Review: A diverse and damaging three track EP from Detroit legend DJ Bone, The Detroit EP Part 1 sees the producer exploring and exhibiting Detroit techno musically, figuratively and spiritually. The melancholy vocal refrain and ethereal pads that float through "here To Stay (Won't Stay Away" recall his classic "We Control The Beat", while "Detroit Is Soul" offers a more upbeat percussive tool filled with futuristic synths. "Detroit Is Hard" rounds things out, offering a more minimal track comprised of arpeggio and meaty drums. If you don't know DJ Bone yet, this is a great place to start.
Review: If you've been keeping abreast of all things Minimal Wave this year, you'll probably have picked up on Veronica Vasicka hinting at a forthcoming split release from Silent Servant and Broken English Club, the new project from UK techno man Oliver Ho. We've certainly been eagerly awaiting it her at Juno HQ and it's great to see Violence And Divinity live up to and surpass these expectations! Silent Servant mans the A Side with two tracks that will be familiar to anyone that's been lucky enough to catch his live sets of late, indeed it's almost too easy to visualise the flashing strobes as the pummelling EBM lines of "Cut Unconscious" unravel and beat you down. The two accompanying productions from Ho's Broken English Club dovetail nicely, but veer off into more wave orientated territory, with "Divinity" sounding quite like some of the earlier material put out by In Aeternam Vale. In a word superb.
Review: The Super Rhythm Trax label launches and who better to inaugurate proceedings than veteran UK producer Mike Ash, whose production collar stretches back to the early '90s under a variety of aliases and projects. Apparently founded with the intention of keeping the original acid house spirit in mind, Super Rhythm Trax get it just right first time around on this three track release which is very much in line with Ash's recent focus on acid and electro. There may be nothing particularly innovative here in terms of execution but Ash definitely knows how to bang his boxes with devastating results, with "Return To Acid" a particularly effective production.
Review: The supremely talented William Burnett makes a belated return to Emotional Response, and this time he's got Brooklyn-based studio pal John Beall in tow. Those who enjoyed the duo's release on the L.I.E.S. white label series should lap up Shimmer. It hits hard from the off, with "Snaker Charmer" delivering a velvet-clad punch to the guts. It's techno right from the top drawer, with darting electronics and drawn out pads riding a thunderous groove. The title track is impressive, too, with surging electronics and throbbing synths riding a techno-tempo groove crafted out of an old hardcore breakbeat. There's some more considered fare on offer, too, with the shimmering ambience of "Hold Me Take Me Leave Me" completing a superb package.
Review: The ever increasing understanding between Apron and Wild Oats and the many artists affiliated with both labels continues to bear fruit for those out there that like their house music raw and rugged. The idea alone of young Detroit talent Jay Daniel getting behind the buttons with suave Stevie Funkineven should set the pulses racing and both "Discipline" and "Abyss" will leave you craving more from this partnership. There's an effortless glide to "Discipline" as Jay and Funk' keep the drums to a minimal yet bugged out line of kicks, leaving it to those killer keys and thick set chords to hit you in the gut and the hips. On the flip, "Abyss" finds the duo opting for a more pared back, abstract production where rhythm is kept to a minimum as the space is filled with tweaked out motifs that sound like a paranoia filled John Carpenter.
Review: Naif steps up with an interesting split disc that spans the new and the old, as L.I.E.S and Argot bright spark Gunnar Haslam takes over the A side with the fulsome bubble of "Overcomplete" while Roman Flugel's long-standing Acid Jesus alias gets a little reissue treatment with the abrasive percussion workout of "Radium". The former is undoubtedly the friendlier, darewesay delineated offering, as a tidy 303 line and steady drum machine sizzle work into a trusty formation for the floor. Flugel's effort is of course a more fringe effort that makes dubby effects processing sound like the devils work, and is all the more distinctive for it.
