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DTR | EDR007 : NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (incl. JoeFarr & The Fourth Alarm Remixes)

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Label : Eternal Drive Recordings
CAT# : EDR007
Artist : NoizyKnobs
Title : Dissolve (incl. JoeFarr & The Fourth Alarm Remixes)
Released : 22 April 2014

01. NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (Original Mix)
02. NoizyKnobs – Fiji (Original Mix)
03. NoizyKnobs – Lantern (Original Mix)
04. NoizyKnobs – Come To Me (Original Mix)
05. NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (JoeFarr Remix)
06. NoizyKnobs – Come To Me (The Fourth Alarm Remix)

The Turin based NoizyKnobs collective were new to me for this review and once again I’ve been excited and delighted in equal measure by a new artist that I’ll certainly be following in the future. This the seventh EP on Eternal Drive Recordings of Canada and is given over entirely to four originals from NK and remix duties by The Fourth Alarm and the exceptional JoeFarr rounding things out. If varied, melodic and powerful music is your thing then this is for you.

Dissolve” sets the tone perfectly with its dubbed out, echoing overtones. Subtle, panning hi-hats roll around your head on the breakdown. An isolated snare fill brings the energy up further as more insistent percussion sees the track out through another breakdown, this one led by a rising synth note, bringing a touch of euphoria. Dubby it may be, but underneath is a hefty kickdrum and some insistent percussion, perfectly complimenting the increasing complexity in the melody.

Fiji” ploughs straight ahead with pacy drums and a fantastically energetic bassline that bounces up and down for the duration with hardly a pause. This solid base allows a platform for experimenting with the dubby lead notes and percussion and this is done with subtle skill. The notes move slowly in and out of the fore and echo and touches of delay are used expertly in one of the most teasing breakdowns I’ve heard in a while. The track becomes pretty heavy as it continues with some emphasis changes in the notes and stomping percussion leading the charge. Well danceable, a very good track indeed!

Come To Me” uses a mixture of fast and slow, open and closed hats, a solid kick and a repetitive looping sample to establish a strong groove, moving the EP in a darker direction. A tense breakdown with a dubbed out siren note and layers of echoing reverb follows, and hits again after a time, accentuating the heads down, deeper nature of this tune. One for the “heads” and late nights for sure.

The JoeFarr interpretation of Dissolve takes the original and adds liberal weight to the kickdrum, keeping the dubby melodic notes in the background initially, and leading with a rattling, machine gun percussion. His creativity shines in the breakdowns which are long and varied, teasing forthcoming elements of the track (of which there are many, too many to list in fact). Funky, powerful and gritty, this is a fine rework.

I haven’t reviewed all the tracks here but they are all extremely good so check them out for yourself! Six slabs of fresh techno full of ideas, from an artist and label that should certainly be on your radar – they are now firmly on mine.

EDR007 Dissolve EP by NoizyKnobs is available digitally at Beatport.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – POLEGROUP31 – Oscar Mulero – Muscle And Mind
CLICK HERE – RLPS001LP – Relapso – States Evolution
CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remix)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX105 – Kereni [Bristol, ENGLAND]

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Kereni has been doing this thing a while now and DT has long been fans of his work, thus very pleased to invite him into the mix archive. You can discover his music on labels such as Darknet, BCR, Reaktivate, Archetypes to his latest spooky release “Plan 9” EP on Diego Hostettler and Dave Ellesmere’s Belief System Records. This vinyl only Exclusive set delivers a tough, weird and wonderful ride with tracks from Tadeo, Philippe Petit, Aiken, Raffaele Attanasio, Jeroen Search to Jeff Mills.


Death Techno – DTMIX105 – Kereni [Bristol, ENGLAND] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. TADEO : requiem [Token]
02. N.d : Infantry (Kereni Remix) [Trivmvirate]
03. TADEO : the possibility of an encounter [Token]
04. FUTURE 16 : filaments (part 4) [Gynoid LTD]
05. AN-i : kino-i (Dub) [Cititrax/Minimal Wave]
06. PHILIPPE PETIT : venus [EarToGround]
07. AIKEN : hard times [End Of Dayz]
08. OVERALL SEVERITY : backfiring nerves [Key Vinyl]
09. PATRICK BOLTON: revived [Onnset]
10. DELUSIVE MANOEUVRES : dm1.1 (Raffaele Attanasio Remix) [Delusive Manoeuvres]
11. BIRTH OF FREQUENCY : bad tempered [Construct Re-Form]
12. JEROEN SEARCH : elect (Pt. 1) [Search Archives]
13. JEFF MILLS : growth [AXIS]


DTR | POLEGROUP31 : Oscar Mulero – Muscle and Mind

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Label : PoleGroup
CAT# : POLEGROUP31
Artist : Oscar Mulero
Title : Muscle and Mind
Released : 20 April 2015

01. Mind-Body Interaction
02. Dualistic Concept
03. Involuntary Response
04. Anatomical Variation
05. Mentally Induced Action
06. Interrelated
07. Mindful Body
08. 201 Element
09. Mechanical Function
10. Muscle and Mind
11. Mental Causation
12. Unconscious



I’m consistently impressed by the huge variety of the sounds and compositions on electronic albums these days. Especially since you have to concentrate on each track and listen to the whole album to really appreciate it properly, as intended by the artist. After a pretty significant gap of not paying attention to albums at all and even picking out only the most ‘dancefloor’ tracks for DJ use, I now look forward to quality albums more than any other format of release. There’s no cheap hit; you put in some time and you reap the reward.

This is nowhere more true than on Oscar Mulero‘s recent album on his own imprint PoleGroup titled “Muscle and Mind.” The once Madrid now Gijón based artist rightly needs no introduction here and his third artist album (following “Black Propaganda” in 2012) is bristling with assurance, experimentation, power and beauty. This is an exceptional and mature release from Mulero, full of highlights, just a few of which we cover here.

Dualistic Concept” is a pure techno groove. Variations so subtle they are even hard to catch listening at home but put this on a big, quality system and immerse yourself in the sounds, then the intelligence of this production becomes apparent. Insidious percussion writhes slowly in and out of itself, underpinned with tight, thunderous bass and kicks. A beautifully understated break comes almost out of nowhere and the track builds again in waves of shimmering cymbals. A single missing kickdrum drives the pace onwards – heads down, heavy deepness.

The echoing, chiming notes of “Anatomical Variation” reminds me of Gamelan music – the gentle notes for the first few seconds sounding arrhythmic, and then revealing a cohesive, tight pattern. Is that a rimshot beat lending a dose of funk behind the hi-hats squarely in the forefront? The track builds into an immersive, disorienting soundscape that you could lose yourself in for much longer than the 5.38 runtime.

