Mat 101 – Archives 1999-2001 [CYBERDANCE019]

Italian arcade electro superstars Mat 101 are back with this LP of lost recordings from the vaults on Cyber Dance Records. Back in the late 90s when electro was first being resurrected and transformed into a more European dark psychedelic style Mat 101 were at the forefront of the revolution, taking inspiration from the pure electro sounds of the arcade games of their youth and representing the classic Italian sound in new and unexpectedly brilliant ways. Their legacy was immense, spawning Jollymusic, Pigna People, Raiders Of The Lost Arp and Francisco (among many other projects) and inspiring subsequent generations of electro wannabes with how to do it properly ever since. This LP brings together their lost recordings, some intended for a second LP that never was, along with live cuts and rarities as well as other unreleased material. However the album is in no way merely a random collection of lost bits and pieces – what is surprising is how fresh, finished and naturally flowing the record sounds, so much so that it really would have made a worthy follow up to their classic 1999 ‘Goodbye Mum!’ first album. The breadth of sound on the records, from the gently hypnotising strains of ‘Marble Madness’ and the blissful climax of ‘Gloria Gloria’ to the intense electro jamming of ‘Commando’ and the progressive rave monster ‘Toys Around’, is truly stunning. And with dancefloor anthems like ‘Falling Down Suite’ and ‘Musicadambiente’ thrown into the mix too the release is essential ammunition for both DJ activists and armchair-listeners alike.

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Mat 101 – Archives 1999-2001 [CYBERDANCE019]

Mr. Velcro Fastener – TKU [CYBERDANCE017]

Finnish electro pioneers Mr Velcro Fastener return after a very long absence with this long-awaited and much-anticipated EP on Cyber Dance Records. Full of the same funked-out, quirky and fresh futuristic sounds that brought them instant recognition in the 90s electro underground the ‘TKU’ EP sounds like the innovative duo never went away, effortlessly picking up where they left off. ‘Brinkkala’ opens proceedings with their classic signature brand of Detroit-meets-Finland robotic funk jamming, while the next track ‘Bridge Over Nothing’ delivers harder and punchier rhythms deftly topped with layers of spaced-out chords and shimmering noises – and a relentless bassline that builds and progresses the grooves to alien dimensions of sheer electro brilliance. The sonic assault continues on Side B with ‘Ologrammed’, a pulsating monster of a track that pushes the Velcro Fastener sound into ethereal realms. The EP closes with ‘Johnny’s Wood’, a funked-up, jazzed-out and upbeat adventure over-brimming with robotic positivity and electronic optimism.

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Mr. Velcro Fastener – TKU [CYBERDANCE017]

Perseus Traxx – An Apparent Horizon [CYBERDANCE016]

Cyber Dance Records are back on the attack with a fresh release from Perseus Traxx aka Nigel Rogers, a 4-track EP entitled after recent scientific developments ‘An Apparent Horizon’. It’s a firmly machine-based and totally jam-packed affair reflecting diverse sounds from the UK’s own rich history of electronic dance music, with elements from the classic Warp “deep space sound” prominent as much as the more usual 303-jacking acid house grooves in the vein of Baby Ford or Bam Bam. ‘Lost Dreams’ opens the record with a floaty dream-like hipnosis from the depths of space and sets the tone in magnificent style, followed up on Side A with the irresistible roll of ‘Reverse The Trend’ that takes the groove harder, further and deeperstraight off to the beyond. Dark strings reminiscent of old LFO, B-12 or Autechre vinyls from the early 90s propel us into Side B on ‘Darkness Stalks’, and then we’re transported onto the concluding track on the EP, ‘Distances’; an epic closer that opens with beautiful reverbed claps and acid squelches before diving into an inky black void of timeless space-travelling and slow-building tension that could surely echo hauntingly around any M25 rave in the depths of a late 1980s night.

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Perseus Traxx – An Apparent Horizon [CYBERDANCE016]

Kid Machine – First Contact [CYBERDANCE015]

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Cyber Dance Records return with a full-length double-vinyl album from Manchester’s Kid Machine (aka Mark Wilkinson) following a string of instantly sold-out EPs for Viewlexx, Red Laser and Flight Recorder. A long-time collaborator of world-famous Italo Disco DJ Flemming Dalum, it’s no surprise that many of the tracks have that hallmark space sound reminiscent of the likes of Cyber People and Koto, but Mark stamps his own distinct identity on the genre by slowing down the BPM’s and incorporating many other influences throughout so that this is no retro affair but a distinctly fresh and modern take on the genre. No mere collection of dance tracks, this is a proper album in the truest sense of the word. From the dark and powerful strains of the opening ‘This Is My Universe’ to the rousing emotional closing track ‘Golden Triangle’ Mark takes us on an epic synthesised journey that is as comfortable on the home stereo or night-drives in the car as it is on the dancefloor. Effortlessly incorporating elements and themes ranging from the cosmic (‘Forever In The Stars’, ‘Leaving Space’, ‘Astromance’, ‘Starbreaker’, ‘Galaxia’) to the militant (‘We Are At War’) to subconscious fear (‘Nightmares’), everything flows with an ease far beyond the short time that he’s been releasing music so far and revealing why his rise has been such a lightning phenomenon.

