Review: On the A1 Chekov follows up their moves on Peach Discs and Timedance with a proper peak timer, they've been described by Ben UFO as 'king of the build up' and that's evident on this one. At the A2 London's Doppelate makes their Cong Burn debut with an elegant tech-house roller. Fresh from Russia's underground is Camin, on this, his debut 12" release he drops a useful tool which squeezes between electro and techno. Cong Burn founder Howes closes the B side with some warm hypnosis that could have landed in the golden era of Workshop.
Review: Mike 'Agent X' Clark is a true hero of the Detroit scene, but he rarely gets the props he deserves, making any outing of his a cause for celebration. El Provost's No Speakers label knows what's up, and they've drafted in Clark for his killer jam "The Heat." The name is no foil, this track will set any party ablaze with its distinctive speech sample and saucy rhythm section. Alongside the original, there is a strong cast of remixers on hand to serve up deadly variations, from the label boss' skipping, psyched-out groover to Ben Sims' appropriately thumping techno workout. Peter Rocket especially impresses with a crafty breaks version that should slot in nicely with the resurgent electro scene.
Review: Former Mock & Toof man Duncan Stump's Coral D project is a study in sunrise-ready retro-futurism, with his two previous singles under the alias combining warm analogue electronics with new age synthesizer riffs, sci-fi drum machine grooves and unwavering glassy-eyed positivity. While some of the turn-of-the-90s charm can be found on this EP for Klasse Wrecks, it's a slightly more psychedelic and otherworldly affair. Our pick is "Sways", where a nagging acid motif bubbles away alongside marimba style synthesizer melodies and a vintage post-jack U.S deep house groove. "Fall Away" is even more druggy and intoxicating, with gravelly spoken word samples and exotic melodies riding a chunky groove, while closing cut "Nibiri" is sweet, dubbed out and pleasingly hazy.
Review: The newly-formed Icelandic record label LAHAR brings you a long-awaited 12" by Den Nard Husher, a collaboration of two stalwarts within the Icelandic techno scene - Octal Industries & Vector. After a commemorative EP on Stobelight Network in 2016, Den Nard Husher strikes back with their first release since a 20-year production hiatus. It is enthralling to see how their fast-paced bustling techno renditions morph with time yet still encapsulate our body and imagination in that same meteoric signature. Den Nard Husher sounds fresh, blistering in a seemingly never-ending post-Y2K aesthetics.
Review: Cardiff based DJ and producer Guy Evans has been producing music since 1992, although it was only in 2014 that he had his first vinyl release on the Glasgow based label ALL CAPS.
Since then, he has released both new and archived material on labels such as ORGANIC ANALOGUE, CEJERO, CRISIS URBANA, EXOTIC ROBOTICS and many others. This EP marks the first release on his own label 'OTHER WORLD MUSIC' and features 5 tracks created recently by the producer which cover a broad range of styles, from Detroit house, downtempo ambient to futuristic sci-fi breakbeats. Some of the tracks on the EP have already gained airplay on stations such as NTS Radio and we look forward to hearing more releases from the label in the future.
Review: Label owner Dmitry Distant teems up with Canadian singer and producer Xavier Paradis aka Arnaud Lazlaud of Automelodi, while Timothy J. Fairplay provides pure dancefloor 808-bomb remix. Don't miss this one!
Review: Donato Dozzy's latest 12" sees the Italian producer offer up new "variations" (that'll be remixes to you and me) of two cuts from his vast back catalogue. On the A-side he offers up a new version of "Parola" from his experimental 2015 album with operatic Italian vocalist Anna Caragnano. While the original had few dancefloor pretentions, this new revision is hypnotic, druggy and intoxicating with Dozzy fusing short loops of Caragnano's distinctive vocals with a metronomic bassline, soft-touch techno beats and his usual charcoal grey aural textures. He switches focus on flipside cut "12H.5 (Remix)", offering up a dreamy slab of horizontal techno hypnotism that's pleasingly soothing and seductive.