Release Date: 18th June 2021
Manni Dee returns to Perc Trax for the release of 'A Low Level Love', his second full album following on from 'The Residue' released in 2018 by Berlin techno institution Tresor. Manni opened his Perc Trax account back in 2017 with his 'Throbs Of Discontent' 12" which featured his breakout hit 'London Isn't England' and since then he's become Perc Trax regular releasing his recent 'Everyone's Replaceable Now' 12" plus his 'Gulabi Gang' contribution to first of the 'Forever' various artists series. During this time Manni has gone from a cult UK favourite to being internationally recognised, performing all around the world.
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A1) Persist & Change
A2) Take Time
A3) Yesterday's Hope
B1) You Puked In The Alley Where We Kissed
B2) Stride By Stride
B3) No More Heroes
C1) Betamax Interlude
C2) Pivotal Summer
D1) London In My System
D2) You Don't Always Get What You Want
Release Date: 4th June 2021
After over a year in lockdown Love Love launches LOVLTD, a new series of limited records containing the tuffest system boomers and shakers. Focused towards igniting the dancefloor this series is a celebration of rave in all its forms: Acid Stompers & Wonkers / Hardcore Continuum // Heavyweight Bass Flex. All the 12”s are graced with artwork by foundational UK graffiti legends A.W.E ‘All World Experts’ est 1984- most notably Keen and Check.
To start proceedings Romford-born, Bristol-based producer Ben Pest gives us 4 slabs of lysergic bass-bolstered techno. With records on Don’t, I Love Acid & Earwiggle and following recent collaborations with IMOGEN and Radioactive Man, Ben’s style of techno is some of the slickest and dirtiest going, getting played out by the likes of Bicep and DJ Stingray.
A1 ‘Rugged’ drabs a chunky square 303 over strobing flickers of percussion with a kick drum the size of mars, building to an absolute acid-fuelled fervour. A2 ‘On The Three’ boasts a catchy groove reminiscent of mid-noughties warehouse phunk, brandishing cartoony melodies that will put an unhinged smile on the most cynical of ravers’ mushes.
Whilst the A side ends bouncey, the B-Side starts off crushing and trancey with ‘83 Is The Wan’, featuring a catatonic kick drum in a New York club pattern driving through a hazy technoid labyrinth that’ll have ravers weaving spirit entities for many a dance to come. Final track ‘More Horrors’ is a full on, no-nonsense party banger. Weighty old skool techno heft with a deep murky bassline and acid squelches. Techno doesn’t come much fatter or funner than this.
a1. Ben Pest - Rugged
a2. Ben Pest - On The Three
b1. Ben Pest - 83 Is The Wan
b2. Ben Pest - More Horrors
Release Date: 4th June 2021
Late 2020 saw the release of Mathimidori’s ‘Akebono’ on the Echocord imprint, the ten track collection saw the Mathias Kaden alias deliver a number of collaborations and original productions exploring the realms of dub and the guise’s underlying Japanese influences. Here the label revisits the project with an all star cast of remixes in the dub techno world.
Stepping up to the plate first is Deadbeat with his ‘Dub’ take on Maiia’, the Montreal based artist shifts focus to tumbling dub echoes, hazy noise sweeps and jittery hi-hats throughout before the ‘FDF Reshape’ of ‘Soso’ lays down a gyrating drum groove atop expansive reggae vocal shots and an ethereal, billowing atmosphere.
Deepchord’s Rod Modell deliver his first ‘Version’ of ‘Ork’ next, as expected the pioneering dub techno artist offers up a typically classy interpretation fuelled by hypnotic, chanting voices, the originals fluttering chords and a pulsating low-end drive. Quantec takes on ‘Akari’ next for a refined and reduced offering, laying down minimalistic percussion and subtly nuanced chords before Modell’s ‘Dub’ take on ‘Ork’ completes the release, as the name would suggest adding a more hypnotic and dubbed out aesthetic to things to contrasting his former remix.
a1. Mathimidori - Maiia (Deadbeat's Dub)
a2. Mathimidori - Soso (FDF Reshape)
b1. Mathimidori - Ork (Rod Modell Version)
b2. Mathimidori - Akari (Quantec Remix)
Release Date: June 2021
Airual is the new record label by Mario Lauriano a passionate Italian expat living in Berlin for almost a decade. Deeply influenced by the House music played in the clubs of Neaples in the late 90s, he has always loved vinyl and intimately pursued an extensive knowledge of analogue and digital hardware.
