Stephen Lopkin – Clyde Built [MOSDEEP030]

Stephen Lopkin is back on M>O>S Deep with a great double pack of that gleaming sound. The Scottish artist has been making prickly house and techno for almost a decade. His style is serene and slick, and across the 10 tracks here he manages to conjure tracks that work in the club but that come with plenty of cerebral qualities. He never made a secret he takes a lot of influence from early Detroit Techno, even Several track titles pay direct homage to his musical heroes like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig and also the track New Euro Politique is made in memory of the late UK producer Matt Cogger aka Neuropolitique.

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Stephen Lopkin – Clyde Built [MOSDEEP030]

R-A-G – Dreadfully Nervous [MOSDEEP029]

The R-A-G trio aka Dutch producers Ma Spaventi, G-String & Aroy Dee deliver three raw acid-jams with Aroy on the couch working the mic. The lyrics of Dreadfully Nervous are based on a Edgar Allan Poe story. ‘Dreadfully Nervous (Aryd’s Acid Mix)’ is a gurgling brew of squelchy acid with dark vocals and pinging cowbells pulling you in all directions. Coarse claps and ever more wild synths encourage you to cut loose and make for another timeless cut. ‘Dreadfully Stoned’ is more stripped back, with a rubbery arpeggiated synth the main hook over subtle, supple drums. Those dark spoken word vocals are back again and the whole thing is freaky and unsettling as a result. Last of all is the bright and glistening ‘No Soul’ with metal hits and claps and prickly acid all bursting out of dusty Chicago drums. It’s raw and sure to fire the synapses just like R-A-G productions always do.

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R-A-G – Dreadfully Nervous [MOSDEEP029]

Andrew Red Hand – Dear Goddess [MOSDEEP028]

A year after his last outing on the label, Andrew Red Hand is back on MOS Deep with another fine four track offering. ‘Lonely Heart’ opens things up in spritely fashion, with frazzled synths circling round a rooted rubbery groove. The lines grown more wild and untethered as things roll on an it is sure to carry floors away to another dimension. ‘Sleepless Nights’ is another busy cut, with gurgling acid wrestling with more serene and soulful synth smears. Bristling and brimming with energy, it’s a fluid bit of techno that is as classic as it is fresh. ‘Dry Tears’ is another fulsome arrangement, with light and shiny synths, gritty bas notes and airy hi hats all jostling for your attention and last of all, ‘Moms Spirit’ soars off to the horizon on a smooth house tip, with rueful pads, sweeping strings and elastic bass really getting you on your toes. These are clean, crisp, accomplished tracks that cannot fail to make their mark.

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Andrew Red Hand – Dear Goddess [MOSDEEP028]

Stephen Lopkin – Meal a Bhuiridh [MOSDEEP027]

Having already released on MOS Recordings’ sub label MOS Deep before now, Stephen Lopkin is now back with a second four track effort. The Scottish artist has been making prickly house and techno for almost a decade now, and on the four cuts here he once again showcases a serene and slick style. Opener ‘Och Aye’ is Detroit styled cut with rich synths dancing about above rubber drums. It makes for a shiny, electrified atmosphere that is clean and sleek and emotive. ‘Weegie in Wigan’ is a much more peak time cut of cackling percussion, sombre chords dampening down raw drums and a wild FM baseline that adds an old school feel. On the flip, ‘Ball & Chain’ is another busy house effort that has hi hats spinning like plates, thudding kicks and whole eco systems of synths darting about while ‘Meall’ ends the EP on a masterfully melodic and heavenly groove that journeys through the starry night sky, wired up with electronics and stuffed with machine made soul.

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Stephen Lopkin – Meal a Bhuiridh [MOSDEEP027]

R-A-G – The Tales Of… Part 1 [MOSDEEP026]

MOS Deep is back with a fascinating four track EP, The Tales Of.. Part 1, that veers from slow and beatless to fast and energetic. It comes from R-A-G and is a soundtrack to a distant world with corrugated drums, free flowing synths and lots of mysterious forces at work.

