Nail presents Sentipede – Eggs EP [ORN029]

The latest drop on Ornate sees Neil Tolliday’s Nail project metamorphose into Sentipede. His illustrious track record in UK house and techno has touched on all kinds of ventures since the DIY days, and now he’s presenting something very special indeed for Ornate. The vibe on these tracks is more taut and techy, with “313151” opening proceedings on a bubbling bed of acid before the rubbery monosynth jack of “44151” on the B side. Keeping things locked into this nervy strain of warehouse tackle, “3131154” finishes the record off with some even more audacious 303 lines that will dig right into your synapses and give ’em a twist, in the nicest possible way of course.

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Nail presents Sentipede – Eggs EP [ORN029]

SJ Tequilla + Aaty presents SJTeknobuskers [WRECKS029]

Smooth acid injected edgy house cuts on this new Klasse Wrecks. For the last 3 years SJ Tequilla (Naota Matsuda) and Aaty Matoba have been a regular but hidden fixture in Berlin’s underground music scene. You may have caught them at their regular spot in a dark tunnel next to the sprawling Ostkreuz station in Kreuzberg, lucky to sneak a quick listen before the cops came in and shut things down yet again. Armed only with an electrical generator, a 606, 303 and various dub echo delay units the pair have slowly been refining their Teknobusker project into quite a special thing. Proving that creativity blooms best when using a limited set of tools, the SJ Teknobuskers music is gritty and dark but also retains an important sense of humour. WRECKS029 was recorded between the years 2018-2019 and does a deft job in capturing a flavour of the rhythms, tones and squelches that echoed down the tunnels during Berlin’s endless summers.

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SJ Tequilla + Aaty presents SJTeknobuskers [WRECKS029]

Type-303 – UglyTruth [ZEIT009]

Type-303 delivers a 4-track homage to 90’s rave and acid on Zeitnot 09. Upfront and unreservedly ‘The E-Street‘ captures the soul of acid warehouse club culture with a thunderous, addictive chord melody from the word go. Belly-deep, sweltering bass made for sweaty body masses. ‘Sfääri’ takes a serene, almost dream house turn, side-chained lo-fi pads and twisting, turning acid bass. Flip the plate for more gutteral, darker acid techno – like the head-rattling ‘UglyTruth’. Disturbing broken-machine sounding hook looms over bubbling accented acid squelch, while the 303 abuse continues on ‘Uprising’; an eerie vocal sample reminiscent of classic Chicago jack tracks, with driving hi-hats and a psychedelic sliding acid line.

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Type-303 – UglyTruth [ZEIT009]

Postelektrik – So We All Thought We Knew Technology [CB1988-06]

Nill Minogue AKA Postelektrik delivers his debut EP on Chicago Bee Records. This well crafted EP has a mature sound that crosses the boundaries from traditional acid and leans towards deep house and electronica. Side A delivers what has been to be expected from Chicago Bee. But its the the flip side where Nill Minogue comes into his own. This side blends a shift towards a home listening vibe as well as being suited to a more discerning dance floor. The tracks The Green Strobe and Not Them are slow drifting builders and full of lush pads that float along endlessly. This combined with moody baselines and trademark Roland drums you surely have a well rounded winner.

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Postelektrik – So We All Thought We Knew Technology [CB1988-06]

Steve Summers – Counter-Factuals [CLEAR006]

It’s been a while since we last heard from Steve Summers, one of the many musical aliases of producer Jason Letkiewicz. When he last landed on proudly Chicagoan imprint CLEAR with the robust and unearthly “Artificial Light” EP, it was on the back of nine years spent building up Steve Summers as a purveyor of forthright club cuts that pushed at the limits of acceptability. Now Letkiewicz’s return with his Steve Summers pseudonym on CLEAR is defiantly intense and otherworldly in tone. “Counter-Factuals” is powered primarily by the kind of psychedelic acid lines and thrusting machine drums that have long been a hallmark of Chicago house. This is no nostalgia-fest though, with Letkiewicz’s take on “acid” being more abstract and unorthodox than the music of his predecessors.

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Steve Summers – Counter-Factuals [CLEAR006]

Sleezy D. – I’ve Lost Control [TX113RED]

Seminal acid house from 1986. Marshall Jefferson’s seminal release has been re mastered from original DAT’s and released in original Trax Red labels. Released in conjunction with Trax / Harmless.

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Sleezy D. – I’ve Lost Control [TX113RED]

Freddy Fresh – 1996 [EAR028]

Freddy Fresh returns on Earwiggle to provides some choice material from the year 1996, remastered and ready for modern consumption. We start with the tunneling acid tour-de-force of ”Abraxas”, that first appeared on Freddy’s ”Analog Space Funk” album on Analog, followed by a similarly spaced out (yet previously unreleased) track of the same period, ”Aerial”. Originally released on Cari Lekebusch’s Hybrid label, ”Logical Grooves 1” is prototype supernatural techno on an almost morbid tip, while ”Barogue” is a classic Freddy Fresh cut to wrap up (fittingly taken from his ”Accidentally Classic” album on Harthouse), where weighty Mr. Fingers style chords play over an epic and deep-building exotic soundscape. ”1996” marks a special snapshot in time – when Freddy Fresh did ‘out there’ techno in a way that no-one else did, techno that we believe will always stand the test of time.

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Freddy Fresh – 1996 [EAR028]

Perseus Traxx / Mantra – Acid Avengers 015 [AAR015]

For that 15th Acid Avengers split EP, Tripalium Corp welcomes two providers of acid music who know each other very well, as they’re also associated in the duo Nite Vision. On the A-Side, English producer Perseus Traxx, known for his raw house & electro bombs on Bunker, Solar One, I Love Acid or his own imprint Future Flash. On the B-Side, Barcelona-based producer Mantra, also know under his aliases Myriadd or Acid Phreex, and responsible of several ravey bangers on Pinkman, Creme Organization, Bunker and Polybius Trax.

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Perseus Traxx / Mantra – Acid Avengers 015 [AAR015]

Phuture – Acid Tracks [TX142RED]

Phuture only released a handful of tracks (plus an album a full decade after their debut), but have remained a legendary act in the development of Chicago house for their stomping 1987 single “Acid Trax”, the track that began and defined the acid house sound. The group was formed by DJ Pierre, synthesizer fan Spanky and Herb J in 1985 as a recording entity to produce records for Pierre to mix into his sets at several crucial Chicago clubs. After being turned on to the high-pitched squelch of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (marketed as a bassline machine for solo guitarists), the trio emerged from the studio with a track they called “In Your Mind”. Ron Hardy previewed the track at his legendary club the Music Box – where it became known as “Ron Hardy’s Acid Track” – and Phuture re-made the cut with production by Marshall Jefferson. Released on Trax Records in 1987, the single created a dividing point between the Chicago sound before and after it, with hundreds of “Acid Trax” imitations flooding the local market. After it caught on in Britain as well, the single soundtracked the wave of club madness which coalesced in the rave movement by the end of the decade.

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Phuture – Acid Tracks [TX142RED]

Type-303 – Sysi EP [SRTX030]

30 releases in and Super Rhythm Trax celebrate with this beautiful record by Finnish producer, Type-303 with an EP that faces off the lushest most uplifting Acid music against the rawest and dirtiest end of the genre. ‘Delays’ sounds almost like an early UR record while ‘Code 808’ is an absolute masterclass in bliss, complete with it’s vocoders, electro drum track and singing 303s. Sandwiched between these two tracks you have the cheeky suggestiveness of ‘Kolkki Crush’ and the outright sleaze of ‘Life In Mono’.

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Type-303 – Sysi EP [SRTX030]