Atonism – Kiki [KEY027]

ATONISM - Kiki

Atonism has apparently been production electronic music for 12 years, but somehow this is a first ever official release. It lands on the Key Vinyl label and suggests the artist has a love of proper techno. Opener ‘Stampede’ piles on the pressure with its hurried drums and slinky synths all racing ahead in hypnotic linear fashion. ‘Still’ is a mind melter where drums, bass and synths all interweave freely and manically, then ‘Waiting For You’ mangles fragments of melody into a tight arrangement next to slapping hits and drums and oversized and frazzled hi hats. ‘Kobalt’ is a peak time, strobe lit bit of techno funk.

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Atonism – Kiki [KEY027]

KSEL – Kontrast [KEY026]

KSEL - Kontrast

Swedish duo KSEL is made up of Kim Stockblom and Elias Landberg (Skudge). This is their debut offering on the Key Vinyl label and it is couched in Jeff Mills style Detroit techno minimalism. Opener ‘Kontrast’ is all chattery claps, hurried drum loops and subtly evolving synth melodies, ‘Dash’ is edgy and keeps you in suspense, while ‘Reformed’ gets even more manic with its pinging drums and silvery hi hats overlaid with restless and warped synths lines. ‘Codex’ closes out with searching sonar blips and supple drums designed to take you deep down a rabbit hole.

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KSEL – Kontrast [KEY026]

Terrence Dixon / M.R.E.U.X – Total Chaos [BLUG015]

DIXON, Terrence/MREUX - Total Chaos

A stylish return from Blumoog Music with 4 tracks of pure Detroit style techno. Psychedelic sounds demonstrate, again, the great mentality of these two artists, loyal to old school underground techno. Terrence Dixon presents two minimalist tracks which will capture attention from everybody on the dancefloor; M.R.E.U.X insists with his unique style, distinguished by dizzying rhythms and pure energy.

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Terrence Dixon / M.R.E.U.X – Total Chaos [BLUG015]

Ausgang – Output [KEYLP02RP]

AUSGANG - Output

In the last years the Berlin-based duo Ausgang got attention in the worldwide techno scene through releases on their own label Ausgang Records. Nico and Roseen show on their first LP a clear vision of taste and quality, coming from the true techno culture. Eight tracks moving from electro to techno, based on radical essential elements reflecting their 90ies roots. Both share the basic idea of techno: raw and gritty sounds with pounding rhythms. Made for darkened rooms with fog and strobe lights. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Ausgang – Output [KEYLP02RP]

Donato Dozzy – 124 [TRESOR332]

DOZZY, Donato - 124

The unassuming maestro of techno music Donato Dozzy returns to Tresor Records on its 30th year with a new EP entitled 124. True to form, 124 meddles sharp rhythmic minimalism and diverse textures, each track pushing at the epiphanic threshold as the boss of Spazio Disponibile allows his deeply intuitive productions to take effect.

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Donato Dozzy – 124 [TRESOR332]

Monobox – Forwardbase Kodai EP [MPM039]

MONOBOX - Forwardbase Kodai EP

Robert Hood is set to regenerate his much-loved Monobox alias with a new EP followed by an artist album. The ‘Forwardbase Kodai EP’ features 2 exclusive originals that will not appear on the forthcoming album, alongside a remix by Ø [Phase] and a blistering Robert Hood Re-Plant edit.

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Monobox – Forwardbase Kodai EP [MPM039]

Abstract Division – Anybody is Nowhere EP [DREF044]

ABSTRACT DIVISION - Anybody Is Nowhere

A little more than 2 years ago, labelhead honchos Paul & Dave released their “Nobody is Anywhere EP” on their own imprint Dynamic Reflection. It was a statement about the status quo in the techno scene back then, where many artists didn’t know which way to go. Ironically enough, the contrary is very true as we speak. The “Anybody is Nowhere EP” responds to their previous work and reflects the uncomfortable time we are currently living in, driven by uncertainty. Even though these are not the happiest thoughts, the track titles show that there is hope left. “Emergence” is a very seductive but psychedelic trip towards “Discharge”, which feels like Abstract Division discharges themselves completely. The last track, “Polarise” points out the current divided society, which sets some doubtful thoughts about the future. Scandinavian rebel and Northern Electronics patron Anthony Linell provides his interpretation of the track “Emergence” and delivers a distinctive remix as only he can.

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Abstract Division – Anybody is Nowhere EP [DREF044]

Archivist – Psion [MIST004]

ARCHIVIST - Psion (feat Claudio Prc mixes)

Sure Thing welcomes two new additions to the label with a long-distance collaboration between Seattle’s Archivist and Berlin’s Claudio PRC. Two original productions from Archivist recall dense, billowing fog and the gentle shimmer of waves, each re-imagined through Claudio PRC’s exacting lens into novel forms that spiral with steady, monolithic intent. Brought together, an expansive double vision, an exploration of the compelling nature of movement and air each within the other.

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Archivist – Psion [MIST004]

Johannes Volk – Mutable Motor Units [EFR008]

VOLK, Johannes - Mutable Motor Units

Johannes Volk debuts on Eternal Friction Records with a 4 track EP called “Mutable Motor Units”. The result is a powerful EP filled with powerful grooves, smooth leads and uplifting rhythms, that clearly demonstrates Johannes unique and personal approach to techno.

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Johannes Volk – Mutable Motor Units [EFR008]