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Written on Monday, February 12th, 2018


Big Bait Records – Broke One – This Thing Called Reality – Bigbait027


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We open 2018 with a soulful and fluffy masterpiece by the Italian genius Broke One.
Musically located somewhere in between Max Graef, 4Hero and Clifford Gilberto “This Thing Called Reality” is a perfect example for the successful marriage of Jazz, Soul and House. The narrative and highly elaborated 4-tracker, once again pressed on 555 individually colored vinyls, pushes the wonky-house-benchmark a little higher. In beautifully diversified arrangements Broke interweaves deep and jazzy soundspheres with clubby, high energetic sections – a 12″ multi-purpose tool for club use and home application.

Bigbait027 is the last edition of our random-color series. Each of the 555 records is individually colored, colors tend from orange to yellow, shift between blue, red, green and white.



A1: Gazelle Flip

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A2: Don’t Fight The Feeling

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B1: Raw Silk

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B2: Boneless

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oqko – Lvis Mejía -Anthropology of AmnesiA – oqko_007


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Lvis Mejía’s newest project, titled Anthropology of AmnesiA is an acousmatic essay addressing our utter necessity to remember in the face of existential oblivion, an innate behaviour of the human race.
Presented as a 33 minute long continuous composition, Anthropology of AmnesiA unrolls as a series of chapters, the contemplative character of the piece opening a particular frame within the listening experience, where Lvis Mejía attempts to convey the phenomenon of the collective consciousness through the cultural traces we leave behind.
Mejía’s takes the idea of “one species, one culture, one past” and places it at the center of the concept of the piece. Anthropology of AmnesiA examines a number of interpretations of rituals, orchestrations, chants, synthesis and field recordings – nestled within the piece are recordings of animals, fire, water and a human heart – the sum of these sonic identities incidentally reshaping their roots.
The diversity of the sonic sources highlights the comparative study element of Mejía’s work yet the common thread remains the human experience, recorded stories and the viva voce.



A and B side: Anthropology of AmnesiA

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oqko – Daniel Ruane & smog – Dual Exercise_l – oqko_008


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DualExercise_l is elaborated on the premise of collaboration and reinterpretation, it presents the original work of two artists along its respective recompositions.
As a musical release produced by Manchester’s Daniel Ruane & oqko co-founder smog, DualExercise_l opens up with side A comprehended of two the original compositions which go through reinterpretation on the flip side. Taking the concept of entropic degradation for focus, with harsh textural depth, twisted mechanistic noise and glimmers of breaks, bass and broken techno providing the sonic backdrop, Ruane and smog serve out their singular visions of pandemonium across four slabs of high octane compositions.



A1: Daniel Ruane – Dissident

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A2: smog – Seethe

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B1: Daniel Ruane – Dissident (smog remix)

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B2: smog – Seethe (Daniel Ruane remix)

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Shaw Cuts – Poima – Twin Blades Of Doom – SC006


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The next chapter in Shaw Cuts comes from Russian duo Poima, who celebrate their debut record ‘Twin Blades of Doom’ – a fierce revenge mission and hunt after the infamous Ghost gang.
The pursuit opens with ‘Triglau’, its linear machine groove levelling a fraction of the Ghost Gang. Heads roll on a crimson floor.
Teaming up with mysterious masked warrior Inland, ‘Triglau’ morphs into a hypnotic trip. Pushing drum rhythms and swirling pads combine with nasty noise elements, propelling the hunt.
The remaining enemy members are already hatching their next evil move. On the way to Lu He Village where the Ghost Gang plans its next assault, analogue break-beat punches and swinging percussions weave a menacing tapestry of sound, crushing the ‘Bones’ of rogue creatures in its path.
Serbian slayer Regen arrives in force for the final showdown at Qi Dou Town where the Ghost Gang plans a huge heist. Armed with atmospheric pads and a soaring drum crescendo, his interpretation of ‘Bones’ ends the Ghost Gang tyranny in one fatal sweep. And the saga goes on…



A1: Triglau

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A2: Triglau (Inland Dub)

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B1: Bones

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B2: Bones (Regen Remix)

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Soiree Records International – Various Artists – Universal Shift – SRT168


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DRIVETRAIN (Detroit, USA) – “One Love”
…we begin with Derrick Thompson’s techno/house fusion of melodic stabs gliding over the effortless motion of a thunderous bass line, cemented by a magnetic vocal chant
DJ ROACH (Detroit, USA) – “The Heads”
…new to Soiree, the Detroit hometown veteran introduces an aggressive labor of dirty, high-tech mechanics, with an endless campaign of twisted frequency assaults
RENNIE FOSTER (Vancouver, CANADA) – “Infrastructure”
…electronic pulses penetrate from the start paving the way for a high voltage
excursion through peaks and valleys of a relentless robotic tribute to Detroit
NICOLAS FRANKEN (Liege, BELGIUM) – “Pied Bot”
… atmospheric in cadence, this deep-tech debut cycles from harmonic euphoria to a dark percussive ensemble, orbiting in a balanced rhythm symmetry



A1: Drivetrain – One Love

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A2: DJ Roach – The Heads

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B1: Rennie Foster – Infrastructure

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B2: Nicolas Franken – Pied Bot

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