Next release on Ben Klock’s label Klockworks presents the outstanding duo VIL & Cravo with their debut EP ‘Klockworks 32‘. The new material features a high-spirited 3 tracker showcasing their warm approach inspired in soul and funk tracks from the 80’s and early 00’s. The EP is scheduled to be released on July 2nd, 2021.Full details below.
Last month we were talking about Joaquin Ruiz and his release \’Phase EP\’ on Signal Rec that really impressed. And now, he returns to Norway’s PLOINK label with his debut album titled ‘Voices Of Space’, featuring ten ethereal tracks.
Buenos Aires-based producer has continually challenged the senses with twisted releases on labels like Blackrod, Affekt and Hardtools, which have garnered support from Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Sims, and Dax J. He now returns to Thomas Urv and Miss Mostly’s Bergen-based techno label for his most impressive body of work yet.
‘Voices Of Space’ opens with an enticing stereo landscape, lush with bubbling samples and subtle percussion, ‘Hypnotic Alert’ moves by upping the energy with tight kicks and eerie synths when ‘Mantrack’ then finalises the A-side with soft keys and distant melodic flurries. On the flip, ‘Nuclear Substance’ kick starts with propulsive drums and chiming tubular-like sounds until ‘Altered System’ adds in cantering sub-frequencies and rapid snares, providing a cavernous feel to the mix.
Next, ‘Genesick’ gives a sense of spatial progression with fleeting plucks and white noise before ‘Reset’ initiates a more club-focused shift with acid stabs, field recordings and splashing cymbals. ‘Satellite’ readjusts the aural journey with casting pads and computerised bleeps that lead to the harrowing rhythms and celestial chords of ‘Challenged’, ahead of ‘Times’ that beautifully concludes the album with sharp risers, zappy effects and low-swung beats.
PLOINK will release ‘Voices Of Space’ LP in Digital & Vinyl formats on 28th August 2020.
Artist: Joaquin Ruiz
Title: Voices Of Space LP
Release date: 28th August 2020
Cat No: PL027NK
Format: Vinyl & Digital
A1 – Voices Of Space
A2 – Hypnotic Alert
A3 – Mantrack
B1 – Nuclear Substance
B2 – Altered System
C1 – Genesick
C2 – Reset
C3 – Satellite
D1 – Challenged
D2 – Times
Listen to Joaquin Ruiz music in his set recently recorded for SRIE Podcast.
It\’s time to talk about Klockworks again, as we are used to in this blog. That\’s probably because it is always a special recommendation when the main topic is all about any of Ben Klock´s label future releases.
The good news this time are that the record label runned by Ben Klock is pleased to present new material, of course techno. If you have been following Klockworks previous releases, you probably already know the heavy and drastic style on this record label, so it\’s the perfect moment for the label to bring out some special music by Troy.
Troy is a techno producer born and based in The Hague, Netherlands. Someone who already has some tracks signed on Klockworks and Dynamic Reflection. A guy that pretty know where he is going, and in that order of ideas, is creating a well elaborated and very particular sound filled of pure and heavy old school techno.
So to keep with the good news, \”Troy returns to Klockworks with a powerful 4 track EP following his contribution to the ‘Klockworks 20’ compilation and his debut solo EP on the label ‘Klockworks 21’. For this new record, the producer presents a collection of diverse dance floor cuts channeling a classic raw techno sound. Utilising the OB-6 analog synthesizer as one of the main instruments, he recorded all tracks in one take in order to keep the vibrant energy of the live process \”
Listen to this marvelous upcoming release and read below for full details.
Overview. Troy returns to Klockworks with a powerful 4 track EP following his contribution to the ‘Klockworks 20’ compilation and his debut solo EP on the label ‘Klockworks 21’. For this new record, the producer from The Hague (Netherlands) presents a collection of diverse dance floor cuts channeling a classic raw techno sound. Utilising the OB-6 analog synthesizer as one of the main instruments, he recorded all tracks in one take in order to keep the vibrant energy of the live process.
