Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Token Records present Aphelion [Token048]




2007 was a strange year for techno. Dancefloors worldwide were hooked by the minimal craze, vinyl sales were in a massive slump, Europe was gripped by widespread recession and Berghain was relatively unknown to those outside of Berlin. With this in mind, if someone told you they were going to start a record label, and press on vinyl, you'd probably have told them that they'd be mad to do so. But Kr!z, driven by a need for an artistic outlet, had other ideas.

Armed with tracks from Inigo Kennedy, Sub Space, Ø Phase and Radial, he pitched his stall and made his statement of a new darker direction that techno could take. Token Records was born and the result was music made for dark basements rather than huge arena's hired by promoter with bottomless production budgets. As the years have rolled by releases from Inigo Kennedy and Ø Phase have continued and spattered amongst them has been EPs from the likes of Oscar Mulero, Go Hiyama, Xhin, Mark Broom and Eschaton as well as the roster additions of Ctrls and Rødhåd, which have been received with critical acclaim from all corners of the techno world and has helped cement the labels position at the forefront of our ever enhancing scene.

As we reach the present day, Token Records present us with 'Aphelion' to serve as a celebration of their achievements to date and as a prelude to what the future looks like for the Belgium imprint. Collecting together label mainstays, techno legends and bright new stars was only going to end in something spectacular, covering the expansive tapestry of sounds that make up what we class as techno. There's no warm up as we're thrown straight into what seems like the Army Ants march to war with Ø Phase's 'Insectoid'. Lucy drops the pace with 'Sana Sana Sana Cura Cura Cura' and his subtle use of modular rhythms before Ctrls ups the ante with the frantic progression of 'X.Y.'

Rødhåd continues the heady vibe with 'Haumea' and it's trippy synth patterns that intertwine with each other in oscillating waves and slowly enslave your subconscious. 'The 808 Track (Parts 1 & 2)', from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems alias, makes tremendous use of the classic 808 sounds that have been a staple of techno since it's inception. The UK techno legend run continues as James Ruskin utilises almost playful, infectiously jacking programming on 'No Trace' and Surgeon showcases his heavily distorted industrial sound on 'Fixed Action Pattern'.

Inigo Kennedy, no less of a UK techno legend himself, mixes heavy kicks and aggressive percussion with emotive lead lines for those late night transcendent moments. Not wanting to go out on a whimper, they've rounded off with one of the most exciting additions to UK techno in the shape of Blawan and Pariah's double act, Karenn, and their 'Pace Yourself' which does anything but. Stabs drenched in reverb overlay gothic bells which perch delicately on top of a relentless 4/4 kick drum to leave you craving more when you reach the final curtain.

If this album is to be a statement of everything that Token Records embodies, then they're definitely going with the attitude of put your strongest foot forward. And what results is a structurally sound fortress of techno that could withstand anything nature, or man, could throw at it. It's solid as the day is long and bound together with quality from every junction. The journey to this point has been a very fruitful one for Token and the future is one that should be observed very closely.

If you're still not sold on whether you should buy this from our words alone, you can stream the full album from the Soundcloud player below. You can buy the Triple Vinyl + CD pack now from Juno as well as all your other esteemed outlets. For more info on Token Records, head over to their Facebook Fan Page


Monday, 20 October 2014

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 033: Van Bonn


Nothing but his real name. The German artist and producer Van Bonn is a true traveller in music and life. After formulating a language of drones, hip-hop, hardcore-metal, instrumental rock and techno, Van Bonn presents his transcriptions of his journey in 2014 and onwards.

Reimut Van Bonn played drums in a hardcore-metal band besides producing hip-hop before he joined the well known German instrumental rock band 'Long Distance Calling' which went Top 40 in the German charts. Van Bonn contributed his deepness to the band's sound by using, manipulating and dubbing various electronic instruments and audio sources. Moreover Van Bonn recorded loads of 'mostly ambient drone stuff', as he says, for his alter ego Kadrage, to be kept safe under his bed. While living in Berlin, Van Bonn started to create his very own cosmos of sounds to transfer all this into techno.

