VA – Modernation Vol​.​1 [IMxxx]

Italo Moderni brings Modernation Vol.1 it’s the first compilation on cassette and digital from 4. Another dimension of obscurities and eighties weird sounds, all focused on a new club era of madness and sad situations. Best moment to get some inspiration with the best wizards from our modern music life.

VA – Modernation Vol​.​1 [IMxxx]

Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu [MS501]

TANTRA - Hills Of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley & Jurgen Kopper remixes)

Bologna born Italo Disco legend Celso Valli’s ‘Tantra’ project had one aim; to push the boundaries of disco. Released in 1979 in the vein of Cerrone and Giorgio Moroder, ‘Hills of Katmandu’ is a unique, progressive slice of classic Italo Disco. The pulsating ‘Moroder-on-steroids bassline’, menacing female vocal and warbling synths take you on a trippy disco journey. Patrick Cowley’s “Original Underground Mix” is a work of pure genius that unleashes his skills on the synths and somehow manages to surpass the original. On the flip-side, there is the original 16’20 minutes version of the Jurgen Koppers mix, an extended re-edit of the original Celso Valli version, which appeared first on Disconet in 1979, and in the following year on the US (Importe/12) release of the “Tantra – the Double Album” longplayer.

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Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu [MS501]

GAG – Flyin Bolero / P.T Dance [GR004]

GAG - Flyin' Bolero (reissue)

Giorgio Records presents the first official reissue of the experimental project GAG, from 1983, which includes two very different songs. Flyin’ Bolero is spacey and hypnotic while P.T. Dance is lively, and perfect for disco nights. Unknown and obscure, these two tracks are cataloged as Italo Disco tracks but go further. As always, Giorgio Records enriches the reissue with two remixes. Flyin’ Bolero has been entrusted to Armonics, Bari producer and great artist. P.T. Dance to Kid Machine.

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GAG – Flyin Bolero / P.T Dance [GR004]

214 – Exposure to Winds [VIS322]

214 - Exposure to Winds

214 aka Chris Roman is highly regarded as one the most innovative electro producers on the planet following releases on esteemed labels including; Cultivated Electronics, Frustrated Funk, CPU, Klakson and Lunar Disko. ‘Exposure to Winds’ sees 214 return to the 20/20 Vision fold with his first full length album release in 5 years. ‘Exposure to Winds’ was inspired by Roman’s love of the mountains that surround his native Washington State, living in North Bend where David Lynch’s masterpiece ‘Twin peaks’ was filmed. It could be no co-incidence that 214 produces other worldly electronic music that always sounds out of the ordinary. This expertly balanced eight track vinyl release features a selection of styles and tempos from the laid back electro funk grooves ‘Tongue Twister’ and ‘Ball of Straw’ to dark room wobblers like ‘Quick Start’ and ‘The Night’s Shift’. AIt’s a record that will live long in the boxes and crates of discerning DJ’s but also provides an auditory adventure for the listener.

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214 – Exposure to Winds [VIS322]

VA – Exit Planet Earth: Hydrogen [EPE04]

SYNC 24/REPTANT/DASHIELL/KOSH/JAMES SHINRA - Exit Planet Earth: Hydrogen

The fourth record in the Exit Planet Earth series features four more exclusive cuts designed for space travel. Exit Planet Earth – Hydrogen opens with no-nonsense electro from a master of the trade Sync 24 from Cultivated Electronics. ‘The Rising’ is an expertly produced bass heavy heater that is crying out to be played on a big rig. Representing Athe Melbourne chapter of the Lizard Tech Militia Reptant teams up with Dashiell for a mutant hybrid electro funk cut – ‘Gortexia’. On the flip Moroccan heavy hitter Kosh returns to 20/20 Vision following his debut EPl ‘Vicious Love’. Kosh offers up an intoxicating blend of deep melodic electro called ‘Chaos in the City’. Wrapping the release up is James Shinra returning after his killer ‘On & On’ EP. Shinra rounds up this edition with an outstanding, unique composition ‘Launch’ that balances trademark melodies with a truly devastating distorted kick heavy reminiscent of classic Aphex Twin.

