VA – Flight Mode 002 [FM002]

The second release of Flight Mode has landed with four artists from four different countries. On the A-side, Dawl delivers ‘Microbe’, a sleek acid slow burning that truly stalks the listener, before Kiddmisha ups the speed and the eerie moodiness with ‘Anxiety’. Acid Charlie’s ‘Por La Paz’ has the most old school favour of the quartet – even before sirens hit – underpinned by a thunderous drum machine. Then the mysterious producer SPAC closes the single with more cunningly employed acid shenanigans.

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VA – Flight Mode 002 [FM002]

Juaan – Lorenzo [SO003]

Hailing from Mar Del Plata in Argentina, Juan is bringing the 3rd release from Subterranean Odyssey. The “Lorenzo EP” is dedicated to Juan’s newborn son and showcases his sound perfectly with a variety of different moods. This EP includes 4 tracks that are sure to be club (Ju)anthems in the coming months.

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Juaan – Lorenzo [SO003]

Ociya – Celestial Body Music Part 1 / Part 2 [ACIDTEST018.1/ACIDTEST018.2]

Johannes Auvinen (Tin Man) and Max Ravitz (Patricia), two devotees in the cult of the TB-303, return to Acid Test with the Celestial Body Music series, a follow up to their 2020 LP Powers Of Ten. Recorded in Ravitz’s studio in Asheville, NC, Celestial Body Music once again showcases the pair’s penchant for raw yet emotive dance music. With Auvinen’s signature TB-303 programming and Ravitz’s typical melancholic flair, the duo’s styles merge seamlessly over the course of 8 tracks that harken back to the heyday of American techno and house. Following on from Powers of Ten, the pair continue to fix their eyes firmly on the stars, as Celestial Body Music’s song titles conjure visions of listening to Dance Mania 12”s on the ISS. With a tonal palette that features the well-trodden sounds of classic analog hardware like the TR-808, TR-909, TB-303, and SH-101, Ociya demonstrate their ability to breathe new life into these old instruments through thoughtful programming, arrangement, and mixing. This is made all the more significant when considering every song was recorded live to 2-track with no editing over the course of a few days. Sweet and savory both, the new material strikes a perfect balance between emotive sensibility and dance floor appeal.

Part 1 / Part 2

Ociya – Celestial Body Music Part 1 / Part 2 [ACIDTEST018.1/ACIDTEST018.2]

Freddy Fresh – The Harvest [RX3]

Back in 2020, hip-hop, breaks and electro stalwart Freddy Fresh decided to turn his hand to vintage-sounding house and techno, self-releasing a set of tracks called The Harvest online. Rawax were impressed, with the popular label deciding to put the pick of the cuts out on vinyl. Title track ‘The Harvest’ sets the tone, with the veteran producer wrapping a house-tempo, post-electro groove in sustained organ chords, spacey synths and bubbly electronic melodies. ‘House-Spanner’ sees him doff a cap to The Middle of Nowhere-era Orbital (seriously, it’s very reminiscent of the Hartnoll brothers’ late ’90s output), while ‘Misunderstood’ is a woozy, delay-laden chunk of early morning U.S deep house. Elsewhere, the deep house dreaminess continues on the interestingly swung ‘Twain’, and clonking, TB-303 speckled ‘Horlywagon’.

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Freddy Fresh – The Harvest [RX3]

Soft Crash – Your Last Everything [BITE023]

Soft Crash is the collaborative project of two Italo Body Music trailblazers: BITE founder – Phase Fatale, and one of the label’s protagonists – Pablo Bozzi. United by a mutual passion for a particular melancholic yet sensual approach, and a sound that combines influences of synthwave, EBM, Italo and techno, the two have proved themselves to be a perfect match with ‘Spritzkrieg’ (2020) – their first EP on BITE. This time, Soft Crash present their first long player ‘Your Last Everything’. The album further expands the Italo Body Music palette into electro, acid house, bleep, hi-nrg, and IDM. Each of the eight tracks on the LP sounds layered and intricate, with a variety of interactions between different technical elements and intertwining melodies that reference high production methods from the 80s and 90s turned contemporary. The album centers itself around themes of dystopian cyberpunk and surreal cinematics. It looks to invoke emotion in cold and mechanical elements, making it feel like an organic new chapter in the duo’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between technology and the body.

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Soft Crash – Your Last Everything [BITE023]

Helena Hauff – Living With Ladybirds [FRO003]

German DJ Helena Hauff and ‘Return to Disorder’ label owner was the first female to be named BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix of the year in 2017. Helena’s focus has always been on productions and DJing making her characteristic gnashing electro, acidic techno and chugging EBM tunes and sets her focus ahead of the limelight and fame that so many court. Hauff’s background comes from fine art, maths, physics and acoustics meaning her creative flair is perfectly expressed through the coaxing of weighty club sounds from her machines. With ‘Living With Ladybirds’ Hauff lays down four EBM-infused tracks recorded in her method of using strictly analogue equipment. There’s the eccentric electro of ‘Jonas’, the travelling melody behind ‘Your Turn To Fly’, the stripped down pulsing techno of ‘Touching Plastic’ and the rich rolling acid techno of ‘Pinch’.

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Helena Hauff – Living With Ladybirds [FRO003]

Means&3Rd – Life’s Glorious Mosaic [NUANCE002]

Means&3rd returns to Unveiled Nuance with 002 following the label’s debut ‘Thought Contortion’. This time coming armed with 4 tracks providing a more direct club sound and falling in line with NUANCE001’s affinity for low-end, tight percussion and underlying tribalism.

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Means&3Rd – Life’s Glorious Mosaic [NUANCE002]

Altinbas x Cirkle – Time in Motion EP [SK11X015]

Debuting on the SK-X series with another collaborative EP are Belgium’s Altinbas and Greece’s Cirkle. Blending nail-biting cuts of psychotic synth lines through sharp arrangements with dubbier mental atmospheres, the two guide us through a mastery of pragmatic club music. Balancing efficiency and space, Time in Motion provides 4 tactics for a driven dancefloor.

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Altinbas x Cirkle – Time in Motion EP [SK11X015]

Drexciya – Digital Tsunami [TRESOR182X]

Tresor Records announce forthcoming special editions of its entire catalogue of Drexciya and related projects. 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of James Stinson and the releases of the Transllusion and Shifted Phases albums. In recognition, the rightsholders, their families, and the label have commissioned Detroit-based contemporary artist Matthew Angelo Harrison to re-conceptualize the covers of Tresor’s Drexciya-related catalogue. On November 11 are cominng ‘Harnessed The Storm’ and ‘Digital Tsunami’.

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Drexciya – Digital Tsunami [TRESOR182X]