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Remedy (remixes) (limited orange vinyl 12")
Cat: SAPIENS 024. Rel: 15 May 19
  1. Remedy (Manoo remix) (9:23)
  2. Remedy (Cassius remix) (10:58)
Review: French electronic legend Sebastien Devaud returns as Agoria, on his always impressive Sapiens imprint with new single "Remedy" taken from his latest album entitled "Drift". Here we are treated to two wonderful remixes, both blessed with the French touch. Emmanuel 'Manoo' Kossi takes the A side with an emotive and electrifying hi-tech soul rendition while on the flip, legends Cassius make a triumphant return to production by taking the track into deeper and sexier sonic territory.
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Samba (12")
Cat: TTT 079. Rel: 30 Apr 19
  1. Samba (9:27)
  2. Memo (12:46)
Review: Alex is a brand new alias from the artist regularly known as Baba Stiltz - a Swedish producer whose quirky, off-kilter house and techno releases are rarely less than brilliant. His first Trilogy Tapes outing is suitably impressive. The real killer is "Samba", an inspired nine minute workout in which he layers deep, woozy electric piano motifs, sun-kissed chords, child-like vocal samples and rich bass atop a swinging, samba fired techno beat. The deeper and more bass-heavy "Memo" is even more epic; a near 13-minute journey through sparse, crunchy, hypnotic and dubbed-out minimal house rhythms and exotic, snake charmer solos. In other words, it's another top-notch EP from a producer who genuinely can do no wrong.
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 in stock $13.50
Tracks From The Vault Vol 2 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CRAY 06. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. Nightshift (Deeper mix) (5:42)
  2. Space Animals (6:47)
  3. Seduction (6:15)
  4. Dusty Acid (6:41)
Review: Some five years after re-launching his Crayon label via a fine EP of vintage "Tracks From The Vault", original 1990s tech-house producer Mark Ambrose serves up more gems from his bulging archives. The quality threshold remains dizzyingly high throughout. Check first the moody, back room dub of "Nightshift (Deeper Mix)", where gentle, alien synth lines and deep space chords tumble down over a heavy analogue bassline and locked-in beats, before turning your attention to "Space Animals", a deliciously dubbed-out affair rich in sub bass and drifting, deep space chords. If that's not enough, flip over and trance out to B side "Seduction" and finally, the slamming techno beats, looped electronics and mind-mangling TB-303 motifs of closer "Dusty Acid".
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Intérprete: Vincent Inc, Malin Genie
 in stock $9.00
Castaway EP (12" reeditado)
Cat: BCR 052T. Rel: 18 May 19
  1. Castaway (6:05)
  2. Doin It To Ya Body (7:23)
  3. Castaway (Orlando Voorn remix) (7:57)
  4. Wara Coco (5:00)
Review: Last spotted on Vakant, Detroit's man of mystery returns to D'Julz' Bass Culture after four years with three more rough, warm Motor City jams. "Castaway" takes off without so much as a compass. Heading towards the light with every added rhythmic element and cascading arpeggio, it drives into the horizon with equal measure of focus and looseness. "Doin It To Ya Baby" takes a subaquatic disco approach - the wide beats are wrapped in subtle slapbass twangs and dubby overlays while "Wara Coco" is a trippier twist into the shadows as raindrop textures trickle over a low and slow groove and incessant humanised loops. Remix-wise Orlando Voorn peppers the lead track with a little analogue funk and mild acid tweaking. After this castaway you'll never want to come home...
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Cat: VIS 313. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. One LFO (5:38)
  2. One LFO (Luke Hess interpretation) (6:09)
  3. One LFO (Delano Smith Reconstruction) (7:10)
Review: Ted Krisko and Eric Rickers hail from Detroit, and their distinctive brand of snappy, playful electro and techno has already landed them releases on KMS, Visionquest and others. Now they land on 20/20 Vision with the devilishly fun "One LFO," an unremitting acid jam shot through with crafty drum programming and enough robotic lubricant to get the rustiest joints greased up and moving. Fellow Detroit champs Luke Hess and Delano Smith shore up on the flip with classy remixes, Hess waving his dubby strains over the original in inimitable form and Smith taking things deep, smooth and just a little spooky.
