TECHNO

March Music Freebie Roundup

A super mixed bag of ten free downloads for March. If you have a promo you would like to share as a download, email us at info [at] mnshift.com.

By | Editor

Review: Legowelt - Crystal Cult 2080

Wolfers has crafted something that's probably going to be appreciated beyond this galaxy as well. It's probably by far Legowelt's most mysterious, supernatural and ritual work to date.

By | Brendon P

Review: STL - At Disconnected Moments

Experimental in his approach but rooted in classic Detroit and Chicago functions, STL?s works are much more subtle than just another race on the trails of radicalism.

By | TT

Review: Achterbahn D'Amour - Odd Movements

Paluka and Albert's fixation on bringing the best out of their respective classic Roland boxes (the TB303 and the TR606) forms the basis of the album's distinct sonic result, which is also the sum of their three Acid Test EPs.

By | Brendon P

February Music Freebie Roundup

The freebie roundup is back with the best of February in a dozen. If you have a promo download you would like to share, email us at info [at] mnshift.com.

By | Editor

Review: Ron Morelli - Spit

For the large part drone-y, loopy, lo-fi, raw and decidedly unmusical in the conventional sense, the short 8-tracker that clocks in at slightly under 35 minutes took me multiple listens, and each time produced a different reaction.

By | The Dash

Review: Terrence Dixon - Badge of Honor

With 'Badge of Honor', Detroit techno and its key soldier Terrence Dixon can stand proud...Truly a piece of spellbinding work, please take note.

By | The Dash

Review: Lucy - Churches, Schools and Guns

Far from being a club-centric album, several of the tracks on here would in fact work exceedingly well as film scores, albeit of some very weird, very futuristic or artistic films. And that?s a good thing.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Shifted - Under a Single Banner

This will be the perfect dance track for serious technophiles. The last two tracks, 'Story of Aurea' and 'Wash Over Me', do precisely that and draw us back to sand at the edge of the sea to draw new faces, only to wash them away as Shifted's waves wash over me. This techno is truly great.

By | Ivan Ligne-Noire

Review: Raudive - A System of Objects

Probably because of Oliver Ho's tendency to weld mischief into the fray and open my mind even further to the fact that intelligent, experimental electronic musicianship like this still continues to exist and turn the pages of the industry like a book that you just can't put down.

By | BP

Review: Conforce - Kinetic Image

Bunnik is proof of that same resourcefulness and imagination, delivering an album that is abstract yet alchemistic; light and subtle, yet deep and intricately put together all at the same time.

By | Una Sangard

Subaltern Soundbites

A cream of the crop picking. Subaltern Soundbites returns with 3 quality LPs from Tom Trago, Daniel Avery and Axel Boman.

By | The Dash

Review: L.B. Dub Corp - Unknown Origin

When Zephaniah's silky voice says "Let me hear you say 'Multiculture'". (Amen.) Let me hear you say "roti, roti", we are hearing one of the finest observations in electronic music about the issue of cultural assimilation through a crass commodification that pervades Brtitish culture, which fails to address the ethnic diversity that underlies many of Britain's current social problems.

By | Ivan Ligne-Noire

Review: Recondite - Hinterland

A blueprint of instrumental techno perhaps? From the first note of the long-player, one is lured to take a step through the woods. And then a next and a next, trekking through the hinterland of Recondite's mind.

By | The Dash

Review: Special Request - Soul Music

We hardly need to anoint Soul Music with the label of conceptualism in order to make it worthwhile. It's a great work by an artist who knows exactly how to put a high-quality track together, in jungle or in techno.

By | Josh

Review: Deetron - Music Over Matter

Techno purists aren't going to love this album and neither are the hipsters, but hey, hipsters are the exact same bunch that thought that Stacey Pullen was a woman. Nevertheless, I love this album - for every ounce of diversity and soul that it comes with, and will be probably be playing it A LOT in the months to come.

By | BP

Artist Interview: B

The B boys come out to play. Holding parties since 2006 under various guises, they come together with Midnight Shift for a series of techno excursions from the left, right and centre.

By | Editor

Review: Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain

'Chance of Rain' is rich in ambivalent impulses that come together in a thrilling tension to inspire a sense of dialogue and movement.

