Find them at basement nights and warehouse one-offs reaching from New York to Montreal and overseas Berlin, a collect of conneisseuring clubbers. Void of tasteless vagabonds and cheap standards, looking to give credit where credit is due. The recent flood of clichéd counterfeits has made most music today better left unsaid, but it's the rumours stuck in our head that tug at our ego and give us the need to shine light. A compulsive urge to spread from one ear to the next, to draw a line between bottle service cogs and what is honestly the cutting edge of electronic music. There's no room for Vegas roller coasters or casual chit chat, just Night Rumours worth spreading.
Micron / Swing Left
For the last 20 years Stephen Brown has taken his cue from the rooted sounds of Detroit's underground techno scene and, in return, envisaged praiseworthy melodies that have found a home for labels like Djax-Up-Beats, DiKi, Soma, Skudge, and his own Realtime imprint (to name a few). Once a break dancer in his youth, it should come to no surprise when you realize this gent's music gets you feeling good and going in a way that is uniquely his style at play. Micron / Swing Left, the 9th release on his own imprint, serves as a testament to his groove and it's quite the treat. "Micron" is that uppity track full of bounce that you just cannot deny! With mesmeric lead lines spreading across through the song, the offbeat percussion builds a subsisting rigidity that keeps-things-going. "Swing Left" takes a turning focus on classic keys that float with grace and give a less in your face vibe. While Brown's apparent technicalities still surround the track, he makes this habitual experience sound effortless.
Trulz & Robin
Full Pup; 2014-07-24
Electronic connoseurs, Trulz Kvam and Robin Crafoord, are a pair of crafty Norwegian analog know-it-all's that angle towards the brainy side of electronic music. At times making tracks that take a break from mayhem, they also plug together some devastatingly sporadic tunes with a cosmic charge. Their newest and debut offering on Full Pup, I Takeskogen, speaks to this phenomenon truly. The bleepy two tracker sees a functional romance between what they like to call "acid-house-gone-organic", and it'll probably have you wondering why these two haven't been on your radar any sooner. With an a-side channeling early electronic quixotic dimensions, the b-side will keep you grounded as you examine its dawdling unravel.
Reworks Pt. 6
One of today's top trusted outlets for dub techno, Telrae strikes with another rework series featuring Salz behind the beat. Calm and misty, the first remix, "Call of Chultu", serves as an ode to Berlin's earlier days under the club strobe light. A quintessential vibe to what many would coin appropriate for Berlin's acclaimed Panorama Bar, the deep and sensual triggers embedded seem intentionally right for a body-on-body caressing that should be lived out on a dance floor. The "Fox in the Box" (Salz Dub-O-Matic Mix) holds down heavy subs that carry a half-sinister ambiance resembling what I'd imagine a stroll on the moon's surface would be like. But just before you can get too comfortable with the melody's lifting entities, the duo male and female vocals constantly repeating and chasing one another add a crawly eeriness to the setting.
A pseudonym created for his techno productions mainly influenced by the pounding notes of Detroit and Berlin , Sleaze Records label head – Hans Bouffmyhres – pulls off another impressive EP titled Proceed. Finding a home within Soma's catalogs for a third time, Secluded brings to life a batch of tracks that flow on a lifeline of prolific chord ensemble and kicking rattles. Title track "Proceed" begins in stripped, Detroit minimal fashion with unsettling kicks strong enough to pound past layers of opposing gunmetal. Density heightens once "Focus" gets underway. With textured chords stratified to fit an industrial depot, Secluded's ability to keep the tensity growing regardless of the track's constant up's and down's just shows how much this producer and label owner has learned in his limited time. Once we get to Samuel L. Session's rendition of "Proceed", the rough textures of the original melt down into a tamed and aqueous flow of rhythm and drums; A fun compliment to Secluded's noisier and strong-willed style.
Stupid Things I Do
Clone Basement Series; 2014-07-28
Making tracks with an unmatched sense of urgency, many may distinguish the type of music Rohan Randomer makes as, indeed, pleasurable and quite random at times. Things start to make better sense once you realize this is a guy whose goal of learning as many different types of musical styles and techniques has been a task he's taken on seriously and not strayed away from. Signed to one of the UK's most exciting labels, Hemlock, Randomer is a producer you never know what to expect from since he constantly refines and stretches his sound. Always delivering fresh tunes with a twisted familiarity referencing his (many) influences, Randomer takes us down to the basement this time around with Stupid Things I Do EP for Clone Basement Series. Interpreting 'New School' and 'Old School' renditions of hyperactive sounds along with double percussion sessions, this EP is alive and ready to clean up the dance floor.