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Juno Recommends Techno

Juno Recommends Techno

Techno Recommendations April 2014
1 Apr 2014
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Cat: FER 302. Rel: 02 May 16
Techno
  1. Floating Point 7 (Russ Gabriel mix)
  2. The Crossing
  3. The Crossing (Hans Thalau mix)
  4. Floating Point 7
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Aubrey is a man on everyone's lips at the moment. After nearly 25 years of releasing music, the South Coast techno pioneer has just completed a busy 2013, including a remix for Juan Atkins' Metroplex Records and is pushing his own DOT Records to new heights. Here, Aubrey has followed up his earlier Ferox releases "Abstractions" and "Inner Feelings" with two super deep cuts on this techno jazz fuelled 4 -tracker. On remix duties are label boss Russ Gabriel and his RT-Transmissions partner - Germany's Hans Thalau.
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Cat: TW 13. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Self Control
  2. Still Hardcore
  3. Juno How I Feel
  4. Hacid
Review: Be it Tusk Wax, Horn Wax or Porn Wax, the collective of labels continues to develop into one you willingly place your trust in safe in the knowledge the standard of music will be optimum regardless of genre or contributor. Tusk Wax Thirteen sees the label debut of Clouded Vision co-founder Steve Cook who is perhaps the lesser celebrated producer than his Clouded Vision cohort and part time hair model Matt Walsh. However the four tracks here demonstrate perfectly Cook's capacity to craft thick, analogue house music of various shades and tempos yet all primed for the dancefloor. "Self Control" and "Still Hardcore" are the sort of languid, spacious acid cuts Weatherall would open a set with, whilst "Juno How I Feel" is wonderfully ascendant in its execution. The effervescent "Hacid" is the B Side most selectors will pull for, with a restrained acid line that complements the heavenly chords to a tee.
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Cat: XDSR 5. Rel: 25 Jan 16
Techno
  1. Peace Of Mind (Electrosoul)
  2. Tone
  3. Contact
  4. Signifier
Review: Chuck 'em in a black bag and give 'em a blotchy stamp. That's Delsin's modus operandi when it comes to re-releasing their favourite older material. And following their re-up of Son.Sine's beautiful Upekah 12", Claro Intelecto's first ever release makes its way on to the prominent Dutch label, a solid decade after it was first released on the now defunct Ai Records. For that 'must have' feeling "Tone" is the track you want to hear first; a gnarly acid work out of Drexciya-influenced techno that's been dragged through the mud and sounds all the better for it. Before that though there's a deeper and electro-leaning "Peace Of Mind (Electosoul)", and while "Signifier" mirrors it somewhat, it's deep house that's pure as the driven snow. And if you needed any more proof that Intelecto is the master of a phat-bassline, look no further than "Contact".
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Cat: TTT 018. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Lightfastness
  2. Silence
  3. Hapless
  4. The Beckoner
  5. Foggy Situation
Review: ANOTHER SLAB OF TTT HEAT! Known to the online dance community for his journalistic endeavours, Angus Finlayson crosses the critical divide with aplomb on this debut transmission under the Minor Science guise. Sitting in the uncomfortable yet intriguing crawlspace between Madteo and Actress, it's quite easy to see why Will Bankhead would be drawn to these five tracks. Opening with the brief fractured vignette "Lightfastness" which sounds like a FM dial being shunted through the sonic mists, the Minor Science sound then draws on four more rounded productions that offer compelling variety. The cooing stutter of "Silence" emits a succession of thick gaseous clouds of textural incandescence that are quite intoxicating, whilst the skeletal timbral patter of "Hapless" hides a vocal that's buried so far deep into the mix you'll keep pulling the needle back and messing with your bass EQ in order to try and decipher it. "The Beckoner" is woozy techno that manages to rein in the melodic chaos that always seems on the cusp of breaking out, whilst "Foggy Situation" is quite beautiful in it's abstract construction.
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Cat: TOKEN 40. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Perplexed (Rodhad extended mix)
  2. Dirtro II (Robert Hood Redeemed mix)
Review: Arguably the two biggest R's in techno at the moment remix [Phase], with Rodhad revealing a more emotive side to his techno, while Robert Hood delivers the goods like only he can. Rodhad's interpretation takes away some of the original low-end heard in "Perplexed", resulting in something that's groovy, but still tough, while noticeable increasing the blue-noted tones of the track. Robert Hood's love affair with "Dirto II" continues with the Detroit legend joining in on the cold temperaments for a clinical and percussively slicing remix. With rapid fire 12"s like this, it seems trying to match Token's dominance of club techno at the moment would be a futile act.