By | TT

Review: Marcel Dettmann - Dettmann II

'Dettmann II', the Berghain minimal magician's sophomore album released on Berghain label Ostgut Ton, is a subtle step up from his debut effort ('Dettmann'), this time containing more well-rounded offerings and more spacious sound design, along with your usual dancefloor-oriented loop techno.

By | Una Sangard

Subaltern Soundbites

A mixbag pick of 3 new LPs from Kirk Degiorgio to Huerco S. and Senking create this edition of Subaltern Soundbites.

By | The Dash

Review: Balance Presents Guy J

But do not make the mistake in thinking that this is a full-on onslaught on progressive house alone. It's much, much more...Easily, for me, this is mix compilation of the month! Thank you Balance.

By | BP

Review: Vakula - You've Never Been To Konotop

Add this not just to your shopping cart if you can, but to your quest for life, art and spiritual development.

By | BP

Review: Oliver Deutschmann - Out of the Dark

For what it's worth, this album is an excellent showcase of Oliver's deep repertoire and what Vidab as a label has to offer. It has its hits and misses but fans shouldn't be disappointed. Also 'Out of the Dark - Remixes' is out now featuring three of my more favored tracks on the album. Check it out.

By | Russell Lick

Review: Traversable Wormhole - Vol. 6-10

Just by reinventing himself, and bringing forth the kind of music he wanted to hear in his favourite club - a stripped down, sci-fi-industrial sound that crosses genres - Adam X got the scene to sit up and take notice, rising up not from obscurity but with it. And true to his alias, he did it all within a short space of time, in (inter)stellar fashion.

By | Una Sangard

Zul Andra's Midnight Picks: April

Ciara returns; Felix da Housecat's newest drop after almost half a decade; Four Tet gets house-ier; Black Butter Records' string of stellar releases with future house proponents Kid Kidnap and Gorgon City plus my pick of the month from the label's 19-year-old signee, Joel Compass; also, a censored music video. Damn, April. You're good.

By | Zul Andra

Review: Function - Incubation

The Ostgut-Ton-released album is ostensibly less Sumner than Sandwell: a Polaroid of the aesthetic mythologised in the late noughties by Function, Regis et al before the shadowy, closed-door movement shut down in 2011.

By | Justin

Review: Dadub - You Are Eternity

The laws of physics seem to apply when the album is listened to as a whole. Dadub demonstrates an instinctive aptitude for building tension, momentum, density, and propelling an album through with sheer driving force. The end result is powerful but perfectly nuanced.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Trus'me - Treat Me Right

With such a cinematic, curtain-rising ending to 'Treat Me Right', one feels as if one has been told a love story through Wolstencroft's music playing by the album's end. It might be the producer's most techno-sounding album to date but in any case, his remixers of late would have already indicated the artist's growth in that direction.

By | The Dash

Review: Legowelt - The Paranormal Soul

Channelling otherworldly 'cosmic intuition', Legowelt expertly conjures up some very sweet vintage synth sounds with his collection of analog equipment. Not to be dismissed as a mere exercise in nostalgia - there are nods to early techno, house, acid and rave (or as Legowelt puts it, "90's weird English stuff from all over the place") - the end product is decidedly modern.

By | Una Sangard

Review: Kris Wadsworth - Life and Death

'Life and Death' is an honest, entertaining piece of work put together by a man who knows exactly what he stands for. And when it comes to Kris Wadsworth, that's nothing short of impressive.

By | SC

Artist Interview: Angela Flame

Singapore techno queen Angela Flame graces the decks at Midnight Shift x Zouk: Alpha on 26 Jan. Find out about her top 10 charts and renewed love for DJing in this interview below.

By | Editor

Artist Interview: Mislav

Mislav Bobic of the Burek record label and Singaporean event coalition, Mugic Soundsystem, waxes lyrical on the scene in Croatia, some of his favourite records, labels and his thoughts on the state of the music industry. Mislav will debut at Midnight Shift x Zouk: Alpha this 26 Jan.

By | Editor

Review: Fabric 67 - Zip

And with this mix, it's not only a testimony or shout out to the future, but also a hint to the new and up and comer's to approach the year ahead with daring aplomb. Let this mix serve as a good example for starters.

By | Brendon P

Review: Erdbeerschnitzel - Tender Leaf

Let's just leave pigeonholing to the folks at Beatport shall we. To do that with Keiling's work, would be a big mistake and a sad injustice in every sense. Just call it great music, soul food or mind fluid if you must. But it's something anyone who looks for beauty in life or in music should own.

