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Thunderbird - (6:52) 128 BPM
   
Stronger - (6:02) 128 BPM
   
Hologram - (6:03) 128 BPM
   
Roots - (7:17) 128 BPM
Review: Senso welcomes a brand new project to its roster for this blistering four tracker. The title track kick-starts the EP with a pumping, steely rhythm and a fuzzy, acid-soaked bass that provide the basis for epic piano keys - an unusual but very effective, club-friendly arrangement. "Hologram" also makes use of musical elements: this time, vivid synths are combined with steely kicks and coruscating riffs to create a peak-time number. Although "Stronger" is somewhat deeper, its throbbing bass and chugging groove is coupled with liquid acid lines for a devastating impact. "Roots" meanwhile, is a sleek, pulsating affair that provides the backdrop for a cacophony of synth sirens.
SENSO 074
27 Nov 20
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Kitemare - (3:36) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kora - (6:27) 122 BPM
   
Let Me - (4:46) 124 BPM
   
Torah - (5:32) 130 BPM
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water up in Manchester right now, but the team at Manuka seem to be able to do no wrong, yet again pulling together a sumptuous new selection, this time from fellow local and dubstep-heavyweight: Biome. He takes us down a much more bass-scentric route with this selection however, kicking off with tech infused percussion and glittering pad work of 'Kitemare' before the title track 'Kora' marches forward with more eerie atmospheric energy and some seriously weighty kick patterns below. Next, we greet the much more high pitched percussive pops and vocal delays of 'Let Me' as they dance above a smoothened sub design below, before rounding off on the much more raucous bass explosions and jittering drum patterns of 'Torah'. As per, another fabulous link up from the Manuka team!
MNK 010
20 Nov 20
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Ego Rave A - (7:53) 130 BPM
   
Ego Rave B - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ego Rave C - (5:06) 126 BPM
   
Ego Rave D - (5:19) 128 BPM
   
Ego Rave D1 - (3:31) 128 BPM
Review: Deetron follows last year's Body Electric release on Running Back with a fine dance floor-based EP inspired by his formidable DJing. "Ego Rave B" is a seductive, bubbling electronic groove that supports woozy, cosmic synths, while on "Ego Rave D" and its "D1" variant, he goes down a tracky route, with dense drums and snappy percussion providing the basis for old school techno bleeps. There are also remnants of the Swiss DJ's more peak time selections: "Ego Rave A", sees Deetron fuse tranced out hooks with gentle piano keys, while "Ego Rave C" is a wide-eyed, good time electro-techno track.
RB 095D
20 Nov 20
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Coachella - (5:26) 136 BPM
   
Egalize - (5:09) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Needles - (5:26) 142 BPM
   
Tainted - (4:57) 138 BPM
   
Boss 303 - (4:31) 145 BPM
   
Zoom 303 - (5:49) 137 BPM
Review: Deniro follows Mendoza, his 2017 debut on Trip, with this superb techno EP. The title track's jarring synth riff and insistent rhythm come across like a more streamlined take on classic Lost Recordings releases, while "Needles" is a rough analogue jacker that strays into Cristian Vogel-style minimalism. On "Egalize", the Dutch producer goes deeper to deliver hypnotic, chiming bells over a bubbling rhythm, while both "Tainted" and "Zoom 303" see him focus on more dance floor friendly takes on deeper techno as atmospheric synths swirl over dubbed out kicks. Rounding off this great second outing on Trip is the acid-heavy banger, "Boss 303".
TRP 033
20 Nov 20
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Immersione - (3:49) 140 BPM
   
Sonar - (6:24) 136 BPM
   
Turbolenza - (5:29) 136 BPM
   
Emersione - (5:00) 136 BPM
Review: Divide is part of Italy's EVOD crew and he makes his debut on Float with a fine purist techno EP that draws on some of the sound's most notable proponents. "Emersione" starts the release with the kind of pared back drums and subtle percussion that characterised Steve Bicknell's work during the 90s. "Turbolenza" is darker and sees this emerging producer layer eerie tonal sequences over a dubbed out groove. On "Sonar", Divide goes farther down the abstract route as dense offbeats underpin spaced out tones and bleeps, while he pivots back towards the dance floor for the visceral kicks of the Millsian closer, "Immersione".
FLOAT 046
16 Nov 20
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Emozione - (6:18) 142 BPM
   
