VA – The Barbershop [PERP012]

Welcome to the Barbershop. This LP arrives with tunes from some of your favorite artists representing Chicago’s underground dance music sphere on the city’s bred label, Perpetual Rhythms. A wide variety of fresh cuts and genres are showcased, ranging from Deep House and Techno to Experimental and Ambient, providing an eclectic listening experience. The central theme of the LP is “things that relate to a barbershop”, topics such as hairstyles, hair products and humor. We invite you to stay a while and experience this sonic journey with an open mind.

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VA – The Barbershop [PERP012]

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]

Steven Tang – Infintesimal [EMP017]

Surprisingly, this is Steven Tang’s first 12″ in some two years (under his own name), and marks his first appearance on Emphasis Recordings (an imprint he founded way back in 1998) since 2011. Happily, it was worth the wait, because Infintesimal is amongst the Chicagoan’s best worth to date. Heavily influenced by vintage Detroit techno, its’ four tracks take in rolling creepiness (“Approaching Theory”), shimmering blends of Larry Heard style deep house and Motor City futurism (“Escaping Thoughts”), deep and spacey dancefloor bliss (“Verged (Obsolete Mix)”), and retro-futurist techno sweatiness (the undulating chords and hissing cymbals of title track “Infintesimal”). In other words, it’s a fine EP packed full of floor-friendly gems.

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Steven Tang – Infintesimal [EMP017]

Obsolete Music Technology – Lone Passenger [DOLLY024]

Steven Tang returns with a second offering for Steffi’s label as Obsolete Music Technology. Across the three tracks, Tang’s mastery of his craft is more than evident, displaying a rawness that is often craved but not always achieved these days. The title track’s classic Chicago vibe complemented by the more intense racing “Voltage Player” and the cascading rhythmic hits of “High Strung”. Class always tells, and this Love Passenger 12″ has it by the bucketload.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Lone Passenger [DOLLY024]

Obsolete Music Technology – Incite [EMP013]

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New EP on Emphasis Recordings. Track “Incite” from ”Thoughts From Chicago Vol. Three” 7” (Eargasmic) gets a rearrange by Steven Tang, and a Dubbyman remix. A mid tempo goover called ”Slight” rounds out the EP.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Incite [EMP013]

Obsolete Music Technology – Since The Accident [EMP012]

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Proper box-bangers and sci-fi house from Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology, backed with a cracking Specter remix. Steven recreates a track he imagines he heard at the Since The Accident party, in the 80s. 303 bass over 707 drums. Also includes a bonus beat & Specter remix of STA, plus added track “Descending”.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Since The Accident [EMP012]

Obsolete Music Technology – Inflection Point [DOLLY011]

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Chicago’s Steven Tang with four brand new tracks, with Tang’s unique trademark blend of raw jacking Chicago beats and Detroit-inspired atmospheres. One of the few contemporary techno artists that truly delivers music for both body and soul.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Inflection Point [DOLLY011]

Obsolete Music Technology – Mmmmmusic [EMP011]

Steven Tang presents “Mmmmmusic” under his Obsolete Music Technology moniker, a 4-track, 12″ vinyl single focuses in on melody, which has become the signature sound and of his label, Emphasis. The release includes also a Chicago Skyway remix.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Mmmmmusic [EMP011]

Chicago Skyway & Dcook – Lager EP [MOS_DEEP_007]

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Chicago Skyway is back on MOS deep with another epic release, ranging from melodic deepness to wild-jackin’ dance floor-madness. The Lager EP kicks off with Bad Driver, a raw and solid Chicago-banger with an irresistible driving bass-line, rattling beats and atmospheric strings. For Lager Nord on the flipside Chicago Skyway teams up with his compadre Dcook, delivering an emotional and dreamy classical Detroit Techno influenced track. Lager is reworked by Steven Tang, another rising star in Chicago’s contemporary electronic-music scene, known for his Obsolete Technology imprint and his Verged Sessions on Aestatic Audio. Steven’s Obsolete Technology Remix focuses on lush orchestrated strings and deep synths flowing over a massive foundation of thumping beats.

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Chicago Skyway & Dcook – Lager EP [MOS_DEEP_007]

Obsolete Music Technology – Relapse EP [MDREAMS03]

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Obsolete Music Technology aka Steve Tang & Machining Dreams are on a roll, with wax dropping hot & thick. Tang represents a retro-futurist vision of post-acid Chicago house, all made with vintage tech & machine soul.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Relapse EP [MDREAMS03]

VA – Thoughts From Chicago Vol. Tree [EGC4015]

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This is the 3rd volume from the highly acclaimed series features Bjak’s nujazz ground Velophone getting an ultra deep beatdown remix of “We’re All the Same” by Daryl Cura and Steven Tang as Obsolete Music Technology kills it with the tech’d out “Incite”.

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VA – Thoughts From Chicago Vol. Tree [EGC4015]