VA – Squirrels On Acid [SOFWHITE002]

In the era of micro dosing, Squirrels On Film will provide you with a generous portion of the good stuff. Build your Acid House into an Acid Pleasure Fantasy Castle Extravaganza with the current selections from these various squirrels (on Acid). Solar’s “Unless You Have Wings Like a Bat” will conjure the ghosts of rave past for the séance, and all your funky friends have been invited. The Warehouse has drum machines in the red, and skeletons in the closet, all wearing smiley face masks and handing you gel tabs you probably shouldn’t take. Chris Mitchell hits next with “trks.” The dystopian dance party is on tonight. There’s no going back. You’re too far gone. The walls only appear to be shaking and breathing heavily like they’re dancing and you’re standing still. Sepehr jacks the tab further on “Servant’s Taunt” like the Criminal Justice Act had never been passed. It could be Miami Bass or a field in England but it’s a party, and everyone’s eyes are perfectly dilated. Bayview Acid Squirrels “Love Is The Slug” is pure phuture phantasy pleasuredome meltdown.

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VA – Squirrels On Acid [SOFWHITE002]

VA – Monsters EP [GRTW003]

DJ Nephil steps up with the third self release on his Gravitational Waves label, featuring new artists from across the Atlantic as well as one experienced American producer. Dark jacking hypnotic 707 wavey techno tracks by Chris Mitchell, Dj Nephil, Vault & Retrograde Youth.

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VA – Monsters EP [GRTW003]

Chris Mitchell – Remnants [AC009]

Anunnaki Cartel is up next with another release from label co-owner Chris Mitchell. This is his follow up to the Din Gir Dialectic EP that was released last year. “Remnants” is a more introspective outing with a sobering feel. These are heady selections for a darker floor, and will satisfy those DJ’s who want to inject this into their sets.

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Chris Mitchell – Remnants [AC009]

VA – Legacy [SFRLP001]

Great techno/electro compilation on Science Fiction Recordings featuring Spoiled Drama, Chris Mitchell, Dj Nephil, Hinode, Moonknight, Jaymond, Arcarsenal, Rawmance, Jared Wilson & Dj Richard.

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VA – Legacy [SFRLP001]

Modular One – Segue One [SISMODONE]

Patrice Scott and Chris Mitchell are back at it under their Modular One moniker. Segue One sees the duo pushing forward on their thematic journey into deep, interstellar techno. Adding to the fire, UK deep techno maestro, Aubrey blesses the EP with a remix crafted in his signature textural style.

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Modular One – Segue One [SISMODONE]

VA – Vanguard Sound Vol. 4 [AC003]

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Sister Label to Vanguard Sound Anunnaki, Cartel plays host to the fourth installment of the Vanguard Sound Series featuring 4 tracks from crew members Dakini9 (Lola), Chris Mitchell, DJ. Spider, and founder Amir Alexander.

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VA – Vanguard Sound Vol. 4 [AC003]

VA – Introduction [AC001]

Anunnaki Cartel is the newly launched sub label of Amir Alexander’s Vanguard Sound operation and this first release sets the bar high; Alexander himself features alongside cuts from Joey Anderson and Chris Mitchell. The latter producer leads the way with “Illuminescent Invasion” a relentlessly rewarding concoction of fierce snares, deviant saw tooth synths and almost criminal abuse of the 303. Amir Alexander is growing into a personal favourite of the Juno review team and “Ostinato” demonstrates why in abundance. It’s a direct and druggy assault on your sensibilities based around discordant square synths and a undeniably funk heavy groove. Things get even weirder on the flip as Joey Anderson drops the kind of off-kilter, off the grid house production where all the elements appear to be pulling in separate directions but somehow combine for a unique cohesive groove. Mitchell and Alexander join forces to close this excellent 12″ with the cosmic techno of “Dark Memories” which has got the best snare sound since “Set It Off”.

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VA – Introduction [AC001]

VA – Aphotic Segments Part 2 [SIS019]

Sistrum moves further into the exploration of modern electronic music with the 2nd installment of the Aphotic Segments series. Chris Mitchell opens the EP with a driving, minimal builder- “Brisk City.” Tony Ollivierra is warmly welcomed to Sistrum for this project and “Prophetic Light” lives up to everything we had hoped to hear from him. Patrice Scott commandeers the B-side with “M.F.D.T” – and for good reason – this tune needs a full-side vinyl cut to transmit the hefty, growling bassline on display. Listeners are further treated to an intergalactic journey of swirling soundscapes and mind-tingling synth pulsations.

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VA – Aphotic Segments Part 2 [SIS019]

Chris Mitchell – Phrenetic EP [VS002]

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Chris Mitchell is up next on Vanguard Sound with a solo piece called Phrenetic EP. A four track 12″ that shows off Chris’ versatility as each track has a different style and feel. Some new music from the American south that is making waves as Chris is creating his own sound.

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Chris Mitchell – Phrenetic EP [VS002]

VA – Vanguard Sound Vol. 3 [VS001]

There’s some serious ruffness to this breakout four track compilation from the shadowy Vanguard Sound collective. The Detroit roots of the label shine through, not least on Amir Alexander’s tough, haunting jacker “Violence”. Militant samples and scuffed arpeggios scream Motor City from the off, much like the stripped sci-fi techno of Chris Mitchell. DJ Spider’s “Tribal Mechanism” creates an industrial nightmare out of a rootsy percussion premise, and Hakim Murphy excels with a stalking slice of stripped down menace, capitalising on a broken kick pattern to deadly effect.

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VA – Vanguard Sound Vol. 3 [VS001]