Sandwell District – Fabric 69 [FABRIC137]

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Over the course of ten active years, Sandwell District were responsible for disarming and destabilizing the structures that gagged free-form expression, drawing upon tenets of DIY-post-punk culture to disrupt accepted ideas of exactly what it meant to be an artist, label, DJ or producer. During this time, the collective’s core members, Regis (Dave Sumner) and Regis (Karl O’Connor) (along with label partner, Silent Servant), played a key role in broadening the link between early electronic, post-punk, and noise; an influence which continues to resonate in the burgeoning, and shape-shifting, modern-day techno scene. With this mix, another genuine artefact has been added to the Sandwell legacy, a document of their skewed presence and existence, a treasure guaranteeing the kind of quality that electronic music compilations rarely achieve. In 1 hour 15 minutes, the pairing of Regis and Function succeed in presenting and executing some of the most potent flourishes in the Sandwell catalogue, distilling them into a coherent body of work that masterfully defines the current techno zeitgeist. Few contemporary producers have bettered the merciless techno blueprint laid down by this collective, and few ever will.

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Nick Dunton – Between Worlds [SFBSF002]

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Surface re-emerges from the murky depths of Londonshire with part 2 of the new sub division ‘Beneath the Surface’. Between Worlds sees Sandwell District team up with Nick Dunton with an ep dedicated to long time friend and Nicks fellow maverick Richard Polson R.I.P. The A side sees Nick delivering his trademark emotive sounds.. lush harmonies, deep drones and echoing stabs line the track whilst the phasing drums, keys and melodic sub bass keep the journey moving beautifully towards a crescendo of harmonic drifts. On the flip long time friends of the label Sandwell District strip back the layers with a special mix for Rich.

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Nick Dunton – Between Worlds [SFBSF002]

Octave One – Revisited Series II [4WCL002]

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Octave One’s 430 West label releases remixes of the outfit’s debut on Derrick May’s Transmat imprint, ‘I Believe’ and their monumental release from the Underground Resistance/430 West Records release ‘Daystar Rising’. Remixing it up here are Sandwell District and Aril Brikha.

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Octave One – Revisited Series II [4WCL002]

Function – Variance 1-3 [SWD013B]

Function aka Dave Sumner returns with the new version and supreme techno affair that is ‘Variance’. Moody in the extreme, this release finally comes with the kicking and slightly acidic B-side it always deserved without sinking into the predictable mire of dub techno.
Function – Variance 1-3 [SWD013B]

Sandwell District – Feed-Forward [SD2X1201]

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International techno collective and record label Sandwell District release their debut studio album. Feed-Forward, features previously unreleased techno cuts by the three central Sandwell artists – Dave Sumner as Function, Karl O’Connor as Regis and Juan Mendez as Silent Servant, with additional input from Female. A trademark, highly effective array of big industrial beats, off-kilter riffs and icy strings can be expected.

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Sandwell District – Feed-Forward [SD2X1201]

Sandwell District – Sampler Single One and Two [SDSMP1/SDSMP2]

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The seven tracks spread across these 12″s apparently have nothing to do with the eagerly awaited Sandwell District album, which is due out later in summer, around the time the international collective is scheduled to headline the Sonar festival in Barcelona.

Sampler Single One tracklist:
A. Intro
AA. Function
B. Silent Servant (Regis Edit)

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Sampler Single Two tracklist:
A. Silent Servant
AA. Female (live extract)
B. Silent Servant
BB. Female (Regis Edit)

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Sandwell District – Sampler Single One and Two [SDSMP1/SDSMP2]