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The Berlin based Dj and producer Nico Cabeza lands on Cosmic Boys’ label Legend with a new two-track EP of high velocity techno, which blends powerful synth lines with thundering percussion. The EP titled ‘Ragnarok‘ has been scheduled to be out on April 22, 2021. We highly recommend it! Full details below. 

Nico Cabeza is an Italian born artist who now living in Berlin, has released his tracks on labels such as Monika Kruse’s Terminal M, Christian Smith’s Tronic and Ramon Tapia’s Say What? imprint.

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Oscar Aguilera’s label HE-ART welcomes Nico Cabeza with his new EP ‘Thunder Spears‘. The release brings out two original tracks composed with Industrial textures, brooding atmospherics and a full batch of energetic techno. The EP will be out the next Friday 18 June 2021. We highly recommend this EP. Stay tuned and read below full details.

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Review: With ‘Need A Connection’, Comic Boys managed to put out another powerful techno EP. In this release, you will find melodramatic sounds, dark whispers, and intense techno at its finest. This two-track bundle is a bomb with all the elements needed to put on fire the darkest dancefloors. Nice, as usual!

 
Cosmic Boys are back on UMEK’s label 1605 for another stomping techno EP in their usual peak time style. The new release has been titled ‘Need A Connection EP’ and is set to be out this Friday November 6th, 2020.

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One of our favorite artists and a couple we like to talk about a lot at Living Techno is undoubtedly the french techno essential duo Cosmic Boys, who always surprise us with strong, dark, but above all elegant releases. 

Now, the duo keep on with their productivity and just announced an upcoming double track EP that has been entitled \”Fireworks\”, that is set to be released on their own label Legend on June 19, 2020. Buy Link: Beatport

This release comes out after their No.1 selling techno track “Evolution” that was made in collaboration with UMEK, and in our opinion, there is no doubt this new EP is going on that way too, because we have listened to the tracks, and we loved the powerful sounds, grinding bass tones and frantic melodies that conform this release.

The EP opens with the title cut “Fireworks” that blends a crunching kick drum with grinding bass tones and frantic melodies. Fast and furious with an epic breakdown, this enthralling cut delivers an intense dance floor experience that is perfect for peak time spins.

Other Identity” is second on the release with its pulsating synths that swell with kinetic energy. Electrically charged and ready to take flight, the breakdown is a thrill-seekers dream as its synth line goes interstellar with pitched-up intensity that will have you gripping the edge of your seat with excitement.

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Overview. Cosmic Boys are fresh off their No.1 selling techno track “Evlolution” that was made in collaboration with UMEK, and are back on their own label Legend with a new two track EP.
Legend has been a regular platform for the Cosmic Boys own output, but their tracks and remixes can also be found on other notable imprints such as UMEK’s 1605, Simina Grigoriu\’s Kuukou and Oscar Aguilera\’s HE-ART. Adam Beyer also opened his recent live set for Cercle with Cosmic Boys track \”Arrival\” which was released on Legend.
Continuing to raise the bar with their peak time style of techno, Cosmic Boys are a French duo who have been building a steady momentum. The high energy tracks with compelling melodies and chunky percussion are an extension of their hybrid DJ sets, which blend synths and drum machines with loops taken from their favourite tracks. Making live edits on the fly, the pairs creativity knows no bounds and the two original tracks on this EP are testament to this.
The EP opens with the title cut “Fireworks” that blends a crunching kick drum with grinding bass tones and frantic melodies. Fast and furious with an epic breakdown, this enthralling cut delivers an intense dance floor experience that is perfect for peak time spins.
“Other Identity” is second on the release with its pulsating synths that swell with kinetic energy. Electrically charged and ready to take flight, the breakdown is a thrill-seekers dream as its synth line goes interstellar with pitched-up intensity that will have you gripping the edge of your seat with excitement.


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Label: Legend
Artist: Cosmic Boys
Title: Fireworks
Release Date: Friday 19 June 2020
Format: Digital

Tracklist.

