
Played by: Phase Fatale
POLEGROUP 051
29 Jun 18
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Cyberpunk - (6:33) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dystopic Futures - (6:44) 130 BPM
   
Empirical Science - (5:50) 130 BPM
Review: Spanish producer Reeko impresses with a killer three-tracker for Oscar Mulero's label. "Cyberpunk" starts off with a high-paced, pulsing electronic rhythm featuring snappy percussion, which midway through veers towards jarring, industrial riff-led intensity. The end product sounds like the soundtrack to a chase scene in a sci-fi movie. Despite its title, "Dystopic Futures" is less frenetic but still sees Reeko test the limits of techno acceptability with repetitive metallic jabs. Finally, the title track features the bassy menace of Orphx, but is combined with an evil filter that could only be the work of this maverick talent.
POLE 007
06 Jun 11
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Empty Streets - (6:01) 128 BPM
   
Bad Mood - (5:11) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dishonest Thoughts - (5:43) 128 BPM
   
Sunday Night - (6:18) 124 BPM
Review: Spain's Reeko returns to the dance floor for his latest excursion on Oscar Mulero's label. Tough, tribal beats, rolling grooves and insistent rhythms are on offer across these four tracks. However, to describe Reeko's music in such simplistic terms is to do it a disservice. Each track on this release has an extra layer, an added dimension that makes it stand out from the increasingly crowded tough techno scene. On "Empty Streets", this manifests itself in the form of niggling percussion, the title track is characterised by its tough tribal beats and best of all, "Dishonest Thoughts" resonates to gut-wrenching sub-bass.
POLEGROUP 033
31 Aug 15
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Momentum - (7:39) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Miracle - (6:20) 133 BPM
   
Indonesian's Dream - (5:21) 133 BPM
Review: Reeko's reputation as a hard techno producer takes something of a battering - in the best possible way - on Momentum. The title track starts with ticking percussion and a squelchy, cavernous rhythm, but rather than intensify, it leads into a mellow, filtered denouement ending in textured ambience. "Miracle" maintains and builds on this approach, its beats softer and its chord sequence sounding like it would be more at home on a deep house release. Reeko reverts to type on "Indonesian's Dream". There, tight rhythms play out over dense, dubby beats, but the inclusion of dreamy, Detroit-style pads shows that for this release at least, Reeko is leaving his banging sensibilities at the studio door.
POLEGROUP 011
27 Feb 12
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TZXX-1 - (7:13) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dusty Humans - (5:42) 133 BPM
   
Dog Bite - (5:11) 128 BPM
   
Animals Fight Back - (5:55) 133 BPM
Played by: Kessell
POLEGROUP 048
17 Nov 17
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Reeko - "Recharger" - (5:30) 125 BPM
   
Sawf - "Trivoli" - (8:07) 128 BPM
   
Perc - "405" - (6:06) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Christian Wunsch - "Alpha Particle" - (6:01) 126 BPM
Review: The only question that arises from this collaborative release is: why did it take so long? As this split release shows, Perc's label and Oscar Mulero's Pole Group share a lot of common ground, but the key difference is that the UK operation has an underlying grittiness. This is evident on the sweeping chords and grinding rhythms of Sawf's "Trivoli" and Perc's "405", the latter a stomping, slamming affair led by distorted kicks and a ferocious, militaristic rhythm. By contrast, the Pole Group material is more considered. Reeko's "Recharger" is a drummy affair led by a tapestry of hissing percussion, while Christian Wunsch's "Alpha Particle" is a deep space serving of alien, acid-led techno.
POLEGROUP 019
18 Nov 13
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Daphne RXX - "Aspects" (original mix) - (1:44) 83 BPM
   
