Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine [ZEN231]

While Jack Hamill’s Space Dimension Controller project is best known for mixing colourful electrofunk synths with intergalactic ambient, techno and hypnotic house influences, his earliest musical output trod a slightly different path. His long forgotten, digital-only debut album, 2009’s Unidentified Flying Oscillator, explored IDM and woozy electronica, and it’s these styles that come to the fore on Orange Melamine. Like that debut album, this set – his first for Ninja Tune – was recorded in his bedroom, aged 18, with a collection of “cheap, lo-fi” and “battered” kit. It largely takes its’ cues from the likes of Boards of Canada and ambient-era Aphex Twin, but retains that distinctive vibe and attention to detail that’s always marked out Hamill’s work.

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Space Dimension Controller – Orange Melamine [ZEN231]

Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo – Mastership [LER1005]

Left Ear Records went back to Coleman’s original master tapes for their vinyl reissue of the Commander’s 1981 private press album Mastership, a lost electronic funk classic. Truly nuts and really kind of essential. Check the instrumental cut, Mastership – a head nod synth voyage of the highest order.

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Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo – Mastership [LER1005]

Big Mean Sound Machine – Blank Slate 014 [BS014]

Big Mean Sound Machine is a twelve-piece Afrobeat band native to Ithaca, New York. They tour 150 days a year and have a large and dedicated following up and down the East coast. Still, it is a crime that Big Mean Sound Machine is not well known elsewhere. The band’s tremendous sound combines a big band aesthetic while channeling a global sense of musicality. Their shows leave fans drenched in sweat from dancing as audiences absorb the West African, Caribbean, Jazz and Funk traditions that Big Mean Sound Machine carries forward.

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Big Mean Sound Machine – Blank Slate 014 [BS014]

Floating Points – Kuiper [FP002]

Sam Shepherd drops a surprise 12” still riding the wave of his impeccable, all-conquering 2015 LP, Elaenia. ‘Kuiper’ that was written after the producer started touring with his live band (Leo Taylor, Alex Reeve and Susumu Mukai), and is “completely different” each time it’s played. Here we have a new version, a riotous, stargazing 18-minute version recorded by the band at 8am. Flipside the B, ‘For Marmish Part II’, meanwhile, is an early demo version of the same track on Elaenia that includes Shepherd flexing his vocals.

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Floating Points – Kuiper [FP002]

Jonny 5 – BAH030 [BAH030]

After taking the helm for the label’s inaugural release, Jonny 5 returns to Bahnsteig with more genre-fluid stylings for the leftfield dancefloor freaks. “Deja Vu” opens the set with a space age textures, stadium slap bass and cinematic guitar licks, firing up the wind machine for some coiffured coastal romance. With the linen suit needing the dry cleaners, Jonny 5 steps aboard the “Last Train” for some oddball NDW rock and roll. Imagine if the B52s if their cartoon was redrawn by Frank Miller – dark and deranged machine music. B-side opener “Miami Slice” continues the lunacy but with added wow and future, taking us on a tape mangled tour of post punk history. The grand finale comes in the form of “Slow Bodies”, a 100bpm cosmic bopper retrofitted with Linn percussion, hypnotic arps and the best in zero gravity delay.

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Jonny 5 – BAH030 [BAH030]

Delphi / Marco & Val – Unleashed Tapes Vol. 1 [RBTW004]

A special treat from the Tiger’s lair with a different and darker twist, that seeks out the darker and more dodgy discotheques on the side streets and in the backyards, where the trough has no flush and the mirror balls have never been cleaned. Automatic rhythms and electronic dancing sound made years after the future.

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Delphi / Marco & Val – Unleashed Tapes Vol. 1 [RBTW004]

Secret Squirrel – Secret Squirrels #11 [SS011]

The Secret Squirrels continue to assault the dance floor and make you want to you to dance with two more deadly reworks. On this 11th episode they continue to disrespect boundaries as they criss-cross from Disco to Italo to House music in order to do their dirty deeds.

