Phase Fatale – Anubis [UNTERTON011]

Berlin-based New Yorker Phase Fatale debuts on Unterton after strong releases with respected labels Jealous God and aufnahme + wiedergabe. Originally coming from a Post Punk / Cold Wave band background Hayden Payne stated in a recent interview: “Techno resulted from a development of Wave and EBM genres and its movements. Punk and Techno share the same mindset, this connection has always been there for me.”

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Phase Fatale – Anubis [UNTERTON011]

Nitam – Cancellate [UTON09]

New varied sonic themes with an overall fresh sound. Although still being young of age, Nitam outlines once again his interest in dance music from the late 80s and early 90s, presenting himself schooled by classic Detroit House as well as Chicago Acid House, but all without limiting himself to a restricted pallet of styles or catering towards musical expectations.

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Nitam – Cancellate [UTON09]

Etapp Kyle – Continuum EP [UTON008]

As with his previous releases Etapp Kyle captures his playful, multi-layered Techno endeavours with single-word track titles: Continuum EP starts off with Opto, an atmospheric track with fazing bleeps, ensouled synths and subdued claps – a prime example of his great feel for musical detail. Ahora builds upon this vibe with more asynchronous drum patterns, well placed drips of melody, distant pulses, mesmerizing pads and hints of rattles amongst other percussion. The EPs title track Continuum is distinctive through its use of industrial hammer jabs and reduced, puzzling synth pads that are counteracted by a more dominant, steady and stubborn kick drum. Limb contrasts unconventional pulsating, hypnotic synth tones with sharp claps and snare sounds, and rounds off this 12“ of all new, puristic and futurist Techno, catering as much to the darker corners as to the brightest spots of the dance floor.

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Etapp Kyle – Continuum EP [UTON008]

Nitam – Retold EP [UTON006]

Its debut release time for Nitam as the Retold 12″ surfaces on Ostgut-Ton’s intermittent sublabel concern Unterton. It’s certainly the kind of friendly, melodic stuff that the Berlin label gravitates more readily towards, with a healthy amount of techno powering the machines. “Retold” strides forth with big room intent but not at the expense of the depth of the track, for it is indeed a hypnotic experience to behold. “Neotyp” meanwhile edges in a touch more groove to make for a gentler overall mood, before the muscular pump of “Value Time” brings in some sturdy bass, edgy strings and swooping synth tones. “Exiam” finishes the EP off with a drum-led workout that will have plenty of DJs swooning with mixable delight.

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Nitam – Retold EP [UTON006]