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Donato Dozzy

Filo Loves The Acid

For its 303rd release, Tresor Records is glad to present a commissioned work by Donato Dozzy.

Rome based production maestro and DJ extraordinaire Donato Dozzy is unanimously considered as an illustrious leading light in all techno artforms.

Along his long career and extensive discography, Dozzy has proven to use his instruments most interesting ways, always re-inventing his music, always presenting new approaches to both the deeper and the more rhythmic forms of electronic music. It was self-evident to Tresor Records to enroll Donato Dozzy’s talents for this assignment, a nod to the seminal Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer.

The result is a relentless collection of radical, propulsive and bleeding-heart acid tracks. Donato Dozzy wishes to dedicate this work to his lifelong friend Filo. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Brilliantly timed to conincide with Tresor's 303rd release, new school acid maverik Dozzy comes correct with a double disc set of his idiosyncratic Roland warblings.

Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Present Borderland

Angles

Piccadilly customers should be well versed in Juan and Moritz's Borderland project by now - the two standard bearers of the techno legacy have been active at merging the sounds of Berlin and Detroit since the project's inception a few years ago (technically, the two have been building metaphorical sonic bridges across the Atlantic since '91, when Tresor flew Underground Resistance over and the rest they say is history). Anyway, "Angles" is the result of a new conversation between the founding fathers of techno. Two hi-spec versions form a new and novel version of their studio-refined sequences. Both parts of “Concave” are the ungraspable manifestation of the wild quietness in which the duo finds itself. Predicting at once, possible outcomes for the craft of electronic sound, while respecting their profound origins. Like focusing your attention on the colour turquoise - you can at once hear both the Detroit and Berlin ingredients - that flattened Berlin kick, nagging Detroit futurism, a driving, primordial energy. It's the result of nearly three decades of two musical cities, and their leading exponents cross-pollinating and hybridizing and for lovers of techno music, it's totally essential.

Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald Present Borderland

Transport

Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald - the two indispensable protagonists of the 'Electric Garden' - plug back into the wilderness.

‘Transport’ - the new full length effort of the Borderland collaborative project - brings together a new set of studio-refined sequences aimed at colonising some of the dark energy that pulsates through those areas that are thoroughly electrified, even if not ‘on the grid’.

The Detroit-Berlin axis triangulates to a third point which, like the atomic particle that lives in two places at once, flickers between a form of techno-charged ambience and a futuristic club-jazz which cannot be broken down into constitutive parts. Borderland remains caught in a state of enraptured stillness, invisibly moving between every imagined future for electronic sound making.

The result: a font from which springs serene and exhilarating musical ideas that vibrate with refined energy for sixty seconds in every minute.


STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Hypnotic, deep and mesmerizing. These three adjectives arguably define partially the form and function of minimal techno. This album is no dross as the genre has become. In contrast, Transport has been crafted by two well-seasoned techno maestros who bring their own influences to this masterpiece, a deeply satisfying convergence of Detroit and Berlin.
Von Oswald, precursor of dub techno (Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, et al) and Atkins (widely credited as the originator of techno) join forces to demonstrate that the genre is not passé and can still surprise. Appropriate for both dancefloor and home listening. Those into dubby ambient and deep techno will not be disappointed as every track is standout material which should be added to any serious music collector.

Drexciya

Digital Tsunami

Detroit's underwater, afro-futurist, alien mystic, electro experts delivered a total masterpiece in 2002 with "Harnessed The Storm", the opening movement of their seven part "Storms" series. Such was the depth of the Drexciyan genius that three of the tracks on this flawless EP were left off the double vinyl album and had to make do with supporting roles on this trademark 12". "Digital Tsunami" is a rapid fire blast of electro sequences and techno attitude, shot through with the mechanised tones of a futuristic assembly line. The brutally abstract "Aquatic Cataclysm" follows on the A-side, delivering stark and alien acid sound from through the wormhole. On the flip, Stinson dons his second skin and dives deep to the ocean floor with the gurgling synths of "The Plankton Organisation", while "Birth Of New Life" moves away from the trademark Drexciyan sound a tad, instead delivering blissful and contemplative deep house driven by an awe inspiring sub bassline. Another masterful lesson in futurist dance music from one of its strongest forces.


After more than two decades of behind the scenes collaboration Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald present 'Borderland' - their first album together using their own names - on Tresor Records.

The album - made up of eight tracks, which seamlessly blend the styles of both masters (although leaning further towards Von Oswald's dub-techno sound) - was recorded at the beginning of 2013 over various studio sessions in Berlin and is released as a series of three 12"s and a CD album.

The CD opens with 'Electric Garden (Deep Jazz In The Garden Mix)', which features German trumpet player Sebastian Studnitzky, whose muted, treated notes work perfectly with the loping dub-techno grooves. "Footprints" was the second work to be produced in the 'Borderland' studio sessions. It's a robust house groove reminiscent of earlier collaboration between both men such as the anthemic “Starlight” released on Metroplex 18 years ago, or Moritz' 'M' series. 'Treehouse' revisits classic house adding the ample proportions characteristic of the duo’s sound. "Mars Garden" returns to the "Electric Garden" theme with a high dose of ultra deep gritty spiralling kosmische dub-funk of 'Mars Garden'. 'Digital Forest' feels like a dystopian soundtrack to a drive through old Detroit slowly transforms into colossal dancefloor jam.


Tresor deliver the definitive Juan Atkins Detroit techno / electro record label Metroplex, featuring compositions by Atkins under various psuedonyms; Cybotron, Model 500, 3mb, Infiniti etc. Featured here are ground-breaking early works such as "Alleys Of Your Mind", "Clear", "No UFO's", "The Chase", "The Passage" and "Off To Battle" - electronic compositions that will always be counted as foundation blocks for a music style that endures to the present day. Inspired by the European computer music of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, and the US P-Funk of Parliament / Funkadelic, Juan Atkins delivered a new sound that changed the face of electronic music forever.


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