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Collapsing Empires
   
Concrete Cogitation - (5:46) 136 BPM
   
Collapsing Empires - (7:08) 128 BPM
   
Dead Reckon - (4:58) 131 BPM
   
Glory To Labour - (7:29) 129 BPM
   
Transfiguration - (4:48) 120 BPM
   
As Far As Dreams - (7:02) 130 BPM
   
Dronegail - (3:38) 154 BPM
   
Palace Of Pioneers - (6:22) 128 BPM
   
Empire Collapsing - (6:25) 154 BPM
Review: Front Line Assembly member Rhys Fulber returns to deliver his third artist album for Sonic Groove. As before, his ability to take a wider view of industrial is audible from the get-go, with the punishing, bruising rhythm of "Concrete Cogitation" imbued with neo-classical strings and the dense rumble of "Collapsing Empires" breaking into wired electronic blips. Sandwiched in between heads-down numbers like "Glory to Labour", Fulber also impresses with his ventures into home listening soundscapes, and the atmospheric "Dead Reckon" the ominous swells of "Transfiguration". The dramatic, haunting tones of "Empire Collapse" also shows that Collapsing Empires was designed for the mind as much as the feet.
SGLP 12
13 May 22
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Threat
   
Shifting Fields - (6:20) 114 BPM
   
Flesh Sacrifice - (6:17) 132 BPM
   
The Unwinding - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Spectral Dimension - (6:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cost Of Lies - (5:13) 126 BPM
   
Razor Rubble - (5:50) 130 BPM
   
Capacity Of Brutality - (7:15) 130 BPM
   
Devout Error - (6:31) 136 BPM
   
Edge Scraper - (6:08) 128 BPM
   
Absence - (4:07) 119 BPM
SGLP 13
04 Apr 22
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Dark & Filthy
   
El Kinky - (3:22) 135 BPM
   
Psycho Runner - (5:43) 135 BPM
   
Gallic Message - (4:33) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Darkness - (5:52) 87 BPM
SGD 2192
07 Mar 22
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Now I Am Become Death
   
Sick Society - (4:48) 126 BPM
   
Everything Is Not OK - (5:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rave Act Law (Never Forget) - (5:42) 138 BPM
   
P.T.S.D. - (5:52) 133 BPM
   
Now I Am Become Death - (6:07) 132 BPM
   
Destroy The Status Quo - (6:17) 133 BPM
   
E.K.M. - (6:54) 136 BPM
   
What You Want (Rodersdorf Trip) - (7:24) 140 BPM
   
Childhood Dreams - (5:49) 131 BPM
SGLP 11
04 Feb 22
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Rudersdorf Acid Tracks
   
88 Tram - (4:24) 55 BPM
   
Walk In The Woods - (6:14) 130 BPM
   
Dystopic Monolithic Structures - (6:53) 122 BPM
   
A Trip Into The Past - (6:41) 85 BPM
   
Dissociation In Desolation - (6:11) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
1993 Acid Flashbacks - (6:10) 133 BPM
   
Telepathy With Dead Friends - (6:09) 131 BPM
   
Meteors Galore - (6:27) 130 BPM
   
Perceived Alien Invasion - (6:27) 122 BPM
SGLP 10
04 Feb 22
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Medievaist Warhead
   
Medievalist Warhead - (4:51) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Absinthe Fairy - (5:37) 89 BPM
   
Defining The Demon - (5:46) 131 BPM
   
Steff Unno Sun Dri - (6:39) 138 BPM
   
Ataraxia 11 - (6:33) 90 BPM
SGD 2103
20 Dec 21
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Distressing Visions
   
The Seer - (4:48) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Krieg: Waging A War Against The State - (5:05) 134 BPM
   
The Threshold - (4:29) 131 BPM
   
Praxis - (6:13) 136 BPM
   
1971 Punishments - (6:52) 131 BPM
   
Ideologies Ablaze - (4:40) 134 BPM
   
Utopia - (5:57) 142 BPM
   
Elektroshoker - (3:53) 136 BPM
   
Guillotine - (6:39) 140 BPM
   
Hopeless - (5:29) 135 BPM
SGLP 09
13 Sep 21
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Sonic Groove: 25 Years (1995-2020)
Various
   