Review: When it comes to dub techno, you need look no further than the master of the genre, Basic Channel. It's been a good long while since there was any fresh material on wax from the immortal German outfit, but now they have looked back over their archives and realised that "Q-Loop", originally found on the BCD CD release, never made its way on to vinyl, and so here it is for all the Basic Channel completists out there. There's no need to go into detail about the music, but an extended fourteen minutes of "Q-Loop" stretched across the A side can only be a beautiful thing. On the flip you can also enjoy the aqueous strains of "Q1.2" and "Mutism"s vaporous ambience, both of which are enjoying their first outings on the black stuff.
Review: "Aqua" is the second release of Finitude Music, the label operated by long-time Tresor Berlin resident Marcel Heese. The A-Side title is from the same recording session with Spanish producer P.E.A.R.L. like "Entrance" from Finitudes first release. This time the remix comes from Techno legend Karl O'Connor aka Regis who needs no further introduction. With his deep and hypnotic contribution he has truly outdone himself.
Review: As one of the more distinctive minimal house operators in these times, Ion Ludwig makes for a snug fit over at Trelik towers, and with this three tracker it's not hard to see why his records are so highly prized these days. "46 LJ + Felix Ballad" is a refined groover with a fine balance between gritty low end chunk and gossamer top-end, working subtle hits of bass and illustrious string sweeps into the mix to great effect. "EM Carpet" meanwhile darts out into more obscure territory, keeping the beats to a minimum and focusing on warm and fuzzy synth tones cycling
Review: Since Mosca debuted on Ann Aimee last year, the previously bass-inclined UK producer has found himself carving out his own crevice in the deep and booming world of club techno. These two tracks feel like they could have been made from the same sessions as what cropped up on the Delsin sub-label in 2013, but this time around they're a little more... subdued. "The Greyhounds" has the thudding bassline of a Maurizio track, with flickers of synths bouncing about the background like something off an Echochord production, while "Clinical Trial" is stony, reverberant and full of punch. Dynamite for the DJ.
Review: What can be said about this timeless banger that hasn't been said before? From the iconic throbs of acid to the delirious string hook, the menacing intonation of "ecstasy" to the eerie plastic strings, this is as seminal as a rave track can get. While many out there will no doubt have this jam tucked away on any number of techno compilations or cramped up on one of the original single issues, "Energy Flash" is a track more than worthy of its own luxuriant single-sided release, and in doing such a release so many years on R&S are making a powerful statement.
Review: Founded last year, the Head Front Panel series from Tabernacle has proved to be a more serious counterpart to Creme Organisation's equally anonymous R-Zone offshoot. Where the Dutch label's thirteen plus R Zone 12"s have veered from jungle to new beat via house and techno and delivered them with a knowing wink, the Head Front Panel records have remained resolutely for the sterner floors. It's no different with no 5 (one of two released this week) with four untitled tracks that fairly demand beating down in front of a willing audience. The approach veers from the alien Population One style thump of the opening track to powerful loop techno and full throttle 909 rattlers.
Review: Stunningly beautiful double-pack from OCH for Autoreply Music's 20th release. Following on from output on renowned labels like PAL SL, Trelik, Bass Culture he returns to Autoreply with seven tracks of playable perfection. By focusing on stripped-back percussive grooves, sparse 909 drum-programming and ultra fine-tuned dynamics he certainly proves with tracks "Samarkand Sulci" and "Snarecrow" that the original jackin' house/techno sound will always have plenty of life and soul. "Don't Fight It" is an 8.5 minute acid builder featuring haunting vocals and crisp synths whilst the bass driven dub of "Enceladus" wouldn't be complete without live delays and distorted pianos. Check Out "Morning Glory" for a surprise contender for this years balearic soundtrack or "C Ring" for ultimate warmth. Tracks for every situation and not to be missed!
Review: Andrea finds himself going from strength to strength with each release he delivers Ilian Tape and "Clouds" is definitely the hit track on this record. Just listen to that arpeggio and those drums. "Drain" is also another great production which you can imagine DJs like Truncate and Ben Sims through to Marcel Dettmann and the Lobster Theremin crew championing, while over on the B1 there's "Void", a smooth and deep, syncopated techno cut. Lastly, the frenetic drums in "Barnard 68" hold down a tight groove while grimey blobs of bleeps pop and burst like cooling molten lava.