“Dubra Tape” and “Philatrop Philosp” are two hefty gems of devotion to the true dub Techno sound of the German capital, enriched by a contemporary taste for Elektron’s spectral qualities. Nobody better than Dj Pete a.k.a . Substance could rework “Dubra Tape” with his majestic sub basses and equisite sprinkled chords. Finally, The Analogue Cops transform “Philantrop Philosop” into an Infinitesque
quick paced tribute to the Motor City pioneers of electronic dance music.
Mastered by the magical Marco Pellegrino at AnalogCut Mastering Studio.
A1. Dubra Tape
A2. Dubra Tape (Substance Remix)
B1. Philantrop Philosop
B2. Philantrop Philosop (The Analogue Cops Remix)
Release Date: 14th May 2021
Just a continuation of things that have been done before and that will be done in the future. The plan is that there is no plan and the story goes on! 18 tracks about distinct moods, patterns and the pure joy of creation itself.
A2. Stone Cold 369
B2. CZ3000 Dub
B3. DJ Camo Bro
C1. Collapse Casual
C2. Breathing Method
D1. Rio Dub
D2. Testo BC Mashup
D3. Dolan Tours
F1. Harrison Ford
F2. Pepper Boys
Release Date: June 2021
Mort.domed was born and raised in Austin, Tx. He started DJing clubs at the young age of 16 and has been steady sharpening his sword ever since. Now at 22 he is already on the path to establishing himself as one of the top dance producers in Texas and the U.S. as a whole. This 4 tracker is all killer no filler and is sure to take the roof off any club.
b1. Third Person
b2. Stop Quota
Release Date: June 2021
Everyone’s favourite bangin’ Brisbane duo X CLUB. ready up four typically in your face cuts of driving, textured techno on 1Ø PILLS MATE that have us dreaming of giant warehouses and sweaty hugs. Channeling big rave energy from grime, electro and breaks - and ultimately using this influence to texture their heavy sound - the pair take inspiration from the 90’s rave movement and contemporary experimental artists.
‘Turning A Blind Eye To This Nonsense’ delivers on the escapism it promises, staying true to the driven aesthetic that the duo have become known for; sirens blaring, deep atmospherics and uncompromising rave. Fellow Australian Mutant Joe is enlisted on ‘Silo’ - an acid dipped techno-electro workout spawned from the depths of hell.
The record's biggest moments arrive on ‘Beta Rays’, where both the artist's interest in sound design and sonic engineering across their respective solo projects really shines across 8 minutes of cinematic rave. Managing to capture the nostalgic rave feeling that Bicep’s ‘Glue’ channelled to roaring success, X CLUB. serve up an emotionally-driven journey that is destined to dominate sound systems around the globe.
Their UK influence is felt most heavily on ‘300mpbs’ (½ of the duo, Benedict Clarke, is actually from Bristol); a gnarly cut of snarling drum & bass influenced breaks that is sure to incite a gun-finger trigger rush in the club.
A1. Turning A Blind Eye To This Nonsense
A2. Silo (ft. Mutant Joe)
B1. Beta Rays
Release Date: 21st May 2021
The 10th release on BLKMARKET MUSIC features Payphone, with ‘Unicorn System.’ From the founders of Toronto’s Payphone Studios and members of the Hypnotic Mindscapes crew and record label, the Payphone trio make their label debut with 4 hardware-heavy tracks. This elusive 3-member live-act take a functional yet improvisational approach, influenced by years of chasing the wonk during late-night jam sessions.
Kicking-off the EP is the retro futurism of ‘Don E = Dark O’ - a melancholic, chiaroscuro-esque house-meets-techno track harking back to a bygone era of rave. The A2 ‘Fool Circle’ shifts gears into the afterhours with an infectious, metallic groove. On the flip, aquatic-deep techno cut ‘Sea Sex Librarian’ dubs things out with trippy vocals and a booming round baseline. Rounding out the EP, ‘Get Outta 84’ conjures cinematic dystopia with deep electro-infused breaks.
A1. DON E = DARK O
A2. FOOL CIRCLE
B1. SEA SEX LIBRARIAN
B2. GET OUTTA 84
Release Date: 9th July 2021
Repress of one of the most important and defining techno records ever made.
Robert Hood's Minimal Nation is justly revered as one of the most important and defining techno records ever made. His iconic 1994 masterpiece stripped dance music back to the barest of elements yet retained a loose and dirty funk that many so called 'minimal' records lack today. Having inspired 1000's of producers and DJs across the globe and starting a genre a decade before it was popularly recognized nothing before or since has sounded like it. We now welcome a re-mastered Special Edition of this classic release 15 years after it
changed the face of techno. Featuring the unreleased 'SH-101' (made during the same sessions) and the very rare 'Self-Powered' (which only appeared on the Axis test press), Robert Hood's Minimal Nation gets its first full CD and digital release.