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R-A-G – The Tales Of… Part 1 [MOSDEEP026]

Kovyazin D – Destiny EP [MOSDEEP025]

Russian DJ and producer Dmitry Kovyazin aka Kovyazin D makes his debut on the Dutch label M>O>S Deep. He serves up three tracks of house that fit perfectly with the misty, roughshod vibe of the well established label. Up first is ‘The Iron Jack,’ which is a seriously slow but thumping house number with massive booming kicks, thunderous claps and cutting hits and cymbals. As the drums ping about, a paranoid synth line creeps in to get you thinking and the groove stays locked throughout. ‘Destiny’ is a more moody and subdued cut with circling spaceships hovering around a sunken metropolis. The drums here are lazy and inviting, and the overall mood is one of inward reflection. Finally, ‘Uralmash Buildings’ is an acid cut with scattered cow bells, thick bass and military sounding snares that makes for warm and uplifting listening.

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Kovyazin D – Destiny EP [MOSDEEP025]

ASOK – Future Wars EP [MOSDEEP024]

After EPs on M>O>S Recordings and his own well formed Scenery label, Liverpool producer Stu Robinson aka ASOK now steps up with a solo release on M>O>S Deep. With an analogue sound full of nostalgia, emotion and subtle shades Chicago, he perfect fits on this most considered underground label.

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ASOK – Future Wars EP [MOSDEEP024]

Andrew Red Hand – For My Mother [MOSDEEP023]

The Dutch label MOS starts another international affair for its MOS Deep offshoot: Romanian Andrew Red Hand. Andrew, who has been called the Romanian Underground Resistance, has a long history of DJing and making Detroit inspired techno and electro and across four tracks here, his analogue house with crisp drums and searing acid all burst out of the speakers and into your affections. ‘My Guarding Angel’ is manic and frantic at the same time as been emotionally sensitive thanks to the way cowbells and coarse claps are off set with rich, heart warming chords and teary eyed strings. ‘Never Be The Same’ is then a busy cut stuffed with arpeggiated bass, bright melodies, glassy chords and plenty of reflective surfaces. It’s a feast for your ears that really shines brightly. ‘Shattered Soul’ is another track awash with trilling glassy sounds, echoing melodies and oodles of atmospheric texture all married to hurried techno drums. Calm and serene yet forceful and energetic, that same duality is apparent in ‘Mourning My Mother’, a sombre cut with classic Chi town percussion and drums all weighted down by long tailed pads and poignant chords. This is music that works on head and heel in equal measure.

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Andrew Red Hand – For My Mother [MOSDEEP023]

2AM/FM – Starfist Lazerbeam / Passion Of A Nigh [VOS01/MOSDEEP022]

Interesting collaborative release between powerhouse labels MOS Deep and Creme Organization. The artists behind the two tracks are Michigan duo 2 AM/FM aka JTC & D’Marc Cantu. ‘Starfist Lazerbeam’ is the first cut and is a slow, purposeful house track run through with a slithering, laser like synth that constantly changes shape. Muffled, filtered vocals are hidden behind and the arpeggiated line eventually lets up and gets a little funky as the icy percussion ticks on. Its a real pressure-building track with curveball melodies that are as beautiful as they are weird. On the flip, ‘Passion’ has raw analogue drums, ticking his and trippy melodies all dancing round each other in old school Chicago fashion. A nimble bassline also dances around the mix, bring with it lots of energy, stylish funk and a real sense of playfulness.

