These are December’s biggest tracks
Each month DJ Mag’s staff members and contributors select what we feel are the biggest forthcoming releases. December brings UK techno veterans, razor-sharp electro, classic tech-step, IDM, the repress of a rare Paradise Garage classic, alien techno and much more. Crank these loud!
‘Bitter Music Remixed EP01’
PERC’S ‘Bitter Music’ LP — released back in April — was a stunning selection of politically charged and mentally disturbing tracks that gave a voice not just to the UK techno veteran’s own inner turmoil, but that of the nation. This month came the long-awaited remixes, with two sets featuring reworks from some of 2017’s most- exciting producers. While ‘EP02’ collects highly individual work from Berghain ressie Dax J, Lucy and Matrixxman, it’s part one that’s taken our fancy. Here, Head Front Panel turns ‘The Thought That Counts’ into an fast-fi ring asteroid field of percussive off-cuts, Hodge flips ‘Chatter’ into a sludgy stomper, while ‘Exit’ becomes eerie and claustrophobic under the control of Pessimist. Each builds upon the atmosphere of Perc’s originals, giving them a new twisted and darkly beautiful personality.
A DEADLY partnership that originally appeared on AUS, Komon and Appleblim have returned with ‘Know Yourself’. An extraterrestrial slice of broken techno with a growling bassline, built of a tripped-up four-four, a garage skip, rave stabs and a drop that pops off into a menacing, screeching hook. With experimental textures and frequencies on the flip,
‘Various Squirrels Vol. 2'
Squirrels on Film
THE SECOND various artists release from Squirrels On Film — the new record label from San Francisco veterans Solar and Brian Hock — ‘Various Squirrels Vol. 2’ features tracks from Lokier, Billy Bates and Solar. But it’s the throbbing electro of ‘Material World’ from unknown artist Material Squirrel that forms the highlight, with its extended pads that wallow into eternity. Electro fans need look no further than this devastating cut. Tip!
Kid Drama & Skeptical
‘Run Deep’/’The Hunt’
ANT TC1’S Dispatch label launches new off-shoot Blueprints this month with two EPs, the first from Kid Drama, and this, the second. With the label’s aim to focus on natural progression rather than big builds and drops, ‘Run Deep’ does exactly what it says on the tin — dubby, autonomic vibes rolling out slowly across five-and-a-half mins. ‘The Hunt’, meanwhile, is all classic tech-step, with growling low-end and unforgiving snares.
HUGELY underrated UK producer Ejeca has delivered one of his best EPs yet. ‘Attack’ is steely alien techno with soulful pads and a sinister robo-vocal sample. ‘Lostly’ is a bleepy rumbler with an airy hook melody, and ‘Pintman’ is Booka Shade-inspired deep, electro housewith an addictive Denis Sulta-style synth. With a go-to for every situation, this one’s a dead cert for the record bag, then, and there’s even a Matrixxman rework of ‘Attack’ tailor-made for Berghain.
ARGUABLY one of disco legend’s Leroy Burgess’ most iconic productions, Venus Dodson’s ‘Shining’ was originally released in 1979. It quickly became a Paradise Garage regular, its bassline-driven groove flowing into a euphoric chorus with Dodson’s vocal dominating Levan’s resident sets. Often reaching high prices among re-sellers, Kinfine Records’ repress is welcome not only to bring second-hand prices back in tow, but to put this disco classic back on the map.