Van Bonn's participation in the dub techno label, Telrae, which he did not only record for and where he is recognised as a soulmate of a collective of 5 people, already established as a tastemaker in this scene. Still a musician on the rise, he gave his debut on his own label Van Bonn Records with the vinyl EP 'Gradient' in April 2013 which was perceived very well with techno DJs, tastemakers and people who just loved music. But it was his EP about skydiver 'Baumgartner', released in October 2013, that was hailed as a masterpiece and which accounted for a small break through in his career.

Now located in Copenhagen, Van Bonn takes a new perspective on techno to travel and ride the waves of sound without ignorance and abuse, he is a human hellfire after all.

It was through his released on Telrae that was first discovered Van Bonn and we've been fans ever since. Traversing the blurred lines of dub and techno, his music very much fits our tastes, and whether it's through his productions or DJ sets, Van Bonn's creative skills are on show for all to admire. The mix is no exception as it draws you in with it's heavy bass, encapsulating rhythms and immersive atmospheres and holds you there until releasing you in the most delicate of fashions.

You can subscribe to the podcast series in iTunes or you can stream and download the mix from the Soundcloud Player below



Tracklisting

1) Van Bonn - Valid [Trapez]
2) Tester Peter - Rapture (Ron Costa Remix) [Trapez]
3) Stevie Wilson - Impact (Taster Peter Remix) [Organism]
4) Mark Fanciulli - Chord Chaos [Planet E]
5) Kaiserdisco - Choas [Drumcode]
6) Marcel Dettmann - A Req (T++ Remix) [MDR] / Lucy & Xhin - LX3 [CLR]
7) Ben Sims Feat T. Cooper - Feel It Deep (Sandwell District Remix) [Drumcode]
8) Marcel Dettmann - Push [Ostgut Ton]
9) Van Bonn - Polygraph [Trapez]
10) Randomer - Stupid Things I Do (New School Mix) [Clone Basement Series]
11) Equalized - #111 03 [Equalized]
12) Roberto Clementi - When You [Soma]
13) Peter Van Hoesen - Rapture's Coming [Time To Express]

More information on Van Bonn can be found on his Facebook Fan Page. For the rest of the mixes in our series head over the Podcast Page on the Slash Dot Dash website

Monday, 15 September 2014

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 032: TM404


TM404 is the brain child of Swedish producer, and analog legend, Andreas Tilliander. The project, released on Kontra Musik, was a homage to his love of vintage Roland hardware. Using nothing else but two 202s, four 303s, two 606s, a 707 and an 808 he expertly crafted an improvised work of experimental genius. Andreas utilised Roland's x0x series in a fashion unlike anyone else to create of vision of dub techno that's enthralling, relaxing and uplifting all at the same time.

TM404 is just one of a long line of projects under Tilliander's belt. During the last 15 years he's released music ranging from classic dub techno to experimental soundscapes and dubstep to peak time dance floor techno. All this can be found under his own name, as well as the aliases Mokira, Lowfour, Rechord, Komp, Kondens (with Stefan Thor), part of the bands Bulgur Brothers and Skitus and finally his newest project, forth coming on Semantica, Svaag, on esteemed labels such as Raster Noton, Prologue, Echocord, Skudge, Kontra Musik and many more.

The TM404 live show has entertained and impressed audiences worldwide at clubs and festivals like Berghain, Mutek, Culture Box and CTM Festival, and has been a regular at Richie Hawtin's Enter parties at Ibizan super club Space. With new music coming in the next few months, as Svaag on Semantica, as Mokira on SELF and new TM404 material, firstly on Skudge and a TM404 remix pack from Svreca on Kontra Musik, winter is shaping up to be a very exciting time for the Swede, as it is for his fans.

We asked him to join our podcast family and he duly obliged with a TM404 DJ mix that encapsulates all this is Andreas Tilliander. Effortlessly gliding from experimental to acid, to elegant dub techno before venturing into the world of hypnotic techno, touching the fringes of DnB then back to stripped out techno, culminating in a swan song of early 80s dub.

