James Asher – Shaman’s Almanac [SLPR015]

James Asher is known for his individual and and distinctive approach to creating tribal drum music. He combines a confident grasp of fusion and worldbeat with a crystal clear audio production style. For the first time since Asher`s best selling releases “Feet In the Soil” and “Shaman Drums”, Sleepers Records are delighted to be the first purveyors of his work in vinyl form, with six dazzling tracks which are earthy, grounded and compelling.

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James Asher – Shaman’s Almanac [SLPR015]

VA – Freundschaft [BUR012]

Berlin-based label Burial Soil presents a collaborative electro album initiated by CYRK. Early 2020, they decided to reach out to some of their producer friends as well as artists they’ve been admiring for years, to collaborate on tracks. As they see it, the electro scene is a very close-knit community and it felt more than appropriate to support each other this way. For their album „Freundschaft“ CYRK has collaborated with Steffi, Anthony Rother, Ravn Jonassen, JakoJako, Jensen Interceptor, Alienata, Nite Fleit and David Carretta. BPMs are high on the eight tracks of “Freundschaft”, the end result of this collaborative process, incorporating various influences from electro-adjacent styles like italo, EBM or, unsurprisingly, techno.

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VA – Freundschaft [BUR012]

TeslaSonic – Disaster Recovery LP [LIB19]

Libertine 19 features the first album from Roman master Gianluca Bertasi AKA Teslasonic, a journey of 10 stunning tracks from pure electro to Italo infused techno and space disco. Operating in the corner of electro where dystopian dreams (or should they be nightmares?) are made, TeslaSonic haven’t forgotten how to keep things fun no matter how dark the vibe gets. Gianluca Bertasi keeps the project flying with this double LP drop on Libertine which has a nod to the likes of Maggotron in the nasty funk of opening track ‘Ion Drive’, while also knowing how to turn up the techno dial on the stiff and driving intensity of ‘Poly Verisof’. These are tuned up, rough, ready and raucous electro cuts for those who like to have fun even as things get deadly serious.

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TeslaSonic – Disaster Recovery LP [LIB19]

Hesperius Draco – Directive V EP [FRV042]

Emerging from the shadows, Hesperius Draco returns to Frigio with a solo release for the first time since his 2016 album Actus Tragicus. “Directive V” conjures up the magic of giallo horror, silver screen slashers and smoky synthlines, while exploring something altogether new. Tempered percussion and low bass-lines “introduce the 12” with “Lexploitation”. Cinematic influences percolate in the steady percussion and lonesome elation of “Memories of Sex Desire.” The mood changes on the flip with “Leaders In Space.” Guitar strings and breathy samples blend to create a leering late lounge track spiked with acid notes and vocoder bitterness. The finale brings something totally different. The gurgling acid line is amplified as Hesperius Draco unveils “Cyber Bondage.” Floor centric and machine steeped, stabbing synth-lines, rusted rhythms and an inchoate energy course through this finale to display yet another side of Alessandro Parisi’s sound.

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Hesperius Draco – Directive V EP [FRV042]

Alonzo – They Come In Twos [CE042]

Sync 24’s Cultivated Electronics label presents a double-pack by Alonzo, aptly named ‘They Come In Twos’. Originally from Miami and now based in New York, Alonzo has previously released on W.T. Records, Zement, RotterHague, Phormix, Kraftjerkz, and Lost Soul Enterprises. He’s also known as Lithium Parasites alongside bandmate, Vidrio. Alonzo’s uncompromising approach draws influence from bleak urban landscapes, old city ruins, kinematics and all things bass which he finely represents across these 8 new tracks.

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Alonzo – They Come In Twos [CE042]

The Reflektor – Taíno EP [TSEP999]

Technoindigenous Studies is the newest outlet of producer/composer Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, aka Gifted & Blessed, serving as a platform for his many alter egos and side projects. As the name implies, Technoindigenous Studies is the union of modern musical technology with the ways and intentions of the ancestors. The first release on the label is from one of Gabriel’s lesser known monikers, The Reflektor. This new EP, simply titled Taíno, is a tribute to his own indigenous Caribbean ancestors. Each of the 4 track titles is taken from the Taíno language. Call it techno, electro, music to move to, whatever you wish. There’s room for your own personal interpretation. That’s what makes the Gifted & Blessed sound what it is.

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The Reflektor – Taíno EP [TSEP999]

Nezzy Idy – Unveiled [SOF08]

The current transmission from the Squirrels On Film universe is Nezzy Idy’s full-length album presented on glorious magnetic cassette tape. Emit Idy, along with the rest of the Oakland based Katabatik collective’s music, events & DIY community ethos have been a consistent inspiration for many in the Bay Area electronic music scene, & The Squirrels are delighted & honored to bring this album to the wider world. From the sonic miasma of opener “Ateh,” with its banshee wails & scrap metal synths, into the kaleidoscopic boogie of “Hallow” & “Prometheus,” Idy explores early Industrial, Cold Wave & Acid House textures. “Contumacy” & “Nyquest” add elements of Electro to the cauldron, conjuring spirits, emotion & drama from his vocals drum machines & synthesizers. “Teeth” goes full-on Warehouse Rave, evoking the sweaty late night illicit undergrounds that once drew wide-eyed revelers from all over the Bay Area to the seemingly abandoned industrial dark corners of a pre-gentrification Oakland, California every weekend. “Y Is The Sign” & “Systemic Volume” are hallucinatory funk workouts & “Xiolin” comes full-circle back to the radiant sound-collage of the opener.

