Cesar Almena ‘Techno Influences’

Artist: Cesar Almena
Title: Techno Influences
Label: CODE Records
Cat. #: CODE040
Format: Digital
Release Date: 08.07.2024
01. Cesar Almena – ZaPaTiLLa
02. Cesar Almena – Porto
03. Cesar Almena – Advent
04. Cesar Almena – Alive
05. Cesar Almena – Ekho
06. Cesar Almena – Alone
07. Cesar Almena – I’m So the Sure
08. Cesar Almena – Eh Oh
09. Cesar Almena & Catalyst – Bombeo
10. Cesar Almena – Knights of the Groovy

Buy link: https://www.beatport.com/release/techno-influences/4621438

CODE Records celebrates its landmark 40th release with a jackin’ hardgroove techno album by record label owner Cesar Almena.

Cesar Almena is co-founder of CODE Records and its associated event series at Fabrik in Madrid, Spain. CODE parties have played host to iconic DJs including the likes of Carl Cox, Blawan, Ben Sims, Amelie Lens, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig and many more.

The record label has also released music from many of the artists who have played at the event, along with tracks and remixes by Cesar Almena and Nuke who in addition to being co-founders are also resident DJs at CODE parties.

Along with his many releases on CODE Records, Cesar Almena has also featured his raw and percussive style of upbeat techno on other prestigious record labels such as A.Paul’s Naked Lunch. This 10-track release is the third album that Cesar Almena has released via CODE Records, and it also features a collaboration with Catalyst whose an up-and-coming talent from Madrid.

“ZaPaTiLLa” opens the release with acid pulses, ravey stabs and fast-paced rhythms. Track two, “Porto” is dark and industrial with trippy vocals, and “Advent” reintroduces the rave element with its upbeat synth stabs. “Alive” continues to build an uplifting vibe with fluttering melodies and sweeping pads layered over driving percussion.

“Ekho” plunges the release back into darkness with its menacing acid line, and track six, “Alone” brings the focus back to the percussion with a full-throttle groove. “I’m So the Sure” maintains the percussive focus with a jackin’ groove cut by feel-good vocal stabs. Track eight, “Eh Oh” cranks up the tension with old-school synth chords layered with rattling percussion and invigorating vocal bursts.

“Bombeo” is the penultimate track on the album, and it releases an explosive flow of energy, before “Knights of the Groovy” closes the release with breakbeat rhythms and poignant pads.

This is a well-crafted album, where each track is dance floor focused, while also taking the listener on a captivating journey when played in full.

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Various ‘Badarchin, Vol. 8’

Artist: Various
Title: Badarchin, Vol. 8
Label: Baikal Nomads
Cat. #: BNA060
Format: Digital
Release Date: 05.07.2024
01. m.age.project – Sunrise in Tulum
02. Alacrán del Amor, JAVALI (MX) – Lost Dunes
03. Böle – Hayato
04. Kerem Genc – Freak of Nature
05. Makossa (IT) – Jorge
06. DJ Shaman – Dharamshala
07. Dragon House – Copalera
08. Cereus – Black Snake
09. Jocan Deka, Samuel Wexler – Celtic Stars
10. Niño Amarillo – Rumi
11. Tlazohtla – Freestyle
12. Savanna & Sainz – Onírico
13. Lello Fusco – The Beat of the Native Flute
14. K2W0 – Here We Go
15. Catatonique – Soul Lifter
16. Borowsky – Crooked Forest
17. Yodh – Fisherman
18. Andrew Shartner – Prime

Buy link: https://baikalnomads.bandcamp.com/album/badarchin-vol-8

Baikal Nomads is an influential organic house record label, and the imprint’s new release is the eighth edition of their annual compilation, ‘Badarchin’.

‘Badarchin, Vol. 8’ features 18 tracks including three collaborations, and artists from 9 different countries. This globally sourced release embraces cultural diversity, and features music with deep atmosphere, organic percussion and spellbinding melodies.

The artists who feature on this release include Alacrán del Amor, JAVALI (MX), Andrew Shartner, Böle, Borowsky, Catatonique, Cereus, Dj Shaman, Dragon House, Jocan Deka, Samuel Wexler, K2W0, Kerem Genc, Lello Fusco, m.age.project, Makossa (IT), Niño Amarillo, Savanna, Sainz (VE), Tlazohtla and Yodh.

Many of the artists on this release have previously been featured on Baikal Nomads, but there are also record label debuts by Dragon House, Makossa (IT), Borowsky, Böle, Savanna & Sainz, Jocan Deca & Samuel Wexler, Yodh, Alacran del Amor & Javali.

