Selections: Reggie Dokes

Selections: Reggie Dokes

This week in Selections Detroit DJ and producer Reggie Dokes steps up to provide us with a few of his most influential beats. A native of Detroit, Dokes’ recent travails have seen him perk up on the likes of Philpot, Royal Oak, Clone and We Play House; proof indeed of his undoubted production nous. His latest work, the Detroit Luv EP will be released on Psychostasia Recordings in October.

Luke Hess & Sascha Dive's Polyphonic Minds out on Minimood in September

Luke Hess & Sascha Dive's Polyphonic Minds out on Minimood in September

Underground electronic music label Minimood celebrates ten years of existence with a stunning double 12”, vinyl only release, presenting the finest dub infusions. The original comes from Luke Hess and Sascha Dive with pioneering figures Delano Smith, Steve O’Sullivan and Tobias on the remixes.

Euphonics Top Techno Dancefloor Destroyers from 2017

Euphonics Top Techno Dancefloor Destroyers from 2017

At Euphonics, we’ve been running a lot of Selections features from some of our favourite artists and I felt like it might be my own time to chime in. However, I felt like adding a slightly different flavor to this piece and running it entirely using techno released in 2017, expect additional pieces following selections from other genres in 2017.  

As it’s already been a stunning year as far as techno releases go it’s not been difficult to round up some of my favourite destructive techno tracks from the year thus far, however narrowing that list down to ten proved impossible. I compromised from my shortlist of fifty cut it down to eleven, eventually, after much deliberation. Sit back, turn your subs up and enjoy. 


Johannes Heil - B2 [EXILE] – This will likely be one of the least likely surprising selections. From the moment the bass kick begins you know you are in for a treat. The tune gradually crescendos into an obvious tribute to the classic old school anthem, Greece 3000, as it continue to be carried by that glorious bass kick. Around the mid three minute mark we’re graced with a euphoric moment bringing back nostalgic memories of the peak of the trance revolution. Finally, a drop - which brings about the original elements of the tune - reaches into the darkness and plucks out an intrusively harsh, yet beautifully melodic synth. This tune absolutely slays. 

Jon Hester – Neurons [ReKids] – It’s been rather difficult to not just include an entire catalogue of ReKids releases in this list and in truth, this EP alone has several candidates worthy of making the cut. However, Neurons won over its colleague - Inertia – purely because its beautifully old school keys which flit throughout the track.  

Radio Slave - Feel The Same (Floorplan Remix 1) [ReKids] – I mentioned earlier that it would be difficult to not include several ReKids releases in this list and there was no chance I couldn’t include this Floorplan remix. An interesting release in itself in that it only features Floorplan remixing the same track twice, however, the Hoods absolutely slam this remix in typical fashion with subtle bass building rhythms and vocals chopped exactly to the usual Floorplan gospel-esque blueprint.

Schwefelgelb - Durch die Haare Die Stirn [a+w XI] – After hearing Helena Hauff brutalize a dancefloor with this song I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Savage and uncompromising, this tune has the potential to unleash havoc on any crowd.

Perc - Look What Your Love Has Done To Me [Perc Trax] – This song needs a blackbox warning. After hearing just about every DJ rinse out this absolute devastator of a track at Awakenings I was left in awe and ever so slightly perturbed. From the get go it delivers a relentless level of techno fury punctuated only by an eerie vocal. This is without question an absolute weapon.

Amelie Lens – Contradiction [Second State] – What a year it’s been for Amelie Lens, she has continued her meteoric rise in style and has devastated dancefloors worldwide with her DJ sets as well as providing some of the most stomping, hard hitting, savage techno to grace us in 2017. Contradiction is the perfect illustration of that, with a smattering of acid, the song is perforated with an awesomely powerful bass kick. Deceptively simple and yet absurdly powerful, I've only ever seen this song generate the best of crowd reactions.

Charlotte de Witte- Watching [Sleaze Records] –Charlotte de Witte is another young Belgian DJ and producer who deserves praise to be heaped upon her. She has seen her dark, stripped back, uncompromising style of techno rewarded with a rapid rise to success. In an era where techno grows increasingly popular, it would be extremely tempting to hide behind commercial elements but de Witte happily eschews that in favour of her own minimalist melancholic brand of techno which leaves her nowhere to hide and requires perfection on every element in each track. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Watching, which seems deceivingly simple, but actually displays a highly accomplished producer.

Fur Coat- Sustain (Slam Remix) [Oddity] – The first words I thought when I received this in my promo folder were holy shit. It’s rarely surprising to find a harsh hard hitting song from Slam, but this knocked my socks off, almost literally given my sub is placed next to my feet.  Given that this came from the first release of Fur Coat’s new Oddity imprint, I have nothing but high hopes for this new dark tripped out techno label.

