Release Rundown 3: Leftroom, Fanzine, Chapter 24 & Tact
This delightful 4-tracker is the latest in Leftroom’s ‘Extended Family’ series, which thusfar has featured artists such as Blakkat, Waifs & Strays, and Land Shark. This one is kicked off proper with the expansive, percussive “A Clown Called Snapper” by Mexico’s Hector, a track which label head Matt Tolfrey fittingly featured in his Fabric mix. Continuing the crunchy tech-house feel is Montel‘s “Control” in which reverby vocals and a bouncy bass line lead the way. “Aerophobic” by Marcman is next, taking the release into much deeper territory. Strings and rhythms ebb and flow to create several moments of tension and release over the track’s 8 minute duration. Closing it out is a funky jam which oozes Leftroom vibes – Neil Parkes‘s “Come Back.” All four of these cuts are adaptive – super fun to listen to on their own and ready and willing to be layered into a groovy DJ set. This family is one we’ll get down with any night of the week.
Looking for heavy-yet-entrancing techno? You’ve come to the right place. This trio of tracks is set to fill dark dancefloors across the globe for years to come. As the name implies, odes to the new and old schools of techno pepper this release from start to finish. Leading the way is Oswld‘s “Krukem,” a banger which could please even the pickiest of connoisseurs. “Free Chelsea” by Underground Resistance producer Santiago Salazar is next, a warping, mystical, 909-laded journey which is intriguing from start to finish. Rounding it out is the bleepy and hypnotic track “Citronella Acid” by established Japanese producer Takahiro Oisi. Don’t let these names intimidate you, this is a very accessible release which proves itself as one of the most interesting techno releases of the year to date.
With an impressive third release, 6-month old imprint Chapter 24 turns to its label boss Sam Pauli to deliver an emotive EP full of warm synths and palpitating bass. Title track “Implications” starts off the EP with a whammy, the track winds around a very memorable synth line as the song builds with additions of classical piano, dreamy atmospherics and delicate hi-hats. German producer Jonas Saalbach takes the track and transforms it into elegant techno with wonderfully ominous sounds. B side opens with “Start Over,” a collaboration between Pauli and label partner Paul Nolan that continues the darker vibes. Punctuated by chugging bass, sharp synths and poignant strings, this track is intelligently composed and fit for the most demanding of dancefloors. Finally, Rashid Ajami provides his own take with a minimal approach, focusing on contrasting sounds highlighted by sparse percussion and prominent synths.
Yard One is the collaborative guise of London-based producer and Tact Recordings boss Jordan Bruce and Manchester’s Larry Jones. Ahead of their forthcoming Elements Collide LP, the duo offers up Memory Echoes, a little taste of what listener’s can expect on the long player. The EP opens with title track “Memory Echoes,” chill electronic sounds fuelled by dark pads, hypnotic chords and hard-hitting percussion. Next is “Malvern Groove,” a trippy track full of mind-bending synths, classical piano, and dynamic basslines. The release closes with personal favorite “Fresh Spring,” a song that will dazzle dancefloors this summer, highlighted by jazzy Rhodes hooks and gritty doses of bass. If Memory Echoes is a sample of what’s to come, we can expect an eclectic range of dance-floor fueled sounds on the debut album.