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Connecticut's Jon Beall, recording as Entro Senestre, has gained critical acclaim thanks to brilliant releases on labels like W.T. Records, Echovolt and L.I.E.S.. On his debut for Dekmantel, Beall has taken his signature vintage flavors of techno and electro and pushed them into news spheres of the frightening, combining chalky, continuous drum tracks with an ear for emotionally challenging melodies. Championing timeless electro-techno that breathes real soul, this four tracker does Senestre proud and alters a dynamic EP that is ear-piercing and contemplative, nifty and evocative. 

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.
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.

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 last record in the series sees MCDE delivering a trademark track that will send dance floors on fire worldwide.
Part two of the EP features the Motor City Drum Ensemble remix, and the original “In A Silent Mix” version from 1999; a track out of its time when released on Allen’s sole record “Black Voices”. A long serving Dekmantel veteran, Danilo Plessow was there from the start. After compiling the first Selector’s compilation last year, MCDE turns Tony Allen’s masterpiece in a jam, with added house beats, giving the funk number the edit treatment. The final mix sounds like the kind of track you would hear MCDE play in one of his sets as he’s firing up the heat. The organ sounds and trumpets are left high in the mix, to create an unforgettable hook that resonates throughout, in complete Motor City style.

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.

Lena Willikens is the kind of artist who’s only capable of following one path – her own. In many ways, she’s the archetypal selector, an unpredictable DJ who often eschews all notions of genre in favor of what she describes as “different temperatures, different time zones, different moods and a healthy portion of chaos.” Although her methods have certainly proven effective on the dancefloor, Willikens also refuses to be bound by its traditional limitations.
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.”

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.

Dekmantel's epic anniversary series rounds the final corner with a top 12" featuring Dekmantel debuts for Lena Willikens, Space Dimension Controller, and Dutch lo-fi stars Betonkust and Palmbomen, in addition to a special cut by Bufiman.
Piccadilly fave, Salon resident, and general gee Wolf Muller keeps his hot streak alive and well here, following up his killer Growing Bin LP with the percussive powerhouse "Hymn To The Moonface (Break Mix)". Shouting out to the bboys, Bufi puts the breakbeats at the forefront, rounding out the track with proggy fx, trippy soundscaping and a killer weirdo-wind melody.   Dutch duo Betonkust and Palmbomen release their first track on Dekmantel with 'Onrust Bij Tihange' - an ode to the Tihange Nuclear Power Station in Belgium. Specialists in crafting lo-fi, nostalgic sounds, Betonkust and Palmbomen do what they do best, with a pulsing, analog, nostalgic electro track that sounds as if it's been fed through a VHS player on top of recording of Miami Vice. What happened at Tihange through is another question.
Belfast-producer Space Dimension Controller, a.k.a. Jack Hamill adds some galactic, space-flare, mid-tempo, D-funk to the flip side. With a debut EP dropping on Dekmantel soon, SDC contributes one of his most beautiful compositions to date, highlighting his flair for melody, blending it astutely together with rich techno hat and snare combos. Concluding the record, is Piccadilly favourite and Dekmantel regular, Lena Willikens. After so many appearances across so many of Dekmantel festivals, it makes total sense for the the astute selector to release a rare production on the label. Willikens' dark wavey cut is something one would expect to hear in one of her sets, sounding like a modern take of a long-forgotten, and unknown krautrock band.


Patrick says: Batshit breaks from Bufiman, VHS vibes from Betonkust & Palmbomen II, quasar funk from Space Dimension Controller and a dark wired destroyer from Lena - Big up Dekmantel!

Robert Hood

Paradym Shift - Vol 3

Robert Hood continues to put in some fine work for electronic taste makers, festival curators and, of course, record label, Dekmantel. Following on from the 2017 LP, the Detroit legend delivers the final installment in a trilogy of records for the Dutch label that initially began back in February 2016. Now based in Alabama, the techno legend embraces his trademark, minimal sounds that defined his earlier career.

'The idea behind "Paradygm Shift" is similar to a shift in our focus. We can become so complacent; we are so comfortable with our surroundings, I think this is the time for electronic music to find a new mindset.' (Robert Hood)

Kicking off with "Red Machine", where again parallels can be drawn between the days of "Minimal Nation" and "Internal Empire" - the sound is sparse and brutalistic, representing a challenged future. A progressive melody syncopates with the track's percussive backbone, arching its way into the track’s eventual finale. On the B-side, "Transform" provides some heavy, stripped down techno, making full use of the 606 whilst adding plenty of other stimulating textures. Like a lot of Hood's output, "Transform" makes a killer transitional tool, ready to mix over busier arrangement or simply to roll out as a minimalist slammer, peaking the levels as you smash apart the dancefloor. Meditative in their sequenced repetition, the two tracks draw you in with their audacious and mesmerizing sequences, reflecting perfectly Hood’s style and nature. Recommended!

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."


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. 


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.

Dekmantel's 10 year celebration series continues with number 7 housing some seriously caliber in terms of leftfield techno and shamanic house movements. With a sound that is rarely classifiable, Randomer’s Dekmantel contribution is a staggered, minimally-twisted, dark, kind-of-two step, awesome thing. Entitled "Foghorn", it's sure to please anyone that fell in love with his ace EP for LIES. Versatile Records’ Gilb’R has become an integral part of the Dutch scene since moving to Amsterdam, and brings forth his organic, percussive, 'rainforest friendly' nuances that have helped define his music and label to date. Salon Des Amateurs’ and general freakzoid Tolouse Low Trax provides a seasoned session of amniotic, grizzled & hypnotic body music music. Eerily discomforting and wonderfully pleasurable at the same time it finds this totally unique producer in fine form, plunging us further into the psychotropic terrain explored via the Gib'r track. Parisian techno wizard Voiski completes the package, adding layered, organic, futuristic loops that work to stall the progress of time, and space. A highly entheogenic offering this folks, most recommended.

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.


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.

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. 


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!

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.


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.

Amazing collection of live recordings from Juju & Jordash's 2016 shows around the Netherlands and US. Capturing perfectly that mechanical freestyle ethos which translates wonderfully to a live audience. None of the tracks have names, but we kick off with a jam recorded at Paradigm, Groningen in May '16. It's a dark, cavernous, acid-led track which builds slowly around an evil acid line and litters it with grainy fx and icy, shard-like melodies. The second comes from a performance at Mighty, San Francisco a couple of weeks previous. It's machine-code bleeps and scratches punctuating a jiggy, rampant lead which soars and dives while bit crushed vox and darting synths complete the groove perfectly. This one'll suck you right in, leave you gasping for breath and have you spiraling manically on the 'floor. Side B begins with a track recorded at Smartbar, Chicago. Seriously wigged out this one, with a drunkard sine tone and clumsy beats fighting to stay upright against aggressive synth stabs that threaten to floor the dancer at every attack. One for the Madteo, Sex Tags, Borft crew this one me thinks. Finally, another track from the same gig, and equally wigged out. Beats shuddering and rattling against a creepy lead line, suspended arpeggios and ghoulish, hollow melodies that sound like an electronic melodica. Totally out there and utterly brilliant! There's no-one out there quite sounds like Juju & Jordash and these glimpses into their live shows demonstrates this perfectly. Also worth noting is that unlike some 'live' recordings, this is super clean and I guess, been mastered for vinyl. So it's just like getting a properly pressed 12" EP. Highly recommended.


Matt says: It's an acquired and particular thing the Ju-Jor sound; but for those that get it - this is gonna blow your goddamn socks off. Any may even prompt a whole new audience to go check these cats out live. Impressive.


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