Ebi – Space Teddy Collection [TM-XS001]

EBI - Space Teddy Collection (reissue)

Ebi was a pseudonym used by Susumu Yokota who was a Japanese techno and ambient composer, producer and house music DJ. Transmigration presents now a one double LP of 2 previously re-issued EPs by the Japanese artist. This is Susumu Yokota’s vision of techno – house, lovingly collected in collaboration with Space Teddy and the Yokota family.

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Ebi – Space Teddy Collection [TM-XS001]

Sea Of Disillusions – Part I [BLESSYOU005]

SEA OF DISILLUSIONS - Part I

Assortment of 3 trippy chugger downtempo would-be-cosmic-hole anthems beautifully produced by Parisian scene Don Yousef Debbihi. Coming in through the clutch for this summers’ hopeful re-openings with Rec23 – what could have been the soundtrack to a new Akira sequel. Following with a never ending tribal K-hole trip. Ending with a beautiful atmospheric excursion on the B side, perfect for cleansing and setting up a dancefloor.

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Sea Of Disillusions – Part I [BLESSYOU005]

Le Palace De Beaute – The Pleasure Seekers [THANKYOU009]

LE PALACE DE BEAUTE - The Pleasure Seekers

Larry Tee’s early work originally released in 1988 featuring mutated HiNRG Proto House sounds. Serious business faster borderline HiNRG on the A side with Pleasure Seekers, and then starting off the B side with slower fun samples sprinkled over solid 4 on the floor drum machine. Closing credits with a slower drama drenched urban soap opera ballad. One to keep in the bag all summer.?Original artwork by New York’s Tabboo!

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Le Palace De Beaute – The Pleasure Seekers [THANKYOU009]

Martin Matiske – Melodic Motion [BAP148]

MATISKE, Martin - Melodic Motion

Melodic Motion sees Martin Matiske use his machines in a new way. Across four tracks, the German musician inspires. Melodic Motion sees Martin Matiske use his machines in a new way. Across four tracks, the German musician inspires. “Digital Emotion” is built on crisp drum patterns, patterns from which Matiske arcs rich analogue notes. Vocals, employed almost like samples, give a human quality to this future-world vision. Technology is a central theme of the EP. Human qualities melt in robotic currents in “Computer Dance,” colder electro tones merging with warm and cheer-filled videogame echoes. “Information Product” maintains some of the electro character of its predecessor. Yet this is far from a dark piece, its uplifting piano keys surging with optimism. The icier tones of “Transmission” closes. Warm arpeggios rise against a front of crystalline chords in this final foray into this ever-so-close world of tomorrow.

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Martin Matiske – Melodic Motion [BAP148]

The Twins – Face To Face / Ballet Dancer [DR007]

TWINS, The - Face To Face Heart To Heart

2021 Official 12″ release featuring two big anthems by 80’s german synth-pop duo The Twins featured Sven Dohrow and guitarist and drummer Ronnie Schreinzer. They knocked out a load of albums in the very early 80s and amongst many big club tunes came they rmost weeks known ‘Face To Face – Heart To Heart.’ It’s a tune that has been covered many times in the years since but you can’t really beat the original. Here it gets served up as a Special dance version with its retro-future arps and glistening Casino chords making for a nice stomping synth-disco vibe. On the flip is a long version of ‘Ballet Dancer’ that is even more camp and euro-centric.

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The Twins – Face To Face / Ballet Dancer [DR007]

VA – Wave Earplug No.5 [4MGLP18]

VARIOUS - Wave Earplug No 5

The fifth part of the Wave Earplug series brigs minimal synth pop, electro, new beat, old school EBM, dark wave and more. Input by artists from USA, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, Germany and Hungary.

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VA – Wave Earplug No.5 [4MGLP18]

Etage Neun – War And Emotions [DW033]

ETAGE NEUN - War & Emotions

In 1986, the young Rickard Karlsson, Magnus Jönsson and Fredrik Bergman formed the all-synth band Etage Neun in Ystad, Sweden. Admittedly influenced by Depeche Mode and right in the middle of the Cold War, their lyrics were often dark, about human conflicts and the nuclear threat. In May 88 they self-released their first album “War And Emotions” in cassette format only. This album has been impossible to find for decades and has become a must have for synthpop fans all over the world. Time has proved that Etage Neun should have gained more recognition back then, but at least we have the opportunity now to listen to this synth masterpiece with far superior sound quality than ever before. 

