DJ Spider – The Final Revolution [THEMA046]

Continuing with force into our 10 year anniversary celebration comes the second 12′ swiftly after the first. With such a consistent stream of inspiring creativity flowing our direction we have no choice but to keep up the pace. Thema 46 was hatched from someone so deeply ingrained in the underground that he barely needs an introduction. DJ Spider has been a mainstay on the murkiest, most disorderly dance floors for years. His sound is characterized by disjointed elements lurching around in a off-kilter yet magnetic way that forces you to move in ways you didn’t know you could. From the hell scorched, pitch bent echoes of ‘The Final Revolution’ to the lo-fi groove antics of ‘Distress Signal’, DJ Spider proves once again that no one can do it as perfectly weird as he can.”

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DJ Spider – The Final Revolution [THEMA046]

Aubrey – The Reflection [THEMA045]

Thema is celebrating 10 years with a string of releases starting with this EP and going through to our 50th release with an all star line up ready for battle. UK mainstay Aubrey has been hitting this pinnacle for years through his releases. ‘The Reflection’ EP comes as no exception. Aubrey goes above and beyond to take the listener through a spectrum of moods that culminate in a rounded and complex experience. From the uplifting, fast paced pads in ‘Peligro 45’ to the disorienting rhythmic voodoo of ‘Roger Doger’ and peak energy drive of ‘Train To The Fire’ there is a sense of direction and otherworldly ambiance that will take any dance floor to the place it needs to be.

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Aubrey – The Reflection [THEMA045]

VA – Consider This A Warning [EVENT010]

Bolstered by the unshakable body of work behind it, Brooklyn-born Berlin-based techno label Chronicle reaches its milestone tenth release with its gaze fixed dead ahead. Ten releases in, it pays to make a strong, defiant statement of intent, toasting to what the label has been about so far. More important though is to remind those tuned in to take heed, because the next step is always the most significant. Joining in on this behemoth project is; Aiken, Arnaud Le Texier, Ben Gibson, Hironori Takahashi, Imugem Orihasam, Echoplex, Mike Storm, Staffan Linzatti, & Zadig. The forward-thinking nature of the music in this collection sums up the ethos of Chronicle as a whole. Each artist has a distinct identity but they all strive to push techno into unexplored realms, placing the emphasis on atmosphere and psychological impact. In such an approach can the most affecting sounds be found, and there will surely be few listeners left unmarked by this record.

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VA – Consider This A Warning [EVENT010]

D’Marc Cantu – That Love You Feel [THEMA043]

Thema turns to a modern master of the JakBeat, D’Marc Cantu. Hailing from Ann Arbor on the fringes of Detroit, Cantu has worked for more than a decade developing a sound that carries the torch from the box jam originators of techno and house music. Given his adventurous tendencies and punchy Midwestern finish, Cantu is a perfect fit on Thema and the six tracks that make up this record show a great deal of the diversity the man is capable of, from dancefloor burners to atmospheric introspection.

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D’Marc Cantu – That Love You Feel [THEMA043]

Christopher Rau – Lost in Brooklyn [THEMA039]

”A syncopated pattern of stabbed chords remains the benchmark of the track, anchoring a groove that initially builds using off-kilter, intentionally grating background noise. As resonators get turned up and tensions mount, the moment when the funky, hi-hat led percussion finally arrives around the 2:20 mark is met with the kind of exuberant release that dancefloor-heaven is rooted in. Lost In Brooklyn continues to ebb and flow throughout its remainder, with peaks and troughs that power through until the end and renders it more than a bit of DJ weapon. Besides Rau, Norm Talley is also back on Thema and with a kind of focused fury that only he can sustain. He infuses Raus upbeat production with his Motor City hypnotic soul and reworks it for a deeper, later hour. The motif that makes up the A-side is eschewed in favor of subdued pads, skittering cosmic washes drenched in delay, and driving drums that straddle the line between house and techno. The contrast between each side of this vinyl plays off the other nicely, but they both retain the sophisticated charisma that ties everything on Thema together.”