The Source Experience - "Subar" - (6:41) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Max Durante - "Mondo Violento" - (6:07) 130 BPM
   
Orphx - "Revolt & Love" - (6:09) 136 BPM
   
Diagenetic Origin - "Born Against" - (5:05) 129 BPM
   
Panacea - "Storm" - (7:49) 135 BPM
   
Maedon - "Vorsicht" - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Rhys Fulber & Portion Control - "Dodge The Bullet" - (8:01) 128 BPM
   
Crystal Geometry - "State Violence" - (6:09) 134 BPM
   
Monolith - "Take Control" - (4:58) 140 BPM
   
Adam X - "Standing The Test Of Time" - (6:46) 130 BPM
   
Dasha Rush - "Romance 22" - (6:45) 133 BPM
   
Realmz - "Hellbent" - (4:40) 130 BPM
Review: There is no doubt that Sonic Groove is one of techno music's most seminal labels, and it now celebrates reaching a quarter century with a compilation of unreleased tracks from its roster of artists. Veteran producers The Source Experience and Italy's Max Durante deliver pounding, ebm-themed club tracks, while Orphx descend down their trademark signature route on the growling, acid-heavy "Revolt & Love". Dasha Rush's pulsating "Romance 22" is sure to appeal to those who prefer a less abrasive approach, but Sonic Groove's association with pared back, industrial techno is best encapsulated by label owner Adam X's stepping, brooding "Standing the Test of Time."
SGLP 08
09 Nov 20
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Escape To Berlin
   
American Dream (Unmasked version) - (5:56) 134 BPM
   
Eye Of The Needle - (7:02) 128 BPM
   
Pandemonium - (6:24) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SGD 2002
28 Sep 20
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Second System
   
Future Expansion - (7:00) 77 BPM
   
Provisions - (5:31) 100 BPM
   
The Winfield Spur - (5:11) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
South 4st Connection - (6:55) 57 BPM
   
Shell Stations - (7:25) 105 BPM
   
Bell Mouth - (5:49) 105 BPM
   
Elevated Dreams - (6:38) 57 BPM
   
Uncompleted Remnants - (6:02) 110 BPM
   
Mystery At 76st - (5:39) 105 BPM
   
Subway Inertia - (5:52) 80 BPM
   
Nine Decades Later - (6:23) 70 BPM
SGXLP 01
08 Jun 20
Experimental/Electronic
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Going Back To Belgium
   
Going Back To Belgium - (6:53) 130 BPM
   
Galactoid - (6:50) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Steel Sky - (5:54) 128 BPM
SGDAX 03
30 Mar 20
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Outflow Boundary
   
Downbursts - (8:25) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wind Shear Detection (Vertical mix) - (8:51) 128 BPM
SGDAX 01
30 Mar 20
Techno
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Coercive Persuasion
   
Coercive Persuasion - (7:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deprogramming Sequence - (6:03) 127 BPM
SGDAX 02
30 Mar 20
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Hounds
   
Vein - (6:17) 126 BPM
   
Sonic Assault - (5:53) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Umami - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
Last Strike - (5:18) 122 BPM
SGD 2001
30 Mar 20
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Senestre
   
Occupied Territories - (6:41) 134 BPM
   
Political Prisoners - (6:21) 135 BPM
   
1312 Bombs - (5:03) 138 BPM
   
Open The Gate - (6:23) 140 BPM
   
Tenebres - (4:25) 138 BPM
   
Sirius Light - (6:33) 135 BPM
   
We Follow The Left Hand Path - (6:54) 135 BPM
   
No Respect For Officials - (3:59) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spiritu Superiori - (6:06) 129 BPM
   
Trve Cubic Black Pyrite - (6:17) 134 BPM
SGLP 07
31 Jan 20
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Baut Mit!
   