Martyr - (6:25) 142 BPM
   
Origen - (6:45) 142 BPM
   
Elyon - (6:43) 138 BPM
Review: This is Hush & Sleep's third release on Etruria Beat, and as its title suggests, is an emotional, banging EP. The title track is a peak-time number where buzz saw bass and pounding kicks provide the backdrop for the pair to conjure up a dramatic, string-led melodic sequence. On "Martyr", the Dutch duo take inspiration from hardcore influences, with cheeky 'drop the midrange' vocal samples fused with euphoric filters. Meanwhile, "Origen" sees them head down a darker path, as a juggernaut rhythm provides the basis for screeching sirens and razor sharp percussion. "Elyon" returns to the mood that started this emotional release, drawing on 90s trance melodies for an epic finale.
ETB 065
27 Nov 20
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Takeaway - (5:21) 123 BPM
   
Nothing Works - (6:52) 127 BPM
   
Anxiety - (4:47) 129 BPM
   
A Hard Fall Up To The Middle - (5:46) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Patsy - (6:24) 126 BPM
Review: While much of Huxley's material over the last few years has been bold, tech-tinged and druggy, this first appearance on Shall Not Fade is pleasingly celebratory and rooted in classic US house. For proof, check bouncy, bass-heavy opener 'Takeaway', where spine-tingling piano riffs, synth-sax and old school vocal samples catch the ear, and the rushing piano-house largeness of future hands-in-the-air anthem 'Patsy'. In between, he offers up a mix of dark, muscular house (see the Tenaglia-at-Twilo era pump of 'Nothing Works', which features some suitably mind-mangling acid lines) and druggy, early morning intensity ('A Hard Fall Up To The Middle', 'Anxiety').
SNFBT 005
27 Nov 20
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Forced To Bend - (6:50) 120 BPM
   
Mars's Moon - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sorrow - (3:28) 132 BPM
   
Electricity - (6:33) 122 BPM
   
Catanacean - (6:48) 120 BPM
   
Red Thread (feat Nala Tessloff) - (6:39) 122 BPM
Review: The ninth edition in Diynamic's Picture series comes from Munich-based producer Innellea, who follows up some impressive releases for Innervisions, TAU and Afterlife. Featuring some fine melodic house incorporating various cinematic and post-apocalyptic soundscapes (with his own voice) as heard on the breathtaking opener "Forced To Bend" and the particular moody "Electricity", to the glassy-eyed and bittersweet breaks of "Sorrow and a moment on the exotic fringes of dark disco as heard on low slung epic "Catanacean". Altogether this is what the label best described themselves as 'an intimate listening experience, that hovers somewhere between isolation and the longing for contact.'
DIYNAMIC 130D
20 Nov 20
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Freedom (Never Let You Go) - (3:37) 126 BPM
   
Can I Play - (6:36) 122 BPM
   
Freedom (Never Let You Go) (feat Mella Dee remix) - (3:57) 136 BPM
   
Freedom (Never Let You Go) (extended mix) - (6:54) 126 BPM
Review: After a hiatus to produce and write for the likes of Aquilo, Octavian and Rudimental, Derbyshire's super producer Sam Knowles returns with his first new music under the Karma Kid moniker in two years. He channels the glory days of late '90s funky house on the anthemic feel good vibe of "Freedom" (Never Let You Go) with its breathtaking brass section and roaring diva vocals that's sure to set the dancefloor on fire. This is followed by a killer remix by South Yorkshire's man of the moment Mella Dee (Warehouse Music) taking the track down a loved-up and energetic rave route, and another original track in the form of the sun kissed and dubbed-out deepness of "Can I Play".
GREC 084D
27 Nov 20
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Control Your Mind - (6:29) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Conviction - (7:29) 126 BPM
   
