VA – WorldWideWindow [ENISSLAB]

In light of the current Covid-19 Pandemic Studio Enisslab headed up by Italian DJ / Producer and Live Act Neel has announced the release of a very special 56 track charity compilation project, fundraising for The Red Cross, who are working extremely hard alongside health services internationally that are feeling the effects of the corona-virus outbreak the most right now. The compilation is available for a limited time via Bandcamp and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Red Cross to help the world’s most affected countries in the Covid-19 pandemic.

This special release features over 6 hours of previously unreleased and unheard material, where an all star cast of artists were encouraged to share music that reflects this time we are living in.

Neel, who is one half of live duo Voices From The Lake, and LF58 speaks out on behalf of the initiative, organised in collaboration with improvised live project Circle Of Live, and visual art collective Sbagliato. He explains:

“In this situation we all need to look after each other and this project is a start. I wanted to reach as many people as possible to spread this message, so I started to share the idea personally with lots of artists and the response was amazing. I wanted them to take their time with whichever tools they had available at home to produce some music that reflects this time we are living in, a contribution for this special project and to portray a special message.”

The project’s cover art image brought to you by visual art collective Sbagliato shows pictures of windows of houses and studios taken by the artists themselves: 56 musicians, 56 windows, 56 tracks shape a new place of sharing.

VA – WorldWideWindow [ENISSLAB]

Zeitgeber – Seventeen Zero Four EP [SATOTEM007]

Five years on since their last joint outing in Stroboscopic Artefacts Monad series, Speedy J and Lucy team up again as Zeitgeber on ‘Seventeen Zero Four’, a new three-tracker descending deep into the filthy, tenebrous outskirts of club music.

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Zeitgeber – Seventeen Zero Four EP [SATOTEM007]

Lucy – Reworks [SA10YEARSEP]

With the ‘Lucy Reworks’ EP, label head Lucy, nom de techno of Luca Mortellaro, revisits four pivotal tracks from his label’s peerless catalogue. In their original form, these tracks from Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Lucy & Klock and Xhin each represent significant and deeply personal moments for Mortellaro in Stroboscopic Artefacts’ history. And like the recent ‘Ten Years Of Artefacts’ album and the currently ongoing tour, this EP is a chance for Mortellaro to look back fondly at the label’s past while closely considering its present and its future.

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Lucy – Reworks [SA10YEARSEP]

VA – X: Ten Years Of Artefacts [SA10YEARSLP]

Stroboscopic Artefacts releases ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, a 13-track album curated by Lucy aka Luca Mortellaro. It celebrates ten years of his label by boldly confirming its raison d’être: a continual redefinition of modern techno. X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’ is a various artists album in which the label’s key artists respond to its tenth anniversary with fresh compositions. Artists with divergent perspectives and MOs are equally at home expressing themselves. These tracks’ timbres, tempos and moods differ greatly yet—somewhat improbably—they seem together, ideologically unified. The compilation features tracks from Lucy, Rrose, Zeitgeber, Lotus Eater, Shifted, Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp, James Ruskin, Denise Rabe, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Alessandro Adriani and Serena Butler.

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VA – X: Ten Years Of Artefacts [SA10YEARSLP]

VA – IMF10 part 1 [IMF10.1]

A project 18 months in the making, Marcel Fengler presents a IMF10, a three part compilation series detailing the past, present and future of his label Index Marcel Fengler. Each volume consists of six tracks and encapsulates a different tone. Part one explores deeper and more hypnotic territory, as the legendary Alva Noto makes his debut for IMF re-working the Fengler classic ‘Sphinx’ into a spaced-out industrial beast. DIN, the collaborative project between Fengler and Efdemin reaps an atmosphere-heavy new production titled ‘Akustikkoppler’. Scuba also contributes courtesy of his SCB project, crafting a tripped-out interpretation of Somewhen’s ‘Dain’ from IMF05. Elsewhere close friends Matrixxman (in collaboration with rising producer Riccardo Limiti) and Lucy, also join the project crafting powerful and timeless originals. Always with an eye on the future, Fengler drafts in emerging Slovenian talent Blaukoma, who impresses with the pulsing, tension-packed ‘Iris Pattern’.

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VA – IMF10 part 1 [IMF10.1]

Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks [MOTELP003]

Having already unleashed a considerable amount of collaborative magic with the ”Planetary Funk: 22 Light Years” series of remix EPs, Luke Slater has now upped the ante with six full sides’ worth of material,all of them injecting the spirit of classic P.A.S. into new sonic organisms. Behind the controls: Marcel Fengler, Function, Psyk,Octave One, Kamikaze Space Programme, Lucy, Slam and Steve Bicknell.

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Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks [MOTELP003]

VA – Aphelion [TOKEN48LP]

If you are looking for a massive slab of techno, you won’t find anything released this week that’s as hefty as Aphelion. A triple vinyl box set from Belgian label Token, Aphelion is essentially a primer for the best in contemporary techno, featuring contributions from Surgeon, Rodhad, James Ruskin, Karenn and Planetary Assault System alongside some label regulars. You will have probably already heard “Fixed Action Pattern” from Surgeon, it’s possibly one of this year’s finest techno 12″s, but it’s got some stiff competition here with Ruskin in particularly funked up form on “No Trace”.

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VA – Aphelion [TOKEN48LP]

Heiko Laux – Re-Televised Re:Vision [THEMA034]

Throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, the Missile imprint was responsible for releasing a slew of blistering techno cuts from production heavy weights DJ Hyperactive, Inigo Kennedy, Frankie Bones and DJ Slip. In 1998 the label released Heiko Laux’s Re-Televised EP, which 15 years later has earned itself a repressing on New York imprint Thema. It has commissioned two 2013 remixes in Donor and Truss, the labels New York connection and Stroboscopic Artefacts boss man Lucy. Haux’s original may lack the weight of their modern day reworks, but its stone-crunch kicks certainly don’t lack punch. Donor & Truss share the B-Side with Haux’s exemplar, creating a quintessential ’90s infinity loop, intermittently injecting a rough samples from “Re-Televised”. Lucy’s remix remains loopy also, only adding dour and industrial atmospherics, unsettling children’s voices and Strobo’s trademark low end.