Mike Parker - "Serrated Formation" (original mix) - (5:24) 128 BPM
   
Reggy Van Oers - "Unobtrusive" (original mix) - (8:26) 127 BPM
   
Reeko - "Basic Sentence" (original mix) - (5:52) 133 BPM
   
Karl Bult - "System" (original mix) - (7:00) 130 BPM
   
DJ Hyperactive - "A Running Start" (original mix) - (6:03) 130 BPM
   
Jonas Kopp - "Fu Factor" (original mix) - (4:33) 128 BPM
   
Exium - "Fluid Dynamics" (original mix) - (5:35) 85 BPM
   
Kwartz - "Slow Motion" (original mix) - (5:44) 127 BPM
   
Pfirter - "Ver" (original mix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "In Full Circle" (original mix) - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
Unbalance - "Rejected" (original mix) - (5:29) 130 BPM
   
Tensal - "Concatenation" (original mix) - (6:08) 127 BPM
   
Kessell - "Addictive States" (original mix) - (6:01) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Reeko - "Dead Animal" (original mix) - (6:32) 132 BPM
   
Refracted - "Positive Charge" (original mix) - (7:03) 127 BPM
   
Kangding Ray - "Khat" (original mix) - (8:09) 87 BPM
   
Donor - "Last Cause" (original mix) - (6:37) 128 BPM
   
Mod 21 - "Phasing" (original mix) - (7:03) 127 BPM
   
Trolley Route - "Sunflowers" (original mix) - (6:25) 122 BPM
   
Lussuria - "Dockside Pickup" (original mix) - (7:05) 117 BPM
   
Positive Centre - "Forever Optimun" (original mix) - (4:57)
   
Reeko - "Unknown Landscapes Vol 4" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:13:47) 129 BPM
Played by: Kessell, OPTICIAN
Review: Oscar Mulero's Polegroup label closes the year with a mammoth compilation that defines the current state of the techno nation. As Unknown Landscapes shows, it is a diverse place. There's droning ambience from Daphne RXX, while Reeko, Reggy Van Oers and Mike Parker deliver bleep-heavy, hypnotic groove that draw on the influence of F.U.S.E and Sandwell District. Heads-down loopy fare is also catered for - with the spiky percussion and bleak filters of Jonas Koop's "Fu Factor" standing out - and the form also revisits the rough, analogue sound of the 90s thanks to Karl Bult and American scene veteran DJ Hyperactive's contributions.
POLEGROUP 42CD
09 Dec 16
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Expedition 1 (original mix) - (6:08) 127 BPM
   
Expedition 1 (Exium remix) - (6:36) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Expedition 2 (original mix) - (6:43) 127 BPM
   
Expedition 3 (original mix) - (7:35) 127 BPM
Review: Berlin-based Refracted has released on a range of labels, including Silent Season and Slow Life, but no matter where he puts out material, the result is the same - hypnotic, mesmerizing techno. This debut on Polegroup is a case in point; "Expedition 1" takes its cues from Mike Parker and even Hawtin's FUSE project, but Refracted uses 303s to build and build over a fathomic sub-bass and hissing, lean percussion. "Expedition 2" uses a similar approach, as Refracted substitutes the pulsing acid with chiming chords. On the third "Expedition", the sound is more earthy, with heavy kicks providing the backing for Refracted's percussive bursts, while Exium's take on the first "Expedition" completes the release with dubby effects and a cavernous bass.
POLEGROUP 045
14 Apr 17
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RibA© - "Atop" - (6:07) 127 BPM
   
Oisel - "Erosione" - (6:21) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Refracted - "The Drums" - (7:03) 127 BPM
   
Ruptur3 - "28064212" - (5:26) 125 BPM
PGAINE 01
02 Mar 18
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Negative Selection - (5:43) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Struggle For Existence - (4:59) 130 BPM
Review: As its title suggests, Digital Bonus is an EP designed for non-vinyl fans of Seleccion Natural, the techno super group comprising Reeko, Tensal and Oscar Mulero. The good news for digital DJs is that this is not something that has been rushed out or released as an afterthought. "Negative Selection" catches them in full flight, with tough, steely drums and pounding kicks delivering the kind of killer, punchy techno that they are best known for. "Struggle for Existence" is better still, with Seleccion Natural combing surging chord sequences with a murky, meat bass that will level sound systems. Overall, it's a great digital selection.
POLEGROUP 0501
02 Jul 18
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Expression Gnt - (5:28) 130 BPM
   