P.Leone – Coast Atlantic [E-MISSIONS] –New York-born and bred P.Leone kicked off his E-MISSIONS imprint in style earlier this year with the aptly named 1994EVER. Coast Atlantic kicks off the release with an atmospheric tone, perforated by a powerful kick drum and slow building stabs. I’m a huge fan of the EP as a whole and could quite happily have included Boil Until Pure in the list as well. With a second E-MISSIONS EP on the horizon for P.Leone, I’ve huge expectations for this up and comer.

Enrico Sangiuliano - Blooming Era [Drumcode] –It will be no surprise to see Enrico make this list, however some might be surprised that I actually prefer Blooming Era to the much awaited Astral Projection, which could have easily made its way onto this list given its absurd level of popularity. Enrico is absolutely on the top of his game at the moment and it’s rare to see a producer with such a midas touch. Everything he seems to release in the last two years has been received extremely well, and Adam Beyer and the Drumcode crew must be ecstatic to have such an extraordinary talent on their hands. Blooming Era simply has it all, groove, stomp, melody, and this is a perfect example of how masterful Enrico really is in the studio.

Amelie Lens – In Silence [Drumcode] – By including this tune I’ve broken both my attempt to limit this list to one track per artist and one track per label (although I already managed that earlier), but there is absolutely no way that this does not make the list. There is no doubt that Amelie Lens is the most exciting up and coming techno artist at the moment and this track really displays her growing talent and maturity as a producer,  as well as her obvious love for the sounds of the 303. Unlike Contradiction, which conveys her savage side from the very start, In Silence, builds, ebbs and flows. It really is one of the standout tunes of the year and I look forward to hearing it again and again and again.

O-Coast –Powder Dry [XL Recordings]  – Given the nascent state of Euphonics, this was one of the first promos I received in my inbox and I was completely blown away. Overmono displayed in the Arla II EP that techno need not only be devastating but can take unusual twists and turns in both melodic and rhythmic fashion. This will stay firmly in my crate for good and I can’t wait for further releases from the Overmono brothers.

Selections: Lazy Ants

Selections: Lazy Ants

Following up the release of Lazy Ants 'Low Profile' earlier this year, we spoke to the main man himself to find out his favourite tunes from recent memory and he did not disappoint with his fine selections. Make sure to check out Low Profile which is available on White Forest Records. 

 

De Gama long awaited followup to Afrika kicks off Samosa Records in September

De Gama long awaited followup to Afrika kicks off Samosa Records in September

After storming into the scene in 2010 with Afrika, released on D:vision, De Gama returns with a much awaited two track release on newly formed Samosa Records. The vinyl only release, entitled Yebo/Mantekilla, will hit shelves on September the 5th and features two stunning tracks which are sure to follow Afrika in style. 

Selections: Javi Green

Selections: Javi Green

To celebrate the release of DØOB, Armie and Javi Green's Deaf Humans EP, out on Clockpoets now, we spoke with Javi to discuss his favourite tracks. The Deaf Humans EP is the second release on Spanish imprint Clockpoets, which is a stunning effort featuring three originals from the dynamic trio. It continues Clockpoets’ auspicious start, further cementing its reputation as a label to keep an eye on. 

Selections: Nervouz Boy

Selections: Nervouz Boy

This week in Selections, Alejandro AKA Nervouz Boy steps up to provide us with some of his favourite beats from his personal locker. His new EP, entitled "My New Life" is out now on his own new label, ANB Independent

Pierre Codarin's PC004 out on his eponymous label today

Pierre Codarin's PC004 out on his eponymous label today

Pierre Codarin continues his series of releases on his own label this July with four of his own solid cuts. The fast rising DJ-producer’s vinyl series continually picks up support from an array of respected talent, such as Radio Slave, Raresh, Laurent Garnier, Jackmaster, ItaloJohnson, Apollonia, and more.

Look Like's "Delta" out today on Akoya Circles

Look Like's "Delta" out today on Akoya Circles

Following his release on DVS1’s Mistress Recordings in early 2017, Look Like strikes back with a new release on his own Akoya Circles imprint. 'Delta' is a four track blend of early Detroit & Chicago sounds with a hip hop sensibility, sprinklings of acidic basslines and playful drum programming. 
 

ICYMI: Denis Sulta's Sonar set

ICYMI: Denis Sulta's Sonar set

This week's In Case You Missed It we take a look at Denis Sulta's set from Sonar. In typical Sulta fashion he cycles through genres seamlessly, with disco anthems, acid, house, and cult classics all featuring heavily throughout.

Selections: Boom Merchant

Selections: Boom Merchant

This week in Selections, Tribal Pulse head honcho Boom Merchant steps up to deliver his favourite tracks from recent memory. The Glaswegian-born producer has had a busy year releasing tracks on Asymmetric whilst squeezing in gigs around Europe. Expect more to come with Tribal Pulse's ninth release, which features the main man himself. Tribal Pulse 009 will hit shelves at the end of the month and having personally listened to it (a few too many times), I can safely say this is absolutely one to watch for.