Boris Bunnik continues to play quite in a league of his own with his new Delsin album, 'Kinetic Image', which combines analogue sound science with bottomless Drexciyan sonars, endless echoes and deep dubby basslines. Perhaps not one for the floor, but certainly pure, brilliant techno music.
Delsin's 100 series continues in top form with its third volume: Sawlin supplies an atmosperic techno cut that favours a stumbling groove over a loud bassdrum, Convextion drops a lofty Detroit-style cut, and Ross 154 (a.k.a. New World Aquarium) goes deep and slow-mo. Ace.
This label is featured in Update #093:
Lawrence, Dettmann, Dopplereffekt, Cid Rim, Trentemøller
High season has started again with a flurry of great new releases, making it quite a tough job to pick the best of the best for this month's essentials. We're sure you'll agree it's been worth it however with the latest from Dettmann, Lawrence, more...
In celebration of Delsin's 100th release, the second of five compilations arrives. Mike Dehnert's thumping techno banger with snickering spanners is followed by Boris Bunnik aka Conforce's brilliant growling eerie 'Wave Trace'. Finally, CiM releases his first since 2004 with a glitchy sonorous musing.
Redshape doing what he does best: six sprawling techno jams from the masked producer, never short on stumbling beats, evolving lines and touches of Detroit melancholy. Recommended.
This label is featured in Update #090:
Mount Kimbie, John Roberts, Neville Watson, Tricky
Things have definitely got going for 2013 as we say goodbye to May. Mount Kimbie's much anticipated second album certainly didn't disappoint, Steffi's Panorama Bar mix will be one we cherish for a while, as well as artist albums from John Roberts, Tricky, Abe more...
Niels Luinenburg returns with an EP to complement last year's excellent 'Traces' LP. 'Sun Storm' excels in rawness, juggling 707 toms and claps around swirling cosmic radiation, a great Karenn (Blawan and Pariah) remix of 'Onkalo' is a stern-faced big room decimator, alongside an edit of 'Challenger'.
This label is featured in Update #089:
Cosmin TRG, Holden, Minilogue, Kangding Ray
No use complaining about April's weather anymore, but we certainly didn't complain about the month's new music with great releases by the likes of Cosmin TRG, James Holden, Minilogue, Kangding Ray, and !!! improving our time indoors. Also don't miss our more...
A true old-timer, his career spanning back to the early '90s and now on his eighth album, John Beltran remains consistent in his marvellous stylistic breadth and spine-tingling depth. Ambient yes, touches of live instrumentation, epic strings, wistful textures, sweet melodies leak over house and techno heritage.
This label is featured in Update #088:
Autechre, Atom TM, Function, Brandt Brauer Frick
As easy to spot as Easter eggs on a snow-covered meadow, the highlights in our March Essentials include great albums by Autechre, Atom TM, Function, Brandt Brauer Frick, Space Dimension Controller, Aera, Basic Soul Unit, and TM404, compilations like '20 Jahre more...
Swedish technoist Bleak has stealthily dropped a series of singles over the past couple of years and now strikes Delsin for the first time. 'Sixteen Crude' is a feisty hard-nosed missile flexing noisy knocks amongst slow-rolling sweeps, 'Subject Target' floods eerie warmer spaciousness around its metallic techno core.
This label is featured in Update #087:
Voigt & Voigt, Jamie Lidell, Dadub, L-Vis 1990
Oh, February, where art thy days? Well, the month may have been short, but our selection suggests otherwise with great exclusives (Raíz! L-Vis 1990!), amazing albums (Dadub, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Jamie Lidell, Wraetlic, Trus'me, Lusine, Mano Le Tough, 2x Voigt & more...
Dutchman Boris Bunnik is back with a new EP as Conforce and four helpings of sturdy dubby techno. 'Nomad' grazes sub-bass territories opening up percussive spaces above it, 'Receiver' builds with a slow and steady urgency, 'Last Anthem' strikes a little harder and 'Embrace' bathes in lush dub echoes.
This label is featured in Update #085:
Vladislav Delay, Madteo, Kris Wadsworth, Raime
In a month not short on excellent club-ready releases it was the wealth and quality of experimental electronica recordings that surprised us most. From Mouse on Mars' bastardly bass music mutations over the jazzy timbres of Nicolas Jaar's 'Don't Break My Love' more...
One of Berlin's most prolific producers Mike Dehnert has to be admired for the quality standards he's been maintaining release after release. His latest 'Umgangston EP' for Delsin is no exception with four solid techno bangers, from the moodily swinging 'Andruck' to chord-driven slammer 'Refillable'.
A Terrence Dixon reissue from 1996 courtesy of Delsin; 'Midnight Hours' is a devilishly bristling fine chunk of old-school Detroit warehouse techno from the seminal 'Detroit: Beyond The Third Wave" compilation whilst 'Two Sides to Every Story' ups the imposing intensity. Miss this at your peril!
SIberian producer Unbroken Dub gets fresh on Delsin after a stream of releases on Berlin imprint Rawax. 'I Want To Make This Louder' slips grainy dub techno glaciers over a pumping kick, 'Det Special' sees smokier hazes scratch over distorted claps and 'Insane' ringing glass-bell signals into the stratosphere.
This label is featured in Update #082:
Shed, A Made Up Sound, Cooly G, Deniz Kurtel
Not much shorter than usual, our July summary proves how much excellent music is being released in the formerly 'dead' summer season, including highlights that would be a crime to miss: Shed's eagerly expected third album, Deniz Kurtel's star-studded sophomore more...
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