For the debut Always Human Tapes vinyl release, Heckadecimal delivers a dark, hardware-driven landscape of electronic pleasure. Derived from countless studio sessions, Heckadecimal’s quasi-improvisatory music is a distillation of electro, O.G. IDM, and a healthy experience soundtracking midwestern warehouse raves. The result is a versatile and cohesive cross-section of hard-working beats, sure to find a home in any adventurous DJ's record bag.
a1. Caisse Claire
b1. Kool Discordia
b3. Far Far Brud
Always Human Tapes are back for round two and this time it's a fight to the death. Label head Ryan Wurst assumes the identity of Soul Tangler once again and unleashes a brutal mix of raw electronics, knife edged percussion and jagged techno.
a1. The Beast
a2. The Dance
b1. The Blood
b2. The Spoils
Release Date: 10th October
After his last Ep 'B.A.B.E' on Drumpoet Community Look Like aka Luca Duran is back with a new release on Akoya Circles.
The solid and versatile four-tracker 'Spring and You' again shows his capacity to produce tracks that are inspired by the old Detroit and Chicago House music combined with modern elements.
Opener 'Spring & You' is oriented by the early Detroit sample process and reminds us
of the beauty and simplicity of this area. A2 'Arms Akimbo', the most Disco oriented track on this 12', is a timeless swing weapon.
On the B side 'Nothing To Fear' a heavy Disco-House tune that certainly demands a
shaking hip. Followed by B2 White Stairs a late night stomper.
Unsurprisingly the releases of the young Colombian - Swiss producer Look Like are
receiving support from heavyweight diggers like Ben Ufo, Lexx or Detroit Swindle.
a1. Spring & You
a2. Nothing To Fear
b1. Arms Akimbo
b2. White Stairs
Released 2nd September 2016
Conceptual beat-maker Nick Klein returns with 'The Lonesome Dealer' 12” for Alter.
Four disparate, industrial-tinged tracks that demonstrate a rough-hewn synthesis of noise and techno, 'The Lonesome Dealer' is born from a geographically transient point in Klein's life spent between Miami and NYC. Despite this, Klein has turned personal disruption around to make his most focussed statement yet as an artist.From the hypnotic "Caberet Voltaire gone Reggaeton" patter of ‘Chats With Lucy’ - with its bruised drum machine rhythms and a jabbering refrain that embodies the track’s title - to the crawling computer acid of ‘Christian Rock Concert’, Klein teases out melodies from beneath layers of muddied beats on a record that is as pacifying as it is jarring. Dark and wavy club music for the heads, if you like. ‘Do You Want To Crash’ is perhaps the clearest realisation of this idea; its crescendoing din of noise giving way to a laser-cut synth line that shimmers like a diamond in dry ice, while ’Pain Management Resource’ is built around a clatter of hi-hats and wobbly polyrhythm that bounces along with a kind of ominous glee. Having studied sculpture and performance in Miami, Nick Klein has largely dealt in sound-based art since moving to New York, but with focus on the potential of a democratic dialogue platform through electronic music, scale in volume, and the active role of touring performer. Along with Miguel Enrique Alvariño, he co-runs Brooklyn’s Primitive Languages label which started from a shipping container in Bushwick’s “Punk Alley”. The pair have so far released sessions from the likes of Profligate, Balloon Movement, Pure Matrix, and Hubble. ‘The Lonesome Dealer follows 'Failed Devotee', Klein's previous 12" for Germany's Unknown Precept label.
1: Chats With Lucy
2: Christian Rock Concert
3: Do You Want To Crash?
4: Pain Management Resource
Released 12th May 2017
a1. Basement Bounce
b1. Over & Over & Over
Released 12th May 2017
Described as “the start of something special” by Simon Shreeve / Mønic and “full of depth and texture” by Kamikaze Space Programme, Other Form’s debut EP ‘Unmarked Paths’ lands on the artist’s Unknown Movements label on 12th May. The EP’s five tracks all began life as jams on analogue hardware, and there’s a fat, noisy, intentionally-imperfect feel to each. Amidst the ’floor-conscious urgency of the two sides’ opening pieces, the other three explore slower, darker territory — and all are glued together by a foreboding atmosphere rich in sepulchral reverb and analogue hiss. Killawatt calls it “wonderfully fluid techno.”
a2. All That Was
b3. A Reset
Released 18th March 2016
Dot Product -
Comprised of Bristol based sound artists Adam Winchester and Christopher Jarman,
Dot Product comes to light in a swathe of noise, tone and texture.