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Heiko Laux – Re-Televised Re:Vision [THEMA034]

Lucy – Finnegan [CURLE041]

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Lucy makes a return to Curle with Finnegan, a 12″ release made all the more intriguing by the presence of two Pariah remixes. “Finnegan” is a prime example of Mortellaro’s trade, lurching forebodingly through the dark recesses of chugging, industrial techno for nearly eight minutes. Pariah’s two remixes retain the dubby aesthetic while transplanting the track into more relentless, driving territory. The Dub mix is markedly harder in execution, sounding like a halfway point between his solo productions and his techno-focused Karenn project with Blawan.

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Lucy – Finnegan [CURLE041]

Monty Luke – Through The Galaxies [BC004]

This is the 4th Black Catalogue release. “Through The Galaxies” was originally released on the ‘Modern Underground Music’ sampler. This version is a full release with remixes by both Lucy from Stroboscopic and Shigeto from Ghostly.

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Monty Luke – Through The Galaxies [BC004]

Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 Remixes Episode 2 [MOTE030]

Mote Evolver return with another salvo of reworks from Planetary Assault Systems’ seminal record ‘Function 4’, originally released on the influential Peacefrog label in 2000. Marcel Dettmann returns with a “Base dub” remix which is a more stripped back affair than his more full bodied first attempt, concentrating instead on subtle rhythmic nuances. Lucy provides two remixes – one utilising a minimal breakbeat over shrill pads, and one that piles on the atmosphere with its swathes of reverb. And Shifted rounds it up with his slickly executed revision, with a rolling rhythm that’s packed densely around abstract tones.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 Remixes Episode 2 [MOTE030]

VA – Inertia #3 [INERTIA003]

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This third EP offers up four brand next and exclusive techno cuts, take straight from the Inertia compilation Ann Aimee have proudly compiled. Things open with the dark, skipping beats of Lucy, before Milton Bradley layers plenty of filter and reverb over a kicking beat for his textured effort, ‘Sequence 1’. Mike Dehnert, contributes some ravey techno loops in the form of ‘Pneumatic’ before the EP is brought to a close with some gray-scale bleakness from Ozka.

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VA – Inertia #3 [INERTIA003]

Lucy – Monad X [SAM010]

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Lucy’s Monad X plays with Pythagoras’ vision of ‘X’ as the numeral that perfectly envelops the entire nature of numbers. But Monad X is anything but a benign portrait of creation. On ‘Triad’ primal dub erupts into gnarled noise, the undercarriage of ‘Tetrad’ writhes unset – tlingly against the strictures of 4/4 and ‘Pentad’ is underpinned by a decidedly ghostly aesthetic. To close, ‘Decad’ hovers over a vortex and it’s here that from the Monad the Dyad starts to emerge.

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Lucy – Monad X [SAM010]

VA – 61 Center Returning Vol. 4 [T2X015]

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The 4th installment in the 61 Center Returning series is an all Belgo-Italian affair. A side is taken up by Peter Van Hoesen and Donato Dozzy, with ‘Dock’ a dense, psychedelic track, bubbling percussion works its way through swirls of oscillating soundscapes. On the B-side Lucy reports for remix duty. He provides a remix ‘Defense Against The Self’ with a solid dose of steroids, injecting cavernous kicks and bleeps.

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VA – 61 Center Returning Vol. 4 [T2X015]

Lucy – Wordplay for Working Bees [SACD001]

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With ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ Lucy creates a blueprint, not just the departure point for the full length format according to Stroboscopic Artefacts, but he also lays down new possibilities for the techno album. Refusing the obvious 4/4 route, Lucy traverses the widest possibilities of electronic music. ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ encompasses IDM that leans towards drone, puckering, dub-filled techno and ambient in its most oblique forms. The beloved character of Lucy’s DJ sets, the way he layers tracks to find unique timbre and tone, is reflected in his studio approach. Lucy’s debut album results in the most delicate and delicious juxtapositions, as the unexplained and unexpected tangle together in the ear.

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Lucy – Wordplay for Working Bees [SACD001]

Lucy and Xhin – LX2/LX3 [CLR044]

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CLR044 features two tracks of Lucy And Xhin. Faultless and haunting tracks of this highly promising production team, deep and hypnotic, energetic and gliding, artistic and experimental, cutting edge Techno by Lucy And Xhin, somewhere between creative chaos and futuristic genius.

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Lucy and Xhin – LX2/LX3 [CLR044]

Lucy – Beelines For Working Bees [SA008]

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‘Beelines For Working Bees’ is a 12” that sees four of the most innovative artists in electronic music rethinking and reconfiguring the strands of Lucy’s forthcoming album ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’. The relationship between the point of origin and the end point is not a prescribed one: the beelines of Tommy Four Seven, James Ruskin, Peter Van Hoesen and Truss return to the hive of Lucy’s album taking the most experimental and cross-pollinated paths. SA008 acts as a case in point for techno, melding and fusing genre boundaries to reveal new hybrid sounds. SA008 presents a utopian vision that’s puckering at the seams. The artists chose the tracks that they wished to remix and fused their own defined sound identities with that of Stroboscopic Artefacts. In anticipation of Lucy’s debut album this is a delicious foretaste of what’s to come and a cryptic insight into four of techno’s leading minds.

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Lucy – Beelines For Working Bees [SA008]