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Skee Mask: Compro

At its core, ‘Compro’ feels like an album of classic design, comprising twelve tracks of similar lengths, with no filler, half-baked ideas, or perfunctory concessions at any stage. It has been pitched as an evolution of the techno album and as an experimental electronic journey, the past perfected and a blueprint of the future.

LA-4A: Slackline

Central Processing Unit is no slacker of a label and, while ‘Slackline’ is undeniably a magnesium bright highlight in the catalogue, its success is due to a diligent and prolific release history.

Talaboman: The Night Land Remixed

This isn’t a release where you’ll be plucking out one from the melee to slide into your sets, you’re going to be immersing yourself in each and every take.

DJ Healer: Nothing 2 Loose

Following on from our earlier review of Prime Minister Of Doom, we take a look at the lighter side of the mysterious producer from Planet Uterus as DJ Healer. Airy and childlike, ‘Nothing 2 Loose’ is easy to love.

Prime Minister Of Doom: Mudshadow Propaganda

With Prince Of Denmark, Traumprinz and DJ Metatron committed firmly to the past, we get under the skin of the darker of the elusive producer’s new alter egos – Prime Minister Of Doom. Focused, distinctly tribal, it is a heady dance floor journey.

Efdemin: Naïf

Let’s not beat about the bush: 2017 was far from a vintage year for the commercial mix. While all and sundry have been lining up to ring the death knell, 2018 is full of enterprising projects looking to buck the trend. The commercial mix certainly still has a few tricks up its sleeve and it would be a far poorer world without it. Efdemin’s ‘Naïf’ is an incredibly strong argument in its favour.

DJ Boring & Stanley Schmidt: Stay Young

With the lo-fi scene being accused of aesthetic first in the past, there is absolutely no evidence of that here. There is levity without ever resorting to dropping in nostalgic references that forcefully wink at you, nudging with pointed elbows. If anything, this is serious. Seriously good.

Jared Wilson: I Love Acid 017

Staying with the theme of fresh talent – in relative terms of acid house legacy – ‘I Love Acid 017’ sees Detroit producer Jared Wilson join the ranks. For the last ten years, he’s been cutting a path through some of the most boisterous labels on the scene, bouncing between his own 7777 imprint to the likes of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Dolly and Super Rhythm Trax.