James Booth – Reunion [SILK053]

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Memory-taper James Booth trickled through his teen years in Manchester tracking melancholia house shadows and overcast bedroom bangers on a home-rigged dictaphone/Tascam arrangement, and though he’s since upgraded his studio assemblage the essential agenda remains unchanged. “Reunion” is his debut, documenting ten of his choicest Northern isolation reveries, a Polaroid-hued tube-ride-turned-rhythm-odyssey through 150 shades of grey, from the nocturnal ice-house jazz of “End Tipsy” to the foggy, 5 AM club deja vu, “Seeing Voices.” An alternately hushed and hypnotized journey to the end of the night, in search of pleasures known and unknown.

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James Booth – Reunion [SILK053]

Leo Gunn – Sea Changes EP Vol. 1 [DEEPEX029]

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As an intermittent feature over at Deep Explorer, Leo Gunn makes his second vinyl appearance for the label appearance with some typically astute deep house ponderings, starting off with the lush undulations of “Dancing With Dreams”. “Come Down” gets into a tripped-out mind state of a different nature with its soulful key progressions, although still very much in that elegant vein championed by Deep Explorer. “Open Spaces” brings equal amounts of wistful atmospherics, although over a slightly more pronounced beat, while “Quiet” sees Dubbyman getting in on a reconstruction that lets cheeky synth flutes amongst other things dart into the blissed-out mix.

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Leo Gunn – Sea Changes EP Vol. 1 [DEEPEX029]

Mihai Popoviciu – Sortable EP [PR005]

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Mihai Popoviciu joined the team for the fifth vinyl release of the Popcorn Records’ fabric. The record starts with Sortable, evolving with a deep vibe around a subtle patch that conveys you in weightlessness. The whole theme is sprinkled with a synth that unconsciously reminds you the cue of a famous pink comic of your childhood. D’Julz made a rework using all the elements in a total different way, focusing on the drum’s effects. On the B face, Blur close this records with melodic patches and slight strings flying around a deep bass for a perfect summer result.

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Mihai Popoviciu – Sortable EP [PR005]

VA – The Sound Of Brenta Part 1 [MUSCLE003]

Including tracks by Lucretio, Steve Murphy and DJ Octopus, Chevel, Caio and Madi Grein. 5 tracks of gritty house music by the members of the Riviera project, showcasing the suburban sound that has been flourishing from the muddy banks of the Brenta river.

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VA – The Sound Of Brenta Part 1 [MUSCLE003]

VA – Vanguard Sound Vol. 4 [AC003]

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Sister Label to Vanguard Sound Anunnaki, Cartel plays host to the fourth installment of the Vanguard Sound Series featuring 4 tracks from crew members Dakini9 (Lola), Chris Mitchell, DJ. Spider, and founder Amir Alexander.

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VA – Vanguard Sound Vol. 4 [AC003]

Rick Wilhite presents – Vibes New & Rare Music Part E [RH111E]

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There is one more 12” release in the Vibes series! The fifth and last EP features 3 tracks by new recording artists from Detroit. First up is Mark King who gives us an emotive, deep vocal work-out that lasts close to nine minutes On the b-side there is Detroiter DJ Raybone, who teams up with TJ as well as Rick Wilhite for two more deep Detroit late night house tracks.

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Rick Wilhite presents – Vibes New & Rare Music Part E [RH111E]

Rick Wade – Rough Vibes [RNLSML002]

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Deep and soulful, we have the chance to work alongside one of house masters Rick Wade with a powerful mix of disco, beats, house and everything in between.Two original tracks with several flavors to taste, first with a heavy vocalized track remixed by one of Argentinian underground beat maker Leonel Castillo. For the other side a dancefloor friendly tune straight from Wade’s eclectic mind and a special mix by another national house gem, Lucas Mari a fresh remake of the original soaked with Mari’s personal rhythms.

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Rick Wade – Rough Vibes [RNLSML002]

Echo 106 – Choco & Cherry [MATH070LP]

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Echo 106 debuted with the well received Broken Hi-Hat Machine and returns with this masterful full length. He grabs influence from classic electro, Chicago house, Detroit tech and throws down a distinct sound and flavor true to his own. 17 tracks in total, and some beautiful pieces on there.

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Echo 106 – Choco & Cherry [MATH070LP]

Hugh Mane – Spectra Sonics EP [RB041]

Made in the basement of an old tram station circa 1990 in a town that was probably London, Hugh Manes first and only release so far consists of hidden gems on a vintage DAT. “Back Life” is the name of this EP’s back bone. A reflexion about golden age deep house, early morning baby powder dreams or epiphanies on strawberry fields. “Hard To Finish If You’re Finish” and “My Midi Is A Mess” are the continuation of those visions, while “Fukdemdiscoidkids” via a Tuff City Kids edit is a rough and ready beat track.

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Hugh Mane – Spectra Sonics EP [RB041]

Zach Lubin – Psycheframe [PA012]

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Chicago techno artist Zach Lubin conjures magic on his first full-length album for the well-respected Parity label. Psycheframe is an ambitious collection of styles that cohesively brings together the various bits of Lubin’s diverse sound. The album also fits neatly into the Parity roster with its ongoing exploration into the more adventurous aspects of the techno genre. This release is difficult to pigeonhole as it restlessly covers new musical ground in the pursuit of something unique and lasting.

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Zach Lubin – Psycheframe [PA012]

Hexagon – Blue Hour EP [TRSD002]

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Having made a name for himself as a heavyweight ambient, electro and techno producer as Conforce and Versalife, Boris Bunnik is now ready to release his second release on his Transcendent imprint. The label started to expand his musical vision, and is focusing on deep and abstract mental sound excursions, also by future talents from the local scene in Holland. After stepping out of his own on the Red Shift EP, the producer delves even deeper into the unknown, into a world of filmic soundscapes, evocative sonic imagery and spacious abstract worlds. Forever keen to harness his studio technology, Bunnik comes up with a coherent but versatile mini-novel under his Hexagon moniker. Cold, but with a soul shimmering through the carefully crafted synthetic sounds.

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Hexagon – Blue Hour EP [TRSD002]

Anno Stamm – My Peoples Head [MEA011]

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Lars Stowe is mostly known for his work as Anstam, releasing his very own brand of avantgarde bassmusic and IDM-flavored intense electronic music on his own Anstam label and on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons imprint. His new Anno Stamm moniker sees him take on house and techno with the same eclectic and open-minded stance. On this new release for Meakusma, Stowe once again injects his tracks with fervour and eclecticism, breaking open their mould and giving them a sense of direction shaped into a relentless groove that slowly but surely opens up time and again. Here are four tracks that pay homage to Berlin’s techno roots. Just as much well-timed as ‘out of time’, these four tracks are underground slabs of raw but sophisticated, daftly funky techno power!

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Anno Stamm – My Peoples Head [MEA011]