Rogerio Brandão a.k.a. DJ Nigga Fox took the world by surprise back in 2014 with his incredible tribalistic productions that made him some sort of a legend. Last year he headlined a Boiler Room party in Lisbon and set the bar really fucking high.
«15 Barras» is a one sided 12″ that features only one song and still keeps the same primal and hypnotic sound. The song is a mix of afro-house and tribal with strokes of distant voices, acid bass lines and plenty to experience during the 15 minute ride.
Unknown To The Unknown, 2017
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.
Acid Camp, 2017
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.
Lobster Theremin, 2017
ITPDWIP, or Instant Teleportation Process Detected While In Progress, was recruited by the UK label Lobster Theremin to be their first release of 2017 under the White Label series.
Three original songs plus a remix is almost an insta buy coming from a quality label plus the art is incredibly good. The side A opens up with “Blinded By The Light”, a sweet electronic deep ballad followed by Jeremiah R‘s heavier remix, while the B-side is features a more energetic with some hits of acid experimentation.
Pinkman Broken Dreams, 2017
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.
The king of slow-mo electro tracks needs no introduction. Tolouse Low Trax released two of my favourite records of 2016 and definitely bested everyone else with «Rushing Into Water» (my favourite EP of 2016).
Now, «Decades Vol. I» was released on Antinote really late last year, Vol. II just a week ago and I can assume that Vol. 3 will be out later this year. Been waiting for a full length since «Jeidem Fall» but I can’t complain with all the small releases he’s delivered in the past few years.
The Nite Owl Diner, 2017
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.