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Juno Recommends Techno

Juno Recommends Techno

Techno Recommendations July 2014
4 Jul 2014
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Cat: POWERHOUSE 505. Rel: 23 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Hex Factor
  2. It’s A Love Thing (The XXX mono mix)
  3. Megatrap (Real mix)
  4. Megatrap (4F mix)
  5. Hex Pad
  6. Megatrap (mix mix)
  7. Power Seat
  8. Think It
  9. The Higher (V2014)
Review: Right on cue, Rene Pawlowitz drops another set of Head High bangers just in time for summer. While previous releases from his much-loved Power House imprint have been short but sweet affairs, the brilliantly named Megatrap offers a full nine tracks of what Hard Wax have referred to quite concisely as "uplifting Breakbeat Techno in golden 1990s leaning style". Those who have heard the previous Head High material will know exactly what to expect, but there's still much excitement to be had in getting stuck into such a sizeable portion of throwback techno, the likes of which are likely to liven up any party. There was never any doubt, but Pawlowitz has done it again.
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out of stock $17.58
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Cat: MPM 20. Rel: 23 Mar 15
Techno
  1. Never Grow Old (re-plant) (7:22)
  2. Phobia (re-plant) (5:35)
Review: The latest transmission of M Plant's 20th Anniversary celebrations sees label boss Robert Hood come through with some self styled 'replants' of recent Floorplan material. "Never Grow Old" of course originates from Hood's triumphant 2013 Floorplan LP Paradise, arriving midway through and impressive enough to feature in Ben Klock's Fabric mix. Here the gospel vibes remain but they are complemented by a searing Motor City key line that is really quite hypnotic over it's seven minute duration. Complementing this is a replant of "Phobia", one of Hood's last releases of 2013 which evens out the hoover rave overtones of the original in favour of some trippy synth loops that prove just as effective.
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out of stock $9.73
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Cat: FP 004. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Shotokai
  2. Bleep Number 9
  3. With You
  4. Kime
Review: Launched last year as an extension of the successful Montreal radio show and loft party of the same name, Jurg Haller's Forbidden Planet has eased itself into the affections of record buyers everywhere. Inaugurated by D'Marc Cantu's Some Fantasies Are Good, Forbidden Planet has since introduced unheralded names like Breaker 1 2 and Boreal & Lnrdcroy, artists you can spend hours wandering down blind alleys on the internet trying to identify. The label's fourth release sees Forbidden Planet call on a more established name again in the shape of Mono Junk, aka Finnish producer Kimmo Rapatti. Much like the Finn's recent turn out for Skudge White, this untitled four track 12" really slams home how criminally underrated Rapatti is as a producer. There's hints of Psyche era Carl Craig to opening track "Shotokai" and from here Mono Junk showcases his production versatility taking in woozy mind benders ("Bleep Number 9"), nimble melodic electro ("With You") and subaqueous techno filled with deft rhythmic touches ("Kime").
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Cat: FERLP 9. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Darren Harris - "Orion Nebula"
  2. Affie Yusuf - "Cornish Pasty"
  3. Nebraska - "Moritzplatz Mode"
  4. Hoax Believers - "Cosmic Intervention"
  5. Move D - "Something 'bout The D"
  6. Bush Funk - "Late Night Delivery"
  7. Russ Gabriel - "Live In Tokyo"
  8. Fred P - "Perception"
Review: The original Adventures in Techno Soul compilation was released back in 1996 with remixes of Ferox tracks from the likes of Derrick Carter, Carl Craig and Kenny Dixon Jr. A full 16 year's after its follow up "Further Adventures in Techno Soul" comes this 8 track album of new and unreleased material on double vinyl from 8 different and exciting artists. Ferox is proud to welcome established and respected producers such as Fred P and Germany's Move D to the roster, as well as a welcome return from Affie Yusuf, Nebraska and Bush Funk (Steve O'Sullivan and Winlord X) who were last seen on Soma Records back in 1996. The label is also proud to introduce two new artists, Darren Harris and Spain's Hoax Believers who alongside label boss Russ Gabriel round off this package of soulful electronica. This album is not available as a digital release.
