Released 17th August
There is some serious music coming out of NZ right now and has been for a while and these tracks are of no exception. This EP has a very sonically pleasing sound about it all coated with an industrial vibe. From a main room club banger right through to the early morning dark twisted "I have had way too much of a good night" tracks this EP really does push the boundaries and brings something new and refreshing to the table.
a1. Wild Wood
b1. Sun Drips
Released 12th October 2018
Part 2 of 5 to be released over the coming couple of months. Originally released on the Phono label in 1995/96 the ‘Parts’ series from Matthew Herbert are a much loved collection of house tracks that sound just as original and bold today as they did when they were first released. This series of 12”s were part of an early wave of exploratory dance music that paved the way for the deep house that still works its magic on dance-floors in 2018 some 25 years later. The mix of Herbert’s playfulness alongside expertly grooving production and unusual sounds makes this unique collection of work. The odd few tracks aside this is the first time that these releases have ever been repressed. All newly remastered for this reissue series, the releases include stone cold club classics such as ‘Deeper’, ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Resident’, ‘People That Make the Music’ and ‘See You on Monday’.
Released 7th September
Dusty grooves from the dunes of Scheveningen! Inspired by myth, legend and scifi; Legowelt conjures up four ancient mysticism and space odyssey themed tracks that will take you on another journey through psychedelic space and paranormal rituals.
a1. Omnibus Babylon
a2. Learning to Fly
b1. Miskatonic Trimester
b2. Golem Memory Bank
Released 31st August
Australian producers Jensen Interceptor and Assembler Code team up with The Hacker to deliver another powerful electro release on Mechatronica. Vapour Waves is blasted open by the effective, bumping sunray anthem Random Pain, followed by the darker soundscapes and wonky bassline of HRL6. On the flip, The Hacker's stingy, metallic rework of Drive Shift plunges straight into the deep, following the cold groove and hypnotic design of the original version.
a1. Random Pain
b1. Drive Shift
b2. Drive Shift (The Hacker Remix)
Released 17th August
It’s done. The final, last and endmost volume of remixes for Tuff City Kids’ (aka Philipp Lauer and Gerd Janson) unique debut album Adoldesscent are here. Featuring KiNK, Prins Thomas, Sascha Funke, Shan, Justin Strauss’s Whatever/Whatever project and Brussels’ bohemian Mugwump, TCK originals are treated with acid, balearic rhythms, lean Berlin grooves, New York City dubs, UK breaks and Belgian new beats. There is something for every taste and one for each situation. The vinyl edition carries KiNK, Prins Thomas, Sascha Funke and the previously unreleased proto-rave rocket Icebot. For the rest, hit the download button, please. That’s all folks.
a1. Tell Me [KiNK Remix] (feat. Joe Goddard)
a2. Icebot (Previously Unreleased)
b1. Wake People (Sascha Funke Remix)
b2. Wake People (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
Released 24th August
Following the critically acclaimed debut album from Tensal, Soma presents a specially commissioned remix EP to compliment the album. A varied collection of artists are prominent on the release with new and established alike, each delivering their own take on Tensal's originals. UK producer Pessimist opens the EP. His unique aesthetic of Jungle / Drum & Bass - come - Techno certainly makes its presence felt on the A-Side as he delivers a monster of a remix, soaked in dark, brooding textures and broken rhythms. Another UK techno export makes his debut on Soma as Shifted lends his remix skills to the package. Pulsating and propulsive, Shifted exudes pure energy with his version of Santolaya. Prolific French producer Umwelt closes out the EP with his interpretation of Belga. An old skool, electro affair Umwelt still retains a melancholic edge to the production. Two special, digital only tracks from Shifted & Umwelt also feature in this promo.
a1. Tensal - Santolaya (Pessimist Remix)
b1. Tensal - Santolaya (Shifted Remix)
b2. Tensal - Belga (Umwelt Remix)
Released 27th July 2018
The second in the Skins whitelabel series delivers yet more carefully crafted dub techno for the dancefloor. Opener ‘Sahara Sky’ begins with menacing low-end atmospherics, with slowly evolving pads and chords forming an assured groove punctuated by dreamy synth lines. ‘Eve’ is similarly groove-based, with its relentless forward momentum kept in check by a wistful descending chord sequence. In both, Skins lends the spaciousness synonymous with dub techno a club-focused kineticism, creating versatile tracks that allow DJs to transform the vibe, whether building up or winding down. The record also features two synth tools: an energetic acid/dub fusion and a stripped-back polymetric chord jam, offering myriad possibilities for textural play and keeping listeners guessing.
a1. Sahara Sky
a2. Synth Tool 1
b2. Synth Tool 2
Released 7th September 2018
Next up for Bristol’s Phuture Shock is the fifth instalment of ‘EXCURSIONS’ – via its vinyl-only, ‘Anything goes’ offshoot, Phuture Shock Excursions. Functioning in a similarly eclectic vein as previous V/A issues, ‘EXCURSIONS #5’ presents four genre-hopping cuts - spanning the outer realms of electro, house, techno and broken beat - courtesy of an international roster made up of both up-and-coming and established talent from across the dance music underground.
On board for this latest venture is South Korean DJ/producer DJ Bowlcut, a rising talent and prominent figure of Seoul’s blossoming underground electronic scene, whose career has swiftly gathered pace over the last year. Having debuted with 2017’s ‘Colmena’ EP on local label Honey Badger Records, he’s since racked up a growing number of compilation singles via fledgling imprints including Nerang and Neo Violence. Another relative newcomer with strong promise arrives in the form of Cologne-based producer and DJ Sandilé, here making her debut outing on vinyl, following a handful of digital releases on various labels within her hometown. While signaling a third appearance on the imprint and needing little introduction is bass music veteran Nubian Mindz, offering up his first new material in almost 18 months. And last but not least is Bristol’s experimental beat-smith and composer William Yates aka Memotone, here operating under his dancefloor-leaning guise Half Nelson - a side project that came about last year with a 12” on London’s Breaker Breaker.
