Jake and Rex are back in the game and going home. Their new single sees Rex The Dog returning to their original home, German Techno label Kompakt. Easily one of the finest producers out there, Jake Williams and his four legged friend combines his love of 80s SynthPop with analog Disco grooves and twisted DIY Techno to create a sound unlike any other. This uniqueness will only be enhanced by Jake spending the last couple of years learning how to build synths. Sicko was composed on this home-made equipment, check it out.
Sicko is a spacious tune, but the stripped down elements it works with are used to their fullest to deliver a rich and full sound. Innovative arpeggiated rhythmic modulated voice sampling provides a unique and compelling core for the track; which then accessories with vintage Electro beats and Techno effects. This is the space that Rex works best in, taking eclectic instrumentation and turning into something effortlessly funky. Over it’s six minute length Sicko just keeps delivering the surprises, so dive on in. Fire up the strobes lights and raise the dog with laser eyes, Rex is back to wreck shop.
♫ Rex The Dog – Sicko
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is released 2nd March on Kompakt. Pre-order the 12” here, we have!
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Here’s the latest slice of synthesizer goodness from The C90s’ Danny Ashenden in his Earl Grey guise. It;’s for Australian producer Tunnel Signs who’s teamed up with the half of Act Yo Age and awfully named Jerk Boy to release Traxworks, a pretty slick and rumbling Techno track that Earl Grey lifts into space-age House territory.
Earl Grey’s take on the tune is a glorious burbling House track that leans heavily both on Acid and Cosmic Disco with a sweet does of Bleep House thrown in for good measure (and seeing as Bleep House is one of our favourite forms of House music, that seriously endears the track to us). Danny keeps the track spacious and atmospheric, with layers of Sci-Fi soundscaping, but never looses sight of that tight tight warehouse vibe; delivering an out-of-body dancefloor experience.
♫ Tunnel Signs & Jerk Boy – Traxworks (Earl Grey ‘Tunnel Of Love’ reMix)
Tunnel Signs & Jerk Boy’s Traxwork is out 26th November.
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London SynthPopper Christianoshi’s Trademark produced track Fake Blood first graced these pages a couple of years ago, and like his other tune, Trust, has got itself a re-release. Except this time he’s enlisted Disco renaissance man and political satirist Ali Jamieson to drag the track a couple of years into the present. Out money is on I Feel Sick being the next Christianoshi release, then he’ll be disappearing for a couple of years to write three new tunes.
Ali get’s his House groove on with this new one; in fact, at times the track veers into the realms of (dare we say it) Techno and even EBM. Amid all the Germanic arpeggios and chopped up vocals it’s reassuring that the tracks rests on a skippy House beat to keep you moving. Layered with a nice line in 90s space-y pads; a Dub version of the tune could nicely fit along side the likes of Orbital in that kind of early-to-mid 90s tough-but-ambient era of dance music. It’s a good job then, that a sweet Dub version of the reMix is also available for your downloading and dancing pleasure.
♫ Christianoshi – Fake Blood (Ali Jamieson reMix)
♫ Christianoshi – Fake Blood (Ali Jamieson Dub reMix)
Christianoshi’s Fake Blood is out now.
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Released this week is the new EP from Bristol legends Kosheen darker, more dancefloor oriented, wing Kosheen DJs. Three tracks of pounding and unrelenting electronic groove that is highlighted by the EP’s lead track Take Me. Strap in for some bass heavy vibes.
Drawing as much from their Drum & Bass roots as they do hypnotic Deep House, Kosheen DJs Mark and Darren deliver a track that is involving and intoxicating. Rolling on low, pulsating bass grumbles the tune offers up a pallet of House stabs, 70s Spy Thriller notes and echoing vocal snatches that bob and weave around the relentless bass and kick groove like a lifeboat lost at sea. A full-on tune to loose yourself in on the dancefloor.
♫ Kosheen DJs – Take Me
Kosheen DJ’s Take Me EP is out now.
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Belgian drum machine master ATTAR!’s latest reMix is released this week. As part of the reMix package for Coma Coast 1989/The Ritual double A-side, Renaud Deru injects a little strobe-light vibe into the ElectroPop release. Get ready for a hypnotic club stormer.
Going deep into the roots of House, ATTAR! serves up a little Chicago and a little Detroit in this warehouse collision. the machine beauty of early Techno meets the hedonistic groove of early House, replete with pulsating Bleep House basslines and doomy vocals. Taking the tunes title literally, this reMix perfectly conjures an underground late 80s mood, when the beats were raw and the bass heavy.
♫ Coma Coast – 1989 (ATTAR! reMix)
Coma Coast’s 1989/The Ritual is out now.