Molecular Genetics - (5:31) 130 BPM
   
Hox Genes - (5:16) 130 BPM
   
Biological Fitness - (5:28) 130 BPM
   
Random Mutations - (6:42) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Genotype - (6:29) 130 BPM
   
Geometric Animal - (5:31) 130 BPM
   
Evolution - (5:24) 130 BPM
Review: To mark the 50th release on PoleGroup, its owner Oscar Mulero has teamed up with Exium and Reeko to create the Selecci?n Natural project. Beginning with the stepping rhythm and bleak acid of "Expression Gnt", this release defines everything that the Spanish label stands for. There's the pile-driving tribal beats and swooshing filters of "Molecular Genetics", while on "Hox Genes", the trio veer into dense broken beats and wild, psychedelic reverberations. "Biological Fitness" is a straighter, more industrial groove, while a reminder that the Spanish label is nothing if not diverse comes in the shape of banging, tranced out peak-time "Random Mutations". Here's to 50 more releases.
POLEGROUP 050
01 Jun 18
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Necton - (5:27) 130 BPM
   
Prokaryotic - (5:59) 130 BPM
   
Replicant Isolation - (6:24) 130 BPM
   
Transmutation - (5:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Seleccion Natural is the third EP to mark the milestone of Polegroup's 50th release - and it's a thrilling affair. Seleccion Natural, the techno super group comprising Oscar Mulero, Exium and Reeko, starts the release with the atmospheric broken beats of "Necton", before taking the tempo up with the dense "Prokaryotic", which is still led by hammering kicks. On "Replicant Isolation", the trio shift the focus again back to broken beats, but this time the filters are more powerful and the drums steelier. Rounding off the release is "Transmutation": different to the preceding tracks, it's underpinned by a menacing, ebm bass and firing, razor sharp percussion.
POLEGROUP 0502
14 Sep 18
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Split Didactics - (6:17) 134 BPM
   
A New Description Of Hell - (5:34) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Selecci?n Natural, a collaborative project between Spanish techno veterans Oscar Mulero, Exium and Reeko, serves up another visceral EP. A taster for their forthcoming debut long player, it draws on classic influences such as Mills and the catalogue of New York label Synewave but also features the contributors' stream lined approach. This is audible on the title track, where scuffled kicks and distorted kicks are underpinned by a rolling, filtered rhythm. On the flip side, "A New Description of Hell" offers an even more brutal take on this style; upping the tempo, the trio drop pounding drums and waves of electronic riffs that keep on building.
POLEGROUP 56
08 Sep 19
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Absolute Zero - (3:52) 128 BPM
   
Moving Forward - (5:29) 134 BPM
   
From Out Of Nowhere - (5:30) 134 BPM
   
Future Ride - (5:30) 134 BPM
   
Left Behind - (6:35) 134 BPM
   
Inverse And Perverse - (3:02) 132 BPM
   
Rolling On The Ground - (5:33) 134 BPM
   
Modernist Descents - (5:18) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Cristian Varela
POLEGROUP 057
15 Nov 19
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SCJKN-06 - (6:05) 127 BPM
   
SCJKN-13 - (6:05) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
SCJKN-15 - (5:58) 126 BPM
   
SCJKN-09 - (6:02) 127 BPM
POLEGROUP 017
16 Sep 13
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SCMWY-01 - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
SCMWY-02 - (5:54) 123 BPM
   
SCMWY-03 - (6:37) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
SCMWY-04 - (6:52) 126 BPM
Review: The producer behind Polar Angle probably won't win any prizes for track titles, but in the world of underground techno, such small issues don't matter. All that counts is that SCMWY-01" is a rolling, dense affair, supported by dense claps, while SCMWY-02 opts for an alternate approach, favouring more tranced out chords and grimy beats. But neither track can prepare the listener for SCMWY-03". Its thundering drums come hurtling in over a high paced groove, like a juggernaut veering out of control, while the fourth installment is the hardest track of them all thanks to its searing, aggressive drums.
POLEGROUP 015
18 Feb 13
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SCBPA - 23 - (6:46) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
SCBPA - 20 - (6:13) 128 BPM
   