Each track on this stunning compilation is a new and exciting piece of music, and many of the artists behind the tracks have individually featured on other respected record labels such as • kosa •, Cosmic Awakenings, MONADA, Cafe De Anatolia, Magician On Duty, trndmsk and Harabe.

There are so many amazing tracks on the release that there is something for everyone, as although organic house is at the core of this compilation, ‘Badarchin, Vol. 8’ also features other associated genres ranging from melodic house/techno to Afro house and downtempo.


Georgia Lee ‘Distorted Love’

Artist: Georgia Lee
Title: Distorted Love
Label: Gain Records
Cat. #: GR358
Format: Digital
Release Date: 05.07.2024
01. Distorted Love
02. Distorted Love (Sisko Electrofanatik Remix)
03. Distorted Love (Ida Mandato Remix)

Buy link: https://www.beatport.com/release/distorted-love/4595932

Sisko Electrofanatik’s record label Gain Records presents a peak time techno release by Georgia Lee that also features remixes by Ida Mandato and Sisko Electrofanatik.

Georgia Lee is an Italian artist based in Rome who shows off the harder side of her eclectic style with a hard-hitting track which combines heavyweight percussion and acid synths. This is her first-time featuring on Gain Records, following music on other labels such as Fakktory Records and iM Electronica. She was a resident DJ at the Circolo Degli Artisti, Amigdala, and a regular guest DJ at Roboterie nightclub, one of the most important electronic parties in Rome and she’s played alongside techno icons ranging from Ellen Allien to Regis.

Ida Mandato is another artist from Rome who is also making her debut on Gain Records. She is an accomplished DJ within the Italian scene whose EBM influenced style of techno is dark and industrial. She has previously featured her music on other record labels including Pyteca, Diffuse Reality and LETS TECHNO records.

On remix duty, Sisko Electrofanatik is an Italian artist who’s also based in Rome, and along with his numerous releases on Gain Records, he has also released on other respected record labels ranging from Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave to Monika Kruse’s Terminal M. The likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Adam Beyer have all played his tracks.

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Clif Jack ‘Perfect Collusion’

Artist: Clif Jack
Title: Perfect Collusion
Label: Kuukou
Cat. #: KKU105
Format: Digital
Release Date: 28.06.2024
01. Perfect Collusion
02. Body Odyssey

Buy link: https://kuukou.fanlink.tv/perfectcollusion

Simina Grigoriu’s record label, Kuukou welcomes a two-track peak time techno EP by Clif Jack.

Clif Jack is an Italian artist from Padova who is known for his exhilarating style that blends intoxicating synth lines with piledriving percussion. This is his third time featuring on Kuukou, and his music can also be found on other respected record labels such as Reinier Zonneveld’s Filth on Acid, Juliet Fox’s TREGAMBE, Deborah De Luca’s Solamente, and his own MJA the Vision.

Not only is he a successful producer, but Clif Jack is also an accomplished DJ who has performed headline sets at underground techno events across Europe and further afield. In recent months he has played everywhere from Amsterdam (Holland) to Düsseldorf (Germany).

The EP’s title track, “Perfect Collusion” opens the release with a slamming kick drum and electric arpeggio synth, which forms a foundation for the murky vocals and rattling percussion.

“Body Odyssey” is built around an old-school breakbeat and a resonating acid line that swells with intensity, while dramatic stabs add to the track’s unrelenting energy.

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Phooka ‘The Merge’

Artist: Phooka
Title: The Merge
Label: Concrete Records
Cat. #: CLTD019
Format: Digital, vinyl
Release Date: 20.06.2024
A1.False Flag (Anthony Linell Remix)
A2.False Flag (Original Mix)
B1.The Rug Pull (Plants Army Revolver Remix)
B2.The Rug Pull (Original Mix)

Buy link: https://concreterecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-merge

Concrete Records is an Italian label based in Rome and has seen contributions from Voices From the Lake, Minilogue, Svreca, Tensal, Echologist aka Brendon Moeller and Cassegrain, and many more, with many releases gaining multiple represses.

Phooka also known as Francesco Maddalena, is the co-founder of Concrete with Maurizio Cascella and is a respected producer who has released on his own label as well as listing appearances on Diffuse Reality, Warok Music and Blackwater

Remix duty welcomes Sweden’s Anthony Linell, the renowned Northern Electronics label boss that features most of his original music, but he can also be found collaborating with Adiel on Danza Tribale, or remixing Tensal to Amotik for example. Under the significant Abdulla Rashim moniker, his tracks have also been released on top projects such as Prologue to Svreca’s Semantica.

