Varuna – Mantis 04 [DSR/MTS04]

VARUNA - Mantis 04

The latest installment in Delsin’s deep-diving Mantis series comes from Varuna. As a core fixture in the Basel, Switzerland-based amenthia crew, this secretive production collective have quietly issued compelling excursions into dense, immersion-chamber techno. Varuna gift Mantis three subtly sublime, long-form pulsations that evolve slowly but purposefully, drawing the ear and mind further into a place of intense meditation.

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Varuna – Mantis 04 [DSR/MTS04]

Ohm & Octal Industries – See You At Dawn EP [VM003]

Vade Mecum returns with yet another amazing release, bringing forward four fresh tracks signed by Icelandic artists Ohm & Octal Industries. Titled See You At Dawn EP, the 12 is designed with deep and spacious dub techno rhythms, perfect for introspect’.

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Ohm & Octal Industries – See You At Dawn EP [VM003]

Exos – Indigo [FIGURELP05]

Indigo is Icelandic artist’s Exos fourth studio album, arriving almost two full decades after his last LP. In the meantime, the seasoned producer has never stopped to refine his production style, mastering an aesthetic that feels at once minimalist and yet richly detailed. Spanning the organic and the electronic, drawing from early dub techno blueprints and comprising the beauty of his austere homeland. From this Exos expands an absorbing atmosphere, sustaining the primal power of nature within compositions that hold an exalted presence yet never go over-board, instead, they gently push along even in their most intense moments thus vastly transcending the pure club context. The albums thirteen tracks are a sonic bliss to indulge in, each element is crafted so meticulously and balanced with care against its counterparts. Whether the luminous, spaciously glowing opening tracks “Reincarnation” or “í Skjoli Naetur ”the then-ensuing hypnotic techno-trips of “Sælureitur” and “Quad arcanum Leticia” and finally the deeply satisfying, dubbed-out backbone of the album’s main body – a series of Exos’ signature-style dub-techno cuts that he has been perfecting now for over 20 years. Seeing it all mesh together in this concentrated form, it’s the picture of an exceptionally experienced producer pushing himself beyond any limits to achieve his greatest feat yet. When the fog clears and the last tracks slowly roll out, the record leaves as smoothly as it had entered, allowing for reflection and contemplation of one of techno’s most exhaustive LP-efforts yet to date.

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Exos – Indigo [FIGURELP05]

Psyk – Opal Lake [NON040]

Spanish DJ and producer Psyk returns to his own NON Series with ‘Opal Lake’. This 40th release on the imprint and also the first release of 2020 is a stellar four track techno pack including a collaboration with fellow Spanish producer Architectural. Opening track ‘Biting Nails’ sees a new studio collaboration between the two Spanish techno legends. It’s a deep and emotive jam showing a surprisingly melodic side of both producers. Title track ‘Opal Lakes’ is the most powerful outing on the EP, fierce and driving rhythms melting into hazy atmospheres. With its crispy snares ‘Bell Tair’ flips the energy with an on-point minimalistic percussion workout where ‘Outline’ and its deep drums acidic riffs drags you below see level into a bright and lively underwater world.

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Psyk – Opal Lake [NON040]

His Master’s Voice – Transition [DSR-E10]

Mysterious German producer His Master’s Voice makes his debut on Delsin Records. With three mind bending originals and an absorbing Vril rework on board his entry on the Delsin e-series is a deeply immersive beat trip into another dimension. The roughed edged ambiance of ‘Fire Red’ opens the dance in soothing yet engaging fashion with superbly spacious soundscapes pulling you in and slowly involving into a foggy kick drum extravaganza. ‘Eve’ then offers a deep and propulsive electro groove with glitchy atmospheres. Lead track ‘Transition’ hits hard, an intergalactic trip on turbulent stuttering drums and whipping synths. To finalize an immersive EP, close friend Vril jumps in for a rework of ‘Eve’ where he smoothly connects the dots between his typical dark bass lines and blistering dub chords.

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His Master’s Voice – Transition [DSR-E10]

Area Forty_One – Nocturnal Passions Part III [DSR/E9]

Three years have passed since the latest outing from Area Forty_One. The low-profile Dutch producer makes a welcome return to Delsin with four of his intergalactic explorations. It’s the third and final part of his Nocturnal Passions EP series on the label and once again a fine spaced-out collection of ambient, deep sea techno, downtempo grooves and icy electro blending into cinematic soundscapes. It’s an absorbing and thoughtful entirety, ticking all boxes for fans of deep and powerful electronica.

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Area Forty_One – Nocturnal Passions Part III [DSR/E9]

Rod Modell – Captagon [TRESOR312]

Tresor Records welcomes Rod Modell to its catalogue, with the release of his new album Captagon.
Rod Modell needs no introduction, his various projects render him a master of techno. In repetition and barely noticeable change, Modell resculptures perceptions. His sound-design echoes cinematic ethereality, where ferric artefacts slam against percussion, rusty delays filter observation – the resulting web is a complex, radiating ambience that etches a natural ebb and flow.

