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Geena – Surowych Utworow EP (UF Recommends)


Surowych Utworow EP – Geena [Antinote]

There isn’t anything too groundbreaking about the recent Surowych Utworow EP by Geena on the Parisian record label Antinote. Throughout its four tracks, classic house percussion meets 303 sounds and other sparse ethereal synths. It represents a kind of minimalist acid house that has its own timeless aesthetic, un-deterred by popular trends or fashions. Its simplistic execution is its strength, and for that reason it becomes a fundamental and powerful record.

VA – Space Culture Vol. 1 (UF Recommends)


Space Culture Vol. 1 – Various Artists [Bliq]

This three track EP was released earlier in the year, however it managed to slip under our radar until now. Bliq is a London based deep house and techno label that has been putting out quality releases for about three years now. Space Culture Vol. 1 caught our attention, as we’ve featured a few of the artists on the EP in the past.

Audio Atlas turns in a moody dub techno number drenched in reverb in the form of ‘Finland’ which seems to be a cut that may have been left off the excellent Window 2 the World LP released earlier this year. By contrast, ‘Frábær’ by Pietro Tangianu features lots of analogue chords and deep bass to warm things up a bit. Lastly, Matti Turunen‘s track ‘Nocturne’ is by far the standout track of the EP, in our opinion. Minimalist electro breakbeat that makes for perfect set opening material and is reminiscent of Claro Intelecto‘s earlier work.

Lord Of The Isles – Galaxy Near You Pt. 1 (UF Recommends)


Fey Folk / Ossian’s Hall / Xatsiv / Nustron – Lord of the Isles [Little Strong]

One might define music as a system of communication that subverts normal language and connects with us on a deeper level. The new Lord Of The Isles EP entitled Galaxy Near You Pt. 1, is a great example of this principle. There’s no agenda here, simply beautiful sounds and beats mixing together to create something intangible. A sonic language that hits you right at your core. Four cuts of ambience and 4/4 beats that conjure images of nearby planets and galaxies…

Sagat – Satellite EP (UF Recommends)


Satellite EP – Sagat [VLEK]

The Vlek record label has been responsible for some interesting electronic output over the past few years, and at one point last year gave away the entire catalogue for free, which was a real treasure trove of interesting sounds. Sagat has just recently released the Satellite EP which fits nicely into the labels aesthetic. This collection of tracks sits somewhere between the dancefloor and more esoteric realms of noise and ambient sounds.

‘Ten Steps Removed’ while even at only two and a half minutes is still epic, with a detuned filtered synth that rides through the track and provides a fearful sense of apprehension. ‘Satellite’ gives us something a little different, an almost 2-step like number, similar to the Burial/Fourtet collaborations of last year. ‘Port’ knocks along with its 4/4 stomp, and could easily be used in sets for more discerning dancefloors. Lastly, ‘Intruder’ rounds out the EP with a track thats much more loosely assembled and harder to define than any other on the record.

You can get it on vinyl at the Vlek Store.

Gnork – Solar Striker EP (UF Recommends)


Solar Striker EP- Gnork [Bokhari]

Gnork is a small producer from Hungary that has caught our attention this year with a couple of releases on the Blind Jack’s Journey vinyl imprint. He also just released another track on that label, which we encourage people to discover for themselves. Upon viewing his soundcloud page we also noticed that his first solo EP is about to be released on Bokhari Records. The clips for the Solar Striker EP don’t give away too much, but it was enough for us to promptly post a quick write-up to get the word out. Deep and futuristic sounds coming from an exciting new producer, this EP will be one to pick up when it’s released. Not to mention a remix coming from the Ukranian psychedelic/deep don Vakula.

Pre-order it at Redeye records here.

Leif – Cloud Hidden EP (UF Recommends)


Effervescent / Snowfall / Walk On / NDE – Leif [Sudden Drop]

The Cloud Hidden EP is the latest offering from the producer Leif out of London. This EP is comprised of four ambient and dusty house tracks. ‘Effervescent’ opens the EP with a straightforward track that makes nice use of reverb and what sounds like field recordings to provide a unique feel. ‘Snowfall’ follows with its use of a massive detuned synth and dusty loops for a nice effect.