Then we hit “Interrelated.” I don’t think I’ve heard a tune quite like this before. On the one hand its pulsing, laser cut techno and in the other it’s a jangling, dissonant piano riff, full of lazy hot sunshine. Just as you’re getting used to this surprising and perfectly executed juxtaposition, an extended, wispy synth line introduces another element, with doubled kicks and hissing hats building the crescendos. As with many tracks on this album, the atmosphere and tension is expertly wound up and released. Incredible.



The title track features broad strokes of atmospheric synth, lovely bass drops and a broken beat that can either be taken as downtempo or frenetic depending on your mood. Later tracks on the album explore some esoteric ground – “Unconscious” and “Mental Causation” especially painting lush sonic landscapes that seem rooted in nature rather than electronics. For the rest, you need to go and find out yourself and enjoy your own experience!

If you know Mulero then you won’t need convincing with words to buy this album. If you don’t, then this stands as one of the defining productions of his career, and certainly one of the most significant releases you will see this year. In either case it’s unmissable.

Muscle and Mind” is available from the PoleGroup bandcamp page on vinyl, CD and Digital.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – RLPS001LP – Relapso – States Evolution
CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remix)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX104 – A.Morgan [Manchester, ENGLAND]

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UK underground talent is on the rise and A.Morgan is no exception. Quickly signed to Paul Boex’s Dynamic Reflection and Lex Gorrie’s Unknown Territory, his melody driven, powerful and hypnotic style is one for the dancefloor. Not only is his music making a great impression, you can catch the resident DJ at one of Manchester’s leading techno nights called Rhythm Theory that has already had guests like Jerome Sydenham, Slam to Jonas Kopp with Norman Nodge due to visit in June 2015. There’s plenty of unreleased and forthcoming tracks featured in this Exclusive mix along with Lewis Fautzi, Oscar Mulero, Audio Injection, James Ruskin, Mark Broom and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX104 – A.Morgan [Manchester, ENGLAND] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. A.MORGAN : playing with dreams [Unreleased]
02. A.MORGAN : part time sins [Unreleased ]
03. A.MORGAN : untitled [soon… Unknown Territory]
04. LEWIS FAUTZI : blocker [Figure]
05. A.MORGAN : involuntary movements [soon… Unknown Territory]
06. OSCAR MULERO : reverberation [Polegroup]
07. A.MORGAN : signals [Unreleased]
08. JAMES RUSKIN & MARK BROOM : erotic misery [Blueprint]
09. SOSAK : buy this wreck [Overlee Assembly]
10. SONIC INFUSION : unfuture (Mark Broom Repaint 1) [Credo]
11. NIK FERAL : charlie made her (A.Morgan Remix) [soon… Baptism]
12. CHRIS LIVEN : a.g.w. (Audio Injection Remix) [Armatura Bonus]
13. A.MORGAN : the mill [soon… Unknown Territory]


DTR | RLPS001LP : Relapso – States Evolution

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Label : Relapso
CAT# : RLPS001LP
Artist : Relapso
Title : States Evolution
Released : 13 April 2015

01. Intro State
02. Inner State
03. Introscope State
04. Clear State
05. Close State
06. Control State
07. Edge State
08. Embrace State
09. Energy State
10. Rough State

Relapso released “States Evolution” his first album this week, it’s an absolute must for fans of deep, dark and hypnotic techno. It’s already receiving support from heavyweights such as Kr!z, The Clairvoyants, Drumcell, Norman Nodge and Chris Liebing and it’s testament to Relapso’s skills as a producer that something this coherent and yet containing such diversity was produced in just 9 months.

Like all good albums, this needs to be listened to in it’s entirety to “get” it. Individual tracks can of course be enjoyed in isolation – and there is much here to satistfy everyone in terms of standout or club ready tracks – but there is much greater reward in listening to the entire set. The album is intelligently programmed, with recurring themes and ideas subtlely woven into the ten pieces of music on offer. Here are just a few of the many highlights:

Clear State” has that deep tunneling bassline that we love so much and with the hefty kick and sputtering hi-hats this provides the core intensity. However, the focus in this track is on the experimentation with the melodic sounds. A series of destroyed, distorted synth notes creeps into existence and then cycles and evolves endlessly and at a furious pace – no two bars are the same and yet there is clear direction and structure to the track. The breakdowns add even more weight to the bottom end and prominent hi-hats bring the pace, while the synth notes mutate even further and are left to finish out the track, revealing their true range. I want to see this performed live please!

Edge State” is very appropriately titled – an edgy and powerful chunk of dark techno. Again, there are the repeating and evolving notes (this time in the near background), becoming more distorted and menacing as the track progresses, decaying out through the breakdowns, only to be reignited at the drop. Lots of drama is provided by up front hihats, which along with some muted acid stabs, provide some kind of rein on the writhing sounds beneath. Towards the end, hyper fast percussion leads us out as the weighty sounds fade, leaving a feeling of a head full of static noise. Intense.

Change up into more dancefloor territory next on “Embrace State.” The trademark kicks are in place, a little slower, a little more groove here… a funked up, musical, percussive loop that instantly catches you – 20 seconds in and you know this is a sure thing. Machine gun rattle percussion lifts the energy up further, then by the time the half-heard vocal sample hits (the first one we’ve heard on the album – ‘let me dance, let me dance’) it’s through the roof. Breakdowns are handled nicely, beautiful filtered notes emerging from a wall of LFO, before the track slams back in. Your dancefloor is now locked in, believe me.

Introscope State” is probably my pick of this album (and I changed my mind several times while writing this, it’s too hard a decision). But Introscope just gets it for its heavy, funky broken beats, buzzing, subtle bassline and the echoing percussive loops and that absolutely irresistable little stab note every second beat. The track is absolutely perfectly balanced between heavy and light, the elements build just right as it plays out. A great, versatile tune for the DJs because of it’s variety too.