Control Your Mind (Marcel Dettman remix) - (5:24) 131 BPM
   
Substance - (7:33) 126 BPM
   
Anticipation - (7:16) 126 BPM
Played by: Luke Slater
Review: With records for Ovum, Pets Recordings and REKIDS of late, Mathias Kaden's quintessential festival sound makes it back to Radio Slave's label following last year's Liberate Drums EP. Delving into synthy, dub techno territory with "Substance" (DJ Pete we hope you're watching), the rest of the record finds itself rooted in classic strands of bigger room Detroit techno and European minimalism, alongside a touch of electro and industrial synth wave in "Control Your Mind" - thinned down and stripped back by Marcel Dettmann's remix. Littered with tougher elements of rave and banging tech house alongside solid bassline progressions in "Conviction" and "Anticipation" too, Mathias Kaden helps us remember what it's going to be like when festivals resume once more. Downloaded for Richie Hawtin!
REKIDS 167
20 Nov 20
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Call - (3:36) 120 BPM
   
Secret Society - (6:17) 129 BPM
   
Alone Amongst Company - (6:17) 128 BPM
   
Alone Amongst Company (Tension remix) - (8:47) 130 BPM
   
Maxim & ENL - "Projections" (original mix) - (6:00) 119 BPM
   
Maxim & ENL - "Projections" (DE:MA remix) - (7:20) 122 BPM
   
Of Us - (6:04) 129 BPM
   
Crime Of Caring - (6:06) 131 BPM
   
False Confession - (5:33) 134 BPM
   
Maxim & ENL - "Spontaneous Dilation" - (2:28) 160 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: Steven Lorenz' label presents an expansive album from Maxim that teases house and techno into new forms. From the ambient opener, "Call", into the dubbed out, mysterious techno of "Secret Society" and "Projections", his dusty collaboration with ENL, Alone Amongst shows that Maxim brings a fresh perspective to electronic music. On the title track, Maxim raises the tempo, but doesn't lose his cavernous sound thanks to the use of found sounds and emotive strings. Meanwhile, at the other end of the tempo spectrum, Maxim delivers a seductive, soft-focus downtempo track on "Of Us". Not even the clubby remix of "Alone Amongst Company" by Tension can trump Maxim's music.
IBD 003
26 Nov 20
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Great Attractor - (5:28) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Great Attractor (Setaoc Mass remix) - (5:46) 135 BPM
   
The Andromeda Manoeuvre - (6:06) 137 BPM
   
Mission 3,2,1 - (6:19) 136 BPM
Review: For his debut release on Soma, Phara aka Robin De Wolf draws on 90s techno for inspiration. The title track is a firing affair, powered by the kind of sheet-metal percussion and driving rhythm that Space DJz were renowned for. "Mission 3,2,1" is just as intense, with vocal chants soldered to a pumping, electronic groove that keeps on building and building. On "The Andromeda Manoeuvre", De Wolf goes deeper, and its crackled, scuffling textures and tough kicks are sure to appeal to fans of classic Kanzleramt or even Fachwerk material. Soma has also commissioned a remix of the title track from Setaoc Mass, who turns "Attractor" into a linear, tribal workout.
SOMA 595D
20 Nov 20
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Blood Witness (restructured) - (7:18) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blinding Horses (restructured) - (6:51) 64 BPM
   
Blinding Horses (Stable Boy mix) - (2:34) 60 BPM
   
Manbait (restructured) - (7:29) 62 BPM
   
The Solution - (3:24) 75 BPM
   
Masterside 1 (remastered) - (7:54) 64 BPM
   
Masterside 2 (remastered) - (6:30) 65 BPM
Review: Regis aka Karl O'Connor revisits his releases on the now shuttered Blackest Ever Black label for this fine compilation. The rolling, insistent drums on "Blood Witness" from the 2011 In A Syrian Tongue EP still sound fresh, while the droning,'Blinding Horses' from the same release also features. Tongue Box also features a new take on this track, and the frosty sound scapes of the 'Stable Boy Mix' are nothing short of mesmerising. In contrast, O'Connor delivers a tighter, rhythm-heavy version of "Manbait" - the title track of his 2015 compilation on the label - as well as the robust "Masterside" stepper available in two dance floor-primed versions.
DNRE 04
27 Nov 20
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The Way I Am (Tresilo remix) - (7:01) 128 BPM
   