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out of stock $9.73
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Cat: EAUX 591. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Pentagons
  2. Ammonia
  3. Mirror
Review: More brain-melting techno from Rrose on the producer's Eaux label - and if you take the label's other releases into account: you've been warned. "Pentagons" is a gurgling self-modulating monster of climbing tones and destroyed frequencies - think Kevin Gorman's "7am Stepper" on a brutal overdose of steroids, while "Ammonia" sees Rrose return to the Sandwell District sound we all fell in love with in 2011, only cultivated further. Completing this monolithic release is the acid-tripping "Mirror", a minimal (by Rrose standards), resonance-fuelled trip down the rabbit hole every clubber should experience every now and then. Donato Dozzy eat your heart out!
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out of stock $8.39
6
Cat: KW 444. Rel: 23 Jun 14
Techno
  1. 444 A
  2. 444 B
out of stock $10.81
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Cat: M 041. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Musical Promises
  2. The Jazz Student
  3. Starting Over
  4. Encircle
Review: Earlier this year Terrence Dixon announced plans to retire from making music with immediate effect, sending shockwaves through a techno community that was still basking in some fine recent albums for Tresor and Surface Records and a clutch of 12" material. One of Dixon's final acts before coming to his decision seemingly was to record A Mind Of His Own, this EP for Metroplex and if it is indeed the final piece of production work from him, it's a fitting send off with Juan Atkins' label one of the first to usher in his work as Population One back in 1996. Opening cut "Musical Promises" is Dixon at his most enveloping, especially when the brisk percussion drops out to let the thickness of the production consume you, whilst "The Jazz Student" and "Starting Over" are as good as any of the lithe, alien techno that he committed to the Reduction cause.
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Cat: BOSS 002. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Liksom
  2. Eller
Review: In addition to his celebrated work as part of Genius of Time, Alexander Berg has been building a profile as a solo producer under the Dorisburg mantle with releases for Aniara and Bossmusik. Berg's solo moves focus on robust, no-nonsense techno with just the right amount of murky, clandestine textures and that's very much the case on this second Bossmusik drop. Heavyweight drums and impressive percussion programming are the key to production potency here, and "Liksom" is particularly revelatory. Not only is the groove dense and rolling, it also includes some fantastically jackin' drum machine builds. "Eller" is a little deeper (and certainly murkier), with punchy but swinging percussion underpinning weird chords and strange textures.
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  1. Ancient Methods - "Fourth Method"
  2. Regis - "Baptism"
  3. Makaton - "Coup De Grace"
  4. Oyaarss - "Future Smile Soon"
  5. DNA - "Unknown"
  6. Adam X - "Robot Rebellion In 2071"
  7. Archae & Grovskopa - "Surface Tension"
  8. Kareem - "Black September"
Review: What happened to techno? If you find yourself asking this question, obviously you haven't seen Amelie Ravalec's landmark film on the subject. From secret Parisian parties to Berlin's infamous Berghain club, Paris/Berlin: 20 years of underground techno documents the underground movement of techno through the lens of two different cities. After 2 years successfully touring the film worldwide, Fondation Sonore and Les Films Du Garage are commemorating the occasion with a gatefold double LP featuring the film's harder edge techno. Back-to-back classics from Regis (Downwards, Sandwell District), Ancient Methods (Ancient Methods, Fondation Sonore), Adam X (Sonic Groove, Fondation Sonore), Archae & Grovskopa (Surface), Makaton (Rodz-Konez), Kareem (Zhark) and Oyaarss (Ad Noiseam). This must-have-techno-compilation also features an LP exclusive track from DnA, produced by Dax J & Paris/Berlin director Amelie Ravalec.