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2AM/FM – Starfist Lazerbeam / Passion Of A Nigh [VOS01/MOSDEEP022]

Gerstaffelen – Night Flowing North & South [MOSDEEP021]

Still no one knows who Gerstaffelen is, but with this release the producer becomes a regular on the MOS Deep label and is now back with four more of the rawest cuts you could imagine. Wasting no time in getting gritty, ‘Bombara’ is a frazzled and gauzy deep techno cut with muffled voices, beams of melodic light and lots of percussive hustle. ‘Invisible Ghosts’ is a less urgent but equally monstrous track with dark groaning bass, prickly hi hat patterns and frenzied synth lines. ‘Night Flowing North’ actually offers a slightly lighter sound, with celestial and heartfelt melodies darting about between ping ponging drums and percussive hits before ‘Night Flowing South’ comes over like a classic jack track from Chicago, with a quick baseline riding up and down the scale and propping the whole track up

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Gerstaffelen – Night Flowing North & South [MOSDEEP021]

Stephen Lopkin – The Haggis Trap [MOSDEEP020]

Next up to join the MOS Deep cannon is Stephen Lopkin, who serves up four new cuts on his The Haggis Trap EP. Lopkin is still something of an emerging talent having only started releasing in the last couple of years. The Glasgow based producer operates in the worlds of house and techno with a unique futuristic perspective. Combining elements of all the techno greats from Juan Atkins to Derrick May, this is an EP that surely announces the arrival proper of a very real new talent.

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Stephen Lopkin – The Haggis Trap [MOSDEEP020]

D’Marc Cantu – Long Weekend [MOSDEEP019]

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This new EP from D’Marc Cantu, Long Weekend, features three new tracks of fully formed house and techno with more than a touch of acid along the way. The title track opens the EP with a lively house jam that has proud kick drums, plenty of muffled and deeply buried chords and a busy bassline that darts about like a kangaroo on hot rocks. It’s propulsive and emotive as it surges along, taking you with it every step of the way. Next up, ‘1Lb Of Flesh’ is a much more jagged and serrated track, mainly because of the manic acid squiggle that runs right through the heart of the slapping snares and icy cold hi hats. Full throttle and as ever delightfully frayed and analogue sounding, it’s a real face melter. Last but by no means least, ‘Acid Test’ is the quickest of the lot, coming over like a slick, powerful fusion of electro and techno that whips and snaps as Dance Mania style snares flap about above a grilling bassline and acid wiggles in and out. It’s a busy, fulsome track but never feels cluttered and rounds out another exceptional EP from both MOS and main man D’Marc Cantu.

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D’Marc Cantu – Long Weekend [MOSDEEP019]

ASOK – Poltergeist [MOSDEEP018]

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Asok is the man behind burgeoning house and techno label Scenery Records, and has released on Deep Space Orchestras Use of Weapons and, though he has firm roots in d&b, has proven himself adept at crafting raw analogue jams that fuse house and techno together the jacking way.

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ASOK – Poltergeist [MOSDEEP018]

Gerstaffelen – The Old Villagers [MOSDEEP017]

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Mysterious producer Gerstaffelen here debuts on Dutch label MOS Deep with The Old Villagers, a four track EP of grainy analogue house. The title track opens things up at a mid tempo house pace. It’s a dense, multi-layered track with plenty of squiggly synths, bobbling analogue basslines and radiant pads. ‘Game On Major’ is slightly more frenzied, with dusty hi hats looping over fairly frenzied synth sounds and some hints of acid are buried deep within this hazy sound world. ‘Little Green Munchkin Men’ gets even more unhinged and techno leaning with the sounds of various analogue machines all meshing together into a nebulous brew of off killer melody and curious metal hooks, before last track ‘When The Mind Stops’ brings a bit of raw old school house flavour to the table. The beats jack, some muffled vocals add an important human element and like everything on the EP the track invites you to lose your shit in the most beguiling of ways.

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Gerstaffelen – The Old Villagers [MOSDEEP017]

R-A-G – Vacuum [MOSDEEP016]

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R-A-G is MOS boss Aroy Dee in partnership with Marco Spaventi and G String. Together they make frayed and analogue house music that joins the dots between 80s Chicago and the modern day. This new EP does just that once more, opening with the dense sci-fi stomper that is Vacuum. With coarse synths and plenty of sonic scuzz it fires your every synapse. On the flip side, Plenum (Outer Mix) is a beat less ambient affair with lost synths ringing out in vast chambers of fine grain sound, before the Inner Mix slowly courses on raw kick drums. Whole ecosystems of synths spiral around like galaxies in the distance to make for truly filmic deep house listening.