As for selecting artists and of course the most important thing, their art, that is to say their music in what they see here, is easy to explain when it comes to Ben Klock on his own imprint Klockworks. With that finesse, again in another release.
In the mainline of this note, \”Heiko Laux returns to Klockworks with a three-track EP following his first appearance on the label in 2016. The German producer and Kanzleramt label head present 3 sophisticated techno cuts that focus on pulsating acid lines and uncanny atmospheres. Expectedly, these pieces have become secret weapons for Ben Klock’s hypnotic DJ sets, now available on wax.\”
True to that: Heiko is constantly moving forward, ﬁnding new inspiration. Motivated by his undoubted passion, he will continue to produce music to ﬁll the void in contemporary techno.
Artist. Heiko Laux
Title. Klockworks 24
Release date. March 1st, 2019 Format. Vinyl 12″ / Digital
It has been some days since i stopped writing here, but my return comes by with a techno music odyssey that is worth it. To get to the point, Moscow\’s Monasterio resident Stef Mendesidis returns to Ben Klock\’sKlockworks with new EP that would be out in Digital and Vinyl on August 16.
This release is the number twenty-sixth of the aforementioned label. To describe the forthcoming EP in general, it comes with four new tracks, taking as main theme the deep techno, space sounds and a heavy environment for the rhythms, this next release promises a lot, a track luxury composition. Read below for more.
Listen to: A1. Stef Mendesidis – Cyber Document (KW26) via Soundcloud.
Overview. Stef Mendesidis returns to Klockworks with a massive four-tracker. A resident at Moscow’s Monasterio, the DJ & producer has developed a solid techno sound channelling cinematic aesthetics that he already proved with his first appearance on the label.
Mostly using analogue gear Mendesidis records his grooves in one take. ‘Klockworks 26’ includes 4 of his distinctive cuts showcasing his excellent production that you will experience at Ben Klock’s DJ sets.
Bringing the listeners from sordid 90’s warehouses to blazing next-millennium cyberpunk sceneries, from drum’n’bass flavours to techno or intricate ambient works; Mattia Trani unveils his new triple LP titled ‘Scenery‘ featuring Canadian producer/singer AADJA, Theo Nasa & Lizard, and 051 Destroyer. The 15-track album is going to be out via Pushmaster Discs on May 28th, 2021 in Vinyl and digital formats. (more…)
Hello again brothers and sisters, here i got a new and very gratifying history, of course, in the name of techno music. Surfing in the infinity world of electronic music, i got lucky, and find Jay Clarke, who hails from the new generation of techno artists bringing fresh, vibrant energy to the most intense dance ﬂoors.
Originally from Essex and now based in London, Jay’s embodies the core disciplines of a true artist. You know he gots something special, when yo sees he has been added to the new team of residents at world-renowned London club fabric. He also runs his own label Blackaxon, which he uses as a platform to champion ‘artists with good ideas’; maintaining a curious and open minded approach.
For real, you must read Jay Clarke history, its amazing. This artist \”is constantly reﬁning, striving for perfection and working tirelessly to become a master of his craft\”, wise words. Read his biography here.
And of course we got some news about him. And it\’s that Jay Clarke returns to legendary Ben Klock´s label Klockworks for his second solo release on the label following his EP in 2016 and his contribution to the ‘Klockworks 20’ compilation ‘Perdita’.
The new material is the \”Klockworks 28\” and brings out four new top notch tracks , Through the forthcoming EP, Jay presents a mix of tough modern rollers, dreamy Detroit melodies, and mysterious atmospheres, remarking techno but using sequencers and chopped up and pitched down D&B samples. In my opinion Jay Clarke is a complete artist, follow his music and you would understand why im saying this. Amazing release, read full details below.
Release date is scheduled to december 6th, 2019 in 12” / Digital formats via Klockworks.
