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Written on Monday, January 23rd, 2017


Certain Circles – Various Artists – Pool – CC03


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A1: Diego Krause – Brainwaves

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A2: Ed Herbst – L’Art De Vivre

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B1: Porter – Keep It

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B2: Albert Vogt – Thessaloniki

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B3: Peer Du – Gateway

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C1: Tecture – Sell Your Body For Integrity

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C2: Nick Beringer & Philipp Boston – Greenhill Hook

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D1: stevn.aint.leavn – Tesla

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D2: Walker. – Steam

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KARAOKE KALK – Plankton vs. Defcon – Oh Babe – KARAOKE KALK 96


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As a first follow up to his acclaimed 2012 J. R. Plankton release, Plankton teamed up with Robert Defcon and produced an astounding collage of european and afroamerican sounds, vocals and rhythms, both psychedelic and bass heavy. Licensed to groove, the 5 tracks on “Oh Babe” merge the sonically improbable – highlighted by the artificial landscape of Armin Linke’s cover photo and Max Dax’ artwork.
When Krauts “Rausch” (German for intoxication or noise) you know they’re onto a winner: The fresh new release opens with a sizzling drone ascending the throne of psychedelic sequencer rock. The title tune “Oh Babe” injects screwed, subtly lewd funk vocals into a slo-mo, yet ecstatic disco anthem, underscored by a pulsating filter funk bass, while “Bass ‘n’ Hippies” and “Get Up” fuse deep progrock killer grooves with raunchy vocoder rap and funky turntable scratching, which will have you on your feet for sure. After a night out dancing, the final track, “Jealousy”, evokes a scenery of solitary paranoia, both chilled out and chilling.
Defcon and Plankton are connected by years of friendship and a dedication to minimalistic grooves and collage techniques in the tradition of Stockhausen and Can and the turntable and sampling culture of early hip hop.


Plankton vs. Defcon
Interview “Oh Babe” EP
Max Dax: Plankton and Defcon are expanding club music’s vocabulary by looking back. You’ve been poaching in prog rock as well as krautrock.
Robert Defcon: The samples interact with one another. This works in all directions: While hip hop grooves differently in a European music context and is, in a way, being reinvented in the process, prog rock allows for downright raunchy moments.
Plankton: For me, as a passionate music listener as well as a DJ, collaging always comes with countless style references. It bothers me when sampling only focuses on hits and tries to make them fit stylistically. We were much more interested in sounds and grooves overlooked by music history, particular minimal, funky bars and snippets to be recombined and featured center stage in their individuality.
Defcon: This is where the real work starts. A lot of times every single sixteenth has been sliced up, sent through several effects, and put back together. Microgranular work.
Dax: On the back of the record cover, in the place where one would usually find a jazz album’s liner notes, you chose to print an interview with photographer Armin Linke in which he sets the creation of his photographs in a larger artistic context.
Defcon: Armin Linke’s major topic is nature being shaped, manipulated and ultimately destroyed my mankind: nature as a stage. In the same sense we don’t make “authentic” music—we put on a show. We make collages, and we explicitly look for friction because that’s where energy is generated.



A1: Rausch

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A2: Oh Babe

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B1: Bass ‘n’ Hippies

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B2: Get Up

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B3: Jealousy

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Secret Studio Records – Secret Studio Ft Jason Kendig – Breath EP – SCS 03


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Secret Studio joins with Honey Soundsystem’s Jason Kendig on “BREATH”, an atmospherical journey through Tech, with a distinct House slant. B side is a Secret Studio original “YEAH”, fully engulfs you in their world of Acid.



A: Breath

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B: Yeah

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Secret Studio Records – Josh Elle – Josh Elle EP – SCS 04


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Secret Studio Records presents Josh Elle’s debut 12″. Dark acid / Jack Beat with a lo-fi aesthetic out of Berlin.



A: Jabberwocky

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B1: TB Droids

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B2: Gate To Yamma

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Secret Studio Records – Circling Vultures – Circling Vultures EP – SCS 06


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The latest offering from US-based imprint Secret Studio Records will arrive courtesy of Circling Vultures, a project fronted by Chicago natives Justin Long (Hugo Ball), and Ken Zawacki (Dar Embarks).
Circling Vultures’ sound is rooted in the hedonistic Midwestern rave scene of the ’90s, formed over a long history traversing the hedonistic spaces of that time—it’s a hardware-driven sound with a DIY punk ethos.



A: Dark Spring

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A: Dark Spring

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B2: When Titans Fall

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True Rotary Recordings – Roberto Clementi – To Balance a Tide – TRR 002


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Italian Roberto Clementi has really struck a chord in the hearts of Northerners, with releases on Scottish Soma, Danish Echocord Colour and Swedish Kontra-Musik. Perhaps it’s his ability to create evolving and often emotional melodic landscapes over raw, punchy beats that’s especially appreciated north of The Wall. This is very much true for True Rotary Recordings, in any case, bringing Roberto Clementi in for the label’s second release. ‘To Balance a Tide’ is perfectly set in the True Rotary Recordings universe, combining analogue warmth with genuine musicality. There’s no question Roberto Clementi has soul and has willingly poured some of it into this release; the music has a considerable thickness to it that’s very pleasing to the ear, yet it’s still exceptionally artful. Clementi’s soul seems to be an ancient one, given the timelessness of his tracks – old SVEK releases come to mind but with an added futuristic twist. This is music for dancing and music for dreaming, all in one package.
True Rotary Recordings is run by Joel Alter and Ena Cosovic. Stemming from a longstanding mutual appreciation for the combination raw techno with more seductive sounds, the label is a natural development of Joel’s and Ena’s musical and personal partnership. True Rotary Recordings represents their mutual musical vision and vibe that they love. Keeping it raw and genuine.TEXT



A1: White Diggers

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B1: Please a Tape for Me

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B2: To Balance a Tide

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