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UK DJ and producer Rohan Walder, aka Randomer furthers his exploration into deep, spatial techno on Dekmantel’s UFO imprint. Fusing together two-step rhythms, cavernous beats, distortion, layered kicks, and an attentive detail to sound design, Randomer delivers an uncompromising array of abstract and destructive techno tracks.

Randomer’s approach to techno has always maintained a bassier, obtuse approach to sound, with polyrhythmic beats that have helped set his sonic identity apart from his peers. Having released the "Running Dry EP" on DKMNTL UFO in 2016, Randomer is firmly establishing himself as one of the label’s favourite artists, with a resounding appearance at the Dekmantel festival in São Paulo, and a prime slot awaiting for him in the UFO tent at this year’s festival in Amsterdam (happenin' this very weekend! - ed)

Kicking off with "Van Pelt", which skips along at just over 130bmp and textured with kicks that sound like two robust, metal dumpsters being hit together. Littered in the background are gongs, random percussive sounds, and something very alien, making it the perfect track for the UFO tent. "Shadow Harp" is quintessential UK techno, with yet more thudding, dark-kicks layered against a syncopated plucked and jarring bass. Birmingham would be proud! "Dissolve" drips and oozes with a sunken undercurrent of dystopic-melancholy, driving in ruptured reverb with a tribal percussive foundation. Final track "Slicing" dares to take things a little further, as the rounded-hollow kicks punctuate against more metallic, and analogue sounds - like a war of machines, set to a rhythm of abstract, free-flowing gust of techno cuts. Throughout the four-tracks, Randomer showcases his innate ability to excite and surprise with dynamism, and cutting sounds, with a technique that has been well-honed throughout the years. As he stated in an interview with Resident Advisor in 2016; 'Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.'


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Matt says: F***in' love Randomer me... Always ear-catching and edgy. His rhythmic body attacks never fail to bash the floor. Prop's gee!

Parrish Smith

Sex, Suicide & Speed Metal

Parrish Smith makes his Dekmantel debut on the label’s sister-techno imprint, UFO, with a blend of avant garde electronics and industrial vibrations.
"Sex, Suicide & Speed Metal" sees Dutch producer Parrish Smith work outside of the realm of genres and tempos, creating his own unique template of saturated and crunchy music with a punk spirit running throughout. With title track "Sex, Suicide & Speed Metal", Parrish Smith channels his inner Alan Vega, with some screaming guitars, and 65bpm machine-crunching body beats, lurching into a sultry space of slick wave music. "Mute" jacks up the feeling of tempo, rife with energetic drum machines, pulsing synths and retro-fitted vocals, similar to the sound of something Daniel Miller might have released himself back in the early 80s. "Skins", delves further into the mechanical, with a grinding bass that bleeds through the track’s entirety, while "Fall Into Sin" sees him explore the world of deconstructed, gothic-pop yet further. An inspired set from this new signing.


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Barry says: Taking the throbbing dystopian pulse of early industrial music and infusing it with a more modern percussive drive and rhythmic flow was never going to be a particularly easy task, but Parrish Smith has managed to give life to the shadowed galvanised beats and distorted vox. Propulsive but nuanced, this is an essential for any fan of industrial, minimal wave or new beat.

Sweeping in like an African breeze, "Sirocco" is the second EP by Bruxas, the psychedelic, beat-driven, tropical, house group consisting of Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic, featuring the percussive talents of Jungle By Night’s Tienson Smeets. If you're not yet hip to these sunkissed cats, this is a fine introduction, delving into the world of exotic, cinematic, Balearic-sunshine. A leisurely, pleasurely cruise layered with phazed-out, tropical synths. It’s a sound for the summer. Good vibes only please.
Following up from last year’s "Más Profundo EP", Bruxas return with Sirocco, an EP named after the Mediterranean wind warmed up by the sun drenched Saharan sands. Lead track ’Sirocco’ washes over like a sea current of dreamy, tribal, synth-wave, flowing and ebbing in mixed colours of a psychedelic haze. It teases of something grandiose, which later appears in the form of a club version. Remixed for some secret island hideaway orchestrated by DJ Harvey, 'Sirocco (Club Version)' builds on the resplendent melodies and driving percussion of the original, adding some foot-tapping, devilish keys and retro-progressive synth lines to add subtle, summery tension and flare. 'Hermes’ meanwhile drives along at a casual 100bpm, with a cumbia-styled Casio line, and a jaunty, leisure-like, Latin-groove, and fiesta feel. The final track on the EP, 'Maria’s Holiday' has another up-beat, Casio-styled groove, set alongside a poolside party, with bongo-beat rumblings and a disco rhythm. It’s the soundtrack to a summer cocktail party, to watch the sun slowly set on a tropical fiesta.


