DVNT – July 2016

It’s humid, the sun is out (occasionally in London at least) which must mean it’s summer right? Well whatever it is here’s 10 tracks for July that I quite like.

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DVNT – July 2016
Oleka – Topot [Planet Rhythm]
Sam Bhok – Ghost Valley [unreleased]
Syn – Crisis [PROCSS]
Vacated – Fingertip Riot [unreleased]
Manse – Slacker [Resin]
Matt TdK – Kalide [unreleased]
DVA Damas – Clear Cut [Downwards]
Rawtekk – Here’s To Them [Med School]
Markee Ledge – Underground Railroad [Tempa]
Martyn Hare – Stealth Attack (Shelley Parker remix) [Emetic]

Dragan Lakic (Forest People) debuts on Planet Rhythm with a fantastic deep but solid 4 tracker. Whilst the EP ticks all the boxes it’s the title track Topot that shines strongest. One of the best yet from the Bosnian.

Sam Bhok is a producer absolutely nailing solid dubtech work, upfront but deep with killer bass enriched kicks – catch this one on Mantis Radio #209.

Irish collective PROCSS drop their second EP, from Syn. Packaged with remixes from Sub_Routine and Tension, it’s the original version of Crisis that impresses the most. Heavily grime influenced but with a techno roll ‘n throb the label is definately one to watch. Fans of this should check their monthly transmission on futuremusic FM.

Vacated made his debut last year with the incredible rm2 (re-edit) on our compilation Mechanistic Overlap, quickly followed with a track on Power Vacuum’s second Vectors comp. Since the birth of his son around the same time as both these plates dropping he’s been out of the studio. But he’s back dabbling. Fingertip Riot is one of several noisy, EBM influenced tracks he’s working on. You can hear this one on Mantis Radio #209.

Next up is an older cut from London’s Joe Bush, better known as Manse. Strictly for the floor Slacker builds, rolls and doesn’t let up. Proper techno tool flexing this from Berlin label Resin from back in early 2014.

Our man in Rotterdam Matt TdK (who we published a brand new hour 54 session mix from recently) continues to fill up my inbox with fantastic cuts – out of the several I’ve got my mitts on Kalide is a clear favourite. Tough as you’d expect from the Welsh original but with a serene flow to it.

Regis’ Downwards might be known for banging brummie technonsense but the label has a wider remit of sounds including material from US producers Taylor Burch and Joe Cocherell recording as DVA Damas. Clear Cut is a near perfect synthwave tech piece. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve played this record since picking it up a few weeks ago.

Germany’s Rawtekk (Stefan and Christine Westphal) drop an almighty drum n bass, mutant pop, experimental album for Hospital Records offshoot Med School. Fans of Bjork when she gets more intense are gonna lap this up and title track Here’s To Them impresses so hard on every level it’s ridiculous. The video is equally stunning.

London’s Tempa (the crew responsible for dub bastion FWD>>) dropped a clanking roller with Markee Ledge’s Underground Railroad recently. Taking its lead from the dubstep the label has championed for years the result is a bass heavy dubtech track that’s as home in a house DJ’s set as it is in one of my harder techno ones. One of “those” records.

Finally Martyn Hare’s Stealth Attack – the original saw release back in March on Al Ferox’s label Kobayashi – gets the remix treatment from the always on point Shelley Parker. Introducing tension, restrait, space and acid, her remix (which comes backed with a thumping Ontal slammer too) is quite the business.


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