Yan Cook – Dead Satellite [INERTIA08]

Ukrainian producer Yan Cook steps up for his second EP in a row on Delsin Records’ Inertia series, the dancefloor focussed offshoot that is running since 2011. He now brings his trademark spangled techno back to the label where he appeared for the first time in 2012. Once again it’s sub shaking and room filling techno madness, shuffling percussion and rippling grooves made for the big floors and smokey warehouses.

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Yan Cook – Dead Satellite [INERTIA08]

Yan Cook – Dialogue [INERTIA007]

Delsin Records’ Inertia series is back with a powerful four tracker from Yan Cook. The producer from Ukraine has also released Delsin’s main label and associated Ann Aimee. He makes straight up techno that arrests your attention and does just that again here. ‘Toucan’ is first and is a spangled, underwater techno track with gurgling lines wrapping round shuffling percussion and insistent drums. It’s one to get into your head, while ‘Puffin’ is more physical, with more warped synths and paddy drums woven together into a fluid, rippling groove that never lets up. The drums on ‘Dialogue’ are deep and land with real resonance while dubby chords rattling out to the horizon. Last of all ‘Flamingo’ is the most manic of the lot, with hi speed synths and booming drums all coming together to make for powerful, sub shaking and room filling techno madness.

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Yan Cook – Dialogue [INERTIA007]

Discrete Circuit – Machine Code EP [INERTIA005]

The Inertia sub-arm of Dutch label Delsin is back. Inertia-5 introduces Discrete Circuit with a fierce three track EP. Connecting Berlin with Detroit, their EP kicks off with ‘Machine Code’, a frazzled techno cut with bleeps and alarms, sirens and rusty synths that all make for intense listening. On the flip ‘Recursive Descent’ is even more unhinged, with a see-sawing, saw-tooth synth line ripping up frantic hits and loopy drums and getting right into your brain as it does so. ‘Compiler’ is a more subtle, stripped back and seductive techno roller with supple synths undulating above rooted, rubbery kicks and woodpecker like percussion.

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Discrete Circuit – Machine Code EP [INERTIA005]

Sawlin – Niedertracht [ANN019]

It’s now almost two years since German producer Sawlin made his debut on Ann Aimee, but now he is back for a third EP on the Delsin sister label. Entitled ‘Niedertracht’, it features four more tracks of searing techno in truly uncompromising Sawlin style. ‘Kontraktion’ goes first with heavy metallic hits, lots of industrial machinery found sounds and thumping kick drums. It’s lumpy, mechanical and stiff stuff that is slow and purposeful. The surface of ‘Padjam’ is then covered in squirming, scratchy little effects as syncopated drums swing deep down below. Eventually the thing gets fleshed out with some malfunctioning melodies and slurred vocal stabs yet still it sounds like no other techno out there. ‘Niedertracht’ takes up the b1 with a spangled techno track that has gurgling synths and fizzing drills all encased in a ravey arrangement of horns and windy howls. The broken sounding ‘Weisshaupt’ is made up of metal loops, punctured drums and rasping synths that sound like factories in melt down. This is truly inventive electronic music that’s laced with a very real and unmistakable sense of industrialism, and proves Sawlin is one of the day’s most exciting producers.

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Sawlin – Niedertracht [ANN019]

Yan Cook – Morse EP [ANN4X4]

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Ukrainian techno producer Yan Cook is back with four uncompromising and dance floor focussed tracks on his Morse EP. ‘Morse’ itself is like a blizzard-y radio transmission of techno from Cold War era Russian – it’s a fine grain and grimey tack with big thrusting kick drums and rusty synth lines that just roll and roll. ‘Lighthouse’ is a little less stormy, instead focussing on a paranoid and insistent synth hook as cantering kick drums rumble below. ‘Nylon’ on the flip is an aggressive an arresting offering once again. It’s a spacious thing with mysterious bell sounds off in the distance, jarring drums and angry percussion all rattling along at a quick and inviting tempo, before closer ‘Suspense’ keeps you hanging on a knife edged with its loose and jangling melody lines and thumping kicks. This is austere yet atmospheric techno at its finest, just as Ann Aimee likes it.

