What place comes to mind when you think of Techno? Berlin? Detroit? How about small town Italy? If this sounds strange, you may be forgiven in forgetting that much of Techno’s roots owes itself in part to Italo Disco of the late 70′s and early 80′s. In contrast to the upbeat, pop-y Italo Disco, today’s Italian Techno is characteristically quite deep and dark by comparison, even when compared to its contemporaries from Germany and the USA. The latest release by the duo LABBRATEK is no exception.
“Water Ice On Mercury 8.7″ features remixes by SCAM and EXILE. While the former is a classic Techno thumper and the later is a nice little spacey Electro number (not to be confused with Electro House), the deep, dubby, atmospheric elements of the original really sets the tone for the entire release. Perfect for dark basements or headphone listening alike.
You can catch Water Ice On Mercury 8.7 right now at Beatport on I Cieli Di Orione Records.
Labratek – SoundCloud.com | Beatport.com
I Cieli Di Orione Records – Facebook.com | Soundcloud.com | Beatport.com
Fellow Manalogue contributor, JOHN NORMAN, has been punching his way into the international techno community with a number of originals and remix, pickup up support from some heavyweights (including Richie Hawtin, Slam, and Laurent Garnier) along the way.
His latest is another collaboration with DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON on KMS Records. “Resonance” is a chugging, thunderous stomper – an all-out dancefloor assault equipped with heavy kicks and a brooding synth line that won’t quit.
You can also hear it in Kevin Saunderson’s “Innovators” mix for XLR8R, available for free download.
Dantiez Saunderson on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
John Norman on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | johnnormanmusic.com
NU ERA and Four40 Records are back this time with Give It All an addictive new single which will shine through to the summer months. Capturing the warm vibes of garage, wrapped in glimmering piano house, the original sits well poolside and on shaking dancefloors.
The package also comes with a bass heavy mix of “Give It All” which rumbles as well as the original shines. Seriously big tune here.
Two additional originals “Source” and “Came Into My Life” round out the release with the former capable of lifting more heavy weight while the latter fairs much lighter with a slight disco flare.
Grab all four cuts on Juno.
Four40 Records on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | four40records.co.uk
Nu Era on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
HIGH RANKIN has another EP on the go under his RAIN CITY RIOT pseudonym. The Burning EP is the first release on the label upstart, Love & Other. Through two originals and two remixes the EP follows the label’s mantra of forward-thinking deep, bass, and electronic beats.
With some simple keys and pitched vocals in the breakdowns, the title track builds to a clenching and cinematic, techy bass workout.
The b-side to the EP, “Eyes Closed,” is a bit more subdued and might be that perfect track to play at sunrise. It’s something to get the floor going after an entire night of raving.
Unfortunately we don’t have streams to share of the two remixes. HOSTAGE provides an intense and hypnotic rework of “Burning.” DVWLX has the standout cut here where he showcases perfectly balances simplicity and intricacy with his minimal yet deep technofied remix. Watch for these to drop on May 5, 2014.
Love & Other on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | loveandotherthings.com
Rain City Riot on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
What do we have here? A super deluxe eight-track compilation from the mighty Scour Records. To say this compilation is mighty fine is a colossal understatement. Featuring some of the grubbiest names in ghetto funk from the squeakiest curators on the interwebs, SPINFORTH and FAT HARRY.
Every track on the compilation is a standout in its own right, but for convenience, here are a few that make my tail wag. To preview all eight cuts, just scroll down a bit. Oh, and go ahead and pre-order it too – it comes out on April 17, 2014 via Juno.
Scour Records on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | scourrecords.com
Minoru on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Lakeshore Drive on Soundcloud | Facebook
J-Sound on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Father Funk on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Howla on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Lack Jemmon on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
Sammy Senior on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
WBBL on Soundcloud | Facebook
Mr Stabalina on Soundcloud | Facebook
SkiiTour on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
With the HOTLINE ZERO studio buzzing ahead of their next single and official remix for Deekline and Ed Solo they bring you a free bootleg of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” Feel free to grab this reggae-blunted booty for your crates or house party playlist.
Hotline Zero on SoundCloud | Facebook
GORGON CITY‘s recent successes is tantamount of the duo’s quality production and quite possibly influenced by a cultural shift in people’s taste in music. The London boys, Matt and Kye (who you may know as RackNRuin and Foamo), continue with their rich garage-influenced production on their latest effort “Here For You” featuring the sultry vocals of LAURA WELSH. Once again, they use their skills to perfectly encapsulate everything that is so exciting and vital about British dance music in 2014. “Here For You” further establishes the pair as one of the most exciting and talented new acts in the ever-flourishing landscape of British club savvy pop and paves the way for the duos forthcoming debut album due later in the year.
Gorgon City instantly became a favourite of mine upon hearing them a year ago. Check these, including a pair of free downloads, if you haven’t already.
Gorgon City on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | gorgoncity.com
Laura Welsh on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter