Marlon Hoffstadt – Observing The Known [RSN010]

Marlon Hoffstadt is a rising star as both a DJ and producer, effortlessly joining the dots between classic rave and the future of techno. Taking a break from running his Retrograde label, Marlon has cooked up Observing The Known for Ransom Note Records. Over three tracks of warm synths, bubbly acid and emotional chord progressions, the EP sees Marlon reimagining house music for today’s dancefloor, taking the passion and energy of ‘80s Chicago and giving it the production heft of 2017 Berlin.

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Marlon Hoffstadt – Observing The Known [RSN010]

Mystic Bill – The Lost Casette Trax Vol.1 [COTF012]

Chicago house legend Mystic Bill joins Crimes Of The Future with two straight up jacking house tracks with bonus instrumental and a mind bending remix by Scott Fraser. The A cut Frequency 9 is a rolling jacker with rattling percussion and dark synth stabs to dement the warehouse dancefloor and very much in the line of Bill’s trademark style. A2 see’s Fraser return the remix favour delivering a massive floor bumping remix adding all new drums, 303 and huge bassline giving a nod to the classic sound of those Sex Trax/ Power Music 12’s from the 1990’s with his 11 minute mind control remix…. The frequency cannot be controlled! Side B has both the original and a bonus intrumental of The Ship Is Sinking, a dark slice of jacking house complete with real tension and total mastery of the sampler for those able to spot it.

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Mystic Bill – The Lost Casette Trax Vol.1 [COTF012]

Bulb – Bulb [COTF008]

Crimes of the future are proud to present the first recorings from Bulb. Bulb are Willie Burns, Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Faiplay. Side A combines ghetto techno breaks with something from wayward Kosmiche studio experiments in deepest Germany. On side two dark ambient synthesis and stabbing drums combine to drop you somewhere in a world of psychedelia and cavernous cave dwellings.

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Bulb – Bulb [COTF008]

Nothing But Blood – White Of The Eye [COTF005]

‘White of the Eye’ is the first release under “Nothing but Blood” from Scott Fraser, a direct link back to Scott’s earlier 90’s work and sound around the darker realms of techno and harder-edged Chicago house. The EP title refers back to a favourite Donald Cammell film of Scott’s from 88′. ‘White of the Eye’ on the A-side is an 11 minute extended mix of the lead cut. Silent Servant on remix duties delivers an amyl fuelled techno bomb landing somewhere in an 80’s new york basement. Diving deeper on B2 it features Atlanta resident Claire Elise Tippins on vocals.

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Nothing But Blood – White Of The Eye [COTF005]

Black Merlin – Amazing Exotics [COTF003]

For Crimes of The Future number 3 presents the ubiquitous Black Merlin, Trevor Horn heads to Berghain at 3am Friday and stays til Monday. Completing the release Timothy J. Fairplay and Scott Fraser remix together for the first time in the Adrian Tripod mode, taking amazing exotics back deep into early 1990’s New York and kicking it out bonesbreaks style.

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Black Merlin – Amazing Exotics [COTF003]

Scott Fraser – Body [ALR019]

With the Body EP Scott Fraser signs his third collaboration for Astro Lab Recordings. Scott is back with this inspired track of Old School Chicago house with a small touch of classic Detroit techno. With Scott we decided to ask Raudive for the b-side remix, he tuned Body into his own techno secret, strong bass treatment, crazy synth, something really strong for the dance floor.

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Scott Fraser – Body [ALR019]

Featureless Ghost – Sugarcoated [CGI000]

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The newly forged CGI label debuts with a 12″ release from Featureless Ghost, a Atlanta-via- Brooklyn duo hotly tipped with the online content farm after releases on the Crash Symbols and Night People labels. Describing themselves simply as ‘synths/rhythms/voices/moods’ the Featureless Ghost pairing of Matt Weiner and Elise Tippins occupy the crawl space between synth pop, wave, industrial and nascent forms of techno, which manifests itself in two intriguing original tracks in “Sugar coated” and “Cybersapien”. Kudos to CGI for the remix commissions too, with both Scott Fraser and Beau Wanzer excelling – the latter’s take on previous FG single “Flash” is a particular highlight here.

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Featureless Ghost – Sugarcoated [CGI000]

Hardway Bros – A/B Musique [TOB034]

Sean Johnston’s Hardway Bros aligns on the Throne Of Blood label with some rare original produce in the shape of A/B Musique, a killer 12″ brandishing some assistance from fellow Axis members Scott Fraser and Timothy J Fairplay. Eschewing the Balearic nature of previous Hardway Bros material, the title track is geared as homage to Belgian New Beat and hits the spot as soon as those hollow drums kick into gear. The aforementioned Mr Fairplay provides some punk funk swagger via intermittent guitar riffage and the vibe throughout is geared towards interplanetary love parties. On the flip, “Shorty” feels a bit darker, with tough multi layered drum breaks and fuzzy edged arpeggiated bass lines gradually teasing out a seemingly never ending fluctuating precession of delay laden acid lines and swirling hypnotic vocal smudges. Scott Fraser turns in a murky basement remix of “Shorty” which is tinged with a machine made melancholia that tastes decidedly Detroitian.

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Hardway Bros – A/B Musique [TOB034]

Scott Fraser / Other Worlds – Horn Wax Three [HWTHREE]

With delays on Tusk Wax Eight, the label turn to their Horn Wax sister imprint for the next Wax hit. On side A we get Scott Fraser’s “Space & Tapes”, another massive track from this producer who has already impressed with his releases on World Unknown and Weatherall’s Bird Scarer imprint. Rooted in a Detroit / Chicago sound, “Space & Tapes” is a raw analogue techno epic that retains interest throughout. This has been a staple of Mr Tusk Wax’s DJ sets for the last two months, and is a serious dancefloor weapon. Offering something deeper we have Other Worlds’ “Dystope” on the B-side, a slowly building electronic house / techno track that morphs with acid squelches and arpeggiated synth sparkles.

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Scott Fraser / Other Worlds – Horn Wax Three [HWTHREE]

Virgo Four – Lites Go Out / Boing (Remixes) [BHVIRGO002LTD]

Alternative mixes taking Virgo Four into darker / more experimental territory. Capracara and his studio pal, Scott Fraser, turn in a 100% replayed version of the much sort after ‘Lites Go Out ’. On the flip, Jamal Moss steps into his Hieroglyphic Being guise and kicks out a brilliant reworking of ‘Boing’.

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Virgo Four – Lites Go Out / Boing (Remixes) [BHVIRGO002LTD]