VA – Exit Planet Earth: Nitrogen [EPE03]

RADIOACTIVE MAN/ANNIE HALL/SANSIBAR/VC 118A - Exit Planet Earth: Nitrogen

‘The third edition of the Exit Planet Earth vinyl series features four more exclusive intergalactic selections from Ralph Lawson. First up is a true legend of the UK electro scene, Keith Tenniswood aka ‘Radioactive Man’, who creates a constantly evolving sonic trip called ‘One Out’. Sharing the A side is the Spanish producer Annie Hall, creating melodic landscapes, layered with intricate string orchestration driven by deep bass. On the flip side Helsinki-based Sunny Seppa aka Sansibar shows exactly why he is fast becoming hot property following his immense debut album on FTP – ‘Targeted Individuals’.  Sansibar brings the record back to the 4/4 with a flowing yet subtle working of synths and pads. Also based in Finland yet hailing from Holland is VC-118A, delivers some deep space dub with expertly crafted production centring on low end theory.

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VA – Exit Planet Earth: Nitrogen [EPE03]

VA – Exit Planet Earth: Oxygen [EPE02]

The second release in the Exit Planet Earth compilation vinyl series features four exclusive tracks designed for space travel, including the first ever collaboration between Keith Tucker of Aux 88 and Carl Finlow. The resulting track ‘Coder’ is an electro masterpiece. The more established electro pairing of Jensen Interceptor and Assembler Code hit heavy with ‘Red Cell’ while Voigtmann brings the bass to space with ‘Subtopia’. The record is rounded off beautifully by Cignol with Detroit infused string sections and harmonies on his ’51D’ track.

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VA – Exit Planet Earth: Oxygen [EPE02]

Versalife – Manifold [VIS320]

Following two well received releases on 20/20 Vision – ‘Machine Life’ & ‘Asimov’s Code’ Versalife returns to the label with his latest album ‘Manifold’ serving up futuristic electro with signature emotive synth work to trigger the imagination. The Dutch producer Boris Bunnik aka Conforce continues his dystopian journey with auditory echoes of a cosmic abyss. Peppered with moody tones, deep bass lines and robotic funk, ‘Manifold’ navigates the future landscape in true Versalife fashion.

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Versalife – Manifold [VIS320]

VA – Exit Planet Earth: Carbon [EPE01]

Exit Planet Earth by 20/20 Vision is a new series of various artist vinyl releases, selected and compiled by Ralph Lawson. The first edition ‘Carbon’ leads with contributions from two of the most influential electro producers of all time The Hacker and 214, who both deliver unforgiving hard hitting excursions to future worlds. On the other side Reedale Rise sheds some light with ‘Lux’ before the record is beautifully closed with an uplifting composition for space travel – ‘The Gap’ by Derek Carr.

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VA – Exit Planet Earth: Carbon [EPE01]

Carl Finlow – Apparatus [VIS317]

Carl Finlow returns with a double vinyl 8 track album on 20/20 Vision. ‘Apparatus’ is a forward thinking album that reflects Finlow’s return to live touring with many tracks hitting harder and darker, pushing his electro sound into new directions and soundscapes. The album means business from the start, kicking off with the title track, ‘Apparatus’, a no-nonsense assault on the system with fast tight drum programming, heavily vocoded vocals and powerful synths. The pace continues on the record with ‘Bind’ and ‘Carbon Deposits’, Structure’ but there are also pure electro cuts like ‘Differential’ and moody grooves in ‘Ampere’ and ‘Viroids’.

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Carl Finlow – Apparatus [VIS317]

Versalife – Asimov’s Code [VIS316]

Versalife’s second release for 20/20 Vision sees Dutch producer Boris Bunnik aka Conforce return with another slab of signature electro. ‘Clandestine Development’ serves up dark tones and melodies layered within insistent electro beats and growling bass, that sounds huge on big room systems. ‘Aegis’ delivers a double dose of mechanical funk, played over atmospheric strings and auditory acid delights. On the B side ‘Lamba’ continues to impress with a moody laidback bass line holding the groove down over a solid rhythm & dystopian keys. Wrapping things up the title track ‘Asimov’s Code’ plays out like war drums from space pounding away after a blissful intro of building synths.

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Versalife – Asimov’s Code [VIS316]

Versalife – Machine Life [VIS314]

Versalife aka Boris Bunnik is one of the most respected producers in electro. He now presents his debut release for 20/20 Vision as the label continues it’s path into the world of pure electronic music. ‘Machine Life’ immediately stood out as one of those rare killer club cuts that works it’s way into a wide range of DJ boxes, simple but massively effective. ‘M05’ returns to more classic sounding Versalife electro with complex layers of synths, strings and analogue squelch all held together by a solid bass hook. On the flip side Bunnik shows off his pedigree in producing Detroit influenced string laden beautiful music with the EP rounded off by ‘Axion’, a heavier trip to the dark side.

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Versalife – Machine Life [VIS314]

Carl Finlow – Electronic [VIS312]

20/20 Vision starts the new year with a testament to true talent that Carl Finlow shows with such explosive, forward thinking music. The title track ‘Electronic’ delivers trademark Finlow vocoder work over hard hitting electro beats and immaculate synths. ‘Side Effects’ is a no holes barred journey into the dark side of EBM while ‘Vortices’ creates a trip for the dance floor. The EP is finished with ‘Flaw’ complete with beats that would make the late great Prince proud while firmly rooted with layers of electronic trickery.

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Carl Finlow – Electronic [VIS312]

214 – Ingalls Way EP [VIS303]

After previous outings on electro institutions Frustrated Funk and Central Processing Unit, Chris Roman aka 214 now appears for the first time on 20/20 Vision. From the atmospheric tones of ‘Potential Events’, the manic energy of ‘Windeye’ and the deeper grooves of ‘Back To Sine’, it’s an EP that leaves no stone unturned in the intergalactic sonic quest. On remix duties we have none other than Keith Tenniswood aka Radioactive Man, who also makes his first appearance on the label.

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214 – Ingalls Way EP [VIS303]

Homework – Confessing [VIS224]

Homework, the duo born and raised in Amsterdam’s Concerto record store, with their debut release on 2020 Vision. They deliver another great EP of deep and distinct house grooves built around some choice samples and classic drums and pads.  The lead track ‘Confessing’ is built around an old soul acapella that really raises the track head and shoulders over its peers.  On the flip ‘C’mon (start moving)’ again plays with some classy samples, but in a more subtle fashion, arranging them around some slinky synth melodies and some slick old skool drums.

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Homework – Confessing [VIS224]

Jay Bliss – Pluto [VIS226]

Romanian Jay Bliss makes his debut on 20:20 Vision Recordings with ‘Pluto’, in his style sitting somewhere between house and techno, with strong Detroit roots. ‘Pluto’ it’s a smooth and crisp tech house roller that recalls classic 2020 releases gone. On the flip, Skudge gives their own take on ‘Pluto’, a different beast to the original, all stuttering percussion and menacing strings, a perfect counterbalance to the original version.

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Jay Bliss – Pluto [VIS226]