01. Fireworks
02. Other Identity

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It\’s been a good year for the Cosmic Boys, and it doesn\’t look like it\’s going to stop now. That\’s right, your favorite France Based duo is back with a new EP titled \’Digital Love\’ on their label Legend that features two new tracks in their hard-hitting style of peak time techno made for the dance floor.

The guys last EP \’Fireworks\’ picked up support from the likes of Adam Beyer, Pappenheimer and Roberto Capuano amongst many others, and the tracks are both charted inside of Beatport’s Top 100.

Many will also be familiar with the Cosmic Boys recent collaboration with UMEK on his label 1605, along with their contributions to Richie Hawtin’s iconic Minus.

It\’s been definitely a good year for the french duo, if you are not following their entire path of track this year, it\’s a good moment to start, as their brilliant new release features two original tracks that blend chunky percussion with high velocity rhythm and spine-tingling synth lines.

The EP’s title track “Digital Love” opens the release with dramatic bursts of explosive synths that spring forth to create a dramatic tension. Building towards the twisted euphoria and suspense of the main breakdown, the intensity is unrelenting as the kick drum thunders back in to create a drop of epic proportions.

Second of the two originals “Timeless” is equally ferocious with a compelling energy that is out of this world. Combining a throbbing bassline and high velocity lead synth the “how to release the pressure” vocal is perfectly suited to the onslaught of pent up energy this track unleashes when played at maximum volume, as it’s guaranteed to create a frenzy of excited dancing.

Legend will release \’Digital Love\’ digitally on Friday 14 August 2020. Buy it: Beatport 


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Artist: Cosmic Boys
Title: Digital Love
Label: Legend
Release Date: Friday 14 August 2020
Format: Digital
CAT#: LGD019

Tracklist.

01. Digital Love
02. Timeless

Sometimes music is made for memories… Spring 2004, the first acid and lots of laughter. Who would have thought that it will appear again after 15 years… Gary Holldman presents his first full EP on Otake Records in a different version than on a daily basis. Find here a little Chicago, a little Detroit, Electro and of course Acid. Plus legend DJ Skull who contributes a floating remix in inimitable 90ies-Chicago-style. A truly diverse EP with many unexpected moment and flavors.

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Once again, techno legend DJ T-1000 a.k.a Alan Oldham lands on Bpitch Berlin with a 4-track EP titled ‘The Dirrty Underground‘. We highly recommend this piece if you are into classic percussive techno from back in the days, and rhythms that will make you dance, and dance. The EP will be released on July 16, 2021 in Vinyl and Digital formats. Full details below.

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Download EP: Soon Digitally/Vinyl at Bandcamp

In a new installment of Blueprint Records, label head James Ruskins (one of our favorite producers) continues surprising us, this time in collaboration with a techno legend like Truncate, both heavy weights have prepared a three-track EP entitled \’Sketch\’. The new techno bundle brings out 3 new original filled with the finest sounds of pure and mad techno. This is the first time that the two producers have worked on tracks together. Release date: 30 April (digitally). Vinyl will follow at a later date. Full details below.

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Review: With ‘Desiderati 4.4’, UMEK’s label 1605 puts out 4 very impressive original tracks that follow that melodramatic energizing techno with throbbing bassline and explosive textures that sounds very pleasing. Very nice EP!

Following up a proper series of mixed artist releases, with straight and melodramatic techno at its finest, UMEK’s 1605 label is about to release the fourth volume of its Desiderati series, this time featuring music from Space 92, Loco & Jam, Mha Iri, and a collaboration of Teenage Mutants with Soolver.

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We’ll never get tired of Rekids, their wide range of releases makes them one of the best labels in the circuit, best of all is their special taste when it comes to picking music. Now the turn to make an appearance in the label is for the UK techno legend Mark Broom. This is to announce his upcoming full LP in July.