You can subscribe to our podcast series in iTunes or you can stream or download the mix from the Soundcloud player below


Tracklisting

1) Peder Mannerfelt - Lines Describing Circles [Digitalis]
2) AFX - Analogue Bubblebath 5 Track 7 [Rephlex]
3) Helena Hauff - Корабль—макет [Panzerkreuz Records]
4) Echologist - Good Bye [Prologue Records]
5) Cio D'Or - Ur [Telrae]
6) Unknown Artist - Knowone 015 [Konwone]
7) Answer Code Request - Ghostas [Ostgut Ton]
8) Rrose - White/Drip [EAUX]
9) Ben Buitendijk - Colourblind [Field Records]
10) Acid Lindgren - Aphex Schulman
11) Donato Dozzy - Gol [Dozzy Records]
12) Skudge - Ontic [Skudge]
13) Sterac - Track 2 [Klockworks]
14) General Ludd - Burning Mack [Autonomous Africa]
15) Daniel Araya - No Hope
16) Psyk - L3 [Mote Evolver]
17) Shelley Parker - Drill
18) Surgeon - Fixed Action Pattern (Dub) [Token]
19) Svaag - Saaade [Semantica]
20) Love Joys - Gimme Back [Wackies]

More information on Andreas Tilliander and all his projects can be found on his Facebook Fan Page. We especially recommend you check out his Youtube Page for many incredible videos including the records of a number of tracks from the TM404 album. For the rest of the podcasts in the series, head over to the Podcast Page on the Slash Dot Dash Website.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 031: Tripeo


A soundtrack for dark cellars and strobe filled clubs, moulded from a pure and uncut techno template. That's what Darko Esser's Tripeo alter ego is only and all about. His 'Frist Trip' debut at the end of 2012 took the techno scene by storm and received massive support from key figures around the globe. Now that the dust has started to settle down, it has become clear that Tripeo is here to stay.

2013 saw him unleash a relentless schedule including releases & remixes on Theory, BALANS, Pole Group, Deep Sound Channel as well as 4 new vinyl only Trips on his self titled imprint, and 2013 has been blessed with the launch of the first Tripeo album, 'Anipintiros' which has been really well received amongst techno circles and beyond. This podcast features a number of tracks from the LP. Tripeo is a force to be reckoned with on stage as well, as he proved in his machine funk driven live shows as well as tireless hypnotic DJ sets in some of the finest clubs and festivals around.

We're delighted to welcome Tripeo to our podcast family with this tremendous live set. Having witnessed the show n the flesh, we know just how impressive an experience it is, and one you should definitely make a point of capturing for yourself. Till then, sit back and enjoy the ride and by the time it's finished, we know you'll be checking out his upcoming gigs.

You can subscribe to the podcast series in iTunes or you can stream or download the mix from the Soundcloud player below.


For more info on Tripeo please head over to his Facebook Fan Page. For the rest of our mixes please check out the Podcast Page on the Slash Dot Dash Website

Monday, 14 July 2014

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 030: Dimi Angelis


When considering his status as a beloved and respected member of the contemporary Amsterdam techno scene, it's sometimes easy to forget Dimi Angelis was among the founding members of the very culture that helped shape it. Promoting illegal raves and warehouse parties and puting his first needle on a record back when 'underground' was still a definable term. Dimi now holds well over a decade of international DJ-ing experience. I shouldn't come as a surprise then that this is directly reflected by his record collection, musical knowledge and technical ability which all easily match, and in most cases, surpass that of many.

Such an extensive frame of reference enables Dimi to look at 'techno' through a unique and highly personal lens. Well aware of the genres fluid boundaries, ever changing trends and the impact of continually developing technology, Dimi is able to elegantly step outside of the pre-determined fabric and in a sense mould it's essential elements into something that feels familiar but upon more careful observation, or rather listening, is actually quite special.

