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Monkeytown, 2017
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FJAAK‘s new self titled record just released on Monkeytown, is a hard hitting collection of textures and dance-floor music.

The trio’s first full length goes straight into action within the first 3 tracks. The length of the songs is surprisingly short, considering the build up and track formula. The consistency and redundancy makes «FJAAK» a little underwhelming but certain tracks like “Offline (w/ Rødhåd)”, “Tomorrow” and the breakbeat finesse of “Against The Clock” are a breath of fresh air.

7.0/10

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Unknown To The Unknown, 2017
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Unknown To The Unknown‘s lengthy catalogue has a new fantastic addition.

Realitycheck has only been around for a year but has a solid performance record. His Trafficjamblues 12″ las year was well overlooked and both of his mixes on NTS and Propaganda Sonora are well crafted. «Untitled Love» is the culmination of it all. It’s noisy, rugged and distorted but still incredibly enjoyable. After careful consideration, this will probably end up on many Best Of The Year lists at the end of 2017.

8.5/10

Acid Camp, 2017
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The Acid Camp brand name started as a party, then expanded into a podcast and now evolves into a label. And their first release is a pleasant surprise.

«Corot 7-b» starts with the title track, a piece focused on a looped The Field-esque drum pattern and a peaceful pad with some accents here and there that are sort of fantastic. John Tejada‘s natural groove transforms “Corot-7b” into an early night house vibe. The B-side is a little bit different. The synths and rhythm are more aggressive on “SysOp 1” and “Expressway” is ambient farewell. The new record was released both digitally and physically and Simic named it after an exoplanet that is almost 500 years light away from my bed.

8.0/10

Pinkman Broken Dreams, 2017
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As stated by Pinkman themselves, the new G String EP is “bare bones blackened machine music” and while it sounds like an overwhelming description it sounds exactly like that.

«Seductive Games» is the embodiment of new wave meets techno. It’s dark and smeared with lonely vocal accents, on “Crystal Daze” and “Seductive Games”, while the closer “Decrypt the Myth” is a straight hypnotic acid production. The Pinkman Broken Dreams sub-label has already released a handful of dark-oriented techno releases and is reading up a new 12″ by Black Merlin next month.

7.5/10

The Nite Owl Diner, 2017
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Disaster struck out Oakland last December when a fire broke out inside the famous DIY art space and venue named “Ghost Ship”. Thirty six people lost their lives that night and Johnny Igaz a.k.a. Nackt was one of them.

The EP was released posthumously a couple of weeks ago by The Nite Owl Diner, a Chicago label that had been in touch with Nackt about releasing this record during this year. The EP was already planned and completed before the tragedy and is a collection of 4 acid house and techno tracks with the collaboration of producers Kendig and CM-4. R.I.P. Johnny.

7.5/10

Unknown Precept, 2017
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The influx of electronic music is unprecedented every year and Unknown Precept‘s first offering is a brand new EP full of their “grotesk techno”

Mazzocchetti has been around for a couple of years steadily releasing a mix of industrial and minimal techno or for someone who likes to make up their own genres, I’d classify this as “body acid noise music”. The best song on this album is “I Would Prefer Not To” and it reminds me of a uber-tripped Villalobos. A remix or a collaboration would be very cool.

7.0/10