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Written on Monday, November 14th, 2016


Assemble Music – Altitude – Integration EP – AS-16


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The first new release in 15 years for Matt Thibideau under the Altitude name and it’s as if he never left. Just like his legendary 1998-2001 output on Blue Recordings, each of these tracks is a deep and dubby analog groove to get utterly lost in. ‘Integration’ could be a new addition to Maurizio’s classic M series, while ‘Harmonic Scan’ lays the reverb on even thicker over a dark pulsing bass. ‘Stabilizer’ provides a techier counterpoint more aligned with the deep and driving loops of Bluespirit or Driftwood. It’s a pleasure to have Altitude back on vinyl in such fine form.



A1: Integration

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B1: Harmonic Scan

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B2: Stabilizer

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DUM Records – Various Artists – Finnish Electro All-Star EP – DUM037


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Mono Junk’s cult label DUM Records is back with a new five track Various Artists EP that again packs a vital punch. He appears himself along with some fellow legends of the scene.
First up, Morpholgy is a consistent performer who has continued to serve up quality electro since 2009 and here serves up a hot new piece. ‘Vector Plant’ is busy and industrial, slick and metallic as it unfolds and burrows deep into your veins. Then comes the A2, Irwin Berg featuring Freestyle Man (aka Finnish Moodmusic boss Sasse aka Klas Lindblad) with a track made in 1995 and never released before. This pair worked together and made a cult electro record for Sähkö Recordigs in 1998 and this one is just as impactful. It is frosty and frazzled, slow motion but high impact and full of distorted lines and heavy drums.
Next is Mr Velcro Fastener who were the first kings of electro to come out of Finland and between 1999 and 2006 were famous all over the world. Their brand new cut ‘Almost There’ is a deep one that is riddled with bleeping melodies and has smeared chords bringing a sci-fi feel. Then it is Mono Junk’s turn to dive into the vaults with an unreleased track from 2005. ‘Feeling or Destroy’ is a physical number with crashing hits and snaking, gurgling bass that is dark and dystopian. Last of all comes Irwin Berg with Mono Junk as New York City Survivors. Says the DUM boss, “Our unreleased track here was made after the New York City Survivors – Static Light CD 2002” and it is a turbo charged track with screwed up grinding bass, icy hi hat rhythms and menace in its grooves.



A1: Morphology – Vector Plant

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A2: Irwin Berg feat. Freestyle Man – Love Me

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B1: Mr Velcro Fastener – Almost There

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B2: Mono Junk – Feeling or Destroy

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B3: New York City Survivors – Shortcut

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Material Image – Aschof Mal – Came Home From Work And Your House Was Missing – MATIMG04


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‘Came Home From Work And Your House Was Missing’ is the debut EP from label boss Aschof Mal (aka Jay Caston) – offering a range of raw, melodic techno and electro formed out of the palette he developed as a buyer for Chicago’s Gramaphone Records.



A1: Palais

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A2: Free Player

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B1: Außenwelt

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B2: Doing It Again

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Totally Together – Christopher Rau / Hakim Murphy / Nathan Jonson / Mézigue -Totally Together 001 – TT-001


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Listen here… I’m totally together.
The new label project from Christopher Rau.
Various collaborations, features and guest appearances…. the whole together thing, Baby!
First drop with Hakim Murphy, Mezigue and a live stage recording from NC 17 aka Nathan Jonson & Christopher Rau.
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A1: Hakim Murphy & Christopher Rau – Floorz Hop

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A2: Hakim Murphy & Christopher Rau – Again Agin

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B1: NC 17 (Nathan Jonson & Christopher Rau) – Gasoline Or Dettol

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B2: Mézigue & Christopher Rau – Carrier

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