Warm Up Recordings presents Oscar Mulero’s new album: Black Propaganda. Nine new tracks that reflect a new twist in his sound, going deep into dark territories; a black and white approach to dance electronics, where shades and echoes and drones are mixed with obscure rhythm treatments that go from slow tempos to more uplifting beats. Sonically speaking, his sound has become simpler, with less elements but better sound design. Less is more. All tracks have a common feeling, like a soundtrack for a sad European landscape: mental, industrial, repetitive and definitely non-melodic.
Inner Surface Music present their fourth release with two stalwarts of the UK underground techno scene – Patrick Walker and Inigo Kennedy. ‘Data Distill” kicks off proceedings with tough but grooving rhythms snaking through twisted melodies and textural sound scapes. ‘Parity Function’ starts as it means to go on, the kick drum and groove has a major stomp to it, while spacey bell sequences play with the subterranean dub chords and metallic drones, building tension to the track and locking you in. ‘XOR gate’ is spaced out techno at it’s best, driving dubby drum palettes build with the echoing bell sequences and cinematic strings, transporting you to scenes of a far away place.
EarToGround Records 3rd release, once again features as a limited pressing on high quality black wax and is likely to be seen by techno purists as ready to go dj ammunition for a variety of dance floors, as each track & remix carries its own identity. Solid techno gems by Chris Stanford, Dax J and Gareth Wild. Features strong remixes from Samuli Kemppi & hard-hitters AnD.
The Secret Initiative return with the latest chapter in the series. Going for a classic Detroit and Chicago Techno House vibe. ”East of the Northern Star” blends dark dub-ish chords , deep melodies over classic 909 Wild Pitch styled drum rhythms. On the flip side ”Half A Life Ago” is a proper classic Detroit drum driven fueled affair layered with a lower the low deep hertz baseline , melancholic strings.