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Cat: DRUMMA 020. Rel: 04 Jun 19
  1. The Mirror Of Spirit (10:10)
  2. 909 (10:19)
Review: Rominimal veteran Barac Nicolae returns, and this time on Felipe Venegas' esteemed imprint Drumma with a pair of tight, infectious minimal tech house productions. The rolling and hypnotic main room grooves that he's built his reputation on can be heard loud and clear on the powerful "The Mirror Of Spirit", while the flipside houses a deeper, after-hours vibe via "909". Despite its name, the beats produced by the trusty Roland drum machine aren't the main attraction. We think "303" might be more well suited for this acid entrancer!
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Intérprete: Dudley Strangeways
 in stock $12.97
Cat: NGY 03. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Jaxx Freaxx (Fumiya Tanaka My Jaxx remix) (10:55)
  2. Jaxx Freaxx (Zweizig remix) (8:21)
Review: Brawther returns to one of the stand out tracks from last year's "Transient States" LP and hands it over to a couple of more-than-capable remixers. "Jaxx Freaxx" becomes an irresistibly funky bumper in the hands of Fumiya Tanaka, whose "My Jaxx" version sounds like it would be right at home in the midst of a lengthy Panorama Bar session. Zweizig follows up on his recent "Rhythm Tension" 12" for Negentropy with a sublime, subtle twist on "Jaxx Freaxx" that matches swinging micro house with dubby FX ripples that sound like they were deployed with the after party in mind.
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2000 (limited gatefold clear vinyl double 12")
Cat: SUSH 44. Rel: 27 May 19
  1. Night Train (7:48)
  2. In The Club (6:32)
  3. Waldeck (5:46)
  4. Iratamoto (version) (6:46)
  5. Give Me A Lift (6:31)
  6. Orainge (5:00)
  7. Raucher (6:23)
  8. Fur Danilo (5:07)
Review: Benjamin Brunn and Dave Wheels are old studio buddies, having worked together on and off since 2006. "2000", though, is their most ambitious joint project yet: a collaborative album for Sushitech that offers up breezy, melodious and cheery fusions of heady dub techno, gentle electronica, chugging sofa-friendly haziness and glitchy late night hypnotism. It's an interesting blend but one that certainly hits the spot. Highlights include the horizontal pulse of "Orainge", the wonderfully hypnotic after-hours throb of "Iratamoto (Version)", the bold and sun-kissed undulations of "In The Club" and the pie-eyed warmth of "Waldeck".
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Spaceship (12")
Cat: CAB 56. Rel: 04 Jun 19
  1. Spaceship (7:20)
  2. Quotes (10:33)
Review: Ever reliable Berlin duo Cab Drivers are back on Cabinet with more boompty minimal house business you've come to expect from the legendary duo. Powered by analogue soul throughout, Daniel Paul and ZKY go deep into the night with the emotive, bass-driven title track before getting freakier and darker on the flip with "Quotes". Well suited for the after-hours, this 12" is packed full of vintage drum machine flair and intoxicating electronics.
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Alina EP (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IMO 012. Rel: 24 Jun 19
  1. Alina (8:11)
  2. Alina (part II) (7:04)
Review: Few are held in as higher esteem or instill as much admiration as the Italian deep house legend, Don Carlos. Imogen Recordings continue their stellar release form, locking down the maestro for a blissful two tracker that gives just as much energy, awe and emotion as his early '90s output. 'Alina' is eyes closed business right from the off. Waves of atmospheric synth strings and hazy chords roll in, as blissful pads sway with filtered drum loops. First come the dusky piano twinkles, then the trademark Don Carlos analogue bass tones, proving as prominent as ever behind melt-in-the-mouth sax grooves. Every turn and tweak conjures up memories of carefree elation - its ecstasy inducing dance music without the need for artificial enhancements. Part II is a variation on this masterpiece, progressing through the intro in a speedier fashion for those that need an express ticket to that peak time power. Shakers, claps and congas are brighter in the mix whilst the addition of a springing synth arp, fluctuations to the bassline and a re-sleazed sax line give just enough diversity to make it distinctive. It's hardier than Part I, but with every bit as much finesse and feeling. This is the real deal - no nonsense house music from a heart and head that have seen it all. Alone on a Mediterraneo beach or surround by a packed dancefloor, Alina is one to get lost in from start to finish and a solid statement that Don Carlos certainly still has 'it'.
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Cat: VARME 002. Rel: 21 May 19
  1. N Siimu (8:16)
  2. N Siimu (Christian Jay remix) (6:24)
  3. III (8:48)
  4. FTO (5:43)
Review: Varme continues its musical exploration, with the purpose of releasing and promoting under the radar artists, carefully selected by its founder Paul Popa. Second release is by Crump, a rising producer from UK, who provided 3 tracks with a minimalistic touch + a breaksy remix by long-time friend Christian Jay.
