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Techno Recommendations June 2014

Juno Recommends Techno

Juno Recommends Techno

Techno Recommendations June 2014
3 Jun 2014
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Cat: INF 012. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Odeon
  2. Rhyl
Review: Old flatmates Function and Ed Davenport (aka Inland) team up to deliver a two-track 12" of synthy techno that sounds like what Klaus Schultz and Kraftwerk might be making today if they were contemporary techno artists collaborating. You can really feel that Function is exploring his kosmische side of tonal and synth production on this release, while it's easy to assume that Inland, recently a proponent of dubby rhythm tracks, helps provide both pieces with a solid backbone, flecked with Function's trademark percussive sequences. Beginnings of a new project? We can only hope.
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out of stock $10.23
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Cat: DKMNTL 017. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Space Between Curtains
  2. It's A Choice
  3. Space Colors Ideas
  4. Maidens Response
  5. Sorcery
  6. Keep The Design
  7. Amp Me Up
  8. Brass Chest Plate
  9. Archer's Ceremony
Review: Yes! Finally the debut album from Joey Anderson arrives on wax after what seems like forever (if you'll excuse the pun). The vinyl edition of After Forever pulls together nine all new productions from the understated New Jersey-based producer (digital includes two cuts from his 2013 Dekmantel bow) and demonstrates Anderson's dedication to beat his own path, with plenty of mind bending moments to contend with. Highlights come thick and fast, "Space Colors Ideas" is a wondrous cascade of scatty bass synth and celestial sweeps, whilst the suitably named "Sorcery" melds together palpitating, subliminal kicks, a light dusting of hats, some loping Rhodes and complimentary synth notes. After Forever is destined to remain in the record boxes of the more considered selectors for years to come.
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out of stock $23.95
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Cat: M&Q 002. Rel: 05 May 14
Techno
  1. Hammock With A View
  2. Pacific Touch
  3. Starfish Thong Movement
  4. Escape
  5. Car Chase 303
  6. Rolling Bones
  7. The Last Corridor
Review: There's something thrilling about the ludicrously limited nature of this debut album from sometime Mathematics, Live at Robert Johnson and Let's Play House producer San Laurentino. For some unfathomable reason, it's limited to just 180 copies - a ridiculously low amount given its' obvious quality. Laurentino specializes in creating rich, warm and picturesque tracks full of ear catching melodies, simple rhythmic arrangements and heady new age instrumentation. Throw in distinctive analogue grooves, near Balearic atmospherics and occasional deep acid explorations (see the excellent "Car Chase 303") and you have an impressive album that should appeal just as much to electronica loving home listeners as open-minded DJs. That's assuming they can secure a copy, of course.
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out of stock $18.83
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Cat: SA 023. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Il Canto Della Maga
  2. Il Canto Della Maga (part 2)
  3. Terzo Giorno
  4. Sotto Ma Sotto
Review: To the casual observer it might seem like we are approaching 'Donatoverload' with numerous Dozzy related projects released recently. Look a bit closer though, and it's either been reissues (like the Aquaplano Sessions) collaborations with Tin Man and Neel or extensive remix packages like Plays Bee Mask. There has been little actual solo Dozzy material since a 2011 release for the Acid Test series, so this release for Lucy's Stroboscopic Artefacts label is most welcome! Translating roughly as "Third Day", the four track Terzo Giorno 12" is typical Dozzy with a fine sense of textural dexterity evident on "Il Canto Della Maga (part 2)" and the title track. The addition of Dozzy makes perfect sense for Stroboscopic Artefacts within the context of their recent releases from Lakker, Rrose and Chevel which have provided the label with a renewed juncture to the dancefloor.
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out of stock $9.67
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Cat: LIVITY 012. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Pev & Kowton - "Raw Code" (Surgeon remix)
  2. Asusu - "Sister" (Nick Hoppner remix)
Review: It's a mark of the respect the Livity Sound crew are held in by their peers that the ongoing series of remixes hasn't resulted in a duff one since the series was inaugurated by MMM and Hessle Audio's Pangaea back in late February. This fourth edition really slams home how flossy Pev, Asusu and Kowton's collective contact lists is with highly respected figures of the electronic music spectrum in Surgeon and Nick Hoppner contributing. In remixing the immediately recognisable "Raw Code", Surgeon has been handed perhaps the most difficult task of the series so far, and the UK techno legend has opted to leave little of the original production intact. Meanwhile, the accompanying rework of Asusu's early Livity Sound release "Sister" from Nick Hoppner is a less drastic revision, with Panorama Bar resident Hoppner a wise choice to tease out some of the more ambient elements of the Detroit techno-influenced production.