When first released as a vinyl double-pack 'Minimal Nation' not only sounded unlike any other record but also looked like no other, with each track finishing in a locked groove that forced the listener to flick the needle to the next track. Each groove was built from harsh angular elements that when combined created an alien funk not bereft of warmth or soul. A sound so unique that its single spark echoed around the world and took electronic music into new uncharted territory. As Rob Nash noted in The Sunday Times (December 2008) "minimal's roots go further back, it was invented in 1994, not 2004, and in Detroit, not Berlin. Its inventor was Robert Hood. His 1994 album, Minimal Nation marked the birth of minimal techno."
Robert Hood had in fact been experimenting with the sound that was to define his life since he left Underground Resistance. "Around 1992", he recalls, "I was fooling around with the Juno 2 keyboard and I came across this chord sound; once I had that chord sound and a particular pattern I realized I didn't need anything else. In order to maximise the feeling of the music, sometimes we have to subtract."
In an article conducted late last year with .Cent magazine, Andrew Weatherall (himself one of techno's most iconic and maverick figureheads) made the connection with 'minimalism' that many have failed to spot and put it to Robert that Minimal Nation was in fact a protest record. "That's exactly what it was!" exclaimed Rob. "Nobody seems to get that. Techno was becoming one huge sample and the raves were becoming all about drugs." Weatherall then raised the issue as to whether originality is more important than authenticity, or vice versa? "You have to be both," replied Rob. "When you put the needle down on a James Brown record you immediately know it's James Brown. It's the same with Prince. But I aint Prince...I'm Robert Hood." In a world full of generic and similar sounding records, Robert Hood's music jumps straight out of a DJ's set. His unmistakable sound has spawned a genre that somehow his own music fits yet is equally at odds with. Whilst many more have joined the cause or jumped on the bandwagon, for Robert 'minimalism' remains just as much a way of life as a musical artform. "People are treating this as a trend and as a fad," he told Rob Nash. "That's fine, but minimalism is not going to stop, because it's a direct reflection of the way the world is going. We're stripping down and realizing that we need to focus on what's essential in our lives."
To this day Minimal Nation remains the benchmark, the ground zero of 'minimal'. The first record to conceptually take the Pavlovian Dog's principle of less is more straight to the dancefloor with its insistent loops and surging funk patterns. As Robert himself concludes, "Minimal Nation is not just a collection of rhythm tracks, but a supernatural work of art realized. I felt a strong sense of urgency to create a body of work that identified with what was placed on my heart, as opposed to what was on my mind. Regardless, of it's diminutive nature, one should never underestimate the neural potency of minimalism."
A1 Robert Hood - One Touch
A2 Robert Hood - Museum
B1 Robert Hood - SH-101
B2 Robert Hood - Rhythm Of Vision
C1 Robert Hood - Unix
C2 Robert Hood - Ride
D1 Robert Hood - Station Rider E
D2 Robert Hood - Self Powered
E Robert Hood - Sleep Cycle
F Robert Hood - Rhythm Of Vision (Original)
Repress Due: Q3 2021
Conforce signs "Wavetable" to Sungate - an energetic and diverse four-track EP produced using mostly wavetable synthesizers. These chord-driven tracks showcase a sophisticated danceable approach with proper groove. Rotterdam techno in its purest form.
a1 Conforce - Kawai
a2 Conforce - Wave Trip
b1 Conforce - Blofeld
b2 Conforce - Richocet
Release Date: 14th May 2021
The Limited Series reaches it's 10th release milestone with another 5 track compilation from some of our favourite artists at the moment. BPLS010 is a collection of leftfield UK Techno and broken beats for the dancefloor.
The opening track comes from Bristol based Yushh, head at the Pressure Dome Label, with "Fidget Spanner" featuring a hypnotic garage vocal looped over steppy techno drums, followed by Kincaid on the A2, who returns to the label after his latest split EP "Single Cell" on BP016, this time working with vocalist J. Caesar on the deep spoken word trip of "Inside".