So that’s just four of the ten tracks on offer here – the rest are for you to discover yourself. This is an album full of intelligent, hypnotic and addictive electronic music from a highly talented Portuguese producer, with a growing back catalogue and support from major players on the scene. It’s on bandcamp for €7, which is nothing when you consider the amount of care and attention that it has clearly received. Buy it, and watch for more.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remix)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTR | EDR006 : Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remixes)

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Label : Eternal Drive Recordings
CAT# : EDR006
Artist : Complicit
Title : Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remix)
Released : 20 March 2014

01. Complicit – Drome 1 (Original Mix)
02. Complicit – Drome 2 (Original Mix)
03. Complicit – Hott (Original Mix)
04. Complicit – Drome 1 (Annie Hall Remix)
05. Complicit – Drome 2 (Plane Shifter Remix)

Eternal Drive Recordings hits its sixth release with this solid and varied EP from Complicit, which recruits Annie Hall and the excellent Plane Shifter (returning after his own EP on the label) to the remix action. The Canadian label has long been a favourite here at DTR and this latest release typifies their ethos of continual evolution.

The original mix of “Drome 1” is a pacy cut with some house overtones. It’s extremely well constructed using a range of atmospheric shots, horn notes and crashes to round out the rolling bassline and cyclic synth note. The standout feature for me though is the intermittent hi-hats driving the energy up and up as the track goes on.

Drome 2” plows a slightly deeper furrow with a relentless buzzing topline matched onto some heavy bass action. Time is beaten out with flat, snapping percussion and hissing to echoing cymbals that increase in pitch at each break. Simple and effective, rolling dancefloor business with absolutely no let up.

Suddenly, “Hott” takes us into heavy groove laden tech house territory – it’s breathy, chopped up vocal sample and echoing, plinking breakdowns providing some seriously danceable sounds. Stomping kickdrums (with plenty of weight) and a wobbling bassline fit the groove perfectly. Tight hi-hats keep the pace high and funky – this is a versatile cut for your collection that will work in a lot of sets.

On to the remixes, and the Annie Hall take on Drome 1 is a spacey, broken beat affair really bringing a new direction to the original. I’m reminded a little of [Ø] Phase productions and some of the Token releases in the way the haunting elements build slowly and irresistibly to a climax. This is a great example of an intelligent techno track, probably my pick of the release.

Rounding off the package, Plane Shifter wades straight in on the remix of Drone 2 – pulsating, machinistic techno with an absolute monster of a synth breakdown that just keeps going and going. When it breaks it’s like hearing the track afresh – bouncing 808s, tight percussion and that oh so addictive machine sound. Surefire dancefloor winner.

Overall this is five slabs of great electronic music with something to suit most tastes and situations. A fine addition to the catalogue at EDR and well worth your attention.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX103 – Jan Underwood [Hannover, GERMANY]

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Death Techno - Jan Underwood

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An upcoming artist making the right moves on the darker side of techno, Jan Underwood has releases on Mike Wall’s Wall Music, Hefty’s Darker Sounds to Bruno Ledesma’s Concepto Hipnotico. His mix takes on some majorly powerful, driving and freaky tracks that will no doubt surprise your tastebuds whilst taking you on stomping journey. You can check out works by GO!DIVA, Octave, Andres Gil, Alessan Main, Rraph, Stevie Wilson, Lodbrok and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX103 – Jan Underwood [Hannover, GERMANY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. GO!DIVA & OVI M : cavala [Brood Audio]
02. OCTAVE : nervous breakdown [Silent Steps]
03. BRUNO LEDESMA / LEDD : signal (Andres Gil Refluxed Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
04. ROBIN HIRTE & MIKE VÄTH : loft [Nachtstrom Schallplatten]
05. BRUNO LEDESMA / LEDD : signal (Sebastian Cohen Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
06. ALESSAN MAIN : 7seven [NuLabel]
07. MEASURE DIVIDE : md4 [Brood Audio]
08. RRAPH : kwadro [Gynoid Audio]
09. ANDRES GIL : broken square (Dani Sbert Remix) [Naked Lunch]
10. SYNC THERAPY : fanatical [Audio Stimulation]
11. STEVIE WILSON : office politics [069 Techno]
12. MIKE MAASS Feat. GRACIE : your life [Black Circus]
13. YYYY : modest [Concepto Hipnotico]
14. GROUND LOOP : begin (Lodbrok Remix) [Gynoid Audio]


DTMIXS22 – We Are 5 – Jack! Who?

DTMIXS22

Death Techno - Jack! Who?

J A C K ! W H O ?

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5 Years this month since Death Techno was born with a mission of delivering fresh and creative sets from established producers to underground talent. There are many more new guests to come this year as the archive grows ever bigger. This 5th birthday celebration mix from creator Jack! Who? includes only tracks by artists that have previously appeared on the series or confirmed for the future. Inside you will also hear 2 Exclusives from DT’s label DEAD CERT. Records that are to be released soon by Vegim and Joachim Spieth. Plenty of rough, rugged and mind bending works featured by the likes of Electric Indigo, ALHEK, Rich Jones, Soolee, L.A.W, Ricardo Garduno, VSK to Eomac and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIXS22 – We Are 5 – Jack! Who? (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. ELECTRIC INDIGO : orkhon [Houztekk]
02. ALHEK : mann I’m spiegel [Wall Music]
03. DIAGENETIC ORIGIN : third dimension [Sonic Groove]
04. RICH JONES : demonic intervention [Soma]
05. VEGIM : binary trip [DEAD CERT. Records]
06. RVDE : silgaar [Black Reel]
07. FRANK SAVIO : driving bells [Driving Forces]
08. SOOLEE : tense [More Than Less]
09. L.A.W. : everest [Decoy]
10. RICARDO GARDUNO : pendulo [Blind Spot]
11. VEGIM : digital fracture (Joachim Spieth Remix) [DEAD CERT. Records]
12. ROMMEK : rust [A R T S]
13. VSK : commander of nowhere [Newrhythmic]
14. RELAPSO : replant [Relapso]
15. YYYY : nn [Illegal Alien]
16. EOMAC : mika riddim [Killekill]


DTR | MISTRESS005.3 : The Redhead

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Label : Mistress Recordings
CAT# : MISTRESS005.3
Artist : Various
Title : The Redhead
Released : 2 March 2015
Format : Vinyl & Digital

E1. Nutype – Noisy Ride
E2. Mike Gervais – Grind
F1. Opinion – Autobahnkirche
F2. A&S – Xenix

Mistress is the offshoot of DVS1‘s main label HUSH, where the Minneapolis artist explores the more pioneering sounds of house and techno, from producers pushing at the boundaries of genres. Appearing as heavyweight 10″ & 12″ with high quality packaging as well as downloads, these are essential items for your collection even before you get to the music.

E1. Nutype – “Noisy Ride”
Nutype presents a thick rolling bass and shaker hi hats that pin down the other elements of the track. There are handclaps, knocks, subtle squirts of acid and chopped and delayed vocal samples arranged in a complex yet measured way. The breakdowns are of particular note, emphasising the absence (rather than the presence) of these elements with subtle sweeping sounds. Heads down business and very good.

