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DOOB, ARMIE, JAVI GREEN - CITY LIGHTS EP (NOT FOR US) (12/11)

 Not For Us Records welcomes a top trio of artists in Clockpoets aka Døob, Armie and Javi Green, who serve up three collaborative tracks that make for another meticulously crafted EP of absorbing house music.

 Making use of modular synths and analogue drum machines in the studio, they have landed on labels like Inwave and Natural Rhythm as well as this one, where they impress once more here.

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JC LAURENT - DISTRESSED WORLD (HIDDEN RECORDINGS) (15/11)

A name familiar to Hidden Recordings, France based JC Laurent returns for the fourth time with Distressed World. As with each release, expectations are high and the young Frenchman impresses with his latest body of work. He delivers three original tracks inspired by the current state of global affairs: underlying tension, is in mood with the need for a steady hand. JC’s profile continues to rise as well with his newly minted DJ residency at Kwartz Club in Nice, France. Over the course of his nights there, Entitled ‘JC Laurent Invites’ he has shared the stage with artists such as Jay Clarke, Ryan James Ford, Shlomo, AWB, Adriana Lopez, Oliver Deutschmann and Deepak Sharma.

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POLA - RISE ABOVE THE CLOUDS (BASS CULTURE LIMITED) (22/11)

D’Julz’s Bass Culture has long been known for releasing some of house and techno’s most treasured releases, either through the main label or courtesy of its sister imprint, the no-less emphatic Bass Culture Limited. For the label’s latest, it switches its attention to Hungarian DJ/producer and label boss, Pola. The man behind All Inn Records, Pola is renowned for his eclectic vision, the likes of which incorporates house and techno in its many guises. From that perspective, his debut release on Bass Culture Limited is nothing if not an apt one.

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ALE F & CRAZY SONIC - SELF CONTROL (BALLROOM RECORDS) (26/11)

Ballroom Records continues to define the sound of Berlin’s underground with an EP from Ale F & Crazy Sonic that features four tracks of high impact minimal techno.

Crazy Sonic aka Rudolf Wrany has a history in music that dates back to the nineties in Vienna, when he organised parties and played with the legendary Kruder & Dorfmeister. He then went on to set up his own and now world famous ‘Tuesday Electronicclub CRAZY’ as well as play at events like Creamfields and in cities like Sao Paolo in the ensuing years. He now runs the FLEXSchallplatten label, has released on DJ Hell’s Gigolo label and Tronic, with a number of underground Beatport hits to his name in that time. Here he works with Ale F, a Brazilian DJ and Producer born in São Paulo and a key player in his local scene, as well as having made an impact with music on labels such as Time Has Changed, all of which has had high profile support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Agoria and Marco Carola .

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HYBRASIL - HYBRASIL 006: PTAH (HYBRASIL) (26/11)

2018 has been a landmark year for Irish live act, Hybrasil. Aside from playing Ireland’s famed Electric Picnic festival, he has also thrown it down in Ibiza alongside the likes of Sam Pagagnini and Len Faki at Amnesia, released on Gregor Tresher’s Break New Soil, and as if that weren’t enough, has even traded Dublin for a full-time move to Berlin. To round off the year in suitably momentous fashion, he delivers the sixth instalment on his Hybrasil label. Featuring three slabs of dancefloor-driven, upfront techno, the release has already been supported by Dave Clarke (who played ‘Ares’ on his famed White Noise Radio show) and is sure to go down a treat with fans of the producer in particular.

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DIRK SID ENO - HITACHI EP (DANTZE) (30/11)

Anyone who’s encountered Dirk Sid Eno’s music to date will be all too aware of the man in question’s ability to conjure up fascinating, house-focused soundscapes. For his latest, he turns his attention to the Dantze label for a release that’s full of fascinating and intriguing sounds from the off. Featuring two originals from Dirk as well as a remix each from his German compatriots, Smash TV and Claus Casper, this is house music with a firm, robust and timeless edge of the sort that will never go out of fashion.

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BLACK NOISE - ILLUSIONS LP (VANITY PRESS RECORDS) (30/11)

Despite only having but a few releases to his name, emerging U.S. producer Black Noi$e (AKA Rob Mansel) is a man already earning rave reviews for his no-nonsense approach to electronic music. Always intricate and unique, the Detroit-based producer first burst on to the scene courtesy of his self-titled EP, released via the burgeoning Vanity Press label last year. A release that spoke volumes of the producer’s ability to churn out contemporary yet classic-sounding techno and electro, he’s also since released 12’s for the likes of Portage Garage Sounds, and early indications would suggest that this is a man most definitely on the rise.