SCBPA - 24 - (6:37) 128 BPM
   
SCBPA - 07 - (6:00) 127 BPM
Review: Oscar Mulero and Christian Wunsch's Spherical Coordinates collaboration may have a home away from home in Belgian techno titans Token, but their HQ will always be Pole Group. After two releases on Token, Mulero and Wunsch return to Spain for their fifth Spherical Coordinates record together and another masterclass in burrowing club constructions. Those techno selectors whose every weekend is spent in the booths testing the soundsystems and dancefloors of basements and warehouses will naturally gravitate towards these four cuts, where relentless drums and deep, ever evolving atmospheres rule at large.
POLEGROUP 027
10 Nov 14
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Cause 1 - (6:51) 127 BPM
   
Cause 2 - (6:06) 127 BPM
   
Effect 1 - (5:55) 127 BPM
   
Effect 2 - (6:03) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Hector Sandoval's Tensal has been brewing the brood since 2014 and he's played a significant role in shaping the current aesthetic of Developer's Modularz label in recent years. Closely aligned with Modularz is Oscar Mulero's formidable Pole Group, and now Tensal brings his aggression to the label for the first time. The EP provides two "Cause" and two "Effects" tracks with both halves definable by their sound; "Cause 1" is cold and bleepy, Cause 2" a little warmer and electronic, while "Effect 1" is some serious heat for the Tresor vault. But for us all roads lead to "Effect 2", a bombastic wave of techno terror with a deathly arpeggio of staccato synths. Bomb.
POLEGROUP 039
05 Aug 16
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DVS1 - "Strobe" - (7:18) 132 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Second Layer" - (6:09) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Christian Wunsch - "Thooft" - (5:53) 127 BPM
   
Exium - "Solar Masses" - (5:42) 125 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Electric Storm" - (7:11) 129 BPM
   
Reeko - "Enlightenment Process" - (7:02) 125 BPM
   
Adam X - "Meridien Arc" - (6:18) 126 BPM
   
Forward Strategy Group - "Plough" - (8:30) 124 BPM
   
Victor Martinez - "Relay Truncate" - (6:45) 128 BPM
   
Jonas Kopp - "M31" - (7:32) 130 BPM
   
Kwartz - "Hate" - (6:08) 127 BPM
   
Developer - "Hold It Down" - (6:18) 129 BPM
   
Pfirter - "Graviton" - (5:40) 127 BPM
   
Spherical Coordinates - "SCHLN-10" - (6:04) 127 BPM
   
NX1 - "P1" - (7:10) 127 BPM
   
Tadeo - "They So" - (6:03) 128 BPM
Review: Oscar Mulero's Pole Group closes out the year with a collection from some of techno's most respected producers. While the overall tone on Unknown Landscapes is dark and at times unsettling, it never strays into the plodding furrowed-brow seriousness that often besets contemporary techno. DVS1's "Strobe" sees the US DJ deliver churning chords over a grinding, metallic rhythm, while Reeko's "Enlightenment Process" shifts from pounding broken beats into a spacey, filtered segue. That's not to suggest that the label or its owner have gone soft either; the squelchy acid and stinging riffs of Jonas Kopp's "M31" is as intense as it gets, but at the same time, contributions from Adam X and Forward Strategy Group tingle and pulse in a dubby, fuzzy afterglow.
POLEGROUP 021
09 Dec 13
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Various
   
Reeko - "Miracle" (original mix) - (6:20) 133 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Tidal Acceleration" (original mix) - (5:41) 130 BPM
   
Exium - "Mantra" (original mix) - (5:47) 136 BPM
   
Christian Wunsch - "Complete Surrender" (original mix) - (6:13) 129 BPM
   
Exium - "Complex" (Rolando remix) - (8:02) 130 BPM
   
Spherical Coordinates - "SCJKN-13" (original mix) - (6:05) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Reeko - "Cyberpunk" (original mix) - (6:33) 133 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Horses" (original mix) - (5:18) 133 BPM
   