E2. Mike Gervais – “Grind”
Mike is a producer I’ve a lot of respect for and his contribution to this EP, ‘Grind’ is a classic workout of pacy drums and atmospheric, breathy synths. There is a subtle and maddening build of tension in the long breakdown as the synth elements work their way up from the depths and slowly overwhelm the percussion. The tension is kept high by an evolving sample and tight, fast hi hats pulling things onwards. This is powerful and intelligent techno.

F1. Opinion – “Autobahnkirche”
This track is a different beast altogether. Stripped back, flat beats let the background pops, crackles and scrapes breathe providing some some machine funk, but this track is all about the plucked harmony and dubby stabs. It’s beautifully and simply done, and accented at various points by small changes in the percussive parts and echoing shots. Again, the subtlety of the production shines through.

F2. A&S – “Xenix”
I wasn’t prepared for this hyped up, jacking tune but what a pleasure to find it here! Nestling behind the thundering beats and hats is the sort of fattened, burbling funk that’s simply irresistible on a dancefloor. The track oozes classic analogue warmth and arrangement, opening up hi hats and emphasising snares and handclaps as it flies onwards. The simple top line of just 3 notes repeating over and over rounds it out perfectly and provides lightness to re weight below it. Surefire club destroyer and my pick of the bunch.

Mistress is one of those labels that sets itself apart from the crowd with the variety of its releases and the roster of artists it supports. If it’s not on your radar then it should be, and 5.3 is a great place to start.

You checkout the whole Mistress 5 collection below including 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX102 – Wirrwarr [Milan, ITALY]

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Death Techno - Wirrwarr

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Milan based production and DJ duo Wirrwarr, also known as Andrea Casiraghi and Gabriele Frigerio have within a short period of the project made great waves. Residents at Magazzini Generali, one of the biggest techno clubs in Italy, they have performed with the quality artists like Gary Beck, Marcel Fengler, Alan Fitzpatrick and Terence Fixmer amongst others. You can find their music on Rebekah’s Decoy and DJ Emerson’s Micro.fon amongst others. The set is a deep, tripped out and turbulent ride that shows their dancefloor knowledge and pedigree. Tracks featured by FNR, 2000 And One, Xhin, Moteka, Woo York, Ritzi Lee and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX102 – Wirrwarr [Milan, ITALY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. NYMA & CARRENO is LB : mercurio [Items & Things]
02. FNR : above the line [Innatural]
03. 2000 AND ONE : plant 1 [100% Pure]
04. XHIN : blade moth [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
05. ALEX DOLBY : morphosis (DJ Emerson Remix) [Affekt]
06. BASTINOV : pentagon (Luca Agnelli Remix) [Etruria Beat]
07. REBEKAH : blood in the water [Elements]
08. MOTEKA : crypto x [Flash]
09. LAG : trema (Clouds Remix) [MORD]
10. WOO YORK : farewell old friend [PoleGroup]
11. RITZI LEE : deflected [Belief System]
12. SOJ : omj [SOJ]
13. MARCO SHUTTLE : sing like a bird [Time To Express]
14. &ME : after dark [Keinemusik]


DTR | SUB028 : Bosh – Substantia Nigra (incl. Brendon Moeller, Echologist, Woody McBride & JGarrett Remixes)

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Label : Subspec
CAT# : SUB028
Artist : Bosh
Title : Substantia Nigra
Released : 24 February 2015

01. Bosh – Substantia Nigra (Original Mix)
02. Bosh – Substantia Nigra (Brendon Moeller Dub)
03. Bosh – Substantia Nigra (Echologist Dub)
04. Bosh – The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (Original Mix)
05. Bosh – The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (DJ ESP Woody McBride Irony of Consciousness Remix)
06. Bosh – The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (JGarrett Dub)
07. Bosh – Believing in a Contradiction (Original Mix)

Not so long ago, my good friend said: “Techno comes in so many forms. I like how it links up with my other tastes.”

I have to agree with this statement, because with Techno you can blend almost every aspect from other music. It is like a beautiful machine that let’s you improvise and create your own structure – sky is the limit. Of course it needs skill to operate such a delicate mechanism, and Bosh is definitely a person how can handle it. His EP – Substantia Nigra on Canada’s quality Subspec Music is proof of what you can do with Techno, IF you are skillfull enough.

First, “Substantia Nigra” original mix is something I would call a “mechanical jungle.” It’s really tribal, a bit mystical I would dare to say, but still it’s a proper Techno. The primal feel is creating an atmosphere that takes us somewhere else, it lets us to be free almost. You would never expect such a thing, especially that this track is pretty minimalistic in its form, yet it grabs attention. Brendon Moeller however saw it a bit different, his remix is much more hypnotic and driving, it creates a contrast between a primal version and hypnotic one. Pretty trippy I must say, in a form that lets you melt completely in music and believe me, you would never expect such a thing from Techno. As Brendon’s alter ego Echologist he sucessfully created something that I would call my personal favourite – dark and sexy mood. It’s so dark and minimalistic, yet so powerful that you can’t miss it. I would really like to hear it in some video game, because the atmosphere of it is absolutely outstanding.

Suddenely we have a shift into “The Hypocrisy of Consciousness.” This part is really, really tricky because we are talking about Techno, and what we can hear in this track is pretty melodic, almost balearic in structure. Is something wrong? No. This is Techno, you can create it however you want – that’s the beauty. The Hypocrisy of Consciousness along with its remixes is a great contrast to Substantia Nigra. The aptly titled “DJ ESP Woody McBride Irony of Consciousness Remix” has something distinctive and magical, especially with that amazing acid line. It has that dreamy feel, where you just want to close your eyes and cut off from the world. JGarrett on the other hand brings us an ecclectic and energetic piece of music.

With “Believing in a Contradiction,” we are back on track. That calm and reflective mood is now changed into anxious anticipation, which is a good thing, because it does not make you a passive listener. The track is evolving grabbing your attention, like it wants to tell you something important and give you a message.

Substantia Nigra is an amazing complation of different aspects of Techno. It’s a definite journey from tribal, hypnotic areas to mellow and soothing rhythms. If you listen carefully, you can hear a story behind it.

I have respect for Techno producers who are breaking the boundaries and are experimenting with a genre and this EP has the whole spectrum of it.

