Monomood – Unexpected Perceptions [ETUILTD011]

It’s been a while since Etui last dropped a vinyl release (ETUILTD010 was excellent, check it here) and they are back in spectacular fashion! Like almost everything Etui put out, I’m tagging this under the Dub Techno Blog Stamp of Approval! Essential Purchase!

Monomood returns to his dubby roots with his fantastic laid back and atmospheric EP Unexpected Perceptions on Etui Records. Remembering the frost and darkness, the first track Wjnter can’t hide it’s origin. Cold chords and warm synths are creating the unique feeling of gloomy days in winter.

With Spuukj Dub on the flip you get a reduced echo-tool with haunting vocals and complex delay structures. Finally Monomood layers some pads and reverbs in the last track Dronje before breaking up the tune with a stunning piano & string combination. Goosebumps.

R. A. P. – Tapes Ep

Smooth techno and dub house tracks feature on the new vinyl 12 from Blind Vision Records.

R.A.P. is an Argentine duo of producers based in Buenos Aires conformed by Maxi Raffone and Juan Manuel Pinal. Hypnotic and classic, are the characteristics of his music reason why National and international djs choose to play their songs. Savor Music, Unlock Recordings, Rationalism, Onward Recordings, Hermine Records, are some labels that relied on their sound.

Merv – Blank EP

Minimood welcomes Copenhagen based master duo MERV for two tantalising new tracks, and thus continues the reductionist dub techno stance the label has been advocating lately. After 2 decades of silence, this new EP marks MERV’s first new material and suggests that they have lost none of their magic touch. BLANK I is nine minutes of expert and exquisite dub techno. The kicks ping with an infectious thump, the dub chords are fantastically crisp and well crafted as they float in space and swallow up the drums. Widescreen and edgeless, warm dubby techno. BLANK II is a equally stripped-back and elegant dub techno affair as BLANK I, yet with a more upright and direct twist. Slapping hits and lively chords are riding above the rolling, loopy drums. A ride that will guide through the deepest nights. Vinyl Only!

Nadja Lind – Tribe Dub EP

Lucidflow make a ninth journey onto wax with label co-owner Nadja Lind’s ‘Tribe Dub’, and no punches have been pulled with the array of top drawer remixers on board – featuring Brendon Moeller, Tigerskin & Jack Jenson, and Terry Lee Brown Jnr. Nadja’s original fires on all cylinders with a frantic sub-bass assault that isn’t going to be happy unless your lungs have been thoroughly bruised by a main room’s speaker stack. As the bass tumbles, phasing dub stabs gracefully arc into the stratosphere and back again.

Production veteran Brendon Moeller steps up first on the mix with an interpretation that plays on the dancing dub elements of the original. A bare percussive anchor runs through the track allowing the rest of the elements to waltz around it in a shimmying and synchronised display.

Usually present under the Dub Taylor guise, Tigerskin adopts his main identity in tandem with Jack Jenson to bring a bit of dreaminess to the dance floor thunder of the original. Here, the elements are whispered, like the hush of walking out on a first light and frost covered morning. As the frozen pads thaw out, you emerge from the countryside into the hustle and bustle of the city, with apt field samples layering over the subtle and insistent groove.

Plastic City head honcho Terry Lee Brown Jnr is given the task of tackling Nadja’s stellar ‘Ignore And Block’. Like Tigerskin & Jack Jenson before it, the theme here is frozen melodies over precisely deployed percussion. Anyone familiar with his work will immediately find them at home in the deep-but-tech groove laid out over the track.

Coming out in 2017, the release will surface on smouldering orange marbled vinyl.