Release Date: 7th December 2018
Forever cursed with “deep-“ and “tech-house” labels by the press due to decisions taken 10 years ago before he had any idea how this industry worked, Avatism returns mildly angrier than ever before with ‘Ate-Up’, an EP the producer actually started writing during an MDMA-induced lucid dream after Vakant label boss spiked his drinks in 2011. To give his poor soul some credibility, we’ve enlisted AQXDM (Aquarian & Deapmash, fresh from their storming debut on Bedouin Records) and the mysterious Maenad Veyl (Veyl, Pinkman, Death & Leisure) on remix duties.
a2. Crisis Engine
b1. Alex, Why? (Maenad Veyl Edit)
b2. Alex, Why? (AQXDM Remix)
Released 14th December
Art-aud is thrilled to present you a big thing. Its been in the work for a while, a project collaboration with the historical Italian label, Interactive Test. Founded in '91 from the crazy minds of the two brothers Franco and Riccardo Falsini, it was one of the first real underground imprints to born in Italy and to propose an innovative sound at the time, that soon after exploded all over the world more and more. With almost 40 releases done in a few years, the two brothers have really created an empire, a stronghold in the hills of the belle Florence. Now, after more than 25 years, we have decided to bring back the light to what for us are the most significant tracks and visions from their world, sign of a past but still very current present and future, in a sort of "greatest hits" vinyl compilation. Six tunes of six different names, and different vibes, taken from different eps (all rare to find now), nicely remastered from the source files by Alden Tyrell.
a1. Rick 8 - Hypernotes Velocity
a2. Agent Fylfoyt - Tribalism
a3. I Believe - Eagle Parade
b1. Open Spaces - Speaking in Tongues
b2. Disfrequency - New Regeneration Event 2
b3. Sick Hardcore - Psycodrome
Released 14th December
Spazio Disponibile welcomes Valentino Mora for a new EP featuring four tracks of rhythmic exploration. Boss of the IDO label and known for his atmospheric deep techno sets, he brings a richly infused palette to his music. The four tracks on 'Transmagnetic' are steep in moody atmospheres, with exquisite sound design colouring in the grooves which range from dark and eerie to more subtly uplifting and enlightened. Icy synths, abstract motifs and a sense of paranoia and tension characterise each one, with barely-there drums all working to sink you into a trance.
a1. Yant Suea
b2. Second Skin
Released 7th December
When asked about the story behind the tracks of 'Journey Through The Outer Darkness from the Inner Light', Jamal Moss answered with a laconic "No story. No dogma. No Hype". After all, his despise of extra-musical paraphernalia is proportional to his productiveness in the studio. But there's always a story. On April 9, 2016, Hieroglyphic Being played a live show in La Casa Encendida of Madrid within the festival Electronica en Abril. Some days later, the recording of the full set was uploaded to YouTube. When we watched it, we were totally captivated. Those eighty minutes of music had the raw power of all of Jamal's body of work, but with a heightened sense of transcendence. Cosmic, spiritual and intensely beautiful, it sounded like a lysergic reinterpretation of Detroit techno transmitted from a galaxy yet to be discovered. As most of the material was unreleased, we reached Jamal in order to try to press it into vinyl. The result is 'Journey Through The Outer Darkness from the Inner Light', a 12" that reunites eight of the individual tracks that conformed that Madrid performance. When inquired about AUM, the sacred sound all the tracks are labeled after, Jamal referred us to a book by author and naturalist Joseph Bharat Cornell. A book that the author himself presents with these words: 'The sound of the Cosmic Vibration is AUM, and listening to it brings the greatest bliss imaginable. AUM is the Omnipotent Force that propels each soul toward Spirit. It's the sacred, inner fire. As you approach the cosmic blaze, you feel at first its radiant, soothing comfort; then, as you come closer - AUM's liberating flames consume you - and bring you to God". There might be "no story and no dogma", but, suddenly, it all makes sense.
a1. Aum 1
a2. Aum 2
a3. Aum 3
a4. Aum 4
b1. Aum 5
b2. Aum 6
b3. Aum 7
b4. Aum 8
Release Date - 7th December 2018
Laslo - He of Minden Nap Vasárnap delivers strong with the 10” vinyl pressure.
