Release Date - 14th June 2019
Second release from Blakk Harbor the Greek Berlin based artist Angelos Liaros also sound designer for Native Instruments GmbH. Industrial mutated techno and soaring bleak drones nastily crafted by implementing analog synths through tube guitar amps and cabinets. Controlled feedback, pulsating organic noises & distorted sinewaves syncopates with unforgiving war toms and broken kick drums.
"Krude" proclaims a hostile harsh raw statement to modern economies, human morality and globalized system failure of a degenerated society in a never-ending downward spiral.
6 track EP featuring a remix from Positive Centre. Artwork by Nullvoid aka Trepaneringsritualen.
a1. Blakk Harbor - Death By Drone
a2. Blakk Harbor - Necropolitics
a3. Blakk Harbor - Pure Brutality
b1. Blakk Harbor - Vitriol
b2. Blakk Harbor - Mass Hypnosis
b3. Blakk Harbor - Vitriol (Positive Centre rmx)
Released 21st June
Redshape is back on one of his main labels, Delsin. Having released since 2006 on the Amsterdam imprint he is now back with another four track EP exploring his smoky and atmospheric sound design. Military styled marching drums and an intense growing rubbery bassline marking title track 'Android Malfunction'. Where 'Passenger' stays low and deep with layered up synths that speak of a sparse, dehumanised future world. Closing with the zoned out deep techno cut 'A New Home', lost in dreamy melody sequences that are beautifully melancholic and expansive. As ever, Redshape's visionary brand of techno remains seriously moving here.
a1. Android Malfunction
b2. A New Home
Released 14th June
Experimental Italian techno duo Crossing Avenue return to Spazio Disponibile for their third EP on the label. Once again their four track effort explores new tempos, rhythms and moods in stylish fashion. The Carmaleonte EP counts four multi layered trips into mind melting half time jams that pairs rubbery, rolling drums with hypnotic lead synths. After the gurlgin deepness and sparsity of 'Monoica', 'Carmaleonte' is high pressure and unrelenting, 'Santica' got the razor sharp and unresolved rhythms where 'Decimo Piano' is a flurry of high speed drums and sci fi signifiers that plays out like an intergalactic space war. Techno never sounded as adventurous as this.
b2. Decimo Piano
Release Date - 17th May 2019
From the artist:
"pootek" - Paul (Solpara) and I laid down the majority of this track one November night in Berlin. We lived in the same dorm in university nearly 10 years ago and bonded over weird electronic music. We hadn't seen each other in a while and had never made music together. We got so rowdy making this my neighbour who I had never seen before came up to complain we were being too loud.
01. Pootek (feat. Solpara)
Released 24th May
Neil Landstrumm is among those producers who really don’t need an introduction. Since his first record on Peacefrog in 1995, he pretty much covered every aspect of electronic music, embodied the spirit of the independent producer and build his very own brand of controlled chaos. Never one to be stuck in a loop or monotony, his music ranges from unorthodox techno to all kinds of genre-defying compositions. For his Running Back debut, he serves a frenzy dish that feels like the soundtrack to a space pirate opera. Five tracks of vhs-beta-electro-funk, love ballads for aliens, horror house, silhouette-techno and neuromancing dancing. Housed in an appropriate arcade game sleeve, it’s fit for fun and value for your money.
a1. Sex With Madonna
a2. Centurion X
b2. Night Walker Zwei
Release Date - 24th May 2019
What have we here? A new label from UK electro stalwart Cestrian no doubt. This first ep kicks off in style with a heavy line up and some dark bangers to boot. 4 tracks of dark menacing electro with a collab from Si Begg & Neil Landstrumm to start proceedings. The vocoder on this is one is pretty intense to say the least! 2nd track on the A side is a cool track from the Exaltics with the memorable 00045.00.2 . Side B slows down the bpm’s in precision ebm style with none other than The Hacker under his Amato alias. Finishing the ep off is Dutch maestro DJ Overdose who delivers a dark slab of neg vibe with the aptly entitled Industry Repeats. Very nice ep. Comes with a cool screen print too. If you like your electro dark then this is for you. Only 300 made so don’t sleep.
a1. Si Begg and Neil Lanstrumm - The Pusher
a2. The Exaltics - 00045.00.2
b1. Amato - Sueur et Poussière
b2. DJ Overdose - Industry Repeats
Release Date - 31st May 2019
NC008 see's the return of Navy Cut's debut release artist - Leo James. Presenting two incredible dub-techno inspired slow burners, featuring the mesmerising and soulful vocals of J Appiah.