Putting personality and outspoken taste first, his DJ sets are always remarkable and at no point predictable, more so because he does not believe in easy pleasing/ Strongly opinionated and unafraid to speak on his thoughts, the records and flow incorporated in a Dimi Angelis set are equally straightforward and honest. What you see is in Dimi's case really what you get, but it always comes wrapped in something appropriately unexpected.

In 2003 he joined forces with good friend Jeroen Search and together they have since launched multiple successful projects including outstanding live acts 'Counterpart' and 'Dimi Angelis and Jeroen Search' as well as their own newly founded vinyl only imprint, 'A&S'. Under the first mentioned guise of Counterpart they are responsible for lauded EP's such as 'Ion' 01 and 02 on the sub-label of Rachmad's Scorp of the same name, 'Oxygenating; and 'The Next Level' on Audiosculpture and 'The Martian Mystique' on Jeff Mills' Mission (6277/Axis). More recently they have put out characteristic quality techno on their own A&S label, Balans, Stockholm Ltd, Smallville, Figure SPC and Traut as simply Dimi Angelis and Jeroen Search. 2014 sees the launch of ANGLS, Dimi's first imprint, to release his own material. With the first EP dropping in the next few weeks, this will act as the platform where he can represent the throbbing, hypnotic sound of Dimi Angelis.

Dimi's list of played clubs and festivals is nothing short of respectably long and includes Awakenings, Kozzmozz, Tresor, Rex, Berghain, Doornroosje, Paradiso, Dekmantel, Welcome To The Future, Free Your Mind, Rockit, Mysteryland, Club One, Stubnitz and even the late Innercity. Clearly deeming this list to be far from long enough however, Dimi's set on doing in the future what he's always done and still does best, play great techno, make you move your feet until they're sore and give you a little something to smilingly contemplate.

Naturally we say this about all our podcasts, but this addition from Dimi really is something a little but special. When searching through some old boxes he discovered a bunch of old CDs, on of which contained a recording, from 9 years ago, of Dimi Performing on he infamous East German transport vessel come nightclub, the MS Stubnitz. This power house of a mix just goes to show how long Dimi has been at the forefront of the techno sound that he helped develop in his home country. And even though it was captured in 2005 it still sounds just as forward thinking and fresh now as it undoubtedly did then.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or stream or download the mix from the Soundcloud player below



For more info on Dimi Angelis please head over to his Facebook Fan Page. For the rest of the mixes in our series check out our Podcast Page on the Slash Dot Dash Website

Monday, 19 May 2014

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 029: Mike Parker


Mike Parker lives and works in Buffalo, New York. When he is not twisting analogue frequencies in the studio, he lectures Fine Art at the State University of New York, in Buffalo.

Over the years, his education in the visual arts has had a profound impact on the music he produces. His production style is as uncompromising as his DJ sets are powerful: a track is rehearsed many times, then recorded live on mostly analogue gear with no edits or overdubbing later. His DJ sets have the same spontaneous bite.

His main output has been on his own Geophone label, on which he has released to date nineteen unrelenting, throbbing techno cuts, remixed (very rarely) by the likes of Donato Dozzy & Woody McBride. Mike's other releases include recordings for Prologue Records, Orange Groove, Labyrynth & Dozzy Records. His 2013 album 'Lustrations' on Prologue was met with widespread critical acclaim from all corners of the techno world for it's minimalistic take on contemporary techno. Strong mixes, like that for mmml ssgs, have further increased the devote following to his tight and power DJ sets and have helped him perform all over the planet.