Eliptik: A clanking, strangely soothing ride into the bowels of Hungary.
Generativ: Future BBoy funk for the motorway underpass. Alloy for jaded ears.
Brutalmetal: *Digital Exclusive* Beauty against the Beast. Soundtrack for a cartoon trash compactor floating on a lake of oil. Bonus Digital Track "Laslo - Brutalmetal" redeemable by emailing proof of vinyl purchase to greta[dot]cottage[at]gmail[dot]com
Specifically Niche Music For Specifically Niche People. Keep Smiling 😊
DJ Support - Nick Höppner, Sven Helwig, m50, Anastasia Kristensen
a1. Laslo - Eliptik
b1. Laslo - Generativ
03. Laslo - Brutalmetal *Digital Exclusive*
Release Date - 14th December 2018
Vinyl will feature Individual, hand illustrated sleeves.
Distraction combines thundering bass elements from darker techno with deeper, emotive pads and flourishes to create a meditative yet driving late night groove. Best used to hush dance floor chatter in favour of getting heads down and putting a shift in.
Static and Choke also play with juxtapositions of light and dark elements, with Choke being the firmer of the two. Both offer sounds ideal for creating trippy and introspective dance floor moments, while not allowing those hard fought for energy levels to drop.
a1. Lifedrawing - Distraction
b1. Lifedrawing - Static
b2. Lifedrawing - Choke
Released 14th December
After making his debut on the label in 2014, Berlin based Brit BNJMN returns to Delsin to release his latest artist album, Hypnagogia. This album comes after years of experimenting but is the first time since his Black Square album on Rush Hour in 2011 that the artist has felt he has finished a cohesive body of work. Hypnagogia counts ten tracks of atmospheric techno that ranges from deeply comforting to turbulent and edgy. There are moments of beautiful ambient reflection on tracks like 'Glowed' and 'Over White Peaks', plenty of the unique sense of melody BNJMN is known for as well as hypnotic tracks that trap you in a trance. Tracks like 'Theta Wave' show BNJMN is always conjuring up unique patterns and beguiling textures, while 'Hypnagogia Pt 2' is built on the sort of drum programming that will always lock in the floor.
01. Atoms Speak
04. Titan Dome
05. Hypnagogia Pt. 1
06. Theta Wave
08. Moth Lines
09. Hypnagogia Pt. 2
10. Over White Peaks
Released 14th December
The second volume of Casa Voyager's compilation gathers the label's regulars OCB and Kosh, as well as two new artists: Polyswitch, coming straight from the shady streets of Casablanca and also known as the moroccan funkmaster, and Jamal, who comes from the moroccan diaspora in Europe and purveyor of post-futuristic electro beats, keeping the dutch-moroccan connection alive.
a1. OCB - Computer Default
a2. Jamal - One Point Zero
b1. Kosh - Casablanca Vice
b2. Polyswitch - CSV Shuffle
Release Date: 23rd November 2018
France's I Hate Models has had a phenomenal rise since his first releases in 2016, now he arrives on Perc Trax to serve up the label's last release of year.
Already fitting in with the label's no nonsense aesthetic after appearances at a number of label showcases this year, this EP shows a hardening of his sound, without losing any of the melodic touches that have made his releases so memorable.
The original mix of "Spreading Plague" fills the A-side of the record with a near 10 minute journey though classic Perc Trax metallic percussion, quivering acid and soaring analogue lead lines. Epic is a word not often used in relation to Perc Trax, but
here it is perfectly applicable.
On the flip side, Perc remixes the lead track, honing in on the acid and adding swarms of claps and hihats for his first new production on Perc Trax in 2018. "Martial Order" closes the EP moving the percussion to the front of the mix once again, as metallic hits rain down on the listener, delivering a fresh take on one of Perc Trax's signature sounds.
a1. I Hate Models - Spreading Plague
b1. I Hate Models - Spreading Plague (Perc remix)
b2. I Hate Models - Martial Order
Release Date - 23rd November 2018
Par Avion deliver the long awaited debut 12” from Bristol’s Henry Greenleaf.