Through years of research and experimentation the duo have sought to explore the creative potential from the inaudible fog of electromagnetic radiation, the internal resonance found in the negative space of an object, the circuitry of discarded electronics, and other such less-travelled paths of sound generation. In harnessing these clandestine sonics and bringing them within a listenable range, the resulting collages of sound have been shaped into a form that nods to the legacy of uncompromising British experimental electronic music, from early industrial savagery to bass-heavy soundsystem pressure. Such reference points are abstract though, for within the truly unique array of sources at their disposal, Winchester and Jarman have a new dialect in which to communicate.
Crucially, while there may be a scientific approach at the heart of the Dot Product methodology, the results are far from clinical. There are subversive rhythms aplenty throughout the album, from the jagged ripples of “Skafander” to the slow, dread-fuelled march of “Springs”. There is also space for touches of melody; “Atmosphere Processor” swoons with blue-hued melancholy, while “Ice Patches” stalks on an ominous bass mantra.
After sharing the initial results of their research, the pair performed select live shows in Bristol and London, as well as being commissioned to create a sonic interpretation of Swedish horror film Let The Right One In. This debut album on Osiris is the culmination of these initial steps, these 9 tracks representing the most complete document of the Dot Product sound to date.
a2. Ice Patches
a4. Atmosphere Processor
b4. Kevin Costner's Waterworld
Released 25th May 2018
- VORONOI new release explores how sounds behave in aseptic experimental environment to discover a new present of digital fantasy.
- A work of precise and complex sound design that looks over the techno-scientific contemporary from a positive angle.
- Includes extended re-work track by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier who reassembles Vis-Viva’s sonic materials into his unique style.
- RIYL: Mark Fell, Lee Gamble, Gabor Lazar, MESH, Yves De Mey...
Vis-Viva is the surprise of movement, the wonder that leads to imagine new possible configurations of the present, objects created with materials not yet invented move in aseptic and virtual spaces without respecting the normal laws of physics. Used for the first description of kinetic energy in elastic collisions the historical term Vis-Viva titles second OOH-sounds release from VORONOI, a work inspired by post humanism literature, experimental observation and speculative evolutionism where sounds and motion seem to face over the contemporary techno-scientific corpus from a positive angle.
Can sounds behave like particles do? How sound reacts and transforms if treated like organic matter? VORONOI tries to answer back by sculpting a precise and complex sound design in an anti-climax approach to composition. Rhythms are free, unpredictable, tracks always seem to respect some grammars of club-music but abstracting from its normal timbres and denying its conclusions to face a digital fantasy.
Vis-Viva’s experiment is completed by an extended 6 minutes re-work track by electronic music producer and multidisciplinary artist Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Halcyon Veil, Raster-Norton, WTN?) who reassembles VORONOI’s sonic palette into his unique style. The result is as if everything has traveled outside the lab to be exposed to the outside world.
T-1000’s suspended atmospheres set the Vis-Viva experiment with pulverized granular sound debris, occasional rhythmic pulses and reverberant movements. Built over two distinct parts, in which the second seems to deny the first, SPHERO 2.0 forces a dynamic dialogue between raw and ultra processed sonic material. Elements orbit around a fast and joyous drum pattern that builds up in Marbles, a more complex experiment in which particles slow down and accelerate in chaotic, though controlled, collisions to generate micro melodic bursts.