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VA – Exit Planet Earth: Hydrogen [EPE04]

Dosis – Sombras EP [ISLA24]

DOSIS - Sombras EP

**All proceed of this record will go to AFRORACK, a Chicago audio arts organization dedicated to providing modular synthesis education for African American youth.** The enclosure of night promises freedom of another kind. Subterranean fantasies are consecrated in flesh. The voice calls and is answered by a beating pulse. They swell and break in rapturous cycles. On Sombras, Dosis operates from this intimate space, conjuring electroid visions rooted in techno, zynth-pop and nuova-beat.

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Dosis – Sombras EP [ISLA24]

Il Quadro Di Troisi – Il Quadro Di Troisi [R-M190-2]

IL QUADRO DI TROISI - Il Quadro Di Troisi

Raster presents Il Quadro di Trois, a project by Andrea Noce (Eva Geist) and Donato Scaramuzzi (Donato Dozzy). The record is a colorful ode of an Italian scented vision, overflowing of details and profound intensity. The contemporary world condition, the pandemic in Italy and around the world define ‘Il Quadro di Trois’ as a unique and right-on-time release. This record is a enigmatic collaboration between the two Italian natives Andrea Noce and Donato Scaramuzzi. Andrea Noce takes lead on the vocals, with Donato Scaramuzzi carving the dreamlike soundscapes of the record. The record was born with a correspondence between the two artists about the late actor and director Massimo Troisi, and this exchange soon became an inspirational source of identification. Andrea Noce’s lyrics are sensitive and multi-faceted, they perfectly cling to the musical phrases and flow like a filmic monologue from the oeuvre of that very Troisi. In a highly creative and confident manner, entire decades of national music history are comprehended and transformed into the here and now. The record takes its cue from the italo-disco, synth pop tradition corroborated by the contribution of artists such as the legendary Twilight Music co-founder, Paolo Micioni, as well as Stefano Di Trapani who wrote ‘L’ipotes’. With’Il Quadro di Trois’, Noce and Scaramuzzi prove their eclecticism, and passion for their home country.

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Il Quadro Di Troisi – Il Quadro Di Troisi [R-M190-2]

Giuliano Sorgini – Occulto [FLIES47]

SORGINI, Giuliano - Occulto (Soundtrack)

Two years after the stunning ‘Africa Oscura’, Four Flies Records is back with another gem from Giuliano Sorgini’s secret archives, this time one which unearths some of his darkest, eeriest music – that is, pieces he composed in the mid-70s for some of the most infamous, low-budget horror movies ever made in Italy. This collection brings together a selection of original recordings from those movies, which were directed by “Italian Kings of the B’s” Angelo Pannacciò, Salvatore Bugnatelli, Luigi Batzella, and Guido Zurli, with whom the Roman composer worked intensively throughout the 70s. Due to the very low-budget nature of the films, Sorgini recorded the soundtracks entirely on his own, in his Cat & Fox Studio in Rome. He played drums and percussions and added overlapping layers of analogue synths to create a superbly sinister soundscape, thus turning a constraint into an opportunity. The result is a journey into the mysterious atmospheres of the Italian occult-sounding music of the time, something very close to the dark electronic masterpieces that made Sorgini famous. ‘Occulto’ features ten previously unreleased tracks characterized by enigmatic moods, obscure beats and esoteric themes. All tracks are taken from original master tapes that remained buried in the composer’s archives for decades.

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Giuliano Sorgini – Occulto [FLIES47]

Chez Damier & Ron Trent, M.D. – Hip To Be Disillusioned Vol. 1 [PRES107]

DAMIER, Chez/RON TRENT MD - Hip To Be Disillusioned Vol 1 (reissue)

As long term partner of Ron Trent, Prescription Records will present in future some of this iconic label’s greatest releases back on vinyl. Starting with ”Hit To Be Disillusioned Vol.1” from 1994.

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Chez Damier & Ron Trent, M.D. – Hip To Be Disillusioned Vol. 1 [PRES107]

DJ Jus-Ed – Tribute To Mike H. [UQ080]

JUS ED - Tribute To Mike H

Jus-ED: ”We all lost Mike Huckaby…This is my way of keeping him alive. I believe the body die’s… Yet the spirit continues. One of his Mike’s life passions and motivation was Music…All Music! This EP is just a few moments I had with Michael Huckaby. All The tracks are composed from… Mike Huckaby My Life With The Wave sample cd”

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DJ Jus-Ed – Tribute To Mike H. [UQ080]

Newclear Waves – Archive Tracks 2005-2009 [EE033RTM]

NEWCLEAR WAVES - Archive Tracks 2005-2009

Winter is coming, with ‘Archive Tracks 2005-2009’ by Newclear Waves as its soundtrack. For the album, Berlin-based and Italian-born producer, DJ and label owner Alessandro Adriani let us dive into the vast archives of his Newclear Waves project. The resulting collection of 8 tracks can be described as minimal wave pur sang, reminiscing of the darkness and doom from the cold war period. The exorbitant and jumpy synth lines and derailing revolving drum machines keep us moving, all analogue of course. With this album, Adriani confirms his musical excellence.