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SECRET CINEMA - LATINO ACID (GEM RECORDS) (30/11)

Label boss Secret Cinema returns to Gem courtesy of the long-awaited follow up to his rapturously received Séance EP. The Latino Acido EP comes straight from the Dutch techno legend’s modular synth setup, and features two dancefloor-friendly cuts, both of which have evidently been produced with peak-time floors in mind.

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SONNEN BLUMEN KERNE - GINKO EP (TECHFUI) (30/11)

Anyone who’s followed Salah Sadeq’s TECHFUI imprint will tell you that this is a label that prides itself on doing things in their own inimitable way. Everyone’s expression is unique, interesting and a collaborated product of life’s experiences — something that is reflected in each of the label’s releases. Bringing family, friends and fresh talents together, their way of working is one that’s beginning to pay dividends, with its forward-thinking, cutting-edge vibe attracting artists of the calibre of Pawas, Nohijo (Lee Sandwith), Esther Duijn, Birdsmakingmachine and Cheh, as well as the aforementioned label owner, Salah Sadeq.  

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NOHA - TARTOUFFE VOL.10 (TARTOUFFE) (30/11)

Noha is a man on a roll right now. Born in Rome but now firmly based in Berlin, the endlessly versatile talent has enjoyed a whirlwind 2018. with releases on Giuliano Lomonte’s Point of View, Archie Hamilton’s Moscow and perhaps most memorably, his collaboration with Alex Tea, ‘Chi Ci Pensa’ as Patagonia firmly putting his name in the global electronic music spotlight. His latest, released here via the Yoyaku-affiliated Tartouffe label, sees the inimitable producer hark back toward his more minimal inspirations via a two track EP that’s high on drama and suspense throughout.

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FRAZER CAMPBELL - COUNTERFEIT SOUL VOL.2 (COUNTERFEIT SOUL RECORDS) (03/12)

Frazer Campbell is the label boss at Elliot Projects, a burgeoning label with a MO that focuses around top class house and techno. Aside from the label owner, the imprint has also hosted music from, DRED Records John Osborn and Freerotation’s Tom Ellis, proof if needed that they’re very much on the up. If the latter names give you an idea of what to expect, the fact that Campbell recently collaborated with celebrated techno artist Steve O’Sullivan should no doubt compound the fact that this is an individual who’s very much switched on when it comes to contemporary electronic music.

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RUFF STUFF - UNTITLED06 (RUFF STUFF LTD) (07/12)

Italian pairing Ruff Stuff have been living quite a charmed existence of late. Known individually as Nanni & Francois, this house-loving pair have rocked up on a host of well-renowned labels, including Berlin Bass Collective, Neovinyl, Quality Vibe and King Street Sounds. However, it’s their work on their own label, the aptly names Ruff Stuff Music Ltd, for which they’re arguably best renowned. Their latest release, the sixth on the label, is arguably one of their best yet. Channeling classic house vibes throughout and calling on a remix from British man-of-the-moment Harrison BDP, it’s an intoxicating listen that keeps the listener on their toes throughout.

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IMAGINARY PART - MACHINE LEARNING (MUSEEK RECORDS) (10/12)

Museek Records is an Italian label with a simple but honest philosophy: if the music is good and they dig it, they’ll release it. To date, it’s meant the label has flirted with a range of different sounds, with the general consensus being that their way of working has emitted some staggeringly impressive results to date. A similar thread courses throughout the diverse sounds of their latest. This time about, it comes at us from Davide Cuoghi aka Imaginary Part, a relatively elusive producer with but a few releases to his name so far. Machine Learning is his debut LP - and it truly is a joy to behold. Davide takes inspiration from a mathematical notion vis his alias, as in mathematics complex numbers are made from a real part and an imaginary part. Without the imaginary part they are purely real. Imaginary Part is an escape from reality, taking inspiration from ambient, downtempo and abstract soundtracks.


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CHRISTOPHER KAH - SECOND NATURE (HIGHWAV RECORDS) (14/12)

Composed over the course of a long, hot summer month, Christopher Kah’s latest long player serves up a firm reminder of the endless possibilities involved in creating electronic music. An 8-track affair that sees the producer call on his trademark brooding techno sound, it nonetheless serves up a fascinating alternative to his last album, the brilliantly received Limited Resource. With that one picking up heavy support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, this is another that’s sure to appeal to those interested in dancefloor-driven electronica. From wild electro sounds to Detroit-inspired techno, it serves up a energy-filled workout that barely if ever pauses for breath.