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Taking on consideration our pure love to the Detroit techno, or essentially in what became a very typical sound of the place. It’s the proper time to share some news, Julian Shamou aka Detroit’s Filthiest announces that he will release new material in March on Motor City Electro Company, an original track full of energy and strong sounds and of course, elegant rhythms, which is accompanied by two powerful remixes by Will Simpson and Oliver Way. Don’t miss it and read the full story below.

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Hello techno community, as you may noticed, we never get tired of writing reviews and of recommending UMEK\’s 1605 Music Therapy releases, because in some way, UMEK always has maintained his particular style in picking and releasing music. The music evolves, new artists emerges, but the style remains, thats why we constantly are following this whole industry of techno he has created.

So, we are pleased to announce that UMEK is back on his label 1605 with a two track EP \”Evolution / Feels Like A Tunnel\” made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys and Teenage Mutants. 

We have to notice the tremendous collabs here, in one hand we have the Cosmic Boys, the duo that are rapidly rising through the ranks of the world’s techno community with notable releases on their own Legend imprint plus others including Popof’s label Form, and now they are becoming part of the 1605 family by making their debut on the label with the release of a new track made in collaboration with the label boss.

By the other hand, Teenage Mutants, who recently dropped a solo EP on 1605, and now they are back to reaffirm their love with the label and made a track with the boss as well.

The release is scheduled to be out this Friday March 13, 2020 in all digital formats under the 1605 label. This release brings out pure techno made for the club, this EP is everything fans have come to expect from UMEK and his label 1605. Stay tuned and read below a little review of the two tracks and full details. 

Review. First track is \”Evolution”,  made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys, \”and it features UMEK’s trademark groove with pulsating synths and rolling percussion. Drawing you in with alluring vocals and hints of euphoria, it’s the perfect blend of dark and light as the shadowy atmosphere is both dark and intense.\”

Second of the tracks made by UMEK and Teenage Mutants is the high velocity cut “Feels Like A Tunnel”, which has dramatic synths that burst forth from the frantic melody, which gives the track and underpinning sense of urgency. Filter sweeps add to the suspense before each drop unleashes its fury upon the dance floor.\”

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Overview. UMEK is back on his label 1605 with a two track EP made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys and Teenage Mutants.
1605 was relaunched in 2019 and since then it’s become a powerhouse of the techno genre with two of the label’s recent releases both currently placed inside Beatport’s Top 10 Sales Chart.
Based in Slovenia, UMEK boasts a career than spans over two decades, and his back catalogue includes many iconic anthems that have spanned generations. In recent times his music can be found on labels like Intec, Suara, Tronic and Filth on Acid.
Teenage Mutants recently dropped a solo EP on 1605, and this time the German duo are back working in collaboration with UMEK, but their solo music can also be found on other high-flying labels such as Terminal M, Noir Music, Set About and Octopus Records.
Cosmic Boys are making their debut on 1605, and their collaboration with UMEK is the perfect way for them to become a part of the label’s family. Hailing from France, the Cosmic Boys are rapidly rising through the ranks of the world’s techno community with notable releases on their own Legend imprint plus others including Popof’s label Form.
“Evolution” made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys opens the release, and it features UMEK’s trademark groove with pulsating synths and rolling percussion. Drawing you in with alluring vocals and hints of euphoria, it’s the perfect blend of dark and light as the shadowy atmosphere is both dark and intense.
Second of the tracks made by UMEK and Teenage Mutants is the high velocity cut “Feels Like A Tunnel”, which has dramatic synths that burst forth from the frantic melody, which gives the track and underpinning sense of urgency. Filter sweeps add to the suspense before each drop unleashes its fury upon the dance floor.
Peak time techno made for the club, this EP is everything fans have come to expect from UMEK and his label 1605.


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Label: 1605
Artist: UMEK, Cosmic Boys, Teenage Mutants
Title: Evolution / Feels Like A Tunnel
Release Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Format: Digital
CAT#: 1605244

Tracklist.