Academy (Pezzner's CR02 mix) - (6:46) 120 BPM
   
Planet Deep (Vintage Future Planet D-Mix) - (6:18) 125 BPM
   
Academy (Pezzner remix) - (7:31) 120 BPM
Review: Michigan born Rick Wade finds himself getting remixed on Belgium's Elypsia with each getting more gritty and cosmic minded than you might expect from the deep house stalwart himself. Tresilo certainly grits his teeth for the pixelated melodic workout that is the opener, while things get more smooth and cuddly with American producer David Pezzner at the buttons. The Vintage Future Planet D mix is a thing of meditative beauty ad last of all Pezzner reappears with a second fine remix.
ELY 061DIG
27 Nov 20
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Through A Looking Glass Darkly - (3:35) 150 BPM
   
Nothing Stops Detroit - (6:33) 130 BPM
   
Fear Not - (6:19) 130 BPM
   
Black Mirror - (5:38) 54 BPM
   
Falling Apart - (5:59) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Run Bobby, Run - (5:38) 128 BPM
   
Freeze - (2:11) 123 BPM
   
A System Of Mirrors - (7:39) 130 BPM
   
Face In The Water - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
A Shattered Image - (0:56) 144 BPM
   
Ignite A War - (6:38) 131 BPM
   
Prism - (5:10) 126 BPM
   
7 Mile Dog - (4:41) 132 BPM
   
The Cure - (6:51) 133 BPM
Review: Robert Hood follows his recent Nothing Stops Detroit debut on Rekids with a full-length artist album. It shows that when it comes to delivering linear dance floor techno Hood has few peers. This talent is audible on lean tracks like "Fear Not" and the pounding kicks and soaring chords of "Falling Apart". But Mirror Man also shows that within an album format. Hood is not afraid to cast a wide creative gaze. "Through A Looking Glass Darkly' and "A Shattered Image" are chilling electronic soundtracks, while on "System of Mirrors", the Detroit veteran drops a hypnotic slice of techno that resounds to a throbbing bass and waves of frazzled percussion.
REKIDS 168
20 Nov 20
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Pr1 - (4:40) 132 BPM
   
Ocs - (4:53) 134 BPM
   
Tkn - (5:16) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sn7 - (3:22) 134 BPM
Played by: Luke Slater, S-File
Review: Mark Broom collaborated with James Ruskin on Domwen back in 2018, and now the pair come together again for Basement Jams. This is a direct dance floor EP and sees the UK techno veterans deliver rough and raw tracks. "Pr1", with its tweaked wiry groove, is a good example of their approach, while on "Ocs", the pair up the tempo and intensity levels to deliver a bubbling, insistent track. On "Tkn", Ruskin and Broom veer into Hood-style territory for a visceral, analogue workout, while closing out the release is a more gritty, restless take on Detroit minimalism in the form of the doubled-up claps of "Sn7".
BP 057
27 Nov 20
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Lost Communication Procedure - (4:18) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
We Can Rebuild Him - (7:28) 120 BPM
   
Don't Panic - (3:08) 120 BPM
   
Found In Space - (7:05) 84 BPM
   
Spectrum Of Light - (5:32) 128 BPM
   
Remarkable Wanderer - (5:35) 103 BPM
   
Unconditional Love - (5:47) 125 BPM
   
Program Weight - (5:49) 126 BPM
   
Earth Station - (5:22) 128 BPM
   
Framework - (3:52) 122 BPM
   
By Land - (5:04) 119 BPM
   
The Horizon Project - (2:18) 131 BPM
   
Out Of Darkness - (7:35) 128 BPM
   
I'm Away In Detroit - (4:36) 120 BPM
   
Victory - (6:32) 125 BPM
   
Rotation (Delay mix) - (5:25) 160 BPM
Review: Terrence Dixon's From the Far Future odyssey began 20 years ago when the first album in the series appeared on Tresor. The second, at times more danceable instalment, followed only in 2012, with another eight-year gap until this latest volume. Like its predecessors, this third long player is a hugely impressive affair and will leave the listener in no doubt that Dixon is a master of the techno form. From the brooding ambience of "Lost Communication Procedure" and "Lost In Space" to the gloomy pointillist abstractions of "We Can Rebuild Him" and "Remarkable Warrior" into the more full blooded club techno on the tough "Spectrum of Light" and the atmospheric, ghostly "Program Weight", "Part 3" once again reveals a true visionary at work.
TRESOR 321D
27 Nov 20
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Deception - (5:28) 133 BPM
   