B-side opens with innovative artist Jesse Osborne-Lanthier who re-works Vis-Viva's raw recordings in an apparent disassembled hierarchy, layering the original sonic elements over an amazingly sounding, erratic texture made out of what sounds like iper-processed field recordings. Gumbody Flash closes with the slower, uncanny precision of an out-of-battery mechanism, whose degree of freedom decreases as its elastic repetitions get looser and contradictory.
a2. SPHERO 2.0
b1. V25 [Jesse Osborne-Lanthier re-work]
b2. Gumbody Flash
Released 21st October 2016
Bristol based ‘Ment’ steps up again for Honey Glazed Records with two cuts of melodic house that are packed with life and soul. A side - ‘A Kind Of Us’ sets off its warm grooves with shimmering synths and a looping melodic vocal sample. The track builds, wiggles and morphs until an infectious trumpet hook breaks out. Ments’ ability to carve out warm and heart-felt melodies is clear on both of his tracks on this record. The B Side - ‘My Days’ – sees him use a wider array of instruments to provide a more jazz influenced track. Amongst the dipping and diving bass and masterful tinkering on the keys, he still retains the dance floor in mind. The result is a very intelligent piece of music that will still get the floor moving.
On the other side of this 12inch comes three quite contrasting remixes of ‘A Kind Of Us’. The emerging talent ‘Ross From Friends’ brings his trademark lo-fi melodic touch. He creates his own unique hook, with synths from the original only used as a backdrop. Troy Gunner – fresh from an exciting release on Monki’s Zoo Music, wastes no time putting his stamp on the original. The track opens with a beefy, hypnotic bass loop. Troy’s trademark driving and menacing drums soon come swirling in. He then manages to twist the originals summery, warm synths into a dark and eerie break down before ramping up the hypnotic drums and bass again. Ramu returns to Honey Glazed with a funky 303 jam over cut up synths from the original.
The result is a versatile EP that caters for lots of different moods and styles, all packaged inside a sleeve designed by talented Bristol artist and frequent Honey Glazed collaborator - Rosie Carmichael.
a1. Ment - A Kind Of Us
a2. Ment - My Days
b1. Ment - A Kind Of Us (Ross From Friends Remix)
b2. Ment - A Kind Of Us (Troy Gunner Remix)
b3. Ment - A Kind Of Us (Ramu's Acid Rerub)
Release Date: 16th February 2018
Troy Gunner continues to strengthen his new imprint 'GUNNER' with a second self-released title.
Having had 001 hotly-tipped by the likes of RA, DJ Mag and Mixmag - plus a plethora of DJ support from Hodge, Zenker Brothers, John Osborn, Carl Craig and Moxie to name but a few, Gunner stays firmly on track with another trio of armoured UK-Techno tracks packed with chilly atmospherics and gnarly drums.
a1. Stay Where You Are
Released 11th August 2017
Berlin producer Troy Gunner marks a new step in an ascendant career with the introduction of his very own imprint. Simply titled ‘GUNNER’, this project will be predominantly vinyl-focused and will act as a platform for his own productions as well selected peers. It kicks off with 3 of his own tracks - all of which carrying a chilly quality whilst bearing Troy's distinctive blend of stiff drums, heady atmospheres and muscular low end.
SUPPORT FROM: Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Zenker Brothers, Moxie, Hodge, Mickey Pearce, xxxy, MJ Cole, John Osborn, Brendon Moeller, Carl Craig, Ivan Smagghe, Woz, Christian Martin, Claude Vonstroke, Gorgon City, Groove Armada, Tensnake, James Zabiela, Richy Ahmed, My Nu Leng, Altered Natives, Danny Tenaglia, Horse Meat Disco, Huxley, Phaeleh, Gene Farris, Eddie Temple-Morris, Shadow Child + many more.
a1. Concern From Afar
Release Date: 22.06.15
Hand Stamped 180gram vinyl
Forte Techno’s first vinyl release brings together four heavy hitters from the UK and European underground. Bridging both the uncompromising and experimental it showcases driving punishing techno for the dancefloor and mind in equal measure.
This will be the first in a number of releases showcasing emerging underground talent from the UK and beyond. Music with a keen ear for techno’s past and future.
Early support from Paul Mac, Radial, Bas Mooy, Rebekah, Mark EG, Sunil Sharpe, Thomas Hessler, Dj Hyperactive, Drumcell, Binny, Clouds, Patrick DSP, Matthias Fridell, Joseph McGeechan, Dave Ellesmere and many more.
a1. David Meiser - Descending Into The Abyss
a2. Ross Alexander - Impervious To Hype
b1. Jake Conlon - So Long Farewell
b2. Kereni - Kepler 186