01. UMEK & Cosmic Boys – Evolution
02. UMEK & Teenage Mutants – Feels Like A Tunnel

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Justin Cudmore and Hiroko Yamamura came together and announced the release of a new EP entitled ‘Midwest Panic’ via HE.SHE.THEY. Featuring pleasent acid sounds, elastic drums and freaky synths, this record perfectly encapsulates their shared queer scene experiences and formative years growing up in Chicago. The EP will come out on 13th August 2021 accompainned with a tremendous remix by Hearthrob. Full details below.

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Today’s selected mix is a big one, a must listening mixtape, it is the New Spandau 20 podcast provided by original UK Techno legend Ben Sims. The Hardgroove/Theory Boss is one of the genres most technically gifted and hardworking DJs, who has been spinning Hip Hop, House and rave on pirate radio and parties around Essex and East London since the early 90s. This week it’s his turn on the Spandau 20 series. Listen below.

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Hello techno folks, one of our favorites has something new to share to the world, the thing is that the Ostgut Ton selector & producer Marcel Dettmann (known for compiling and mixing influential compilation albums such as !K7’s DJ Kicks, Dekmantel\’s Selectors, Berghain mix, fabric mix, as well as remixing innovative artists like Junior Boys, Fever Ray, Clark, Mount Kimbie or Moderat,...) will launch a new label called BAD MANNERS in September and the full details for the the first two releases as well as the first label showcase at ADE 2019 are complete and set up, so keep reading below. 

With this new imprint Dettmann offers to artists close to him an undefined space for expression while encouraging unpredictability in format and sound. Bypassing genre limitations and techno cliches, BAD MANNERS will host different artists that Marcel met throughout his decades-spanning career, reflecting both personal relationships as well as shared values and a clear focus on music.

BAD MANNERS launches with an EP by Berlin-based producer Exterminador that will be released on vinyl and digital formats in mid September while the second release will feature remixes of Dettmann’s productions by Detroit legend Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir and multidisciplinary artist Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis who runs the label and events Morphine, out in early October. Read below for full details.

The label is celebrating a first 20-hour showcase on October 18th at Amsterdam’s Shelter during ADE with the likes of DJ Stingray, Discwoman’s Umfang, Miss Kittin, live sets by Luke Slater as Planetary Assault Systems and Vril, BM\’s first affiliated Exterminador and Dettmann himself, to name a few.  Here is the ticket link if you want more info: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1304675 

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Overview. Exterminador is the production and DJ alter ego of Berlin-based music educator and vinyl aficionado Mario Resta. As like-minded musicians both him and Marcel Dettmann share a profound passion for electronic music with soul and attitude, for techno and its many-faceted derivatives. Both producers befriended each other years ago, providing the basis for musical dialogue and exchange. This path led to Exterminador providing the inaugural release on Dettmann\’s new platform BAD MANNERS, in form of four versatile cuts for both peak- and downtime.  “Bleeding From Inside” opens the A-side of BAD MANNERS 2 with a fast-paced, cool and hardhitting electro funk meditation. Afterwards “You Are Not I” features an irresistible bassline atop a boomy kick alongside alluring vocals and hi-hat. B1 sees a stark change in pace and style: “Pericos” is a deep, melodic and bleep-focussed techno tool with occasional fireworks-reminiscent flares. “Scattered Remains” closes this EP with a second track with funk- and even more wave/ebm-leaning rhythm, featuring radio vox to dramatic effect.  BAD MANNERS is the new platform and label by DJ and musician Marcel Dettmann, offering artists close to him an undefined space for expression while encouraging unpredictability in format and sound.

