Release Date: 24th April 2020
Ludwig A.F. returns to his own Exo Recordings International this spring with a fresh four-track EP in the shape of 'Blissful Lie'. The fourth instalment on the imprint sees the artist introduce his name change, shortening it to simply Ludwig A.F. The whole release, but particularly the A1 ,,Blissful Lie" is very inspired by classical music. It further explores the trademark feeling of Ludwig's sound: celebratory and happy but melancholic and introverted at the same time. It works with contradictions, hand crafted sound design elements intertwined with bombastic emotional atmospheres. Title-cut 'Blissful Lie' leads on the package, fusing ethereal pad textures and bumpy breaks with choppy bass plucks and cinematic arpeggios and strings to create a contemporary spin on classic IDM tropes. 'Weightless' follows next - a tripped out, high octane electronica workout employing elongated bass drones, syncopated rhythms and dynamically evolving acid-tinged synth licks. 'Psychiflux' opens the flip side, laying focus on glitched out percussion, vocal stutters, eerie atmospherics and weighty low-end hits before 'Cloud Walker' rounds out the release on a deeper tip, dropping the tempo and fusing soft pad swells and resonant tones with metallic synth chimes and stripped-back drums.
a1. Blissful Lie
b2. Cloud Walker
Release Date: 1st May 2020
Oall Hates returns to Of Paradise with Tranceporter, a ferocious 5-tracker that pushes the artists music into new and intoxicating waters, showcasing a truly innovative sound; one that this Austrian producer has honed and crafted meticulously over recent years.
Kicking off the A-side is the title track, Tranceporter a thumping club workout that fuses house, techno and acid together to form one glorious sphere of unrelenting audio hedonism. Following this is Gentrifies a monstrous slab of techno and acid that is guaranteed to tear through sound systems like rolling thunder and open portals to the subconscious.
The B-side opens with Adderol, an in your face house number that hurtles out of the starting blocks and never lets up. Thumping drum work and percussion work side by side whilst a sprinkling of acid and an infectious vocal detail keep the heart racing. Bones Faro keeps the adrenaline pumping as it pushes the release into more sinister territory with spiralling drums and percussion, backed up by nuanced flecks of acid and a snakelike bass line. Closing out the EP is Feelings a deftly produced slice of leftfield house that navigates the 5am streets with enough energy to keep everyone going well into the following weekend.
The digital release comes complete with the bonus track PCT-666 a pounding and relentless house number that travels deep into the belly of the rave. Hydraulic like drums merge with restless percussion to shake the foundations and bring the curtain down on an essential release.
a1. Oall Hates - Tranceporter
a2. Oall Hates - Gentrifies
b1. Oall Hates - Adderol
b2. Oall Hates - Bones Faro
b3. Oall Hates - Feelings
Release Date: 3rd April 2020
Following up to a pair of choice transmissions on Aussie operated imprint Vulcan Venti, Perth-based rising talent Hame DJ turns up on KOC with a debut four-track platter oozing pure elegiac acid vibes and transient, sci-fi-infused ambient, seamlessly hedge-hopping from UK bass to liquid jungle, through gauzy atmospheric techno and bastardized shades of Rephlex-style electronica.
Fresh as a cucumber, opener ‘On 1’ ushers its listener in a world of keys-loaded, faux-organic layers and rippling ’90s motifs. Threading its way betwixt garage, dub and piano house, the track brushes an equally vivid and dynamic tableau of shape-shifting floor-ready electronics. Starting off as a further mischievous affair, A2 ‘Zoot’ sounds like the outback cousin to Paul Woolford’s seminal steely burner ‘Erotic Discourse’ but soon evolves into a top-shelf breaky chugger that shall jam alien radars as much as it should have everyone on the dancefloor down on their knees in a jiffy.
Breaking the B-side in, slo-mo drifter ‘Nightlife’ turns the tempo down to ‘after-party sunrise’ mode. Implementing a lushly arranged battery of swampy 303 arpeggios, soft-spoken piano stabs and vaporous vocals, this one’s custom-cut for daydreaming with a bunch of friends by the Gold Coast’s idyllic seaside. Topping off that otherworldly journey is ‘Erosion’ – a FX-laden, hip-hop drums-strewn slab making the rounds between sepulchral, Kraut-dunked broken beat a la Tolouse Low Trax and post-Drexciyan synth wizardry. Proper mind-expanding stuff from a producer on the cusp of real big tings.
a1. On 1
Release Date: 10th April 2020
Rephlex legend Bogdan Raczynski debuts on UTTU with 5 signature tracks filled with unique breakbeat chaos.