Review: Melja is a young artist who makes his vinyl debut on Mister Saturday Night after putting out digital releases on labels like Car Crash Set and Hot N Heavy. For this release the New York label has exhumed from Melja three cuts of bottom-end heavy, lo-fi and distorted techno music that will beef up a house set or nestle into a rhythm section of a long haul techno session. "I Won't Forget" is the heaviest, industrial track on this 12" while "Steady Mobbin" is body rhythmic, but with out the slam and assault you might hear from say, Token.
Review: "Entrance" is the inaugural release of Finitude Music, the label operated by long-time Tresor Berlin resident Marcel Heese. For this first release he teams up with Spanish producer P.E.A.R.L. who has been releasing on Warm Up, Audio Assault, Tsunami and more and also runs his own labels Lycaon and Falling Ethics. On remix duties is non other than legendary Berlin producer Sleeparchive known for his timeless releases on his label of the same name and Tresor Records.
Review: Fans of Bio Rhythm will know the Rotterdam operation are found of working with Jamal Moss, with two dizzying platters from the Mathematics boss under his Sun God alias helping Paul Du Lac to establish the label in it's first year of business. Moss returns here alongside Noleian Reusse as Africans With Mainframes, a project the pair have shared on an intermittent basis over the past 12 years and their first release together in four! It's not clear when these two productions date from, but if the title track and "Tonkolili" are the result of recent times in the studio Moss and Reusse have evidently lost none of their studio chemistry. The B side just shades it here thanks to the thrilling feeling the various elements are constantly on the verge of exploding. One for the fearless selectors!
Review: The acid is in full flow here as Solar One Music brings together Helena Hauff and Andreas Gehm for an almighty clash of 303s! The idea of pairing up Pudel resident Hauff with her elder Koln-based compatriot Gehm is a compelling one and makes you wonder why another label hasn't considered it before. Entitled simply Helena Hauff meets Andreas Gehm, the 12" sees Hauff and Gehm draw for two of their densest manipulations of the Roland 303; the Pudel resident in typically loose, straight to tape form on the intense "Rupture". There's more of a robotic feel to "The Purely Painful Confrontation Of Opposites" and it's fairly overwhelmed by the sheer brutishness of Gehm's colossal and sleazy ghetto acid gutter track "HKX". The amusingly named final track "Solar Two" is vintage acid techno, all brisk bouncing rhythms and tumbling kicks drums.
Review: Though perhaps not the most familiar of artists in the ever swelling techno community, Ukrainian techno producer Stanislav Tolkachev has been plying his trade since 2006 and picked up some high profile fans along the way. Everyone from Pangaea and Untold to Call Super and Volte Face have been known to drop some Tolkachev, whilst last year's Simple Is A Miracle 12" for Semantica seemed to open the Ukrainian's production charms to a whole new audience. It's nice then to see Stanislav return to the Spanish techno outpost with Right Angle, a 12" consisting of four tracks that will please fans of both Dozzy's soundscapes and Robert Hood's driving rhythms.
Review: In their brief life so far, Parisian label Latency have attained a sense of quality over the course of their three releases that has probably resulted in a few envious glances. Records from Innerspace Halflife, Joey Anderson and Even Tuell have set the bar high, and have been complemented by equal attention to detail from an aesthetic viewpoint. A slight shift in focus for Latency is shown here with a full length album from Mura Oka, which transpires to be a long gestating project of Latency co-founder Sidney Gerard and friend Louis Vial. There is however no drop in quality, with Auftakt a wonderfully paced album of deep electronics that could quite easily fit on Workshop and one that reveals new highlights with every listen.