As with his NC001 release (Speak Back / Day Dream in Dub), Leo
James exclusively showcases a deeper, simpler and more progressive side to his productions for Navy Cut. The alias of Dom Howard/Ruckspin; widely known for his production and engineering for Submotion Orchestra and Author, with several acclaimed albums and worldwide tours under his belt since his 2001 production debut.
J Appiah, a singer/songwriter from Hackney, East London, who's work is autobiographical, often rooted in, and taking shape from life experience and whatever sounds he's immersed in at present. A highly sought after vocalist, and artist in his own right; his thoughtfully crafted melodies and lyrics are beyond impressive and refreshing. An artist true to himself and his feelings, Appiah's music conveys to us what it is to feel alive and human in the world.
a1. Leo James ft. J Appiah - Struggle
b1. Leo James ft. J Appiah - Lost & Found
Release Date - 24th May 2019
Trule presents the second release from Al Wootton, the Natural Forward EP. More UK dub wise sound system bangers for the club. The A-side ‘Natural Forward’ is a rolling 140 jungle dub breaks mover primed for the sound system.
‘Rahma’ on the B-side is another swung out dub wise techno garage shuffler, and ‘Power Must Change Hands’ is a muscular percussive hardware 2 step tweak out for the dancers.
One for the dub heads, the techno heads, the garage heads, and the dubstep heads.
a1. Al Wootton - Natural Forward
b1. Al Wootton - Rahma
b2. Al Wootton - Power Must Change Hands
Released 7th June
After a short hiatus Timedance returns with its first release of 2019. Head honcho Batu returns to the label for the first time in two years with three playful and creative cuts. All there tracks revolve around colourful, captivating sound design and daring arrangements; designed for the body and mind. Artwork by Harry Butt.
01. False Reeds
02. Statin (Dub)
Released 17th May
Next move from Artefakt and Delsin is a selection of their label back catalog remixed by a few of their personal favourites in modern techno days. Forest Drive West and Evigt Morker both deliver slamming and hypnotic techno workouts. Where Polar Inertia and Valentino Mora take a dive into deeper territories. It resulted in a well balanced pack of exciting drum grooves, hypnotic loops, smoky dub techno and cinematic ambient.
a1. The Fifth Planet (Forest Drive West Remix)
a2. The Fifth Planet (Evigt Morker Remix)
b1. Tapeloop (Polar Inertia Remix)
b2. The Blue Hour (Valentino Mora Cosmic Trance Rephase)
Released 7th June
After their fatter than a 'Deepfried stick of butter wrapped in bacon' Speckbass EP collaboration on Sex Tags Ufo a few years back DJ Fett Burger & DJ Speckguertel team up once again! The full length 'Red Scorpions' album, showcasing their mastery in the studio, is the result. A cornucopia of all that's classy about house and techno rolled into one and spread over 4 sides. Not afraid to use the tried and true ingredients of House music to full effect on 'Red Scorpions' they incorporate all the best from US and Europe's club music into a fresh but familiar package.
02. Red Scorpions
03. Sunshine in the Limousine
04. Enjoy This Limousine
05. 6Drops (Piano Mix)
06. 6Drops (Technocid Mix)
07. Ibiza Ritter
08. Sting Collins
09. Sonnen Ambiente
Release Date: 3rd May 2019
Jamming things up once more, we‘re pairing Chambray with long-time Figure-affiliate Truncate for a pair of exciting floor-killers, then go out with some fresh take on techno by Biri.
No Stress is exactly the reminder needed when letting things fling in all directions with this unpredictable, spiralling power work-out. Trax 4 The Club pays hommagge to the its heritage, but shoots way beyond the treaden template. Tongue-in-cheek and swinging widely, this one hits far more carefully than expected, yet all the more satisfying when it does!
On the flip it‘s Biri deploying his rigid style of layering sounds which he makes seem fluid and lively, never changing things up too soon or too late. By such his drive along the meticulously shaped arps on Snox101 stays a constant thriller, while Through The Fields becomes an ambient-leaning excursion through time and space, opening up the body and mind.
a1. Truncate & Chambray – No Stress
a2. Truncate & Chambray – Trax 4 The Club
b1. Biri – Snox101
b2. Biri – Through The Fields
Release Date 26th April 2019
Following the first of the 'SHIFT LTD' capsule collection by Xhin is an EP by Kirk Degiorgio with a remix from John Beltran. Full-bodied tracks fill in every frequency corner
'The Nearness of Flames' as a headspin stomper, while 'Acid Symphony' weaves an acid line into a rich tapestry. Ambient producer John Beltran reimagines the original with a sunrise touch.
