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Luke Vibert Luke Vibert Presents Garave Vol. 1
The veteran producer constructs a funhouse homage to dance music's history.

Yes, familiarity can breed contempt. On the other hand, there’s something called the mere-exposure effect, a psychological phenomenon in which people tend develop a preference for a person, place, thi…

Vermont II
Danilo Plessow and Marcus Worgull return to Kompakt for set of elegant ambience.

Three years on from their initial pairing, Danilo Plessow (the man known as Motor City Drum Ensemble) and Marcus Worgull once again take a break from their clubland duties for another session of synth…

Bonobo Migration
Simon Green's latest is an intricate, fine-tuned return to form, one that both soothes and thrills.

Beginning with Simon Green’s debut under the Bonobo moniker, 2000’s Animal Magic, right through to his latest, the new Migration, his calling has been clear: he’s made it his mission to create hazy, f…

Prins Thomas Principe Del Norte Remixed
Ricardo Villalobos, Gerd Janson and the Orb are among those weighing in on Prins Thomas's recent ambient works.

Prins Thomas has been on a run as of late, to put it mildly. In the past two and a half years, he’s unleashed four high-profile and well-received albums: 2014 saw the Rainbow Disco Club Vol. 1 ‎mix on…

Telephones Vibe Telemetry
On his debut LP, Henning Severud explores the emotive possibilities that house has to offer.

Since first hitting the scene via 2010’s Kanal”/”Turkis EP on Full Pupp, Henning “Telephones” Severud’s releases have generally been filed next to that of his fellow Norwegians, as much of…

Various Artists Permanent Vacation 4
The Munich label compiles 12 tracks brimming with swirling synths, subdued rhythms and wistful melodies.

It’s good to know your strengths—and while Permanent Vacation has always had a wide-ranging sound that can veer from the dance-pop of Azari & III’s “Reckless With Your Love” to the light-headed te…

Various Artists 20 Years of Freerange
The essential London label celebrates two decades of house-centric existence.

If you’re a label that’s shooting for longevity in the volatile world of dance music, you basically have three choices. You can be ready to adapt to the ever-changing tastes of clubland’s citizenry; y…

nonkeen Oddments of the Gamble
Nils Frahm & Co. deliver a sometimes subdued, occasionally soaring session of playful experimentation.

The lead track on Oddments of the Gamble, “kassettenkarussel,” opens with a ten-second burst of rough static, something akin to the roar of a highway full of 18-wheelers as filtered though a cheap, bu…

Cassy Donna
The veteran DJ finally drops her long-awaited debut album, but the result is something of a mixed bag.

As a DJ, Cassy Britton has long been one of clubland’s best within a certain subset of house and techno—specifically, the sort that’s sensual, intimate and full of emotion. It’s a skill set that’s tak…

SHXCXCHCXSH SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs
A near-spiritual edge transcends the Swedish duo's unwieldy nomenclature and uncompromising aesthetics.

You sure can’t accuse SHXCXCHCXSH of doing things halfway. There’s the title of the mysterious Swedish duo’s new album, for one: Steering clear of an obviously descriptive moniker like, say, Grey Scal…

Pär Grindvik Isle of Real
The Stockholm LTD label leader's debut LP is brimming with emotion-heavy electronics.

Looking for someone to work on the soundtrack of your next gothic-horror flick? Pär Grindvik might be your man. The title track of the techno vet’s new album, Isle of Real—somewhat surprisingly, his d…

Andy Stott Too Many Voices
Serrated rhythms and melodic grace are the defining features of the producer's latest release on Modern Love.

Since hitting the scene in 2005 with the gentle, Detroit-tinged house of the Replace EP, Andy Stott’s music has cycled through elegantly deep techno, idiosyncratic takes on dubstep and juke (the…

S Olbricht For Perfect Beings
Beauty arises from the murk on Martin Mikolai's latest release for the Lobster Theremin label.

S Olbricht is the solo-mode moniker of the Hungarian artist Martin Mikolai, a producer known for both a love of hazy, fuzzy experimentalism and a propensity for unusual stepping-off points. (His casse…

Ash Koosha I AKA I
Ashkan Kooshanejad is back with another rich set of sonic deconstruction, this time for the Ninja Tune label.

The latest press photo from the Iran-born, London-based producer Ash Koosha depicts his face as a fractured visage, bursting from its center in broken shards. It’s as if you’re looking at the producer…

Umwelt Destruction Libératrice EP
The Lyonnaisse producer goes the fierce-electro route for the Return to Disorder label.

Umwelt’s latest EP is released on Return to Disorder, the label run by Helena Hauff—and like Hauff, he has an affinity for angular drum-machine rhythms and buzzing analog sounds. Also like Hauff…

Moderat: Power of Three
They may be up to album number three, but Sebastian Szary, Sascha Ring and Gernot Bronsert's sonic synthesis doesn't come easy.

Disregarding the rare savant who can toss off a masterpiece in an afternoon, art rarely comes easily. Self-doubt is always there; the pressures of the outside world are always present; motivation, or …

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