VA – An Introduction Part 3 [DIREC003]

With its festival, International Series, DJ Directory and Soundsystem: Dimensions has become a leading name in the underground. In only a mere six years of existence thus far, that’s quite impressive we must say! Now, they extend their influence with the start of a new label: Dimensions Recordings. It launches with a 12 track compilation across three separate discs. Where the first disc delved into the exotic and explored world music and soulful vibes, this edition features some cutting edge electronics from legends and new heroes of the scene alike. Electro heroes London Modular Alliance appear with their best impression of purist Detroit electro on “Crosstalk” while the A side also features the glacial dub techno tones of Upwellings’ “Soft Shadows”. On the flip, Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert gives us the very Robert Hood sounding “Tokio”and Windy City legend Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology appears with something harder than you’d usually expect from the man: on the gnarly analogue techno of “Comb Freq”.

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VA – An Introduction Part 3 [DIREC003]

VA – 15 Years With Echocord [ECHOCORD071]

After 15 years in the game, Kenneth Christensen’s Echocord mark that achievement with an exclusive ten track compilation spanning their broadest parameters, from a beatless panorama by STL thru mesmerising dub techno from Deadbeat.  Along the way they present a clinical, squashed dub-stepper from Arovane, Struktur 1; the Detroit ghetto acid of Hoodmode by Luke Hess; purified dub suspension from Fluxion; and strangely enough, a vocal turn from Mike Dehnert in Track Providing Home.

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VA – 15 Years With Echocord [ECHOCORD071]

Sterac – The Hypnoticus [108DSRSTR2]

Dutch techno practitioner Steve Rachmad aka Sterac is back with a hot new track for Delsin. Originally released on a limited white label run earlier in summer, it now comes backed with remixes by Fachwerk’s Mike Dehnert, VRIL and US twosome Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa.

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Sterac – The Hypnoticus [108DSRSTR2]

Mike Dehnert – Lichtbedingt [104DSR]

Three years after his last full-length album on Delsin, tireless techno producer Mike Dehnert is back with another one. The 104th release on Delsin, entitled Lichtbedingt, counts 12 tracks and is yet another subtle evolution away from the chord driven, functional sound he has championed before now. The album starts off with a suitably sombre intro that features cold, slowly shifting synths. They set an uneasy and moody tone before ‘Construction’ settles into a fat, swaggering. From there you get lost in broken, ruptured, malfunctioning bits of hardware that spit out random hi hats, bleeps and gurgles and then eventually get spat out the other side into a cantering bit of dubwise techno with paranoid vocal snippets. Moving along, the album throws plenty of diverse influences into the mix: ‘Movement’ is freaky and dynamic, skipping and pumping, ducking and diving through all sorts of occult synth sounds and shadowy vocal loops then ‘Single Action’ is like a sledge hammer groove run through with harmonic elements that glint and glisten like diamonds in the rough. Classic sounding Dehnert tracks like ‘ReRe’ remind us where this producer has come from, whilst the breezy house swagger of ‘Emlo’ show us where he might be headed. Key to this album and Dehnert’s output as a whole is, besides the killer grooves, the production: crisp and clean, full blooded and always outstanding, it makes his tracks leap out of the speakers and into minds, bodies and souls without relying on the usual tropes or same old cheap tricks.

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Mike Dehnert – Lichtbedingt [104DSR]

VA – 100DSR Compilation [100DSR]

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17 years after first releasing a cassette EP from label boss Marsel van der Wielen under his Peel Seamus guise, Delsin has now hit the landmark category number of 100. Truth is, taking into account choice re-issues and specials such as the recent house series, there have already been scores more than 100 releases. Nevertheless, in that time the Dutch label has become synonymous with a wide range of timeless sounds from house to techno to dub to electronica, nurturing and championing some of the most respected names in the scene, all of which can now be enjoyed on 5 separate, various artist vinyl EPs or one impressive two disc compilation. Far from just a collection of tracks, the 100DSR compilation has been carefully curated to tell the tale of Delsin. Each record conveys a slightly different part of the story – be it house, techno, beats or electro – yet every one is tied together by the label’s own underlying sense of desolate melancholy. Across the five EPs and complete CD collection there are tracks from newbies and old favourites alike, including Sawlin and Delta Funktionen, John Beltran and Bleak, Redshape and Convextion, Gerry Read and Claro Intelecto.