The cover bears ‘Fold Together’; a skittish, icy electro number, perfectly aligned with the young Bristolian’s notoriety for tough tunes. Accompanying the title track, ‘Rolling Untitled’ is a punchy techno workout, responsible for rattling basements around the UK.
Overleaf to these, however, Henry communicates an entirely different message. Though ’The Way’ chugs along as a syncopated roller, stylishly throwing nods to jungle and dub cultures on the way, ‘Half Under’ exists as an exhibition of programming. Dynamic fills stutter and slap in almost improvised fashion, ending our second communication with a stark westward shift towards 2-step and garage.
a1. Henry Greenleaf - Fold Together
a2. Henry Greenleaf - Rolling Untitled
b1. Henry Greenleaf - The Way
b2. Henry Greenleaf - Half Under
Release Date - 9th November 2018
Formerly releasing exclusively for Pact Infernal's label Altar, one half of Pact Infernal steps forward as Nastika with the Black Sun EP. Nastika takes the fright to the floor in a more direct fashion than his work with Pact. Sinuous, eastern tinged waves wash over percussive stomps on 'Yajna' and 'Sati', while the matching Black Sun tunes mark out a unique stylistic territory somewhere between Techno and mysticism. With Black Sun, Nastika further refines his crucial musical accompaniment to the indelible works of Pact Infernal.
a1. Nastika - Yajna
a2. Nastika - Black Sun In East
b1. Nastika - Sati
b2. Nastika - Black Sun In West
Release Date - 16th November 2018
Introducing Challenger Deep: showcasing dub from the abyss.
Mr. Roque resurfaces from his solo mission to the deepest chasms of the Mariana Trench, bringing with him two high pressure cuts.
Support from: Jane Fitz, J:Kenzo, Rarefied, Onlyz, Presha, Soundbwoy Killah
a1. Mr. Roque - Dub Cradle
b1. Mr. Roque - Slumber Dub
Release Date - 16th November 2018
Well you know what they say, home is where the heart is. I must say it feels all nice and warm to be back on the label myself as Desert Sound Colony.
I’ve put together a few more rippers for you to enjoy. I hope they serve you well in the club and spin a few people from one side of the dance floor to the other. Imagine everyone’s brains are attached to yoyos and you have control of them. You could metaphorically be walking the dog with their minds if you play these at the right time. Doesn’t that sound appealing...?
It is too awkward for me to ‘big up’ my own productions in the way that a normal press release seems to want, so I will just say that I have been playing these three out for the last six months and the results have been pretty much as described in the paragraph above. They are aimed straight at the dance floor, peak time tackle for when you also want to get everyone feeling pretty weird. Expect swingitty swung rhythms throughout and the feeling of having a rave in a drainpipe.
OK enough of my blather. Go and listen to the damn things yourself and decide if you like them, rather than trying to work it out from reading a bloody press release you weirdos.
All three tracks are produced and sculpted for the club. They want big sound systems and dark rooms.
Close your eyes, hold hands and experience transcendental space flight...
a1. Desert Sound Colony - Tickle Me Pink
b1. Desert Sound Colony - Birds Fly Dry
b2. Desert Sound Colony - Grabbing The Golden Goose
Released 9th November
A selection of three acid-tinged cuts here, from Mantra, who has previously released on labels such as Bunker, Abstract Acid and Solar One Music. The EP’s title track, Exhale, is a flowing, hypnotic number with tripped out reverb washes and a mesmerising lead line that rises and falls for the duration of the track, putting the listener in a meditative state. Transmutation is more focused on the dancefloor, although at the same time more off-kilter, with shamanistic percussive rattles and and uneasy 303 line sitting over a pulsing bassline. Black Light is the toughest of these three cuts, with a creaking acid line combined with heavier percussion that gives a nod to the city that spawned the genre, and the originators of the sound.