Tristan Arp, one half of the Asa Tone project, also returns after his solo EP "Slip" on BP012 in 2020, with "Circling The Abyss" with a refreshing use of the Cello laid expertly on polyrhythmic drum patterns. PinballSpider makes their label debut with a warm and stripped back minimal ear worm on "In One Ear", while Johnny Hunter, Pleasure Club Label favourite, closes things off with the drum heavy percussion of "89' Brakes". The mood is Red. One Love. BP x
a1. Yushh - Fidget Spanner
a2. Kincaid - Inside Ft. J. Caesar
b1. Tristan Arp - Circling The Abyss
b2. PinballSpider - In One Ear
b3. Johnny Hunter - 89' Brakes
Release Date: 1st October 2021
Since 1991, Tresor has provided a home for artists to germinate their ideas for advanced new sounds and broadcast them to the world. The pioneers that first traversed the Detroit-Berlin connection and were at the forefront of a new cultural movement gave to Tresor its original and continuing mission: community, resistance and reshaping the world to come.
The Tresor 30 compilation represents a major land- mark in this continuing history of electronic music. This unique collection of music profiles some of the artists that gave the previous three decades of Tresor its sound and foundation, but it also casts its gaze forward. Writing new postcards from the future, this collection brings new artists who main- tain a connection to that original mission to the fore, charting ways in which this ethos can contin- ue to build bridges and break walls in the next 30 years.
Bringing together 52 essential tracks - both clas- sics and exclusive commissions - each of the 12 records in this box-set charts a unique line of flight from those artists that helped define the shape of this new music to those who continue to pattern its landscape further.
The future is bright and it’s now.
A1. Underground Resistance - The Final Frontier (Nomadico Remix)
A2. Huey Mnemonic - Transmutation
B1. D. Strange - Metal Mono
B2. Speaker Music - focus.point.shoot
C1. AFRODEUTSCHE - CAN’T STOP
C2. Juan Atkins - I Love You
D1. rRoxymore - MULTIPLICITY
D2. Helena Hauff feat. Paris The Black Fu - Electronic Future
E1. Lara Sarkissian - In The Form Of A Sphinx
E2. Jeff Mills - Late Night
E3. K-HAND - Boiler
F1. Claude Young - In Circles
F2. Porter Ricks - Anguilla Electrica
G1. Basic Channel - Phylyps Base
G2. Moritz von Oswald - Segment
H1. Donato Dozzy - Le Confort Electronique
H2. Verraco - Umbral de dolor
I1. KMRU - neutral points
I2. Surgeon - Berlin Disease
I3. Regis + James Ruskin present O/V/R - Natural Enemies
J1. Claudia Anderson - Track 3
J2. machìna - Trio
K1. Robert Hood - Master Builder (Sandman Option)
K2. Function - Mirror Hour
L1. LSDXOXO - Love In Allegiance
L2. Sophia Saze - Curtains
M1. Blake Baxter - One More Time (Acid Mix)
M2. SHE Spells Doom - Splash
N1. DJ Minx - Dequindre Cut
N2. Whodat - Grit
O1. Anthony “Shake” Shakir - Madmen
O2. Daniel Bell - Still Buggin'
P1. Bergsonist - Tout Maintenant
P2. Loidis - In The Place I Sit
Q1. Drexciya - Jazzy Fluids
Q2. Russell E.L. Butler - James Stinson On A Beach In The Mid-Atlantic
R1. DJ Stingray - Bioplastics
R2. Jensen Interceptor - Seas Of Rage
S1. Terrence Dixon - The Way I See It
S2. Nandele feat. Roberto Chitsonzo Jr. - 42567
T1. Ectomorph - It Knows Your Name
T2. Simulant - The Purpose Of Simulation
U1. TYGAPAW - Diffusus
U2. Joey Beltram - GameForm
U3. Nene H - Only Words Break Silence
V1. FJAAK - Lovers
V2. Yazzus - Turn Of Speed
W1. Grand River - Santa Loria
W2. TV Victor - Change On
X1. Carlota - Breakfast On The Moon
X2. Torus - Deep Mid
X3. Mareena + JakoJako - 30 Perlen
Release Date: 23rd July 2021
Waveform Transmission Vol.3 initially came out in 1994 on Tresor Records.
The eight titles on the album marked a turning point for Jeff Mills. It indicates a transition from the straightforward sound he had created through the early 1990’s, into the different facets and sound pallets he will develop through the remainder of the decade. It is a significant piece within Jeff Mills’ masterwork.
A1. The Extremist
A2. Solid Sleep
B1. Life Cycle
C1. Wrath Of The Punisher
D1. Condor to Mallorca
D2. Basic Human Design
Release Date: 30th April 2021
Echocord’s Colour series returns late April with the ‘Epibenthos Mbira’ EP by Hess & Harrison. Detroit’s Luke Hess has long been a respected name in underground Techno, releasing on the likes of FXHE, Deeplabs, Minimood and of course Echocord, here we see him joining forces with fellow Detroit native Joshua Harrison under their new Hess & Harrison alias for a fresh four-track EP on Echocord Colour.