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Patrick says: Wicked worldly grooves from the mighty Bruxas here, as the retro-tropical duo don the safari gear and weave through the undergrowth. Sultry as you like and drenched in sunkissed sound design, this loose grooves are the perfect dance floor scorcher for house, disco and Balearic types.

Dutch psych-rock artiste Jacco Gardner, and production partner in crime, the percussive culprit behind many a twisted tropical beat, Nic Mauskovic, have teamed up for a devilish EP of cinematic, Balearic disco for their debut EP as Bruxas. Wielding a love for the wild and exotic, "Más Profundo" is a record influenced by the black arts, the sun, and the love of making nostalgic, summertime music. Gardner's self-titled solo project, featuring Mauskovic on drums - has to date, won him many, global plaudits, comparing him to the likes of Broadcast, and Tame Impala. Mauskovic meanwhile garnered himself a reputation for sub-equatorial percussion, featuring in bands such as Altin Gün, Eerie Wanda, and of course, the aptly-titled cumbia, new-wave act, The Mauskovic Dance Band. Bruxas came together when the two were playing backing band for the 70s James Brown-meets-Black Sabbath act, Witch (!!!). Feeling inspired, they began their collaborative musical odyssey by writing new music together in Portugal (Bruxas is Portuguese for witch by the way). Gardner states, (what started the project was) 'our love of 70s soundtracks, library music, African disco, and Afrobreat.' Mixing together their well-honed percussive rhythms, along with layered synths and the occasional vocal, Bruxas was born; a project less on the side of fuzz-rock, and more on the side of an occultist rhythmic, devil-dance. The Dekmantel EP is a kaleidoscope cabinet of curiosities, unearthed from the tropical wilderness. "Más Profundo" is the deepest of all the treasures, while "Tropicacovas", with its wistful island ambiance, conga beats and rolling bass, soundtracks the whole affair, before delving into the jungle with "Selva Cosmica". Animals gasp as the energy becomes more electric, while the Dutch duo play on, with "Plantas Falsas". A true carnival of wild assorts. Drinks are free. Fun, and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone. 'Each track is a little journey, some through Africa, others just at a fancy Italian pool party,' Gardner says about the EP, 'there is definitely a worldly character about them, which ties into the exotica element that connects all the tracks' and we'd certainly agree. Set to be very big here at Picc HQ - we recommended getting those skates on sharpish if you want in on the action. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Jacco Gardner and tropical beat freak Nic Mauskovic get behind the console for a Dekmantel debut of otherworldly exotica, Balearic disco and cosmic safari. It's rhythmic, psychedelic and full of hooks - just the way we like it!

Recorded in an ageing holiday park during off-season, "Center Parcs" is the debut LP by Dutch artists Betonkust & Palmbomen II; a conceptual, musical-tristesse full of lo-fi harmony and fanciful, psychedelic-coloured modulations. With an undercurrent of in-vogue saturation - beats, vintage synths and the omnipresent gnarl of the Roland 303 - all recorded to tape. the duo have crafted an LP of esoteric-electronic-pop, reflective of the time the two spent holed-up in isolation, in the out-of-time Center Parcs setting.