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  1. Djebali & Stephan Bazbaz - "J'Adore" (7:12)
  2. Boris Werner - "Omar Coming" (6:04)
  3. Politics Of Dancing - "Peace" (6:43)
  4. Rowlanz - "I Remember My Dream" (7:11)
Review: Politics Of Dancing celebrate five years of pristine deep and minimal house with this first installment in a series of various artist releases. Djebali and Stephan Bazbaz are in the mood for squelchy chords and undulating basslines on "J'Adore", while Boris Werner keeps things sleek and funky on the craftily executed "Omar Coming". Politics Of Dancing themselves kick off the B side with the gorgeous "Peace", and Rowlanz locks into a sharp and sassy minimal workout with lashings of jazzy goodness bedded into the groove. It's a package delivered with the high standards of dancefloor functionality and musical personality we've come to expect from the always-on-point Parisian label.
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Needs 006 (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: NNFP 006. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Eris Drew - "See You In Snow" (6:15)
  2. Edward - "Mind Loop" (6:16)
  3. D.Tiffany - "Sun Trip" (7:54)
  4. Henry Hyde - "Every Day's A Good Day For A Swim" (6:18)
Review: The ever-charitable Needs project continues apace with another stunning cast of characters offering up their dancefloor creations to help a good cause - the environmentally-focused Cool Earth NGO. On this 12", Eris Drew delivers the uplifting breakbeat celebration of "See You In Snow", while Edward takes things deeper with the tripped out minimal house groove of "Mind Loop". D. Tiffany brings a particularly crafty approach to her own drum funk science on "Sun Trip" and Henry Hyde cools things down with the mellow, new age 2 step stylings of "Every Day's A Good Day For A Swim."
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EEE 006 (hand-stamped 1-sided heavwyeight vinyl 12")
EEE
Cat: EEE 006. Rel: 01 May 19
  1. Track 1 (6:38)
Review: More from single-sided specialists EEE, a shadowy crew that specializes in sneaky contemporary club reworks of well-known tracks (many of which are, in their original form, about as dancefloor focused as your average miserable indie band or veteran cabaret crooner). What's on offer this time round is a heavily electronic tech-house groove - all Romanian style beats and bubbling, mind-altering synth notes - onto which is laid cut-up snippets from a famous old blues cut that's previously been sampled on a club cut to great effect. While the vocal does sit slightly awkwardly at times, there's no denying the heaviness or effectiveness of EEE's track. In other words, it's another winner from tech-house's most shadowy crew.
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Intérprete: Ursula 1000
 in stock $11.38
Default: Various Artists (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: DFLT 001. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Exander - "Confuso" (8:51)
  2. Rojid - "Susano" (10:24)
  3. Imbue - "Twotwentyeight" (7:40)
Review: The Default project graduates from event series to record label with a strong first installment that features a host of talented producers operating in the field of minimal and tech house. Exander leads the charge with the intricate, bubbling mechanics of "Confuso" before Rojid steps up with the wriggling percussive programming and processed vocal treatments of "Susano". Imbue stretches out over the B-side with the more melodic, subtly psychedelic sounds of "Twotwentyeight", which takes on an organic quality as it simmers away over a steady beat. The sharp focus on proper minimal techno here should appeal to all those craving fresh sounds from rising talents within the scene.
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Fun Fort (12")
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 239. Rel: 13 May 19
  1. Fun Fort (7:09)
  2. In Your Wardrobe (part 2) (8:15)
Review: For its 15th year anniversary, Mule Musiq will release twelve 12" by close artists, with collectable artwork by Stefan Marx. The seventh edition presented here is by the label's 'hero' Roman Flugel, who presents his debut single for the label. Quite possibly named after the legendary producer's hometown, "Fun Fort" sees the man from Frankfurt deliver two emotive and hypnotic journeys on this two tracker: the title track on the A side transmits some seriously good vibes with its bouncy bassline and catchy blips and bleeps, plus an infectious shuffle throughout. On the flip, he goes further down the spiral on the moody dub techno excursion of "In Your Wardrobe (Part 2)" where long, drawn out dub chords lurk beneath some dusty late night jazz bar sounds.