Nezzy Idy – Unveiled [SOF08]

VA – Murder 04 EP [MURDER004]

Murder Tbilisi continues to unlock the perception of reality with another ear-splitting compilation from the various artists series, featuring exclusive tracks from Terence Fixmer X Reka, Ron Morelli, TV.OUT, Reeko, Unhuman & Suture and highlights the essence of the label even more.

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VA – Murder 04 EP [MURDER004]

RX-101 – New Discoveries LP [SUCTION055]

Suction Records announces RX-101’s fifth album, “New Discoveries”. As the title suggests, “New Discoveries” is not just more of the same — this is a new side of the RX-101 sound. Rather than taking inspiration from braindance heroes like Aphex Twin and Bochum Welt, “New Discoveries” is a reflection of Erik Jong (aka RX-101)’s love for classic Detroit techno – Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Carl Craig, et al. Like some of the UK producers who mined this sound for inspiration, from B12 to Kirk DiGiorgio, the influence of Detroit techno is crystal clear, even if the sound has a distinctly EU/UK flair.

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RX-101 – New Discoveries LP [SUCTION055]

Vernon Felicity – Hindsight EP [FE004]

Boris Bunnik returns to the Fluid Electronics label after his remix for Rob Belleville. This is his first outing under the Vernon Felicity alias since 2016. Boris – better known for his work as Conforce and Versalife, steps up with four cuts joining the dots between sci-fi-infused scenarios, rapturous synthy vistas and AI-powered club dynamism, bound to have dance floors phasing in a paradox of hi-intensity wares and textures-splattered sonics tailored to maximal effect.

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Vernon Felicity – Hindsight EP [FE004]

VA – Music from Saharan WhatsApp LP [SS069LP]

In 2020, Sahel Sounds hosted a project called Music from Saharan WhatsApp. This series consisted of ephemeral digital EPs, documenting live performances by some of the most exciting acts in the Sahel playing music, including Nigerién techno, wedding rock, Woodabe guitar, WZN, traditional music, Mandingue music, and more. Responding to an open call from our network of artists, musicians recorded a handful of tracks on their cellphone and sent them over the popular mobile app WhatsApp. Each session was hosted for a month on Bandcamp and sold on a sliding scale, with all profits wired directly to the musicians. After a month, the EP would disappear, replaced by another one. Now, some of the label’s favorite tracks from this series are collected for the first time outside of Bandcamp as the Music from Saharan WhatsApp compilation LP. This LP features tracks by established Sahel Sounds artists such as Etran de L’Aïr, Hama, Alkibar Jr, Amaria Hamadaler (of Les Filles de Illighadad), and artists new to the label like Bounaly and Andal Sukabe.

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VA – Music from Saharan WhatsApp LP [SS069LP]

VA – Beyond Space & Time Vol. 2 [BEST002]

Internationally recognized and much-loved festival from Japan, Rainbow Disco Club’s offshoot project ”Beyond Space And Time” record label presents their sophomore release. Their second compilation has been compiled by none other than Antal. Also known as the festival’s headliner and the man behind Amsterdam record shop/label Rush Hour, all 11 tracks are selected by Antal in a 2 x 12-inch + bonus 7-inch format. From local Dutch newcomers to ’80s Japanese cult music, rare grooves to danceable house music, and rare Caribbean soul, this compilation is a portrait of music enthusiast Antal Heitlager’s enormous collection and 30-year DJ career, a work of art that can be enjoyed by all music fans.

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VA – Beyond Space & Time Vol. 2 [BEST002]

E&S Brothers – Taduma [AFS053]

E&S Brothers’ 1985 album Taduma holds a unique yet overlooked place in the history of South African dance music. When Shadrack Ndlovu and Ernest Segeel teamed up with Dane Stevenson, owner of Blue Tree Studio in downtown Johannesburg, and journeyman producer Taso Stephanou, South Africa’s bubblegum era had just begun, spurred on by the success of Shangaan disco. The relative success of their debut 12” ‘Don’t Bang The Taxi Door’, marketed aggressively at taxi ranks throughout the country, helped put the Blue Tree label on the map and E & S were invited back to record a full album: Taduma, featuring on keyboards Dr Buke, an in-demand session player from Soweto.

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E&S Brothers – Taduma [AFS053]

Zerocks / ‘N UMOH – You Too [PROXIMA003]

Proxima announce the reissue of some of the work of new beat producer Jo Bogaert. Under various pseudonyms, including Zerocks and ‘N UMOH, Thomas de Quincey or Acts of Madmen, Jo Bogaert is considered to be one of the most influential artists in the Belgian new beat scene of the 1980s. He is also the man behind Technotronic and the hit track ‘Pump Up the Jam’. Proxima is releasing a selection of tracks from Zerocks and ‘N UMOH on a 12inch,.Includes a remix by Audrey Danza.

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Zerocks / ‘N UMOH – You Too [PROXIMA003]

Sea Of Disillusions – Part II [BLESSYOU006]

Part II of the Sea of Disillusions project by Youcef Debbihi, another assortment of beautifully produced atmospheric, dubbed out downtempo techno. Yousef Debbihi does it again, another perfect collection of tracks, mandatory for any tasteful DJ bag roaming in the fields of contemporary produced dancefloor business. A crafty display of his mastery in the studio, this EP gives full perspective on Yousef’s oeuvre and capabilities. If you got part I, this is mandatory, another tasting in the downtempo cosmic domaine – no regrets guaranteed.

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Sea Of Disillusions – Part II [BLESSYOU006]