Overview. fabric resident Jay Clarke returns to Klockworks for his second solo release on the label following his EP in 2016 and his contribution to the ‘Klockworks 20’ compilation ‘Perdita’. Through this new 12-inch, he presents a mix of tough modern rollers, dreamy Detroit melodies, and mysterious atmospheres. With tracks like ‘In Dreams’, the UK producer creates cinematic aesthetics that he draws from David Lynch movies. ‘‘The Cage’ and ‘Visualise’ both represent Jay experimenting with a new way of working, using sequencers and chopped up and pitched down D&B samples. It’s no surprise these cuts have been Ben Klock’s secret weapons during the summer season to tear apart the most iconic dance floors such as Berghain, Printworks and Time Warp.
Artist. Jay Clarke Title. Klockworks 28 Format: 12” / Digital Label: Klockworks Cat. No: KW28 Release Date: December 6th, 2019 Tracklist. A1 / 1. Visualize A2 / 2. In Dreams B1 / 3. The Cage B2 / 4. The Right Time Label.
Moscow-based artist Stef Mendesidis is a tremendous artist, he match perfectly with the strong and deep sound of driving techno music. Probably this is why Ben Klock is announcing that him will be driving the release number 23 of his Klockworks label.
We have already heard the three new tracks and we are very pleased that the new release combines all the musical areas we are talking about, powerful techno, deep rhythms and catchy melodies. The ep will be out on December 14th, 2018 on Vinyl 12″ and Digital formats.
Listen to KW23 – Stef Mendesidis.
Overview. Ben Klock introduces Greek-raised, Moscow-based artist Stef Mendesidis for the next Klockworks release. Mendesidis delivers 3 original tracks utilising solely analogue gear to produce soundscapes inspired by cinematic scenes. These sounds transport the listener through resonating grooves and classy chords that fit the signature Klockworks sound. Focusing mainly on his machines for the craft of his music, Mendesidis recorded all cuts in one take. To celebrate his EP release, he will join of the Klockworks showcase at Berghain on December 29th.
Artist. Stef Mendesidis Title. Klockworks 23 Format. 12” / Digital Label. Klockworks Cat. No. KW23 Release Date. December 14th, 2018
A1 / 1. Valley Of Machines B1 / 2. Gendarme Classe A B2 / 3. Senzo
We always like anniversary releases, they represent always the good efort, development and evolution the good record labels aspire. Well, this is not the exception, we choose for today\’s post to share some really big news, Stroboscopic Artefacts is turning 10 and we would like to introduce you to a great project Lucy aka Luca Mortellaro has been putting together for this occasion, featuring music from long time collaborators and new artists that have been releasing on the imprint: Adriana Lopez, Alessandro Adriani, Ben Klock, Caterina Barbieri, Chevel, Denise Rabe, Donato Dozzy, Efdemin, James Ruskin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), Lotus Eater (Lucy and Rrose), Lucy, Rrose, Serena Butler, Shifted, Xhin, Zeitgeber (Speedy J and Lucy).
As a result of good working, consistancy and of course the best actitud to create the quality music, Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts will release ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, a 13-track compilation album curated by the label head to celebrate the 10th anniversary. The record will be available as a 3×12” pack and digital formats on November 15th. here is the preorder link from the SA site: https://stroboscopicartefacts.com/shop/x-ten-years-of-artefacts/
On this release, Lucy delivers a solo track but also collaborations with Rrose as Lotus Eater and with Speedy J as Zeitgeber. Shifted, Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), Rrose, James Ruskin, Denise Rabe, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Alessandro Adriani and Serena Butler also feature on the compilation with fresh compositions. Despite the different perspectives of each artist, the tracks seem unified by the label’s mission: redefining modern techno.
