VA – Tetramer EP [RI004]

Rebel Intelligence was never the most prolific of labels, with its’ first three releases – a trio of excellent analogue workouts from Matt Whitehead – coming out over a two-year period. This fourth 12″ – the imprints first since 2011 – sees a new wave of artists bringing their synthesizers and drum machines to the party. JTC’s “Habit” opens proceedings, sounding not unlike a cross between classic EBM, sparse analogue deep house and pitched-down early Detroit techno. Automatic Tasty impresses with “Winters Evening”, a deliciously melodic chunk of Claro Intelecto style electro, before Elec Pt1 charges off on an intoxicating 303 acid tip (“Daytime Acid”). Finally, Abraham Cowley flies off into space with “Shifting Seasons”, a wonderfully evocative fusion of constantly building analogue beats, melancholic chords and eyes-wide-shut melodies.

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VA – Tetramer EP [RI004]

Leigh Dickson – Knoe 3/2 [KNOE3/2]

Leigh’s second part in his chapter on For Those That Knoe starts with the blissful house moods of Cresnet. A punchy kick and modulated bassline provide a weighty bottom end, complementing lush pads, sweeping FX, percussive stabs and ethereal strings. Ion is a track that is hard to pigeonhole, Leigh casts all preconceptions aside by creating a grooving piece of dance music that sounds as forward thinking today as I would have when it was written. At One on the flip is a little burst of funk with snappy beats and crisp percussion a fuzzy bassline. Closing out the EP is a previously unheard and unreleased extended version of the timeless electro classic, Praise. Keeping all the elements of the original, this uncovered version has a new beat intro and longer arrangement.

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Leigh Dickson – Knoe 3/2 [KNOE3/2]

Sir Joe – Max’ Garage [LOD003]

Sir. Joe born in 1987 in America Latina, as teenager he moved with his family to London, during his studies (thanks to his crazy schoolmates) he felt in love with the illegal rave party and with the new school of electronic UK’s music. A quick step that turned him into a music producer. Sir. Joe shaped his sound mixing european and american styles. Old school chicanos’ groove and samples were restyled in the direction of the English and Dutch style. LOD is glad to present Sir. Joe’s debut… again five tracks of pure energy and soul mixed with few drops of acid.

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Sir Joe – Max’ Garage [LOD003]

VA – In The Dark Again 01 [DARK001]

Dark and trippy sounds on a label straight from Berlin. In The Dark Again brings out music between Acid, New Wave/ Minimal Wave and psychedelic Techno and Dub. The first release comes with tracks by Dirtybox Jams, KSTS and Emil Seidel.

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VA – In The Dark Again 01 [DARK001]

Retape – Signals On The Double [030EP006]

A gorgeous 6-tracker by Norwegian techno/electro/acid artist Retape. The EP takes off where Drexciya and related projects such as The Other People People Place left it in the early 2000s. The title track takes it away and is the most technoid of all with a driving bassline and open hi-hats while long stretched melodies finish it off; this one sucks you onto the dance floor as if it were one big whirlpool. The second cut “Coir” is a serene a downtempo 4/4 track that gets you overwhelmed with an otherworldly melody sneakily coming in about midway. “EMN” then, pulls you straight underwater with its hard hitting snares, plastic bassline and acid feel. The tempo goes up with “Cars”, a delay-heavy spaced out acid track for unstable dance floors. The following track “Rotation” is a beatless excursion into the world of clinical synthesized sci-fi music. The incorrectly named “Moving Down” is the final track and a true upper: high speed melodic electro with a touch of melancholia.

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Retape – Signals On The Double [030EP006]

Jeremiah R. – Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit [ENK015]

Nebulous ambient electro. This isn’t a time-lapse,’ he said, breathlessly. ‘This is time…collapsed.’ His eyes glazed over for a moment as he retreated deep inside himself. ‘Don’t you see’ He exclaimed, wild-eyed, looking as though possessed by some silent anomaly of his own making. ‘Don’t you see what this means.

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Jeremiah R. – Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit [ENK015]

Hadamard – Ass in Bass [SOM029]

Janko Bartelink better known as Hadamard brings us his dope mixture of experimental hip-hop sound, robotic electro funk and bumpin bass music. Hadamard’s – Ass in Bass EP is the 3rd part on Solar One Music’s Elektronische Werke Series, after Dynarec and Q-Chip.

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Hadamard – Ass in Bass [SOM029]

Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug (Remixes) [GLR120003]

Groove Line Records continue with another Patrick Adams & Greg Carmichael produced classic, Lady Bug, by Bumblebee Unlimited, the second in our series of 12 audiophile reissues from the Disco underground. Side A is the Disco Mix by John Morales and Frank Trimarco. A solid kick opens the track before Morales’s trademark percussion is introduced. Then the slick bass, guitar and piano groove play alongside the innovative synth lines and drive the rhythm forward, before the addition of that simple but engaging single note piano groove… the core element of the track, and the synthesized vocal between the Lady Bug in question and the bee who’s chasing her. Side B features the Disco Remix by the legendary Larry Levan. Starting with the full drums and percussion Levan adds each element at an earlier stage than the Disco Mix, so the full track, including the vocal, hits you at just over a minute and doesn’t let go until the fade, giving a more intense dance floor experience.

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Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug (Remixes) [GLR120003]

Albion – Disco Mambo [MME1001]

3 stunning edits made by the master of European Disco: Albion Venables from Sweden. Just a quick description of the tracks, Disco Mambo is as you can imagine, a Disco Mambo track clearly dedicated to the label. Hear The Night comes from an obscure Italian record with some French Vocals in it. And The Mirror Forrest is a beautiful electronic tune coming from an Italian Library record.

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Albion – Disco Mambo [MME1001]

VA – Crumbs 002 [CRUMBS002]

Tee Mango rides some seriously wig flipping synth lines over an irresistible tropical groove that just builds beautifully into a bona fide ‘moment’ on the floor. Treating us with two solid gold Soulful extensions: Allenby Chilton takes on a little known Etta jam, amplifies the Funk elements and transforms the song into an altogether more heavyweight workout. Finally Fence take on a rare late 70’s psychedelic Soul tune, again adding some 21st century wide-screen sonics and dancefloor dynamic.

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VA – Crumbs 002 [CRUMBS002]