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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.

Tourist Kid: Crude Tracer

There’s a metallic sheen to almost every sound, a crystalline clarity and high-frequency resonance that sounds decidedly 4K – this may be ambient music, but there’s no nebulous clouds of fuzzed-out synthesis fogging up the stereo field.

Oneohtrix Point Never: Age Of

Daniel Lopatin has been exploring our technological wasteland for years as Oneohtrix Point Never, but Age Of is definitely where it all comes into focus–this time with a pop slant.

Radio Slave: The Revenge (Luca Lozano Remixes)

DJ, producer, graffiti artist, graphic designer, label owner… the life of Luca Lozano clearly is a full, rewarding one; but as goes with such hectic lifestyles, rest is too often an unaffordable option. Yet don’t expect any decline in momentum with his latest remix package for Radio Slave’s Rekids, which finds him reinterpreting Matt Edwards’ fevered junglistic hardcore ripper ‘Revenge’ through two versions of the highest standard.

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.

Brenecki: Esoteric Body Music

Due out shortly on Manchester’s Natural Sciences, Brenecki’s new four-tracker finds him melding a dashing techno stomp with deep dubby moves, ankle-twisting breaks and Detroit-style electroid pulsations. If the Serbian-born, New York-based producer’s previous instalments drew a dynamic and coherent, although sometimes monochromatic picture of him as a producer, ‘Esoteric Body Music’ reveals an artist at his most diverse and versatile. 

SMX & Koehler: Whities Blue 02

Following up to the first instalment of their newly launched Blue series, courtesy of Tessela and Lanark Artefax, eclectic Young Turks offshoot Whities return with another split two-track extended player from Koehler and SMX.

GAS: Rausch

If new album Rausch is music of the forest, it’s a forest existing in the laws of time, physics and narrative found in a Christopher Nolan movie. Where earlier GAS records tethered beats and orchestral samples to a dub techno groove, here the instrumentation often feels like it has been cut away from gravity to orbit erratically through and over the beat.

Onyx: Complete Works 1981-1983

With the defunct Boston-based duo’s originals trading at indecent prices on the second-hand market, the long-overdue publication of Onyx ‘Complete Works 1981-1983’ fills a gaping hole as much as it unlatches a comprehensive view into Judd Stone and Beveur’s definitely unique mutant punk-wave universe. Stream ‘SOS’ within.

VA: Molten Moods 4

After two promising VAs and a debut solo instalment courtesy of Yamer partner in crime Jonas Friedlich two years ago, Munich-based imprint Molten Moods recently landed their fourth outing, featuring local staples Jonas Yamer, Skee Mask, Konrad Wehrmeister and Kessel Vale. All in all a fine-tuned tour de force, strongly cohesive and impeccably curated.

DJ Koze: Knock Knock

On his new album, Koze explores a more psychedelic, layered sound palette, with each song sounding even richer than his last album, Amygdala. Knock Knock is like taking a bite of a handcrafted dark chocolate bar–equally bitter and sweet at the same time, a perfect blend of rawness and craft.

Buttechno: ZCAPRI

From self-published experiments to an EP on Will Bankhead’s always one step-ahead Trilogy Tapes label last year, Moscow’s Buttechno moved mountains to establish a sound both odd and familiar. On his latest for Zodiac 44, the misfit techno alchemist wakes up Luca Lozano and Johanna Knutsson’s dormant offshoot from its deep slumber with some apposite greasy 4/4 mechanics and off-axis acid drives.

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.

Low Jack: Riddims Du Lieu-Dit

While Low Jack’s sound globally remains entrenched in a certain rhythmic vein, his game-changing abilities need no further test, and neither does the motion-setting eminence of his work – widely recognised as a dependable locomotive and first-rate creative matrix by fellow artists out there. Low Jack is a catalyst and his newest full-length delivery on Editions Gravats acts accordingly.