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ROAR - LES RODEURS (WORK IN PROGRESS) (15/12)

Every now and then an EP comes around that really makes you stand up and take notice for all the right reasons. ROAR’s Les Rôdeurs EP is a case in point. Lest you be unaware of this burgeoning duo, they’ve already had their work signed to a host of well-renowned labels, including Archipel, Resopal Schallware, MAMA and Baile Musik. Based in Marseille, they’re defined by their complex, emotion-laden sounds as well as their use of out-there samples and quirky melodies. Meticulous in their approach, the Les Rôdeurs EP marks the duo’s first release on their own Work in Progress imprint. If it’s anything to go by, this is a label we’ll be watching out for for some time yet.

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DOUBTINGTHOMAS - GAAZOL003 (W/DIEGO KRAUSE REMIX) (GAAZOL) (17/12)

French live act DoubtingThomas (aka Aurelien Riviere) has been on a rich vein of form of late. Famed for his hypnotic, winding and always captivating tracks, the Toulouse native has left his intricate stamp on a wide-range of discerning imprints, the latest of which is Gaazol. Based in Lille and quickly earning a reputation for savvy minimal and house records, it’s the perfect fit for a producer renowned for similar aesthetics. Founded in 2015 and ran by Crisna, Molek and Yamos, the promoters have brought the likes of Mandar, Cristi Cons, Nu Zau, Cabanne, Ferro and Lowris to their native city, while bring their party-starting vibes to Paris, Brussels, London and Berlin among other cities.

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EMANUELE COLUCCI - ET AINSI DE SUITE EP (CLOCK POETS DIGITAL) (12/01)

Following an inaugural EP from label heads Døob, Armie and Javi Green, Clockpoets Digital follows it up with an equally excellent new offering from Italian Emanuele Colucci.

Colucci started out as a DJ and soon progressed to making his own music. Honing in on his own unique brand of minimal, he went on to set up the net label Illogical Kit and explore darker ambient soundscapes as Heman Colu. Under his given name, though, he mixes up those influences with a more direct and dynamic dance floor style that takes cues from the likes of Plastikman and Ricardo Villalobos.

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TOM ELLIS - CHARM OFFENSIVE EP (MOTION SEQUENCE) (14/01)

Tom Ellis might be best known for being one of the main men behind the scene-shaping Freerotation  festival, but in recent years it’s his work as a producer for which he’s becoming equally known. Famed for an almost peerless ability to conjure up captivating and intriguing cuts, his is a shrewd way of working that’s in keeping with Freero’s own penchant for eclecticism. For his latest, he switches his attention to Motion Sequence, a recently established French label with a modus operandi that incorporates everything from intelligent sounding techno to oddball minimal soundspheres. From that perspective alone, Ellis’ appearance here is very much an obvious one.

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THE MOLE - A WALK IN A FIELD (SERIALISM) (14/01)

In a scene renowned for its many unique figures and endlessly complex ways of working, it’s saying something that the music of The Mole still stands apart for its greatness. A true innovator in a field of similarly-minded individuals, his is a way of working that manages to be both engaging, captivating and mind-blowing at the same time. For his latest, the Cobblestone Jazz man shows off some of his vintage colours courtesy of a release which comes at us here from Cesare vs Disorder’s Serialism imprint. If you’ve been following Serialism of late, you’ll know all too well that this is a label with an MO that veers toward the unusual and the enthralling. From this perspective alone, the signing of four tracks here must have proved something of a no-brainer for all involved.


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NASTY BOY / FLML - PARALLEL JOURNEYS (ALLEY VERSION) (15/01)

Following releases from Mituo Shiomi/Drum Machine and Takeshi Kouziki, discerning Italian imprint Alley Version is back courtesy of their third release, ‘Parallel Journeys’. a split EP that again showcases the Bologna label’s shrewd A&R skills. This time about, the label welcomes newcomer Nasty Boy to the fold alongside the label owners, FLML.  Another thrilling record that’s sure to go down a treat with the heads, this one is full to the brim with discerning dancefloor vibes, the likes of which have arrived at the perfect time of year.

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SILVERLINING - SILVERLINING DUBS (IX) (SILVERLINING DUBS) (TBC)

Ask anyone involved in London’s treasured underground house scene of the mid 90s and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Silverlining is among that era’s most prolific and consistent producers. A musician and DJ of considerable craft and technicality, his is a way of working that’s meant he’s gained a sort of cult following in discerning circles, with his many vinyl releases always going down a treat with in-the-know record heads. Don’t just take our word for it: check out Silverlining’s Discogs page to get an idea of what we’re talking about. For his latest, the British producer returns to his Silverlining Dubs imprint for a four track EP that’s laced with dancefloor-focused goodness.

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