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out of stock $16.50
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Cat: PN 26. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. I Want You (Luke Hess remix)
  2. It's Slow (Truncate Raw mix 2)
  3. Defunct (Truss remix)
  4. It's Slow (Truncate Raw mix 1)
Review: The remixes don't stop on Prime Numbers with Trus'me swooning two Americans and Truss to remix three of his own. Luke Hess gets progressive and dubby in his remix to "I Want You", while Truncate supplies two raw mixes to "It's Slow". The first is smooth and underground, almost like a pitched down Dance Mania record with less in your face sexual innuendo, while the second crunches the signal so much it sounds like its being packed and squeezed through a meat grinder. The Truss remix could almost be considered deep house, but it's got enough bottom end to be warranted the techno tag, and Detroit flavoured pads and sensual atmospherics make this one of the most intriguing productions he's made yet.
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out of stock $7.56
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Cat: TOKEN 43LP. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Narrative
  2. Birth
  3. Requiem
  4. Plaintive
  5. Vallecula
  6. Winter
  7. Aleph
  8. NGC5128
  9. Narrative
  10. Birth
  11. Requiem
  12. Plaintive
  13. Vallecula
  14. Winter
  15. Aleph
  16. NGC5128
Review: This fourth album from British techno veteran Inigo Kennedy - his first since 2010's decidedly ambient September Pieces - has something of a "catch-all" feel. You see, Vaudeville refuses to stick to one sound, style or groove, instead referencing the many styles of techno and experimental electronic music that have inspired the popular producer over the course of his 18-year career. So, there are murky, IDM-inspired techno floor fillers (the melodious but faintly foreboding "Requiem"), early British psychedelic techno ("Plaintive"), dense, darkroom grooves ("Vallecula"), classic Yorkshire bleep and bass ("Petrichor"), Kompakt-ish organic techno ("Winter"), and spooky, droning ambience ("Narrative").
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out of stock $21.37
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Cat: LIVITY 013. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Kowton - "More Games" (MM/KM More Names remix)
  2. Asusu - "Too Much Time Has Passed" (Dresvn remix)
Review: So far the Livity Sound Remix project has thrown up some interesting, and eminently danceable results (with the Pangaea and Beneath efforts our current favourites) and given that between them, Pev, Asusu and Kowton released almost 20 original Livity Sound productions, this still leaves a healthy dose of material open to reinterpretation. This latest edition sees the Livity crew open their back catalogue to two of Germany's most compelling production units in Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup and the Dresvn pairing of Dynamo Dreesen and SVN and the results will resonate with anyone with a keen interest in the odder strands of house and techno. Leipzig's finest take on Kowton's 909 growler "More Games" under their KM/MM guise and deftly retain the original's horror core grime strings whilst slowing the pace to their own murky tempo. It's complemented well by the modular bleep-filled take on Asusu's "Too Much Time Has Passed" from Dresvn which will make complete sense for anyone that pays close attention to their respective Acido and SUED labels.
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out of stock $8.39
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Cat: SKUDGEPT 010. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Plus Det
  2. Do Whop
  3. KO
  4. Dom
Review: By no means a production slouch, Mike Kivits tempers the raft of albums he's produced as Aardvarck by restricting his 12" output, with those singles he does release invariably treated as a event and perhaps more importantly, filled with some searing club music. This latest 12" for the Skudge Presents label is a case in point; it's the first since last year's superb No Label drop 1990 and comes brandishing four tracks that will be explosive in most dancefloor situations. Chief amongst them is the aptly titled "K.O." which is fairly dominated by the shrieking banshee rave stabs that filter through the track at a rate that will knock you sideways. The title track offers some semblance of jacking house convention for some contrast, whilst the two other cuts are Kivits fully engaged in weird and wonderful mode
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out of stock $8.93
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Cat: HOTSHIT 008. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Highlife
  2. Highlife (Willie Burns remix)
Review: Andrew Field-Pickering seems to be on a roll at the moment. Following last year's brilliantly madcap drum workouts under the Dolo Percussion moniker, he returns to the more familiar Max D guise for an outing on the always-impressive Unknown to the Unknown label. "Highlife" is in many ways typical of his recent output, with pitched-down jungle drums underpinning typical tropical synths and a bouncing, off-kilter bassline. It's hard to pin down, but impressive nonetheless. Willie Burns remixing, turning the left-of-centre original into a wide-eyed chunk of African-influenced tropical deep house. It's a little saner than the original, but no less potent.