Misery Whip (Tommy Four Seven remix) - (5:16) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Apostel (Headless Horseman remix) - (5:09) 130 BPM
   
Fission (Traversable Wormhole remix) - (6:19) 130 BPM
   
Right Hand Of The Free World (Phase Fatale remix) - (6:22) 128 BPM
SGLP 06RX
10 Dec 19
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Against His Will
   
Illusion - (6:14) 130 BPM
   
Limited Hangout - (5:39) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Special Report - (5:35) 130 BPM
   
Alchemy - (6:21) 113 BPM
Played by: Rave Energy
SGD 1991
14 Oct 19
Techno
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Ostalgia
   
Fountain Of National Radio - (7:48) 128 BPM
   
12 Steppes - (6:31) 130 BPM
   
Konsum - (5:55) 128 BPM
   
Neolithic Chasm - (5:15) 128 BPM
   
Right Hand Of The Free World - (5:59) 128 BPM
   
Misery Whip - (6:21) 135 BPM
   
Apostel - (5:21) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fission - (5:52) 126 BPM
SGLP 06
09 Sep 19
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The Cyber Heresy
   
For All Individuals - (6:01) 132 BPM
   
63 Moons - (6:24) 128 BPM
   
Butlerian Jihad - (6:06) 133 BPM
   
Pandemics - (6:03) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Rave Energy
SGD 1990
05 Jul 19
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Corruption Of Form
   
Corruption Of Form - (5:53) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dissipate - (5:55) 115 BPM
   
Federal Republic - (6:10) 134 BPM
   
Threat Perception - (6:17) 147 BPM
SGD 1989
15 Apr 19
Techno
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Beyond The Boundaries
   
Beyond All Boundaries - (6:32) 130 BPM
   
Fibre Optix - (7:53) 130 BPM
   
The Sign - (6:09) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walrus - (6:46) 130 BPM
Review: Mathis Mootz aka The Panacea was originally known for his drum'n'bass releases, but changed course and now does a face-melting variation on hard techno. As the title track on Boundaries, his second release for Sonic Groove demonstrates, he hasn't lost his love of break beats - and the grinding, pile-driving track occasionally drops into breaks and sped-up, hardcore vocal samples. "Fibre Optix" is somewhat more restrained, but while the tempo is less hectic, the arrangement still implodes in a wall of acid-drenched noise. "The Sign" sees Mootz veer down an industrial route as a streamlined, pulsating groove underpins tortured vocal samples, while "Walrus" marks a return of those unmistakable break beats, this time supporting distorted noise.
SGD 1988
28 Jan 19
Techno
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Red Faith Militia
   
Social Injustice - (7:03) 130 BPM
   
Coldest October - (6:04) 128 BPM
   
Appropriating The Means Of Production - (6:08) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Submission - (6:26) 129 BPM
SGD 1887
18 Dec 18
Techno
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Recon Mission
   
Tales Of Mystery - (6:15) 115 BPM
   
Earth Base One - (6:29) 125 BPM
   
Modular Bodies - (5:54) 128 BPM
   
Bimini Wall - (6:26) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Recon Mission - (6:27) 132 BPM
   
The Never Ending Quest - (5:36) 130 BPM
   
Search & Retrieval - (5:02) 130 BPM
   
Delusions Of Paranoia - (5:33) 120 BPM
   
Mythological Creatures - (6:16) 120 BPM
SGLP 05
01 Nov 18
Techno
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Learn To Suffer
   
Solipsist - (6:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bare Life - (6:17) 126 BPM
   
Pain Is A Teacher - (6:56) 88 BPM
   
Tromo Nakmo - (7:25) 128 BPM
Review: Electronic music doesn't get much darker than Orphx. They were last seen back in 2016 with the excellent Pitch Black Mirror album, and thankfully, not much has changed since. The industrial duo still blend noise, techno and ebm better than anyone else. This fusion is audible on the menacing, stepping opener, "Solipisit", which veers off into acrid acid or on the pummelling, pounding rhythm of "Bare Life", which features abstract noise and searing guitars in the background. On the furious, frenetic rhythms of "Pain is the Teacher", it sounds like Rich Oddie has taken to the mic to dispense the quick pace vocal lines, while "Tröma Nakmo" is a pounding, distorted banger.
SGD 1886
01 Oct 18
Techno
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The Art Of Rage
   
New Belgian Resistance - (6:58) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Molotov - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Machine Gun - (5:02) 130 BPM
   