a1. Bogdan Raczynski - Arrears
a2. Bogdan Raczynski - Collection Agency
b1. Bogdan Raczynski - Compound Interest
b2. Bogdan Raczynski - Lien
b3. Bogdan Raczynski - Net Assets
Release Date: 27th March 2020
The Canadian duo M.S.L. debuts on the Clone Dub Series with a heady 4 track ep. Tracks that walk the fine line between classic headphone IDM and tripped out early morning dance floor cuts with bleepy arpeggios, soaring strings and shards of melodies. Very reminiscent of early F-com releases and our own harbour city duo Duplex's early works on Dub and Clone Records.
a2. Storm Tech
b2. Riviere Rouge
Release Date: 17th April 2020
Yak returns to 3024 for a widely varied EP of his signature percussive flavors. Kicking off the EP is the neo UKG flex of "Dire Hit", with its frantic drum programming and hypnotic themes. "Esper" is Yak in a 165bpm workout, and do not underestimate the spacey beauty of "Knothole", reminiscent of some of the 90s best Warp IDM. Tip!
a1. Dire Hit
Release Date: 20th March 2020
Tracey’s ‘Microdancer’ is the follow up to last years critically acclaimed ‘Metamorphosis’ EP. 2019 saw Tracey release his debut LP on Dial plus spin at Amsterdam’s finest club De School for the first time, The ‘Microdancer’ EP shows Tracey’s contemporary take on IDM + Electro, a timeless sound that’s helped shape him as an artist.
Release Date: 27th March 2020
Oscillation is the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value or between two or more different states. Aleksi Perala uses the 128 resonant colundi frequencies to create an oscillation perfected to 33.3 rpm for infinite effect. Part 1 of a 2 part series divided over Clone Basement and Dub.
Release Date: 21st February 2020
Ding Dong! Round two of remixes from Benjamin Fröhlich's "Amiata" album is ready. A great bunch of personal favourites, friends and heroes enter the ring and deliver the goods: Chloe, Fort Romeau, Marcus Worgull, Yor Kultura and Tom Bioly aka TB. All of them bring their own touch to Benjamin's originals! They break them down to their molecular structure rearranging them into new aggregate states: From Trance to Acid, lighthearted house to hypnotic trips to keep no eyes dry and no feet on the ground.
a1. Benjamin Fröhlich - The Big Sun (Fort Romeau Remix)
a2. Benjamin Fröhlich - Last Night ft. Dreamcast (Chloé Remix)
b1. Benjamin Fröhlich - Pompeii Raiders (Yør Kultura Remix)
b2. Benjamin Fröhlich - Forty Trees (TB Remix)
b3. Benjamin Fröhlich - Last Night ft. Dreamcast (Marcus Worgull Remix)
Release Date: 20th March 2020 (TBC)
New York City based imprint HOMAGE continues to deliver raw and upfront electronic sounds from up and coming talent, the imprint released the debut EP from now hotly tipped artist KETTAMA and most recently released the critically acclaimed debut EP from Will Hofbauer. Here we see the label welcome Dublin, Ireland based artist DART onto its roster, yet another rising talent making waves on his home turf and further afield across the globe.
‘Raided’ opens the release with thunderous swinging drums, twitchy synth sequences, bumpy bass and rave-tinged strings to perfectly set the tone. ‘Only The Strong’ follows next, retaining a similarly rave-tinged aesthetic via a hypnotic synth hook, shuffled percussion and rumbling subs while female vocal hooks flow amongst the sturdy groove.
The two remixes make up the B-Side of the release and X-Coast’s ‘Da Vibe Mix’ is up first, reshaping the original with an uptempo trance-leaning twist courtesy of choppy, filtered synth licks, organic percussion and pulsing low-end bass line. Dixon Avenue Basement Jams regular Big Miz then rounds things out with his take on ‘Only The Strong’, opting for squelchy 303 licks and dusty dynamic drums alongside the originals lead and infectious vocals.
a1. Dart - Raided
a2. Dart - Only The Strong
b1. Dart - Only The Strong (X-Coast Da Vibe Mix)
b2. Dart - Only The Strong (Big Miz Remix)
Release Date: 20th December 2019
New EP from Sofia Kourtesis on Studio Barnhus, following up her instant hit debut from early 2019. Four mind-expanding dancefloor bombs chock-full of intricate rhythms and next-level sampling wizardry.
Sofia Kourtesis makes house music that skirts convention and renounces rote functionality without ever forgetting that its purpose is to make people move – Pitchfork.
a1. Sofia Kourtesis - Sarita Colonia
a2. Sofia Kourtesis - Moninga
b1. Sofia Kourtesis - Hollywood
b2. Sofia Kourtesis - Akariku
Release Date: 24th May 2019
After previous releases on Gerd Janson's Running Back Records (including 2018 hit 'Tim's Symphony' being rinsed all over by Dixon, Ame & Sven Vath), Younger Rebinds (aka Benny Rodrigues aka ROD) starts his own eponymous label with 2 eclectic summer jams filled with earworm melodies and retro drums right in time for the festivalseason... FUN allowed!