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  • Memory
    Artist
    Lazer Sword
    ReleaseProduct
    Memory
    Label
    Monkeytown Records
    Catalogue Number
    4018939225315
    Release Date
    April 2012

    Lazer Sword – Memory

    This is an album that I keep coming back to. It's a heady, dark, clubby brew, with all sorts of influences thrown into the pot. But most of all, it's a thoroughly modern update of the sounds of Detroit techno and electro. Still sounds fresh.

  • Clark
    Artist
    Clark
    ReleaseProduct
    Clark
    Label
    Warp
    Catalogue Number
    WARP251
    Release Date
    November 2014

    Clark – Clark

    Clark's music has texture. Some of his tracks (like the opener "Ship is Flooding") sound so thick it's like they've been carved out of pure noise, rather than built up from silence. This album is really strong throughout - I like how his music has assimilated techno influences over the years. "Sodium Trimmers" is absolutely pounding.

  • Tetrahymena
    Artist
    Dopplereffekt
    ReleaseProduct
    Tetrahymena
    Label
    Leisure System
    Catalogue Number
    LSR007
    Release Date
    September 2013

    Dopplereffekt – Tetrahymena

    Producers these days seem to put a lot of effort into creating a "warm" sound. Dopplereffekt do the opposite, which is perhaps why their music is so terrifying. Beats and arpy synths so cold they sound like they've been dipped in liquid nitrogen. Perfect listening for the end of the universe.

  • Swarm EP
    Artist
    KIRK DEGIORGIO
    ReleaseProduct
    Swarm EP
    Label
    Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART)
    Catalogue Number
    ART-DDS1
    Release Date
    February 2010

    KIRK DEGIORGIO – Swarm EP

    Lush techno from Kirk Degiorgio. I like the relentless push-pull groove of "Swarm", and "A Way of Life" is a fantastic slice of Drexciya-style techno.

  • Cagney XOR Lacey EP
    Artist
    Datassette
    ReleaseProduct
    Cagney XOR Lacey EP
    Label
    Apollo Records
    Catalogue Number
    AMB1403D
    Release Date
    March 2014

    Datassette – Cagney XOR Lacey EP

    Everything Datassette puts out is pure gold. He has talent to spare, as this year's 100-track album of offcuts - "Offal" - demonstrates. Cagney XOR Lacey is perhaps his best EP yet, four tracks blending cutting-edge electronica with a big dose of retro business-funk. The meandering Italo bassline of "Vacuform" is a joy, but the standout for me is the woozy "Helvetica Calcium", which has a sparkling texture so lush and thick it's as if it comes out of the speakers and hangs in mid air.

  • Residents
    Artist
    Randomer
    ReleaseProduct
    Residents
    Label
    L.I.E.S.
    Catalogue Number
    LIES050
    Release Date
    February 2015

    Randomer – Residents

    Randomer has forged a distinctive raw tribal techno sound over the last few years with a string of great EPs. I've picked this one because of the storming "Huh" - turns out Randomer can also make electro like a boss.

  • Decompression
    Artist
    Posthuman
    ReleaseProduct
    Decompression
    Label
    Bodywork Music
    Catalogue Number
    BW011
    Release Date
    May 2014

    Posthuman – Decompression

    I Love Acid residents Posthuman are flying at the moment, putting out track after track of quality acid. I like the minimal approach they take on this EP. It's pretty much a 303, drum machine and a few samples - but then again, the 303 is such a monster sound that it makes sense to give it a lot of space. These tracks are really cleverly arranged and programmed, with patient build ups and some classic acid tweakage.

  • Time
    Artist
    MNLTH
    ReleaseProduct
    Time
    Label
    WeMe / MNLTH
    Catalogue Number
    MNLTH101
    Release Date
    February 2015

    MNLTH – Time

    MNLTH is ably carrying the torch for Rephlex-style braindance now that Rephlex itself has wound down. His music is bursting with ideas and is full of life - a perfect antidote to some of the relentlessly dark music that gets made these days. I'm a big fan of dark music, but sometimes it's good to listen to something a bit more uplifting. This album is full of surprises - some tracks contain more musical ideas than other artists' entire EPs.

  • Radioacid Box
    Artist
    Radioactive Man
    ReleaseProduct
    Radioacid Box
    Label
    Tudor Beats
    Catalogue Number
    TB-505
    Release Date
    October 2010

    Radioactive Man – Radioacid Box

    UK electro from a true hero. This EP is short but sweet, 4 tough tracks of raw warehouse beats. "Checkee Checkee" is my pick of the bunch, with a killer riff that is reworked and mangled in various ways until it's pushed out of the way by a huge reese bass.

  • Battlestar Transreplica
    Artist
    Antoni Maiovvi
    ReleaseProduct
    Battlestar Transreplica
    Label
    Seed
    Catalogue Number
    SEEDCD29
    Release Date
    September 2011

    Antoni Maiovvi – Battlestar Transreplica

    Superb Italo-Giallo retro soundtrack from Anton Maioff's Italian doppelgänger. It's a loving pastiche of 70s/80s sci-fi music, full of atmosphere and drama - even without a video accompaniment, each track tells a story. It was released as a double album with "Trial by Bullet", also available on Bleep, which is just as good and has a more 70s cop show kind of vibe. And since Giorgio Moroder is making EDM these days, we need more guys like Antoni Maiovvi to keep producing this kind of stuff.

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