Born From Pain - (5:32) 131 BPM
Review: Veteran artist Max Durante continues his relationship with Sonic Groove with this killer, 80s-influenced EP. "New Belgian Resistance" is an oppressive ebm/techno workout that resounds to a throbbing, pulsating bass and cold, robotic drums. "Molotov" is slower but just as menacing, with the Italian artist delivering a low-slung, acid-laced groove that will appeal to fans of original New Beat but also to contemporary artists like The Hacker. "Machine Gun" is like a halfway house between both of these tracks. with Durante laying down an unflinching rhythm laden down with shrieking vocal samples. Closing out the release is "Born From Pain", a slowed down workout with sharp percussive bursts that shows Durante is adept at applying his love of EBM to differing tempos.
SGD 1885
13 Sep 18
Techno
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Your Dystopia, My Utopia
   
Cognitivia - (5:40) 153 BPM
   
Limited Vision - (7:20) 124 BPM
   
Inhabits Eternity - (7:12) 128 BPM
   
Creosote - (6:52) 127 BPM
   
Anhedonia - (6:39) 133 BPM
   
Truncheon - (5:35) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
My Church - (7:47) 130 BPM
   
The Sick - (6:16) 140 BPM
   
You Can Kill Them Or You Can Feed Them - (6:21) 128 BPM
Review: Rhys Fulber is a veteran producer who was best known for his work as part of Front Line Assembly. Your Dystopia is his debut album under his own name, and it's a bleak but enthralling affair. From the dense, stepping breaks of "Cognitivia" and "Inhabits Eternity" - where a creepy vocal insinuates itself into the arrangement - through the pounding, ebm-fuelled "Limited Vision" and "Creosote", and the tough techno of "Truncheon", a bleak mood hangs over each track. While it is more visceral than Fulber's storied back catalogue as Front Line Assembly, pieces like "Anhedonia" do imagine the brutal, dystopian world that Fulber has always hinted at with irresistible malevolence.
SGLP 04
04 Jun 18
Techno
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Mindfold
   
Force Magnetic - (7:40) 130 BPM
   
Incursion - (7:08) 130 BPM
   
Unbind - (5:44) 130 BPM
   
Hybrid 9 - (6:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SGD 1884
07 May 18
Techno
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The Heart And The Stone
   
The Heart Takes The Stone - (8:05) 126 BPM
   
The Stone Invokes The Body - (5:54) 110 BPM
   
The Burden Imprisons The Mind - (6:57) 120 BPM
   
The Body Falters Beneath The Burden - (7:05) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SGD 1883
12 Mar 18
Techno
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Above The Absolute
   
Above The Absolute '96 - (6:53) 130 BPM
   
Most Basic Resolution - (8:00) 130 BPM
   
Overdrive EE - (9:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walter - (6:24) 130 BPM
Review: With a background in hip-hop and drum'n'bass, The Panacea, aka Mathis Mootz has been challenging audiences since the mid-90s. Now focusing on 4/4 based tracks, the German producer has made a slight name change (it was previously just 'Panacea') to reflect his latest artistic shift. This four-tracker on Adam X's label pushes the conventional notion of techno to its very limits. "Above the Absolute 96" combines pounding kicks and PCP Trax-like hardcore riffs. It sets the scene for "Most Basic Resolution", which sees Mootz up the tempo and drive a muddy bass through a sea of distorted noise. "Overdrive EE" is, despite its name, somewhat more restrained, before Mootz goes in for the kill with the hammering, ebm-on-steroids of "Walter".

SGD 1882
29 Jan 18
Techno
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Infinite Density
   
Infinite Density - (5:48) 50 BPM
   
Panic Stricken - (6:25) 133 BPM
   
No Solace - (6:16) 130 BPM
   
Aum Shinrikyo - (4:48) 68 BPM
   
Survivor Guilt - (4:00) 124 BPM
   
Painkiller - (4:57) 89 BPM
   
Serpentine - (5:15) 134 BPM
   
Infinite Dread - (6:04) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tryptamine - (6:15) 64 BPM
   
Tesselate - (5:50) 64 BPM
   
Dead Still Air - (3:57) 67 BPM
SGLP 03
06 Nov 17
Industrial/Noise
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Into The Black
   
Loose Mechanics - (5:42) 136 BPM
   
Into The Black - (5:12) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Conquest - (5:36) 135 BPM
   