– Reviewed by Filip Zwirek for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIXS21 – Relapso LIVE [Lisbon, PORTUGAL]

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Death Techno - Relapso

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David Henriques has been on the DT radar for a couple of years with his highly impressive productions. His latest project and guise as Relapso is on a steady route to be very special. Already seeing artists like Mike Parker, Mark Morris, Samuli Kemppi, Go Hiyama, Brendon Moeller/Echologist on remix duty, it goes to show he likes a tripped out, hypnotic and atmospheric vibe, but with just the right amount of drive and craziness. This Exclusive is a live recording and showcases many of his own works that are in the pipeline…


Death Techno – DTMIXS21 – Relapso LIVE [Lisbon, PORTUGAL] (320) by Death Techno

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DTMIX101 – Frank Savio [Frankfurt, GERMANY]

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Frank is as consistent a DJ as you will ever hear. His sets are honed with skill, experience and a major understanding of how to work a dancefloor. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is a resident at two successful club nights called MOVE and Lost in his native Frankfurt in Germany. Add his DJ expertise to his quality productions, releasing works on Sutter Cane’s Driving Forces, Erphun’s Brood Audio and Harthouse for example, he likes big rollers and relentless, powerful tracks. Inside his Exclusive DT set, you will find tracks from Cari Lekebusch, Kostas Maskalides, A.Paul, Kwartz, Alex Bau and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX101 – Frank Savio [Frankfurt, GERMANY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. ALEX DI STEFANO, BALTHAZAR & JACKROCK : bul-it code (Simo Lorenz Remix) [Renesanz]
02. CARI LEKEBUSCH : element orange [GSR]
03. KOSTAS MASKALIDES : friction [Sub:Merged]
04. RENATO COHEN : tuff guitar (Roberto Capuano Remix) [The Triangle]
05. A.PAUL : mindgame [Onh.Cet]
06. KWARTZ : breakage [PoleGroup]
07. MIKAEL JONASSON : the arches (Alex Bau Remix) [Driving Forces]
08. GABRIELA PENN : kapot [Renesanz]
09. CISCO ARIAS : ultraviolet (Krenzlin & Diego Hostettler Remix) [Driving Forces]
10. PHUTEK : organisation [Deep Water]
11. PEAT NOISE : trumpf (Darmec Remix) [Hybrid Confusion]


DTR | TRP001 : The Deviant Octopus

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Label : Trip / трип
CAT# : TRP001
Artist : Various
Title : The Deviant Octopus
Released : 8 December 2014

01. Nina Kraviz – Prozimokampleme
02. Steve Stoll – Pop Song
03. Nina Kraviz – IMPRV
04. Bjarki – Polygon Pink Toast
05. Population One – Out Of Control
06. Population One – Bonus Beat
07. Exos – Nuclear Red Guard
08. Parrish Smith – 1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide

I first heard of Nina Kraviz in a magazine interview a number of years ago and was impressed with her story. Admittedly I was just getting into techno at that point, but her sound, outlook and background struck a chord with me. Since then, much fuss has been made rightly and wrongly about the lady and her music (it seems everything that surrounds it and some things that are nothing to do with it). Media hype occupies the same space in my life as negativity (i.e. ignored) and I’ve enjoyed her music in the past, so I was interested to hear the first output from her new label simply called Trip or stylised in Russian as “трип.”

The double EP includes tracks from Kraviz and a number of other artists. It’s a varied affair but with the common theme of exploring deep, hypnotic to trippy grooves in techno. All the tracks are good but there are some clear highlights inside the minimal, textured cover art.

B1, “IMPRV” by Nina Kraviz, contains the familiar liquid vocal sample with its breathy echo, but it’s the bouncing, demanding groove that grabs the attention here. The kicks are more forefront than many of her productions, and if you listen carefully you can hear a full and beautifully arranged melody way, way out in the background. Part way through, a skittering hihat introduces a pulsating, scribbling sample as the vocals drop an octave and the groove intensifies – this is aimed straight at the dancefloor and delivers on every level.

C2, “Bonus Beat” by Population One is a fantastic lesson in making icy and unnerving electronic music. Thin, echoing notes scale up and down over 8 bar periods in the background, sounding like the unfriendliest of solar winds and anchored only by the 808 kicks. The essential element of this track is the nagging, panning tom roll. This cycles around the inside of the head like a slow-mo wall of death and could easily consume hours of your day if you let it. The track is also punctuated with flat handclaps, giving a slightly tribal feel to the somewhat obscure arrangement.

Most intriguing perhaps is D2, “1.0 / 8.0 Afrika Genocide” by Parrish Smith. Taking a much more experimental direction than the others, its inclusion shows that Kraviz is willing to explore with this label. Frenzied percussive notes provide a loose base for a sound that I find hard to describe, maybe like vibrations in a very long cable rising and falling in the wind. A half hidden (male?) vocal repeats alongside this and adds to the sense of unreality. Under it all there is an element of constancy provided by a kick drum with nearly all the bass frequency removed. A lot to figure out in this track and for that reason I enjoyed this one the most.

For the other tracks on offer, Exos provides some clinical hypnotising techno in the form of “Nuclear Red Guard,” cranking up the BPMs and showing absolutely no mercy. Steve Stoll turns out some deep rolling bass and unsettling synth on “Pop Song” and Bjarki adds an element of the schizophrenic with a delightful tapping/whistling sample in “Polygon Pink Toast”.

Overall, this EP provides a great introduction to Trip’s direction. There is clearly a desire to provide a platform for more established artists as well as up and coming ones, there is a definite sound emerging from most of these tracks. It will be interesting indeed to see what happens with future releases – this is a very promising start.