By | Brendon P

Review: Basic Soul Unit - Motional Response

Being objective and drop dead honest when reviewing an artist album especially when its the output of a good friend, is difficult. But Mr Li, you've just made it easy.

By | Brendon P

Review: Redshape - Square

You heard him perform it live at the 3rd year anniversary, now own a piece of Redshape at home. His sophomore album 'Square' continues in the vein of his elegant yet rugged house/techno, orchestrated in outer-space, future-baroque tones and percussive layers.

By | Justin

Review: Steve Bug - Noir

Brendon P reviews what he calls Steve Bug's most mature outing to date: concept album 'Noir' draws influences from the cinematic genre, but will also keep the bug fans happy.

By | Brendon P

Review: Deadbeat - Eight

"Genre debate be damned, 'Eight' is a truly brilliant listening experience". When Justin gives a good review we are inclined to believe it so.

By | Justin

Review: Funk D'Void - Balance 022

Funk D'Void guests the ever-reliable Balance mix series featuring 4 exclusive tracks along a dancefloor-fuelled double-disc ride.

By | Brendon P

Review: Shed - The Killer

Unmistakably Shed, The Killer LP delivers with a tried-and-terrific blueprint that will please techno revivalists.

By | Justin

The JUICE Playlist: September

September is scorching as The JUICE Playlist picks up the likes of Blawan, Koreless for How to Dress Well, Mala, Captain Murphy and Atoms For Peace for their monthly rundown on the latest and the best.

By | JUICE

Review: The Magic 3

The criteria of what makes a good mix, DJ or otherwise, differ from person to person. Agreed? Now that's out of the way, here are three mixes that have stood out lately, and in no particular order. Apologies that like most things in life, there's neither fancy artwork nor tracklists available for these mixes.

By | The Dash

Review: Robert Hood - Motor: Nighttime World 3

Those expecting the usual fare of Robert Hood?s fiercely spare, loopy Detroit techno will be surprised. Continuing in the vein of previous instalments, 'Motor: Nighttime World 3' largely relays Hood?s mellower side with poignant electronics foregrounded over percussive dancefloor ingredients.

By | Justin

Review: Oscar Mulero - Black Propaganda

Oscar Mulero's Black Propaganda LP - fearsome, no-bullshit, hard-as-nails technoid funk spawned direct from the bowels of darkness and industry.

By | Justin

Artist Interview: Basic Soul Unit

We're excited to have Basic Soul Unit back on our shores with a new live show for this Saturday's DMZ. Read on to find out more about his set up and what to expect.

By | Editor

Review: Delta Funktionen - Traces

"Those randomly strewn hacked up pieces that glazes the cover of 'Traces', are significant and probably, also the solution to the jig-saw puzzle within the album. The sum of all parts add together to reveal an interesting collection of classic meets future classic." Brendon P reviews Delta Funktionen's debut LP 'Traces'.

By | Brendon P

Artist Feature: KiNK

Strahil Velchev aka KiNK graced us with an insane live + DJ set for Midnight Shift x Zouk: Now is Found on May 18 2012. Here, his exclusive set is recorded for the 10th Midnight Shift podcast.

By | Editor

Review: Nic Fancuilli - Balance 021

Another quality release from the mind and heart of another great DJ and producer, that, undoubtedly, in more discerning circles, will sound just as fresh if whipped out and played in 5 years to come. Brendon P reviews Balance 021: Nic Fancuilli.

By | Brendon P

Artist Feature: Ultrademon

King of underground movement seapunk, Ultrademon aka Albert Redwine guests MNS Podcast 009 a deep, balearic and tech house roll featuring his own productions soon to be about on the Midnight Shift label.

By | Editor

Artist Interview: Eddie Niguel

Midnight Shift x Zouk 03 on Fri 18 May will unveil Eddie Niguel, a Midnight Shift label artist who has been steadily climbing the ranks with chart-topping tracks on labels such as Get Physical, Nohashi Recordings and lately, Dig Deeper. Here we interview the DJ/Producer about making music from the heart.

By | Editor

Review: Shifted - Crossed Paths

Shifted's 'Crossed Paths' forsakes modern-day Techno's commonplace requirement for 'forward-thinkingness', and gifts us instead with a slab of beauty/archaeology, rehashed and brought to bear by a veritable craftsman of antiquity.