The first B-side, ‘Walk on’ implements some classic ethereal synths, and is destined to become the fare of DJs like Fred P and other purveyors of all things deep. However, the highlight of the EP in our opinion, must be the track ‘NDE’ which is simply a must for any eclectic house aficionado. The track makes nice use of an abstract bird-like sample that gives it a natural and earthy feel. This is the kind of stuff for the end of the night, when only the real heads are left and the others have headed off home…

Pick up the vinyl at Juno here.

Joey Anderson – Diagram Solutions EP (UF Recommends)


Diagram Solutions EP – Joey Anderson [Inimeg]

It wouldn’t really be fair to describe Joey Anderson‘s new EP Diagram Solutions on Inimeg Records solely as house music. The producer, hailing from New Jersey, has increasingly raised the level of weirdness in his music over the past year or so, this release included. Joey often gets lumped in with the current crop of new school NYC house producers, but we like to think that he leans a little further to the left, and we love to watch as he indulges his more eccentric tendencies.

The release opens with “Musical Tentacles” and already we’re entering murky territory. Meandering minor synth-lines combine with analog bass and a solitary thudding kick as the track starts. Things start to become more interesting as a squelchly melodic synth enters the picture. “Rise Senth” ditches the beat completely in favour of a flurry of synths and a strange vocal sample telling us to “RISE” from the depths. “Diagram Solutions” is a more minimal study in drums and synth oddities that could be handy for bringing down a crowd from a peak, or as a starting point for a set.

If you are a fan of his material, than Diagram Solutions is worth picking up and you can do that at Kristina Records, here.

Anton Zap – Water (UF Recommends)


Water – Anton Zap [Apollo]

If you haven’t figured it out already, we have a soft spot for atmospheric/deep house and techno that borders on the more esoteric sounds of ambient music and other field recordings and soundscapes. There seems to be symbiotic relationship between rhythms and atmospheres (in our opinion) that gives the music a sense of being both ancient and futuristic at the same time.

As the name suggests, Anton Zap‘s debut full length Water is a fluid and breathtaking excursion into the aforementioned territories. The title track ‘Water’ provided by Apollo is a good introduction but it doesn’t really do the full album justice. Highlights include ‘Road Trip Song’ which as the name suggests presents swirling synth pads and beats perfect for driving through scenic landscapes. Also be sure to check out ‘Fade to What?’ as it is more indicative of the producers knack for synth-laden psychedelia. While the album is short at seven tracks, there is certainly no lack of depth and this album would make a fine addition to a beach or road trip playlist for the summer. You can pick it up through R&S on pre-order here.

Anton Zap – Water
Anton Zap – Road Trip Song
Anton Zap – Fade to What?
Anton Zap – Funky Man
Anton Zap – Captain Storm
Anton Zap – Miles and More
Anton Zap – Miniature

Steven Tang – Disconnect to Connect (UF Recommends)


Steven Tang has been productive over the last few years especially under his Obsolete Music Technology moniker, putting out EPs on labels such as Dolly, Aesthetic Audio and his own Emphasis imprint out of Chicago. Tang has been releasing records since the late nineties and its exciting to see him finally release a debut LP under his own name.

Disconnect to Connect could loosely be described as a deep house album, but the way that it has been constructed and arranged shows a knack for experimentation outside of that general sphere. Tang has explained that some of the tracks were produced around the end of the 90′s as he was interested in sounds outside of the 4/4 realm. This led the producer to come up with an album that sits in a grey area between deep house and ambient. We don’t have clips to share yet, but when they become available we’ll post them up here. Since we’ve heard the album, we can let you know that its excellent and wanted to get the word out before the album drops on July 15th on Smallville.

UPDATE: Clips added from Juno above…

Steven Tang – Disconnect to Connect
Disconnect To Connect
Some Solace
Heat Burst
It’s Perceived As Sound
Potential Light
Brink Of Dawn

Matti Turunen – Fall EP (UF Recommends)


Fall/Kanuuna/Agrikola – Matti Turunen [MUHK Music]

Who says melodic music can’t be powerful? With this recent release from a relatively unknown Finnish producer Matti Turunen, we find an EP that is thoroughly analogue and promotes the use of well defined melodic structures to produce a powerful and emotive result. Don’t let this EP fool you into thinking its soft, this is uplifting stuff with serious atmosphere for the middle of a night…

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