Consumed - (5:54) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dissolution - (5:11) 133 BPM
   
Hologram - (6:06) 129 BPM
   
1.3 - (5:55) 132 BPM
Review: Dutch imprint Dynamic Reflection can always be relied on to deliver high-quality club techno, and Deception is no exception. It starts with the high-paced title track, which resounds to a pounding, dense rhythm, eerie synths and firing metallic percussion. On "Consumed", this emerging producer heads down a deeper route, with clicking percussion and swirling textures underpinned by a robust, filtered groove. "Dissolution" is more stripped back as Vagh plots out a path led by tribal drums and steely percussion, like an updated, turbocharged version of early Oliver Ho work. "Hologram" marks another shift in sound, with Vagh dropping a throbbing, pulsating track that has echoes of Mike Parker at his most hypnotic.
TN 045
20 Nov 20
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Der Dritte Raum - "Hale Bopp" (Maceo Plex edit) - (7:19) 125 BPM
   
Humantronic - "Invado" - (6:09) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Betatec - "Lush" - (8:00) 126 BPM
   
CJ Bolland - "Fire" - (4:25) 132 BPM
   
DJ Lion & Just Julien & Britta Arnold - "Beeast" - (7:26) 128 BPM
   
Frank De Wulf - "Fifth Insight" - (6:44) 126 BPM
   
Co-Fusion - "Groove Line" (Scene 1) - (7:22) 128 BPM
   
Sikora - "Plough" - (5:55) 128 BPM
   
Francesco Riga - "Black Angel" - (7:00) 126 BPM
   
Stefano Pini - "Modulation" - (7:23) 125 BPM
Review: German label Tronic Soundz drops a compilation that does exactly what it says on the tin, bringing together some of contemporary techno's finest releases. Maceo Plex's edit of Der Dritte Raum's "Hale Bopp" turns the trance classic into a sleek techno affair, while Humantronic's "Invado" is a similar linear rhythm with a focus on the dance floor. Meanwhile, on "Fire", CJ Bolland veers into dark electro territory, while another 90s veteran Frank de Wulf, drops a hypnotic, stripped back rhythm on "Fifth Insight". Ramping up the intensity levels, Sikora's "Plough" is a dark, stepping techno track that has echoes of the Fachwerk catalogue.
TS 207
20 Nov 20
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Schwarzmann - "Octave Two" - (6:27) 130 BPM
   
Prins Thomas - "Agua" - (6:31) 123 BPM
   
Byetone - "Wheels" - (6:26) 132 BPM
   
Gera Akate - "Mukti" - (7:37) 127 BPM
   
Red Axes - "Rasss" - (6:26) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fango - "Trattore" - (6:35) 128 BPM
   
Vivian Koch - "Find Your Way Out" - (8:07) 135 BPM
   
Luciano Esse - "Lost" - (6:28) 126 BPM
Review: Celebrating ten years of his Life And Death label, DJ Tennis delivers a diverse compilation. Schwarzmann's "Octave Two" is a groovy, stripped back track that resounds to a bubbling groove and dayglo bleeps, while on "Agua", Prins Thomas delivers a searing, 303-led disco track. In stark contrast are Byetone and Gera Akate's electro breakers, while Red Axes veers into punk-funk territory with the wiry guitars and dubbed out FX of "Rasss". There really is something for every tate here, and the slamming techno of Fango's "Trattore", followed by the cosmic Italo of Vivian Koch's"Find Your Way Out" shows that Life And Death is a truly eclectic label.
LAD 055D
20 Nov 20
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Killawatt - "Champagne Prerogative" - (6:48) 120 BPM
   
Carrier - "Threads" - (6:10) 127 BPM
   
Headless Horseman - "Sand Mountain" - (5:57) 135 BPM
   
NN - "Deception" - (5:27) 137 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ancient Methods & Tommy Four Seven - "XIX" - (4:10) 133 BPM
   