Taking the helm on side A is DJ Bowlcut with ‘Aurora Borealis’, an electro-inspired ode to the natural phenomena of the Nordic skies which lends the track title its name; where glacial synth hooks and spectral voice pads interplay against a backdrop of ethereal soundscapes that swirl around skittering hi-hats and muscular beats with an added lo-fi edge. Sandilé takes the reins on the A2 cut with the curiously titled ‘Not Drum & Bass’, a sprightly deep house roller, built around glimmering, jazzy keys and bright synth stabs, anchored by UKG-imbued four to the floor drums and the kind of deep, pulsating subs that suggests an ironic doff of the cap to the genre that the track title alludes to. On the flip things take a more experimental turn, where first up dwells the futuristic bass oddity ‘Madcap Voxist’ from Nubian Mindz; which straddles the borders of bruk, techno, bashment and UK funky through a roving-b-line, filtered piano stabs and crisp, syncopated snares interposed between bleepy electronics, and an onset of guttural rumblings from what might be an extraterrestrial species lurking beneath the surface. Reprising the sci-fi narrative and closing the disc is the sludgy, mid-tempo stomp of Half Nelson’s ‘Alien Future’, where choppy hi-hats and frail 4/4 kicks chug their way through nebulous textures, before converging with a deluge of squelchy, analogue bass and an oscillating synth pattern intent on causing mass disorientation. In short, the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic vision where aliens have invaded planet earth as we know it and wiped out all human existence.
a1. DJ Bowlcut – Aurora Borealis
a2. Sandile – Not Drum & Bass
b1. Nubian Mindz – Madcap Voxist
b2. Half Nelson – Alien Future
Released 29th July
Limited to 250 copies. Vinyl only. Full on no-nonsense techno tracks compiled on the trustworthy Connwax label! Tracks from Arnaud Le Texier, Jeff Rushin, Perm and Tsorn.
a1. Jeff Rushin - Rattle
a2. Tsorn - Chapelle du Muerte
b1. Arnaud Le Texiere - Onironaute
b2. Perm - Thirty Speed
Released 27th July 2018
UVB-76 Music’s latest offering ushers in new blood to the camp in the form of Stave. The Chicago resident’s ‘ATK’ EP sees the tempo submerge to lower depths and the pressure intensify amidst the harsh dynamics and sonic battery that the label is now synonymous for. A four track rhythmic cavort that plays the urge to dance and the allure of subversive nature. plays on*
b1. Ambient Out
Released 27th July 2018
From UVB-76 Music’s fractal personnel rises Karim Maas. A familiar face behind a new mask, Maas, one of the sonic panjandrums at the core of the labels sound submits an aural experience that bleeds between genre and tone with striking ease, negotiating a through line that is hard to pin down in any moment before it shifts again. A stunning EP that remains true to UVB-76 Music’s core tenants. Four absolute steamers and a Huren remix for good measure.
a2. Lizzard King
a3. Cassette A (Huren Remix)
Released 20th July 2018
The Drip EP brings together four distinctive producers and one set of sounds - The Drips. The result is a compilation of 4 tracks that bring the swing and sampling of some of Accidental Jnr’s finest to produce a soaking wet dancefloor.
First up is label boss Matthew Herbert with a trademark groove that harks back to his Wishmountain moniker albeit found lurking in the swamp. Cosmo Sheldrake takes a slight departure from his usual multi-instrumentaling live-looping avant-folk to deliver a track that could only be described as travelling circus aqua-techno. Bahraini born, French / US bred and now Edinburgh dwelling video game builder, sound designer and sometime Scottish league football referee Yann Seznec opens the B-side with an absolute stormer of a rain drenched club hook. Sussex based producer Crewdson and builder of such electronic instruments as the Eggiophone and Concertronica closes proceedings with a drizzling evolving 2-step number.
a1. Matthew Herbert - The Swamp
a2. Cosmo Sheldrake - Splosh
b1. Yann Seznec - Droplets
b2. Crewdson - Amphibious
Released 27th July
Julius is finally back on his own home Smallville with Along The Coast- it’s the first solo 12“ since his mesmerizing Flocking Behaviour album in 2014. After remixes for Telfort and Lerosa recently, a 12“ together with moomin on his Closer label and some Smallpeople material last year plus a surprising non-electronic album with his band-project Tonight Will Be Fine (together with Abdeslam Hammouda) on Japanese label Mule Musiq, Julius is now back on his own imprint, delivering 3 deep cuts for the dancefloor. Next to running the Smallville record-store and -label, Julius started his own club-night and accompanied stamp-label Down By The Lake (catalogue number 03 is out now) in Freiburg, plus hosting the Smallville & Friends thursday at legendary Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg every month as a Smallpeople residency together with Just von Ahlefeld. They also put out record no. 5 on Smallville-offshoot Fuck Reality recently. Watch out for more good things to come this summer.. As always Along The Coast comes with a full Cover Artwork by Stefan Marx.
a1. Along the Coast
b2. Be Myself
Released 13th July
180g 12" w/ Download + 30x30 chrome/glossy printed inlay. The new talented Italian producers Sibling and the Russian Artist Heavenchord kicking it off with Lonesome Landscape EP on FAUXPAS MUSIK. An emotional piece of late night atmosphere dub techno music full of analogue warmth and heart-warming depth.
a1. Lonesome Landscape
b2. Slow Sensation