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INSTINCT 06 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: INSTINCT 06. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. Overthrow (7:10)
  2. Phased (6:13)
  3. Free Life (5:32)
Review: UK tech house hero Burnski has been serving up some serious heat of late under the Instinct alias, channelling that old school UK vibe of drum & bass, speed garage and 2-step. His exploration into these styles bring about this sixth instalment of his eponymous series with 3 cuts set to cause havoc on dancefloors this year. A side cut "Overthrow" rides on a slick tech house groove before moving into a swing-fuelled rhythm and razor-sharp sub-bass and it's business as usual. On the flip, shadowy stepper "Phased" fuses Artful Dodger's classic swagger with the dark sci-fi aesthetic of Ed Rush & Optical. Finally, put your lighters up for the furious junglist roller that is "Free Life".
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Italojohnson 12 (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: ITJ 12. Rel: 04 Jun 19
  1. Track 1 (7:43)
  2. Track 2 (5:44)
  3. Track 3 (4:51)
Review: Simple Body Sould Music Since 2010. That's all.
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Bosh! (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CB 008. Rel: 24 Jun 19
  1. Bosh! (6:38)
  2. Pol (7:43)
  3. Hallucinate (9:10)
Review: Constant Black regular Michael James back with a killer 3 track EP.




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Intérprete: Burnski, Matpri
 in stock $9.00
Cat: MELD 001. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Preservation (7:12)
  2. Greasy Spoon (6:14)
  3. Reddy (5:52)
  4. OJT (7:12)
Review: British-born producer/DJ Christian 'Jay' Newman who now resides in techno mecca Berlin inaugurates his new Meld imprint (which he runs with some friends) with a four tracker that rides on the new wave of ex-minimal, retro-influenced techno/house. With a decent portfolio of releases for Idle Hands, Butter Side Up and NorthSouth, Newman is in great form here on the "Preservation EP". Whether it's the hyperware bleepy bounce of the title track, lo-slung UK breaks on "Greasy Spoon" or hypnotic afterhours tackle by closer "OJT", we foresee big things from this fledgling label. Fans of Time Passages, Pager or Limousine Dream will love this.
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Intérprete: Sam Bangura
 in stock $12.70
Remix Tales (12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: SVT 246EP. Rel: 08 May 19
  1. Howling - "Stole The Night" (Oliver Koletzki remix 2017) (7:23)
  2. Giorgia Angiuli - "Nothing To Lose" (Oliver Koletzki remix 2019) (6:50)
  3. Sam Shure - "Nandoo" (Oliver Koletzki remix 2018) (7:23)
  4. Oliver Koletzki & Niko Schwind - "Camps Bay" (Oliver Koletzki remix 2019) (7:24)
Review: Since releasing his debut single way back on 2005, Stil vor Talent founder Oliver Koletzki has become a prolific remixer. Here he gathers together some of his favourite revisions on one handy, DJ-friendly 12". Intriguingly, some of the standout moments are a little breezier, deeper or more melodious than you'd perhaps expect - see the bongo-driven bliss of the Koletzki & Schwind "Camps Bay" fix-up - but even this picturesque excursion is still 100% dancefloor-ready. We are also loving the moody, big-room ready mix of Howling's "Stole The Night", a jaunty dub-house take on Channel X's "Snug Descent" and the exotic and tribal remix of Sam Shure's "Nandoo".
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Dark Moon EP (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: MEANDER 027. Rel: 22 May 19
  1. Dark Moon (6:44)
  2. The Ninth Cloud (7:30)
  3. Solaris (7:29)
  4. Scarlet Heaven (7:21)
Review: Dewalta has been doing a fine job of curating his respected Meander imprint of late, with some stunning releases by the brightest stars in the minimal techno scene at present. Following up some quality EPs by newcomers like Sublee and Alci, we've got a stunning release by Italian virtuoso Christopher Ledger - who has carved his own distinct sonic path over the last few years with releases on Brouqade, Animae and Ada Kaleh. "Dark Moon EP" consolidates many of his sonic aesthetics on this 4-tracker: the moody and intoxicating title track with its UKG influence, to the straight up hypnotic tech house of "The Ninth Cloud" (which will mix in perfectly with most of the label's back catalogue), closing with the emotive breakbeat IDM of "Scarlet Heaven" which calls to mind a similar vibe as explored on his recent 'MPC Sketches' EP.