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Yan Cook – Morse EP [ANN4X4]

AnD – Ard Core Krew [ANNAND]

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Mancunians AnD have lead the way when it comes to the industrial techno revolution of recent times and now serve up three such tracks on the small but perfectly formed Ann Aimee label after plenty of great work on their own eponymous imprint. The titular track ‘Ard Core Krew’ kicks things off with squealing machines, huge dump piston sounds, metallic synths and brutalist kick drums. It’s a hostile world of sound in which it is easy to get disorientated, and ‘Changed My View’ is much the same, with every single element sounding raw, frazzled and under plenty of strain. It’s a fuzzy, dirty track with lots of detailed activity as well as huge stomping kick drums, which pin it all together. ‘Free At Last’ is the most propulsive and forward moving; surging as it does on a grimy brew of splintered hi hats, incessant kick drums and low fizzing frequencies.

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AnD – Ard Core Krew [ANNAND]

Mosca – A Thousand Years’ Wait [ANN018]

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Next Ann Aimee release comes from UK tastemaker and Radio 1 presenter Mosca. First up is ‘It’s Not What It Looks Like’ – a hunched over, industrial tinged house groove with rattling percussion and a heavy kick drum. Fully of grainy textures and clanging machines, the whole thing is backlit with serene pads and smeared with deft synth patterns. ‘Kneecap’ is even more direct, with tiny little off kilter chords bringing a sense of paranoia to the barrelling beats and bristling percussion. It’s muscular and heavy yet inviting, whilst final offering ‘Press Up’ is a beautifully swung bit of deep and atmospheric house – all the edges are nicely frayed and the whole thing is smoothed over with misty textures as the barrelled-up sense of funk grows more and more lively as things progress.

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Mosca – A Thousand Years’ Wait [ANN018]

Sawlin – Eviment [ANN017]

Eviment

‘Eviment’ is the second release of Sawlin on Delsin off shoot Ann Aimee, made up of three more deep and subterranean techno cuts that play with plenty of textures. Title track ‘Eviment’ is a tortured and paranoid offering that has a nagging vocal stretched out over splashy claps and a foreboding bottom end thud. It’s vast and dark, spare and haunting where ‘Kretze’ is a bigger and bolder track. The analogue percussion and serrated lines all sound old and aged as they mark out a scraping, dystopian vision of a world well away from here. ‘Sour Tear’ has a more syncopated, techno-funk groove but is still padded out with plenty of dubby undercurrents. Sawlin’s percussion sounds are wholly non standard, from clanking metal to twanging strings, everything sounds like a real world sound, which makes his music as arresting as anyone’s, despite being made firmly for the techno backroom.

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Sawlin – Eviment [ANN017]

Yan Cook – 2×2 EP [ANN2x2]

2x2 EP

Delsin’s sister label Ann Aimee has unearthed another techno talent here in the form of Yan Cook, heavy dancefloor techno with haunting atmospheres. ‘Rhomb’ is as heavy and subterranean as they come. Apocalyptic sounding searchlight synths pan over the whole arrangement as microbial sounds busy them selves in the foreground. Vast, echoing claps seem to hang in the air and you can imagine someone like Dettmann dropping this in Berghain to a rapturous reception. ‘2×2’ bangs the box even harder – the kicks hammer the same spot over and over rather than rolling onwards, where the gradual forward motion instead comes from the rattling, melting synth chords that flood the arrangement each bar.