'It’s a weird environment, but we like it,' Palmbomen II says about "Center Parcs", where the album was recorded. Originally built in the 70s, Center Parcs De Eemhof in Zeewolde provides a pseudo-tropical environment for vacationing families, with an ageing, ersatz jungle; its faux decor gradually fading to grey. Recorded during the winter, the two Dutch men took-up home in one the park’s chalets with select hardware - predominately synths and drum machines - and recorded all of their progress to tape. Being the only occupants in the melancholic, somber settings, the duo made an LP that was reflective of the unpretentious surroundings. 'Some people think it’s ironic, but this is not a tongue-in-cheek joke,' Hugo says about the record. 'There’s sadness here that people try not to hide.'

Everything on "Center Parcs" was recorded on hardware, in the moment; 'real jams' as the guys describe them. No computers. It was through this in-the-present-process that led to the recondite, lo-fi shoegaze record, reflective of their shared influences - from the likes of I-F. through to Cocteau Twins.

Opener "24x33", has a reverberated VHS aesthetic; "De rust die je zocht"('The peace you were looking for') sounds like an angelic score to a forgotten family game show; "Nintendo Pantera" a solemn, upbeat Detroit-retroffited-vapourware melody. The album is a follow up to the "Center Parcs EP" - the producer’s debut cassette release on Canadian label 1080p in 2016. This will be the first time that these tracks have been made widely available, and on vinyl release, and is seen by both artists as a chance to expand on the moment that they captured together - to share the beautiful-tristesse with all.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Proper feelin' this concept me. If anyone wants to rent a chalet in Southport Pontins this winter and make some lo-fi gabber with me - you know where to find me... x

The final part in Dekmantel's 10 year anniversary series. Tony Allen’s "Asiko (In A Silent Mix)" is subject to attention. Originally released in 1999, new house stalwart MCDE has been drafted into create the last remix for this iconic series who goes a little bit Joe Clausell as he takes it deep into afro-house spirituality. A deep rooted tribal groove encompasses the track as the vocal parts undergo dubbed out delays and percussion lines are introduced with a keen eye for dancefloor attenuation. Unfolding into quite the feel-good epic, as the beats reside and the true flavour from the original composition is given room and light to breath this is one of those truly universal tracks that'll unite a daytime festival crowd as the energy of the day gives way into the magic of night.

Also included is the undeniably impressive original version - a deep meditation on Allen's skilled drum work coupled with a hypnotic vocal part and languid, sweltered aesthetic as if you're baking in the African sunshine waiting for the air to cool before commencing more strenuous activity.


Betonkust & Palmbomen Ii

Leo / Mirjam (Incl Legowelt Remix) -

Taken from the forthcoming Dekmantel LP "Center Parcs" by esoteric Dutch production duo Betonkust & Palmbomen II, comes double A-side EP: "Leo / Mirjam". The track is an amalgamation of upbeat exotica, proto-house influences, anTaken from the forthcoming Dekmantel LP "Center Parcs" by esoteric Dutch production duo Betonkust & Palmbomen II, comes double A-side EP: "Leo / Mirjam". The track is an amalgamation of upbeat exotica, proto-house influences, and a smattering of up-to-date saturation. The flip features a special, unyielding, acid-tempo rework by Legowelt which should appeal to fans of RX-101 and Suction Records. Likely to vanish soon.. TIP!d a smattering of up-to-date saturation.  The flip features a special, unyielding, acid-tempo rework by Legowelt which should appeal to fans of RX-101 and Suction Records. Likely to vanish soon.. TIP!

Uncompromising, unpredictable and latterly unstoppable, German DJ Lena Willikens has carved out her own niche in the often bro-ey world of the nightclub. A key member of Dusseldorf's celebrated Salon scene, Willikens eagerly eschews genre confines and dance floor limitations to explore "different temperatures, different time zones, different moods and a healthy portion of chaos.” That willingness to buck convention also extends to this compilation, as the German DJ and celebrated Salon des Amateurs resident has elected to stock her contribution to the Selectors series with a surprising number of previously unreleased tracks. “I’ve been playing most of these songs for a while now,” she explains. “I benefit from my friends and colleagues who constantly send me their unreleased music. Now I want to give something back by sharing these tracks with everybody.”
Nevertheless, those looking for vintage gems won’t be disappointed, as Willikens has also included a handful of oddball favorites from her record bag. At the same time, she’s made a point to avoid notably rare and expensive tunes. “There are already enough passionate people out there doing a great job digging and reissuing,” she says. Instead, her curatorial instincts have taken her in a much more conceptual direction, which she describes as a “little trip through the dunes.” She adds, “It might be challenging to walk or dance on the sand, so perhaps it’s more comfortable to lay down and glide along without having a certain destination in mind.” 