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VA – 100DSR Compilation [100DSR]

Simian Mobile Disco – Tong Zi Dan [DELI010]

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Simian Mobile disco are back with more of the world s only techno tasting menu, serving up a a brand new platter for your delectation: Tong Zi Dan are the Chinese delicacy usually translated as virgin boy eggs. Like the tea stained eggs you ll find in your ramen, these are eggs cracked part way through the boiling process, to let the flavours of the liquid seep through.

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Simian Mobile Disco – Tong Zi Dan [DELI010]

VA – 100DSR/VAR2 [100DSR/VAR2]

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o mark the occasion of Delsin hitting 100 releases, the label is to release five new various artist EPs throughout the rest of the year. Besides a special collector’s box edition, all EPs will be offered separately, with limited edition colour runs and unlimited black copies. All fifteen tracks will also be compiled onto one CD. Following on from the first EP that included tracks from Claro Intelecto, Gerry Read and Unbroken Dubs comes the second offering, which features Mike Dehnert, Conforce and CiM.

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VA – 100DSR/VAR2 [100DSR/VAR2]

VA – Fachwerk 30 [FW030]

The end of summer 2013 the Berlin based Fachwerk label clock up its 30th release. The EP features solo productions by all key members of the label family (boss Mike Dehnert and pals Sascha Rydell and Roman Lindau) as well one collaborative effort that also features vocals from Sophia. Vocals are not something normally associated with the dub-wise techno label but listen in to ‘Fachwerk 30’ and you will see how well this crew have made them work within their usual concrete funk template. Above rugged, frayed synths and mutant, mutating melodies, Sophia’s echoing, shadowy voice lurks and imbues the thing with an uneasy sense of paranoia as the machines gurgle all around. Elsewhere, Mike Dehnert turns in the hiccupping techno loops of ‘FK’ complete with searching wide screen and super grainy and grimy synths, whilst Roman Lindau’s ‘The Yeah Thing’ is a cantering techno number with pinging kick drums and gallivanting metallic synths that melt your mind into a molten mess. Finally, Sascha Rydell’s ‘Palinka Girl’ is a heads down groove run through with icy hi hat ringlets and a raw, chunky drum funk plus all the usual shadowy dub textures we have come to love from this most focused and excellent label.

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VA – Fachwerk 30 [FW030]

Mike Dehnert – Roulement EP [ECHOC023]

The new release on Echocord Colour comes from Mike Dehnert, featuring 2 powerfull Techno-Tracks, typical stripped down Mike Dehnert sound, perfect for the peak time dancefloor. The remix comes from Mike’s colleague Sascha Rydell, a monster flowding powerfull track.

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Mike Dehnert – Roulement EP [ECHOC023]

Mike Dehnert – Placide EP [FW029]

Mike Dehnert with a new 4 tracker, including a massive live version of Drehimpuls. The rest is slightly lighter with Eigenzeit as serious contender for winning the election of favorite tracks on this EP. A proper peak time techno monster. However b2 track Isolant is another one of Mike’s seductive grooving techno tracks in the known Dehnert style.

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Mike Dehnert – Placide EP [FW029]

Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part III)

Finally we are at the last part of the 2012 review. In the first part of our review, the preferences of our followers are shown, according to the number of click and stars. Top 3 albums of the years, top 3 EPs, compilations and mixes loved by our followers can be seen here.

In the second part, I presented some of my favorite events and performances from last year. For more details go here.

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Hipodrome’s 2012 Review (Part II)

The second part of my review of 2012 is dedicated to the best events and performances I attended this year. Part I was published some weeks ago and includes the preferences of our followers.

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