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Seven Davis Jr. Wild Hearts EP

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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Nina Kraviz DJ-Kicks
The Russian selector transcends the hype while delivering an excellent mix.

For those who came to Nina Kraviz via the wild media circus that follows her every move, rather than as a result of their own musical enquiries, it could be …

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Jimmy Edgar Fabriclive 79
The Ultramajic boss uses the mix as a platform to showcase his label.

The primary drama of erstwhile Detroiter Jimmy Edgar’s career is the conflict between his mind and body, the cognitive versus the carnal. This is a guy who started spinning at …

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KiNK "Fantasia"

Over the course of its five-year run, Catz N’ Dogz’s Pets Recordings has hosted a variety of artists, including Eats Everything, Tom Demac, Uffe, and Jay Shepheard, amongst others. Now, …

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Lena Willikens Phantom Delia

In the five years that Lena Willikens has been a resident at Salon Des Amateurs—a small-ish nightclub in Dusseldorf with an interior halfway between a barbershop and a sleek hotel …

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Afrikan Sciences Circuitous

Like all distinctive labels, PAN imprints its music with a particular grain. Even with its diverse roster of artists—only Lee Gamble could be described as a PAN regular—the Berlin-based label …

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Prosumer Fabric 79

Prosumer (a.k.a. Achim Brandenburg) is among that rarified class of DJs that can breathe new life into a forgotten record. Take the Mike Dunn-produced “Love Injection,” the Fingers-style jam that …

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