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FRAME OF MIND

Almost flawless collection of tracks here from Platform. Drifting through deepest house, techno and electro styles with a deep rooted, traditionalist aesthetic yet totally unique and envelope-pushing.

Across nine tracks Platform pretty much covers all the bases for lovers of that classic sound. Some tracks nod to Jeff Mills, some to Derrick May, others even to Sleeparchive; a few are on a more housey vibe while a couple touch on vintage electro (albeit given a modern bite). I have to say there's not a duff'un amongst the set, and I'm reckoning most busy techno DJs are gonna get plenty of airtime from this record.

Recommended. 


Re-issue of Mark Broom's "Drift" and "Flip Flop" tracks originally released on Mosaic in 1998. Remastered and adjusted versions, "Flip Flops" jumps off the wax with vibrancy and clarity, it's plethora woodblock hits ratcheting up that primitive, unrelenting techno energy perfectly while that soft-play bassline rubs up in the erogenous zones giving the track a sexy edge. Other lead track, "Drift" begins life in a more spacious and cerebral realm, before dropping into a precise, sniper-shot of jack drums and fizzing bass, those phazed pads drifting in and out of focus throughout. Mega.

Other tracks skirt between electro-infused wobblers and glitched out technoid breaks - all possessing that Broom-esque flair and ingenuity. This is a boss bumper pack of bad boy teck - you need!


Hi-Ryze

Cyberia / After The Flood

    From the same producers that brought you the "Timenet" release, here we have a mighty fine re-issue of the very first Hi-Ryze record. "Cyberia" was originally released through cult label Brainiak back in 1990. Since then the Ubik production team released half a dozen of EP's under the Hi-Ryze name through various other classic imprints such as General Productions and Certificate 18. Here we have two of our faves handily compiled onto one jazzy AF disc: "Cyberia" - a twangy, highly kinetic, and massively shuffled affair that lands right slap bang between Chicago and Detroit; and "After The Flood" - a rave-indebted big room roller with hoover leads and more drum machines shuffled to oblivion! - don't miss the vintage woodblock attack on this one! Remastered from the original DAT tapes and sounding frrresh - do not sleep! 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Mega and raw old school techno with killer basslines to make sure your neighbours keep appreciating you. Rave til you die and do play this loud for max effect.

    Hyperion became a cult hit in the underground scene during the last two years. The combination of warm melodies, grooving bassline and loud breakbeat is spot on and proves to provide for a timeless feel. That's why the record became more and more sought after and is going for big money on cogs, if one pops up that is. Gerd had to go through 500+ DAT tapes to retrieve original masters of the 4 tracks off this second It's Thinking EP he produced with two high school friends, Dirk & Mark, in the early 90's. It took us a while to prepare this package but finally here it is: remastered and sounding better than ever!

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    Matt says: Early Gerd Jansen numbers from the 90s that have been feverishly collected by those in the know. Now available for all the peasantry to revel in.

    Last edition from the Nature Boy re-issue series. You know the score: five pumpin' club tunes in that typical Nature Boy style. Phazed and funky, packing some serious bottom end weight but laced with organic instrumentation and biotic sensibility that places it alongside luminaries KDJ, Theo Parrish, Ron Trent and Wyndell Long. Think classic Peacefrog & mid 90s house records, the MPC2000 and big spliffs; c90 mixtapes, exuberantly styled shirts and sharp undercuts. All that good stuff that's getting repackaged and dumbed down in 2018 reppin' here in fully authentic, OG form. Strictly 4 da headz....!

    With Necessary Ruffness DJ Nature presents some of his finest works recorded as Nature Boy during the early 90's. "Real", "Whatchusay" and "Philly Bound" come in the OG versions whereas "Euro Disney"'s unreleased demo version is presented here for the first time. With its slightly different break and tighter sound, this version is a bit more powerful and it's ridiculous to think these tracks were originally conceived in 1992. "Philly Bound" is a highly kinetic, highly enjoyable twisted Chi-town flavoured number, straight outta DJ Sneak's songbook. Also worth mentioning is the highly swung, "Watchusay" which sees Nature's patented swinging snare section in full effect. Mega stuff from this dance music mainstay.

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    12" Info: *ONE COPY FOUND!**

    Long before he rose to the top of the beatdown tree as DJ Nature, Wild Bunch affiliate Milo Johnson flipped lids and blew speakers with the rawest sampler abuse around under the name Nature Boy. It was 1992 and the loved up togetherness of nascent dance music had been replaced by the militant tribalism of a fragmented scene. Seemingly oblivious to all this, Milo took the seismic basslines of dub, psychotic keys of techno, grit of hip hop and warmth of disco and merged them all into one floor-filling fusion of multi-layered house brilliance. Back in press for 2017 courtesy of Gerd’s newly minted Frame Of Mind, this is some must have tackle!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Ooof! After flying out the door before it came in, the re-repress of Milo 'DJ Nature' Johnson's mega "Ruff Disco Volume One" returns. Raw, grooving and utterly unique, you're gonna come back to this one again and again!


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