London Modular Alliance – Portable Sanctuary [ART-LMA1]

LONDON MODULAR ALLIANCE - Portable Sanctuary

Over several landmark EP’s London Modular Alliance have established themselves as the premiere Electro act in modern electronica. Their distinctive blend of classic Electro and state-of-the-art modular synth techniques combine to create an innovative hybrid style all of their own. Applied Rhythmic Technology presents the long-awaited debut album from this unique talent. Presenting for the first time their vision of modern electronica over a double slice of vinyl, LMA stretch out to encompass not only their trademark bone-rattling dark electro rhythms but also haunting ambient interludes and sublime IDM.

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London Modular Alliance – Portable Sanctuary [ART-LMA1]

London Modular Alliance – Stray EP [CELTD004]

London Modular Alliance make their CE debut with the ‘Stray EP’ for Cultivated Electronics Ltd. The EP includes three intricately crafted modular Electro tracks, featuring soaring melodies and dappled beats that manage to extract depth and soul out of machines, alongside a punchy remix by Sync 24 that delivers a tough metallic groove to close the release.

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London Modular Alliance – Stray EP [CELTD004]

Koova – Conducere [BT24]

Koova returns to Brokntoys for a second EP after his Empty Spaces . Conducere presents the producer showcasing his personal take on the genre, with 4 tracks of tense, melodic electro. The EP is backed up by a remix by Max Ravitz AKA Patricia who takes the originals into eerie, ghostly territory.

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Koova – Conducere [BT24]

London Modular Alliance – Out of Sync [BT014]

LONDON MODULAR ALLIANCE - Out Of Sync

BT14 brings back Pip Williams & Koova along with Simon Lynch as London Modular Alliance for Out of Sync. Across 5 tracks they bring together a wide range of influences from electro, bass & techno to create their own unique sound. Opening the EP De-Orbit_118 is a beatless excursion into space before crashing back down to earth with the deranged The Mind is a Terrible Thing. Closing the A side, Tinker matches sombre pads with squelchy intricacies. On the flip Their Discontent grooves and trips out while closing track Out of Sync offers an even deeper variation of opener De-Orbit_118.

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London Modular Alliance – Out of Sync [BT014]

London Modular Alliance – Wireless [ART018]

London Modular Alliance is the raw and unpredictable music project from the UK’s best known, dedicated modular synth shop London Modular. Its members Simon Lynch, Phil Ventre and Gavin Pykerman met through a shared passion in modular synthesisers. Impromptu gatherings and jams soon turned into live performances at clubs, festivals and museums. They create an intense live show with a huge setup of self-assembled modular gear. Every set starts with one small looping beginning – a patch – and is expanded into a deep sonic landscape. With the use of cables they build unexpected circuits and explore the power of pure electronic sounds without the use of a digital software infrastructure. No laptops, no button pushing, everything is created on the spot using modular synthesizers and is based on live improvisations. Overall LMA tries to keep its live sets in the dark: unrecorded, off the internet and only for those who are present in the moment. A clear break with the capture-all mentality of the internet age.

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London Modular Alliance – Wireless [ART018]

VA – Time Capsule aka 808 Box [FR008]

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Madrid’s Fundamental Records not only release a high volume of contemporary electro, but they do so in fine style thanks to their overloaded packs and comprehensive compilations. This time they really done a number on us with this 808 Box release, a jaw-dropping fifty-tracker sealed in a trendy DJ shoulder bag tagged with the most infamous of all drum machines on the planet..! The music comes from all corners, and we see familiar faces laying down some truth on those beats; check the gear by Patronen, CPU, Alex Stark, Luke Eargoggle, Sync24, Tau Sagittarii and UHU.

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VA – Time Capsule aka 808 Box [FR008]

VA – Datafunk v1.0 [AFSLP001]

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Adventurous electro project featuring a what might be regarded as a who’s-who in the current electro scene, reeling-in names such as DJ Stingray, DMX Krew, Ian Martin, Shemale, Elec Pt.1; with perhaps lesser known talents such as Linear Synthesis, Federico Leocata, Koova and Das Muster. A fine selection of tracks which successfully presents fresh sounds by tried-and-tested names, while simultaneously introducing upcoming and arguably lesser known, but by no means any less talented artists.

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VA – Datafunk v1.0 [AFSLP001]

The Exaltics / Koova – Combined EP V3.0 [AFS012]

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After numerous successful excursions for cult underground techno imprints such as Last Known Trajectory, Solar One Music, Bunker & Panzerkreuz, The Exaltics resurface this time around on another cool imprint, namely Abstract Forms, delivering a stealthy blow of three typically wonderful works, from the menacing tension of ‘Cold Lights’, to the cool acid-techno which is ‘With the Lights Out’, to the restrained electro shuffle of ‘The Last Resort’. Stunning. Flip over this split-release for three quirky cuts from UK counterpart, Koova, who has also featured on AC Records. Cool electro and a solid release to the AF catalogue.

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The Exaltics / Koova – Combined EP V3.0 [AFS012]