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Terminvs is London based TurboFunk producer Sharooz’s foray into post-EBM, post-Gesaffelstein Techno. All the cool kids are doing it these days, so why not. While the tunes might not be as intoxicating and dirty Disco, it can be a lot more fun to make, if you like brapping out with synths that is. And from the sound of Terminvs, Sharooz definitely does.
Amidst the ringing, occasionally dissonant, electronic mayhem, Sharooz actually lays down an utterly infectious Teutonic groove. A 242-esque bassline and some old school House drums keep the track more than interesting, giving the track a late 80s Acid House undercurrent. If fact, if you tune out the Industrial purcussion and synth brap you’re left with quite a classic sounding warehouse jam. A tune with a surprising number of levels.
♫ Sharooz – Terminvs
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So, it seems like everyone is jumping on that Gesaffelstein Nu-EBM, Techno train these days. Making that mad Powernoise cash, yo! Next up is Nightly, new alter-ego of German Disco dude Christian Strobe, who releases a double A-side single this week consisting of Build One and Build Two. Also, we can’t be the only ones geeky enough to see the words ‘Nightly’ and ‘Build’ together and have our minds immediately go to software release schedules? Yes? Oh well…carry on.
To be fair to Mr. Strobe, he does inject a fair amount of Groove into his pulsating, grinding Techno. Set among a relentless onslaught of Industrial purcussion, siren screams, Electro zap and drone synths, there sits a little bit of Funk that gives the track an unusual swing. There’s a bright lead line that is strangely reminiscent to Russ Chimes’ Never Look Back that elevates the track above the noise. The upshot of all this contradiction if a song that is forcefully powerful, a dancefloor destroyer, but one that will stand out for the Teutonic Techno pack.
♫ Nightly – Build One (Original Mix)
Nightly’s Build One/Build Two is out now.
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We’ve alluded to it before, but we now think it’s about time that someone sat down with the current crop of post-Electro Techno producers and explained to them, that they are just making EBM. The only difference between a lot of modern EBM and Eleccy Teccy producers is the publications they get written about in and the venues they are booked to play. Case in point, Belgian Electroheads Goose, who, admittedly, have always had Electro-Rock leanings and always been more than a little EBM anyway, but who now are primed to jump on board with the likes of Gesaffelstein in gruff arpeggio world-domination.
Check out their latest single, released next week. Falling’s open-hi-hat-on–beat 4/4 rhythm is pure Industrial stomp and it’s juggernaut arpeggiated hook is dancefloor twisted 242 magic. The track was mixed by French legend Alex Gopher and sets it’s self apart from the crowd not in it’s beats or basslines, but in it’s mastery of energy. The gradually rising, simplistic, vocals become a mantra guiding you through the highs and depths of the track. It’s a deceptively minimal tune that is always in complete control. More sophisticated than 99.9% of modern EBM? Yes definitely, but sonically right in the same boat.
♫ Goose – Falling
Goose’s Falling is released 12th November.
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Check out Maya Jane Coles’ reMix of Tiga Vs. Audition (Matthew Dear)’s hype inducing Let’s Go Dancing. Tiga’s most explosive track for al long while, Let’s Go Dancing caused a bit of a stir when it was released a couple of months ago, now with the release of the reMix EP looming we can wrap out ears around this, the one we were most looking forward to.
Maya takes things Deep and Techy with this one. Six minutes of hypnotic warehouse sounds with a fantasy twist. With a seeming nod to early Warp Bleep House Maya playfully skims magical melodies and psychedelic synths over to surface of a pounding House groove. The growling vocal refrain only adds to the enigmatic flavour of Maya’s mix. This one is going to get a serious club pounding, expect to be looing all sense of time on the dancefloor to this one very soon.
♫ Tiga Vs. Audion – Let’s Go Dancing (Maya Jane Coles Dancing In The Dark reMix)
Tiga Vs. Audion’s Let’s Go Dancing reMix package is coming 10th November and includes remixes from Maya Jane Coles, Breach, Solomun and joeFarr.
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London duo Disclosure’s acclaimed début album, Settle, is less than six months old and they are already dropping brand new tracks. You would have thought the commercial success of Settle would have seen the guys coasting for a while, but no, they’ve been back in the studio and Apollo is the result.
There’s no vocals here, no collaboration, this a raw, undiluted Disclosure. In a way Apollo feels like Disclosure going back to their roots somewhat. There’s a definite leaning toward the dancefloor of darkened warehouses and strobe lit late night clubs that Radio 1 Roadshows. Hypnotic and ethereal, Apollo, blends a little House, a little Acid, a little Rave, a little Techno and even a little Psy Trance, into one undulating monster. Unrelentingly groovy, this really is one to loose yourself in.
♫ Disclosure – Apollo
Disclosure’s Settle is out now.
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