Route 8 - I Can’t

LT004. After dropping the amazing Eleda EP on Greek label Nous, Budapest’s Route 8 returns with a new 12” of textured house experimentation. The Dry Thoughts EP is out now on upstart UK label Lobster Theremin. Lead track ‘I Can’t’ sees moody pads swirling around stunning drum programming. Starting with the unbelievable Equation EP by Palms Trax from last fall, the label has began with a very impressive string of releases. 

Video by Hurfyd.

NGLY - Service Cost HH2

LIES 19.5. Forthcoming L.I.E.S. white label, following now iconic 12”s from Bookworms, Terekke and Florian Kupfer. Berlin’s NGLY brings this rolling techno hybrid, just unstoppable once it gains steam with those crushed hi-hats. This one feels like a return to roots of sorts for Ron Morelli’s label. Also, be sure to check out NGLY’s amazing recent contribution to the shadowy Russian Torrent Versions imprint.

Anthony Naples - Perro

Real nice to see another Anthony Naples release on the Trilogy Tapes, home of the unbelievable El Portal EP from last year. The label helmed by Will Bankhead is arguably the most exciting on the planet at the moment. ‘Perro’ is an extended piece of deep grooves, along the lines of Naples’ recent compositions on his own Proibito label. The new EP is forthcoming in May.

Voices From the Lake - Velo Di Maya

One to get lost in. Endlessly clean, pulsing dub techno from Voices From the Lake, a duo consisting of Donato Dozzy and Neel. Their 2012 self-titled album was an amazing piece of classy, purist techno. From the Velo Di Maya EP, out now on NY based party turned imprint The Bunker. Real nice art direction here too.

Unknown Artist - Untitled

Raw and exciting dance track from an unknown Vancouver (?) artist. The latest release on DC label Future Times, FT021. ‘Make it hot!’

Monolithium - Motive

Nice, clean techno inspired roller from Victoria artist Monolithium. ‘Motive’ starts out with a subdued, syncopated shuffle, and gains pace into a blistering dancefloor killer. From MM003, the latest release from Calgary label Modern Math, following great EPs from Sanctums and Michael Red. Check out the rest of the EP here

Jay Daniel - Royal Insanity

Fresh off his immense debut EP for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label, tech-house prodigy Jay Daniel opens 2014 with this EP on another Detroit legends label. Karmatic Equations is forthcoming on Kyle Hall’s WIld Oats label. This EP is so nice. This track especially has such a nice swing to it.

Combine - Irons

Serious techno from Vancouver duo Combine. From IYT001, the first release on local label It’s Your Turn. Limited vinyl run of 100. Don’t sleep on this one. The flipside track is also amazing.

Kassem Mosse - Untitled (A2)

German artist Kassem Mosse quietly dropped his debut album over the weekend, as it simply appeared on the Hardwax site. Released on his usual home, Workshop Records, the double LP contains nine untitled tracks of killer house excursions. ‘A2’ in particular stands out, with that mutating soft lead synth. Amazing album.

Graze - Airror

The latest video instalment from the Edges LP, released in December on New Kanada Recordings. Everything we’ve seen from Graze so far has been top notch. As per usual, stunning visuals from DSMV.

Kangding Ray - History of Obscurity

This video is a very cerebral experience. Unsettling and soothing at the same time. The fade outs in particular are so well done. It perfectly compliments the tribal techno of this Kangding Ray track. From Solens Arc, the composers fourth LP for the boundary pushing Raster Noton label. The album drops February 28th.

Jay Daniel - Scorpio Rising

Hugely tipped release on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label. Jay Daniel is a young techno producer outta Detroit, first brought to our attention via his mix for Live For The Funk. He dropped the Scorpio Rising 12” a couple months back on wax and it was finally given digital release last week. Grainy acid textures with some major swing.

This remix is heavy. That signature, unparalleled Kowton percussion. Though those delicate synth pads makes this track unbelievably chill. This release is out this week, along with another remix from Giraffage.

Check out the original, which sounds a bit too much like Jai Paul’s ‘Jasmine’,  here.

Quietly crafted, one of the best techno releases so far this year. Dubstep innovator Untold dropped this heavyweight track this week on the 50Weapons imprint. That bassline!

One of the high points of 2013 so far. This track is glorious, uninhibited, raw. Huerco S shatters all the boundaries and puts everyone else to shame.