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Cat: BLKN 005. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Never Forget
  2. Holzer Mane
  3. Hotline
Review: The Blacknecks project emerged last year with one of the more fanciful back stories, described as a "new, anonymous side project of two prominent UK garage producers & remixers, known for remixing a string of top 40 singles, as well as having their own minor hit in the late naughties." Over the three subsequent 12"s issued by Blacknecks on the label of the same name, the tongue of whoever writes the press releases has remained firmly in cheek whilst the music has been fairly unrelenting. The fun and games over anonymous identity may now be over with Truss and Bleaching Agent claiming responsibility for the Blacknecks (hands up who thought it was Artful Dodger) but they've lost none of their venomous touch on 00005. Approach B Side cut "Hotline" with real caution!
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Cat: PBR 036. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. The Lands Beyond!
  2. Mental Floss
  3. Mysterious Stranger
  4. Black Hole
Review: In the period since Amir Alexander last graced DJ Spider's Plan B Recordings, the producer and DJ has racked up a fair glut of releases for everyone from Secretsundaze and Hype Ltd to Machining Dreams and his own Anunnaki Cartel. It's not disrespect to call Alexander one of the most prolific producers currently operating in the US house and techno scene, but every one of these releases arrives without any sense of artistic compromise on his behalf. The Lands Beyond! EP is a perfect four track snapshot of Amir Alexander deep in his element; the way the hats snap on the title track as a deep acid bass fizzes beneath or the supple, bleep laden grooves of "Mental Floss" both demonstrate how Alexander has mastered the art of functional music filled with touches that are in no way functional.
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Cat: LIVITY 009. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Pev & Asusu - "Surge" (MMM remix)
  2. Pev & Kowton - "Vapours" (Pangaea remix)
Review: With the first chapter of the Livity Sound story coming to an end with the release of the collaboration's first self-titled compilation, tying up Peverelist, Kowton and Asusu's first few years in operation and placing firmly at the forefront of forward thinking bass-techno mutations, the trio hand their material to a choice selection of artists to remix. The first 12" sees two very different talents take the reins; Errorsmith & Fiedel team up as MMM to remix Pev & Asusu's "Surge", turning in a typically ravey analogue floorfiller, while Hessle Audio's techno lynchpin Pangaea reworks Pev & Kowton's "Vapours", transforming it into a swung piece of punishing techno. Both are essential - get to know.
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Cat: MISTRESS 003. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Remember Fono
  2. Not Before
  3. Captain Hours
  4. Noc
Review: Release number three on Mistress Recordings arrives and it's clear DVS1's curatorial hand is helping to craft an open ended music policy for the label that touches all corners of the dancefloor and beyond. Given that Marquis Hawkes adopted the Juxta Position guise to inaugurate the label, it's tempting to suggest that Doubt is the work of an established artist working under alias especially given the standard of production here. Lead track "Remember Fono" sounds like STL mixing strange vocal snippets into his defined palette, whilst "Not Before" is probably one of the weirder dub techno tools you will hear this week, with all manner of strange found sounds and vocal harmonies lurking deep beneath. B Side opener "Captain Hours" keeps you guessing as to Doubt's identity thanks to it's UK bass tropes, whilst "Noc" is a supremely grimey techno tool.
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10
Cat: STU 0155. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Touchdown
  2. Control
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Cat: HFP 002. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
Review: At the moment no one's really making the kind of techno newly established Head Front Panel is: mega-slamming, mega-synth heavy, lo-fi drum trax produced at a such a frenetic pace even DJs like Surgeon may have trouble playing them. "Track 1" from HFP's second EP is probably the best example of this, however the harsher sonics settle for tonal bleeps in "Track 2", but the 909s are still going off. "Track 3" is the EPs most reserved production in terms of musicality, but its groove is non-stop '90s hedonism, while "Track 4" makes you think, is this a Stefan Linzatti record, or should we point the finger at John Heckle or Hieroglyphic Being?