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R-A-G – Vacuum [MOSDEEP016]

Ike Release – Dream Sequencer EP [MOSDEEP015]

Following on from his increasingly essential work as Innerspace Halflife, Ike Release steps out on his own for a new three tracker on MOS Deep that finds the Chicago producer in a bullish mood. Opener ‘Cosmic Supreme’ is a moody march across the surface of a planet far from here – typically raw, bobbling drums set the tone as a frazzled and drawn out synth line winds right through its core from start to finish. ‘Spells’ is backlit with an ethereal synthy glow as another thick analogue line takes the main focus of the track, all the while as nebulous percussion floats about like a cloud of dust in the background. Finally, ‘Westview’ is a little more propulsive, driven as it is by a lashing, rubberised bassline that sprays about freely, contained only by the itchy and more regimented hi-hats that slice up and down around it. Despite there being a sonic denseness to all three tracks here, a certain emotional gravitas always lurks with in: be it one of introspection or reflection, they are difficult to ignore.

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Ike Release – Dream Sequencer EP [MOSDEEP015]

Ma Spaventi – The Jungle / Insanity [MOSDEEP014]

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Marco Antonio Spaventi returns on MOS with two tracks. ‘Insanity’ is a mad melange of fizzing electronics, ticking cowbells and swirling atmospheres all pinned to a chugging deep house beat. Raw drum fills and squelchy modulated synth sounds fill nearly every gap, taking you to a place as intense you could imagine for the duration. On the flip, Spaventi’s lo-fi aesthetic gets even more fucked up as he delves deep into the recess of house music with ‘The Jungle’. Crunchy hits, echoing hi hats and a tightly coiled melody all race along next to each other with a slapping drum combination keeping energy levels up down below. Raw and brash yet totally beguiling, it might be some of his best work yet on the ever excellent MOS Deep.

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Ma Spaventi – The Jungle / Insanity [MOSDEEP014]

Ksoul & Muteoscillator – Aphrology EP [MOSDEEP013]

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MOS Deep returns with a new EP from Italians Ksoul & Muteoscillator. ‘Criminology’ comes in two parts on the a-side: the first is a fizzing, almost impenetrable network of analogue lines with acid buried deep below sharp percussion and behind a mysterious little melody phrase, whilst the second features a different sort of acid: it’s brighter and seems to twist and turn with a life of its own. The b-side is ‘Aphrology’ as edited by Aroy himself. The underlying vibe here is house, though a squealing world of ticking machines, squirming synths and jangling percussive rhythms make it a heady and intense listen. Finally, the same track appears in its original form where tumbling drums, bleeding acid and a steppers rhythm join the dots between many different worlds: the heady results are sure to make dancefloors go cerrrrazy.

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Ksoul & Muteoscillator – Aphrology EP [MOSDEEP013]

Innerspace Halflife – Wind / Phazzled [MOSDEEP012]

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Americans Hakim Murphy and Ike Release are two Chicago house addicts who produce solo and as a duo under the name Innerspace Halflife. Here they turn up on one of Europe’s finest deep house labels in MOS Deep with a two-track 10” vinyl release. “Wind” is the a-side the pair turn in – a main room house banger with icy hi hats dangling above a forceful acid bassline that repeats over and over as thin pads sing about above and have you look to the future. It’s wholly analogue as you’d expect, and as atmospheric as it is fierce. Ike Release goes solo on the flip with “Phazzled”, a much more laid back deep house jaunt with long legged, rubbery kicks and all sorts of busy sci-fi FX filling in the gaps. The harmonic chords add plenty of warmth and invite you to get lost in their midst – classicist house with a future perspective.

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Innerspace Halflife – Wind / Phazzled [MOSDEEP012]