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out of stock $8.34
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Cat: SECT 19. Rel: 26 May 14
Techno
  1. Bazzar
  2. Heavy Thinker
  3. Power
  4. Rise
Review: The Heavy Thinker EP finds the legend that is DJ Skull back on SECT to regale our ears and limbs with further precious techno and house gems! "Bazzar" hits the spot with beautifully harmonious synths and a techno funk guitar lick that will keep you dancing forever. "Heavy Thinker" is a delirious peak time dance floor killer, working organic drum programming against techno siren and ominous kalimba hook. "Power" is all about the old school Detroit strings and tones, setting a steady pace to keep the momentum going into the small hours. Finally, "Rise" has those unmistakable Chicago house values emerging once more, as keys and strings lift the spirits to elevate mind and body.
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 in stock $4.30
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Cat: HFP 003. Rel: 12 May 14
Techno
  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
Review: Those looking for concrete information about the music they're listening to should probably steer clear of Tabernacle Records' offshoot Head Front Panel. They've yet to announce the identity of any of the producers behind the series blend of slowed-down futurism, discordant electronics and feverish techno. This third installment in the series is similarly mysterious in origin, and once again features a range of intriguing cuts. Opener "Track 1" sounds like an explosion in a "Speak & Spell" factory - a veritable whirlwind of discordant beeps and throbbing techno rhythms - while "Track 2" offers a smoother and more hypnotic variation on a similar theme. Best of all, though, is the jaunty, late night bounce of slow techno excursion "Track 3".
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out of stock $11.30
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Cat: NE 10. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Under This Wasted Sky
  2. Path Inwards
  3. Red Uprise
  4. No Borders
  5. Moral Blinds
  6. Afar Depression
  7. No God
  8. Nothing Existed
  9. Unanimity
Review: First emerging on his own self-titled label back in 2011, Abdulla Rashim has cultivated a brand of extended, atmospheric techno that explores African and Arab motifs under a cloak of intended anonymity. Respected hubs like Prologue, Semantica and Studio Barnhus have all issued work from Rashim in one form or another and he's also developed a fine curatorial streak as the head of the Northern Electronics label. It's through this outlet that the Swedish producer issues his debut album Unanimity, with the nine-tracks exactly the kind of immersive experience one would expect, poised somewhere between the psychedelia of Dozzy and the slightly foreboding sound design that punctuated Silent Servant's excellent 2012 LP.
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out of stock $16.69
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Cat: TMBR 003. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Hinode - "Escape"
  2. Eduardo De La Calle - "Celestial Highways"
  3. 333 - "Time"
  4. 333 - "Time" (Marco Shuttle Journey remix)
Review: The same week Hinode releases the second edition of Science Fiction Recordings the emerging production unit also turns up on The Monkey Bar for a second time following the label's debut 12" with Patrice Scott last year. Subtle percussion that's hidden in a windy ambience of muddy atmospheres make Hinode's "Escape" sounds very much like a DJ Spider production, while EDC injects lights, colour and action into his synths for something that's more vibrant than his usual forays in techno. The highlight of this EP is the Marco Shuttle remix who turns 333's "Time" from a cruisy synth-lead house track into a lonesome, almost sinister techno production.
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out of stock $8.60
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Cat: HTH 021. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Depicta
  2. Acephale II
Review: Depicta/Acephale II marks Call Super's third appearance on Houndstooth, and it contains what is easily some of the Berlin-based producer's fiercest tracks to date. "Depicta" features the kind of hefty 4/4 kick drums that would make Jeff Mills jealous, combining them with otherworldly pads which seem to blend into one another like ink being added to water; "Acephale II" takes a similar approach but is joined percussion that sounds like a stream of pure data travelling down a knackered copper wire. Another record to add to Call Super's flawless run of form.
