20 Albums from 2019

Yesterday we presented the preferences of our readers from last year, now this is a list of 20 albums from 2019 that made an impression on us.


We have three pure electro albums from E.R.P., Jeremiah R. and Plant43 and the new electro-synthy album of veteran David Carretta, his first solo album for ten years. On the darker side of the synth palette we have two EBM/synth-pop albums from Boy Harsher and Years Of Denial, the debut album of Kris Baha, the third album of Greek producer June, a new one from Jason Letkiewicz aka Steve Summers under his new moniker Opposing Currents and two more industrial albums from Autumns and Colombian Filmmaker.
On the other had we have two acid gems from DimDJ and Paranoid London, the first ever Gladio album, the second album from Mannequin boss Alessandro Adriani and an experimental/ambient album from veteran Function on Tresor.
So, here it is compiled in chronological order.
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20 Albums from 2019

Jeremiah R – Tales from the Dark Reef [DW002]

Long before the electro revival sent producers scurrying into the studio to create their own Drexciya-inspired jams, Jeremiah R was ploughing his own intergalactic furrow for labels including Tabernacle, BAKK and Voodoo Gold. As this fine mini-album shows, he remains one of the most consistent electro producers in the business. The genius of “Tales From The Dark Reef” lies in the long-serving producer’s ability to craft shimmering, sci-fi focused electronic music that takes the aesthetic appeal of the best electro records – the intergalactic aural textures, sci-fi intent, skittish rhythms and futuristic synthesizer sounds – and applies them to a variety of Detroit and Chicago-influenced grooves and soundscapes.

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Jeremiah R – Tales from the Dark Reef [DW002]

Module Werk – Destination Unknown [LSM003]

Module Werk continues his fine form of recent releases with another fresh sounding production for Lime Street Music. Slabs of raw drum patterns meet jittery acid and nervy cold synths resulting in four different trips for varying moods. Jeremiah R appears on remix duties and turns out a real late night driving track in his usual signature style.

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Module Werk – Destination Unknown [LSM003]

Amazon Club – Save Our Paradise [VG005]

The Amazon Club is back on Voodoo Gold Records with a 10 track release. Loaded with their signature, hazy tropical funk and disco rhythms, this follow-up from their last years debut will take you back on a trip to the sultry hideout of our worlds greatest paradise.

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Amazon Club – Save Our Paradise [VG005]

Marvis Dee – Alpha [OA006]

Organic Analogue’s time-slipping journey into classic/future-gazing electronics continues with the arrival of Marvis Dee. This new 12″ is in fact the brainchild of Jeremiah R, the Dutch electro maverick. As Marvis Dee he’s been equally busy over the past two years, with a spin on deep Chicago house. On the Alpha EP, Marvis Dee has ample space to explore the boundaries of his sound across six original productions that strike a unique, curious chord even as they display the comforting hallmarks of hardware house music. With jacking 707 drums, punchy basslines, tumbling toms and soaring pads notes with sweet-natured harmonic. This is not house music to spell out how you should be feeling. Orgue Electronique is the perfect match for the woozy tones of Marvis Dee, and so the Dutch mainstay takes to “I Can See It In My Dreams” and delivers a powerful revision to the original production. It’s a respectful approach to the remix tradition that aligns with the overall ethos of the Alpha EP.

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Marvis Dee – Alpha [OA006]

Marvis Dee – Midnight Dreams [VG003]

Although best known for producing alien electro, Jeremiah R also makes evocative deep house under the lesser-known Marvis Dee alias. Here he pops up on Voodoo Gold with a mini album’s worth of woozy goodness. The Rotterdam based producer brings us again a record full of warm, tape driven tracks. Highly recommended for lovers of a mixture of lo-fi 80’s cassette machine funk and groovy synth boogie.

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Marvis Dee – Midnight Dreams [VG003]

Jeremiah R – Cosmic Cycles [BAKK009]

Jeremiah R leads the Tour with his brand new Cosmic Cycles EP including four tracks to crank up any record bag. Whether you prefer a lighter tread or a heavier gear, this thought out selection of warmth and deepness honors the electro tradition. It comes in a screen printed inner sleeve designed by the BAKK Peloton.

