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COMPILATION OF THE MONTH
New Jack Techno (Turbo Recordings)
New for 2012 on Tiga’s Turbo label is a tour through the new wealth of artists he’s currently championing, and a new sound for the Canadian techno-pop crossover star whose recent sets have seen him delve into the current breed of UK bass-led 4x4 techno that is oh-so-popular right now. What leaps out from the tracklist first is one of our favourites, Locked Groove, who has had releases on Hotflush and Turbo already. His two contributions, one in collaboration with Gingy, the only other artist to appear twice, steer slightly away from the heads-down 4x4 techno and veer more towards a two-step dungeon sound, if such a thing exists. Gingy’s other track, with usual partner Bordello, is just the kind of pounding, heads-down sound that should be kicking off a techno compilation. Elsewhere, repping for the UK, Clouds deliver an electro-techno smasher, Sei A provides acidic basslines and Duke Dumont brings all kinds of distorted mania.
TUNE OF THE MONTH
Church (Sneaker Social Club)
Sneaker Social Club is back for its third release with a three-track selection from up-and-coming Lithuanian Zoe Zoe. The EP kicks off with the superb ‘Church’, a track that may already be familiar having featured in Maya Jane Coles’ massively popular ‘DJ Kicks’ mix a few months ago and which is now getting a well deserved release. The whole EP really captures the spirit of classic techno with plenty of rave stabs, analogue drum sounds and acid gurgling bass, but maintains a refreshingly modern touch overall, making it suitable for the contemporary dancefloor.
You Can Bring (Simple)
Will Saul and the recently revived Simple Records present a three-tracker from prolific Glaswegian Sei A this month. The Scot uses delicate vocal samples in title track ‘You Can Bring’, laying this atop a shuffling techno soundscape to deliver a perfect sunrise track. On the flipside, ‘Going Down’ is far more upbeat, with thick, thumping pads, screeching yet tasteful vocals and anthemic synth builds. The release comes with a rework from Axel Boman which is also well worth a look.
Wake (Hype Ltd)
The more experimental arm of the ever-growing Hypercolour family has had some high profile players provide tracks in the form of Maya Jane Coles and Murphy Jax. Next up, is the fairly under the radar, Liam Blackburn, who has been trading his wares on the likes of R&S and Exit Records, and goes by the name of Indigo. For this trio of techno he provides us with a dark four-four opening for ‘Wake’ and ‘Aradia’ followed by the almost glitchy post dubstep of ‘Kali’.
Her Empathy (Be As One)
This opens with the bumpty beat that is ‘Her Empathy’, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Painting My Fur’, a release which stormed to great success for Sable Sheep. It layers multiple drum samples to create a thick beat that’s sure to turn any crowd on their head – in a good way. Watch out for the tasteful inclusion of a slight breakbeat before the drop. B-sides ‘Whool’ and ‘Cottom’ delve into tribal tech-house and are worth a visit.
Long-running club night, brand and instituation Crazylegs has decided to dabble in putting out records with a debut 12” from relative unknown Ziro. It’s a strong start from the Bristol outfit, and has already found its way into the record boxes of Mosca and Mary Anne Hobbs. Title track ‘Coded’ is thumping, four-four peak-time club fodder with heavy UK bass leanings – very on-trend. On the flipside, the gritty ‘Oni’ delivers suitable backup, followed up a glitchy remix from Om Unit and a slower tempo UK bass rework from Thefft.
Heidi Presents Jackathon Jams feat Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kittin & tINI (Jackathon Jams)
House and techno radio queen Heidi is back with another instalment from her wonderful Jackathon brand. Weighing in with exclusive tracks are three fellow ladies of techno, Maya Jane Coles, Miss Kittin and tINI. MJC delivers on a deliciously deep tip with signature bubbly beats on ‘Getting ‘Freaky’. Miss Kittin’s effort, ‘Girlz’, is full of claps, seductive vocals and distorted electro basslines. tINI’s contribution is a remix of the aforementioned ‘Girlz’, and it’s a deep tripped-out techno delight.
Vibin’ (Monique Musique)
Groove-laden techno is the order of the day from the ever brilliant Monique Musique. Tripmastaz, from Russia, has provided a very sexy release which blurs the lines of techno and house to great effect, with summery synth notes, soothing basslines and seductive vocal samples on title track ‘Vibin’. Franco Cinelli’s remix adds plenty of bongos and reworks the sample slightly. On the flipside, ‘Hey G’ is a classic jacking workout, whilst ‘Harmee’ goes extra deep.
OCTVS (SCI + TEC)
After what seems like an age of absence from production, former Deep Disher Dubfire returns to the fold in great form. It’s from his own Sci+Tec that we are treated to this double-header of new tunes, for the label’s 50th release. Lead track ‘OCTVS’ is set to tear the roof off many a club with peaktime 4/4 stylings, building siren-like sounds and trademark Dubfire funk. Simmering down massively from the lead track is ‘Debris’, a much more chilled out, deep, meandering techno jam which concentrates on progressive synth journeys and abstract sounds.
Looping State Of Mind (Remixes) (Kompakt)
The Field are experts at techno in its live element; they excel at it in its purest form, something that’s seen them right at home on German imprint Kompakt since their inception. Here we have three big remixes from their latest LP, ‘Looping State of Mind’. First up ,with a whirring Balearic wig-out, are Junior Boys, followed by an even more tripped-out effort from Mohn. Closing up with the best of the release are organic techno specialists, Blondes, who deliver a full four-four synth workout.