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Christopher Rau – Lost in Brooklyn [THEMA039]

Staffan Linzatti – The Slight but Dramatic Difference [EVENT0007]

Staffan Linzatti returns for his second release on Chronicle with another uncompromising selection of linear techno constructions sculpted with an unfaltering vision of how hypnotic body music can transcend simple rhythmic needs. Icy atmospherics and razor-sharp production make for one of the strongest manifestations of Linzatti’s distinctive sound.

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Staffan Linzatti – The Slight but Dramatic Difference [EVENT0007]

Heiko Laux – Re-Televised Re:Vision [THEMA034]

Throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, the Missile imprint was responsible for releasing a slew of blistering techno cuts from production heavy weights DJ Hyperactive, Inigo Kennedy, Frankie Bones and DJ Slip. In 1998 the label released Heiko Laux’s Re-Televised EP, which 15 years later has earned itself a repressing on New York imprint Thema. It has commissioned two 2013 remixes in Donor and Truss, the labels New York connection and Stroboscopic Artefacts boss man Lucy. Haux’s original may lack the weight of their modern day reworks, but its stone-crunch kicks certainly don’t lack punch. Donor & Truss share the B-Side with Haux’s exemplar, creating a quintessential ’90s infinity loop, intermittently injecting a rough samples from “Re-Televised”. Lucy’s remix remains loopy also, only adding dour and industrial atmospherics, unsettling children’s voices and Strobo’s trademark low end.

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Heiko Laux – Re-Televised Re:Vision [THEMA034]

Terrence Dixon – Minimalism Re:Vision [THEMA033]

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Thema  announce Minimalism Re:Vision, featuring remixes of Terrence Dixon’s groundbreaking Minimalism Part 1 from 1995. Revising it is a tough task to tackle, thus, Thema present three equally reverent mixes by today’s finest techno figures on a full EP, Mike Huckaby, Silent Servant, and DVS1.

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Terrence Dixon – Minimalism Re:Vision [THEMA033]

Steve Poindexter – Computer Madness Re:Vision [THEMA032]

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Thema presents the first up out of the 3 releases for the Re:Vision series, Steve Poindexter’s timeless classic “Computer Madness”. It’s hard to imagine that this was really created over 2 decades ago, and Thema made sure to find the right minds to revise this masterpiece. Function and Jerome Sydenham where chosen for this one.

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Steve Poindexter – Computer Madness Re:Vision [THEMA032]

Beaner – Mixed Doubles [THEMA029]

Pablo Roman Alcalá aka Beaner brought some seriously sexy bent grooves over to Brooklyn for those ever lasting late night benders. He returns to take his place on the dance floor with four deep, fractured after-hours jams. The name “Mixed Doubles” is apt, as you’ll find the pairings of unlikely elements on these tracks aligning nicely… before they are slowly pried apart.

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Beaner – Mixed Doubles [THEMA029]

Norm Talley – Transmissions [THEMA023]

Transmissions sends us 4intercepted signals from the mothership hovering over the Motor City primed for the peak-time dancefloor that range from outer space techno trips to alien hip-shaking deep house. There’s no fads here and no so-hip move faking, just quality in its purest form, and that alone can seem alien back on Earth in these times.

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Norm Talley – Transmissions [THEMA023]

Terrence Dixon – The Parkhurst [THEMA022]

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“The Parkhurst” gives us five cuts spanning a wide spectrum of emotional hues and dancefloor objectives and we can see Terrence venturing into some rare territory for one who has hewed such a well-defined and recognizable sound through his career. “City Nights” it’s a maze of operatic afrobeat-tinged house music rushing gaining momentum with each angular twist into sweaty oblivion.“Suspended” is the breather after the workout: sensory deprivation courtesy of rippling strands of static chords, featuring a deep extended digital-only mix of this mesmerizing little jewel. “After Five” carves a languid, oversexed groove—the perfect soundtrack for a rainy evening at home or in the morning sessions at the club. On the flip, “The Parkhurst” brings that old familiar no-bullshit aesthetic back into the picture with a pensive minor key melody fused with alien orchestral accompaniment. The clooser, “Multiply” reaches into techno’s past to communicate with us in the here and now—giving each new element room to grow and sing.

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Terrence Dixon – The Parkhurst [THEMA022]