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Sharp witted selector Lena Willikens adds her name to the Dekmantel compilation series, coming through with a set packed with unreleased gems from her underground pals. Whether it's E-bloc synthwave, industrial funk, shortwave ambient or conceptual techno, the quality never dips below the A-grade. This is as close as you'll get to hearing one of the world's best DJs without leaving your front room.

As part of the ten-year anniversary Dekmantel presents the final record in a ten-part-EP series. Split into two parts due to its immensity, the final instalment is a re-issue of Tony Allen’s ‘Asiko (In A Silent Mix)’ originally released in 1999 and remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble and Ricardo Villalobos. The first part features a grandiose 29-minute Ricardo Villalobos version of the Afrobeat master’s cut. A true collaboration of giants.
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Having been a regular at the festival for several years now, Villalobos delivers a remix, one of his longest to date, that only he can produce. Allowing the percussion to breathe into a monumental rhythm, Villalobos warps the vocals, restructuring the bass and drums into a rolling dub-fusion of techno that is characteristic of his remixes to date, yet still breathtaking in its execution. Afrobeat-minimalism, with dub-infused fire, and near psychedelic ambience that perfectly synchs the worlds of Tony Allen, and Ricardo Villalobos, two legends who’ve helped re-shape the face of music.

Highlighting the diversity of sounds that have come to represent the Dutch label and festival series, the EPs to date have encompassed a range of artists and genres, featuring label favourites, as well as whole bunch of debuting artists. The EP series kicked off in March 2018, and over the course of a year featured the likes of Gigi Masin, Lena Willikens, Burnt Friedman, Donato Dozzy, The Egyptian Lover, Palms Trax, and more.

Space Dimension Controller

Gaining Time

Belfast-producer Space Dimension Controller, aka Jack Hamill drops his debut on Dekmental. "Gaining Time" clocks in at over 35-minutes, phasing between cosmic house and interstellar ambient strata with easy and confidence. Kicking off with "Everything is Better Now" and a countdown that blasts off into a trans-dimensional 14-minute journey of warped kicks, pads that phase in-and-out of our conventional timezone, a bassline that doesn’t pop-up until the four-minute mark like a gravity fluctuation abruptly peering through a temporary wormhole, melody, character, and a free flowing story arc worthy of the Space Dimension Controller himself. "NRG Intersect" is a beautiful 15-minute ambient transmission from outer space, played out with synth chords, across strummed melodies and a tape deck hitch here and there, like an uncoded language from a far off land - as if Brian Eno himself has forgotten to include the track on his lunar, legacy record "Apollo". ‘Still Returning’ takes the ambient coding and minimizes it yet further, like Solaris itself beckoning from its cloudy, deep, mystic blue oceans.

The Dekmantel Selectors compilation series is set to continue with a highly anticipated edition curated by Joy Orbison. First announced in 2015 when the Selectors project was unveiled, the fourth compilation in the series finds the singular UK talent curating a sort of tribute to his home country and its rich musical history. Like many of us, Joy Orbison (a.k.a. Peter O'Grady) is a product of his environment. Based in London, he's keenly aware of the UK's unique musical landscape and the role it's played in shaping his own artistic vision. Growing up, the sounds of garage, jungle and dubstep all made an impression on him, but O'Grady knows that the roots of this music go back much further. "Soundsystem culture is a thread that runs through almost everything here," he says. "It's had a huge effect on me, sometimes without me even knowing it."
In keeping with previous Selectors compilations, O'Grady's contribution to the series is not a mix CD, but a collection of hand-picked tracks from his own archives. Touching on everything from shuffling garage and loopy techno to booming jungle and a number of distinctly British hybrids, it's a diverse collection to be sure, but O'Grady prefers to focus on what ties these tracks together. "We're a lot more focused on BPM and genre these days," he says, "but I can honestly say that didn't really cross my mind while I was compiling this. In my mind, all these tracks have a lot in common."
"What I do is a direct result of this music and I'm indebted to the sociological factors that brought it to life," explains O’Grady. "The UK at its best is a celebration of diverse cultures intertwining and creating beautiful results. Hopefully this collection of music can document a piece of that. Now more than ever, it seems important to acknowledge and celebrate this."

