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COMP PREVIEW: Kompakt Total 14

Having skipped 2013 to make way for two decent 20th anniversary retrospectives, Kompakt’s annual showcase returns for a 14th installment. Compiling 25 tracks across two discs, just about all of the Cologne label’s old guard are in attendance. Elsewhere, the roster’s newer recruits are represented with well-thumbed A-sides from Maceo Plex, Dauwd, DJ Tennis and the Damh duo.  Meanwhile, unreleased exclusives come courtesy of Superpitcher, Saschienne, Weval, Jürgen Paape, The Modernist and the Voigt brothers.

NB: Read my full review in the September issue of MIXMAG.

Label: Kompakt

Genre: House / Electronica 

You’ll like this, if you like: Phonica Records ‘10 Years of Phonica’ [Phonica]

Release date: August 18th

CD 1
1. Dauwd - Lydia
2. COMA - Atlantis
3. Gui Boratto feat. Coma And Hell - Take Control
4. Kölsch feat. Gregor Schwellenbach - Cassiopeia
5. Terranova feat. Cath Coffey - Headache
6. Dave DK - Palmaille
7. Superpitcher - Delta
8. Saschienne - Horacio Delirium
9. Blond:ish - Wunderkammer
10. Gunjah & Niconé - Disko 90
11. Maceo Plex - Conjure Superstar
12. Weval - Something (Live)

CD 2
1. DAMH - Black Night
2. Thomas/Mayer - Unter Hölzern
3. Thomas Fehlmann - Eye
4. Voigt & Voigt - Tischlein Deck Dich
5. Sebastien Bouchet - Broken Heart
6. Michael Mayer - Lamusetwa (Matias Aguayo Mix)
7. DJ Tennis feat. Pillowtalk - The Outcast
8. The Modernist - Die Fette Gazelle And The Hidden Sixpack
9. Partial Arts - Taifa (The Emperor Machine Mix)
10. Justus Köhncke - Loop
11. The Field - No. No… (John Tejada Mix)
12. GusGus - This Is What You Get When You Mess With Love
13. Jürgen Paape - Heuriger 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fink - Hard Believer


In addition to his house production as Sideshow, Fin Greenall’s other affiliation with club music includes being the co-owner of the mighty Aus Music. Having co-written pieces for ‘12 Years A Slave’, he now returns to his soul-orientated Fink moniker, with an album that marks the launch of the Ninja Tune-backed R’COUP’D imprint. ‘Hard Believer’ collates 10 songs that find the Cornwall-born Brightonian departing further away from the shuffling electronica of old in favour of an urbanised take on acoustic folk. Running to a heartfelt narrative, it’s a bluesy yet life-affirming opus that finds a British artist with no shortage of high profile US admirers, in fine form. 

Label: R’COUP’D

Genre: Electronica / Folk

Rating: 7.5/10

Download ’Two Days Later’, ‘Shakespeare’

You’ll like this, if you like: Beck ‘Morning Phase’ [Capitol]

Release date: 14 July


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EP PREVIEW: Lurka - Holding


Bristol’ Black Acre has grown to become one of the most exciting experimental labels around. Preceding a double-EP from Scottish jungle revivalist Loops Haunt, and a highly recommended album by Italian jazzist Clap! Clap!, comes a notable 12” from local lad Ben Tregaskes (aka Lurka). To date, the Bristolian has channeled a series of sub-heavy releases through the Black Acre’s dubstep-orinentated sister label, Black Box. The 3 tracks forming the ’Holding' EP find the young Bristolian twisting tribal drum grids, and like - pretty much everything that's come courtesy of Black Acre of late, it's well worth checking.    

Label: Black Acre

Genre: Beats

Serving suggestion: Clap! Clap! ‘The Rainstick Fable' [Black Acre]

Release date: 7th July


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ALBUM PREVIEW: Moire - Shelter

Lay Moodymann’s smoky sermons over David Moufang’s pads, then underpin it with Actress’s jack n’ glitch percussion, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what Moiré‏ sounds like. Since arriving on Werk Discs in February last year, the enigmatic Londoner has deservedly turned heads with his ruggedly undercooked take on deep house. Holding stylistic pattern, his debut album is largely formed from fractured rhythms and guttural sub-lines, with two shadowy vocalists further aiding the spectral dynamic. 

NB: Read my full review in the September issue of MIXMAG.

Label: Werk Discs

Genre: Deep House

You’ll like this, if you like: Actress ‘Hazyville' [Werk Discs]

Release date: 18th August


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DOWNLOAD: Matthew Dear - Sonar 2014 

Pen favourite Matthew Dear brought two performances to Sonar this year. The first was his Audion Subverticul Live show at Sonar By Day, and the second was a DJ set at Sonar By Night. The latter was captured in full live format by Sonar’s engineers, and Dear uploaded it to his soundcloud page this morning. There is no tracklisting available, but I can tell the tech spods that the equipment used included: Four Native Instruments Traktor Decks, a Elektron Octatrack, a Eventide Space, a Eventide Time Factor and a Allen Heath Xone: 92 Mixer.

Genre: House 


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