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out of stock $8.89
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  1. NC 17
  2. Last Rites
  3. Side Sirena
Review: Ahead of his forthcoming full L.I.E.S. debut the enigmatic Person of Interest makes himself known on the equally shadowy Russian Torrent Versions label. Brandishing a sound somewhere between industrial techno, ghetto house and acid, Person of Interest makes for a logical addition to a label which has already seen contributions from Vereker, Beau Wanzer and Greg Beato. "NC-17" sees the producer at his hardest appropriately enough, combining a relentless kick drum and hi-hat assault and tweaked out synths to create what sounds like a lo-fi Jeff Mills track, while "Last Rites" takes things down a wormhole of rubbery acid and disembodied vocals. "Side Sirena" is the real gem though, a heaving chunk of raw techno that nevertheless shimmers with some surprisingly palatable synth flute.
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out of stock $8.34
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Cat: KM 035. Rel: 26 May 14
Techno
  1. Machines Drifting Away
  2. To Find A Way Home
Review: Whilst not quite appearing at the same dizzying rate of last year, it's still quite difficult to keep a hold on all the material that surfaces with the discernible sonic stamp of veteran Scandinavian scamps Frak. Aside from their own Borft Records, Kontra Music has been a steady outlet for Frak material for the past two years and Fusion In Park is a welcome addition to the Malmo label's output thus far this year, providing something different to Rivet's Bear Bile EP and the minimal collaboration between Porn Sword Tobacco and SUED and Acido Records man SVN. For their part, Kontra mischievously describe Frak as "the Swedish House Mafia for people who actually know what house music is", and this 12" offers two distinctly different sides to Jan Svensson and co's production palette. "Machines Drifting Away" merges stinging EBM and 303 basslines with jacking drums, deep house chords and other swathes of synths, while "To Find A Way Home" is a bumping techno track pumped full of filters and flange and their trademark Swedish machine-funk that at one point sounds like Frak covering the Wooly classic "Erotic Discourse".
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out of stock $8.89
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Cat: TINFOIL 001. Rel: 05 May 14
Techno
  1. Foil 6
  2. Foil 2
  3. Foil 1
  4. Foil 3
Review: Sunil Sharpe and DefeKt join forces and emerge as Tinfoil with a nasty line in hardware techno designed to upset internal organs and harass the neighbours. "Foil 6" leads the charge with a snarling lead synth and a lead-heavy kick, allowing plenty of space for on-the-fly tweaking around the same unforgiving motif. "Foil 2" allows a little harmony into its own monstrous tone, letting the sound contort and squirm around its hard-as-nails playpen, before the B side widens things out a touch with the gutter electro stylings of "Foil 1". "Foil 3" drops the raging synths just a little for a more heads-down cut, but not without ensuring there's a healthy amount of acidic malice in the mix.
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out of stock $8.07
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Cat: MATH 075. Rel: 05 May 14
Techno
  1. Sessions 127
  2. Tools Of The Unexpected
  3. Analog Kicks
  4. Neptanus
Review: For their latest trip into the analogue unknown, Jamal Moss's Mathematics imprint has turned to John Heckle cohort and occasional Tabernacle type Mark Forshaw. The producer duly delivers an impressively varied and superbly imagined quartet of cuts, heavy on snappy analogue percussion, stargazing synths and icy, out-there atmospherics. There's some deep but driving underwater techno in the shape of the claustrophobic "Sessions", a clanking exercise in drum machine love (the intense but woozy "Tools of the Unexpected"), a deeper, slower tempo trip into melodic analogue deep house territory ("Analog Kicks"), and a acid-flecked jack-track with distinct Detroit techno overtones ("Neptanus"). Predictably, all four tracks are superb.
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out of stock $10.50
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Cat: INKBLOTS 001. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Developer - "Observance"
  2. Developer - "Brightly Dark"
  3. Stanislav Tolkachev - "Raw 1"
  4. Stanislav Tolkachev - "Raw 2"
Review: In terms of debut releases for a techno label, few have been as impressive in recent memory as this 12" from the Inkblot Records operation. Founded by Italian pair Haiku and Mirror 1, Inkblot's inaugural 12" drop looks to both an established name in Modularz boss Developer and a artist whose productions are gaining wider recognition with every release in Stanislav Tolkachev. Both Developer tracks offer good examples of why Adrian Sandoval's productions under the name are synonymous with "power techno" and there's a satisfyingly gravely texture to "Observance" which is complemented well by the mind bending lead of "Brightly Dark". Tolkachev lines the flip with two tracks called "Raw" with the insouciant bleeps of the first totally matched by the Geophone-worthy sound design of the second.