For his addition to our podcast series Mike has compiled a mix that becomes very much an other worldly experience. Right from the start waves of audible emotion begin to lap at your feet, with ever growing intensity, until eventually they completely surround and smother you in their warm, uplifting glow. Come the end you find your mind transported to somewhere very far from where your body happens to be in reality.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or you can download or stream the mix from the Soundcloud player below


Tracklisting

1) NomadsLand - Forgotton War [NomadsLand Records]
2) Kondaktor - Signal#1 (ANFS Remix) [Modal Analysis]
3) Seahawks - Midnight World [Ocean Mood]
4) Roswell Return - Same Hepox [SD Records]
5) Svreca - Recording From Konvent Cal Rosal (Berguedá) Barcelona
6) Steve Roach - Hyperpassage [Project:Archive]
7) Nuel - Aquaplano Ltd 01 (A2) [Aquaplano Ltd]
8) Kangding Ray - L'envol [Raster Noton]
9) Sparkle - Certain Creatures (Feat Ike Yard - Samuel Kerridge Remix) [Bangers & Ash]
10) Mantalk - An Infinite Loop
11) Xhin - Foreshadowed (Dadub Remix) [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
12) Sendai - Terminal Silver Box [Time To Express]
13) Brian Eno - Wind In The Lonely Fence [All Saints]
14) Reeko - Segmento 4 [Mental Disorder]

To find the rest of our mixes head over to the Podcast page on the Slash Dot Dash Website

Monday, 14 April 2014

Slash Dot Dash Podcast 028: Mary Velo


Originally from Toronto, Canada, Mary Velo got involved in music at an early age. It wasn't till the 80's where she discovered Depeche Mode and got attracted to deep & moody sounds. In 2007, Mary Velo moved to Berlin where she got strongly influenced in the Deep House & Techno scene.

With a creditable discography which includes releases on labels such as Frozen Border, Semantica, Gynoid Audio and Coincidence, Mary has proven that hard work gets you somewhere.

Mary Velo's releases have gotten rave reviews from sites and magazines such as Resident Advisor, Groove, Fabric, FACT, Little White Earbuds, De:Bug, Juno & Boomkat. Her tracks have also been played and charted by Silent Servant, Function, James Ruskin, Ben Sims, Rebekah, Brendon Moeller, Edit Select, Dominik Eulberg, Toby Tobias & ROD, which has brought Mary to the list of new upcoming techno talents. Her track "Detune" (out on Frozen Border Minutes In Ice comp) was also featured in Sandwell District's fabric 69 mix cd.

Mary Velo has played in highly respected events & clubs such as Berghain, Tresor & Tomorrowland 2013 doing both Live sets and DJ sets.

Mary's been on our radar for quite some time now and we're delighted that she wanted to be part of our podcast family. After the alternative home listening of the last podcast from Pär Grindvik, it's back to business as usual as Mary puts together an intense excursion into hypnotic rhythms, hard hitting beats and spacial atmospherics to set the toes tapping, head nodding and heart racing.

You can subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or you can download or stream the mix from the Soundcloud player below




Tracklisting

1) Rrose - Ammonia [EAUX]
2) Hector Oaks - The Life I Choose [Sonntag Morgen]
3) Alex Bau - Mechanic (Audio Injection Remix) [Sleaze Records]
4) Dasha Rush - Ocean Sharp [Deep Sound Channel]
5) Setaoc Mass - Latch Machine
6) Answer Code Request - The 4th Verdict [Ostgut Ton]
7) Woo York - Contact Point [Planet Rhythm UK]
8) DJ Sodeyama - Underwater (Jonas Kopp Remix) [ECI Korea]
9) The Plant Worker - Delta Cut 002 [Ressort Imprint]
10) Robert Hood - Alarm [M-Plant]
11) MTD - Basement (Mørbeck Remix) [Sonntag Morgen]
12) Sawlin & Subjected - Texture 1.1 [Electric Deluxe]
13) Lewis Fautzi - Binary (Oscar Mulero Remix) [Soma]
14) Joe Cocherell - Commerce Above All Else [Frozen Border]
15) Aiken - Gathered [Semantica]
16) Rrose - Pentagons [EAUX]
17) Kwartz - Hole [Newrhythmic]
18) Mary Velo - Dynasty [Gynoid Audio]


More info on Mary can be found via her Facebook Fan Page. If you want to catch her live, she'll be in Sweden on Thursday 17th April at Norbergfestival and back in Berlin the following weekend at Tresor on the 25th April. For the rest of the mixes in our series, head over to the Podcast Page on our website