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: As you'd expect, the mighty Joy O curates an all killer set of wobbling bass jams, tough techno, shuffling garage and frenzied jungle, taking us through the sonic signposts which have directed his sets. The fact that this compilation sounds so current is a testament to the main man's position at the forefront of contemporary dance music.

As the Dekmantel series continues in earnest, we see another plethora of cutting-edge artists welcomed by the forward-gazing camp. Italy's modular techno legend, Donato Dozzy is joined by Belgium electronic monolith Peter van Hoesen for an exercise in psychedelic tribalism that's both painfully current and mind-bendingly unique. Dutch producer Deniro has garnered a more cult-like reputation for his spacey, progressive jams, earning him the admiration of Nina Kraviz who recently released his new EP "Mendoza" on her Trip label. Returning to Dekmantel, "Serval" acts as a woozy journey to an Detroitian, mechanized world which has motor city spirit coursing through its veins and with a technological prowess to boot. Talismann, aka Guy Blanken, aka Makam, is another, much travelled Dutch producer. With a specialty for hypnotic drones and apocalyptic rhythms, "Aciano" sees the producer dip his toe into cataclysmic acid and corrosive atmospheres, making a skeletal but destructive warehouse track that spits its lysergic toxins aggressively from its core. "Sexual Frustration" by Matrixxman sees another barrage of acid; this time its slightly more dance-centric, wrapping itself around a rock solid, factory-line 4/4. Another great record cementing this truly essential series for lovers of brand new, forward thinking dance music. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: We've been enjoying one of these pretty much every other week for a coupla months now but this one, full of oddball techno freaks, takes the biscuit.

Gal (Juju) and Jordan (Jordash) return to their home on Dekmanter with their fourth LP for the label. A series of purpose-written compositions, that highlight their maturity as musicians, adept dexterity in the studio and ability to conjure up exciting new electronic music. An integral part of Dekmantel, the duo released the labels first record back in 2009, beginning what would be an illustrious career, touring festivals, clubs, Boiler Rooms and radio stations behind a tabletop of buttons, knobs, synths and drum machines, not forgetting their monumental pairing with Move D for the Magic Mountain High project.

"Sis-boom-bah"’s diverse, spiritual nature is built around Juju & Jordash's use of polyrhythms. The percussive sequenced grooves, and rhythmic backbone was generated using the Yamaha DX7, along with the Roland TR606 drum machine. This approach to rhythm can be heard from the outset within the very first track "Herkie", an ephemeral, yet tribal approach to minimalist funk. The spirituality flows throughout the record, where it sounds like the duo have brought along the nature with them from the foresty raves. In actually fact, the background noise comes courtesy of noise generators from two separate synthesizers, each with its own filter slowly opening and closing so it kinda sounds like waves or wind. There are also nods towards their acid influences, with some surefire slices of house music too. "Sis-boom-bah" is still very much a Juju & Jordash record, yet it's one with a greater depth, musically and stylistically. As electronic music albums go, it's one of the greatest triumphs of the year.