War Cry - (4:22) 138 BPM
Review: Birmingham's Rebekah follows through with another powerful display of techno aggression for Adam X's esteemed industrial electronics imprint. The CLR and Soma Recordings affiliated artist follows up a great release on her own Decoy imprint with the Into The Black EP - and it's a fitting title really. These four techno weapons are pitch black to be precise! The abrasive and shredding onslaught of opening track "Loose Mechanics" sets the theme of the EP immediately while the brooding and contorted techno of the title track brings down the tempo, but certainly not the violence. Tunnelling and heads down techno for strobe-lit warehouse spaces is catered for on the functional "Conquest" while "War Cry" shows off another side of her sonic personality on this somewhat evocative yet dystopian journey through the electro sound. Highly recommended, however please handle with caution!
SGD 1781
23 Oct 17
Techno
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Ain't No God Nor King
   
Katusha - (5:51) 132 BPM
   
Dystopian Drive - (7:03) 134 BPM
   
Black Swan - (8:46) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acid Melancholy - (4:18) 131 BPM
SGD 1780
02 Oct 17
Techno
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Until You Drop
   
Dark As You Like - (5:13) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drop Zone - (6:27) 130 BPM
   
You Won't Find Me (Long mix) - (7:09) 136 BPM
   
You Won't Find Me (Short mix) - (6:36) 130 BPM
Review: Post Scriptum previously released an album on Function's Infrastructure label - now Until You Drop sees him combine his techno background with industrial elements. On "Dark As You Like", this takes the shape of menacing vocals and a twisted, broken beat backing track. It's noisy, eerie and unusual - like Perc getting it on with Trent Reznor. "Drop Zone" is more dance floor friendly, revolving around a noisy, scratchy rhythm, while "You Won't Find Me" sees Post Scriptum up the ante to deliver a throbbing, industrial techno groove, similar in sound to Orphx. It's a bruising, adventurous release from one of techno's most individualistic artists.

SGD 1779
28 Jul 17
Techno
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Realism
   
Effigy - (7:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Reload - (6:07) 86 BPM
   
Minsk Maschinen - (5:51) 117 BPM
   
Abstraction - (5:29) 131 BPM
SGD 1778
26 May 17
Techno
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Chemicals
   
Chemicals (original mix) - (4:45) 125 BPM
   
Chemicals (instrumental) - (4:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wrong Planet - (6:24) 128 BPM
Review: Terence Fixmer and Douglas McCarthy are what you would class as big dawgs in the house and techno game. The two have been present and very much in the frontline since the turn of the millennium, but their collaborative project under the Fixmer/McCarthy banner has been more of a recent conception. They've released plenty of effective dance material for Fixmer's own Planet Rouge imprint so, it was time to branch out, and what better way to do that then release an EP for Adam X's gnarly Sonic Groove? The label's been a staple of the NYC techno diet since the 90s, and it really is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down as it reaches its 30 year birthday. There's two cuts to the electrifying "Chemicals" tune, a first version with the vocals intact, and a second instrumental cut; the base of the tune is high-powered techno with a bubbling electro bass line, and a malevolent flurry of punked-out vocalism. "Wrong Planet" is a stranger sort of beast, a tune that lurks in the depths of the techno underbelly, but that has no problems in launching continuous arial threats in the form of sinister screams and spectral melodies. Enter if you dare...
SGD 1777
16 Mar 17
Techno
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Human Augmentation
   
Beyond Flesh - (5:46) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Unclean Spirit - (5:53) 130 BPM
   
Machine God - (6:15) 130 BPM
   
Instrumentality - (5:50) 133 BPM
Played by: Rave Energy
Review: Joey Blush's Blush Response feels like the perfect blend of two huge, game-changing dynasties in electronic music - the world of New York City, and that of Germany's capital, Berlin. The uncompromising producer now has an impressive catalogue behind him, and also a real reason to claim some of that inimitable EMB flavor, a style that he's managed to warp and twist with utter grace. Interestingly, he appears on Sonic Groove, the legendary NYC techno label, but this feels just right. A bold move for both producer and imprint. "Beyond Flesh" is a poisonous, acid-laden cocktail driven by a rugged sense of industrialism, while "Unclean Spirit" wastes no time, and just rolls the guns out from all angles. "Machine God" is a screaming pile-driver of a tune, bleached in a distorted infusion of machine drums, whereas "Instrumentality" rolls its drums and big-room synth into outer space, leaving the listener wondering why techno hasn't sounded this good in years.
SGD 1776
06 Feb 17
Techno
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Pitch Black Mirror
   
