Over several landmark EP’s London Modular Alliance have established themselves as the premiere Electro act in modern electronica. Their distinctive blend of classic Electro and state-of-the-art modular synth techniques combine to create an innovative hybrid style all of their own. Applied Rhythmic Technology presents the long-awaited debut album from this unique talent. Presenting for the first time their vision of modern electronica over a double slice of vinyl, LMA stretch out to encompass not only their trademark bone-rattling dark electro rhythms but also haunting ambient interludes and sublime IDM.
Originally released on Stefan Robbers’ Eevo-Lute label in 1993, Ross 154 aka Jochem Peteri – now best known for his productions as Newworldaquarium – released four tracks of deep, dark, mysterious hybrid techno interspersed with four delicate ambient interludes.
London Modular Alliance is the raw and unpredictable music project from the UK’s best known, dedicated modular synth shop London Modular. Its members Simon Lynch, Phil Ventre and Gavin Pykerman met through a shared passion in modular synthesisers. Impromptu gatherings and jams soon turned into live performances at clubs, festivals and museums. They create an intense live show with a huge setup of self-assembled modular gear. Every set starts with one small looping beginning – a patch – and is expanded into a deep sonic landscape. With the use of cables they build unexpected circuits and explore the power of pure electronic sounds without the use of a digital software infrastructure. No laptops, no button pushing, everything is created on the spot using modular synthesizers and is based on live improvisations. Overall LMA tries to keep its live sets in the dark: unrecorded, off the internet and only for those who are present in the moment. A clear break with the capture-all mentality of the internet age.
After his highly acclaimed debut for the Balans label Stefan Vincent has been getting attention and plays from luminaries such as Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier and ART owner Kirk Degiorgio. ART have wasted no time in securing Stefan’s next release – a storming 3 tracker ranging from deep, modern acidic techno of Cynosure to the wide Mills-esque soundscapes of Paranal One and Two.
Roberto Bosco delivers his debut for ART. A double pack of serene dub influenced Techno including elements of tribal percussion layerd over hypnotic extended arrangements.
Justin Berkovi delivers 2 heads down mid-tempo Techno dance tracks for his ART debut. Clean, crisp production with thunderous low end characterise both tracks. The title track Drive delivers its power via modulating synth stabs, whilst When I Throw Down commands the dancefloor with its demonic vocal.
Kirk Degiorgio dusts down his Future Past moniker for a no-nonsense techno release. The title track typifies the EP, with a bubbly bassline and doubled up claps supporting whooshing, churning filters. It’s the same approach on “Sparta”, where a walking bass and warbling acid lines suggest a clean, pure sound, but then an intense filter pushes it into the realms of peak-time techno. “Skrunch” dispenses with the lighter, more playful elements in favour of a tunnelling groove that flows to the sound of arcing acid and a dark riff undertow, while “An Act of Modulation” completes the transfer from bubbly techno to a leaner-edged sound with squelchy tones tweaked against the backdrop of an insistent spiky rhythm track.
Toby Leeming aka The Third Man returns with his 3rd EP for ART, maintaining the high quality of previous releases “Future Tense” and “More Than One” both aim for the dancefloor.
Claude Young teams up with his Takasi Nakajima to deliver the next EP on ART. Cool no-nonsense but thoughtful future-tech, with plenty of analog modulations for the heads – and dance-floor thump for the party people. On the flip, the legendary Ian O’Brien delivers a typically deep, Detroit tinged remix with trademark warm bass and glistening top lines. On the digital release two other remixes from label owner Kirk Degiorgio and TJ Korg.
“Promenade Eleven” is a reverse-engineered remake of “Night On The Promenade” which originally appeared in limited quantities on the New Religion label in 2006 under the name “Super-A-Loof”. Promenade Eleven (Original Mix) adhere’s faithfully to the original arrangement but has been re-recorded and totally remixed from the ground-up for a modern club sound. Further to this release are two vastly different remixes – from label owner Kirk Degiorgio and The Third Man.
New release from Miles Sagnia on Applied Rhythmic Technology. This is the release no. 10 for Kirk Degiorgio’s label and it comes with 4 detroit influenced, melancholic tracks.
New release on Kirk Degiorgio’s label, from The Third Man. The EP includes an original track and a remix from Vince Watson.
New release from the man, Kirk Degiorgio, on his label Applied Rhythmic Technology (A.R.T.).