Christian Wunsch - "Planetary Alignment" (original mix) - (6:53) 129 BPM
   
Exium - "After Exposure" (original mix) - (5:27) 135 BPM
Review: Oscar Mulero's label consistently puts out forward thinking techno - and this compilation is no exception. It may start with a surprise for some fans of the Spanish producer's broken beat sounds, with Reeko's "Miracle" delivering ghostly synths over a snaking bass line and Exium's "Mantra" featuring the kind of warbling trance melodies that one would associate with deep Detroit techno. Mulero's own "Tidal Acceleration" heralds a shift back towards more typical sounds as distorted, mangled drums support cold bleeps and a stepping rhythm, while Rolando drops a firing, percussive take on Exium's "Complex". Still, there is enough room for diversity as the skewed metallic rhythms and broken beats of Christian Wunsch's "Complete Surrender" demonstrate.
POLEGROUPDC 1
20 Oct 14
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Various
   
Sleeparchive - "Multicolored Works" (original mix) - (6:07) 132 BPM
   
Lewis Fautzi - "Skin" (original mix) - (5:04) 128 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Genetix" (original mix) - (7:34) 120 BPM
   
Reeko - "Animals Fight Back" (original mix) - (5:55) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tensal - "Cause 2" (original mix) - (6:06) 127 BPM
   
Kangding Ray - "Khat" (original mix) - (8:09) 87 BPM
   
Reeko - "Bad Mood" (original mix) - (5:11) 128 BPM
   
Exium - "The 12th Planet" - (5:19) 124 BPM
   
Kessell - "Prana" (original mix) - (5:22) 126 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Mentally Induced Action" - (6:37) 127 BPM
   
Exium - "Early Life" (original mix) - (5:41) 128 BPM
   
Kwartz - "A Tragic End" (original mix) - (7:19) 126 BPM
Played by: FLEKITZA, Kessell
POLEGROUPDC 2
07 Jun 19
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Various
   
Elemnt - "No 4" - (2:11) 131 BPM
   
Reeko - "Princess Of Nothing" - (7:01) 127 BPM
   
Oscar Mulero - "Carousel" - (5:53) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Exium - "Recovery" - (5:07) 128 BPM
   
Makaton - "First Order" - (6:50) 128 BPM
   
Fanon Flowers - "Metallic Conduction" - (5:46) 128 BPM
   
Kuf - "Dromloop" - (5:58) 132 BPM
   
Astronomical Telegram - "Keter" - (7:00) 129 BPM
   
Milton Bradley - "SYS 2064" - (4:30) 133 BPM
   
Oisel - "Vortice" - (5:58) 135 BPM
   
Lewis Fautzi - "Internally" - (5:28) 130 BPM
   
Dold - "Fatal Error" - (5:30) 131 BPM
   
Farceb - "Skeptical" - (5:32) 87 BPM
   
Alderaan - "Celtis" - (6:07) 128 BPM
   
Steve Stoll - "Road Agent" - (5:00) 132 BPM
   
Marcelus - "Nucleus" - (5:27) 132 BPM
   
Oliver Rosemann - "Dekoharenz" - (6:44) 130 BPM
   
Kwartz - "No Way Out Of The Hole" - (5:23) 130 BPM
   
Dimi Angelis - "Static Fields" - (5:13) 132 BPM
   
Pfirter - "Automatic" - (5:39) 130 BPM
   
The Transhumans - "Bodiless" - (5:41) 133 BPM
   
Dold - "Isolate" - (2:56) 90 BPM
   
Various - "Unknown Landscapes Vol 5 Part 1" (continuous DJ mix by Jonas Kopp) - (34:41) 128 BPM
   
Various - "Unknown Landscapes Vol 5 Part 2" (continuous DJ mix by Jonas Kopp) - (35:16) 129 BPM
POLEGROUP 49CD
26 Jan 18
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