b2. Black Light
Released 23rd November
Shonky has over the years developed a signature hypnotic hard grooving sound, characterised by punishing beats laced through with detailed polyrhythms and elusive motifs. Sexy and playful, seriously jacking. The result is dance grooves that punch and tickle every surface and joint in the body. It sounds effortless, but it's far from it. Shonky crafts his tracks to deliver a prefect groove every time.
a1. Cookie Monster
a2. Casa Nostra
b1. Ledge Rover
b2. Papi Chulo
Released 23rd November
Voiski already made his entry on the label with a track for the dolly deluxe series taken from steffi's fabric mix cd. the talented french producer returns in typical voiski style with 3 unique cosmic techno drifters and wraps up this quality release with a dark electro slammer!
a1. Taking Flight
a2. The Valley of Nothingness
b1. The Parrot's Excuse
b2. Simorgh in Persia's Sky
Released 16th November
Qnete brings four Power House bangers to the dance floor. The four tracks came to his mind during a Segway tour through Leipzig's problem districts. The two-part anthem "Alone Together" is a stirring field study in the ancient art of underwater rave. It will hit you like drops in a stalactite cave. "Segway City Tour" on the other hand feels like a trip to the fair of your dreams. All your favorite attractions in one place. After all, the no-nonsense Techno track "Gaze" winds its way through brain twists that you haven't even known before.
a1. Alone Together (Together)
a2. Alone Together (Alone)
b1. Segway City Tour
Release Date - 2nd November 2018
Athens, Greece resident and Vanila records owner ANFS lands on Horo for an EP of jagged, industrial tinged Techno. Breakbeats are hacked and repurposed into brutal shards, with 'Kounoupi's amen march adding a slowed down, vicious take on the infamous roll. 'Salepsa' is a propulsive call to the floor, robust and emphatic, with 'Dervisis' and 'Komena' bookending the EP with rattling menace.
a1. ANFS - Dervisis
a2. ANFS - Kounoupi
b1. ANFS - Salepsa
b2. ANFS - Komena
Release Date: 9th November 2018
After his acclaimed debut album in late 2017 and his explosive live set in Sonar festival this summer, Red Bull Music Academy discipule Clip debuts in Stale with a journey of powerful analogue textures straight from his modular. Clip offers uncompromising techno club weapons on Grip and Sand, while Detail focus his darkest and deep nightmarish trips. Falling Ethics boss P.E.A.R.L. completes the record with a brute and super effective rework for Grip, ready for shake the most vigorous club walls.
a2. Grip (P.E.A.R.L. Remix)
Release Date - 9th October 2018
Parallax Unknown returns a year on from their last record with another 4 tracker EP from ES-Q, featuring Lobster Theremin regular and Four triangles boss ASOK. Casting patterns, Lunatic Fringe & Intuition sees more of ES-Qʼs synth-ed out drum machine sounds with the lead track getting a deep, yet uplifting broken beat rework from ASOK.
a1. ES-Q - Casting Patterns
a2. ES-Q - Casting Patterns (ASOK Remix)
b1. ES-Q - Lunatic Fringe
b2. ES-Q - Intuition
Released 14th December
Sam McQueen's 2004 EP Sephoria is next up to get the Delsin remaster, recut and reissue treatment. The Chicago native has released music as Indio with the likes of John Beltran and also appeared on the Indigo Area label. Across six cuts here -two of which have new titles- the little known producer mixes up. There is serene ambient landscaping on the 'Inception' and the beatless 'Graduated Frequencies', which resonates with exquisitely melancholic synths, then 'Simple Pleasure' is a celestial world of wiry synths and warm solar winds and 14 days has pillow drum programming and soft focus chords that sooth the soul. 'Yemia' is another symphony of chattery drum hits, meaningful chords and real astral techno beauty and 'Outer Drive' closes down the epic space voyage with delicate melodies and melancholic synths that encourage you to lay back and gaze into a starry night sky.
a2. Graduated Frequencies
a3. Simple Pleasure
b1. 14 Days
b3. Outer Drive