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Anti-Patriot – Ideology

Sonic Mind – Release: 17th April 2020

Four tracks of thoughtful, hard and overdriven techno grooves in that distinctive Kalamazoo style.

From the press release: “The artist, known only as Anti Patriot lives everywhere and nowhere in particular. In fact no one knows where he/she is from. What we do know is they don’t agree with a lot of things their country does, from its leaders to the mass media and even some citizens, especially in these modern times”

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The Forgotten Man – Cosmic Echoes

Noctu Recordings – Release 28th February 2020

Brighton based The Forgotten Man has been quietly and slowly building things up over the last year or so on his own Noctu recordings label. This release is our favourite so far. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking in terms of new styles or fancy gimmicks, but do expect something quality and long-lasting when it comes to the musicianship and feeling.

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Acid Review Techno

Fear-E – Grey Skies In A Dear Green Place

Dark Entries – Release: 28th February 2020

Previously known for releases on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Super Rhythm Trax, Glasgow based Fear-E makes his debut for the prolific and quality label Dark Entries. Expect six tracks of solid grooves for the floor.

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Review Techno

Gage – E Anthem

2 B Real – Releases 24th January 2020

The name of the EP’s title track no doubt a tribute to Kevin Saunderson’s E-Dancer moniker. Swirling chords, ecstatic vibes with a melancholic edge. When the present is grim nostalgia plays an important role, the past can look like a futuristic utopia. But this is no cheesy look back through rose-tinted spectacles, the vibe is deep. Bittersweet memories of a future-past that never quite happened.

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Review Techno

D-Knox- DAT Rips Vol. 1

Sonic Mind – 20th Jan 2020

Kalamazoo may not get as much of a mention in the mythologies of House and Techno as Chicago or Detroit but in the mid to late 90s it was certainly a place with its own artists and a unique style.

This EP is made from previously unreleased recordings made by D-Knox during that era. As well as Sonic Mind there was Black Nation Records, which is name-checked on the first track of the EP, owned by Jay Denham this is another not unknown but probably undervalued label in the history of Techno.

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Jerome Hill – The Pob Routine

Accidental Jnr – Release: February 2nd 2020

Like a crisp G&T, Jerome Hill on Matthew Herbert’s label are two things that clearly mix well. Whether Pob is a reference to the 80’s children’s programme, or Posh Spice’s haircut, only Jerome knows the answer…

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Kovyazin D – Red Line EP

System 108 – Release: January 2020

New Beat may no longer be a new style of music but its revival has been coming on for full force. Moscovite label and event organizers System 108 offer this mighty fine release on wax in a limited run of 300 copies.

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Ambient Review Techno

Distress – A Compilation in Aid of Bushfire Relief

https://distressfundraiser.bandcamp.com/releases

For those of us living overseas, it’s painful to witness the footage of people and wildlife currently affected by the huge bushfires raging across Australia. It can also be tricky to know how to help, or who to donate funds too in these kind of situations. In this case, some awesome musicians from Melbourne have rallied round the world’s electronic music community to donate tracks for a fun-raising compilation, with all proceeds going to Wildlife Victoria.

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MASC – Return of the MASC

Super Rhythm Trax – Release: 24th January 2020

Rave legend and Vicks brand ambassador Mark Archer, teams up with Shadow Child as MASC on Super Rhythm Trax.