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Cat: DIALLP 030. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Ohara
  2. Solaris
  3. Transducer
  4. Parallaxis
  5. Decay
  6. Track 93
  7. The Meadow
  8. Some Kind Of Up & Down Yes
  9. Drop Fram
  10. Subatomic
Review: Dial regular Efdemin returns with a third album of a respected career, with the autumnal theme of Decay inspired by the German producer's three-month artist residency in Kyoto, Japan. Sollmann immersed himself in the local culture while in Kyoto, attending ceremonies with monks at temples and visiting local instrument makers. This results in a ten track set that canvasses the sort of poignant, introverted house music that's characterised much of Phillip Sollmann's work as Efdemin to date. There are however a few stylistic surprises along the way - the stripped back, jacking "Transducer" or the fusion of jazzy licks and noisy bursts of percussion that makes up the title track - but overall you'd be hard pushed to think of a better label to house Decay than Dial.

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Cat: AVN 013. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. VVVLLLLVVV
  2. MRRRWRRRDS
  3. MRRRCHNNNN
Review: After appearances on a few labels, SHXCXCHCXSH have made Avian their home issuing a couple of 12?s in the lead up to their debut album STRNGTHS. Across all this output, the unpronounceable Swedish pair has cultivated a singularly skewed brand of techno, mixing up the increasingly popular template of industrial-edged, noisy techno with brittle, syncopated rhythms and flecks of psychedelia-inducing acid. Largely eschewing the usage of vowels, their track titles occasionally sound phonetically like feral cries of yelping pain, and fans of this approach will delight in their return to Avian with the three track VVVLLLLVVV 12?. The title track is perhaps SHXCXCHCXSH at their most playful, focused around a rubbery synth line that pulses with dark energy, whilst the unrelenting final track "MRRRCHNNNN" is apparently the sonic model for how Avian are looking to proceed throughout 2014. Hold tight!
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Cat: DIAG 008. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Ooze
  2. Ooze (Silent Servant remix)
Review: ** Diagonal Repress ** The project of Nation and L.I.E.S. artist Beau Wanzer and White Car's Elon Katz, Streetwalker first appeared with the Ooze cassette on Catholic Tapes back in 2011, before releasing the excellent Future Fusion LP on Minimal Wave sister label Cititrax last year. Diagonal boss Powell has long hinted at the idea of a Streetwalker release on his label, so fans of not-paying-hiked-up-Discogs-prices-for-cassettes will be very happy to see the title track from that 2011 cassette pressed up loud on 12". Apparently recorded using a "a rare E-mu modular system and a home-built light-sensitive synthesiser", the primal iteration of Streetwalker shown on "Ooze" is more unhinged than their subsequent Cititrax LP and feels perfectly at home on the 12" format. There is also a rather fine rework from Silent Servant which adds haunting overtones that will be familiar to anyone that's caught the Jealous God founder live recently.
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Cat: FORUM II. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Prolog
  2. Torus II
  3. Torus IV
  4. Torus VIII
  5. Torus XVI
  6. Torus XXXII
  7. Torus LXIV
  8. DCCXLV DCCCLXXXV XV
  9. Torus CXXVIII
  10. Taurus
  11. Epilog
Review: Vril is Giegling's most recognised artist along with the dual production personality that is Prince Of Denmark/Traumprinz. Originally from Hanover in Germany, Vril has been a mainstay of the Weimar label's many projects since surfacing on and subsequently the techno-minded Staub series, as well as being the one Giegling artist to venture outside the comfort zone with releases for techno outposts Delsin and Semantica. Vril has now returned to home base with a surprise debut album Torus on the Forum sub label that served up Prince of Denmark's much loved album The Body. Vril's productions combine elements of booming dub techno with murky reflections of rave with his own patented and progressive synth sound. Torus sees Vril deliver more of this, but he's also extended the remit on this album to include other elements of dance music, with what sounds like Clone-inspired (west coast) electro, Chicago house and flashes of Adam X-industrialisms.
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Cat: NHEOMA 016. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Exium - "Diverse Population"
  2. Exium - "Pulstar"
  3. Developer - "Promiscuous"
  4. Developer - "Indigenous"
Review: With every release Spanish duo Exium do it's like they grow an extra muscle, and at the moment they're starting to look like a well conditioned iron man. This split release with fellow booming techno cohort Developer sees the duo, on their side of the EP, deliver a stripped and sinisterly grubby "Diverse Population", while "Pulstar" sounds like a reserved and dubbed-out Sandwell District production. On the Developer-side the American provides a drivelling up-and-down arpeggio in "Promiscuous", while there's only two words that can really explain "Indigenous" properly: Developer techno.