‘Benthos’ leads, merging snaking dub chords and swirling white noise amidst robust drums and acid-tinged stab sequences. ‘Hadal’ follows next, embracing a more dynamic feel to contrast the groove-driven opener, this time round the duo lay focus on expansive reverberations, elongated delays, hypnotic strings and subtly nuanced textures throughout. ‘Nekton’ kicks on the flip-side, delving even deeper via driving low-end tones, murky atmospherics and shuffled percussion before ‘Upwelling’ rounds out the EP, bringing things back to a more loop driven feel as bubbling echoes, gritty bass stabs and sharp chords ebb and flow around crisp drums.
a1. Hess & Harrison - Benthos
a2. Hess & Harrison - Hadal
b1. Hess & Harrison - Nekton
b2. Hess & Harrison - Upwelling
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Minimal Detroit has deep roots in the city where techno was born, but the spirit of this music is intergalactic. This inaugural EP celebrates “The Bridge” established in Techno between Detroit and Berlin, which resonates around the world.
Side A features two Detroit legends, Terrence Dixon aka Population One and Rod Modell (Deepchord, Echospace), while Side B features two Berlin based artists: the inimitable Thomas Fehlmann (3MB, The Orb, Kompakt, Tresor) and Domenique Xander (Moods & Grooves Records).
The record itself is also a bridge, mastered in Berlin by Mandmade Mastering, and pressed by Archer Record Pressing, who have been pressing records in Detroit since 1965. This limited release is the first chapter of what will certainly be a long and beautiful musical story.
a1. Terrence Dixon - The Musical
a2. Rod Modell - Transmission D
b1. Thomas Fehlmann - Offline
b2. Domenique Xander - Lowercase
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Initially released in 1992, Juan Atkins joined forces with Moritz von Oswald and Thomas Fehlmann, for the second iteration of latter duo’s 3 Men in Berlin project, producing a monumental collaboration between Berlin and Detroit that profoundly affected the path forward for techno music.
The impact this album holds is evident in how it elevates beyond a singular or separable representation of its origins. Instead, it resonates through a collaborative nature that reflects its inherent melting pot. Where hints of each member’s sound - Atkins’ mangled and bouncing funk, von Oswald’s purist echoes and foundation rumblings, and Fehlmann’s ambient meshes - may be heard coalescing in a slipstream, and at other times tussling in fervent unfoldings. It may be almost 30 years old, but it remains deeply innovative at its core - folding and warping, unrelenting from its vision.
Densely packed is a propulsive drive of discordant bubbling and jazz-induced textures. Featuring much-beloved tracks such as Jazz Is The Teacher and Die Kosmischen Kuriere, Atkins, von Oswald and Fehlmann forming an emission bound together as a mould of metropolis navigation. Be it amid destructed realities harbouring the bleakest of nights, or long-lensed sci-fi visions, joining dots between the position of the feet and the head. The flanging pads and chirruping percussion of Jazz Is The Teacher lead in a moment in dance music that is as legendary as iconic, shifting into terrains far-out, receiving astral missives then rendering them to groove. Laid back, soulful and affective, it equals ultra-funky, interstellar techno that, once heard, leaves us never quite the same.
a1. Bassmental (Magic Juan Edit)
b1. Die Kosmischen Kuriere (Moritz von Oswald + Thomas Fehlmann Mix)
b2. Die Kosmischen Kuriere
c1. Jazz Is The Teacher (Magic Juan Edit)
d1. Jazz Is The Teacher (Moritz von Oswald + Thomas Fehlmann Mix)
d2. The 4th Quarter
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
Delta Funktionen touches homebase with a heavy double pack on Deeptrax Records: the label that originates from the recordstore he worked at before his international DJ career kicked off. On this double pack he presents a collection of tracks that were made between 2010 and 2020. These tracks never seemed to fit the more conceptual records DF put out, but they have been regular outfits in his DJ sets and always pleased dancefloors around the globe. A true honor for both the label and artist to finally team up and release some of the most playful house and techno cuts Delta Funktionen has produced over the years!
a1. Dode Ondergrond
a2. Consumer Recreation Institute
a3. Smokey Swamp
b1. Vertikal World
c1. Some Body, Some Thing
c2. Helix Five
d1. Dark Suits And Uniforms
d2. I Heard You