The album will be later complemented by a special remixes EP, with four new reworks of pivotal back catalogue material from the label which are original tracks by Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and Ben Klock. And from fall 2019, Lucy and an incredible cast of Stroboscopic Artefacts artists will begin an extended club tour to mark the anniversary including venues such as Funkhaus, De School or Village Underground – dates attached below my signature. Read below for full details and this album tour dates.
Listen to C2. Lucy – The Goat God [SA10YEARSLP] on Soundcloud:
Overview. Stroboscopic Artefacts releases ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, a 13-track album curated by Lucy, the nom de techno of Luca Mortellaro. It celebrates ten years of his label by boldly confirming its raison d’être: a continual redefinition of modern techno. ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’ is a various artists album in which the label’s key artists respond to its tenth anniversary with fresh compositions. Artists with divergent perspectives and MOs are equally at home expressing themselves. These tracks’ timbres, tempos and moods differ greatly yet—somewhat improbably—they seem together, ideologically unified. The album will be later complemented by a special remixes EP, with four new reworks of pivotal back catalogue material from the label (Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and Klock). And from fall 2019, Lucy and an incredible cast of Stroboscopic Artefacts artists will begin an extended club tour to mark the anniversary. On ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, Mortellaro features solo as Lucy, in collaboration with Rrose as Lotus Eater and together with Speedy J as Zeitgeber. (Rrose also appears alone with “The Myth of Purity.”) Shifted, Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), James Ruskin, Denise Rabe, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Alessandro Adriani and Serena Butler each feature, representing a group of singular artists whose relationships with the label range from years to months—Stroboscopic Artefacts’ past, present and future must exist simultaneously.
Back in September 2009, Lucy released “Why Don’t You Change / Dub Man Walking,” the first record from Stroboscopic Artefacts, which began a discography that, ten years later, is almost unparalleled in its ambition and vision. Put simply, Mortellaro wanted to create something that didn’t exist. Stroboscopic Artefacts would be respectful of, and indebted to, the great techno and electronic music artists of the past but would develop new paths forward for the label and the genre. The label refused to perpetuate the established dichotomies of electronic music—between the dance floor and home listening, between club music and experimental music, between the past and the future. It took risks knowing it wouldn’t always work. But within a year or so of the label’s inception, it was obvious Stroboscopic Artefacts’ approach had captured imaginations far beyond its Berlin base, showing us that the boundaries of techno are often constructs of limited imagination. The label pursued constantly evolving methods of releasing music. It created concept-driven series like Monad, Stellate and Totem, establishing frameworks that would give freedom in limitation. Standout albums by Lucy, Xhin, Dadub, Zeitgeber, Chevel, Kangding Ray, Lotus Eater and Alessandro Adriani were deeply considered longform presentations. With this new album, remix EP and tour, now is the moment for Stroboscopic Artefacts to look fondly at its past while drawing breath, reenergised, and hinting at new chapters.
07.12.2019 Analog, New York (Alessandro Adriani, Denise Rabe, Lady Starlight, Lucy)
18.01.2020 De School, Amsterdam (Lotus Eater, Lucy, Rrose)
Artist. VA Title. X – Ten Years Of Artefacts Format: 3×12” LP / Digital Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts Cat. No: SA10YEARSLP Release Date: November 15th, 2019 Tracklist. A1. Lotus Eater – Tripholium A2. Shifted – K Pop B1. Efdemin – Entropie B2. L.B. Dub Corp – Look Shiny C1. Rrose – The Myth of Purity C2. Lucy – The Goat God D1. James Ruskin – From Here On D2. Denise Rabe – Paralysed Spheres E1. Zeitgeber – Double Down E2. Adriana Lopez – It All Adds Up F1. Chevel – Va Lavorar F2. Alessandro Adriani – Two Journeys F3. Serena Butler – Giubia Label.
