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20 Questions: Marc Houle
A master of live electronics celebrates a set of remixes from his seminal debut album.

Canadian-born Marc Houle is not a DJ; he is widely acclaimed electronic musician who produces his own music and performs it live, beat for beat, drum for drum. Artists today …

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Marc Houle Drift

It’s unfortunate that Berlin’s Marc Houle is probably best known for “Techno Vocals,” his cheeky 2007 stab at the trend of pitching down vocals in minimal dance music. The plodding …

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Gaiser Blank Fade

If there’s one lesson we have learned from 2008, it’s that minimal techno is not nearly evil enough. On Blank Fade, Detroit’s Jon Gaiser injects pitch-black dread into the heart …

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Heartthrob "Slow Dance"

Techno has long been saddled with labels like “faceless,” “soul-less,” and “abstract,” all of which apply to many artists and releases in the genre. Not so with Jesse Siminski, who, …

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False 2007

After a four-year hiatus, Matthew Dear re-establishes his False brand as a pinnacle of minimal-techno artistry. 2007 is sequenced as a continuous live set, but it gets off to an …

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Various Artists Nothing much: A Best of Minus

There’s been a bit of a backlash against Minus Records’ strain of austere techno among clubbers of my acquaintance and internet chatterers. As the foremost proponent of stripped-down 4/4 electronic …

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JPLS Twilite

Jeremy Jacobs wants nothing to do with the minimal-gone-maximal trend. The Indiana-based artist is the newest addition to Minus’ stable, and as JPLS he makes the label’s most sparse and …

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Various Magda: She's a Dancing Machine

Nobody has ever accused Minus of not giving us our money’s worth, and that continues to be the case with the newest hyper-mixed project from the label’s second-hardest-working DJ. Seventy-one …

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Marc Houle Bay of Figs

If any electronic style should earn the adjective “intelligent,” it‘s Richie Hawtin’s acquisitions for Minus: music that, for most people, is enjoyed with the head, not the heart. Protégé Marc …

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Various Artists min2MAX

Following last year’s Minimize to Maximize compilation, the subtractive force of Richie Hawtin’s Minus label is captured once again with another first-rate selection. Label veterans Magda and Niederflur are joined …

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Troy Pierce Horse Nation

Minimal techno at its best. Just basic four-four drums with an excellent arrangement and a tricky snare programming. Perfectly minimized!

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Heartthrob Time for Ensor

Having gained our attention with his debut appearance on the recent Minimize to Maximize compilation, Brooklyn‘s Jesse Siminski drops his first single for the Minus label. He advances his polished …

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Troy Pierce Run

Troy Pierce pushes the minimal techno pattern in “King Contrary Man” with tweeky blips and sharp metallic wisps that cut through a bouncing bass. In “Scene 15,” the sky may …

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Actual Jakshun Sequential Circus

Originally released on Incomplet, these rare tracks were hibernating until Minus gave them a new home. Almost all of the sounds used on this release were produced using a Sequential …

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Troy Pierce Run

From the schizophrenic snares in “Horsenation” to the mischievous melody in “Girl Down By The River,” Troy slaps you right in the face with his dirty, twisted beats. The creepy …

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Various Artists Minimize to Maximize

Whereas the standard compilation sits back and cashes in on past highlights, M2M maintains the Minus dictum of focusing on forward progression. Each of these 11 cuts is an exclusive …

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Akufen Forcept 1 Reinterpretations

Taking elements from Richie Hawtin’s groundbreaking Concept 1 series released in 1996 (releasing one 12″ per month using a specific selection of sound sources) and reshuffling the bits and pieces, …

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Algoritmo Indus

New York City’s Ilana Ospina and Chris Kelly (a.k.a. GoodandEvil) hand over the good good minimalism for ol’ Ricky Hawtin’s imprint. While detached, the four tracks here hardly come off …

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