Unknowing - (5:45) 106 BPM
   
Sever The Signal - (6:37) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blood In The Streets - (5:55) 125 BPM
   
Molten Heart - (6:49) 132 BPM
   
Undying - (7:04) 129 BPM
   
Zero Hour - (6:11) 127 BPM
   
Transmutation - (6:57) 128 BPM
   
All Rivers At Once - (6:37) 85 BPM
   
Walk Into The Broken Night - (6:05) 98 BPM
   
Pitch Black Mirror - (5:55) 131 BPM
Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but clearly not for Orphx. Following a series of EPs on Adam X's label, the industrial duo now release their thirteenth studio album and their first long player to feature on Sonic Groove. Mirror has no shortage of the gut-busting broken beat workouts that the project is best known for, best demonstrated on "Sever The Signal" and "Blood In The Streets". Orphx also show that they are equally adept at straight down the line techno - evident on the tortured shrieks and distorted kicks of "Molten Heart" and the deranged acid of "Zero Hour" - but they also effortlessly conjure up the atmospheric, sound scapes of "Walk Into The Broken Night" and the title track.
SGLPD 02
04 Nov 16
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Bedeviled
   
Antagonistic - (6:46) 128 BPM
   
Psychological Tormentor - (6:54) 125 BPM
   
Breaking Thru Your Force Field - (7:10) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Simon Heartfield
Review: Despite the fact that Adam 'X' Mitchell has two high-profile projects on the go - ADMX-71 and Traversable Wormhole - he has still managed to craft this hard-hitting release under his own name. Bedeviled starts with "Antagonistic" which yields pile-driving kicks; hissing piston percussion and horror chord stabs. "Psychological Tormentor" comes next. Like Traversable Wormhole on steroids it certainly lives up to its title thanks to its gut-busting bass and malignant stepping rhythm. Rounding off this display of techno ferocity is "Breaking Thru Your Force Field" where Mitchell pits a murderous grungy bass against cold trance riffs for a ride through the darkest alleys of cyber-punk terror.
SGD 1675
11 Oct 16
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Insurrection Of Inequity
   
Human Rage - (6:21) 130 BPM
   
Tension On Rigaer Strasse - (5:39) 132 BPM
   
Riot R94 - (8:00) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Resistance - (4:00) 128 BPM
Review: Durante has been one of the leading lights in Rome's techno scene since the early '90s, and this release relives those heady days. Like an update of the pounding techno from that period, Durante's second EP on Adam X's label is a proper heads down affair. The aptly named "Human Rage" and "Riot R94" revolve around relentless kick drums and noisy, repetitive stabs. "The Resistance" sees Durante slow down the tempo and add in some eerie, atmospheric textures, but this release's natural home is on the barricades with fists raised as the break beat-led peak time of "Tension on Rigaer Strasse" demonstrates.
SGD 1674
27 Jun 16
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Transition Codes
   
Shesha - (7:18) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Xellerate - (5:39) 133 BPM
   
Anarchemy - (6:27) 83 BPM
   
Sanskrit Vinyasa - (5:44) 131 BPM
Review: The latest addition to the Sonic Groove roster is UNC, a producer from Italy. He opens his account on the US label with "Shesha", a spellbindingly hypnotic techno groove, which sounds like it was recorded at 20,000 leagues beneath the sea. By contrast, "Xellerate" is a densely tangled web of broken beats that is too abstract to work on the dance floor. "Anarchemy" sees UNC back in club mode with its dense, slamming beats and thundering, stepping rhythm hitting the listener like a breezeblock in the face. Finally, there's "Sanskrit Vinyasa"; with its nagging, insistent percussion and snaking bass, it is UNC's most subtle and sophisticated production so far.
SGD 1673
20 Jun 16
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Time Running Out
   