By | Justin

Review: Claro Intelecto - Reform Club

Claro Intelecto is back with his third full-length album, Reform Club on Delsin Records. This is unflappable dance music; cool and composed as you like, yet heartfelt and tender inside.

By | Justin

Review: Delano Smith - An Odyssey

"Without Delano there would be no Derrick" - Derrick May. Detroit's Delano Smith has been around the circuit since DJing in 1978 but only releases his first LP now (albeit after many singles). A real treat for fans tuned into his sound, but for new converts? The answer is 'maybe'.

By | The Dash

Review: Monolake - Ghosts

Is the future a triumph of sound over music? Monolake's new album, Ghosts, as reviewed by Justin, seems to point in that direction.

By | Justin

Review: Scuba - Personality

Surprisingly cheery output from the versatile Scuba. His latest album, 'Personality' takes a leap and lands in yet another dimension.

By | SSS

Artist Feature: Argy

With podcast number 7 comes an exclusive interview with label artist Argy (Argyris Theofilis), who talks about his recent masterpiece, Fundamentals, as well as the art of sampling, Ibadan Records, his inspirations and being honest. Listen to his podcast for signs of a house revival in the horizon.

By | Brendon P

Review: D'Marc Cantu - Fallen

Get ready to be sucked into a swirling vortex of jacking rhythms, a tunnel of sound pulsing with gritty synths, solid beats, and deep vocals growling in the background with D'Marc Cantu's Fallen.

By | SSS

Inter-Review: Octave One - Revisited (Here, There and Beyond)

The Burden brothers aka Octave One release an album of favourites remixed by their favourite producers. Brendon P reviews and interviews the beloved duo as we welcome in the year 2012 on the right note.

By | Brendon P

Artist Feature: Basic Soul Unit

The name on many lips and in as many record stashes by now, Basic Soul Unit aka Stuart Li graces us with Podcast #006 - a very cool, soaring techno mix also featuring his track 'Late Night Shift' soon to be out on the Midnight Shift label. We are grateful to have this insightful interview from our affable Torontonian.

By | Editor

Review: Pinch & Shackleton

Against the atmosphere of the festive season, Pinch and Shackleton deliver an album that locks down a passing cloud of darkness and sieves out 9 beautifully intricate, complex tracks.

By | SSS

The Juice Playlist: December

Another big drop from the JUICE team on what's hot for the last month of 2011.

By | JUICE

Artist Feature: Terrence Parker

Midnight Shift Podcast number 5 is none other than Terrence Parker. With more than 30 years in the industry, TP or Telephone Man as he is affectionately called has made his mark as a respected label owner of Parker Music Works, producer, remixer and DJ straight out of homeland Detroit. Legendary for his turntable skills and love for music (just watch his RTS.FM mix), TP has kept the fire burning bright for us all.

By | Editor

Review: Orphx - Radiotherapy

A brilliant hybrid of techno and noise, Radiotherapy is one of those albums where perhaps it's best that you discover the experience for yourself.

By | SSS

Review: Reel by Real - Surkit Chamber - The Melding

Reel by Real aka Marty Bonds makes a first comeback after 20 years. What are we to expect from this Detroit veteran?

By | The Dash

The JUICE Playlist: NOVEMBER

Keeping the JUICEs flowing this November are Keep Shelly in Athens, Vril, Darkside (a Nicolas Jaar project), Andy Stott and Washed Out. Plug into these selections now.

By | JUICE

Review: Elektro Guzzi - Parquet

Parquet is an energetic step up from Elektro Guzzi's self-titled debut album in 2010, and an unconventional and fresh piece of work that deserves a thorough listen, for all techno - and even post-rock - fans.

By | SSS

Review: The Magic 3

There seems to have been a spate of great mixes lately. Here are another 3 to add to the bag, courtesy of veterans: Karizma, The Black Dog and Scuba.

By | The Dash

Inter-Review: Xhin - Sword

A postmodern fairytale adventure is exactly how Brendon P describes Xhin's critically received 3rd album, 'Sword'. Scroll down for an exclusive interview with the maker. Xhin will be performing at Midnight Shift's 2nd Anniversary tomorrow after midnight.