Artist. Exterminador 
Title. BAD MANNERS 2 
Format: 12” / Digital 
Label: BAD MANNERS 
Cat. No: BM2 
Release Date: Mid September  
Tracklist

A1. Bleeding From Inside 
A2. You Are Not I 
B1. Pericos 
B2. Scattered Remains

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Overview. BAD MANNERS 3 offers two club-enabled reworks of classic Marcel Dettmann material by legends Anthony \’Shake\’ Shakir and Morphosis. Both remixes have been previously unreleased and date back many years. Recently resurfaced, the approach of each of the two techno innovators shows how music can survive time: sounding fresh and still way ahead of the curve.  The 12\” starts with motor city\’s very own Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir. Knowing each other since the late 1990s and having shared decks many times, this Detroit-Berlin axis is manifested with the pioneering producer and DJ’s remix of “Eruq”. Here, Shake offers a both playful and fierce take on Dettmann\’s unreleased original, turning it in a multi-layered gem of his that\’s guaranteed to turn heads in sets.   “Works” on B features a deep, groovy 10-minute percussion and synth modulation study by interdisciplinary artist and Berlin-based producer Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis – now rhythmically compelling, then further expanding and stylistically free-floating.  BAD MANNERS is the new platform and label by DJ and musician Marcel Dettmann, offering artists close to him an undefined space for expression while encouraging unpredictability in format and sound. 

Artist. Marcel Dettmann, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Morphosis 
Title. BAD MANNERS 3 
Format: 12” / Digital 
Label: BAD MANNERS 
Cat. No: BM3 
Release Date: Beginning of October  
Tracklist: 
A. Marcel Dettmann – Eruq (Anthony \’Shake\’ Shakir Remix) 
B. Marcel Dettmann – Works (Morphosis 2013 Rework)

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All tracks written & produced by Mario Resta. Cat. No. BM2 – All rights reserved. ℗ & © BAD MANNERS 2019 http://www.badmannersrecords.com/ 

All tracks written & produced by Marcel Dettmann A remixed by Anthony Shakir B remixed by Rabih Beaini  Cat. No. BM3 – All rights reserved. ℗ & © BAD MANNERS 2019 http://www.badmannersrecords.com/

Directly from those -out of limits navigations, let me introduce you to one of most avant-garde musical magicians. With a skillful and proficient hand, Neon Jesus’ mastery over electronic guitar, synthesizers, and drum machines compound effortlessly with his raspy and rugged vocals to coalesce into a truly glorious summation of sound.

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Well, this is definitely an stellar post, its dedicated once again in this blog, to one of the labels that recently has been launching good batches of incredible techno music. Let\’s talk about the latest release on Modularz Records, the label based in the United States, runed by the techno legend \”Developer\” and friends.

Modularz is a label that knows pretty well their music appetite, and has been promoting their unique and very own style of techno music for more than 10 years. Basically, if you have a good taste on techno music, not the regular, you will recognize that the Modularz sound it\’s a special one, prove of that, is their next release, the \”Nuit blanche EP\”, a 5-track EP delivered by the French native dj and producer Paul Ritch, what a bomb right.

This EP showcases those rhythmic bouncing basslines and deep riding kick drums we all know and love, complemented with a mental madness background created in a good deep and dark techno atmosphere of rhythms. Listen below to the upcoming music and stay tuned becase this release is set to be out on September 27th, 2019 in vinyl and digital format.

Listen to Modularz 44 // Nuit blanche EP // By Paul Ritch on Soundcloud.

Overview. Modularz is back once again with a stellar release, this time from gargantuan producer Paul Ritch. The French native is here to deliver five tracks of pulsating techno, breed for the club and another project that adheres to the flagship. The Modularz sound has become so distinct, and this EP showcases those rhythmic bouncing basslines and deep riding kick drums. 
Nuit Blanche is five tracks (one being a bonus track) of punchy dancefloor driving kick drums that are coupled with eccentric modulations and synths. Expect underground crevice hidden chords, deep textured and dripping sounds. Some cuts deliver sci-fi alien beeps and stabs that would make any martian jealous. The hi-hats are icy and the snares hype inducing: no matter the pace each cut is a weapon.
Nuit Blanche is out at the end of September, both on vinyl and digitally under the Modularz imprint.


