Steve Bug & Langenberg – NGC 6240 – Poker Flat Recordings

Lifted from his the current album Paradise Sold this joint collaboration alongside Langenberg seeks out an urgency that becomes all too apparent depending on the numbers. From one aspect the undulating stabs feel like haunting, atmospheric ruminations. Yet viewed from another the reoccurring, sizzling Acid lines are purely fierce, cutting determinedly through the airwaves backed-up by a single strident kick drum. Never one to underplay the power of music in all its forms NGC 6240 supplies and then satisfies the demand for invigorating moments. Remixes come from Tim Engelhardt who lifts the rhythms skyward adding hints of melody amid the rush of synthesized keys. Plus, from Vince Watson who inevitably stokes the fire igniting the array of stabs punctuating and building the tension in expert fashion.

Release: February 23

http://www.pokerflat-recordings.com

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Francis Harris – ‘Minor Forms’ EP – Scissor & Thread

Founding member of the Scissor & Thread imprint, Francis Harris delivers two exquisitely cutting arrangements in the shape of More We Cannot Do and Minor Forms. The former heightens a sense of circumstance via repeating loops pf teasing, unnerving sounds that tantalise your senses against a backdrop of playful percussion until the energy is released at breakdown point. The later breathes jazzier notation into undulating rhythms pushing and expanding temptations, indulging in breezy trumpet led melodies in the process. Valentino Mora then delivers two remixes of Minor Forms transforming the concept with robust kick drums on the Underwater Rephrase version, while the Cosmic Trans Rephrase explores deeper climbs feeling rather lush and reassuringly blissful.

Release: February 23

https://francisharris.bandcamp.com/album/minor-forms

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Pale Blue – You Stopped Dying EP – Crosstown Rebels

A magnificent piece of music which I have been waiting to review. Not least of all because it challenges, tearing at your heartstrings while unsettling you by the insistent, haunting atmospheres generated via the not-so-gentle whir of synthesized repetition. The fizzy electronics which only enhance the tension are then soothed and smoothed over care off the icy, yearning voice of Elizabeth Wight, who alongside Mike Simonetti form Pale Blue. As a casual aside it is also interesting to note that, You Stopped Dying could be reflected almost as clearly care of acoustic instruments but then that’s important music for you. However, the two remaining tracks remain firmly in the box with the fevered Acid tones produced by Daughter Of Babylon, and the brutal drums of contrasting Love both fizzing with the type of dangerous excitement thats demands you leave the edge of your seat.

Release: February 16

http://www.crosstownrebels.com

https://www.facebook.com/PaleBlueOfficial

 

 

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Emilie Nana – I Rise – Compost

This has the word, Class blazing all over it. It’s one of those records that you just know is special the moment you hear it. Not just because it is actually about something meaningful, rather than the so much else, but because the production sounds excitedly distinctive, resolutely individual. Based around the poem “Still I Rise” by American poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou speaks for itself, while musically the impact is straight down to pounding drums plus a fiery array of sounds compacting all the simmering intensity. Danny Krivit edits the arrangement with the addition of crunchy snares along with an expansion of the musical landscape extending and then heightening the elements brilliantly.

Release: February 23

https://www.juno.co.uk/products/emilie-nana-i-rise-ep/675451-01/
https://www.facebook.com/iamemilienana
http://www.compost-rec.com

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Spencer Parker – Different Shapes And Sizes Remix EP01 – Work Them Records

The energy levels remain heightened as this latest release from Spencer Parker sees last year’s robust productions get remixed for 2018. Shape Fascination, is recrafted care of DJ Deep who places the emphasis on grittier drums plus the eventual glow of contrasting electric keys lending its texture a refreshed angle. An excellent Dub of the same follows taking it deeper accentuating echoes and adding more playful instrumentation. The Setaoc Mass Remix then proceeds to hit hard and heavy employing the title Techno in bold stark letters. Which almost surprisingly has Akirahawks rework Riff Shapes in Hi-Energy fashion with hip-shaking syncopated bass and electro Toms punctuating the arrangement, along-side a sometimes awkward fusion of sparkling eighties styled piano.

