Mown down by dub techno

•March 30, 2015 • 1 Comment



This week’s pictures for posts are going to be brought to you by clouds. No particular reason. They just are. Meanwhile, here’s an unreleased dub techno tune from French artist Mown. If there are any record companies out there, please take a listen. I thought this was a great chilled dub techno tune.

As for Mown, he says “I’m a young French producer and DJ and I live in Bordeaux at the moment. I was always playing music as far as i remember and I love maths! I’m just graduated of a master in Maths & Computing and, for me, electronic music was a way to marry the both passions.”

I Prefer to Walk Alone fizzes with charged static. The dub is deep and true, with all you want in a bass. It owes more to the ambient antecedents of Basic Channel than to techno. This is most definitely a tune to watch clouds go by.

Rhombohedral – Stalagmite

•March 29, 2015 • 2 Comments



Rhombohedral from Sheffield/London (is he the Nick Clegg the Deputy Prime Minister – that would be too weird) is back with a beautiful bit of atmospheric bass-driven techno. Should have posted this days ago but at my age senior moments are a factor.

Stalagmite  is the tune and the word comes from the Greek for dripping, dropping. And this track comes in an atmospheric IDM tumble, with off kilter beats and chords. Disembodied Greek choruses keen. And the track pitter patters to a close. Lovely.

Karizma presents Beats & Bobs Vol​.​FR33

•March 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment


A break in the clouds to bring you Karizma’s third volume of his Beats & Bobs series. But this time it’s free.

We had volumes one and two back last year. Here’s the third volume being released as a freebie on Karizma’s birthday. Get it while you can.

Volime Fr33 is a three tracker, with Kno Honey a dirty house track veering almost into electro techno in its sleaziness. La La Break return to the classy leftfield house that he does so well. A hands in the air La La La sample is accompanied by bongos and a sinuous groove. Clever, very clever. The Jerk is neither stupid nor masturbatory. It’s a return to jazziness and house. Loving the Hammond on this one. All polo neck and beatniks.

Blurb: The third installment of Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with a special free edition!!! Beats & Bobs Vol. FR33 is a gift to his fans and supporters on his birthday and contains 3 more heavy hitters to keep any dance floor shaking.

“Kno Honey” is a straight up pulsating electronic exploration of nasty groove weaving layers of sonics through the clicks, booms and snaps of a signature Karizma beat. “La La Break” takes a familiar melodious vocal refrain and laces it with a teasing rugged percussive thump – the sweet and the heat in perfect balance. Finally, “The Jerk” sees Karizma return to soulful jazzy club stomper territory with this devastating Hammond work-out over the customary irresistible Karizma house groove.


Look out for Karizma’s Beats & Bobs Record Store Day Vinyl Edition 10” featuring 2 exclusive vinyl only cuts. Limited to 500. Out on April 18th

Funeral wife

•March 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Sad music. That is all.

Pour Le Plasir

•March 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment



Pour Le Plasir is a French electronic producer who has been around for more than 10 years. He’s released his Tin Machine EP as a one-sided vinyl 12″. And very good it is too. For the lovers of all things leftfield dance, this isn’t trite peaks and easy listening. It engages and alienates simultaneously.

Tin Machine is electronic acid funk with a bit of French house antecedents. All clean lines and anomie. Girly Hole is a peach of a track with a 70s synth funk attitude for a real dance floor pleaser. And that vinyl (it’s the one on the right) is quite beautiful. Worth paying £9.99.

And do have a watch of this unsettling video

pre-order at…ir-tin-machine-ep

One-sided EP with screenprinted picture disc artwork on frosted-clear heavyweight 180g vinyl + download. Upon ordering you will receive the digital download

Rhythm Distrikt

•March 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment


After a bunch of leftfield dance posts here’s something a bit more mainstream but still good from Toolroom Records’ Rhythm Distrikt series and their new RD09 compilation.