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out of stock $8.39
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Cat: EAS 006. Rel: 23 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Empty Silence
  2. Mazine Order
  3. No Limits
  4. Invasion 271
  5. Mx 22
Review: Last seen entering the Mystic Jungle, rugged Italian label Early Sounds returns with more mysterious fare in the shape of Dorko's Antruum from The Normalmen. With no real clue as to the identity of The Normalmen or indeed the origin of the rather oblique title, it's best to focus on the music at hand and fans of the Early Sounds label will be pleased to hear the five tracks here fall snugly within the defined aesthetic that Rio Padice, Leskin and Massimo De Lena have swiftly established. There's something about lead track "Empty Silence" that reminds us of Parris Mithchell's Dancemania classic "All Night Long" though it does have the added bonus of a wickedly fuzzy acid line, whilst "Mazine Order" and "No Limits" demonstrate The Normalmen are equally adept at running a deeper groove. Another big drop from the Early Sounds crew!
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out of stock $8.65
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Cat: MOSLP 02. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Night Sky
  2. Pure
  3. Decay
  4. Blossom
  5. Until The Music Dies
  6. Descent
  7. City Of Others
  8. Afterlife
  9. Ashes To Ashes
  10. Dust
Review: M>O>S Recordings are no strangers to the long player format, having previously issued impressive long players from D'Marc Cantu and Morphosis, but with the label surpassing ten years of activity it feels the right time for founder Aroy Dee to grace us with his own debut album. If you've read up on Dee you'll know he's also an architect with a specific interest in the sprawling structures of Asian cities and this has bled into the aesthetic of MOS as a whole; it's certainly present on Sketches with his own city based illustrations adorning the cover art and an urban sensibility running through his productions here. A doleful serenity is present throughout much of Sketches, though tracks such as "City of Others" and "Ashes To Ashes" fit snugly into the canon of great MOS floor burners.
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out of stock $18.67
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Cat: OSTGUTLP 17. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Code
  2. Blue Russian
  3. Field Depth
  4. Odyssey Sequence
  5. Relay Access
  6. Spin Off
  7. Status
  8. By The Bay
  9. Axif
  10. Thermal Capacity
Review: Code sees Patrick Graser issue his debut album as Answer Code Request with the twelve track set comfortably ranking among the best long players issued on Ostgut Ton in recent times. Though Graser has been releasing records under his given name since 2008, it's his work as Answer Code Request that has seen the German truly find his sound. First appearing under the moniker in 2011 with the self-released Subway Into EP, Graser has gone on to release with MDR and Ostgut Ton with the Breath EP issued on the latter earlier this year a fine taste for what to expect from Code. ACR's weighty breakbeat driven techno is very much in evidence here, at times it feels like how Hessle lad Joe might sound if he grew up in the outskirts of Berlin ("Field Depth" in particular). At other times Graser's suggestion that Code is influenced by the 90s sounds of UK bastions such as Warp feel very much true and the more you listen the more you feel he's successfully managed to deliver a cohesive and continually compelling techno album.
