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Continuing our commitment to releasing the finest dance music from planet Earth, our latest missive comes from fresh-faced Belgian kit freak Placid One. Squeezing out analogue techno from a studio full of synths that burble and shimmer and croak, Placid’s lead track ‘C Balloon’ is a drum-less masterpiece, an arpeggiating ascent into a chrome-plated future. The track belongs in the lineage of the emotional best of Detroit; as mysterious as it is melancholic, it’s a vision of computer blues for the 21st century.

It’s followed by ‘Bombay Persuasion’, a jitter of broken tech-funk building to a rumbling throb of bass, and ‘Life’, which chops up classic breakbeats with late night acid secrets. All three tracks combine Placid One’s youthful exuberance with a yearning for the hardware mentasm of early Brit pioneers; the ghosts of Aphex Twin, Orbital and Kirk Degiorgio can be heard echoing through their grooves.

On remix duties we have Deutschland’s finest Cass. who provides a blissed out reimagining of ‘C Balloon’, unravelling its synths into an epic of found sounds and ambient drift. This is followed by a floor ready refix from Ransom Note favourite Timothy ‘Heretic’ Clerkin, who rolls ‘C Balloon’ into a warm house jam, all classic synth hits and sun-rising acid bubbles.

Marlon Hoffstadt is a rising star as both a DJ and producer, effortlessly joining the dots between classic rave and the future of techno. Taking a break from running his Retrograde label, Marlon has cooked up "Observing The Known" for Ransom Note Records. Over three tracks of warm synths, bubbly acid and emotional chord progressions, the EP sees Marlon reimagining house music for today’s dancefloor, taking the passion and energy of ‘80s Chicago and giving it the production heft of 2017 Berlin. Opener "Floating" is a jubilant piano house number, shot through with 303 gurgles, tropical chimes and a rose-tinted nostalgia, it conjures up memories of dancing on sun-flecked seas and white sandy beaches. "ARP+" sees the mood change as redolent strings converge on a late night acid pattern, signaling a move indoors and into a the club. B-side opener "Batavus" keeps us firmly on the floor as thick bass patterns support anthemic piano stabs and euphoric waves of energy; combining all the best moments of a holiday in the sun into one pulsating wall of energy. London-based Scott Fraser adds a remix of "ARP+" that takes Marlon’s number into a vintage warehouse party, with snapping electro drums and classic 'seasick' bass ident, ramping up the claustrophobic pressure.


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