VA – Fachwerk EP [FW022]

All three excellent Fachwerk bosses step up here with a beautiful red vinyl release of their latest EP entitled, erm, Fachwerk on their own label. Roman Lindau goes first with some scraping, cavernous and loopy sounds before teaming up with Mike Dehnert for a beautifully bouncy acid number. Mike appears on his own for track three, a stomping peak time banger before Sascha Rydell gets some great height into his fat assed percussive groove, ‘It Happened’.

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VA – Fachwerk EP [FW022]

The Analogue Cops – Manola EP [RST012]

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Deep, strong and relentless, this is the first full length EP of The Analogue Cops on their own label Restoration. As usual, an unquestionable raw force is summoned by the abrasive touch of their experienced hands on incorruptible machines, without any mean computer involved in their operations.

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The Analogue Cops – Manola EP [RST012]

Bleak – Isolated / Bold [SD03]

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Sudden Drop step it up a gear for their 1st release of 2011 with newcomer Bleak providing a double header of beats. ‘Isolated’ kicks things off in fine style with sleek, super phatt beats and a serious amount of pace. Throw in some tight production technique, a serious attention to groove and a fine palette of sounds and you have an impressive addition to any techno minded dj’s record box.

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Bleak – Isolated / Bold [SD03]

Jerome Sydenham – Trombipolution Pt. 2 [DC75.5]

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It’s a swift return to Drumcode for Jerome Sydenham. “In The Zone” does what it says on the tin, swiftly locking into a brooding heads down techno groove, driven by intricate textured drums, scratched vocal effects and a singular synth throb that gradually increases with hypnotic intent as the track progresses. The flipside excursion “Amp” proves to be just as menacing a peak time proposition with a guttural bassline that twinges with evil intent sitting deep below crisp minimal drums and an undulating rhythmic buzz.

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Jerome Sydenham – Trombipolution Pt. 2 [DC75.5]

Mike Dehnert – Framework [86DSR]

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Framework – as you’d expect of a man who performs genuinely live for hours, often only ever calling on his own tweaked, edited and skewed productions – is an uncompromising album made up of pure techno tracks of the sort you’d expect to hear on the dancefloors of places like Berghain or Tresor. They go from pulsing and classic sounding to skipping and glitchy, through greyed-out and sandy via swinging and syncopated but always with a sense of restraint and control whether they are abstract, apocalyptic, atmospheric or whatever else. Drawing from a dusty, dirty toolbox of sounds, the echo-y, cavernous chambers and dusky warehouse aesthetics of Dehnert’s moody music betrays the purity and simplicity of his arrangements. Although his records are undeniably functional, at the same time, they are neither nondescript nor forgettable: somehow, through masterful sound designs and an accomplished knack for blending real tension and atmosphere with his obvious Basic Channel and Berghain influences, Mike Dehnert manages to lock you into whatever mood takes his fancy with apparent ease.

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Mike Dehnert – Framework [86DSR]

Dario Zenker – Farrel EP [ILIAN007]

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Dario’s debut on his own imprint is another example for his unique and mature sound. “10 AM” sounds like an earthquake, raw and dirty, it builds up so much energy that even Babensham starts to shake. “Farrel” on the other side is best described as deep break beat techno.

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Dario Zenker – Farrel EP [ILIAN007]