Field Records presents the first complete vinyl edition of Monolake’s seminal excursion into experimental dub techno, Hongkong. Originally released on the now-classic Chain Reaction label in 1997, this collection of early singles by Robert Henke and Gerhard Behles has gone on to become a vital listening experience in its own right, a genre classic.
Move D – Solitaire [MULE285]
Mule Musiq dives into the archives of humanoid Ambient music history, bringing the vinyl premiere of a classic work by German DJ, producer, and musician David Moufang, globally known as Move D. Released in 1995 on Pete Namlook’s fabled Fax +49-69/450464 label, the album marks his only output as Solitaire, featuring heroic, supple ambient scenes, that some people call one of the best works by Move D.
Clio – Eyes [PLT799MIX]
The decade of the 80s is revived through recordings like “Eyes” that allow you to travel through the music and trigger those old emotions of innocence, joy and adventure. “Eyes” by Clio contains all the emotions that a dance-pop song should contain plus the essential element of mystery, a kind of magic that takes place between the chorus and the bass line, a shot in the dark drizzly night of the Italo-Disco.
Neon – Skydiver [MGMS09]
Reissue of the italo disco classic produced, composed and arranged by Celso Valli.
Andy Romano – Every Time Feel Allright [BLOW11]
Cold Blow announce the 12-inch re-issue of Andy Romano’s sought-after Italo disco EP “Every Time Feel Allright”. The EP has been remastered by the legendary Ed DMX, with all-new artwork by Ed Cheverton. This was originally released by Cyberdance in 2010.
Nick Holder – Fruit Loops [FCE-07]
FRL Classic Edition is back in action with this gems of mid 90’s. Written and produced by Nick Holder on Definitive Recordings, here you can listen something unique that can smash every dancefloor.
LITIA-LOE – Life Love Dance [LER1032/MS09]
Left Ear Records and Mixed Signals team up again to refresh LITIA=LOE’s mid-90s album “Life Love Dance”. On this timeless release, the group channel the golden age of Nu Groove, foundational Warp releases, and the Ibiza days of New Order, all rooted in a uniquely Chicago sound. Five years after their EBM-tinged cerebral house anthem “Each Dawn Every Dawn”, the Litia~Loe (Life In The Insane Asylum = Life On Earth) crew dropped a lush album of wider proportion — six songs that feel more mature, more confident. Yet, despite this cultivated style, they continue to maintain the distinctive jest of their first outing. Grant, Leon, and Simeon’s new approach was more exploratory, traversing adventurous channels of pop, wave, IDM, and house. Not only are the songs more varied, but the growth of the trio’s technical skills are apparent. These songs feel more considered, like they have been refined over time, given just the right amount of polish without losing the ecstatic rawness that gives them breath and bounce. Life Love Dance captures the sound of primetime Chicago melodic house music, but offers something more expansive. Uninhibited by the borders of genre, the trio took a more inclusive approach to their music, which catalyzed in a playful and peerless production style which makes their work stand out from the droves of generic dance records from that era.
ADN’ Ckrystall – Frankraut [MMS606]
French electronic pionner, ADN’ Ckrystall, became a legend in the Minimal-Synth scene when his first album “Jazz’Mad” (from 1982) was rediscovered and re-edited via the two biggest labels in the genre : Minimal Wave (circa 2005) and Dark Entries (circa 2012). Following this new interest, a bunch of unreleased materials reappeared and went out mostly directly through Erick (ADN)’s control, under compilations, coffrets (V.O.D.) or albums that never had the chance to come out before… But one piece was still missing, the album just following “Jazz’Mad” called “Frankraut” and here comes the story… During the covid year of 2021, Erick finally found the tapes forgotten somewhere at his parents house since 1984. After relistening to it he decided to bring them back to life. “Frankraut” was a project born from the reflexion about the concept of marrying (and not the opposite) the romantico-poetico side : naive melodies flirting with research and experimentations in the electronic music “à la française” like illustration, “bilbliothèque sonore” (library) or music for film… and the cold, mechanic, motorik, hypnotic, psychedelic free explosive and creative side of the Krautrock.
Model 500 – Night Drive (Thru-Babylon) (Remastered Edition) [M002]
Legendary and genre-defining Detroit label Metroplex Records is rereleasing a run of carefully selected releases from its classic-studded catalogue. The remastering and recut was done with uttermost care, using the newest mastering and audio-restoration technologies. These Techno and Electro benchmarks, taken from original sources, have never sounded better. This is the second release Model 500’s ,,Night Drive (Through Babylon)” (M002). Rediscover these futurist transmissions from techno’s ground zero and the absolute classic Detroit Techno EP’s that started the genre.
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Shifted Phases – The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope [TRESOR196LPX]
Tresor Records reissue the sole output from Shifted Phases entitled “The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope”. Initially released in 2002, soon after James Stinson passed away, this LP plays a mysterious and compelling role in the Drexciya journey. While other records of Drexciya and related projects have received numerous reprints and editions, The Cosmic Memoirs… has remained out of print since its release. This rarity leaves it more open to interpretation with its place in the Drexciyan storm series, as it became increasingly hard to find and underexplored. This reissue does not merely close the loop on Tresor’s reissue series of the Drexciya catalogue but brings Shifted Phases to fresh ears more than other records.
