Intergalactic Gary – Signs of Disarray [MNSX018]

“Releases by Intergalactic Gary are few and far between. Besides a handful of collaborations such as The Parallax Corporation (with I-F) and with Pasiphae, the must-know DJ from Den Haag has largely been about his talent behind the decks. We are thus extremely honoured to have him break the mould with us for his first solo EP release in 15 years — ’Signs of Disarray’. Injecting a fresh spirit amidst today’s mass productions, the sounds will immediately capture vintage ears. The pacing well measured, the storytelling a precious capsule from a time past.”

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Intergalactic Gary – Signs of Disarray [MNSX018]

Umwelt – Superior Life Forms [MNSXLP001]

Umwelt allies with Midnight Shift for the release of the mini-LP Superior Life Forms, featuring six devastating tracks on the vinyl release. Limited edition marbled vinyl with full printed pencil-drawn artwork on thick cover. Artwork by Aeropalmics

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Umwelt – Superior Life Forms [MNSXLP001]

Harmonious Thelonious – Kabriman [MNSX015]

Harmonious Thelonious’s ethnomusicologic journeys to the African continent continues with a burning package of 3 rhythmic tracks inspired by American minimalist music and African rhythm patterns. A primordial soup of polyrhythms and dense harmonics hypnotise the body into movement, transporting the origins of dance music to neoteric audiences.

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Harmonious Thelonious – Kabriman [MNSX015]

Brenecki – Mnemonic EP [MNSX013]

Amidst the chameleon-like output of his many monikers such as Ontal and Figure/Ground, Brooklyn-based Brenecki releases as his own name for the 3rd time in 10 years. Mutated funk techno under skilled hands, out to thrash pits across 5 tracks reneging against modern technology manipulation. Written and produced by Boris Brenecki in Brooklyn.

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Brenecki – Mnemonic EP [MNSX013]

JAI/MAHL – #DontjusttalkaboutitbeAboutIt [MNSX012]

A message to all listening: #DontjusttalkaboutitbeAboutIt. Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being invokes his JAI/MAHL alias with a message in the music. Reprogramming club consciousness with 4 transdimensional sonic incantations and rhythmic transgressions of the highest order.

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JAI/MAHL – #DontjusttalkaboutitbeAboutIt [MNSX012]

VA – The Midnight Manual [MNSX5Y]

5 years since Midnight Shift’s first release in 2012, the label assembles a collective of artists, most of them are in advance of their full EPs releasing later. Representing the sounds of the label is this manual of secret moves, up in the sleeves. The mystic motley crew also comprises the alternate sides of familiar faces — Amato (The Hacker), Terry Lamborgini (Marco Bernardi), INNYSTER (Seixlack), Hodge in a new formation with Gramrcy, and an electro moniker from an undisclosed artist: Thermocline. From abstract acrobatics to the abrasive and the ultimate gob smack to the floor — The Midnight Manual.

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VA – The Midnight Manual [MNSX5Y]

6D22 – Dragons Path [MNSX011]

Enter the Dragon. Adding mystique to the techno are these pulsating, arpeggiated, snarling beasts from the Italian producer with an ominous-sounding remix by Heinrich Mueller aka Gerald Donald of Drexicya. Track titles refer to the journeys of the Sky Dragon (A1), Yellow Dragon (A2) and Dragon King (B1/B2) as they soar and serpentine majestically underwater and beyond the clouds.

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6D22 – Dragons Path [MNSX011]

Gene Hunt – Feeling It [MNSX010]

One of the founding fathers of Chicago house, himself a grandson to a DJ and frequently alongside other greats such as Ron Hardy on the decks, Gene Hunt summons a 3-tracker for the Midnight Shift label. True house and techno direct from the source and in his own words, a rather ‘jungly’ take of it due to the tracks’ chaotic percussion.

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Gene Hunt – Feeling It [MNSX010]

VA – To Andreas Gehm [MNSXANDREAS] [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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A tribute to Andreas Gehm (1972 – 2016), German producer, king of acid and inspiration to many including the artists in this compilation. All proceeds will go towards funding Andreas Gehm’s post-mortem affairs, managed by his best friend, Joe Kurta. Long live the king. Tracks by Basic Soul Unit, KiNK, L/F/D/M, Marco Bernardi, Mark Forshaw, Rivet, Tzusing and Umwelt.

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Includes a free download on bandcamp.

VA – To Andreas Gehm [MNSXANDREAS] [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Eduardo De La Calle – Computational Behaviours [MNSX004]

The MNS X series returns for its 4th issue with one from the Spainard mystic: Eduardo De La Calle. Featuring full EPs from the label artists, the MNS X series plays in the field of the analog, acid and techno. For this, Eduardo De La Calle has put forward a tougher stance from his other silky productions, heading into the rough, analogue and raw terrain for Midnight Shift. The result packs a punch, rounded up with a remix by Hodge.

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Eduardo De La Calle – Computational Behaviours [MNSX004]

Tapirus – Where Are We Heading [MNSX002]

‘Where Are We Heading’ EP is a sequel to the stunning entry by Tapirus aka Charlton Ravenberg, and offers greater room for the artist to roam, breathe, flex and grow. The title track ‘Where Are We Heading’ questions the forward march by mankind with a Mr. Fingers touch providing pause in between the war. Offering up his interpretation on B2 is Credit 00, adding battle call drums and a kind of majesty, he rallies new life to the mix, pointing a way forward in this crazy collective experience we call life.

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Tapirus – Where Are We Heading [MNSX002]

John Heckle – Wet Noises [MNSX003]

The secret to John Heckle’s impressive productivity is probably his admirable commitment to jamming with analogue hardware. Certainly, there’s a loose, all-action immediacy to this outing on Midnight Shift. Tinged by acid throughout, and with more than a few nods to both Detroit futurism and vintage British “intelligent techno” (most obvious on the early Orbital style, stargazing shuffle of closer “Frozen Planet”). The title track itself is particularly potent, offering a surging combination of stomping techno drums and intoxicating acid lines, while the bleaker “Alpha Deux” sounds like the musical foretelling of some kind of post-apocalyptic future.

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John Heckle – Wet Noises [MNSX003]

Basic Soul Unit / Eddie Niguel – The First Shift EP [MNS001]

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The Midnight Shift label debuts with a daring pairing of the emerging and established in this efflorescence EP. The first EP features Singaporean Eddie Niguel with Torontonian Basic Soul Unit aka Stuart Li. Together, they present a crisp and compelling release statement that pushes a new trajectory in the house and techno genres.

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Basic Soul Unit / Eddie Niguel – The First Shift EP [MNS001]