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Dusty Pink (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: LHR 20. Rel: 03 Jun 19
  1. Running (5:44)
  2. Dusty Pink (6:44)
  3. Fixate (6:06)
  4. Lara's Dub (6:33)
Review: Lauren Lo Sung's star continues to rise as the talented minimal house producer and DJ partners up with the mighty Lazare Hoche. This four track EP is packed with bombs, from the shimmering, metallic deep house finery of "Running" to the cheeky acid wriggle of "Dusty Pink". Things take a darker, deeper turn on the fierce "Fixate," and then lift into fluttering after hours tones for the sublime and ever so slightly trippy "Lara's Dub". Now firmly entrenched in the cut and thrust of the European minimal house scene, Lo Sung's talents spill out in abundance on this assured pack of highly workable and versatile floor filling 4/4 burners.
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Raw Joints #6.2 (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: SLPFNK 021. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Lopaski - "Relapse" (6:53)
  2. Pascal Benjamin - "Mutual" (7:07)
  3. JAMM - "Borneo Beats" (5:15)
  4. SE62 - "Fear" (5:17)
Review: The always on-point SlapFunk continues its sixth round of Raw Joints with another four razor sharp jams from a gifted contingent of contemporary producers. Lopaski actually delivers something with the delicacy of Jan Jelinek's finest early micro house productions, but strapped to a more pronounced rhythmic undercarriage. Pascal Benjamin gets into a quintessential minimal house groove that sounds right at home on SlapFunk, while JAMM brings a tougher set of beats to the table. SE62 rounds things off with the loose and limber shuffle of "Fear", which doffs a cap to garage while keeping things dark and deadly.
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Pride EP (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: MDAL-02. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Pride 2019 (7:47)
  2. Pride 1996 (4:51)
  3. Choose To Live (7:21)
  4. Running Away From Home (5:20)
Review: MDA Analog's scant discography points to just a few essential items from the mid 90s and one 12" in 2004, but those records made enough impact to now be highly sought after. Having returned earlier this year with the welcome reissue of "Shine", now they're turning their attention to "Pride", another 1996 jam that originally appeared on Nova Zembla. "Pride 2019" does a fine job of updating the original into a slower, funkier house framework, while the original "Pride 1996" has a pleasing rowdiness to offset the melodious harmony of the synth work. "Choose To Live" is a new production that applies a full-fat frequency range, from powerful basslines to swirling chords up top, while "Running Away From Home" creates a heady brew of hi-tech soul for astral travelers.
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Nostalgia (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: AE 08LTD. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Nostalgia (5:23)
  2. Rydgad (7:14)
  3. Morph (7:01)
  4. Flod (6:51)
Review: AE Recordings turns its attention to Oculus, who they describe as a "titan of the Icelandic techno scene", famed for his live sets that have kept bodies moving for the past decade. He commits some of his sounds to wax here, maintaining the otherworldly emotional lilt that often comes from the scene orbiting AE and Thule Records, but with a bolder sound palette than some of the icy dubbed out artists he rubs shoulders with. "Nostalgia" deals in powerful, swooning chord progressions, while "Rydgad" pings a set of metallic percussion around a sturdy but crooked low end groove. "Morph" takes things deeper, while "Flod" offers up a classy take on the minimal techno aesthetic, with added sound design trysts for good measure.
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Erryday EP (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: PAWZ 014. Rel: 08 May 19
  1. Erryday (4:56)
  2. Erryday (dub) (4:52)
Review: London-based Pawsa's hairstyle may be reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat, but he has a signature sound: inventive tech house with an old school vibe that is decisively made for the dancefloor. That's exactly the order of the day on his eponymous imprint's 14th edition. Main track "Erryday" is a bangin' and surefire groove that's made to play. A side houses the original version that rolls tough on the bassline, supported by a gritty classic house shuffle. There's a handy and functional dub version on the flip, too, which omits the dramatic vocal monologue in the middle and gets straight down to business.
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All I Got In Me EP (double 12" reeditado)
Cat: CCRT 03PM04. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. BH2 (7:22)
  2. All I Got In Me (7:20)
  3. Reverse Cowboy (7:16)
  4. Live Concrete (7:21)
  5. Untitled (12:34)
  6. Live Love (7:47)
  7. St Ouen Connexion - Masile (7:16)
Review: Fresh from the success of two top notch EPs on iile, Leo Pol unveils his most ambitious release to date. All I Got In Me is something of a beast, with seven tracks stretched across two slabs of wax. It's a rather pleasingly varied affair, all told, with the experienced producer flitting between Detroit style techno futurism ("BH2"), warm, chunky and occasionally tough deep house ("All I Got In Me", "Live Concrete"), spacey beatbox electro ("Live Love") and the kind of tech-house cuts that look to both the Motor City and Chicago for inspiration. As a bonus, he's also included a collaborative cut under the St Ouen Connection moniker, the deep and hazy, techno-tempo positivity of "Masile".