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out of stock $9.96
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Cat: TPT 061. Rel: 05 May 14
Techno
  1. Take Your Body Off (Tessela remix)
  2. Bleeding Colours (Untold remix)
  3. Dumpster (Clouds remix)
Review: These remixes of tracks from Ali Wells' second album are fittingly intense. Tessela's take on "Take Your Body Off" sounds like it is crashing through the speakers. Coruscating riffs screech and howl over broken beats and death rattle drums are intertwined with unidentifiable squals and shrieks. Untold's take on "Bleeding Colours" is meaner and faster. At its centre is a buzzing bass, one that infiltrates and gradually takes over the slamming, high-paced techno rhythm. It feels like being strapped to the bonnet of a Formula One car as it whizzes through lap upon lap. Finally, there's Clouds' take on "Dumpster". Slower and more teased out than the other remixes, its murky bass and panel beating dums are nonetheless laden with a sense of dread that Perc's own work also contains.
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out of stock $7.80
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Cat: HAPSKL 004. Rel: 12 May 14
Techno
  1. Floating
  2. Broken Boiler
  3. Upside In
Review: For their fourth transmission, Happy Skull presents a trio of dystopian fantasies from analogue maverick Marco Bernardi. Opener 'Floating' is a throbbing trip in to rattling techno territory complete with discordant chords and bubbling acid lines. 'Broken Boiler' offers a trademark Bernardi fusion of sweet, visceral melodies and raw machine drums. Rounding things off is 'upside In', a fearlessly wonky voyage in to freaky techno-funk.
out of stock $6.19
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Cat: FTG 002. Rel: 26 May 14
Techno
  1. Heaven
out of stock $10.50
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Cat: DIN 01. Rel: 12 May 14
Techno
  1. Candem Town
  2. Brike Lane
  3. Vertigo
  4. Toys Slip
  5. Let Disco
Review: The curiously named Dog In The Night Records makes quite a splash with this impressive first EP, with IFM member Fran Mela stepping out under the new Robert Crash alias. The five tracks that make up this record come from the straight to tape school of analogue production, revelling in their lopsided rhythms and muddy textures. The A-side offers an alternative journey through famous London nightspots; "Candem Town" combines inebriated synth lines with a strung out vocal to an effect similar to that seen on Ron Morelli's recent Hospital excursions, while "Brike Lane" offers a sinister combination of deep chords and lurching bass among its scratchy percussion. The high pitched, rubbery techno of "Vertigo" and "Toys Slip" recall the wiry productions of Greg Beato while "Let Disco" staggers around like a drunken Funkineven jam. An impressive debut from a producer to watch.
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Cat: JLW 001. Rel: 12 May 14
Techno
  1. Track 1 (Geeeman Rough instrumental)
  2. Track 2 (Geeeman Deep instrumental Voyage)
  3. Track 3 (Mosca Ghetto instrumental)
out of stock $7.27
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Cat: BORNFREE 10. Rel: 12 May 14
Techno
  1. Mother (TowLie theme)
  2. Zed Is Dead
  3. Mother (TowLie theme - An I remix)
Review: A brief round of Google bashing reveals Empfanger, the collaboration between Born Free's DJ Sling and kafTen founder Towlie Von Der Rauchen have just the one prior to their name, making a racket as one of the contributors to a split release from Stockholm label Romb Records late last year. Resurfacing on Sling's own Born Free label, a lot of people will probably ponder gripping this record due to the fact Doug Lee features, lining the B Side with a remix of "Mother (TowLie theme)" under his recently adopted An-I alias. It's less abrasive than his killer Cititrax release, but contains enough scrambled synth noises to ensure maximum dancefloor destruction - do check the original Empfanger material too though, with both cuts drawing explicitly from the industrial sounds of Liaisons Dangereuses and Nitzer Ebb with "Zed Is Dead" a particularly mind bending production.