Dutch DJ, producer and Dekmantel family member Young Marco kicks things off with a beautiful, melodic, waterfall of a track. It’s a record you’ll want to play out on a yacht, while sipping on a rosé under the warm, afternoon sun. 2017 has been nothing short of an epic year for Marco, having already compiled the second in the Selectors compilation series for Dekmantel, in addition to having released the second LP as Gaussian Curve, alongside Gigi Masin, and Johnny Nash. Marco is in good company, as Dutch-based artist Suzanne Kraft crafts a delightful, ambient-meets-house, summer groove, that lives at the most relaxed of paces, sitting side-by-side on the A-side. Flip the record over and Dekmantel favourite, and Dutch house institute Tom Trago finds himself in a moment of blissful summer haze, with soft, sonic-pallets and waving melodies. Concluding the record is long serving Dekmantel mainstay, and Rednose Distrikt main-man Awanto 3 with an analogue, and feel-good, electro-beat rhythm.

Piccadilly favourite, video game fanatic and former breakdance champ Jan Schulte makes his Dekmantel debut with "Peace Moves", an EP of percussive soul, that captures the Salon Des Amateurs resident in full, tribal swing. Blasting out the A-side with tough body moving breaks, rasping vocal idents and skewed synth riffery, the main mix of "Peace Moves" harnesses the 5 a.m. insanity of a mushroom fuelled romp, deploying a Tri Atma style 12 string riff to totally trip the hippie dancers out. Breakbeat king and previous collaborator DJ Normal drops by on the A2, taking the intensity up a notch with a 'back to the oldschool', 'carpark in North Manchester', 'pocket full of pingers' 'ardcore mix complete with nagging bass, synth strings and more energy than a whizzed up all nighter at R&S HQ, 1993. Over on the flip, Bufi brings the euphoria with a medicated, manipulated dream-house flip on "Peace Moves", infusing the OG with doped up sequences and sultry incense tinged pads. Saving my personal favourite til last, Jan hits us with "Graffiti Moves", a kaleidoscopic vision of cut up funk breaks, tribal percussion, ring modulated leadlines and well wonky fx abuse. Expect to hear this on the Talking Drums dancefloor very soon.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Fresh from a tour of Deutschland's Tropical Drums, Jan Schulte makes his Dekmantel debut with this rhythmic release of future primitive breakbeats and neon-tinged freakouts. Paying homage to his Bboy heritage, Bufiman blends arcade rave riffs and cybernetic breaks into prime midtempo madness, while good buddy DJ Normal 4 does it for the 'ardcore crew.

Following celebrated compilations from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Young Marco and with the second edition of its limited-capacity festival in Croatia right around the corner, Dekmantel’s Selectors series now continues with an edition curated by Marcel Dettmann. Although he’s now known as one of the world’s most celebrated techno artists, even Marcel Dettmann had to start somewhere. Long before he ever held court at Berghain (or its predecessor, Ostgut), he was just another young boy in Eastern Germany, one whose earliest encounters with capitalism involved spending every penny he could scrape together down at the local record shop. In those days, it wasn’t techno that got him excited, but new wave, post-punk, industrial and EBM acts like Front 242 and Depeche Mode. That inspiration can be heard across this edition of the Selectors series, as Dettmann has put together what he describes as a 'pre-techno compilation'. Much like the previous Selectors editions, the compilation is not a mix CD, but a collection of tracks hand picked by Dettmann from his own vinyl archives. Freshly remastered and occasionally reworked or re-edited by Dettmann himself, the songs here are undoubtedly vintage gems, but they also represent a very personal journey into Dettmann’s past. Perfectly timed to coincide with Jamal Moss' reissues of his seminal 'Medusa Edits' series - inspired by his 'pre-house' days spent in Chicago's all ages rock club (where a lot of similar influences and sounds to this comp would be heard); it seems like we're on the brink of a proto-techno / industrial revolution folks! (and not a cotton mill in sight!). Don some black eye-liner, crack out that trench coat and get down to the sounds of the underground.
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Right folks, in case you didn't know, Young Marco is one of the best DJs out there. If you go and see him spin, you can expect to hear a whole load of hot shit you never knew existed, snatched from the very extremes of the musical spectrum - this is a man who gives as few fucks about genres as he does about his lungs. A former skate rat who grew up loving American post-hardcore and ’90s hip-hop as much as early Warp Records, he’s been affiliated over the years with Amsterdam institutions such as Rush Hour, Red Light Records (where you'll find him most weekdays!) and Dekmantel itself. Still, there’s no question that he’s always followed his own path, even during the years that playing his favorite records meant that he was occasionally clearing dancefloors. Things are different these days, of course, as Sterk now regularly plays around the globe and has been widely hailed not just for his DJ talents, but also for his digging prowess and uncanny ability to pluck jams out of genres, eras and geographies that even veteran DJs will often ignore.
But Marco’s entry in the Selectors series ain’t some soulless collection of “Holy Grail” rarities. “Where’s the fun in that?” he explains. “Anybody with an internet connection can check what flavor-of-the-month records are in demand.” Just like the first Selectors compilation, this is not a mix CD, but a collection of hand-picked, unmixed tracks that Sterk has personally chosen from his own vinyl archives. Moreover, Marco has put together a collection of tracks that represent not only how he plays music, but also how he makes music himself. The songs here are melodic, electronic and bound together by a refreshing sense of naiveté. Nothing sounds overly calculated; the tunes here span several decades and include dollar-bin records, avant-garde records, club records and yes, a few things that collector types have likely been looking to get their hands on. It's not meant to be a grand statement, as Marco would rather provide an honest snapshot of his musical tastes and share a few of his favorite tracks and artists in the process.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Young Marco laughs in the face of genre confines and journalistic snobbery to serve us an upfront selection of cross-genre bangers from all over the place. Electro, disco, deep house, future primitive, ket-funk, coke-boogie and avant-nicotine all feature on your new favourite compilation.