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Rattlesnake (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: PETS 105. Rel: 19 Jun 19
  1. Rattlesnake (6:18)
  2. Rattlesnake (Magda Blotter Traxion remix) (6:25)
  3. Rattlesnake (Vyvyan remix) (6:56)
Review: While their obscure disco and Balearic re-edits tend towards the warm and groovy, Psychemagik's original productions have been getting increasingly tough and druggy in tone. "Rattlesnake", a hypnotic chunk of club-ready psychedelic disco rich in wonky electronics, trippy riffs, mind-altering bass and locked-in drums, may well be their most intoxicating and hallucinatory track to date. The duo's out-there original mix is made even weirder - and arguably more alluring - by Magda on her "Blotter Traxion Remix", which sounds like a tripping hippie trying to simultaneously mix electro, tech-house and techno. Vyvyan provides the other rework, wrapping doom-laden electronics and fizzing acid lines around crispy disco drums.
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Esperanza EP (yellow vinyl 12")
Cat: MM 003. Rel: 29 May 19
  1. Initiated (7:55)
  2. Esperanza (7:15)
  3. Esperanza (Seb Zito mix) (7:01)
  4. Esperanza (Brandub 'Space' remix) (7:48)
Review: Leeds veteran Paul Raymono continues with his winning streak of releases with this new thriller on Darius Syrossian's Moxy Muzik. It's all tough rolling tech house for the main room on this four track banger focused on the tripped-out hypnotic bounce of "Initiated" and rolling afterhours groove business of "Esperanza" with its rather familiar vocal house refrain. The latter receives a killer rework by the FUSE London affiliated Seb Zito on the flip, followed by the "Brandub 'Space' Remix" which gets down to business in minimal and bumping fashion.

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Why 2K (reissue) (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: PATH 001. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. The Path (6:24)
  2. The Path (remix) (6:17)
  3. 319 (6:51)
  4. Give Me Insanity (5:30)
Review: New York techno mainstay Reade Truth has skirted around widespread recognition with a long-standing commitment to underground techno approaches recognised by those that know as some of the best in the business. This release sees him dust down the first release on his label Path, 20 years after it originally did the business. It's high time tracks like "The Path" that get a fresh airing - the dynamic, detailed approach to drum programming and warm acid undulations sound as relevant now as they did back then. "319" is a more reflective jam that heads into emotive, moody territory that highlights the breadth in Truth's sound, before "Give Me Insanity" round things up by taking it super-deep thanks to expansive pad sweeps and shimmering hats aplenty.
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Vortex (12")
Cat: KOMPAKT 403. Rel: 11 Jun 19
  1. Vortex (7:37)
  2. Elektromekanik (6:42)
Review: Times have changed since Jake Williams first donned the Rex The Dog alias for Kompakt in 2004, but his ability to deliver ear-pleasing, synth-heavy dancefloor cuts has never faltered. "Vortex", the lead cut from the producer's first EP on 2019, is a particular potent example of his art, with Williams building and releasing tension via sparse, spacey lead lines, new wave style synth chords, matter-or-fact techno beats, trance-inducing motifs and some suitably mind-altering breakdowns. It's arguably his strongest club cut for years and certainly the most alluring. Over on side B, "Elektromekanik" sees Williams brilliantly alternate between moments of loved-up, rush-inducing dreaminess and thrillingly angular, hard-wired modular electronics.
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Intérprete: Local Suicide
 in stock $11.12
The Four Slip EP (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: FUSE 036. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. E3 (7:56)
  2. Bubbles (7:10)
Review: London's FUSE returns with more expertly curated tech house by two of the scene's major players: label staple Rich NxT and Eastenderz honcho East End Dubs. A side houses the tripped-out, tough rolling bounce of "E3" with its squelchy stabs, booming sub bass and swing-fuelled rhythms while on the flip, a fierce banger in the form of "Bubbles" which will no doubt get the crowd moving with its heady 303 acid, airy chords and locked-in drums. Note: drop at 7AM for maximum impact.