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Cat: HUSH 02. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Lost Myself
  2. SOS
Review: DVS1's Hush imprint has been so quiet since the US techno producer christened it with a 12" of his own tracks back in 2011 we thought it had shut up shop, much like his solo productions, which have taken a back seat to remixes in the same timeframe. Thankfully, Lost Myself sees the producer reinvigorate the label with two brand new productions, which show just how much his lean, minimal approach has been missed. "Lost Myself" is little more than a taut arpeggiated synth line, held together with the barest of rhythms and some impressive sound design, while "SOS" takes things into more heady territory, with a swirling mass of metallic tones and ambient textures surrounding his sharpened percussive tones.
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Cat: FP 003. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Boreal - "Canopy Target"
  2. Lnrdcroy - "Do Ne" (Original Altitude mix)
  3. Boreal - "Evochamber"
Review: Montreal label Forbidden Planet continues to impress on their third release, welcoming the lesser known talents of Boreal and LNRDCROY into the fold. Those out there still filled with a sense of excitement whenever they think of Breaker 1 2's astounding debut for Jurg Haller's label last year will probably be wondering whether Forbidden Planet have struck gold again and the answer is yes. Details on the exact identity of this pairing is scarce, with LNRDCROY seemingly emerging from the same Vancouver community that Mood Hut have been highlighting with such success over recent months. The unknown Boreal opens and closes this 12", contributing the driving, percussive house of the title track and a more contemplative "Evochamber", whilst LNRDCROY's sole contribution comes in the form of the Utopian cracker "Do Ne" (Original Altitude mix) which features plenty of jagged breakbeats.
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Cat: THEORY 047. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Reflection
  2. Break Glass
  3. Reflection (ROD remix)
  4. Break Glass (Sims remix - vinyl exclusive)
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Cat: BLUEHOUR 003. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Reference 97
  2. Don't Speak
  3. Moments
Review: From his time spent as Furesshu and Esoteric, Luke Standing has been careful to keep things low key and focus on getting his own brand of stout techno out where it counts. Operating from Berlin, his Blue Hour alias has really hit its stride of late, with this third installment on the self-titled label drawing upon mechanical thrust and spiritual melodics to create the kind of soulful body music that truly makes a difference in the heat of a tense night spent dancing. "Reference 97" needs little more than a pummeling beat and a two note pad to make a memorable track, while "Don't Speak" gets into a more house-orientated mentality even if the sparse and spooky mood still feels decidedly techno. "Moments" actually nods back to Standing's roots in more broken rhythmic fare, which should go down well with the crossover selectors celebrating the grey area between techno and dubstep.
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Cat: BLKRTZ 008LP. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Hold On Strong
  2. Dopa
  3. What The Heck Them Expect
  4. Working Everyday
  5. Rock Of Creation
  6. Little Darling
  7. Under Cover
  8. Peace & Love
Review: Given their long individual commitments to the dubwise cause, you'd expect a collaborative album from dub techno type Scott Monteith (AKA Deadbeat) and sometime Rhythm & Sound vocalist Paul St Hilaire to be a formidable proposition. And so it proves, as the duo apply their dub techno credentials to a more traditional dub framework on The Infinity Dub Sessions. St Hilaire is at his beguiling, soulful best riding Monteith's riddims, which veer from floor-friendly dub-house and dub-techno grooves (see "Little Darling" and "Rock of Creation"), to heady trips into more traditional dubwise territory (check the celebratory "Peace & Love" and tumbling "Hold On Strong"). Throughout, there's a loving authenticity that's extremely appealing.
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Cat: HFRMX 011. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Erotic Discourse (Dense & Pika remix)
Review: If you've been to a night club over the course of the past six years, it's fairly certain that you will have heard "Erotic Discourse" at least once! Released by Paul Woolford under the Bobby Peru alias on 20:20 Vision in 2006, the track is rightly regarded as one of the highlights of the producer's storied career and with an effect akin to a golf ball dropping down a corrugated iron pipe, there's not really been a techno track since that's quite so weird! It's perhaps because of this that the track's never been officially remixed despite it's ubiquity, until now that is as Hotflush pair Dense & Pika have been commissioned to rework the track for a one sided 12" on the label run by house music's comedy villain Paul Rose. The aforementioned sonic weirdness wisely remains intact on this remix from Dense & Pika which brings their weighty rhythmic leaning to the fore.
