Review: Long time Berlin favourite Ellen Allien has always embodied the spirit of her hometown, no matter what particular corner of the techno world she has operated in. From big warehouse bangers to more artful and pop leading electronic sounds, she is always on the move, but aways true. Aura, her latest full length, touches on a wide range of sounds - from vocal laced mind melting acid on "In Music I Trust" to the intense loops of "Traum" via high speed industrial techno funk of "Confusion". This is a far ranging album with a black heart that suggests our future is uncertain.
Review: G Man's "Quo Vadis" which is Latin for :where are you going?" first landed in 1995, but 25 years on makes just as much impact. It is inspired by the film of the same name and, says the artist, Gez "LFO" Varley, it was designed for transitioning between house and techno when in the club. Now it is represented in all its slick, dubby, smooth and hypnotic glory complete with a grittier D. Diggler remix that has never been released on vinyl before. G Man's "Sparticus" is also included and takes you on a bumping trip though tight, taught dub house cum techno perfection.
Review: Delsin mainstay BNJM's last album Hypnagogia gets remixed by an interesting crew for this one. The ever deep German Efdemin goes for a smooth and serene techno atmosphere that's detailed with deft cosmic pads, and Luigi Tozzi channels classic Berlin dub techno on his icy yet warm take on "Inbdub." RRoxymore keeps things just as subtle but soothing on a dreamy late night and pad laced take on "Atoms Speak" while Mattheis traps you in a state of astral trance on his lush remix of "Moth Lines" which is as delicate and floaty as the insect it is named after.
Review: Techno heavyweights Tiga and Matthew Dear team up again to follow up 2013's massive anthem "Let's Go Dancing" and the terrific 'Nightclub' EP from a few years back. Their new collaboration "This Is a Dream" is a tunneling and low-slung trip, which according to Tiga the Turbo chief is 'an epic poem, an immunity passport to the boundless dimensions that lay beyond the veil of slow wave sleep'. On the flip, "Crushed By Meditation" has Audion all over it on this strobed-out and psychedelic stomper that calls to mind the same vibe as his mid noughties hits such as "Mouth To Mouth" or "Kisses" - totally massive!
Review: The Joule imprint continues to wreak havoc on our charts, and this latest collaboration between brothers Matt and Mark Thibideau is exactly the right thing for you if you're looking for some effective house grooves. Matt Thibideau's first two tracks, "Evaporation" and "Time Stands" are both effortlessly punchy deep house bangers with a strong dub-techno presence at their core, deep in the lower ends of the tracks; Mark's two licks are no different, both similarly laying down heavy 4/4 punches with mounds of echo and dubwise filtering. Smooth and elegant DJ tools.
Review: Karenn's Voam label continues its stellar early run with this salvo from hitherto unknown artist Regina Leather. As you might expect from this camp, bold and inventive techno is the order of the day leading in with the loping, melodic thump of "Tip" before swerving into the taut, cyclical piston-pump of "Comunicazione Uno". "Comunicazione Due" takes things tougher while retaining the nervous energy of its counterpart, leaving ample room for dynamic shifts and thrilling arrangement chops. "Industrial Collapse" completes the set with a swampy trip through twitchy lead lines and gluey percussion anchored by a chord progression you can get both hands around.
Review: Over the last six years, Toulouse twosome Zendid has offered up a swathe of singles for the likes of Infuse, Elephant Moon and Discobar that cannily blur the boundaries between tech-house, minimal and intergalactic electronic deepness. They continue to develop this trademark sound on debut album "In the Shell", a set rich in fuzzy (and funky) analogue-sounding basslines, dusty and glitchy beats, spaced-out synthesizer sounds and darting, off-kilter electronic riffs. While some others would have used the opportunity given by an album to showcase their eclecticism, the French pair have instead stuck to their guns and merely subtly twisted their quirky tech-house template. Given the quality of material on show, it was a wise move.
Review: The beauty of pure, hard hitting techno is laid bare across the four high grade weapons served up on this new EP from Mode 1, the Irish DJ resident at Subject Dublin and District 8. His drums are taught and canter like a race horse while synths that range from edgy and stone lit on "Sonntag" to trippy and spaced out on "The Road Back" add the detail. "Fallen" is an industrial sousing loop-fest that leaves you brilliantly disorientated and "Watchers" gets more lo-fi and gritty, with a more stripped back sound that is no less compelling.
Review: Following up the inaugural release by Tomassini which featured a remix from Hodge, newcomer Kilig (of club Night Tales) draws from London's dynamic underground sound for their first club-centric EP on Bath-based Origins Sound. If the progressive breaks of "Is It Time" was released over 20 years ago, it could well have been played by the likes of Sasha & Digweed. Also very much on a quintessentially British vibe is the post UK bass experiment of "VHS Flex", while the flip the fledgling producer show us their version of electro on the futuristic vibe of "Bed Test".
Review: Originally released back in 2011 on two singles, Shades of Detroit is a journey of six deep and dubby house monsters! The new limited reissue includes both Dark and Light parts, marbled vinyl and a new updated artwork. Essential Detroit house classic!