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Ritual Signal EP (heavyweight vinyl double 12")
Cat: AMP 017. Rel: 07 May 19
  1. More Than Tomorrow
  2. Today
  3. Water Me
  4. Who New
  5. Rise (7:58)
  6. May Day (7:30)
  7. Surface (7:59)
  8. Decay (6:18)
Review: Very few labels within Romania's storied techno scene can match the wonderful curation of Vlad Caia & Cristi Cons' Amphia Records. The Bucharest-based imprint now presents a full length by NYC-based sonic sorcerer Kamran Sadeghi - considered by many to have one of the most singular takes on the minimal techno sound at present. His most bold and stylistic expressions await you on Ritual Signal and highlights are aplenty: from the ethereal alien transmissions of "More Than Tomorrow", exotic creatures of the deep ("Today"), afterhours reductionism ("Who New") to more leftfield groove expressions, best exemplified by the majestic micro-funk of "May Day" and the splintered/echo-laden hypnotism of EP closer "Decay".
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Cat: QRK 001. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Inaflow (6:13)
  2. Acid Cave (5:33)
  3. Jungle Japes (Monkey mix) (6:14)
  4. Dig It (6:02)
Review: Earlier in the decade, Alexander Skancke released a swathe of admired singles on NeoStrictly, Eskimo Recordings and Shadow Hide You, before promptly vanishing from view. "Jungle Japes" sees the Norwegian return to action after three long years via a heavy and mind altering four-tracker that we believe to be his strongest work to date. For proof, check the mangled, bowel-bothering two-step garage/minimal house fusion of "Dig It", and the lolloping "bassline" swing of "Inaflow", where Eastern European tech-house electronics bubble away above a suitably rugged and sub-heavy groove. Elsewhere, "Acid Cave" is a bounding chunk of out-there tech-house retro-futurism, while "Jungle Japes (Monkey Mix)" is a bounce-along slab of high-grade dancefloor silliness.
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Cat: MP 01. Rel: 12 Jun 19
  1. Still About You (7:05)
  2. Rokit (6:54)
  3. Moving Spaces (7:34)
  4. Miurshinis (6:25)
Review: After brief dalliances with Metereze, Meander and Serialism, Stefan Nicu aka Sublee brings his idiosyncratic, sublime and ethereal tones to inaugurate new Sao Paulo / Berlin / London-based imprint Moving People with the Moving Spaces EP. Quite possibly the most in-demand producer to have emerged from Bucharest's blossoming but elusive music scene recently, Nicu delivers the four-tracker in confident fashion beginning with the sublime yet tough rolling tech-funk of "Still About You", "Rokit" and the title track before going in deep with the hypnotic and evocative breakbeat action of "Miurshinis".
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  1. We Would Like To Do Song For The Step (9:26)
  2. In A Memorable 2018 (7:00)
  3. Don't Stuporous (7:35)
Review: Japanese techno legend Fumiya Tanaka returns to his own Sundance imprint with a brand new 12" with a customary strange and cryptic title. While information is scarce on the theme behind "We Would Like To Do Song For The Step", we can happily report that the Berlin-based artist's penchant for deep, hypnotic minimal house is on full force across the EP. We can easily imagine the dusty and understated title track being played on a Sunday afternoon at Hoppetosse, along with "In A Memorable 2018" where ethereal samples sit atop a groovy percussion layer. If you're longing for some old Tanaka material, the bass-driven and rolling minimal funk of "Don't Stuporous" calls to mind some of the quality grooves found on his acclaimed "Beautiful Days" series a couple of years back.
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System Error (12" reeditado)
Cat: NTQ 001. Rel: 04 Jun 19
  1. System Error (6:59)
  2. Straight Ahead Then Take The Next Wrong (6:59)
Review: 21 years have passed since Silverlining (aka Asad Rizvi) and Nathan Coles first joined forces as Two Right Wrongans and released "The Not Quite Right EP", a brilliant three-track collection of pioneering tech-house treats. That 12" has long been tricky to find - unless, of course, you're willing to fork out rather a lot to purchase an original copy online - so it's great to see the EP's two standout tracks getting the reissue treatment. A-side "System Error" is particularly potent, with fizzing sci-fi electronics and gently pulsing chords rising above a techno-tempo, house style rhythm track. "Straight Ahead Then Take The Next Wrong" is more hypnotic in tone, sounding like a blueprint for today's glitchy, bass-heavy tech-house tracks.