Review: There's been a little break for Sean Hernandez's primary musical outlet, but EP Fall Down finds him back on searing form with the abrasive machine beats of "Fall Down", which snarl out a cold and unrelenting exploration of non-standard rhythms. "Ride" is a more subtle affair with trickling melodic lines wrapping themselves around a decidedly stripped down drum set. "Ride3" is more distinctive with its stark clavi line, which has a bright musicality in comparison to the restrained percussive study of "Leaf". "Praying Mantis" makes for a sublime end to the EP with its jagged groove and harmonious pads, showing it's not all about being as ruff as ruff can be.
Review: After the success of Rodhad's Token debut, Spomeniks, it was only a matter of time before we saw the much-loved German return to the bustling Token, and for lovers of techno made to be played in a power plant this record is a no-brainer. Rodhad provides two versions of Humea, and the first is deep and bleepy with hi-hats that cut straight through the mix, while the dirt mix is heavier in bass with bleeps that are scattered not singular. Meanwhile label mainstay Phase provides this release with the one remix, which as you can expect is complimentary to the original and sleek as always with a nifty surprise breakdown.
Review: The Head Front Panel label gets extra twisted on this 6th release, one we have been eagerly awaiting here at Juno HQ . At a first glance the four untitled tracks here fit in perfectly alongside previous releases from the blossoming offshoot of Tabernacle, but spend a bit of time with this record and a turntable and some interesting rhythmic kinks reveal themselves. See the smart little drum edits that break up the Mills-style stomp of the opening track, whilst "A2" doesn't go forwards so much as run around in rhythmic circles. Shorn elements of that track seem to be retained on "B1" cut up and moulded into a searing new production that jitters nervously, almost as if it's about to implode at any moment. If you can pick yourself up after that, the closing track homes in on a nightmarish techno stomp that really demands rotation on a heavyweight soundsystem.
Review: 180g vinyl 4 track EP. Ferox is very proud to welcome a new artist to the roster for this release. Dublin-based Lerosa has a raw style very much his own and is well-known for his releases on Uzuri, Real Soon and Ireland's own D1 Recordings.
Review: Two Alpha Cutauri releases in one week? German label Alphacut are really spoiling us this week! This fourth edition is some truly deep cerebral electronica from Bristol based producer Adam Elemental. The four tracks here tick every box possible; heavily meditative ambient trance ("In Still"), stately deep psy-trance ("Pathways"), timeless space-gazed breakbeats ("Zero Point") and bubbling linear tribal tech ("Scant"). Four wholly different corners united with consistency and clarity, this will forge a pathway into any discerning dancefloor.
Review: Valcrond Video, the label run by sound and image artist Luke Wyatt (Torn Hawk), Apresents VV-013 Russo's ""Wild Metals"". A
Russo (Ari Russo) is an NYC based multi-artist whose engagement with abandoned media finds an outlet in the video bursts he culls as OfficeFern. As a programmer, he's produced innovative music generation tools such as the Diamond Arpeggiator. He returns to his own music with this collection of challenging and transporting structures.A
Wyatt and VV are eager to endorse Russo's latest report on crossmodal perception, a true exercise in synesthesia.A
""Wild Metals"" sounds like ferns and orchids infiltrating a tableaux of black plastic electronics, the breed of black plastic that Russo and Wyatt both found sinisterly inserted into the grid of their childhood. It provided the skin for some of their favorite toys, and its general resonance was aligned with the fast cars, women, and architecture that dominated their imaginations.
Review: Whilst Amsterdam isn't exactly shy of labels that specialise in house and techno, few have surfaced with such an intriguing central concept as Knekelhuis. Named after the party collective of the same name, Knekelhuis aim for a quarterly release schedule with each record conceived and executed by artists invited to perform at their events. The debut release comes from the "two mysterious grandmasters of electronic music" known as Legowelt and Cliff Lothar under the Pagan Sector, and fans of their respective discographies will be licking lips at the mere prospect of Hermopolis Magna. The dizzying "Ultra Paganus" is a real highlight and those of you that prefer their techno daubed in mysticism won't find a better 12" for it this week.