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Newclear Waves – Archive Tracks 2005-2009 [EE033RTM]

Leroy Se Meurt – Makine Kültürü [LXRC43]

LEROY SE MEURT - Makine Kulturu

COVID-19 pandemic infectiousness and the relative necessity to put hard distance between people has brought up a wide range of means to cope with it. For some it went by as nothing happened, some struggled with not being able to be social, some were overly social on social medias, some spent it in a total drugged-out haze. Some, like Leroy se Meurt, used it to actually create something. The 5 tracks presented in this EP are the result of that forced stay in, the push towards the outside and the realization that, in the end, there’s nowhere to go.

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Leroy Se Meurt – Makine Kültürü [LXRC43]

Morganistic – Fluids Amniotic L​P [MOTELP06]

MORGANISTIC - Fluids Amniotic (remastered)

As Morganistic, Luke Slater only released a handful of cuts-but among those was the album ‘Fluids Amniotic’, still widely praised today as a benchmark techno long-player. Regularly featuring in the sets of Hood and Mills, Morganistic’s dark, rumbling minimalism was, as the album title suggests, the sonic equivalent of being trapped in the murky, viscous fluids of some sinister alien womb. Slater unearthed the original DAT and reel-to-reel tapes and got them remastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis. Fluids Amniotic will get re-issued both on vinyl and digitally for the first time in 25 years.

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Morganistic – Fluids Amniotic L​P [MOTELP06]

Tracing Xircles – Air Lock [BLUEHOUR015]

TRACING XIRCLES - Air Lock

Tracing Xircles return to base after debuting ‘Gaia’s Requiem’ back in 2017. During that period the duo contributed to Air Texture VI curated by Steffi & Martyn and have been quietly readying their new record ‘Air Lock’. The 4 track EP develops their signature sound palette into new territory with references to timeless UK & Detroit flavours, sealing the record with a retro futuristic collage of ambient techno and timeless electronica.

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Tracing Xircles – Air Lock [BLUEHOUR015]

Jackmate – Modulation Nightdrive [18437-01]

JACKMATE - Modulate Nightdrive

18437 Records is a brand new label by focused on the outer fringes of house and techno. The first release from 18437 comes from Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction aka Jackmate, one of Germany’s most respected artists. Opening track ‘Modulate Nightdrive’ is a mind expanding, deep & Funk techno affair. Next up is ‘CubanLinx’, a percussive machine voodoo exercise. Last but not least, ‘Test Drive’ shows why Jackmate is still relevant as a producer and worthy of your record collection.

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Jackmate – Modulation Nightdrive [18437-01]

Sound Synthesis – Hidden Realms [INFILTRATE08]

SOUND SYNTHESIS - Hidden Realms

Inflitrate’s electro mission continues unabated with this new drop from Maltese producer Sound Synthesis. ”Hidden Realms” is a brooding yet cosy workout, while ”I Guess You Know” heads into more sparkling, emotive territory, and ”Sonically Entwined” lets in a little Kraftwerkian noir. ”Electronic Feelings” is a more downcast track to close out the 12”, but there’s still plenty of punch in the broken beat powering the track.

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Sound Synthesis – Hidden Realms [INFILTRATE08]

Cignol – Altered Sense EP [AS001]

CIGNOL - Altered Sense EP

The first transmission from the Altered States label, which is a new Furthur Electronix off shoot label dealing in limited hand stamped pressings. Coming from Cignol, It’s a cosmic adventure that rides on undulating bass pushes, with far-sighted chords bringing that forlorn sense of melancholic that makes Detroit house music so well loved. ‘Altered Sense’ is a popping electro cut with smooth drum funk and comforting chords, while the flip is more unhinged as it rolls through rugged betas on ‘Gatwick Runner’ then manic melodic patterns and glitchy hits on ‘Last Chances.’

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Cignol – Altered Sense EP [AS001]