Mr Oizo – Hand In The Fire EP [review]

Mr Oizo - Hand In The Fire EP

French music producer and movie maker Mr Oizo is back with another EP on the legendary Ed Banger Records. Hand In The Fire offers some completely new sounds from Mr Oizo, however old fans will still be pleased with the release. The title song featuring female vocalist Charli XCX offers an 80s worthy performance over a slow burner electro beat. This is definitely the most pop friendly track on the release and honestly …

Mercurius FM & 99LETTERS – Fire [review]

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Up and coming techno artists Mercurius FM and 99LETTERS have released a brand new hard techno single called Fire via Tommie Sunshine’s Brooklyn Fire Records available for free as part of the Fire House 5 compilation. Fire starts off with some hard 909 snares at a brisk 130BPM, which reminds me of artists like 90s Daft Punk and even newer artists like The Partysquad. The track builds with some more percussion and a distorted synthesizer …

Nimbus DeLoud X ALCIA JOSE – Aventador [review]

Nimbus DeLoud X ALCIA JOSE - Aventador

Tommie Sunshine’s Brooklyn Fire Records has a reputation for pushing new and interesting EDM. His latest imprint, Riot House, continues the tradition. While I don’t have much of a taste for the really mainstream sounding stuff, Aventador by Nimbus DeLoud and Alcia Jose seems to enjoy walking the line. It carefully blends popular dance music tastes with a really hard techno sound. The synthesizers offer a fresh twist of aggression over pounding drums. Tribal …

#TBT Boys Noize – 1010 [review]

In dance music, all too often great tracks get forgotten. #TBT is a section about remembering the greats.

Boys Noize - 1010

Boys Noize, the German master at BNR released a single called 1010 in 2010. The track is off the double single 1010 / Yeah via his own label, Boysnoize Records. 1010 clocks in at just 125 BPM and blends the iconic TB-303 with it’s Roland counterpart, the TR-707. The result is a quintessential acid house …

Louisahhh!!! – Want [review]

Louisahhh - Want

American techno diva Louisahhh!!! has released a brand new techno EP called Shadow Work via Bromance Records. Our favorite song on the record is called Want. Want starts off with some deep syncopated techno beats, which fondly reminds me of artists like Green Velvet. As Louisahhh!!!’s vocals appear, the track slowly switches gears into what I could only describe as “space techno”. Deep, deep shades of 80s Bowie appear throughout the track, but …

Diplo X CL X RiFF RAFF X OG Maco – Doctor Pepper (Mercurius FM Remix) [review]

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US artist known as Mercurius FM, has released Diplo X CL X RiFF RAFF X OG MacoDoctor Pepper (Mercurius FM Remix)  as a free download on his Soundcloud page. Doctor Pepper (Mercurius FM Remix) is a really pumped up song that starts off with a sampled bass drum from the original, so you know you’re in bootleg territory. He combines the original’s sounds with techno and philly club style production …

Mystery Skulls – Hellbent feat. Snowblood [review]

Mystery Skulls, Luis Dubuc at Japan Arcade, 2013.
Mystery Skulls, Luis Dubuc at Japan Arcade, 2013.

Mystery Skulls, also known as Luis Dubuc, has been bringing out hits under this alias for a few years now, but is gaining more of the limelight since his Warner Brothers record debut, Forever (2014).  I had the pleasure of meeting Luis Dubuc at my former job in Downtown Los Angeles; Little Tokyo’s Japan Arcade. He was a big fan of our establishment as I am …

Shambok – Heroin House 2 [review]

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Shambok, a techno artist from Rotterdam is releasing their new EP via French EDM label Police Records. While EDM might be a dirty word in Europe (and it can be too in the US), we like to believe it includes our dark techno friends across the ocean! Shambok have made a hard, bassy, and dark record that sounds great. While there are many people doing this, such as some people on Bromance Recs …

Treasure Fingers – Koolaid & Sunny-D [review]

Treasure Fingers - Koolaid

Treasure Fingers has been in the game for a long time. He first appeared on the scene with his electro jam Cross The Dancefloor. Since then, he’s become an EDM and house music staple. He finally started his own label,Psycho Disco, and it’s first release, Koolaid & Sunny-D, is solid. Koolaid by Treasure Fingers is a house track with techno under tones, similar in fashion to a classic Green Velvet cut like …

Etnik – Lilac Dreams & Divisive [review]

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German producer ETNIK is back with a couple of brand new hot jams, Divisive and Lilac Dreams. They’re free singles released via his Soundcloud page, although the download options are no longer available. Lilac Dreams is a distorted vision of techno. The beat, while simple, compliments the driving synthesizers.  Divisive begins with a glitchy, lullaby like synth. It makes you think that this track will be a sweet song. But then, it gets more …