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Contempo EP (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CONTEMPORAN 002. Rel: 17 Jun 19
  1. Fixfue (7:03)
  2. Sonara (7:19)
  3. Retras (7:02)
  4. S-ude CV (8:38)
Review: One of the most singular artists in the Romanian minimal scene, Chiriches Vincentiu Iulian returns with more of his idiosyncratic grooves for new imprint Contemporan following up a great inaugural release by Sublee. "Contempo EP" delivers four diverse yet functional grooves that are aimed squarely at the dance floor, both at peak time and also those creepy dark after-hours moments. Highlights are plentiful throughout; check the smooth and dubby deepness of opener "Fixfue", trippy bass-driven funk of "Sonara" and reduced alien transmissions of "S-ude CV".
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Intérprete: Vincentiulian
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NSR 005 (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: NSR 005. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Voigtmann - "Separation Attitude" (6:40)
  2. The PGA - "Deep In The Bunker" (Dogleg Detour mix) (6:31)
  3. Chris Geschwindner - "Dale's Lullaby" (6:10)
  4. Henry Hyde - "Hello Spcshp" (5:49)
Review: The fifth NorthSouth release plunges once again into the melting pot of producers seeking new variations on the house and techno format, leading in with London minimal champ Voigtmann. His "Separation Attitude" takes on the kind of wild, expressive machine funk you'd expect from Spacetravel, cosmic and pumping in equal measure. The "Dogleg Detour" mix of The PGA's "Deep In The Bunker" makes powerful use of a spacious mix to let the bassline strut its stuff, while Chris Geschwindner's crafty 2-step construction on "Dale's Lullaby" should appeal to all those digging garage beats matched with techno atmospherics. Henry Hyde's "Hello Spcshp" takes a distinctive approach to acid electro that should find favour with body popping freaks who like their jams playful and a little off kilter.
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Lavender EP (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: BEEY 003. Rel: 20 May 19
  1. Xhz - "Jazz 2 Jazz" (10:57)
  2. Jake Flory - "14th Groove" (8:28)
  3. Jake Flory - "Distress" (7:55)
Review: The Beeyou label strikes ahead with its third release, continuing to champion warm, musical deep house from a range of emergent producers. XHZ makes a debut appearance here with the epic "Jazz 2 Jazz", which progresses through a woozy nocturnal mood to wind up in an effervescent, Rhodes-soaked finale. Jake Flory keeps things simmering on the tracky but engaging "14th Groove", before following up with the effortlessly cool chord drops of "Distress". With melodious invention at its heart and the needs of the dancefloor well catered for, the Beeyou crew have delivered another essential package for discerning spinners.
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Intérprete: Laidlaw
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Mayday EP (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: CABARET 019. Rel: 07 May 19
  1. Freq From D (7:11)
  2. Winter Nights (6:49)
  3. Mayday (7:28)
Review: Fernando Zapico may have released music on countless imprints over the last 14 years, but he's still keen on notching up more label debuts. The "Mayday EP" marks another, as the Uruguayan brings his distinctive brand of late night electronics to CABARET Recordings for the very first time. He hits the ground running with "Freq From D", a foreboding electro stepper blessed with rich Motor City electronics and turn of the '90s style bleeps. "Winter Nights" sees him built energy and urgency around a groove rich in jazzy analogue bass and rolling, loose-limbed house beats, while flipside "Mayday" wraps ghostly chiming melodies and fizzing electronic noises around a snappy techno groove.
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Álbumes
Cat: REDUCTIVE 01. Rel: 30 May 19
  1. Signe Furax (5:40)
  2. All About (6:26)
  3. 3rd Nuke (5:41)
  4. Forget Me Not (6:20)
  5. Lies Inc (5:44)
  6. The Doubtful Guest (6:05)
  7. Information Society (7:14)
  8. Squall (4:44)
Review: Whether this is merely a double-EP or an album is a moot point, because either way it's Sequalog co-boss Etienne's most expansive release to date. It's every bit as alluring as his much-discussed EPs on Traffic, Art Of Dark (a split effort with Evan Baggs) and Undersound Recordings. Check, for example, the foreboding tech-house funk of "3rd Nuke", the mid '90s Orbital style dancefloor melodiousness of "Forget Me Not", the bleep-laden electro crackle of "All About", the analogue-heavy bounce of "Lies Inc" and the "peak time in a dark warehouse" flex of stab-happy stomper "The Doubtful Guest". Arguably best of all, though, is creepy dancefloor destroyer "Information Society", which sees Etienne wrap clandestine minor key melodies around a booming, "LFO" style bassline.
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