VA – Standing Before The Unknown [SYM020]

Ben Sims’ Symbolism celebrates its 20th release with an 8 tracker featuring the first original Ben Sims material in the past few years. Launched in 1999, Symbolism was initially intended as side project of Sims’ Theory imprint but quickly developed in to a standout label itself with releases from Sims (as Aural Emote), Exos, Reeko and a split release with Function hitting home on the circuit. After a 9 year hiatus Symbolism was reactivated in in 2015 and has since dropped 12”s from the likes of Mike Gervais, D_Func, JC & Kastil and George Tounisidis, ‘Standing Before The Unknown’ is a heavy package from start to finish and takes in a number of tones while remaining firmly dancefloor focused. Paul Mac’s solo contribution ‘Off a Cliff’ kicks things off in typically pristine style while ‘Ishishish’, his collaboration with Sims, is a rougher, percussive affair that marks a fine return to the studio for Sims. Russia’s Rodion Stankevich makes two contrasting appearances; first with the abrassive ‘Umustgothruit’ and later with intricately layered and hypnotic ‘Any Questions Any Answers’. Joton also appears twice with his playfully tough ‘Fatum’ working nicely against the later night sonics of ‘Filia’. Minneapolis’ Mike Gervais returns to Symbolism with his most intense cut to date in ‘Crisis’ whilst Dutch producer Mike Storm debuts on the label with the strident ‘Confirmed Life’.

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VA – Standing Before The Unknown [SYM020]

VA – Comp For Andreas Gehm

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This benefit compilation for Andreas Gehm is being split into 5 parts. You can buy each part for 7 Euro or the full combo package (with all 5 parts – 129 tracks in total) just for 14 Euro (10.64 GBP, $15.56 USD, $20.27 CDN, $21.66 AUD); you can pay more if you want;
All donations go directly to Andreas Gehm to assist with financial stresses due to ongoing health issues (the “Buy” button sends your contribution to Andreas’ PayPal account).
Comp For Andreas Gehm features unreleased and exclusive material.

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VA – Comp For Andreas Gehm

VA – Basement Genetics II [FRT002]

Forte Techno is a UK label ran by Ross Alexander and Steven McDonagh that has a firm focus on championing the underground, and we return with our second vinyl only package. This time there are 4 original tracks by all UK based artists including Paul Mac, Binny, Ross Alexander and John Mitchell.

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VA – Basement Genetics II [FRT002]

Binny – Subtractive Rhythm EP [SYM015]

Ben Sims’ Symbolism continues apace with a release from Binny, a Liverpool-based producer DJ otherwise known for some superb output as part of Phantom Planet Outlaws. Comprising three original tracks, the Subtractive Rhythm EP also takes in a remix from long-time Sims collaborator and British techno legend, Paul Mac.

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Binny – Subtractive Rhythm EP [SYM015]

VA – EPM Selected Vol.2 [EPM032]

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Now a fully-fledged music label with over 30 releases to its name, EPM counts albums from Paul Mac, Carl Taylor, Kristian Heikkila, Lee J. Malcolm, Luis Martinez and The Third Man to its ever-expanding roster. ‘EPM Selected Vol 2’ is the second label snapshot, focussing on the techno side of the label’s output so far (with a couple of rare exclusives* thrown in for good measure).

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VA – EPM Selected Vol.2 [EPM032]

Jorge Zamacona – The Mood EP [TAR002]

Berlin/Zurich based label Tardis is back, enthusiastically dancing out of the studio into the dawn of a much wished-for summer. For their second release, Tardis has enlisted Paul Mac aka Jorge Zamacona who hoists in not one but three rough house killers.

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Jorge Zamacona – The Mood EP [TAR002]

Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia EP [EPM019]

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Paul Mac is one of the UK’s real techno veterans, a producer with a sizeable back catalogue spanning a variety of sounds. For this EP, a taster for an album of the same name, he focuses on deep, Detroit techno, but with a twist. The title track is a driving affair, but Mac lends it a musical sound with evocative, breezy chords combined with dramatic string stabs. “Undoubted” sees him go down a more tracky route and its heads-down groove veers close to militaristic, but he keeps it on the right side thank to the clanging drums and crashing percussion. Marcel Fengler also contributes an excellent, wobbly bass-led version of “Insomnia”.

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Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia EP [EPM019]

VA – The Box Vol. 4 [THEORY038]

The Box series returns on Theory with 3 peak time tough edged tracks. “Bite This” sees Ben Sims drop an anthemic analogue fuelled jacker. “Reverse Processed” from Holland’s Ritzi Lee is an uncompromising old school Techno banger and “Dry Run” by Paul Mac is a drum heavy DJ tool with a crowd pleasing vocal sample

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VA – The Box Vol. 4 [THEORY038]

Paul Mac & Mark Broom – Essex Acid EP [BMD005]

Paul Mac & mark Broom revisit those aciiied days to show us how it’s done with the four-tracker, ‘Essex Acid EP’ on Mark Broom’s own imprint, BeardMan. Joining their production forces for the first two tracks, Paul Mac then goes it alone for the second half of the EP.  Originally recorded back in the day, ‘I Don’t Know’, ‘A Certain Era’ and ‘Knocker’ were first released on Mark Broom and Dave Hill’s seminal Pure Plastic label (PP066), while ‘Remember When’ was never previously released.

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Paul Mac & Mark Broom – Essex Acid EP [BMD005]

The Nighttripper – Phuture [UL012]

One of the most influential founders of the Dutch techno scene, Orlando Voorn, re-release one of his biggest singles under his alter ego “The Nighttripper”, with brand new mixes. In collaboration with Dutch techno imprint Underground Liberation, Orlando Voorn presents the rebirth of Tone Exploitation and Phuture, supported by remixes from Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood, Robert Armani and Paul Mac.

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The Nighttripper – Phuture [UL012]