Nexus 21 – Made In Detroit [NEXUS21-2]

Of all the Network treasured relics set to be released this year to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the label there’s nothing as appropriate as the Nexus 21 “Made In Detroit” EP – it was recorded in the 1990 starter year and has been stuck In the vaults gathering dust ever since.

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Nexus 21 – Made In Detroit [NEXUS21-2]

Reedale Rise – Barbary Coast EP [ORN027]

Since 2015 Reedale Rise’s refined strand of electro and techno has quickly established him as one of the most inventive artists operating in the current crop of machine manipulators coming out of the UK underground. Liverpool-based producer Simon Keat has released a prolific body of work under the alias in a short space of time, notching up appearances on crucial labels such as Frustrated Funk, Hizou, Where We Met and many more besides. With a sound indebted to the early wave of UK techno artists like B12, the electro experimentation of Silicon Scally as well as Detroit forefathers such as Drexciya and Model 500, it’s not hard to see why Reedale Rise makes perfect sense on Ornate. Technically astounding and emotionally charged, across all three tracks ORN027 marries shimmering, hi-def synth lines with crisp rhythms spanning 2-step shuffle, broken beats and understated techno propulsion.

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Reedale Rise – Barbary Coast EP [ORN027]

Erell Ranson – Dreams Of Nila EP [BAR019]

French producer Erell Ranson’s affinity for the deeper shades of Detroit sound and his ability to absorb those influences and create beautiful music with his own signature are well known. Erell became quite skilled in crafting sophisticated and emotional tracks which still seem to feel perfectly at home in a crowded 3 AM club situation. This Barba EP, titled “Dreams Of Nila”, is a 4-tracker with an additional remix treatment by a Rotterdam-based project Duplex.

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Erell Ranson – Dreams Of Nila EP [BAR019]

Erell Ranson – Artificial Paradise [DWT006]

Erell Ranson offers up a delicate and beautiful EP of accomplished texture and melody for his Distant Worlds debut. He shows a real delicate touch here and multiple listens will ensure the melodies and earworms penetrate deep into the psyche. Future soul music dripping in emotion, indebted to Detroit, outta France.

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Erell Ranson – Artificial Paradise [DWT006]

Appian – Space Out EP [ANMA007]

Detroit’s resident producer, Appian, joins ANMA with three originals that twist and grind through break and straight 4/4 beat grooves. A lot of the sound presented sets ground in the rough and rugged but minimalist feel with focus on rhythms that are sometimes complex and sometimes more reliant on the heavier dance floor cuts while simultaneously meshing new ideas with references to electronica classics that paved the way for today. The alternative take on the flip is provided by Italian producer Sofa Talk, no stranger to the label seeing his own release debut EP hitting the shops in 2017, with more focus on 4/4 beat with layers upon layers of improvised synth and atmospheric licks.

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Appian – Space Out EP [ANMA007]

Marcellus Pittman / Theo Parrish – Essential Selections Vol. 2 [SSES2]

Sound Signature presents the return of the Essential Selections series. This second studio hook-up between Detroit veterans Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman first appeared way back in 2002, some three years after they made their collaborative debut on Sound Signature. Listening again all these years on, we can confirm that the three-tracker hasn’t aged a bit.

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Marcellus Pittman / Theo Parrish – Essential Selections Vol. 2 [SSES2]

Fit Siegel & Kassem Mosse – Saboten [FIT-021]

An inspired collaboration from two veteran producers on top of their game – Kassem Mosse and FIT Siegel. Three well-crafted techno and house tracks created from sessions recorded at Omar-S’ FXHE Studios and FIT’s studio at Submerge in Detroit in 2016, then mixed down by Siegel in 2018 after a few years of playing rough versions in his DJ sets in clubs around the world. Diverse EP with sounds ranging from tripping acid workouts to dubbed out electronic excursions.

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Fit Siegel & Kassem Mosse – Saboten [FIT-021]

Jaime Read – The End Of [KNOE1/2]

Jaime’s take on futuristic chi-town influenced house is present across the selections. Written 21 years ago, the music is more relevant that ever. Serene galactic themes and time travel optimism permeate the collection: the music tells tales of optimism rather than the bleak images carved by other similar compositions of the time.

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Jaime Read – The End Of [KNOE1/2]

Jaime Read – The Beginning [KNOE1/3]

Jaime’s take on futuristic chi-town influenced house is present across the selections. Written 21 years ago, the music is more relevant that ever. Serene galactic themes and time travel optimism permeate the collection: the music tells tales of optimism rather than the bleak images carved by other similar compositions of the time.

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Jaime Read – The Beginning [KNOE1/3]

Ron Trent – Aquarythmatica / City Beat [GR1241]

Two excellent production from Ron Trent. Aquarhythmatica comes from the Prescription era and it was produced together with Anthony Nicholson. City Beat was included in Ron’s 2009 album ‘Dance Classic’. Two absolute gems of deep house music at its best.

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Ron Trent – Aquarythmatica / City Beat [GR1241]

Mark Hand – Under the Winter [SLPVNL008]

Serbia’s Soul Print Recordings returns after a year away, with four pieces of beautiful and emotive deep house from the Englishman Mark Hand. The record kicks off with Midnight, a beautiful track with it’s floaty pads and gently rippling bass tones, coupled with the great soulful voice of Greg Blackman. False Leads is a percussive number, drenched in machine soul, with on the flip, Sio’s voice sits effortlessly above a downtempo beat, while Mark adds his late father’s saxophone to the mix on the final jazz enfused Mountains.

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Mark Hand – Under the Winter [SLPVNL008]