Techno Futurist A new force in techno has emerged. Amid a serious dearth of US techno producers in recent years, Charles Duff, also known as Matrixxman, has been busy soundtracking the technological singularity that unfolds before us. His sound tends to be cold and mechanised yet somehow retains an element of warmth, perhaps even soul, if you will. A lone spark of instantiated humanity that refuses to be extinguished by the din of automata marching toward us. Should you be the type of person who seeks validation from others, his music has been played by the likes of DVS1, Rødhåd, Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Richie Hawtin, and Levon Vincent, to name a few. He has also had the distinct pleasure of being remixed by Larry Heard, Silent Servant, and The Hieroglyphic Being, for whatever that\’s worth. After a steady output of EPs on labels like Dekmantel, Planet Rhythm, and Delft, he released his ﬁrst full-length album on Ghostly International in July of 2015.
Mattia Trani is considered one of the most talented young artists of the techno music landscape of recent years. In 2012, by founding his own label Pushmaster Discs, Mattia managed to score important collaborations with artists like Ben Sims, Juan Atkins, DJ Hyperactive, Ilario Alicante, Rolando, Skudge, DJ Stingray and many others. Today his platform represents a small “musical universe” and his work is supported by many American music heroes like Jeff Mills and Robert Hood, but also European artists like Laurent Garnier and Ben Klock, with Amelie Lens and Nina Kraviz as self-proclaimed fans.
Bringing the listeners from sordid 90’s warehouses to blazing next-millennium cyberpunk sceneries, from drum’n’bass flavours to techno or intricate ambient works; Mattia Trani announced his new triple LP entitled ‘Scenery‘. The 15-track album is going to be out via Pushmaster Discs on May 28th, 2021 in Vinyl and digital formats. (Pre order Triple LP: Bandcamp)
Taking advantage of the announcement of the release of Mattia Trani\’s new album, we had the honor of having an exclusive interview with him, in which he tells us a little more about his new triple LP ‘Scenery’, a little detail about its production, meanings and more. He also tells us a bit about his life and how he is going at the moment.
It is always a good time to share the good news, it turns out that Ben Sims has just announced a completly new 50-track compilation.
Psyk, Mark Broom, Planetary Assault Systems, Truncate, Robert Hood, Steffi are just a few names that are part of the stellar lineup in \”Tribology\”, which also features new music from Function and Ben Sims himself. It is true, Ben Sims has put together a 50-track mix and compilation featuring new music from Steffi, Robert Hood, Planetary Assault Systems and many many more artists.
\”Ben Sims Presents Tribology\” will come out on \”Machine\”, the techno label Sims and Kirk Degiorgio set up in 2012. Both artists have contributed to the release, joining established names like DJ Deep, Vril, Oscar Mulero, Function, Ø [Phase], James Ruskin, Marcel Fengler and Tadeo. All the tracks are new-some so that they have not been named yet. Tribology will be available digitally and as a five-pack vinyl sampler from mid-November.
The realease comes out with a lot of new gigs and important dates, as it comes out, Sims and Degiorgio will hit the road starting at the UK festival Field Maneuvers. Other highlights include sets at Tresor, Ääniwalli in Helsinki and fabric, where they\’ll be joined by Sandrien, Steffi and more gigs with artist related to the announced compilation.
