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: 5th November 2021
The record follows a majestic appearance on the Tresor 30 anniversary compilation and his expert devotion to the Roland TB-303, Filo Loves The Acid. True to form, 124 meddles sharp rhythmic minimalism and diverse textures, each track pushing at the epiphanic threshold as the boss of Spazio Disponibile allows his deeply intuitive productions to take effect.
messy kafka world introduces a frenetic and concentrated atmosphere of rhythmic forces, hallucinatory and euphoric in effect. Its dizzying staccato loops are given structure by strengthening beats and bleak synthetic pillars. synthi chase emits radical powers, as buzzing rhythms and monotone synths make raw gestures towards altered states. It shares a kindred spirit with cassiopeia 36, seen in particular through its determined and primitive pulses, nested within wobbling wood percussion and nervous synth repetitions. wooden dolls don’t cry stamps a warm groove, its tempered percussion taking centre stage as shimmering melodic loops threaten spiralling feedback.
These dark, hypnotic tracks are flawlessly programmed to cast mesmeric momentums onto club floors and into loosened limbs. 124 represents Donato Dozzy ever-expanding his powers and musical freedom. His innate groove and inventive sound design push minimal and serene techno with a substantial weight and voice that sets him apart from others.
a1. messy kafka world
a2. synthi chase
b1. wooden dolls don’t cry
b2. cassiopea 36
a1. Drexciya - Intro: Temple Of Dos De Agua
a2. Drexciya - Andreaen Sand Dunes
a3. Drexciya - Running Out Of Space
a4. Drexciya - Universal Element
b1. Drexciya - Habitat 'O' Negative
b2. Drexciya - Funk Release Valve
b3. Drexciya - Organic Hydropoly Spores
b4. Drexciya - Draining Of The Tanks
c1. Drexciya - Surface Terrestrial Colonisation
c2. Drexciya - Oxyplasmic Gyration Beam
d1. Drexciya - Triangular Hydrogen Strain
d2. Drexciya - Bottom Feeders
d3. Drexciya - C To The Power Of X+C To The Power Of X = MM = Unknown
Release Date: 16th April 2021
Dave Sumner returns with a new Function record, entitled Awakening From The Illusory Self. Released as a 12" EP on Tresor Records, it follows on from Existenz, his last full-length album released in November 2019.
Packed in a beautiful sleeve printed with 3 x special Neon colors, Tresor.320 kicks off with the fast techno of Misinterpretations Of Reality', it features a minimal acid-infected crescendo and throbbing pulse. As ever with Function, this idiosyncratic rhythmic work finds a place out on a limb from contemporaries, shapeshifting impulses that infer and guide this raw drum sound.
The second track 'An Optical Illusion Of Consciousness', Function moves towards a different direction, bringing more elements to the mix. It recalls the Dutch 90s techno sound with its melodic blurred synth leanings stretching and morphing across saturated, playful drums and hefty low-end movement. Its bind is perfectly weighted, a phenomenal track that nurtures its inner dancefloor soul as melodies fade away and tighter patterns take precedence.
'Spiritually Unconscious' points to all the trademarks of Function's celebrated sound. A smooth 909 groove underpins bubbling atmospheres and hallucinatory effects, and a nod to the Motor City vision with its fleeting synth strings.
At the core is potent, repetitive simplicity, its beat playing with weight and dynamics but never at risk of being lost. Closing track 'Compulsive Thinking - Repetitive and Pointless' kicks a juddering swagger, finding public addressed system emissions drenched in reverb resonating above bleak analogic synth drones. It haunts and creeps towards a thunderous apex, finding its depth in sparse drum movements.