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Jeremiah R – Cosmic Cycles [BAKK009]

Amazon Club – Guyana [VG001]

Amazon Club opens the new Rotterdam based ‘Voodoo Gold’ imprint with a 7 track mini album. Operating from the depths of the South-American jungle, Amazon Club brings us a collection of tropical, 70s disco-influenced house tracks combined with some dreamy, cinematic soundscapes. Let the upbeat vibes and rich instrumentation of these tracks carry you away on a journey to the rainforest and the hazy shores of the Amazon river.

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Amazon Club – Guyana [VG001]

Jeremiah R. – The Outer Rings [KONDI016]

Copenhagen purveyor of melodic electro soul Kondi Records finally resurfaces after almost a decade with a new batch of tracks from man of the moment, Jeremiah R. Sleek nighttime electro in a deep but spacious melancholic vein of The Other People Place and Drexciya’s mellow aquatic dives. Includes an extended version of ‘The Outer Rings’, which appeared back in 2011 on the ultra limited ‘the 5th dimension’ album.

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Jeremiah R. – The Outer Rings [KONDI016]

Marvis Dee – Dreams Of A Future Metropolis [DREAMS003]

Marvis Dee returns to In My Dreams for the second part of his EP series with the sparking, 80’s boogie-house 5-tracker, Dreams Of A Future Metropolis. Huge shimmering synths, funk-heavy basslines and serious grooves all sailing out with the setting sun.

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Marvis Dee – Dreams Of A Future Metropolis [DREAMS003]

Jeremiah R – Echoes From The Dark Ocean [DW001]

Jeremiah R has been responsible for some of the finest electro to be released over the past few years. Here he launches the Distant Wave label with eight more chunks of atmospheric, far-sighted futurism. As usual, he flits between ambient style interludes and more expansive dancefloor fare. In the latter category you’ll find the Motor City techno futurism of “Bermuda Triangle”, the glistening IDM loveliness of “Streaming To Arcadia”, the Larry Heard-in-space deepness of “Cruiser”, and the Drexciyan throb of “JAR (Jamming Avoidance Response)”. All are, naturally, both luscious and pleasingly melodious, whilst retaining an intergalactic sense of atmosphere.

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Jeremiah R – Echoes From The Dark Ocean [DW001]

Jeremiah R. – Callisto [TABR033]

Tabernacle Records is exploring the outer reaches of Detroit-influenced techno, electro and ambient. Their latest outing is coming from Jeremiah R. Beginning with the floatation tank-in-space ambience of “Chorus”, Calisto sees the producer laying down a whopping eight cuts that variously touch in Drexciyan electro, Artificial Intelligence-era IDM, and hard-to-define hybrids that confirm the intergalactic potential of electronic music. Interestingly, the music is roughly equally split between horizontally inclined, beat-less explorations, surging dancefloor workouts, and the kind of mid ’90s home listening fodder that sits somewhere in between.

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Jeremiah R. – Callisto [TABR033]

VA – Vortex Traks Vol.1 [VTX001]

Berlin based label Vortex Traks is brought to life with the release of their first EP. Mesak kicks things off with high energy electro funk which is followed by a flight across the galaxy piloted by Jeremiah R. Flipside goes deeper, with Matti Turunen delivering a dubby acid flavored electro cut. Automatic Tasty finishes things off with a magnificent track featuring an addictive bassline and some very emotive chords.

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VA – Vortex Traks Vol.1 [VTX001]

Marvis Dee – EP 1: Sailing Over Alpha Moon [DREAMS001]

Marvis Dee opens the newly varnished In The My Dreams imprint with a boogie-led 5-track EP of late-night 80’s house and slow groove-soaked beats. Drawing from the magical influence of the conga-a-plenty TR-727 drum machine along with stomach rumbling basses and glistening synth romanticism conjured from the same machine. Sailing Over Alpha Moon is the first in a 3 EP series exploring these ideas, machines and the nostalgic attachment to things we have once experienced but may not remember. Trapped solely in the memories of others, but returning in our dreams.

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Marvis Dee – EP 1: Sailing Over Alpha Moon [DREAMS001]