The Deviant Octopus is out now on digital and double vinyl.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX099 – Virulent [North Carolina, USA]

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Death Techno - Virulent

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Virulent has been building a rock solid reputation for over 10 years, where his production works have been featured on fantastic labels such as Illegal Alien, Slap Jaxx, From 0-1, Ill Bomb and Dystopian Rhythm. Kevin is also taking his unique techno sound to Europe for some shows soon and will see a vinyl release on Rheostatus that’s in the pipeline for March 2015. His Exclusive mix is full of energy and dark explorations that leave a lasting impact, with tracks from Ledd, Owen Sands, Hans Bouffmyhre, Angel Alanis, Makaton, Bas Mooy and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX099 – Virulent [North Carolina, USA] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. YYYY : i could hear my own nerve cells [Illegal Alien Black Label]
02. ANNIE HALL : monde bruits [Blank Code]
03. LEDD / BRUNO LEDESMA : signal (Andres Gil Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
04. OWEN SANDS : mercury fold [Ill Bomb]
05. KOMPREZZOR : magik between two points (Maria Goetz Remix) [Chicago Jaxxx]
06. AHLIE BHERIE : be there be gone (Virulent Rework) [The Seed]
07. HANS BOUFFMYHRE : residual [MB Elektronics]
08. THE WELDERZ : order rand [A R T S Digital]
09. SINTOMA : erasing negative (Virulent Mix) [SecreTechno]
10. DAVE CLARKE : the storm (L.A.W. Mix) [CLR]
11. JAMIE CURNOCK : transportation (Truss Remix) [Onnset]
12. ANGEL ALANIS : the card [Unreleased]
13. MAKATON : night #1 [Token]
14. RED SQUARE : variable (Mono.xID’s Rectified Remix) [Shifted Soul]
15. JONAS KOPP : tau ceti [Tresor]
16. LAG : kontrola (Bas Mooy Remix) [MORD]
17. AXKAN : fear (Justin Schumacher Remix) [Reloading]
18. VIRULENT vs. MARIA GOETZ : a final solitaire [Unreleased]
19. NX1 : nx1 06 018 [NX1]
20. MAXIME DANGLES : cryptik (Johannes Heil Shaded Remix) [Skryptöm]


DTR | AD023 : Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions

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Label : A R T S Digital
CAT# : AD023
Artist : Rommek
Title : 1 View, 100 Versions
Released : 22 December 2014

01. Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
02. Rommek – Occult
03. Rommek – Rigor Mortis
04. Rommek – Statik

I was delighted to hear Rommek‘s productions and mixes for the first time this holiday season. This is his debut release on Emmanuel‘s quality imprint named A R T S Digital following previous releases on Weekend Circuit (the excellent ‘Thought Patterns’ 12″), Sonntag Morgen and Labrynth. He also broadcasts a new fortnightly show called “Erosion” on the well respected UK online channel Seance Radio.

The title track “1 View, 100 Versions” builds an eerie and menacing soundscape based around a half-note metallic tapping, half heard rattles and a repeated, delayed note that develops beautifully to the first drop. As it does so, the constant, rolling bass note opens up like a veil being lifted to introduce the main body of the track – subtle and powerful. Echoing stabs and the understated but foreground hihats are punctuated by some filtered cymbal hits and make this a fine piece of pacy, rolling techno.

Occult” contains some serious power and menace. A sibilant, open hi-hat sets the tone and a chattering counterpart marches out time to the bleeps, which cycle and vary oh so subtlely. The track gives the impression of travelling an ever decreasing circle to some unknown destination, and then suddenly an absolutely evil bassline creeps its way to the fore from the shadows. It sounds like a burbling hole in the universe and is masterfully built, receding back as the track continues but you know it’s there in the shadows still as the track fades in and out of echoing bleeps and industrial tweaks.

On the (virtual) flip side, “Rigor Mortis” is aptly titled. Rigid, accurate kicks and dominate from the fore but the true star of this track is the skittering, slightly schizophrenic percussion that pans around your head while the bassline and melody build. The track breaks clinically to a clean main section. A single high piano note like a water drop keeps time at the back while the melody reveals itself to be a simple yet euphoric note progression. This is perfect for late night, peak time dancefloors.

The release ends with “Statik” – the fastest paced one of the lot, but interestingly feels the most thoughtful too. Disorientating, 3/4 notes and static loops contrast with the pummeling 4/4 drums and keeps your head switching time signatures. I love it when a tune does that. The break reveals a hyperspeed, chugging bass which drops off as the loops filter out, then kicks back in for the main section. This starts stripped back and then gradually reintroduces the previous elements and adds a few more – for example a repeating, drawn out note that dopplers out beautifully. This is my pick of the release for its sheer interest.

“1 view, 100 versions” is available exclusively by A R T S Digital on Beatport only. You should definitely watch out for more from this man in 2015. I know I will.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX098 – DE vs. Troit [Berlin, GERMANY]

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Berlin based duo DE vs. Troit are ones to watch, having already released their productions on DMOM, Dunsciat and Trysh Alexander’s Vizion Division. They run an exclusive monthly podcast on Seance Radio in the UK and have delivered a pounding, high octane and energetic sound for Death Techno, filled with plenty of mixer tricks and a peak vibe throughout. Featuring tracks from P.E.A.R.L, Kwartz, Lewis Fautzi, Rebekah, Manni Dee, Ritzi Lee, David Meiser, Surgeon, AnD and many more…


Death Techno – DTMIX098 – DE vs. Troit [Berlin, GERMANY] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. P.E.A.R.L : ordeal i [Planet Rhythm]
02. KWARTZ : form and void (Reeko Remix) [PoleGroup]
03. LEWIS FAUTZI : blocker [Figure]
04. REBEKAH : zero point [CLR]
05. MANNI DEE : relieve the routine [MLTred]
06. RITZI LEE : s.o.s. [Belief System]
07. DAVID MEISER : machines are alive [Subspecies]
08. RITZI LEE : detect signal [Belief System]
09. SURGEON : fixed action pattern [Token]
10. AnD : dusty artefacts [Repitch]
11. Ø [PHASE] : misaligned [Token]
12. INIGO KENNEDY : arcing [Token]
13. P.E.A.R.L : fervor [Newrhythmic]
14. MARK BROOM : twenty nine (Black Mix) [BPitch Control]


DTR | DEADCERT014 : Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)

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Label : DEAD CERT. Records
CAT# : DEADCERT014
Artist : Bruno Ledesma / Ledd
Title : New Routes of Thought
Released : 22 December 2014

01. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes (Original Mix)
02. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – Corrosive Thoughts (Original Mix)
03. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – Melting Process (Original Mix)
04. Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – Melting Process (Subfractal Remix)

Ledd is the new alias of Bruno Ledesma, a recent addition to the DEAD CERT. roster and is well known on the techno scene in his native Argentina. He runs the Concepto Hipnotico label, which is an outlet for deep and hypnotic techno and a forum for his creative sound experimentation. We’ve been looking forward to this release since Bruno’s second mix for us earlier this year [DTMIX087] and he has delivered in spades!

The EP bolts out of the door with “New Routes” which features a chugging rolling bass note with a wide range and depth (listen for it in the opening bars) and some of the tightest kicks I’ve heard in a while. The track is fleshed out with a muted vocal sample and echoing industrial stabs and laser type noises. Similarly tight hihats wind up the tension and keep the funk. This is a cracking first track that has already been picked up by the mighty CLR’s Tommy Four Seven for example.