Construct - (5:29) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deconstruct - (4:58) 130 BPM
   
Ghost Cities - (7:00) 128 BPM
   
Time - (5:20) 114 BPM
Review: Eric van Wonterghem follows his 2014 release, Near Crash, on Adam X's label with this visceral four-tracker. Time Running Out is in a similar vein to his Sonic Groove debut; "Construct" sets the tone with its noisy, crunchy beats and insistent, relentless rhythm. "Deconstruct" is based on broken beats, but is also distorted and raw, climaxing in an explosion of white noise. "Ghost Cities" sees the Belgian producer deliver a cleaner, more linear approach, although droning grey clouds hover over the arrangement, but it's only a temporary reprieve for the listener, and the broken beats and lurching bass of "Time" brings the release to a powerful end.
SGD 1672
22 Feb 16
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Golden Age
   
Telepathic Future - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Golden Age - (4:42) 88 BPM
   
Parallel Realities - (6:00) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Awakening - (5:33) 129 BPM
Review: Apparently, Andreas Andreasson aka Diagenetic Origin is a tattoo artist. Whatever about his day work, he certainly leaves his mark with this release for Sonic Groove. The title track is underscored by pummeling, tribal beats, but is laden down with deep textures. It's also not indicative of where Andreasson's mind is at generally on this record. Certainly on "Telepathic Future" it sounds like he is in a foul mood, as broken beats are set to a stepping rhythm, while "Parallel Realities", with its pumping rhythm and booming bass, confirms that he is in a dark place. However, he moves back to a more considered pace for the final track, the slow, hammering beats and resonant bass of "The Awakening".
SGD 1571
20 Oct 15
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In Pursuit Of Myself
   
Say Nothing To No One - (5:07) 129 BPM
   
Empire Down - (6:09) 128 BPM
   
On Craft (SFT mix) - (6:31) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Everyday Life - (4:30) 124 BPM
Review: The Grounded Theory resident continues his fruitful relationship with Adam X's label. At one end of the spectrum there's "Everyday Life", a stripped back minimal track that features spaced out vocals moving in and out of the arrangement. "Empire Down" is Baer's interpretation of acid, with a grinding bass and eerie soundscapes fused with insistent bleeps, while "Say Nothing To No One" marks the harder end of his sound as screeching riffs and broken rhythms are underpinned by punishing kicks. However, the standout track is "On Craft (SFT mix)", where Baer combines relentless claps and 909s for the kind of analogue workout you'd expect to hear on an old Djax-Up Beats record.
SGD 1570
08 Jul 15
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Metastability
   
Kreuzberg - (8:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ansia - (5:50) 126 BPM
   
Italian Decay - (5:04) 126 BPM
Review: Italian producer Durante delivers an intense, brooding work for Adam X's label. "Italian Decay" would have been an apt name for a release which stays on the darker side of the techno sound, and that track's stepping rhythm and dark, snappy drums set the tone for this bleak three-tracker. The mood darkens considerably on "Kreuzberg", where a similar rhythm is fused with razor sharp hi hats and lumbering kicks. However, the track that really encapsulates Durante's mood is "Ansia"; starting with a brooding sound scape, it gradually descends into the kind of intense, claustrophobic rhythm track that could easily pass as a soundtrack to Dante's seventh level of hell.
SGD 1569
28 May 15
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Articulation Pressure
   
It's Some Men's Faith To Face Great Darkness - (6:41) 86 BPM
   
Untold Secrets - (5:29) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Cut - (6:11) 83 BPM
   
Skagerrak - (5:32) 120 BPM
Review: Danish duo Northern Structures make their fifth appearance on Adam X's label, and like the previous releases, Pressure strikes a balance between eerie atmospherics and subtle but bleak industrial rhythms. The rather grandly titled "It's Some Men's Faith To Face Great Darkness" is the best example of these two approaches coming together as stripped back broken beats provide the basis for creepy, swirling textures that hang like ghosts over a swamp. "Untold Secrets" is more subtle and the beats are rickety, but the duo quickly swings back towards a menacing approach. "The Cut" sounds like Hoover bass caked in layers of soot, while "Skagerrak" is a dense, clanging rhythm that sounds like the pair is dropping metal bars down a lift shaft.
SGD 1568
13 Apr 15
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Nocturnal Realm
   