Scalameriya - "Havoc & Despair" - (4:51) 134 BPM
   
VSK - "Fear Index" - (6:42) 140 BPM
   
Motive Power - "Physics" - (5:03) 86 BPM
   
SNTS - "Last Ceremony" - (4:35) 125 BPM
   
Shards - "HHH888" - (4:57) 143 BPM
   
Swarm Intelligence - "Deepfake" - (5:43) 95 BPM
   
EKORS - "Applemash" - (4:36) 92 BPM
Review: Tommy Four Seven's label celebrates five years of releasing uncompromising techno with this fine compilation. It gets off to a clubby start with Killawatt's rumbling, tribal "Champagne Prerogative", while on "Threads", Carrier drops a Regis-style broken beat stepper that resounds to rumbling bass and ghostly textures. Meanwhile, Headless Horseman occupies the middle ground between straight techno and stepping rhythms on the multi-layered, mesmerising "Sand Mountain". NN takes this approach to its brutal, logical conclusion on the electronic feedback and cranium crushing kicks of "Deception", while the label owner teams up with Ancient Methods to deliver the pounding industrial rhythm and static crackle percussion of "XIX".
4702 7
20 Nov 20
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Tim Rilies - "Mr. Frinkles" - (5:40) 125 BPM
   
Andrew Shepherd - "Emission" - (6:00) 125 BPM
   
Tidal Lock - "Wormholes" - (7:17) 124 BPM
   
Miro Pajic - "Spider" - (6:56) 130 BPM
   
Son Of Elita - "Basquiat" - (7:56) 125 BPM
   
Alex Tomb - "Blond Diamonds" - (7:01) 124 BPM
   
Ralph Kings - "The Lights Are Talking" - (8:03) 123 BPM
   
Paul Leath - "Darkness" - (5:53) 131 BPM
   
Cold Project - "Bongo" - (6:01) 124 BPM
   
ANDREY DETOCHKIN - "Sense Encryptors" - (5:58) 130 BPM
   
Daoud - "Break Up" (Cubemode remix) - (6:07) 131 BPM
   
Oiza - "The Noise" (Darkphobia remix) - (5:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sven Olson - "Step Aside" - (5:41) 121 BPM
   
Timo Calio - "Insane Illusions" - (6:38) 114 BPM
   
Gluecksache - "Set It Free" - (7:40) 125 BPM
   
Jason Rivas & Cosmic Phosphate - "Beyond Space" - (5:33) 123 BPM
   
Charterhouse - "Into The Basement" (Boys Be Kko remix) - (5:57) 120 BPM
   
Alex Kork - "Terok Nor" - (6:03) 126 BPM
   
Tuco Perez - "Dancing For Me" - (5:59) 128 BPM
   
Rod Riot - "Apocalyptica Dancerl" - (5:17) 130 BPM
   
Sicamset - "Swiggle" - (5:58) 122 BPM
   
Martin Schulte - "Travels To The Stars" - (6:17) 127 BPM
   
Basti MNML - "Try Minimal" - (5:30) 128 BPM
Review: Le Bien Et Le Mal is a long running label based out of Stuttgart, Germany that has brought you such impressive compilations such as 'Good Old Days', 'Techno Substance', 'Access Techno', and who could forget 'After Work House Vol. 2'. Their latest addition to the series is 'Minimal Light', featuring two dozen promising artists all delivering their take on tech house of the more deeper, leaner and subtle spectrum. Highlights not limited to: Ixipe's tunneling and hypnotic "Go Down", the bleepy bounce in Shosho's remix of Monsieur Pluspetit's "Waking Dream", Themetique's sensual mood music heard on "Moments" and the soulful Motor City influences heard on Gerwin Van Engelenburg's "Moving Time".
LEBCOM 150
20 Nov 20
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Versalife - "SH09" - (6:07) 136 BPM
   
Carl Finlow - "Syncopated Automated" - (6:58) 140 BPM
   
The Advent & Zein Ferreira - "Defend Your Planet" - (4:41) 145 BPM
   
CYRK - "Block" - (5:09) 139 BPM
   
DJ Frankie - "Taking Over" - (4:32) 145 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Assembler Code - "Line Of Sight" - (5:19) 146 BPM
   