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out of stock $9.67
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Cat: MONNOM 003. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Zion
  2. Infinite Abyss
  3. Distant Futures
  4. Inca Trail
out of stock $9.67
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Cat: NONPLUS 024. Rel: 22 Dec 14
Techno
  1. Don't Stop No Sleep
  2. Don't Stop No Sleep (acappella)
  3. War Dub (version 2)
  4. Don't Stop No Sleep (Nightmare mix)
Review: ** REPRESS ** On the surface of things it may seem like Boddika's Nonplus label has engaged curveball mode with the signing of Rekids boss Radio Slave for its first record in over a year, but the approach of the two heads, who both like their beats rolling and their bass dense, have much in common. "Don't Stop No Sleep" is about as high grade as tech house gets, showing the pretenders how its done with its loopy vocal and firm grasp of rhythmic mechanics - it even comes in acapella version for creative mixing. "War Dub (version 2)" is much more cybernetic in its approach, as steely textures and a bleepy lead take things into hypnotic yet alienating territory, while the "Nightmare mix" of the title track provides a disorientating club cut whose subtle shuffling rhythms belie their impact. Essential.
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out of stock $8.89
24
Cat: MOTELP 02. Rel: 19 May 14
Techno
  1. Automatic (6:28)
  2. Myriad (4:56)
  3. Riot (5:15)
  4. Avadon (6:15)
  5. Five (4:52)
  6. Silhouette (4:54)
  7. Shift (4:58)
  8. Parade (5:41)
Review: Spanish producer Psyk first made a splash on Mote-Evolver with the Distane EP, with the Shed-like title track proving to be a big hit, while the Arcade follow up was equally impressive, and popular. So it makes sense then that Psyk's debut album lands on Luke Slater's seminal techno label. If you combine all of your favourite elements from producers like Robert Hood, Shed, Jeff Mills, and of course Luke Slate - so intricate and bubbling micro-synths, phat house chords, linear bleep sequences, and a course a lot of 909 action, you've got a bonafide techno album that is Pysk's Time Foundation.
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out of stock $22.87
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  1. DJ Spider - "Chemical Skies"
  2. Phil Moffa - "A Place Of Shadows"
  3. Daikini9 - "Synchronicity"
  4. Hakim Murphy - "ES2"
Review: If you wanted something tangible to sum up the Plan B label right now, this Underground Sounds Volume 2 12" fits the bill perfectly. Label founder DJ Spider shares the A-side with fellow New Yorker and collaborator Phil Moffa, with the Plan B boss turning in a typically smudgy, acid stained drum track while Moffa delivers some deep techno in "A Place Of Shadows" (which sounds it would also fit well on Anthony Parasole's The Corner). On the B-side, "Synchronicity" from joint label boss Dakini9 is a kooky, stripped-back and spaced-out minimal house jam, while Hakim Murphy is again left to his own devices to create a jilted deep house number that's as rigid as it is soulful.
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out of stock $10.76
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Cat: DM3D 008. Rel: 05 May 14
Techno
  1. Iterative Choir
  2. Elusive Morality
  3. Espheni
  4. Particules Elementaires
out of stock $9.67
27
Cat: MSN 010. Rel: 05 May 14
Techno
  1. People Are Changing
  2. Ant
  3. She Was The One
Review: There's a pleasant story behind the latest 12" slab from Mister Saturday Night, with Okayama based musician Keita Sano discovering the label's releases in the vinyl bins of his local record shop and inspired by the music was moved to produce and send Eamon and Justin a clutch of tracks. The three cuts chosen from his submissions for this People Are Changing are far removed from the glitchy, instrumental hip hop that made up Sano's Jewels EP for London label Keep Up! late last year but this only suggests a degree of strength regarding his production prowess. The title track is equal parts high octane and unhinged and really this latter aspect remains a key component of Sano's subsequent productions, with the electrically charged "She Was The One" a particular highlight.
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out of stock $11.03
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Cat: ITX 03. Rel: 26 May 14
Techno
  1. The Dream Is True
  2. Mysterious Love
  3. Mind
  4. Emblema
Review: Ilian Tape continues to be code for "absolutely killing it mate" with the Zenker brothers introducing us and you to the production talents of Sciahri with the Mysterious Love 12". Spend some time with the sound clips here and you'll be hard pushed to believe this is Sciahriar Tavakoli's debut 12" as Sciahri, such is the standard of productions. Tavakoli's stated interest in the loop techno pioneered in 90s era Birmingham is very much evident on a cut like "The Dream Is True" but there's some nice little touches slipped in that give it some true personality such as the spin back in the breakdown. The title cut is a stern faced dubby number that just tunnels and tunnels away, whilst there's a cheeky strut to the way Tavakoli implements the filters on "Mind". The final track "Emblema" is the kind of techno number you want to drop right when everyone has forgotten their names.
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