01. Vril – Magnetar 02. Function – Title TBC 03. DJ Deep – The Machine 04. Museum – Mango 05. Tadeo – Releasing Focus 06. Albert Chiovenda – Prototype 454 (Sims JFF Edit) 07. Ben Gibson – Mutability 08. Ø [Phase] – Distorted Logic 09. Z.I.P.P.O – Covenant 10. Oscar Mulero – Title TBC 11. Biemsix – Gestio 2 12. Jeroen Search – Title TBC 13. Insolate – Strike 14. Stef Mendesidis – Sairex 15. Cadans – BITE 16. Charles Green – Musikbox 17. Avision – Rebel 18. Mark Broom – Outside 19. Mike Gervais – Slink 20. Jeroen Search – TITLE TBC 21. VIL – Field 22. Assailants – Effort 7 (Demo Mix) 23. SP-X – Concrete Faces 24. Marco Bruno – Any Given Sunday 25. Tripeo – Sequoia 26. Planetary Assault Systems – The Grinder 27. George Tounisidis – Title TBC 28. ROD – Embase 29. Damon Wild – Statu 30. Tasha – In The Zone 31. Blasha & Allatt – Broughton 93 32. Mark Broom – PEAK2 33. Mark Broom – Loop It 34. Mike Storm – Subsequent Actions 35. Mike Gervais – Solo 36. Biemsix – The Payback 37. Psyk – Voyager 38. James Ruskin – Title TBC 39. Truncate – Rings V1 40. Ritzi Lee – Sketch Take 7 41. Shinedoe – Road 777 (Ben Sims Unreleased Remix) 42. Ben Sims – Hiding The Horizon 43. Julien H Mulder – The Depths 44. Steffi – Title TBC 45. Alienata – The 8th Passenger 46. Museum – Viola Hold 47. Marcel Fengler – Cortex 48. Ben Sims – Drop Out 49. Robert Hood – Gun Talk (Ben Sims JFF Edit) 50. Kirk Degiorgio – Title TBC
2018 Machine Tour Dates.
Aug 31st – Field Maneuvers, Oxfordshire Field Maneuvers 2018 at TBA – London Sept 14th – Ninkasi Tao, Lyon Quasar – Machine Tour at Ninkasi Kao Sept 15th – Elysia, Basel Machine x Elysia: Ben Sims & DJ Pete.. Sept 21st – Tresor, Berlin Tresor Pres. Machine Oct 5th – Six D.O.G.S, Athens Oct 12th – Aaniwalli, Helsinki Oct 13th – Pal, Hamburg Machine x [PAL] Ben Sims Ron Bacardi Spencer Parker Oct 19th – Hangar, Belgrade The Hard Code Project presents Machine Oct 20th – Dockyard Festival, Amsterdam Dockyard Festival ADE Nov 3rd – Fabric, London Machine: Ben Sims, Sandrien, Mike Dehnert & Marcel Fengler
Ben Sims Biography.
From early formative days earning his stripes spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate radio, and at parties around Essex and East London, through the 90\’s as an ever more in demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as a label boss, producer and internationally recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring all facets of underground dance music Throughout that time, the man has honed his reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Be it at clubs like Fabric London, Atomic Jam, Berghain, Florida 135, or any number of festivals around the world, Sims\’ sets are powerful, memorable, and unique, while constantly pushing the boundaries of a DJ set – utilising a mesmerizing blend of vinyl, CDs, and software. As well as carving a reputation as one of the world\’s leading techno DJs, Ben has curated many of his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Theory – an imprint this year celebrating it\’s 40th release, that counts amongst it\’s supporters contemporary connoisseurs like Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and the old guard of Dave Clarke, Robert Hood, Rolando and more – proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise. Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim from his cultured debut long player on Drumcode, 2011\’s Smoke & Mirrors, an album that voyages into Sim\’s unique take on techno, coupled with authentic house outings, thanks to guest appearances from Chicago\’s Tyree Cooper and Detroit\’s Blake Baxter, whilst also showcasing plenty of dubbed-out and grainy textures. Sims has put his name to more than 50 releases in the last two decades. During those years, there has also been a steady stream of high profile remixes of scene heavyweights, including Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Liebing, on labels du jour like AXIS, KMS, CLR and Drumcode, all of which have won as much critical praise as they have crossover success. Despite his veteran status in the scene, Sims has always been keen to evolve. Alongside Kirk Degiorgio, he is co-founder & curator of Machine – a clubnight which focuses on new, unreleased, & upfront music; it\’s primary home in London, but with editions all across Europe each year. His \’Run it Red\’ radio show, broadcast via NTSlive and podcasted afterwards, also serves to solely highlight new music. Run It Red: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/run-it-red-with-ben-sims/id981438117?mt=2