An enduring fixture in the techno and electronic music landscape, Sumner continues to step through new terrains, reinforcing his spike and vision. Awakening From The Illusory Self finds him as ever delivering the goods in elating moments of pure club heft.
a1. Misinterpretations Of Reality
a2. An Optical Illusion Of Consciousness
b1. Spiritually Unconscious (Dissolve)
b2. Compulsive Thinking: Repetitive and Pointless
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: 25th June 2021
LNS from Calgary, Canada, is rooted in braindance, electro and acid. Releasing 12inches on both her self-titled imprint LNS and Sotofett’s Wania - LNS, whilst in the studio, has often pointed out “the lacking blend of dub and electro in dance music”.
DJ Sotofett, hailing from Moss, Norway, is among a myriad of things commonly known for the extended work of his Sex Tags Mania and Wania labels, without forgetting his afro, dub and jazz releases on Honest Jon's London.
Together both artists give space to a guest appearance by E-GZR, a fellow Wania artist, to open the Sputters journey. The sinus bending drum stutter of K.O. by E-GZR collisions flanging basses and chronic-inducing synth pads to blueprint the technoid atmosphere to come. LNS & DJ Sotofett take control with El Dubbing, evoking an effect-heavy demeanour, typical of the Sex Tags Mania soundworld that DJ Sotofett is responsible for, this time rubbing up against solid electrified rhythms. The hypnotic moods carry over to Dúnn Dubbing's deep delays, freely running over a surprisingly minimal skeleton retaining a solid direction. Crafting a warmly emotive end of Side-A with sparse rhythms to perfection.
A meaner turn introduces Side-B. Hints of electro are scattered everywhere, fat basslines, ricocheting drums and synths that mourn and drift in and out of harmony. Vitri-Oil exposes a tumbling sound design, fog-lit chords of material fragility and nosedives - with an alive mix that wallows and grows in equal measures. The side closes with Shim, a classic drift between house and techno releasing sensual euphoria with the albums first big surprise – grand strings.
“LNS wanted to sell her TR-606, while my reply was for us to make a track with the 606 sounding so fresh that she'd never even think about selling it again” Sotofett states. Side-C proves the artists to be some of the most singular producers around with album centrepiece The 606. Clocking in over 10 minutes, it kicks off as a driving techno banger, chugging bass and big chords. Midway through everything falls away, and out of the void enter scattered drums and improv piano lines emerge, while twisted dubs lead us back in an enduringly warm groove.
Side-D sets the clock back to the original electroid foundation of the album, casting fires with alien vibrations. Synchronic Bass Blort is a hard-hitting electro track, steaming sonics and thrills, its melodic hook diving in subterranean motions. On Sputtering the duo raspily beams into outer space, with fizzy motives that disfigure and dazzle while the harmonies of the closing track is for yourself to experience.
DJ Sotofett and LNS deliver an album inhabiting a world full of sci-fi sonics and fierce groove. Their sound is free and live, simultaneously wondrous and sharp.
A1. Enter 323
A2. K.O. by E-GZR
A3. El Dubbing
A4. Dúnn Dubbing
B2. Inter 323
C1. Restart 323
C2. The 606
D1. Synchronic Bass Blort
D3. Outrospect 323
D4. Cellular Coolant
Released 2nd December 2016
Tresor Records is glad to present the Disintegrating Sand EP, first release by the legendary Mike Parker on the label. Parker has been an influential figure in the electronic music scene for more than twenty years, throughout which he has established an arsenal of unique sonic trademarks, produced and modulated with high precision. True to Parker’s traditional style, Disintegrating Sand is both driving and hypnotic. The EP’s title track is especially evocative of Parker’s penchant for analogue sound: raw oscillations cascade over a highly reverbed bassline that periodically punctuates the track. Though the electricity that Parker introduces on the A side intensifies and expands in "Angels in Cages", "Gyroscopic Precession" is perhaps the apogee of the build up and the most driving track on the EP. The track is nuanced in its steady introduction of sweeping effects that arch over heavy kicks and an abrasive midrange. Parker’s abstractions of sound and texture are immediately recognizable to contemporary audiences, and his latest EP marks a particularly thrilling addition to a rich discography.