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Cat: POWVAC 008. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Objekt - "Balloons"
  2. An-i - "Convo"
  3. JoeFarr & J Tijn - "Mustard Sucker"
  4. Positive Merge - "Note"
Review: Since 2012 Power Vacuum has made a name for itself by releasing unrelenting rave and acid fuelled techno. After a strong second year of releases that included contributions from Mark Broom and EDMX, as well as several releases from label founder Milo Smee, the first Power Vacuum release of 2014 introduces five new artists on a split release. Although the highlight for many will be a rare track from Objekt, the angular shock and awe techno of "Balloons", the rest of the contributions are equally great. Turbo's latest recruits Joe Farr and J.Tijn team up for the steamroller that is "Mustard Sucker" while Ukrainian hard techno producer Positive Merge delivers the relentless gabber-esque stomp of "Note", but perhaps the most eye-catching inclusion is the new An-i project from Lee Douglas that recently debuted on Minimal Wave's sister label Cititrax, with the ex-TBD man delivering the scrambled frequencies of "Convo". In a word: essential.
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Cat: COR 08. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Where Were You In '92?
  2. Pre-Gentrified
Review: Anthony Parasole's label The Corner continues to show other techno outlets the way to do it, with their second release of 2014 possibly the most high profile yet! Sonic Groove boss and NYC techno royalty Adam X uses this 12" to ask where were you in 92? Because Adam X was very much in the thick of establishing the New York techno scene, and this newly adopted X Crashed project is named in honour of the X Crash material he released in the early '90s alongside Jimmy Crash. Both the title track and "Pre-Gentrified" are prime slabs of Adam X goodness; acidic, metallic, raw and driving Techno for the true heads.
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Cat: MDREAMS 012. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Polar North
  2. Transmolecular Crunch
  3. Macrocosm Engineering
  4. Laidover
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Cat: LIVITY 010. Rel: 31 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Velez (A Made Up Sound remix 1)
  2. Velez (A Made Up Sound remix 2)
Review: The Livity Sound Remix series continues apace in high profile fashion as Asusu's "Velez" is honoured with two reworks from A Made Up Sound. Announced only last month, the series looks to be gathering a pace that's as unrelenting as the music brandished within, and you get the feeling Dave Huismans was one of the first names on the list when Pev, Kowton and Asusu were drawing up who to approach. Whether it's as 2562 or A Made Up Sound, the Dutchman's swung rhythms and weighty productions bare a similar lineage to Livity Sound's bass heavy mutations. It's hard to pick a winner here, with "Velez" sounding equally potent in chime-heavy form on the A Side and the flip's much weightier version augmented by some squeaky acid effects.
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Cat: SAVED 100.3. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Gary Beck - "Say What" (Adam Beyer remix)
  2. Gary Beck - "Around You"
  3. Nic Fanciulli - "The Social"
  4. Robert Dietz - "Anger Management"
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28
Cat: LT 003. Rel: 24 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Eyes Behind The Door
  2. Relax (Tentacles Loop #1 (Locked Groove))
  3. Tram
  4. Try It (Tentacles Loop #2 (Locked Groove))
Review: Despite sounding like a journeyman midfielder from the lower leagues of British football, Steve Murphy is in fact the alias of Venetian Mattia Effe, a key cog in the sprawling Italian hardware enthusiast scene alongside the Early Sounds and Restoration crew. First surfacing under the Steve Murphy & Co. guise with a Chiwax release in 2011, Effe has gone on to record an LP with compatriots Die Roh and launch the Muscle Records imprint alongside Analogue Copper Lucretio, Chevel, and DJ Octopus. Now he's the latest addition to the distinctively named Lobster Theremin, with his Relax EP likely to do anything but that to you! If you've gripped some Murphy previously you'll know to expect some rough and ready house music and look out for the "Tentacles Loop" locked grooves from DJ Octopus that line both sides!
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out of stock $10.40
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Cat: RSN 002. Rel: 10 Mar 14
Techno
  1. Bleaching Agent - "Akplenc"
  2. Divided - "Losses"
  3. Pris - "Pencil Pusher"
  4. Manse - "Slacker"
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