VA – Field Records – Collection [FCD001]

Field Records is to release a 2CD compilation of music from the labels artists old and new entitled simply, Collection. The imprint keeps up the Dutch tradition of releasing deep, Detroit-inspired electronic music with high-class contributions from various artists. Built on minimalism and modesty, the boutique label has expanded into a consortium for quality since first emerging in 2008. Artists such as Conforce, Delta Funktionen, DJ Sprinkles, Steffi, Mark Du Mosch and many other assured talents have all appeared on the label before now with sounds that range from deep, classically include house to more rough edged and raw techno. It’s much the same case on this expansive new two CD release, which will also be offered up as 3 x vinyl sampler. Across both CDs, established artists rub shoulders with more recently emerging talents and plenty of coherent and creative ground is covered in the exclusive new tracks. Things start off with the grainy ambiance of Sons Of Melancholia’s ‘Theme From The Lake’ before the likes of Delsin’s Unbroken Dub serves up a crawling bit od dubbed out techno, Acronym explores finely planed techno minimalism and Polar Inertia gets all heady and industrial on their ‘Sonic Outlaws’ contribution. Disc 2 starts off with lumpy ambiance before evolving through broken beat pieces, streamlined and stripped back techno and frazzled acid workouts. As a listening experience from start to finish this compilation works perfectly, too, because it never repeats the same trick. Featuring an exquisite selection of tracks by talented artists as well as contemporary favourites, Collection functions as a blueprint of the sound of the Field records label, delving into new geographical and musical territory in style.

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VA – Field Records – Collection [FCD001]

Mono Junk – Shotokai [FP004]

Given that he released his first EP way back in 1992, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Mono Junk’s latest 12″ – his first since 2011 – sounds like a blend of early ’90s intelligent techno, Kraftwerkian rhythms and Clone-ish icy electro. While “Shotokai” is a pulsating shot of woozy, off-kilter futurism, the EP’s hardest hitting moments are those that shuffle to a different beat. The glacial melodies and skittish 808 rhythms of “With You” are particularly potent, while “Bleep Number 9” sounds like a stripped-back, underground take on Brown Album-era Orbital. As for “Kime”, it comes on like a long lost Kraftwerk production circa Computer World.

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Mono Junk – Shotokai [FP004]

Mayday – The Darkside [PC000]

Taken from a mysterious Acetate cut by Derrick May in 1987 this release was originally penned for KMS offshoot Pheerce Citi. Both these sides were later released – ‘The Darkside’ = as ‘A Relic’ (by Longer Than Long ago) and ‘Tic Tic Tic’ was later released on the limited edition compilation as Music Institute 20th Anniversary as ‘Untitled’. Both tracks are however, very hard to get on vinyl and have now been re issued as loud 45rpm pressings in Pheerce Citi artwork and remastered for 2014.

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Mayday – The Darkside [PC000]

Luke Hess & Omar-S – Motown Methods EP [DL004]

The DeepLabs imprint releases it’s fourth record with a killer collaboration between label CEO Luke Hess & FXHE label boss Omar S. made specifically for the dance-floor! Automatic Night brings you a classic analog excursion – a perfect blend of Detroit Techno & Detroit House. Outerspace Drive reaches for space – sure to be played by all future space travelers who wish to boldly go where no man has gone before.

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Luke Hess & Omar-S – Motown Methods EP [DL004]