The second remixer included in the release is Plants Army Revolver, a notable duo from Italy who have released on Shifted’s Avian, Mental Modern, Sense Code and HomeMadeZucchero.

The first track is Anthony Linell’s remix of “False Flag” that uses a stuttering kick drum to create an abstract vibe and is met haunting tones and metallic percussion.

The “False Flag” original has a patient yet regimented rhythm from a thundering kick and warm, pulsing sub bass to showcase an interesting dystopian aesthetic.

Remixing “The Rug Pull,” Plants Army Revolver harness a throwback, looping, tribal sound with dub techno influences and mesmerising hypnotic elements.

Track four sees “The Rug Pull” and its original abstract idea. Using sparse beats with congas and shakers amidst harmonic drones and other shimmering effects, it creates a unique sound tapestry experience.

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Dale Howard ‘Freak Mode’

Artist: Dale Howard
Title: Freak Mode
Label: North Of Neptune
Cat. #: NON035
Format: Digital
Release Date: 28.06.2024
Freak Mode

Buy link: https://orcd.co/non035

North Of Neptune (part of the Repopulate Mars label group) presents an organic and deep track by Dale Howard, which has melodic grooves, a warm atmosphere and finally a flowing instrumental. This release showcases Dale Howard’s ability to blend deep beats with touching vocals, creating an engaging and emotional listening experience.

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Mark Knight, James Hurr ‘You Take Me Higher’

Artist: Mark Knight, James Hurr
Title: You Take Me Higher
Label: Toolroom
Cat. #: TOOL1279
Format: Digital
Release Date: 05.07.2024
You Take Me Higher

Mark Knight and James Hurr collaborated a few times for the creation of ‘The Greatest Thing Alive’, ‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’, ‘Turn Me Deeper’ and ‘I Got All This Love’, ranging from elegant motifs to tech house bangers. July is upon us and the duo share a new song titled ‘You Take Me Higher’, highlighting again their passion for classic disco tunes; over the instrumental they put a vocal sampled from Sandy Mercer’s ‘You Are My Love’ (H & L Records, 1978). As overall the result is great and the playback shares a cozy and friendly sound.

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Kaysin & LOVRA feat. Tristan Henry ‘Sweetest Lines’

Artist: Kaysin & LOVRA feat. Tristan Henry
Title: Sweetest Lines
Label: Repopulate Mars
Cat. #: RPM217
Format: Digital
Release Date: 28.06.2024
1. Sweetest Lines

Pre-order link: https://orcd.co/rpm217

Kaysin, LOVRA and Tristan Henry makes a release on Repopulate Mars with the single titled ‘Sweetest Lines’. This song shows an exceptional dancefloor approach, exploring the boundaries of future house style. It also features a meticulous attention to detail and subtle variations, paired with captivating rhythms.

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Mene ‘Get Enough’

Artist: Mene
Title: Get Enough
Label: Rebellion
Cat. #: RBL106
Format: Digital
Release Date: 21.06.2024
1. Get Enough
2. Alca Alca
3. Do Your Thing
4. La Ou

Mene makes a cool apparison on Rebellion (Crosstown Rebels’ sister label) with ‘Get Enough’, a nice four tracker that features interesting and juicy sonorities. Taken as overall the EP melts fluently minimal and tech house, revealing a captivating style which makes all the tracks irresistible and impressive.

“I have a passion for exploring genres and melding different sounds; this usually takes me on a different journey, one of artistic discovery. The same journey has birthed something truly different for me, my latest EP, “Get Enough”. By blending House, Minimal and Afro rhythms, “Get Enough” sounds like the fusion of genres which also defines my musical curiosity.“ – Mene.

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The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki ‘Warp 1.9 (Westend & Cherry Tooth Remix)’

Artist: The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki
Title: Warp 1.9 (Westend & Cherry Tooth Remix)
Label: Dim Mak
Cat. #: DM1628
Format: Digital
Release Date: 14.06.2024
Warp 1.9 (Westend & Cherry Tooth Remix)

‘Warp 1.9’ was released in far 2009 during the gold era of electro (and its sub-styles), when artists such as SebastiAn, Justice, Crookers and many more were under the spotlight. The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki made this production, which became an instant classic and definitely set their artist names in the electronic music scene. After 15 years this legendary theme gets a remix treatment by Westend and Cherry Tooth: without loosing the vibe of the original the artists introduce contemporary sound elements, making the whole song engaging and tempting.