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Rod Modell – Captagon [TRESOR312]

Conforce – Haedron EP [134DSR]

The ever productive Conforce returns to one of his key home labels for another exploration of his prolific deep sea techno sound. His Haedron EP has a firm dance floor focus, designed to propel you ever further forwards. ‘Haedron’ sets things off with smeared chords adding scale to the knocking beats. Hi-hats glisten like light beams penetrating the deep ocean and it’s a typically warm and comforting track from the Dutchman. ‘Scorched Earth’ has harder techno kicks forcing you forwards. An ecosystem of claps, hats and twisted pads bring plenty of energy and suspense to the party, then ‘Muon Transverse Momentum’ manages to mix up hugely expansive chords with pillowy but dynamic drums and oodles of cuddly reverb. Last of all, ‘Quantum Phaser’ ups the ante with some timeless dub techno vibes that mixes Basic Channel with Planet E to mesmeric effect.

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Conforce – Haedron EP [134DSR]

Convextion – R-CNVX1 [ARTLESSVEXTRE1]

The release of any new Gerard Hanson record is a cause for celebration. It marks the long-serving producer’s first solo Convextion release since 2016 and contains two killer cuts. The un-titled A-side is particularly impressive, with Hanson wrapping immersive, delay-laden electronics and sumptuous deep space chords around a bustling, dub-fired Motor City techno groove. Even by his standards, it’s superb. Over on side B, he’s back in atmospheric deep techno mode, offering up a poignant and melancholic affair that’s as deep, spacey and emotional as anything he’s ever done before.

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Convextion – R-CNVX1 [ARTLESSVEXTRE1]

Best Available Technology – Enginetics & Plasmalterations [ISLE006]

Tucked away in a shed in Portland, Best Available Technology continues to cultivate an unmistakable sound grown around a seemingly untiring exploration of the machines that he works with. Across ‘Enginetics & Plasmalterations’ his densely layered sonic design agglutinates with a healthy appreciation for the unplanned or unexpected, forming a polymorphic collection of tracks for the 6th release from 12th Isle. While more traditional means of classification have become increasingly insufficient, it wouldn’t be unfair to suggest that the music on this record bears a mutated resemblance to stuttered Downtempo or the dubbier side of Techno and Bass, connected by way of tonal plasticity through drone-jams and intermittently skewed synth loops.

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Best Available Technology – Enginetics & Plasmalterations [ISLE006]

Hydergine – Diving Alone [DREIKLANG004]

Dreiklang welcome Italian native Hydergine on their fourth record; continuing with the label’s triangular remit of three juxtaposing interpretations. The aqueous tones of original track “Diving Alone” fluctuate hazily around one another, with dampened thumps and diluted synths uncovering a carefully crafted murky mystery. Japanese producer Iori provides the first remix, while iconic UK dub techno pioneer JS Zeiter takes the baton on the flipside.

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Hydergine – Diving Alone [DREIKLANG004]

Matthew OH – Lacuna EP [OUT005]

Label boss Matthew Oh is back for Outlaw 005. The title track “Lacuna” is a hushed and hugely atmospheric early morning techno shuffler full of dubbed-out electronic riffs, crackling aural textures, ultra-deep breakdowns and hypnotic, locked-in beats. “Black Rainbow” offers a bolder and slightly tougher take on spacey, Detroit influenced dub techno, while “Intro” is a gloriously atmospheric blend of fuzzy field recordings and gentle ambient chords.

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Matthew OH – Lacuna EP [OUT005]

Grad_U – Dream Observer EP [ECHOECHO001]

Echocord launchs the sub-label Echo Echo with the ‘Dream Observer’ EP from Grad_U. The release opens with ‘Jacob’s Dream’, fifteen minutes of release date: subtly modulating synth glitches, ethereal synth drones, sweeping atmospherics and dubby echoes creating a hypnotic, ever-unfolding composition. ‘Observing The Night Sky’ then follows on the flip side with thunderous kick drums, rumbling low-end pulses, wandering dub chords and bubbling glitches all subtly nuanced throughout the tracks ten-minute duration.

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Grad_U – Dream Observer EP [ECHOECHO001]

Yagya – Rigning (2018) [DSR/X14]

Yagya’s Rigning album from 2009 is the Icelandic producer’s most acclaimed dub, techno and minimal masterpiece. Due to popular demand, Delsin are now re-issuing it across three slabs of vinyl. Previously only available as a double pack with eight tracks, the new re-mastered version features all 10 of the tracks from the original CD.

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Yagya – Rigning (2018) [DSR/X14]

Second Woman – Instant / Apart [TRESOR301]

Second Woman is the collaborative project featuring Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. The concept of Second Woman began with the idea of taking tropes from footwork, dub, house, and techno, and twisting these ideas into something kaleidoscopically liberated from the grid. With Apart / Instant, Second Woman present their signature sound as well as a new, more measured dimension to their work.

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Second Woman – Instant / Apart [TRESOR301]