Corrosive Thoughts” retains enough similarity to be obviously the same producer with a tight kickdrum, the industrial samples, but takes an entirely different groove. The bass is stripped back, the kicks more restrained, and the focus is given to dramatic sweeps of static, cyclic samples and crackling machine sounds. It sounds like the heart of some futuristic workshop – really inventive and it’s great to hear sound experimentation of this type.

On to the third track – “Melting Process.” Slower and more brooding, this one unfolds as we go through with the sense of different layers being revealed. At its heart lies a pulsing, insistent groove that is teased in and out of the fore a number of times. There’s an absolutely devastating breakdown towards the end, reverb and echo liberally applied and then the groove cranked up for the end (those hihats again). The most thoughtful tune on the release and my pick.

The EP is rounded off with the Subfractal remix of Melting Process. The Canadian duo have nudged up the BPM and mutated the bassline into a growling monster and there is great use of percussive samples here. A lesson in variety and simplicity. Ethereal, high synth notes and a nagging vocal sample add tension as the track progresses and are sure to give some hands in the air moments. This is a proper, low slung dancefloor bomb.

The EP entitled “New Routes Of Thought” is available now from Beatport. Fantastic work from this ever growing artist.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX097 – Molwax [Tanah Merah, SINGAPORE]

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Death Techno - Molwax

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Curator of 2 radio shows, one a monthly podcast called Narcotic and Circuit featuring regular guests. Molwax aka Jin How from Singapore, enjoys a polarising mixing style, using loops and FX to create long dubby segments and builds to great effect that you can truly get lost in. A solid track selection certainly helps his cause that features titans like Brian Sanhaji, Edit Select, Maxime Dangles, Ritzi Lee and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX097 – Molwax [Tanah Merah, SINGAPORE] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. BLACK ASTEROID : engine 1 (Brian Sanhaji Remix Another Version) [CLR]
02. ESCHATON : age of iron [Token]
03. DEEPBASS : sequence 1 (Edit Select Dub) [Edit Select]
04. TRAUMER : oscla [Skryptöm]
05. MAXIME DANGLES : lyoc [Break New Soil]
06. MR. JONES : mastermind (Ritzi Lee Remix) [The Public Stand]
07. ALESSAN MAIN : pole two [Concepto Hipnotico]


DTR | LIMITEDG006

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Label : LIMITED.G.
CAT# : LIMITEDG006
Artist : Various
Title : 006
Released : 28 November 2014

01. Andrea Belluzzi – 1 (Original Mix)
02. Marcus – 2 (Original Mix)
03. The Plant Worker – 3 (Original Mix)
04. XHEI – 4 (Original Mix)

This is the sixth release on the LIMITED.G. label run by Andrea Belluzzi. Andrea is well regarded in the German and worldwide scene with good reason. Having worked with artists such as Jonas Kopp, Angel Costa and Joachim Speith, whilst releasing on labels including Syneweave, Affin, Kaputt and Mechno he is in great company. The LIMITED label itself has already become known for the functional, upfront techno it puts out, which first came to my attention earlier this year; now several pieces of it’s vinyl are in my record bag. I really enjoy this format of EP – four tracks, four artists – it really gives value for money and a better depth of quality that removes that scenario of buying the EP for one track.

So, to the music.

A1” by the man himself combines clattering percussion and insistent wobbling acid over a lovely 808 kit. The track builds to a frantic crescendo and then drops into a deep space breakdown with some beautiful drawn out synth notes and sweeping acid back to the front to reintroduce the drums. All the way through there is a single percussive note tying the track together, sounding like some locator beacon flashing its signal in an empty space. Really a track to get lost in.

A2” by Marcus treads a different path. Quite an eye opener this one. It sounds quite deep initially and after a few bars it dawns on you how pacy and edgy this track really is. Full of jacked up melody and industrial scrapes and crunches, reverb and delay is used to great effect, adding just enough, but taking nothing away from the brightness of the tones. The whole lot is laid over a stomping kick drum (reminiscent of some of Mr G’s productions) and a rolling single bass note, it adds up to an immersive and energetic track. It’s very hard to describe this track properly – you should just listen to it! My pick of the release.

On the flip side, “B1” from The Plant Worker takes a hypnotic slightly overdriven loop and puts it front and centre throughout. There are some lush, understated synths in the background and a beautifully warm bassline that’s rolled along by a clean, straight up kick and classy hats. As with many good tracks, new elements are revealed within the breaks, hiding behind the beat and bass. Here we have some extra percussive elements – muted toms and what I would swear is a woodblock, though I might stand corrected. The new elements continue forward in the track and create a “wait… were they there all along?” moment, that is a hallmark of a well thought out track. Fine work.

The final cut, or “B2” by rising Argentinian artist named XHEI, is different again. The first thing that hits you is a frantic wobbling loop and pulsing laser noise dragging you down, down into the groove. Suddenly the laser sparks upwards and dissolves sublimely into a haunting melody contrasting nicely with the underlying energy. The breakdown is a crescendo of open hats and rides, then an echoing synth note that sounds like a call to action. The latter half of the track layers up more cymbals to devastating effect, along with the return of said laser noise and a couple of cheeky bass cuts with well placed single handclaps. As the track plays out further you notice the scything, scraping noise that yes, has actually been there all along. Pure class.

Another quality LIMITED.G. release to add to the collection, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what 007 brings to the table.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)


DTMIX096 – L.A.W. [Fermanagh, N. IRELAND]

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Death Techno - L.A.W.

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If you didn’t already know… L.A.W. are the award winning production and DJ duo Lisa & Alice Wallace. These formidable sisters have already stamped their mark on techno culture by holding residencies from the UK to Ibiza. You can hear their music on some of the most taste making labels around like Hans Bouffmyhre’s Sleaze, Sutter Cane’s Driving Forces, Tom Hades’ Rhythm Convert(ed), Rebekah’s Decoy and recently seeing their remix for Dave Clarke put out on the legendary CLR. Their Exclusive Death Techno set is as edgy and tough, as it is diverse. Tracks featured by Virulent, Frankyeffe & Markus Bohm, Subjected, Wirrwarr, Mark Morris, Fabrizio Lapiana and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX096 – L.A.W. [Fermanagh, N. IRELAND] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. KAPOOR : self belief [Four Sides]
02. R.N.T.S. : answer [Etichetta Nera]
03. GARRETT DILLON : untruths (Virulent Remix) [Dystopian Rhythm]
04. HANS BOUFFMYHRE : burrow [Unknown Territory]
05. FRANKYEFFE & MARKUS BOHM : a613 [Afulab]
06. ALEX TOMB : 2000 reasons to remember (Aerts Remix) [LCD]
07. SECLUDED : blocked (Subjected External Remix) [Sleaze]
08. WIRRWARR : shadow glimpse [Decoy]
09. SINTOMA : cardeoide 2 [Illegal Alien]
10. CAVE DJs : achtung [Shout]
11. DAVE CLARKE : storm (L.A.W. Remix) [CLR]
12. FIXEER : arkanoid (Mark Morris Remix) [Illegal Alien]
13. REBEKAH : zero point [CLR]
14. ONTAL : penetration [Ontal Series]
15. FABRIZIO LAPIANA : 1003B [M_Rec LTD]
16. ONTAL & 2ND GENO : shock [Ontal Series]
17. DUALIT : rant [Fifth Wall]