Release: January 26

Listen/ buy https://www.decks.de/track/spencer_parker-different_shapes_and_sizes_remix_ep/cbp-td
https://www.facebook.com/spencerparkermusic
https://www.facebook.com/workthemrecords

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Whitesquare – The Masquerade EP – Gruuv

Whitesquare lands firmly on Gruuv with this first-rate, sizzling infusion of chiming Mirimba’s offset by warm pads, funky percussion and a playful sense of musicality that resonates perfectly for the introduction of 2018. The excellent, Solivagant is all that and more. Who else but Pezzner could reinvent the production retaining the original essence yet transforming the spark of life into something deeper. Achieving startling results with the melodic pulses intact you are then treated to a fresh bassline backed up by cool keys plus the white heat of splashing hats. Makgeolli, takes its turn exciting fuzzy synths and pounding drums, as Tzom returns to African influences scored across a ripple of beautiful electronics, resulting in picture perfect music.

Release: February 2

http://www.whitesquaremusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/gruuv

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Zen Haizer – Sunwasp EP – Digital Devil Recordings

Sunwasp is one of those holy s**t moments that doesn’t bother too much (if at all) about niceties or careful planning. Zen Haizer’s blistering Acid attack represents a gun full of attitude, smoking beats and unrelenting, furious electronic fever. Feast your ears below. Next, Match Point delivers a variation on the theme this time with a shuffle to the groove, leaving the caustic tones of Genetiic Bassmensch to end where it all began.

Release: February 3

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Dave Clarke – The Desecration of Desire – Skint

I don’t often review music created by Dave Clarke simply for no other reason than it doesn’t fall into the genre’s I write about. Times change however as the suitably spikey attitude of his new albums title spells out something not to miss out on. In fact, The Desecration of Desire is a stunningly, brilliant piece of work not least all as connects me with my past care of the excellent version of Department S – Is Vic There? (feat. Louisahhh). The magic element of this album is I guess that there is no single defining element to it. Apart from say, Plasmatic the words pounding techno don’t make their presence felt much at all. Which for people like me means even the Jazzy, sound-tracking temptation of Dot Forty One feels sublimely tempting. The first rate and current single, I’m Not Afraid is included as are various guest appearances which I will leave you the anticipation of discovering for yourself. But back to the beginning and the opening, Exquisite which thankfully throws the rule book abruptly out of the window, as does the majority of the album, leaving a wealth of influences that come together in an explosion of the weird, wired and wonderful.

Release: October 27

https://daveclarke.lnk.to/TDoDFA
http://www.skintentertainment.com

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Aris Kindt – Swann and Odette – Kingdoms

Aris Kindt is the joint collaboration of Gabe Hedrick and Francis Harris (Scissor and Thread) and this new release provides the follow-up to 2015’s Floods, while also launching the heightened potential of the Kingdoms imprint. It’s not always an easy ride but since when has ‘not-challenging’ been to the benefit of music’s history. However, there are plenty of moments of transcendence to be found but the spectre of tension never seems hidden, often revealed through the grainy repetition of smouldering analogue electronics. This collection of sounds isn’t really something you can qualify by describing each and every piece involved on its track-list but it’s more about the smudge of stereo which emanates as a whole structure that’s important here. That and the feeling that something wonderful is being communicated, just below the surface.

Release: October 22

https://kingdomsbk.bandcamp.com

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Dave Clarke – I’m Not Afraid (feat. Anika) – Skint

Techno’s defining stalwart explodes all over the stereo in a fit of Punky, fizzy fuelled rage that in the appropriate parlance: I Fucking Love. Low-slung and meaning business dirty rhythms are punched out across the spaces in-between as Anika’s attitude spiked vocal tickles the imagination with all sorts of devilish and political possibilities. The album is forthcoming but for now this killer release will suffice.

https://www.beatport.com/release/im-not-afraid-feat-anika/2114852

http://www.daveclarke.com
http://www.skintentertainment.com

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