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Nick Höppner Folk
The former Ostgut Ton manager presents his debut solo collection of original works.

If you’ve been the manager of Ostgut Ton, one of the foremost techno labels of the day, it is clear you know what sort of records make a club tick. …

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Various Artists Future Disco 8: ­ ​Nighttime Networks
James Zabiela, Tuff City Kids and Rob Basejam contribute to the latest installment of the long-running series.

Naming your mix-CD compilation series Future Disco probably made a lot of sense when the premiere installment came out way back in 2009. Those were the heady days of the …

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Dasha Rush Sleepstep – Sonar Poems for My Sleepless Friends
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Dasha Rush Sleepstep: Sonar Poems for My Sleepless Friends
On her Raster-Noton debut, the artist explores the boundary between wakefulness and sleep.

In addition to her long-standing relationship with techno, Dasha Rush no stranger to experimental electronic music—and Sleepstep is an impressive and highly conceptual culmination of her various talents and past …

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Kyodai Marea EP
The brothers go big with a pair of driving house tracks.

It’s been a busy few years for Kyodai, the Spanish sibling duo that first burst onto the scene via 2011’s Mi Rhumba EP on Freerange. It was a release that …

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Jordan GCZ Lushlyfe EP
The man from Magic Mountain High and Juju & Jordash returns to solo mode.

Jordan GCZ (a.k.a. Jordan Czamanski) is a busy man. Not only is he part of two freewheeling and experimental live outfits (one with Gal Aner as Juju & Jordash, another …

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Walker & Royce My Dream EP
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Walker & Royce My Dream EP
Moda Black releases two cuts of gut-punching, late-night fun from the NYC duo.

“I was becoming attracted to music,” Sam Walker, of New York DJ-production duo Walker & Royce, stated in a 2013 interview, “that had more of an attitude.” He was reminiscing …

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Seven Davis Jr. Wild Hearts EP
The LA producer's Ninja Tune debut offers two catchy pieces of funk-streaked dance music.

Seven Davis Jr. has been on a roll ever since debuting in 2013 with One, one of the best vocal house records in recent memory. He’s since showcased the breadth …

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Zenker Brothers Immersion
The Ilian Tape label heads deliver a dauntless techno album with their debut full-length effort.

Although they had been consistent producers on their own for years, when Munich’s Zenker Brothers (a.k.a. Marco and Dario Zenker) teamed up in 2011, their sound coalesced into something special. …

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M.E.S.H. Infra-Dusk/Infra-Dawn
A bewildering (not in a bad way) new effort from the Berlin-based PAN and Janus affiliate.

With no prior context, M.E.S.H.’s new two-track EP for Black Ocean, Infra-Dusk/Infra-Dawn, is a bewildering listen. Its two tracks clock in at five minutes each, but both feel much longer, …

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Youandewan Spiral Arms EP
The Berlin-based producer continues inching toward the darkness on his latest effort.

Ever since he relocated to Berlin a year or so ago, something has been changing in the music that Youandewan (a.k.a. Ewan Smith) both makes and plays. The early years …

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Claude Speeed Sun Czar Temple
The Scottish producer continues exploring dense soundscapes on a new EP for Planet Mu.

Claude Speeed’s music is something of a study in contradictions. Though he’s been involved in several projects over the years, most listeners first came into contact with the Scotsman during …

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Roland Tings Roland Tings
The rising Australian producer's debut LP combines natural enthusiasm with intuitive, well-practiced discipline.

Roland Tings (a.k.a. Rohan Newman) is a producer whose music is every bit as sunny as the climate in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. His debut 12″ on 100% Silk, …

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John Carpenter Lost Themes
The master director and composer stretches his legs—a bit—on his first-ever artist album.

Lost Themes is something of a post-modern marvel. After all, John Carpenter is one of America’s most beloved filmmakers (amongst a certain cadre of viewer, at least), a figure who’s …

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Model 500 Digital Solutions
Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins has updated a classic formula—only slightly—on the first new Model 500 album in more than 15 years.

The name Model 500, even when wrested from its context as a legendary pillar of electronic music in Detroit, prompts an inescapable comparison to a car. Juan Atkins’ automotive alias …

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TB Arthur 3
Despite all the mystery surrounding this Chicago producer and his supposedly vintage creations, it's hard to argue with the quality of the music.

TB Arthur is, allegedly, a producer from Chicago who made a series of test pressings in the ’90s that, until last year, had been taking up shelf space in a …

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Various Artists Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness
A second collection of gems from the archives of the stalwart Chicago label.

With a back catalog spanning 30 years and more than 300 releases, Dance Mania is a label with few peers. Beginning in Chicago back in 1985, it began as an …

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Virginia My Fantasy
The veteran DJ and longtime Ostgut Ton affiliate steps out on her own.

For many of us, Virginia first emerged in the last couple of years as a vocalist, contributing impassioned verses to some of Ostgut Ton labelmate Steffi’s most standout hits. Her …

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Vril Portal
The Giegling affiliate draws up another world—or at least attempts to—on his second LP.

It’s appealing to think of Vril’s second album, Portal, as a doorway into a set of discrete rooms. The titles of these tracks—”Portal 1,” “Portal 2,” “Portal 3,” and so …

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