01. The Nearness of Flames
02. Acid Symphony (John Beltran Remix)
03. Acid Symphony
Release Date - 10th May 2019
After making a V/A appearance on ‘EXCURSIONS # 5’ via Phuture Shock’s EXCURSIONS sub-label in 2018, rising German talent Sandilé returns, this time on the Bristol-based parent imprint, with a blistering two-track missive entitled ‘Bulla Bulla’.
Having emerged out of Cologne’s vibrant underground house and techno scene over the last few years, the local DJ and producer has steadily built a name for herself with frequent DJ gigs across Europe and a clutch of releases on hometown labels including Like Records and IM IN LOVE. While last year saw the German artist land a production credit on Berlin’s Neovinyl, by way of a notable collaboration with prolific house duo Black Loops.
Here adding to her growing credentials, with her first solo outing on Phuture Shock Musik, Sandilé showcases her versatile, groove-driven style across two club-bound tracks - both of which bridge the gap between the soulful essence of deep house and the unrelenting drive of techno; replete with dark and dubby overtones, whilst also heavily taking cues from the UK’s rich bass music roots.
The opening salvo arrives in the form of the bass-driven ‘Bulla Bulla’, where a rollicking, tom-tom laden groove, sharp hi-hats and driving beats serve as a taut, rhythmic base for a whirlwind of fluttering dub chords, manic rimshots and Jamaican vocal chants that delicately merge with deeply emotive keys and lush pads enriched with the hi-tech soul of Motor City and an air of Bristol melancholy. Maintaining the dancefloor urgency on the B-Side, albeit on a more pensive, heads-down tip is ‘Heavy One’, which unfolds with the throb of hefty 4/4 kicks, bubbling low end and delay-drenched synth stabs that incessantly pierce through layers of skittering percussion and snappy claps, before a cascade of eerie padded chords akin to the 90’s intelligent jungle atmospherics of LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking imprint - takes you on a late-night sonic journey across the dark Metropolis of Berlin via Cologne through to inner city London and Detroit, running deep into the afterhours.
a1. Sandilé - Bulla Bulla
b1. Sandilé - Heavy One
Release Date - 26th April 2019
Under the UVB-76 Music umbrella emerges The Stone Tapes, a new medium for residual recordings documented in static matter. Built on the intellectual foundations 19th century paranormal theory the label purports a belief that within sound can be located an audio apparition, an intent and carried feeling. In essence transmuting a specific moment into vinyl observable only at playback. An ideological limestone soaking up and releasing intent.
Imprinting on the psychic ether a distinctly deadened ambience, The Stone Tapes elicits ideas that even today lurk on the fringes of experience, considered heretical by some, while held foundation by the initiated.
The Stone Tapes reanimates for a second release that reasserts the labels grounding in astute conceptualizations in realized sound. A collaboration between Moroccan born Amsterdam resident and Leyla Records chief Chafik Chennouf and 10 Label boss and Kyoto, Japan native Katsunori Sawa.
A rhythmically pulsating quadrivium, the Fragments of Reference EP distils four disturbed takes on deeply unnatural sound in a 4/4 framework. Cavorting around themes of self-actualization, denial, inevitability and fate, the EP goes to great lengths to reflect our modern predicament. Techno clairvoyance.
a1. Chafik Chennouf & Katsunori Sawa - False Paradigm
a2. Chafik Chennouf & Katsunori Sawa - Growth of Inequality
b1. Chafik Chennouf & Katsunori Sawa - The Jonah Complex
b2. Chafik Chennouf & Katsunori Sawa - Heat Death
Released 12th April
Off The Meds is a Swedish-South African crew based in Stockholm, consisting of producers Adrian Lux, Carli Löf and Måns Glaeser with vocalist Kamohelo Khoaripe. Belter is their first full solo release, arriving on Studio Barnhus 7 months after the band’s low-slung, ethio-jazz-influenced hip-house burner Currency Low appeared as one of the standouts of 2018’s much-lauded label compilation Studio Barnhus Volym 1. A relentlessly catchy party starter, Belter combines classic rave elements with cutting edge production techniques and Kamo’s pitch-shifted rapid-fire vocals. Already a key feature in recent sets by the Studio Barnhus posse as well as London top selector Joy O, the latter took it upon himself to remix the track, turning it into an extended broken techno trip, a few shades darker and dubbier than the original. Both vinyl and digital releases come with a full acapella version for all the daredevil djs out there!
a2. Belter (Acapella)
b1. Belter (Joy O Belly Mix)