In 2016 Dekmantel will see the launch of both a limited-capacity festival and compilation series, both bearing the Selectors name. The compilations will come first, with Motor City Drum Ensemble, Young Marco, and Joy Orbison at the helm of the initial three chapters. These are not mix CDs; every Selectors compilation will include a collection of hand-picked, unmixed tracks personally curated by the artist.

Admittedly, drawing a line between "selectors" and mere DJs is an all-but-impossible task- it's essentially a "you know it when you see it" proposition - but it's hard to argue that Motor City Drum Ensemble (Danilo Plessow) doesn't tick all of the required boxes. He's been digging for records since his teenage years, and his DJing has become the stuff of legend.

In truth, Plessow's relationship with Dekmantel dates back to the earliest days of the Motor City Drum Ensemble project, making him a natural candidate to head up the inaugural Selectors compilation. As expected, he's thrown himself into the task; selecting a want list from his collection of 15,000 records was no easy task, but getting permission for the final tracklist was even tougher.

One song in particular, Raphael Green's "Don't Mess with the Devil," required him to personally call up a church in St. Louis, Missouri. "The guy, he's a Bishop," he says. "When the Ferguson protests were happening, for example, he was on CNN explaining his thoughts on the whole thing, so he's a known public figure, but nobody really knew that he had this amazing record that was recorded in '79 or '80. His voice is just unbelievable. It's the kind of record that when I heard it the first time, I couldn't believe that there had only been like 100 copies pressed, and that this wasn't actually big."

Motor City Drum Ensemble's record bag is full of these kinds of gems, but he has no qualms about sharing a few of his secret weapons with a wider audience. "I wanted to get some of the stuff that is really, really hard to get, and make it available for younger people," he explains. "I used to be in the same situation. Back when I was 18, I would listen to a Rainer Truby mix and he would only play these $400 Brazilian records. I was like, 'Fuck, how am I ever going to be able to afford these?' I was glad when there was a reissue, and it's a bit the same with the compilation now."

"Basically," he explains, "the approach for the compilation was, 'If I walked into a record store, what kind of compilation would I buy?' That's what I did." 

Fatima Yamaha

What's A Girl To Do

    Surprise re-issue of this near mythical 12"! It seems nearly everybody missed it the first time round... Dekmantel & Magnetron do the right thing and polish up the old girl to 2015 standards. Expect to hear this absolutely everywhere this summer.


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