DTR | EDR004 : Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)

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Label : Eternal Drive Recordings
CAT# : EDR004
Artist : Uun
Title : Chaos Element
Released : 19 November 2014

01. Uun – Chaos Element (Original Mix)
02. Uun – Bending Mind (Original Mix)
03. Uun – Chaos Element (Woody McBride DJ ESP Remix)
04. Uun – Chaos Element (James Kelley Remix)

Uun is a producer I’ve been following with enthusiasm for some time. Also known as Ryan Malony, he made a name for himself in the Midwest USA and around the world by collaborating with the likes of Dystopian Rhythm, Sutter Cane, Andrei Morant, Monument and Reloading Records. This is his first EP on Eternal Drive Recordings.

The title track “Chaos Element” goes straight for the throat. A super clean and heavy kick drum is front and centre and that’s just as it should be – solid is too small a word for this kick. A nagging, cyclic sample does its thing in the background and leads into a break to the main body of the track. This is heads down, late night work – kicks, hats, hypnotics – with a number of sounds weaving in and out of the forefront during the course of the track, providing consistent interest. This is the standout track of the EP for me.

Bending Mind” is an excellent second track. The sound and tone is instantly recognisable from the first tune, but this is completely different. Here, chugging, booming bass is brought to the fore, with the kicks just slightly further back. This bass was meant to be dropped like a hammer and there are several drops in the track itself. For me, one of Uun’s real talents is his hihat work, and these are exceptional – fizzing with energy multilayered, energetic and varied from the start.

On to the remixes… DJ ESP aka Woody McBride shoots Chaos Element into the stratosphere with some frenetic loops underpinning the kicks and a gradually developing synth line that feels like deep space unfolding in front of you. There’s a big, synth led breakdown too.

The James Kelley take on the same track pulls the pace down a notch or two, echoing out the kicks, fattening up the bass, and adding a disturbing rattle and some hypnotising stabs. Listen carefully to those stabs – that’s where the pressure builds in this mix. This is a very good remix – sufficiently different to the original, yet retaining the elements recognisably.

Any of these four will do you proud on the dancefloor and each is an enjoyable listen in its own right. The whole is a well thought out package of powerful and intriguing techno. You can grab EDR004 from today at the links above.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



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DTMIX095 – Rommek [Totnes, ENGLAND]

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Rommek is on the rise as an in demand producer, with releases on Sonntag Morgen, Labrynth and Weekend Circuit under his belt in less than one year. He has a raw and hypnotic style of production that is consistently captivating and edgy and is firmly set for making a huge impact. He has recently embarked on his own radio show and in this Exclusive set he drops some fresh forthcoming promos that are due out on Emmanuel’s “A R T S” imprint. Also included are tracks from Ventress, Adriana Lopez, James Ruskin, Ritzi Lee, MTD, Cleric, Charlton, Surgeon and more…


Death Techno – DTMIX095 – Rommek [Totnes, ENGLAND] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. COLIN STETSON : awake on foreign shores [Constellation]
02. ROMMEK & CIRCULA : grey area [Unreleased]
03. VENTRESS : untitled [Avian]
04. ROMMEK : 1 view, 100 versions [soon on… A R T S]
05. ROMMEK : thought patterns (Adriana Lopez Remix) [Weekend Circuit]
06. JAMES RUSKIN : graphic [Ostgut Ton]
07. RITZI LEE : activate [Belief System]
08. ROMMEK – mariana trench (MTD Remix) [Sonntag Morgen]
09. ROMMEK : occult [soon on… A R T S]
10. RUMAH & PROGRESSION : strike [Unreleased]
11. CLERIC : breach [ARTS]
12. ROMMEK : spice melange [Sonntag Morgen]
13. CHARLTON : chaotic behaviour [Mord]
14. SURGEON : fixed action pattern [Token]
15. ROMMEK : statik [soon on… A R T S]
16. DIVIDED : into depths [Unreleased]


DTMIX094 – Vegim [Pristina, KOSOVO]

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The “Take More Music” or TMM Records label boss supplies his exciting exclusive debut mix for Death Techno. Having also worked with labels like A.Paul’s Naked Lunch, Dr Hoffman’s Blind Spot Music and Joton’s Newrhythmic his production style is vast, consistently delivering creative ideas all the time. Flying the flag for Kosovo, Vegim shows his love for energetic and driving techno with a quality set that includes artists like Komprezzor, Tex-Rec, Brian Burger, Dolby D, Exium and a first play of his own forthcoming track on DEAD CERT. Records…


Death Techno – DTMIX094 – Vegim [Pristina, KOSOVO] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. DOPE HEX : in the small place [Technodrome]
02. RYOGO YAMAMORI : goodbye (Diego Hostettler & Krenzlin Remix) [951beat]
03. KOMPREZZOR : drained [Reloading]
04. PHARMAKON : opress [Black Brook]
05. TEX-REC : l.pax 1 [Tex-Rec]
06. TONIKATTITUDE : paranoid (Aggregat Retool) [Rawhard Audio]
07. UUN : reduction (Brian Burger Remix) [Reloading]
08. VEGIM : binary trip [soon on… DEAD CERT. Records]
09. TEX-REC : l.pax 2 [Tex-Rec]
10. DOLBY D & A.PAUL : insidious act1 [Dolma]
11. BORIQUA TRIBEZ : achromatiq (Vegim Repaint) [soon on… Achromatic]
12. OMAR SOLIS : sweep noise [Assassin Soldier]
13. PFIRTER : tide (Exium Remix) [Mindtrip]
14. MONO.xID : marodeur [DEAD CERT. Records]
15. VEGIM : sequence you [soon on… Luminar]