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Kid Machine – First Contact [CYBERDANCE015]

Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian – Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian [CYBERDANCE014]

Heinrich Dressel from Minimal Rome and Ali Renault in his Cestrian guise team up to bring us the latest release on Cyber Dance Records, a split EP featuring 2 tracks from each of them. Side A is Heinrich Dressel’s half of the record and kicks off with ‘Out Of The Blue’, a deep throbbing monster of a jam full of psychedelic synths rumbling and pulsating beneath mesmerising electronic tones. His other track. ‘Thru The Fog’ ups the tempo and pushes the rock-solid analogue weightiness into a Chicago-esque jack classic that DJs won’t be able to resist. The Cestrian half of the record counter-balances Dressel’s moody analogue jams with 2 LSD-driven electro-monsters that evoke bleak but somehow lush visions of life in the modern world of concrete and machines. ‘Strong Face’ with its distinctive audio sampling and dystopian future vibes would surely be just the kind of electro JG Ballard would approve of, while ‘Methane Filter’ is a tweaked-out electro rocker that sounds like robotic paranoia distilled into soundwaves.

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Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian – Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian [CYBERDANCE014]

Antoni Maiovvi – Delta City [CYBERDANCE008]

The inherent romanticism of Italo Disco has always lent the genre a more esoteric edge, and with this Cyber Dance release, Antoni Maiovvi seems intent on creating a narrative that cannot be contained by a simple dance track. This is not to say that both “Impulse” and “Requiem for Clarence Boddiker” are not suited to club play. They both pound down with that staccato urgency, and equally rise and fall through moments of intensity and serenity. It’s just that, at 12 and 11 minutes respectively, both sides of this record have ample room in which to tell a more involved story.

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Antoni Maiovvi – Delta City [CYBERDANCE008]

Ali Renault – Ali Renault [CYBERDANCE011]

One of the UK’s most endearing electro stalwarts presents his debut solo album after nearly ten years of operations. All that experience has been funnelled into his eponymous LP, a sexy, melancholic crush of Italo, Electro, Synth-pop and disco bearing vocals from none other than Fred “The Voice Of Italo” Ventura and Marika Gauci of Hotel Motel. Marika opens the account on a Freestylin’ Electro ace ‘Snowdrift’, while ‘Mont Chaberton’ is pure Euro-synth romance, and the likes of ‘Zombie Raffle’ and ‘Pagan Run’ put his sleazy spin on fat-bottomed slow disco. ‘Fade Away’ features a typically cool vocal from Fred Ventura on some kinda savant-electro-boogie rhythm, but we’d have to say our favourite is the humid Italo/EBM throbber ‘Flies a Kungan’. Lovers of phat, raw, analog electro need to check this album instantly.

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Ali Renault – Ali Renault [CYBERDANCE011]

VA – Messages From The Void Vol. 2 [CYBERDANCE009LP]

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Cyber Dance Records are proud to present their first album release ‘Messages From The Void Vol 2’, a compilation, on double-vinyl and CD, that confidently re-defines the sound of the label in more exciting and varied directions at once than ever before. Consisting of eleven tracks that range from electro to synth-pop and from Italo to disco-funk, the album features contributions from Cyber Dance regulars like Mark Du Mosch, Ali Renault and Tommy Walker 3 alongside tracks from emerging artists like Bill Ambrose, Brassica, Meschi and Serious Lover and also the more mysterious Night System and Martin Aston.

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VA – Messages From The Void Vol. 2 [CYBERDANCE009LP]

Mark Du Mosch – Cold Sweat EP [CD006]

Rotterdam’s legendary disco-house producer Mark Du Mosch presents his debut release for Cyber Dance Records in the shape of the Cold Sweat EP. Consisting of five outstanding tracks that take us from the near-italo disco bliss of Now Or Never to the classic Dutch lo-fi electro sounds of Revenger, on to the searing intensity of The System and the title track then rounded off beautifully with the deep chi-house vibes of Satical, this is not an EP to be missed. Already getting rotation plays on Intergalactic FM and called by Moustache label impresario David Vunk “one of the best techno records of the year”, we can’t speak highly enough of this totally rocking record.

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Mark Du Mosch – Cold Sweat EP [CD006]