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Etage Neun – War And Emotions [DW033]

MKS – Musical Keyboard System [STREP-041]

MKS - Musical Keyboard System

Stroom bring to our attention this naïve overlooked New Beat / New Age project from 1989. Sometimes in life, a certain incentive is needed to convert talent into productivity. As for the case of MKS, the enigmatic and musical disguise of Nicolas Aubard, it was a merely coincidental encounter at the end of the 80s that set the stone rolling.

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MKS – Musical Keyboard System [STREP-041]

NWAQ – Above [LASTAGE01]

NWAQ - Above

Jochem Peteri comes drifting back into earshot with some new NWAQ tackle in tow. He’s minting a new label with three pieces that embellish the NWAQ soundworld with a fresh slant. ‘Above II’ is a crystal clear beam of light strapped to a kick that trips over itself with grace and poise. It’s forthright and yet wholly untethered, a pre-echo for the anchorless expanse of ‘Above I’, which buries some heavy bass ruminations very far down in the mix. That leaves it to ‘Dume’ to come staggering out all bleary-eyed, caked in last night’s distortion and yet still exuding a cracked beauty that stands up to the first light of dawn. The artwork which adorns this record is by environment sculpting internet artist Jan-Robert Leegte. NWAQ has always stood for a kind of environmental immersion, and this new emission compounds that idea in three distinct, refreshing ways.

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NWAQ – Above [LASTAGE01]

Stanislav Tolkachev – Up The Steel Stairway [RYCL014]

TOLKACHEV, Stanislav - Up The Steel Stairway

Ukrainian don Stanislav Tolkachev resurfaces with his debut solo four-tracker for Reclaim Your City. Not quite swerving from the sonic pathway his name has become synonymous with over the years, ever so alien and transporting, Tolkachev’s latest boasts the very exact qualities that have made his sound stand out from others, earning him a constantly growing crowd of heirs and imitators along the way. Breaking the trip in, ‘Up The Steel Stairway’ sets the tone for the EP without further ado. Sniping hails of steadily frantic, arpeggiated synth chords and puncturing kick drums that’ll have you dancing like one rolls with the punches, Tolkachev sails into the eye of the cyclone all guns blazing. Lacking no pounding heft either, ‘The Less You Know’ slits a way open into your head through a carefully dissonant symbiosis of corrosive synth lines and octave-shifting bass gone astray. On-the-edge techno at its rowdiest, most mentally challenging. Flip the coin and here comes the deranged, trouble-brewing ‘One More To Go’. Cranking the mind-bogglingness a notch further, this one bulldozers its way past all sanity thresholds without blinking. Final number ‘The Way To The After’ tops it off in more straightforward but equally immersive fashion. Plunging us in a submerged chamber of sorts, where heavily verbed-out synth flexions entangle along tranquilly ascending pads, progressively dissolving in inert pools of FX-charged bleach and slo-dripping dub venom.

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Stanislav Tolkachev – Up The Steel Stairway [RYCL014]

VA – The Belligerents Vol​.​3 [GRTWXXX]

Gravitational Waves presents the third chapter of the Belligerents, feat Entire City, Hannibal lll, Facemelt, Anna Funk Damage, Chris Mitchell, Moken, Meshes, Midnight Climax, Religius Order, Diana Berti and Mchy i Porosty.

VA – The Belligerents Vol​.​3 [GRTWXXX]

Anna Funk Damage / Dutch Courage – DDS04 [DDS04]

ANNA FUNK DAMAGE/DUTCH COURAGE - DDS 04

Up to kick off 2021 in the most adequately frenzied, thoroughly corrosive fashion, DDS04 serves up a quintet of chrome-tanned, hi-velocity beats courtesy of Italian hardware fetishist Anna Funk Damage and Austrian-Hungarian outfit Dutch Courage – alias Superskin & Uj Bala – each of whom step up to the plate to deliver an exquisitely ear-wormy slice of their deranged industrial gospel.

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Anna Funk Damage / Dutch Courage – DDS04 [DDS04]

VA – Twenty Moons – Nocta Numerica In 20 Tracks

This September Nocta Numerica will release its twentieth record. In the meantime, to mark the occasion and look back on the past six years, they released the compilation “Twenty Moons – Nocta Numerica In 20 Tracks”, 20 tracks that represent the identity of the label: 19 of them are from past Nocta Numerica releases and one is exclusively taken from Zobol’s upcoming EP.

VA – Twenty Moons – Nocta Numerica In 20 Tracks