Ken Hayakawa & T Raum – Spanish Fly EP (Stripped Down Records)
Incl. Gorge Remix
Opener ‘Spanish Fly’ is characterized by a stringed instrumental lead that is exotic and intoxicating. The beats below are deep and rubbery, and the whole thing makes for a unique cut that leaves a real mark. Then it’s the excellent ‘Spirit Base’, which is a spine-tingling vocal affair with smooth, bouncy drums and airy vocal whispers that cast a majestic spell. The remix comes from Gorge, a long time tech titan from Germany who established the renowned Mannheim sound and co-runs the 8bit Records label. His version is built on silky hi hats and underlapping drums that sweep you up and keep you in the smooth grooves for the duration. Last of all is ‘Follow Me’, a perfectly atmospheric and cinematic track that feels like a deep space exploration, with cosmic winds, journeying drums and deft alien lifeforms in the synths.
M.A. – The Cannonball Run EP (Frieda Musik)
Incl. Remixes by Guido Schneider & Jakob Seidensticker
Our brother M.A., family member for many years, found the way to the studio and he is very talented. He just did an EP on Microdrive and another one on Enough!. After doing 2 remixes for ‘Bardo & Salazar’ on our label he is finally back on Frieda Musik with his own EP. ‘Camaro’, ‘Pontiac’ and ‘Jericho’, 3 groovy tracks with a nice drive. 2 additional remixes come from Jakob Seidensticker and Guido Schneider.
Claudio Ricci – Enkiyama (Stripped Down Records)
Afro House EP inc. Remixes from Tiefschwarz, Florian Busse and West & Hill
Responder – 303 Overdrive EP (Flash)
Hannes Croell – Hands together EP (Bergliebe)
incl. remixes from Gaty Lopez and Stephen Wild
Cybordelics was founded in 1993 in Stuttgart, Germany. In the same year, Mike S., Milan Zemanec and Daniel Varga aka Cybordelics released their hit Adventures of Dama on Sven Väth’s label Harthouse. The record climbed up the UK dance charts to the 2nd place. People from London to Germany, especially in the legendary Omen Club in Frankfurt, danced to their techno anthems until the late afternoon. Today’s artists like Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Gregor Tresher, Chris Liebing, Gerd Janson or Anthony Rother were at the Omen club when this record was played for the first time, and they still consider Adventures of Dama a milestone in techno history.
25 years later, the Harthouse label begins 2017 with a Remix EP, featuring remixes by Ingo Boss, Tuff City Kids, Mario Hammer And The Lonely Robot 3bug starting a new era of the Harthouse story!
Out Now (Beatport Exclusive since April 26):
Forteba – Pictograms
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Out Now – incl. all classic releases from Carl Cox, Thomas Schumacher, Blake Baxter, Tube & Berger, Lützenkirchen, DJ Madskillz, Alex Flatner & more
Tom Wax presents AWeX – The Ultimate Future
Out Now – incl. Tracks fro Florian Meindl, Black Lotus, Porteix, Quentin Ravn, AVGUSTO & many more
Various Artists – FLASH Back 10
First to go is Reboot, a long-time advocate of stripped down grooves on labels like Cadenza and Get Physical. His eight-minute masterpiece is a warm, underlapping house cut with sub bass and loose synths getting under your skin.
Moblack and Monaberry artist Sobek goes for something superbly slow burning,
layering up the poignant synths and drums into something that is poised and grandiose.
Next up, Ibizan based label boss Claudio Ricci is in fine form as he reworks ‘Galaxy 82’
into an upbeat bit of classy techno with serene Detroit pad work and thoughtful keys
taking you into the future.
Born in the city of madness Berlin, the multimedia artist and DJ Black Lotus steps up from being a secret hint for extatic and rough DJ sets in the local scene and enters the world of recorded music. After playing many Berlin underground clubs like Griessmuhle, KitKat or Suicide Circus she finally makes her debut release on FLASH Recordings with three tripping, parahypnotic and clearly floor oriented Techno tracks as well as a hard hitting remix by the label-head Florian Meindl.
Affekt Recordings has its base in Frosinone, Italy and has been ran by Alex Dolby since 2012 culminating a passion for raw, hypnotic techno. The label’s back catalogue of music has seen artists such as Pär Grindvik, Alex Bau, Mental Resonance, VSK and MTD make contributions.
The latest release compiles fresh works from label head Alex Dolby himself for his fourth artist album entitled “Fault System” having released music on labels outside of his own like Emmanuel’s ARTS, DJ Emerson’s Micro.fon as well as Shinedoe and 2000 and One’s Intacto imprint, his educated sound is much loved around the world.
A love for analogue sounds, rough textures, and tough rhythms play a huge part in the album’s dystopian aesthetic that is as functional for club weaponry as it is a collection of abstract cuts for electronic music lovers.
Easing in gently with “Intro Signal” Alex experiments with a sparse sound design element before moving into the up-tempo Detroit influenced drones of “The Day After”. Following this things heat up with “Standard Process” being a manic monster, and “Modern Pascal” introduces a style switch up to a two step beat. Title track “Fault System” is a throbbing sonic trip and “The Afghan Express” is a blistering techno ride.
“Wild Yard (Reprise Mix)” sees a special release of a new edit that was originally supported by Ben Klock. The eighth track “Lunatic Boost” pushes a raw and broken beat, whilst “Chord Memories” injects vibrant energy once again, then closes proceedings is the jazzy style break of “Outro Signal”.
This album is a powerful statement of intent from a veteran producer that wishes to make a mark with another accomplished selection after being active in the scene for over 15 years.