Autonomous - "Municipal Monorail" - (8:18) 140 BPM
   
Kronos Device - "Crisis Point" - (5:51) 140 BPM
   
DJ-K1 - "Retro Electro" - (5:10) 128 BPM
   
Annie Hall - "Meido Estetico" - (4:30) 138 BPM
   
PinballSpider - "Angler Squid" - (4:39) 132 BPM
   
Syrte - "Freak The Box" - (5:05) 133 BPM
   
Detroit's Filthiest - "What Lies Beneath" - (3:56) 140 BPM
   
Mershak - "Earth" - (5:54) 145 BPM
   
Detroit In Effect - "Stick Up" - (4:28) 140 BPM
   
Fear-E - "Posh End Energy" - (5:44) 136 BPM
   
Confluence - "Rising" - (4:59) 135 BPM
Review: Glasgow-based label Avoidant deserves kudos for bringing together some of the most respected names in electro for this compilation. Annie Hall and Versalife represent deeper ends of the spectrum, with Hall's bubbling "Meido Estetico" in particular standing out. Carl Finlow drops a lean, industrial funk workout in the form of "Syncopated Automated", while on the compilation's title track, The Advent teams up with Zein Ferreira on a bleak trip through discordant synths and popping rhythms. Sharing space on the compilation are label regulars like CYRK, who drop the epic melodies and gurgling bass of "Block" and Kronos Device, a project from Bass Junkie / Dexorcist, which sees concrete weight bass drums connected to wild electronic stabs on "Crisis Point".
AVD 007
27 Nov 20
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Various
   
Rebekah - "Last Summer" - (4:59) 138 BPM
   
Inhalt Der Nacht - "In Lust Verirrt" - (5:45) 140 BPM
   
Tham - "The Third Kind" - (5:31) 138 BPM
   
Die Selektion - "Herzschlag Der Figur" - (5:23) 133 BPM
   
Maxime Iko - "Cure+" - (5:14) 144 BPM
   
SHDW & Obscure Shape - "Die Dunkle Bedrohung" - (5:15) 140 BPM
   
Andrew Moore - "That Makes Me So Horny" - (5:02) 142 BPM
   
Ceili - "Where Would You Be If I Didn't Call You" - (5:10) 155 BPM
   
JakoJako - "Mondschein" - (5:37) 138 BPM
   
Alien Rain - "Dream Inceptor" - (5:33) 141 BPM
   
Parallx - "Alcea" - (5:07) 139 BPM
Played by: Ellen Allien
Review: The second instalment in Bpitch Control's compilation series gets off to a rousing start, with Rebekah dropping a pounding, hardcore-influenced techno track, "Last Summer". The same intensity levels are audible on Inhalt Der Nacht's "In Lust Verirrt" and Tham's "The Third Kind" but deployed differently, with both acts using swirling acid lines and blustery filters to arrive at the same destination. While keeping the focus on the dance floor, ebm influences loom large on "Herzschlag Der Figur" from German trio Die Selektion. The compilation also embraces ghetto techno as Andrew Moore delivers the slamming "That Makes Me So Horny" and big-room 303 mayhem on Alien Rain's "Dream Interceptor".
WANA-02
27 Nov 20
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To The OneEXCLUSIVE
   
To The One (original mix) - (6:43) 125 BPM
   
To The One (ACTUM remix) - (6:32) 55 BPM
   
To Be (original mix) - (6:17) 125 BPM
Review: Zetacode returns to Alien Technology with a release that focuses on the deeper end of techno. The title track sees the label regular use rasping percussion and solid drums as a backdrop for seductive, hazy hooks and sun-dappled keys. Despite being released in the depths of winter, it's hard not to be taken by its summery feeling. "To Be" revolves around a more upfront rhythm, with Zetacode deploying niggling hi hats and a powerful bass as the backdrop for swirling, spaced out synths. The label has commissioned ACTUM to remix the title track, which in keeping with the overall musical approach, is transformed into a woozy ambient piece.
ATR 3078
25 Nov 20
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