By | Brendon P

Artist Interview: Miss Mic + Van Detta

It is these two local songbirds who have made our scene that much brighter with their mesmerising talent. Miss Mic (Michaela Therese) and Van Detta (Vanessa Fernandez) will come together as collaborators and friends for a special performance on Midnight Shift's 2nd Anniversary this Saturday.

By | EDITOR

Artist Feature: Eddie Niguel

Singapore's Eddie Niguel drops the Midnight Shift Podcast #003. Winner of the Get Physical remix competition of Patrice Baumel's 'Roar' in 2008, Eddie (also known under his production moniker Edel) has since been working his way slowly but surely to the forefront of where we are at today. Check his intense mix combusting into sheer techno flames to hear what we're talking about.

By | Editor

Artist Interview: Ming

You might have already heard his 2-hour promo mix that has been the talk of the town. Now read the mind behind it. Since moving from the UK, Ming has quickly risen the ranks as Zouk's latest resident. Known for his spontaneous and sophisticated 3-deck mixing, he's clearly one to watch.

By | Editor

Artist Interview: Notion A

Introducing Notion A. Guided into music, he is the one who bangs techno with his heart. Hear this young upstart's debut at Midnight Shift on Nov 5 or preview his techno and house hybrid set below for a delectable taster.

By | Editor

Review: Deetron - Balance 020

Deetron releases the highly anticipated Balance 020 - an outstanding double mix CD featuring one part all digital; the other all analogue. Veteran DJ and producer Brendon P gives his review.

By | Brendon P

Review: Omar-S - It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It

Omar-S, native Detroit DJ and producer, releases his second LP called It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It.

By | The Dash

A Higher State of Party: Dave Angel (UK) at Ku De Ta

For those who like to research on what they are getting themselves into, here are a few items on a need-to-know basis:

By | EDITOR

Artist Feature: Fran Hartnett

Fran Hartnett is possibly one of Dublin's best-kept secrets. Frequently featured in Surgeon's mixes, including Fabric 53, Fran's work is white hot. Here, he lays down an exclusive mix featuring his own jams plus the track 'Mutant Substance' soon to be released on the Midnight Shift album.

By | Θ23

Review: The Magic 3

The criteria of what makes a good mix, DJ or otherwise, differ from person to person. Agreed? Now that's out of the way, here are three mixes that have stood out and in no particular order.

By | The Dash

Review: Global Communication - Back in the Box

NRK's Back in the Box compilation has consistently given underrated tracks a second spin, and Global Communication's premium delivery package is no different.

By | The Dash

MNS 04 Live Stream on Sonar.sg

If you can't make tonight's party, listen to MNS 04: COLLAB streaming LIVE on Sonar.sg from 22:00hrs onwards to catch all the action.

By | EDITOR

Xhin Debut Album Free Download

"Today, I have decided to release my 2004 debut CD album "Supersonicstate" as free download. Back then, it was only available in stores here in Singapore and now no longer for sale."

By | Editor

Review: Kangding Ray - Or

As a member of the raster-noton family, Kangding Ray and his music are necessarily concerned with the click-clacks of minimal electronic sound design; conceptualised through artistic missives and scientific sequences; and realised through experimental projects, publications and installation works?. etc., etc. and more etc.

By | θ23

Music from Midnight Shift

The MNS countdown begins. Download mixes from our guests, now available on Official.FM. Listen.

By | Editor

Review: Surgeon - Breaking The Frame

"Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'" - Boomkat

By | θ23

Review: Jackmaster - FabricLive.57

Bit of a change in tack around here, this week's review goes not to the next bright-young-DIY beatmaker, but a tastemaking Glaswegian DJ without a single record to his name.

By | θ23

Review: Lone - Echolocations

In Part 2 of our neverending bedroom producers special, we take a look at the artiste known as Lone, aka Matt Cutler.

By | θ23

Review: Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

Who is this Gold Panda? What is this hipster electronic music?

By | θ23

Review: Boxcutter - The Dissolve

Ireland's Barry Lynn aka Boxcutter's 13-track album The Dissolve has a very distinct style of its own with every track presenting its own unique identity!

By | (^o^)

Hi-Tek Soul: Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May

Event Alert: 7 May 2011 at music institution Zouk club sees the Detroit Techno pioneers going back to back on 6 decks, 2 mixers, drum machine and keyboards.

By | EDITOR

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