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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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Barnt Magazine 13

The music of Barnt (a.k.a. Daniel Ansorge) lies on a volatile faultline between melancholy and ecstasy. For instance, his most recent EP for Hinge Finger, His Name, features a track …

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Lawrence A Day in the Life

Anyone who has followed Lawrence (a.k.a. Peter M. Kersten) over the course of his career will know that the Dial boss has a passion for ambient and modern classical. All …

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Steffi Power of Anonymity

Where Steffi’s debut album, Yours & Mine, was a misty, nostalgic, and Chicago house-referencing affair, her sophomore LP, Power of Anonymity, seems much more indebted to the sci-fi techno of …

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The Cyclist Flourish

Although he debuted in 2011 with the Bending Brass cassette, Irish producer The Cyclist (a.k.a. Andrew Morrison) probably made most of his fans with its follow-up, last year’s Bones in …

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Andy Stott Faith in Strangers

The first seven minutes of Faith in Strangers are as still as a December morning. Andy Stott’s last two EPs and his second album, Luxury Problems, began, after a brief …

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Machinedrum Vapor City Archives

Travis Stewart (a.k.a Machinedrum) really knows how to milk a concept. Last September, he released the excellent Vapor City LP, which found a sultry balance between jungle, hip-hop, and melodic …

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Neel Phobos

Neel (a.k.a. Giuseppe Tillieci) is an Italian producer, DJ, and mastering engineer, not to mention one-half of the vaunted Voices from the Lake project alongside Donato Dozzy. For that group, …

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Anthony Parasole My Block

A typical Anthony Parasole record has a casual relationship with euphoria. That’s not to say that they don’t carry a certain euphoric quality, but in the three years that Parasole …

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Torn Hawk Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time

Is Torn Hawk (a.k.a. Luke Wyatt) serious? This is a fair question of a producer who has given us tracks like “Put That Crotchless Thing on and Save My Life,” …

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