Benales – Elements EP [SINO031]

Born in Normandy (France), and now based in Paris, Benales aka Benjamin Morales has been honing his craft since the end of the 90s. An avid record collector and enthusiast of Techno and House – his DJ sets and tracks combine the raw, dark and deep elements of these musical forms with a firm nod in the direction of Detroit. Now he brings his debut release, a 4 track EP, featuring raw, straight techno tools.

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Benales – Elements EP [SINO031]

Steven Tang – Infintesimal [EMP017]

Surprisingly, this is Steven Tang’s first 12″ in some two years (under his own name), and marks his first appearance on Emphasis Recordings (an imprint he founded way back in 1998) since 2011. Happily, it was worth the wait, because Infintesimal is amongst the Chicagoan’s best worth to date. Heavily influenced by vintage Detroit techno, its’ four tracks take in rolling creepiness (“Approaching Theory”), shimmering blends of Larry Heard style deep house and Motor City futurism (“Escaping Thoughts”), deep and spacey dancefloor bliss (“Verged (Obsolete Mix)”), and retro-futurist techno sweatiness (the undulating chords and hissing cymbals of title track “Infintesimal”). In other words, it’s a fine EP packed full of floor-friendly gems.

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Steven Tang – Infintesimal [EMP017]