A1. Disintegrating Sand
A2. Angels In Cages
B1. Gyroscopic Precession
B2. Meteor Crater
Released 18th November 2016
Following a seventeen year hiatus since the release of Symbiotics on Mille Plateaux in 1999, Porter Ricks returns with a new EP on Tresor with plans for another release this coming year. The duo comprises of sound artist Thomas Köner and music producer Andy Mellwig. During the duo’s silence, Köner has been working extensively as a sound designer and artist – exhibiting at among other places the Centre Georges Pompidou and The Louvre. Mellwig’s other projects include collaborations with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, Pete Kember of Spacemen 3 and former Monolake member Gehrard Behles. Porter Ricks is undoubtedly the central item in their musical careers, setting a high-water mark for experimentally tinged pulsating techno. Shadow Boat is deeply nuanced in its perception of space, using complex layers to add depth, detail, and density to non-formulaic techno compositions: buoyant dub, hazy ambience, and colorful sound design renders the project a diving platform at the intersection of club music and art. Though perhaps more focused on rhythm and melody than their experimental touchstone Biokinetics released 20 years ago on Chain Reaction in 1996, this most recent installment employs equally subtle artistic sensibilities that transcend the styles that typify contemporary electronic music. Köner and Mellwig reveal the EP on the heels of a recent performance at Berlin Atonal festival, marking a new tide in their pace of output. The gap between Porter Ricks’ releases, however, has proven that extended periods in the studio devoid of the pressure for consistent delivery permit the time to craft a very sophisticated sonic fabric. Shadow Boat, as if carried by a current, drifts in cadence with Porter Ricks’ earlier releases as though pulled by a gravitational force spanning the stroke of time.
a1. Shadow Boat
b1. Bay Rouge
b2. Harbor Chart
Release Date: 15th October 2021
Originally released in the year 2000, the album represents a pivotal moment in the emergence of the “Birmingham Sound”; a stripped-back sub-genre of Techno, pioneered around this time in the English hub by artists such as Regis, Female, and Surgeon.
Influenced more by Industrial, Music Concrete, and EBM than from the melodic sounds of its Detroit predecessor, Regis later described the music as being made with a fractured pop sensibility which created a sound that may be faceless but by design loses none of the soul of its American counterpart.
Nowhere is this sonic changing of the guard more apparent than in opening track, Washing My Hands, which sets the stage with a vignette of field recordings: arc welders, water boilers and other sounds reminiscent of industrial workshops reframe your senses, placing your mind into a familiar yet unsettling dreamlike space. From this sound- scape emerges a high-pitched, vitreous noise heralding the jarring introduction of Let Them Bleed, the first of several trance-inducing tracks on the album such as Join Us In Paradise, and Guiltless, which layer percussive and sampled loops creating what Peter Sutton (aka Female) described as exotic hypnotics.
This remastered edition of Againstnature also features the additional track, Theme From Streetwalker, previously only available on Volume 6 of the Tresor Compilation series.
Collected together the album is a key work in the progression of this sub-genre to the dominant form of Techno heard in clubs in Berlin and around the world today.
A1. Washing My Hands
A2. Let Them Bleed
B1. Nothing And No One
C1. Join Us In Paradise
C2. Hanoi Hanoi
D2. Theme From Streetwalker
D3. Under Skin
Released 14th October 2016
Essential repress of Terrence Dixon’s debut album and first release on Tresor. Initially released in 2000, this new edition comes with a bonus 7” vinyl featuring two previously uncut tracks: “ What Up” and “Shuffle All Circuits”. From The Far Future embodies a specific and vital time of Detroit‘s techno production, going hand in hand with Juan Atkins’ work as Infiniti, Terrence Dixon signed this album with a masterful hand.
A1. Running Time
A2. The Bionic Man (Remix)
A3. Early Space Pioneers
B2. One Bedroom Apartment
C1. Detroit Express
C2. Reasons (Vocal Mix)
D1. Bonus Beat (Remix)
D2. Hard Times
“What Up” / “Shuffle All Circuits”.
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