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Yan Cook – 2×2 EP [ANN2x2]

Sawlin – Techno Dumping [ANN016]

Techno Dumping

Sawlin drops four cuts of grainy, scratchy sounds with his Techno Dumping EP on Delsin little sister Ann Aimee. ‘Boring Feels’ is the deepest offering, gently pushing forward as sharp percussion sounds roll off the heavy and hunched over bottom end. ‘Techno Dumping’ is a punchier affair with trippy background atmospherics and a cantering bottom end that’s paranoid as hell, whilst ‘Datamen Working’ is a dubbed out destroyer with eerie shapes craft sounds and muffled vocals throughout. Closer ‘Neid Auf Vacuum’ lets in some shafts of melodic light to its clappy house heart, with rippling keys and train-track sounds fleshing out the backdrop.

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Sawlin – Techno Dumping [ANN016]

VA – Inertia #4 [INERTIA004]

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The final hurrah for Ann Aimee’s Inertia compilation sees four modern techno heavyweights add their exclusive sounds to the fold. Skudge are as economical yet efficient as you’d expect with their booming ‘Pollution,’ before Conforce designs yet more lush sounds with his deep technoid cut ‘When It Appeared.’ Restless Romanian Cosmin TRG confounds expectationst again with his rusty, rolling cut ‘Plaisir Interdit’ before Sascha Rydell gets a little spaced out on his kinetic and melancholic effort, ‘Rainy Days’.

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VA – Inertia #4 [INERTIA004]

VA – Inertia #3 [INERTIA003]

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This third EP offers up four brand next and exclusive techno cuts, take straight from the Inertia compilation Ann Aimee have proudly compiled. Things open with the dark, skipping beats of Lucy, before Milton Bradley layers plenty of filter and reverb over a kicking beat for his textured effort, ‘Sequence 1’. Mike Dehnert, contributes some ravey techno loops in the form of ‘Pneumatic’ before the EP is brought to a close with some gray-scale bleakness from Ozka.

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VA – Inertia #3 [INERTIA003]

VA – Inertia #2 [INERTIA002]

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Part two of the four-part Inertia sampler again serves up four heavy-hitting techno bangers from different artists of the new-school techno generation. First up is Frenchman Marcelus who offers a heavy house and techno fusion, before London’s Sigha goes deep and ominous. Redshape and Area Forty_One close out the package with frozen, static coated sounds and textured techno respectively.

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VA – Inertia #2 [INERTIA002]

VA – Inertia #1 [INERTIA001]

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The first of 4×4 vinyl releases from the Ann Aimee compilation, Inertia. This opening volume includes cuts from Delta Funktionen, Peter Van Hoesen, Roman Lindau and Sawlin. Delta Funktionen goes deep and dramatic, Peter Van Hoesen offers up his usual dub-wise textures, whilst Lindau pairs icy hi-hats with a heavy stomping beat. Sawlin offers the trippiest techno with his delightfully disheveled ’Excipidial’ and closes out what is an essential.

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VA – Inertia #1 [INERTIA001]

Area Forty_One – Discharging Clouds [ANN014]

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Ann Aimee goes darker and more minimalistic than before with this debut release by Area Forty_One. This unknown producer gives us his personal interpretation of modern techno. This double pack contains five solid techno cuts, filled with spacy and robotic sounds, together with one imminent ambient track.

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Area Forty_One – Discharging Clouds [ANN014]

Delta Funktionen – Setup Two: Fusion [ANN013]

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Darker and more sinister as all his releases before. Beats getting tighter and rougher, there’s no chance to escape. Welcome to the world of Delta Funktionen. This 2nd part of his Setup EPs brings three times dark heavy soaking techno tracks, and with the otherworldly track ‘Conflict Data’ closing the Setup.

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Delta Funktionen – Setup Two: Fusion [ANN013]

Brendon Moeller – Close Up EP [ANN012]

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This is the debut release of Brendon Moeller on Ann Aimee label. Dub, techno, jazz, afrobeat and psychedelia are inspirations that appear in most of his music. Whether it be serious dancefloor bizniz, or dubbed out bass-scapes, his music always possesses a quality and signature that have helped him become the prolific force he is today.

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Brendon Moeller – Close Up EP [ANN012]