Transparent Sound – Slang City [TRANS005]
The UK Electro duo Transparent Sound reissue the infamous Slang City EP. Long before electro returned to prominence Transparent Sound were serving up world class must-check slabs of body-popping electronic brilliance.
Model 500 – No Ufo’s [M001]
Legendary and genre-defining Detroit label Metroplex Records is rereleasing a run of carefully selected releases from its classic-studded catalogue. The remastering and recut was done with uttermost care, using the newest mastering and audio-restoration technologies. These Techno and Electro benchmarks, taken from original sources, have never sounded better. The first release is Model 500’s “No Ufo’s” (M001). Rediscover these futurist transmissions from techno’s ground zero and the absolute classic Detroit Techno EP’s that started the genre.
King Sporty / Fashion Funktion – Sun Country [ERC147]
Here comes Emotional Rescue and Konduko’s last in their series of Noel Williams/King Sporty reissues, this time looking at later electro productions and the hip-hop/boogie influenced ‘Sun Country’. Vocals and co-production come from Williams’ long-time partner Betty Wright and as well as a vocal and instrumental mix there’s a longform remix by Bay Area disco dub stalwarts, 40 Thieves.
Delkom – Futur Ultra [SMR013]
Delkom’s only known previously released album. Originally released in 1990 by the wonder duo consisting of Saba Komossa and Gabi Delgado. The album is released as a continuous mix with each track delineated on the grooves. Imagine Berlin in 1990, the wall is about to come down, no social media, no CDJs, new drugs are being standardized and this is the soundtrack to your night out in this debaucherous capital, exploding with energies that anthropology PhD students still haven’t been able to fully describe. The entire record sounds like a dub mix that almost wasn’t allowed to be released by the record label, unorthodox in its methods, too experimental for most studios yet highly effective on the best of dancefloors. Sexually charged lyrics, driving percussive rawness over heftily synthesized bass lines, all boxes are checked for total club mayhem. Pioneers in their own right, clearly marking their territory in Berlin dancefloor culture from its early post reunification days. Powerfully tasteful and unique sounds from a golden age.
Chris & Cosey – Feral Vapours Of The Silver Ether [CTIFVOTSE22]
“Feral Vapours of the Silver Ether” is the second album by Chris & Cosey as Carter Tutti, following 2004’s Cabal. A haunting, gothic 11-tracker that revels more in cinematic beauty than abrasive sonic gristle, its standout pieces such as ‘Woven Clouds’ recalling the heartfelt studio masterpieces of This Mortal Coil or the mysterious blackgaze dissociations of Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Cosey’s voice appears in crystal clarity, against utmostly gut-wrenching string movements and synthetic choirs of angels.
The Don – The Don EP [THEDON01]
Last seen on Discogs in 2017, the mysterious Marvyn Don returns with a full release of his old Lilac Road & Swag related EP from the early 2000’s, with four UK techno and tech house inspired rollers that are fit for any dark club or afters. This EP has been brought back to life with some exciting additions to the series coming later this year.
Piroman – The Piroman EP [PIRO001]
Having been lost in the Discogs realms for many years, without many sound clips online, each of The Piroman’s EPs began to gain a lot of traction online. The Piroman EP, the first of 2 projects released back in the 90s, features three tracks with rolling electro/ breaks elements throughout, inspired from the West Coast. All 3 tracks were given a European twist and will fit onto modern day dance floors comfortably.
Soichi Terada & Nami Shimada – Sunshower [CREMECLASSICS02]
Much has been said about Nami Shimada’s JPop Bubblegum Deep House anthem. Produced by Soichi Terada in 1989, Larry Levan used to bang it in he Paradise Garage, ressurected by Creme in 2004, over a decade before the hype. Here’s all the versions that matter, including a beautiful and haunting Legowelt remix.
Garland – Heartbeat [DE289]
The Dark Entries Italo drop continues with Garland’s “Heartbeat”. This is another 1986 dancefloor bomb produced by Claudio Corradini along with Massimo Filippi. Art Déco singer and songwriter Claudio Valenti conceived of Garland as an outlet for his more dancefloor-oriented material. Inspired by Valenti’s time spent in London seeing Steve Strange (of New Romantic group Visage) DJ at Heaven, “Heartbeat” is an epic Italo number with a heavy New Wave stamp. Both the “Song Version” and the “Dance Version” are included on this reissue, with the latter featuring an extended intro and stripped down arrangement. This reissue is dedicated to Claudio Corradini, who sadly passed away in 2021.
Tobi Ash – S.O.S. [BYN036]
Another banger from the Time Records catalogue claiming for a re-issue. Super Time Records sound from 1985. This was originally released without a cover but the label decided it deserves one nonetheless.