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Secret Squirrel – Secret Squirrels #11 [SS011]

Francisco & Cosmo – Lineabeat Vol. 3 [SLOMO026]

Third time out for Francisco on Slow Motion’s strictly retro-dance-floor series – Linea Beat. Joined by partner in crime Cosmo, ‘System 3’ and ‘Get In’ are classic Slow Motion laser jams. Phasers set to stun and energy levels turned up to 11, the latest in the 12″ dance programme comes with a jacking bonus beat remix from Dephi of Tiger & Woods. Throbbing, electronic dance music for your mind, body, this is Italian dance music of the past, present and the future.

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Francisco & Cosmo – Lineabeat Vol. 3 [SLOMO026]

B. Loda – Obscure Cuts III: Italian Electronic Dance [OSCI003]

The third release of the ”Obscure Cuts” series, curated by the Italian disco pioneer Beppe Loda, represents the electronic dance movement that formed in the late 70s – early 80’s in Italy. It features a few obscure productions that were inspired by Giorgio Moroder and other European electronic music of the time.

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B. Loda – Obscure Cuts III: Italian Electronic Dance [OSCI003]

CAB92 – Family Ties EP [LIT001]

London in Transmission was founded by two geezers in their bedroom, both regulars on the London underground scene. Christian AB dips into the mind and spirit of his machines to summon CAB92. Crafting a 4 tracker tinged with cosmic sounds and frenetic energy, CAB92 delivers it raw. Serious deep vibes here, this one is LIT.

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CAB92 – Family Ties EP [LIT001]

Lapien – Something To Show You EP Part 2 [MISTRESS008.5]

On the second part of his simultaneously released Something To Show You EP series, Nick Lapien moves further towards late night techno territory. This is evident from the very start, with opener “Searching” delivering the perfect blend of layered, undulating rhythms, spacey riffs, and hypnotic, early morning atmospherics. It’s there, too, on the cascading deep house synths and freshly baked grooves of “Moon”, and “Wild For The Night”, whose bold analogue bassline and yearning vocal samples propel the tracks forwards. Lapien heads for deeper territory on the flipside, with the sinewy pianos and locked-in rhythm of soul-flecked closer “It Ain’t The Same” providing the headline attraction.

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Lapien – Something To Show You EP Part 2 [MISTRESS008.5]

Lapien – Something To Show You EP Part 1 [MISTRESS008]

Following a brief hiatus, DVS1’s Mistress Recordings label returns with its’ first release of 2016. Something To Show You is an expansive, two-part E.P fron Nick Lapien. There’s much to enjoy on this first part, which sees Lapien deliver trippy, late night workouts that sit somewhere between ultra-deep house and Detroit techno. It’s an atmospheric formula that works wonderfully, particularly on “Something To Tell You” – where bluesy vocal samples weave their way around a deep, locked-in groove – and the up-tempo bump of tech-house hustler “No Good”.

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Lapien – Something To Show You EP Part 1 [MISTRESS008]

Norm Talley / Michael Zucker – South by Midwest [FS001K]

Owner operator of Finale Sessions Music Michael Zucker has brought you a sister label called Finale Sessions Music to showcase his own music with close friends and family. The first release it’s starting with the Detroit veteran Norm Talley and label boss Michael Zucker. Norm Talley track called “Power “it has the sublime Detroit deep sound with its sharp chords and that pumping deep kick and claps and it also has additional work from another Detroit legend Delano Smith but what makes this track is the fantastic vocals from the soul. Track two “Lock Jaw” is just raw beatdown late night track with deep chicago classic sound with a pumping kicks and mind altering synth. Then next is Michael Zuckers first track “Parisian Nights” with it’s classic filtered classic chicago sound with proper pads and chords with a vocal drifting in and out of the spectrum . Track two “ Thought Process” is just an amazing deep inspired melodic trip with key’s and that classic b4 organ that sets the tone for the pads and that lifted filtered sound.