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Label: Modularz 
Artist: Paul Ritch 
Title: Nuit Blanche EP 
Format: Vinyl and Digital 
Cat.Number: MODULARZ44 
Release Date: September 27th, 2019 
Distribution: Complete 

Tracklist.

01. Nuit Blanche 
02. Insomnie
03. Revelation 
04. Rixe 
05. Sirene (Digital Bonus)

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Yeah, talking about Ellen Allien is always special, she is a DJ, musician, label manager and creative all-rounder, what she has made in techno scene is unique and outstanding. In that order of ideas, talking about her is obligatory and we wanted that to be that way. Check out what  is up in news for our favorite alien.

Now, Ellen drops a new music video & unveils new album remixes. The video was directed by Kieran Behan of Crystal Mafia, postproduction by Pfadfinderei and starring Ellen Allien and clubbers from the Berlin scene. 

As the title and Ellen’s vocals express, the video focus on a \”Free Society\” concept, illustrating a lifestyle free of discrimination. As well, Ellen created a new edit of the track which reinforces its euphoria feeling. 

Following an undisputed presence in the international scene since the mid 90s through her appealing DJ sets, her 8 previous albums as well as numerous EPs and remixes for essential labels like Warp and Mute, her most recent endeavour was on UFO Inc., the fresh label she launched earlier this year, focusing on a raw and energetic sound. 

She developed this vision on her last album ‘Alientronic’ and is now announcing the 2nd remix edition featuring powerful reworks by Berlin duo FJAAK, Bassiani resident Héctor Oaks, Concrete resident Shlømo and acid legend Alien Rain. The first edition featured remixes by Terence Fixmer, Regal and Introversion. For more details read below. 

Watch the new music video of Berlin clubbing icon Ellen Allien for her track \’Free Society’ taken from her album Alientronic that was released on her BPitch label in June.

Overview. Incoming… The second batch of remixes from Ellen Allien’s recent album ‘Alientronic’ is here.
Still sizzling hot from the studios of some of the scene’s brightest talents this bumper package includes four new mixes by artists including Alien Rain and Shlømo plus Hector Oaks and Fjaak. Alien Rain takes on ‘MDMA’, introducing a huge nineties-inspired synth line that is bound to cause uproar. The riff is modulated, twisted and warped, steadily graduating into all out madness towards the latter part of the track. 
Next up is Shlomo with his remix of ‘Exit To Humanity’. The drums go full-on tribalesque giving this one a raucous energy, a short breakdown sends us into the main body of the track which is unrelenting with bright synth lines lighting things up towards the end.Hector Oaks follows up with his version of ‘Free Society’, this one under his Cadency alias. This piston-powered mix takes no prisoners with its hypnotic potency. Ellen’s original riff is spliced with Hector’s inventive instrumental to great effect. 
Infamous 420 lovers FJAAK close the release with their throbbing reinterpretation of ‘Bowie In Harmony’. On this rework, a powerful low end sends tremors through the Earth’s surface as a menacing acid lick wriggles and squirms in the background.


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Artist. ELLEN ALLIEN 
Title. ALIENTRONIC RMXS 2
Label. BPITCH
Release date: September 27
Cat number. BPX003
Format. 12\”/ Digital

Tracklist.

A1.  MDMA (Alien Rain Remix)(6:31) 
A2. Exit To Humanity (Shlømo Space Invaders Remix)(5:17) 
B1.  Free Society (Hector Oaks A.K.A. Cadency Heartcore Remix)(6:19) 
B2. Bowie In Harmony (Fjaak Remix)(5:12)

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Video.
directed by Kieran Behan
dop Viktor Sloth
Postproduction Pfadfinerei
VHS camera Shira Kela and Kieran Behan
Casting and Styling Halla Farhat
Hair and Makeup: Christian Fritzenwanker and Sarah Marx
Cast: Braulia Bandeira, Slavis Frank, Emma Nolander, Niclais Raven