This is a comp that you wouldn’t turn your nose up if it were played end to end in a club. There’s a lot of tech house sleekness to be enjoyed and not a duff track to be had. Highlights come from The Yellowheads and the rippling ear worm that is Whispers, from Ron Costa’s minimal tech Owl Johnson and the cool house of Oscar L’s Switch On The Love.

Blurb: The latest streamlined installment of Rhythm Distrikt is locked, loaded, and ready to fire. Offering up 10 exclusive bullets from some of the freshest names in underground music today. Please welcome Skober, Ron Costa, Oscar L, Joe Blake, The YellowHeads, Stefano Kosa, Spartaque, Egoism, Deas & Jayforce to the arena. ‘Rhythm Distrikt 09’ is stripped back, sleeker, and stronger than ever before. This new format is purpose built like a homicidal robotic panther with a laser beam strapped to its head, and ready to deliver the goods like a hot shot straight to your system.

Rhythm Distrikt 09 Tracklisting:

1 Skober This Time It’s For Real Original Club Mix

2 Ron Costa Owl Jolson Original Club Mix

3 Joe Blake Searching Original Club Mix

4 The YellowHeads Whispers Original Club Mix

5 Stefano Kosa The Cave Original Club Mix

6 Spartaque Undine Original Club Mix

7 Oscar L Switch On The Love Original Club Mix

8 Deas Mirage Original Club Mix

9 Egoism Jack Original Club Mix

10 Jayforce What! Original Club Mix

electronica lifeless and introspective

•March 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment


“Electronica lifeless and introspective” is how the debut album Resilience, from Maxime Dangles, is described by the record label, Skryptom. It’s a compliment. This is machine music, with an ethereal slant.

Yes, Maxime Dangles. Bit of a porno name in English but probably doesn’t come across like that in French. This is also a bit of a change from Skryptom’s usual techno dance floor output. Resilience is techno at its heart but techno taken to the IDM fringes. There’s nothing human here. It’s the clattering of machines in the fog. It’s out in May.

VIII starts softly with nothing much beyond a bass drum and an eerie sensation. Then comes one of the album highlights, Amsterhodes. This is also built around the bass drum but with other worldly Rhodes in dub mode set on top. You’re never really going to dance to it but for a moody evening with a bottle of red wine, this suits perfectly.

Rough finally finds a way onto the dance floor with a spritely dub techno tempo. Doctor’s Rules abandons that soon enough and retreats into awkward blooping. Borderland continues the twisted sound but with a hint of the human underneath the samples.

Ventricule is the other album highlight, with an atypical sense of optimism. The chords are hopeful and the beats are danceable. Burn is the other side of that equation. This is true hopelessness in its churchy chords and tiny clatter. The sound of optimism expiring. For me the album should end there. But it doesn’t. Resilience (the track) asserts the power of the light and provides an optimistic coda, with its martial drums and chirpy synths.

And while you wait for the album, here’s a downloadable mix from Maxime that opens with VIII

Blurb: Resilience, the very first album from Maxime Dangle, perfect combination between generous and exalting techno tracks, electronica lifeless and introspective and organic electronic compositions, Reveal all the maturity and the eclecticism of the producer. Produced and composed at the dawn of a tempestuous period of his life, This first long play expresses the bottom of one felt powerful staff, A passage of the darkness in the light summary under the name of “resilience”, As the story of a life every episode of which expresses himself by a different musical universe.

After ten years of career punctuated with releases on label such as Kompakt or Skryptöm this first album has airs of mini-revolution thus, proclaiming the transformations of Maxime Dangles’s sound imprint. And for this change of cape, it’s Skryptom, that accommodated already gladly his creations, which upsets his habits by bringing out “resilience”, so opening in the compositions more smoothly from which emanate the album, overtaking the aesthetics of resolutely techno preference to which the label had accustomed to us.

11 Mai 2015 : Digital and CD release

11 Mai 2015 : Album Vinyl « Resilience » release

11 Mai 2015 : Vinyl Resilience EP Part 1 release

25 Mai 2015 : Vinyl Resilience EP Part 2 release

08 Juin 2015 : Vinyl Resilience EP Part 3 release


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