Air Supremacy - (6:01) 129 BPM
   
Circulation - (5:58) 130 BPM
   
Metamorphic - (6:16) 130 BPM
   
Architecture Of Time - (8:44) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
SGD 1467
23 Feb 15
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Irreformable
   
Interchanges (Enter & Exit) - (5:17) 126 BPM
   
Catenary - (5:35) 123 BPM
   
Binary Possession - (7:30) 128 BPM
   
On The Verge Of Decimation - (6:22) 128 BPM
   
Sheer Insanity - (6:20) 130 BPM
   
Irreformable - (6:20) 133 BPM
   
In A Race Against Time - (5:21) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tornado Warning - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
It's All Relative - (5:49) 125 BPM
   
Small Black Object - (5:50) 123 BPM
Review: Always one to charge into more interesting corners of the techno world, Adam X is in fine fettle as he drops his latest album for Sonic Groove, the first on his own label since 1998's Audiobiography. The tone is very much stout and stern, from the industrial-tinged drum hits to the cold and eerie synth content, but of course it's in the rhythmic department where Adam X really shines. At every turn there are intriguing grooves to latch onto, from the drunken lope of the title track with its anthemic hip hop vocal rip, to the opening broken techno drama of "Interchanges". There are more stripped down moments such as the restrained cycles of "Catenary", and some piston pumping bangers like "On The Verge Of Decimation", making this an engaging listen as well as a great collection of techno tracks.
SGLPD 01
21 Oct 14
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Sacrifice
   
What Will Burn - (8:59) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drowning For You - (6:49) 129 BPM
   
Tangled Paths - (7:00) 126 BPM
Review: This is the first Orphx release on Sonic Groove this year and it sounds like there has been no change to the Canadian duo's modus operandi. "What Will Burn" is a pulsating groove that sounds increasingly hypnotic and menacing as it snakes its way over steely drums. "Drowning For You" is similar in sound to 2010's Black Light release - also on Sonic Groove - its brooding bass underpinned by chattering beats and percussive volleys. Finally, there's "Tangled Paths". Less oppressive than Orphx's usual approach, its stepping rhythms and lumbering drums suggest that Oddie and Sealey are sometimes not quite as serious as their catalogue suggests.
SGD 1466
23 Sep 14
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The Galactic Clock
   
Cycles - (5:58) 130 BPM
   
Question - (6:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Galaxy - (6:01) 130 BPM
   
Heart - (6:56) 133 BPM
Review: Swedish producer Andreas Andrasson returns to Adam X's label with a third instalment of punishing, relentless grooves. "Cycles" kick-starts the release with a tough, pumping rhythm and dark swarms of chords, while "Question" follows in a similar vein, its robust, jacking groove strengthened by distorted beats, firing percussion and a disturbing vocal sample. "Galaxy" sees Andrasson up the tempo even more, as deranged stabs and insane percussive volleys propel the groove onwards and upwards. Finally, on "Heart" Andrasson reveals his more abrasive and experimental side; crunchy beats and stepping rhythms are subsumed by waves of distorted noise as the Swedish producer rips up the rulebook.
SGD 1465
23 Jun 14
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Crossing Bridges
   
Eastern Bridge - (6:02) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Eastern Structure - (6:06) 130 BPM
   
Northern Structure - (5:20) 129 BPM
   
Northern Bridge - (7:30) 132 BPM
Review: Scandinavian act Northern Structures has put out a series of brilliant - albeit bleak - releases on Adam X's label. This fourth instalment ploughs a similar furrow to previous records, and the focus is on broken beats, tunnelling grooves and frazzled electronic effects. In places, like on "Eastern Structure", the sense of menace is understated, and "Northern Bridge" sees atmospheric soundscapes emerge from its creaky rhythms. In the main though, this is a relentless release; "Eastern Bridge" is a ferocious stomper and "Northern Structure" is a bleep-heavy, distorted affair, its grainy rhythms containing the kind of sledgehammer beats that make Thor, the god of thunder, sound like a shy, retiring wuss.
SGD 1464
24 Mar 14
Techno
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