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Simon Heartfield has a musical lineage stretching back to the late 80’s as founder member of electro noise terrorists Twelve 88 Cartel (Bite Back!) and later bass player with John Peel Session faves the Psylons (Thunderbird). From 1996 he was DJ’ing regularly at techno clubs like Geushky, Vurt and Defcon 1 as well performing live […]

Following the well received debut release in 2015, the Forte Techno imprint returns to the fray with a second four tracker. It’s a huge pleasure to see small labels like this, run by people in it purely for the music, putting out consistently high quality discs. This one is distinctive in the range of ground […]

Seance returns to follow up on the labels first release featuring Kryss Hypnowave, DJ Datch and Edit Select with another EP of quality underground Techno this time with original material from the talented Alfred Kopke aka Ivo Polónia. Based in Portugal, he also makes up one half of Quantic Spectroscopy and has had releases on […]

Asphalt Layer – “Stasis Field” The debut long-player from Asphalt Layer (aka Tommy Harrison) comes after a series of well received, self-released EPs in the earlier part of 2015. The album is an impeccably produced and programmed set of ten tracks taking in a huge range of influences including dub, techno, bass, jungle, hip-hop, house […]

The first EP on the newly launched Seance label comes from Kryss Hyponowave, aka Christian Scalas, of Lanusei in beautiful Sardinia. Christian is a trained sound engineer from the Academy of Sound Engineering in London, and has been producing and DJing since he was 15.

Subsist records (Valencia, Spain) has built up an extensive back catalogue of underground electronica & techno since its inception in 2010, featuring artists including Ntogn, Voidloss and SHXCXCHCXSH amongst many others. The 41st (yes, 41) release is the debut long player from Squaric, purveyor of self-defined “distorted rave”. The release has already received strong feedback from the likes of Pfirter, P.E.A.R.L, Pinion and Mike Stern, and features 8 tracks of powerful and experimental music. The intensity of the music is sometimes brutal, but is always done with flair, intelligence and a little playfulness. There is plenty here both for the listening head and the dancing floor – here are some of the highlights.

Label Focus – Dubtek (Leeds) Leeds. Home of Orbit, System and Mint. Basics, The Faversham and Wire. I studied there in 1996-1997 and the city provided my first clubbing experiences, and has a long and rich dance music history (see the excellent teshno article here). Today the underground techno scene is as strong as ever, […]

“Basement Genetics” pulls together some heavy hitters from the UK and European underground for a four tracker. We caught up briefly with label bosses Ross Alexander and Steven McDonagh to find out more:

Diffuse Reality Records: DREA001 [Reviewed]

Fundamental Interaction in physics is any of the four basic forces—gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak—that govern how objects or particles interact and how certain particles decay. This principle comes across strongly in the productions of Mark Asbrey. His works take a series of distinct basic parts and weave complex relationships between them, creating moody, driving and dark techno. With twelve inchers released on the respected CLFT label and forthcoming releases on Dyad and Graphene, the future is looking full of strong force (rather than weak). We caught up with Mark to find out more…


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