The second release of Flight Mode has landed with four artists from four different countries. On the A-side, Dawl delivers ‘Microbe’, a sleek acid slow burning that truly stalks the listener, before Kiddmisha ups the speed and the eerie moodiness with ‘Anxiety’. Acid Charlie’s ‘Por La Paz’ has the most old school favour of the quartet – even before sirens hit – underpinned by a thunderous drum machine. Then the mysterious producer SPAC closes the single with more cunningly employed acid shenanigans.
Dawl – Beyond Low Earth Orbit [UTTU119]
Since debuting as Dawl nine years ago, Tone Dropout co-founder Darren Woollard has become one of the most trusted producers of revivalist ’90s fare, with a trademark sound that mixes and matches elements from various vintage styles of techno and electro. That attractive, mind-altering personal sound is much in evidence on this EP for Unknown To The Unknown, which wholeheartedly pays tribute to the turn-of-the-’90s Yorkshire bleep & bass sound. Those versed in the style’s history will notice a few knowing winks to various underground classics – the title track sounds like an unreleased track from Richard H Kirk and Rob Gordon’s short-lived XON project, for example – while the important ingredients (deep sub bass, alien bleeps, unfussy house-tempo techno drums and crunchy hardcore breaks) are all present and correct.
VA – Planetary Highways [EE0009]
Emotions Electric presents the Planetary Highways compilation, a deep journey thru Interplanetary sounds in a beautiful Gatefold sleeve with artwork from the legendary Detroit visual artist Abdul Haqq.
2020 TOP 3 – Readers List
From time to time I like to take a brief look at what our readers enjoyed the most and the end of the year is always a good time to do so. In order to do this I compile a top 3 of the most appreciated albums, compilations, mixes our readers liked in the last year.
As a cover for this year’s post I choose a map showing from where our visitors come and the first 10 places are the US, Germany, Romania, UK, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Spain, France, Russia and Italy.
DAWL – Born Abstract LP [CHILDTWELVE]
UK Bleep & Breakbeat Sensei DAWL with his debut Album on Childhood intelligence. Ten Kubrick like Space Journeys. A Hypnotising mix of Graffiti Vibes & Old School Techno, Full of massive basslines & Trippy Atmospheres.
Dawl / Moxx – Sector Intermediate [BS03]
Tone Dropout’s finest Dawl delivers on the A-side, two gems with electro influences, like only he can do. On the B-side is Moxx from the Viennese House and Techno label called Yoshi, with his first solo works after the infamous ‘Waves’ EP in 2014.
VA – Compact Wrecks [COM1]
Klasse Wrecks present the first release in the new Compact Wrecks series, a new set of releases coming on Compact Disc. Compositions on COM1 come from label founders Luca Lozano and Mr Ho in addition to producers associated with the label, namely Omega III, Fett Birger, Privacy, Your Planet Is Next, Dawl and Alphonse. The compilation, which clocks in at just over an hour, ranges from frantic jungle and breakbeat-infused acid to chilled-out trance, making time for forays into bleep, electro and house
VA – Tone Dropout Vol. 5 [TD18005]
London label Tone Dropout return for Vol. 5 of their series of 12’s. An acid washed EP drawing from the ranks of their ever growing family, each of the four tracks celebrates the timeless appeal of the silver boxed 303. To kick things off, the He Men (AKA Oki Noki and Sween) combine the deep space sounds of Detroit techno and mind-altering acid lines of Phuture with the rubbery beats of New York deep house. Dawl opts for brain-melting analogue bass and wild machine bleeps on mutant jack-track “Asylum”, while Corporeal Face’s “Permo” is probably best described as “hardcore clonk”. Eslewhere, you’ll find two chunks of Frankie Bones style breakbeat techno heaviness that wouldn’t have sounded out of place rushing from the speakers at an early ’90s Sunrise rave.