Estrato Aurora – Ursus Dolinensis [BLIQ018]

Estrato Aurora makes his first appearance on Bliq with some advanced deep techno immersions that match the profile of the label perfectly. ”Ursus Dolinensis” takes a slow ride into submission, placing all the emphasis on the low end and using subtle background frequencies to shape out the atmosphere. ”Lunanosorex” takes a particularly tripped out approach to electro, while ”Glyphodon” adds a little industrial bite into the machine funk framework without losing that steely atmosphere that makes the whole EP so appealing. Leonid’s remix of ”Ursus Dolnensis” is the perfect complementary addition to the EP – the Dolly and Sistrum artist adds his own rugged deep techno machinations to the track to deadly, understated effect.

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Estrato Aurora – Ursus Dolinensis [BLIQ018]

Iakovos – Adidas People [BLIQ17]

Bliq continues its quest to mine the deepest shades of techno with this release from Iakovos, who had previously appeared on the label as LowJac and in the formidable duo Deemonlover. This is sharply focused mind music layered with subtle detail and rich textures perfectly honed for hazy hours at the far reaches of the party. “Singers” melds hypnotic pads with gossamer-light threads of breakbeat and warm synth pulses, while “Evil Flower” pushes a tougher rhythmic agenda without losing the ethereal atmosphere. “Adidas People” rides on a surging kick drum pattern, but leaves ample room for a distant drone, and then “Hackney Tower” heads into edgier territory with all manner of obtuse angles and unnerving sound effects pivoting around the insistent drum core of the track.

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Iakovos – Adidas People [BLIQ17]

DJ Loser – DJ Loser [BLIQ015]

DJ Loser kicks off his vinyl debut with “Your eyes were telling me that you really cared”, a soothing and sun-bleached late night downbeat driver, which gives way to A2’s “Untitled” menacing and jacking tone that is sure to bang the dingiest of darkrooms. B1’s “I’ve got dis (but I can’t do it)” is a bona fide slammer made to liquify whatever is left of one’s mind way past the midnight hour, while Seixlack’s rendition of the latter brings more paranoid and percussive-led assaults to the table.

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DJ Loser – DJ Loser [BLIQ015]

Lapien – Anvers EP [BLIQ004]

‘Anvers’, the French name for Belgian port Antwerp, starts in unassuming manner, synths swimming, bass pondering, a gentle cymbal tapping. It’s the sound of thoughtful admiration, as if Lapien is standing in front of the city’s towering gothic cathedral, motionless in the midst of a now modern metropolis. But then, as loops spring uncomfortably back and an insistent beat thunders into the fray, one realizes that this is no time for admiring architecture; this is a night drive through the city – coarse orange streetlamps, chrome blue reflections, droplet-stained window panes. Remixes by Conforce and Fred P.

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Lapien – Anvers EP [BLIQ004]

Ernie – Black Noise EP [BLIQ003]

ERNIE - Black Noise EP (Front Cover)

Ernie unveils his special blend of timeless cuts exclusively on “Black Noise EP”. “Burning Detroit” is a voyage into the abyss through a constant stream of warm pads layered with crafty percussion whereas Ordell reworks “Burning Detroit ” into a lighter afrobeat groove. “La Posse” is a fusion of underlying analogue bass stabs with raw machine drums and “Terra Nostra” concludes the release as a darkroom bonus cut – rolling deep into the early hours.

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Ernie – Black Noise EP [BLIQ003]