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Norm Talley / Michael Zucker – South by Midwest [FS001K]

Frak – UH006 [UH006]

Since 1987, Frak have been everyone’s favourite, premier Swedish synthesizer-touching weirdos. Even if most people hadn’t heard of them until 4 years ago. And yet, world of Frak is as long as it is wide. As blue as it is black. As ominous as it is glorious. As dirty as it is hairdryer. Sweet it is as yellow paper As. All of the above is a perfect example of how trying to convey what Frak is in the crass form of words is ultimately fruitless. Here is a double 12” vinyl product from Ultimate Hits featuring eight audio recordings from Frak: three men who have known each other since at least 1987. The sleeve was lovingly hand screen-printed at the studio of House of Traps, and features the colours commonly known as pink and black.

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Frak – UH006 [UH006]

Cliff Lothar – All It Takes [TURBO179]

Cliff has clearly been smoking something special. “All It Takes” is one of his richest efforts to date, and that’s saying a lot coming off a consistent roll of terrific releases. A-side “Devotion” answers the EP title’s question with a masterclass in heavyweight groove-building. It’s an instant cult anthem, gritty but buttery compression, warm, wet bass, driven forward by stoner-friendly organ solos and the vocal call. It’s a perfect afterhours gear-shifter, squelching with the sweat of one hundred thousand hours of studio jamming and countless seasons of acid. “100 Dollars” is wiggly pork bun of a beat, our old friend Roland never sounding fatter or more luxurious. The only question here is whether this super-kush urban house bomb is more well paired with a low-slung indica driving in an elite automobile, or a punchy sativa dancing in a world-exclusive night club. “Big Brother” is a paranoid romp through the dark corridors of your dance-algorithm, a wonky, dissociative funk experience for heavy heads trying to unlock their own brainwashed brain and seriously dance. Rounding things off is “Xenit”, a relatively placid, deep, trancey trip that transports you 8 hours in to an amazing party, when you’re loose and well oiled with positive feelings.

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Cliff Lothar – All It Takes [TURBO179]

Borusiade – Feelings Of Entropy EP [COR044]

Romanian born, and Berlin Based, Borusiade (aka Miruna Boruzescu) makes her Correspondant debut in dazzlingly bleak fashion. Over a four track EP the artist manages to channel a wealth of disparate sounds, referencing Giallo disco, New Wave longing and Pitched-down ghetto techno amongst other dark and otherworldly tropes. All of the music on offer here possesses a slow and dark drive that purposes it for the dance floor, but also contain such a wealth of loss despair, and a perverse pathos that elevates them from simple dance music and move them in to a more artistic realm.

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Borusiade – Feelings Of Entropy EP [COR044]

Seixlack – Bed Bug Bites EP [XK004]

Hot off the back of his debut LP for Delroy Edwards’ LA Club Resource as alter-ego Innyster, Seixlack serves up an EP of trademark, super raw, machine funk. Spanning the full gambit of dredged up acid, synth stacked daydreams and straight up 4×4, the breadth of this EP showcases a real talent.

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Seixlack – Bed Bug Bites EP [XK004]

Amato – Le Desordre Et La Nuit [CITI020]

Michel Amato aka Amato is a French producer more widely known as The Hacker. Alongside Miss Kittin, Amato has been a cornerstone of the European house, techno, and electro scene, dropping singles and album like bombs. Having contributed to a previous split 12″ on Cititrax, Amato returns to Minimal Wave’s sister label with a wondrous homage to industrial, EBM and electro in Le Desordre De La Nuit. The difference between The Hacker and Amato? The sounds of The Hacker are more constrained than this particular whirlpool of pseudo electro and gargling quasi techno. Whatever you want to call it, these four slammers are all made for the dark room dance, each one nastier than the other and all of them audibly produced by an artist with plenty of experience and effectiveness know-how.

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Amato – Le Desordre Et La Nuit [CITI020]