Review: Given the success of the first two installments of the Editions series, it's little surprise to see XDB put together a third volume for his Metrolux imprint. He's assembled another crack team of international contributors, too. Autre and Xinner join forces on opener "Nebula", a fine combination of low-slung techno drums, restless electronics and deep space sonics. Autre goes solo to deliver the fluttering, late night hypnotism of "Seiryu", before Kryptic Universe steals the show with "01309 Stairways", a superb chunk of rolling intelligent techno that features an extended ambient intro. Owen Jay and Brian James round things off with the distorted drum machine hits and woozy riffs of "Chordless" (which, to be fair, is an accurate title).
Review: "Acid Was Conflict - 7th City Classics Volume 1" is an absolutely essential techno release. This is the first record in a series of three limited edition re-issues, with selected tracks from the legendary 7th City Detroit catalogue. This monumental re-release features the amazing "Acid Wash Conflict" by the master Claude Young under his Brother From Another Planet alias. This has long stood as a blueprint for minimal music of today, played regularly by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos and Dan bell etc.
Review: Welcome aboard Flight RYR013, departing from JFK and taking you on a turbulent and twisted journey from the Aviary at the Brooklyn Zoo
to the Waterfront at Portsmouth. There will be several layovers along the way; first stop Singapore, where local player Lee Xhin delivers 20
lashes to your brain with a proper tech-house excursion. '5th Hour' reminds our patrons why we fell for this music in the first place: trippy and
funky with loads of attitude. Next stop, Sweden. Martin Skogehall reminds us to pack the parkas as hypnotic, dreamlike soundscapes meet
us with a January chill. The aptly named 'Penguino' delivers the finest in after-hour Nordic bliss. Onward and upward toward Scotland. AVZ's
'Pully' offers you a mechanical, machine-like psychosis if you choose to accept the mission. Mental, peak-hour business here; this might be
the toughest part of our journey. Our next stop takes us to the UK where Tim Cook unleashes a pounding, forward-thinking techno workout
that is sure to use all the Sky-Miles in one go. Relentless and funky, 'Dip-out' may very well have you tap-out. The last part of our journey has
us return to where it all started. Brooklyn stalwart Charlie Mo trades in the high-tech cement for the pulsing nitrous oxide rhythms of the 'Hippy
Crack'. No silly studio trickery here; just a no-nonsense flight through the haunted sounds of a big-room during a wild landing.
Review: "Active Agent" is the new groundbreaking composition from Harthouse - this instantly causes addictive behaviour. The wisely assorted collection of artists is a clue for how high the bar has been raised.
Review: The 'One Each EP' has Xpansul on the a-side throwing down 'Formula Humo', a massive dance floor filler with twisted melodic hooks. On the flip, label boss Alexi Delano whips out 'Operations', a deeper track circulating amongst the techno elite for over a year.
Review: Xpansul and Alexi Delano, the hottest duo of techno, have made some space on their tight schedule full with remixes, releases and gigs to appear for the first time together on Discos De Lata. They bring two tracks that are a perfect example of the sound that has put them on the top places of charts and dancefloors all over the world. "Foreign Exchange" has all the elements of that good old techno we all love: powerful bass, a steady, playful groove, deep and mysterious bassline, elegant and distinctive sounds with that hypnotic touch, and well executed arrangements. A delightful track to play, dance and listen to altogether.
Review: In 2006 Alexi Delano collaborated with Xpansul in Madrid to create two EP's that have left a footprint on the minimal techno scene. The first EP, named "Intelligence Reframed", was released on Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label while the second. "Swimming In A Fish Bowl", came out on Adam Beyer's Truesoul recordings. Alexi Delano and Xpansul's third production is now being released on Trapez! The duo further refine Trapez family's well documented love affair with all things Spanish. "Un As Bajo La Manga" is an amazing release.
Review: Alexi Delano and Santi "Xpansul" Ferrer met during 2004 in Madrid, Spain and have been recording together since. 2006 marks a strong release year for the duo with their debut on Plus 8 as well as a single on Adam Beyer's True Soul label. Both together and separately their recording and performing careers have each taken shape over the last 10 plus years. "Intelligence Reframed" rattles and rolls in true Plus 8 dancefloor spirit, shifting in precise yet animated techno. The A-side lead off track "Echolocation" sends a driving but relaxed beat into a sinister zone of space. "Cosmic Antipathy" grooves along with its electro stabs, square - wave bubbles and cosmic tones that squelch and electrocute. First off the edge of the B - side is "Vegetotherapy", a deeper approach to their sound with a slightly industrialized attitude. "Meta - Intellectual" takes the record out on a surgical bang, tossing up layers of shadow melodies and manic loops of metallic percussion.
Alexi originally hails from Stockholm (Sweden) where he grew into DJing and producing alongside friends Cari Lekebusch and Jesper Dahlback during the early 1990's. From living in cities like Barcelona and now New York, his musical & DJ perspective is global and his sounds continue to expand. Santiago Ferrer runs three labels, Discos De Lata, MSX and Sindicato Records, based out of Madrid. He is one of Spain's most respected electronic music artists and has new releases coming out on Apnea and his own Discos De Lata label.
Review: DJINXX/Xpansul's Spanish Kebab' is a pulsating tech house track that begins in a minimal fashion and slowly builds and builds,
gaining more energy and tension with each break. A sinister electro synth enters and pushes the melody deeper into your head.
4 minutes into the song, silence hits and slowly builds to an eruption that will cause mayhem on any sound-system. Out on Ovum.
Review: Continuing their quest to represent artists that carry the torch for the most stripped back of club tracks, Vinylclub notch up the second part in their burgeoning series with another three maverick movers and shakers who aren't afraid to hold back in the studio. Vladimir Ivanov is particularly frugal with his sounds, as "Slambaban" whispers out a rhythmic command with the slightest of drums. Xandru is in a similar mood, but with a kinked groove that injects that offbeat energy into "Chapo". For something a little bit sturdier, head to the Fede Lijt track "Do It" which gets straight into the micro funk and calls to mind classic Trapez styles in the process.
Review: The first techno output from this collaboration between Mario Masullo and Maurizio Martusciello. "X Crossing", as the title suggests, is a melting pot between different styles, with an ear to the past and an eye to the future.
Review: Mario Masullo is the co-founder of the Italian label Defrag. For this Karaoke Kalk Pets release he has teamed up with XM (aka Maurizio Martusciello), put aside his familiar minimal sound and devoted himself to the cheery, more technoid realms of electronic dance music. "Gimme Some Truth" is an excellent tech-house release.
Review: From Leeds to London via Bristol; PBR Streetgang and X-Press 2 have collided to create two superb slabs of timeless late night house; "Cosine" is a prog-minded, star-gazing strutter that would have sounded impeccable if it were released at any stage in the last 20 years. "Key Free" is a more upbeat, tech-minded workout with jazzy intentions... The frenetic synth meanders underpinned by a really creepy, ominous synth bass tone that wouldn't have gone amiss on Garnier's F-Com back in the day. For remix pleasure, "Cosine" enjoys a psychedelic twist from Lauer and a crunchy, angular electro b-boy flip from Elastic Dreams man A Sagittariun. Powerful.