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Review: Stewart Walker Degenerate EP

Label: Persona

Five years after his first release, American producer Walker keeps putting out some of the most personable, honest-sounding techno you will ever hear. These four minimalist cuts range from moody, mutant 2-step to dubby chill; in each, Walker offers mysterious little crevices just wide enough to crawl into and watch the lights dance in the sky. Remarkable. Read more » 

Review: Sven Dedeck Passion

Label: Music First

Germany's technological missionary offers a taste of ethereal, progressive bliss. Precariously delayed synths frolic within a field of government-issue drum tracks, as a deep, melodic chord progression provides the sultry hook the dancefloor expects. Keep the mainstream crowd attuned with this underground taste. Read more » 

Review: Paula Temple The Speck of the Future EP

Label: Materials

With the kick banging hard on this debut by Sheffield DJ Temple, menacing sixteenth-note synth patterns modulate throughout the stereo perspective. Hypnotic yet melodic, this arrangement excels with vibrant timbre, although the vinyl cut slightly discolors the proper audio hue. Read more » 

Review: Space DJZ Faces of Pain

Label: Tortured

As usual, this duo reveals more tricks of the trade with yet another fine studio creation. This two-record set begins with a soothing intro that samples an old-school R&B love song, followed by jack-hammer pounding tunes that will suddenly hit hard and charge you like a shot of espresso. Totally wild, totally spaced out, totally Space DJz. Read more » 

Review: Egyptian Empire The Horn Track

Label: Missile

Originally produced by label head Tim Taylor in 1992, this epic techno anthem receives a commendable reworking 10 years later by affiliate Luke Slater. Built for a peak-performance occasion, this bagpipe-infused electro-tech thriller is shuttled by a simple breakbeat to a percussive wonderland. Classic material with no exception. Read more » 

Review: Kiko Man E, F, G & H

Label: Rhumba Muzik

Michigan-based producer Kiko Man serves up earthquaking low-end, thrusting synth sounds and a proper kick on this delicious dancefloor techno record. Read more » 

Review: Paul Mac Cards on the Table

Label: Primate

As the catalog number for this label hits 69, an equally erotic tribal funk mission is launched. With processed, organic percussion leading the march, vocals reminiscent of the din at Berkeley's Ashby flea market add a truly ritualistic element. The flipside's mix by Ben Sims adds an element of late-night edge to the diversity. Read more » 

Review: Adam Jay Naptown Renegade EP

Label: Primate

Schooled engineer Jay liberates one of his best 12" performances yet. Deep basslines and dubbed-out vocal loops reside in the thick of pounding, polyrhythmic tribal espionage. With the release of this title, Adam drives this imprint in a much dirtier and grimier direction. Read more » 

Review: Billy Dalessandro Dark Matter EP

Label: Resopal-Schallware

Chicago's Dalessandro draws on his early-'90s tech and acid roots with taste and restraint. The cavernous title track scratches at the dubby atmosphere with raw synth stabs, while the flipside tracks pop tighter and a bit more vertically. Understated and gutsy. Read more » 

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