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out of stock $14.61
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Cat: TOKEN 45 . Rel: 23 Jun 14
Techno
  1. SCFGM-08
  2. SCFGM-19
  3. SCFGM-14
  4. SCFGM-16
out of stock $8.65
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Cat: BP 039. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Nan Nife
  2. Shallow Pool
  3. Dependant Stage
Review: Once in a while James Ruskin reveals just how diverse a producer he can be, and so it is on this new Blueprint release with its crisp electronica undertones striking a chord with the recent Function / Inland release. The title track especially balances deft, broken rhythms with bold, brassy sweeps of synth, keeping a primal analogue feel to the production and sounding not dissimilar to early Autechre. "Shallow Pool" is even further out in leftfield with its languid guitar tones and distant piston-pumping beat, while "Dependant Stage" comes over all electro as though suspended in mid-air.
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out of stock $8.39
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Cat: OWN 001. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Beginning Of Visions
  2. Emisario
  3. Beginning Of Visions (Sleeparchive remix)
  4. Penitent
  5. Beginning Of Visions (Sleeparchive loop)
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Cat: HFT 033. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Contact
  2. Sabre
  3. Ritual To Romance
  4. Output
Review: With releases on pretty much all the important bass labels in the game, SLO returns to Scuba's Hotflush Recordings with his inimitable flair. This time it's a straight four-tracker resting on the edges of house, garage and two-step, with the opener stretching a pulverising techno layout over intricate atmospherics and dancefloor bleeps. "Sabre" is deeper, more growling and with hints of the label' core sounds, while the flipside is considerably more raved-out - check "Output"! Hotflush does it again..!
out of stock $8.65
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Cat: HADAL 2. Rel: 16 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Pob
  2. Mackerel
  3. Ivy
  4. Solvent
Review: Woof! Pangaea serves up a second Hadal platter in the shape of Pob, a four tracker whose title may hint at some of Kevin McAuley's childhood viewing habits. It arrives with the Hessle Audio man enjoying a fine 2014 so far, having delivered an excellent mix in the Fabric Live canon as well as contributing to the ever more bulbous Livity Sound Remix project. Pob represents yet another fascinating insight into McAuley's continual sonic development and progression, with few other contemporaries likely to conjure up the offbeat, drunken swagger that permeates the wonderfully named "Mackerel" or indeed the contrast between delicate notes and gruff ragga chants that make up "Ivy".
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out of stock $7.03
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Cat: SEM 067. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Revoke
  2. Pygmalion
  3. Genesis
  4. Genesis (Eduardo De La Calle remix)
out of stock $9.73
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Cat: TTT 020. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Schrade Knives
  2. Payphone Player
  3. 33140
  4. Early Death
Review: Playing the guessing game is becoming increasingly regular with regards to releases on The Trilogy Tapes; like Levantis, Rezzett and Ondo Fudd before them, Chemotex arrive on Will Bankhead's label with a foggy sense of mystery that's hard to unravel. Although we may never know whether the producer will turn out to be the moniker for someone more notorious or just another example of Will Bankhead's canny A&R, TTT releases are rarely about the name on the label, and more about the head turning nature of the music itself. Still though, Bankhead appears to have stumbled upon perhaps the most corrosive TTT material yet, with "Schrade Knives" every bit as sharp as the name suggests and comparable to Container having a particularly bad day. However, it's edged out by "Payphone Player", which is pretty much a noise techno version of the ringtone from hell. As you'd expect, it's not for the faint of heart.
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out of stock $13.80
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Cat: OCS 011. Rel: 09 Jun 14
Techno
  1. Untitled 1
  2. Untitled 2
  3. Untitled 3
Review: Avian boss Shifted is a man of many aliases, and besides his most widely known handle, he's also released rolling Shed-style techno as Pacific Blue, industrial-inspired experiments as Covered In Sand and an EP of power electronics as Alexander Lewis on Blackest Ever Black. Before those aliases however there was Relay, under which name Shifted released one record of untitled tracks with a subtle dub techno influence on the Frozen Border sub-label Naked Index. Coaxed into revisiting the project by close ally Sigha, Relay's return takes the form of this three track Untitled 1-3 12" on Our Circula Sound and seems purpose built for peak time implementation.
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out of stock $8.12
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