Pleasurekraft – ‘Maskara’ EP

Amentia – Prince Des Marais (John Monkman Edition)

MK releases upbeat remix of Rihanna’s ‘Sex with Me’

Boys Noize protégé Raito blends the old with the new in ‘The Dream’ EP

LoTech – Twisted Fish

Hijacked Records Detroit’s new release come from yet another, really talent French producer, Laurent Chanal, under the pseudonym “Lo-Tech.” The “Twisted Fish” ep offers up three tracks exhibiting the deep side of techno balanced against the uplifting, resulting in an almost therapeutic sounding release. We open with the title track, “Twisted Fish.” This track sets out a sort of laid-back dystopian type feel against a classic snare and clap pattern. At about the one minute mark Laurent introduces some tripped out harmonic sounding synths. As the intensity is really building the break down comes in at minute 2:52. He counters the darker atmosphere he’s built up with a beautiful pause. At minute 3:43 the track is in full swing again yet maintains the ethereal aura introduced at the break down, carrying the track through until the end. This is a great piece.

The next track is called “Club Star JS.” This piece also has a bit of a slower or laid-back take on the percussion. Piano sounding chords are prominently featured with a sort of subdued acid type melody running throughout. At minute 1:50 beautiful synths pour in and create that comforting, warm feeling that puts the smile on your face when you’re dancing. This is the type of track that’s also great for grabbing your headphones and going for a walk to clear your head. Good medicine.

The final track on this ep is “Cool it Down.” This track also incorporates the warm and welcoming ambience but this time in an almost distant, far-away sense. The beat is more house than techno on this track but again, with a slower take on it. It has a more relaxed feeling to it. At minute 2:32 Laurent’s synth work takes a more melodic turn. This track is just straight good for the soul. Laurent’s production is really quite good quality. What stands out for us, is that his ability to exercise restraint is very clear, which took these tracks in an interesting direction; something we’ve never heard before, and likely something most people couldn’t reproduce. We’re proud to present his work and look forward to what else he has in store.

Boys Noize purveys a thrilling, warehouse-appropriate mix for ‘The Ransom Note’

HAEZER & Holly Unleash The “BEASTS”

Beware, the “BEASTS” are coming. HAEZER and Holly join forces to unleash a powerful force that is not for the faint of heart. Dark and brooding, “BEASTS” is a colossal record whose menacing techno sound is just what you would imagine hearing from the depths of the underground.”BEASTS” gives a nod to the glory days of hard electro whilst firmly eyeing the horizon towards the future of the hybrid techno sound.

Tale Of Us welcome Vaal to provide Afterlife Voyage 002 

With episode one from brand curators Tale Of Us encapsulating their hugely successful Afterlife events and record label, the second offering in the exploratory concept’s mix series sees Vaal embark on an intrepid ‘Voyage’ of her own – which is now available to listen via Soundcloud.

Having already appeared on the Afterlife imprint for a soulful and lamenting three-track EP named ‘Wander to Hell’ last October, Vaal’s offering for Voyage 002 keeps with the possessive spirit of Afterlife and traverses techno where others retreat. In this fittingly free-feeling 100-minute mix, Vaal conjures up the emotions that saturate her minimal style; “equally human, equally electronic” – an incredibly organic fit for the Afterlife brand.

A regular guest of Afterlife as it tours – recent dates include a UK debut and showcases in Miami for Art Basel as well as Mexico – Vaal earmarks herself as a rising talent in 2017 and one that is certainly not afraid to experiment.

Jasev, Antares (Italy) – Paremus Ep – Architekt Records

Architekt Records is proud to present its eighth Release, Peremus EP. The record contains two original Techno tracks made by the Duo Jasev & Antares (Italy). The Label was founded in Umbria, between the ancient walls of the city of Perugia. The city’s architectural structure is reflected in every published project; complex, repetitive and deep rythms, along with dark, harsh riffs, mix together and echo in the city’s labyrinth-like alleys. Techno progressions and Dub-tech marches are the archetypes that inspire Architekt Records.

William B – Strobe (EP) // Out Now On Afterwave Records // Techno 

NYC’s William B debuts with Strobe, an ultra-dark 3-track techno EP that begs late night play. Functional rhythms flirt with experimental inclinations in a sprawling three track collection that makes for essential winter-time listening. Eponymous “Strobe” sets the tone with dark textures, while “Work” brings house-style vocal samples to hard-hitting techno rhythm, before “I Like It” sprawls to a six-minute crescendo. Equal parts a listening experience and vibrant, soulful techno for the discerning DJ. Out now on all platforms via Afterwave Records.

“The Strobe EP is about coming together and celebrating each others’ differences. In a world where there are many forces that pull us apart, Strobe is a sonic beacon of hope that can unite different walks of life together in a peaceful environment. No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political views, Strobe is for you. The Strobe EP is sonic therapy for the soul and its house of worship is the dancefloor.

The Strobe EP was created with love using 808 and 909 drum machines, modular synthesizers, and original vocals from myself, my girlfriend and my dog Diamond. Techniques of additive, subtractive and granular synthesis were applied during the creation of the EP and can be heard throughout. All sounds were created with either hardware or a living being.”
– William B on the creation of the Strobe EP