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Five Robert Owens Essentials: Felix Dickinson

December 2, 2015 |

Flashback to fabric’s 16th Birthday: Sunday evening, ravers begrudgingly waiting for Room 3 to open up again to experience what is one of the highlights of the weekend’s birthday celebrations. Unexpected back-to-backs are commonplace and, soon, party vibes fill Room … Read More

Five Essentials: Alan Fitzpatrick

November 23, 2015 |

Memories Of A Tme Once Past But Long Forgotten was my first introduction to Alan Fitzpatrick, a piece that expertly blended emotive and thought-provoking chords and synths with the driving undercurrent of kick drums. It was clear this was an … Read More

Five Essentials: The Boo | ClekClekBoom

February 19, 2015 |

ClekClekBoom is fast becoming the premier exponent of finely-crafted Parisien techno, a sound that replaces the somewhat erstwhile French House’s playful bravado for a more rugged, subterranean feel in 2015. Adrien Creuse aka. The Boo has been co-running ClekClekBoom since 2011 with … Read More

Five Essentials: Deft

March 14, 2014 |

Straddling the divide between the Civil Music, Planet Mu etc-inspired dystopian half-tempo and the scene’s recent reinvention of Chicago footwork sits Deft‘s colourful oeuvre of work in 2014; a versatile and above-all supremely fine-tuned catalogue, from Voight Kampff‘s multi-genre abstraction … Read More

Five Essentials: Gremlinz & Homemade Weapons

November 11, 2013 |

A pair of producers whose depth-excess 170 have been causing quite a stir in 2013, Gremlinz and Homemade Weapons are finally set to come to the fore after a string of brooding, razor-sharp cuts as solo artists on Doc Scott‘s … Read More

Five Essentials: Logos

November 1, 2013 |

One of the biggest exponents of guttural aggression at 130 BPM in 2013, Keysound have always veered engagingly away from the usual confines of the rather derivative ‘bass music’ monicker, and its latest solo artist LP from London-based Logos conforms … Read More

Five Essentials: EHL [Warm Comms]

October 24, 2013 |

Texas-based Warm Comms have always been a reliable outlet for off-centre yet uniformly engaging beats around the 170 mark, and with its sister outlet Pushing Red replicating that success with a string of visceral Techno releases they’re now ready to … Read More

Five Essentials: Oliver Yorke

September 30, 2013 |

Deliciously abstract within the cavernous 170 mould, Oliver Yorke‘s latest single on Italy’s Retrospective Recordings pushes the artist’s name within the same aural sphere as counterparts such as Ruffhouse and Clarity, those who have come to define this sound of … Read More