Fabio Montana – Ortygia (Love Over Entropy Repatterning)

forthcoming as part of the ‘Ortygia’ EP

Partial PR: Now, for the label’s final release of 2016, microCastle welcomes Fabio Vanore-Landsberg aka Fabio Montana to showcase his creative talents. The Italian-born, Germany based artist is highly regarded for his distinctive style and musical depth. Releases on Einmusika, Click Records and his own Incroyable imprint have been praised by his contemporaries with Maceo Plex, Joris Voorn and Hot Since 82 all playlisting his music.

microCastle’s masterstroke has been to engage Love over Entropy to repattern ‘Ortygia’. Motivated by the ideology of early Detroit pioneers and experimental IDM, his musical creations are renowned for being hypnotic and atmospheric, with a tender touch, juxtaposing an obsessive attention to detail with space, chaos and chance. As a result the Dutch artist has found a home on taste-maker labels such as Something Happening Somewhere, Lossless and Atomnation. Here he builds a deeply brooding, melodic, percussive masterpiece, and the resultant tension is palpable as his re-imagining of ‘Ortygia’ sparks with eruptive bursts of fizzing energy. A stunning remix on every level, and it is no wonder that he is beloved by such heavyweights as Dixon, Mano Le Tough, Âme and Laurent Garnier.

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André Hommen – First Serve

André Hommen teams up with Systematic Recordings to deliver his quality 3 track Serve EP. First up, First Serve. Cracker!
For this release, André Hommen has teamed up with Marc Romboy’s Systematic Records family to put out his delectable Serve EP. This 3 track offering, is an extremely spicey EP that caters for every moment that a night on the dancefloors of the best clubs has to offer. Expect to hear this EP far and wide. Especially, the lead track, ‘First Serve’.

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Power Outage – Imagine

Founded in 2016, Brooklyn-based techno label Afterwave Records announces its first compilation “Technoscope” dropping Oct 21 and offers up a 15-minute abum “mini-mix” streaming here. You can also check out the hypnotic new visuals teasing the release .

WithTechnoscope, Afterwave Records serves up a short & sweet debut compilation of straight-up late-night club arsenals by the label’s talented cast of Brooklyn-based beatsmiths. The six-track EP lures listeners in with “Grains Of Sand” by Brooklyn artist Buzzi featuring vocals by Human A (Heather Celeste), a stripped-back production with spellbinding composure. By joining forces as Power Outage, label co-founders Krames and William B conceive “Imagine” that hits hard with disorienting synths and pounding percussion. Krames’ “Acid Drip” is a trippy little track that lives up to its name with acid-tinged elements and immersive, funky atmospheres. “A Fireside Chat” evokes a sense of darkness enveloping Kleinfeld’s signature meticulous Detroit-leaning techno production, taking the listener on the sonic equivalent of a haunted roller coaster ride. William B’s “I Don’t Want To Dance” is an instant classic, with hypnotic vocals by Krames repeating “I don’t want to dance, but I have to”, the song becoming gradually harder and more intense the longer it plays on. Katie Rex’s “He’s A Cancer” ends on a high note with dizzying, dissonant beat work and a simultaneously haunting and uplifting melody.

Label co-founder Krames discusses the inception of Afterwave Records with his label partner (and fellow Afterwave artist) William B: “William B and I became engulfed in the world of modular synthesizers and our intrigue into the history of this instrument inspired us to build modules and perform live sets. The idea of Afterwave Records came about as an outlet to share the music both us and our collective of artists were making and playing at our parties in Brooklyn; as well as, to be able to release both modular synth music and techno for the dance-floor on the same label.”

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Michael Mayer – Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen (with Barnt)

Michael MAyer - &
Michael MAyer – &

Michael Mayer – ‘&’
Out 28th October 2016 on !K7

Michael Mayer is the true definition of a taste-maker. His work as a producer, a DJ, and a curator via his label Kompakt, speaks for itself. Mayer’s recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. ‘&’ is his third full-length, a passionate and personal album that speaks as broadly as his DJ sets – embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dancefloor in front of him.

‘&’ – the title says it all; Michael Mayer collaborated for every track on the album. The list of contributors is quite impressive, including Roman Flügel, Prins Thomas, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires among many others. Mayer is adamant that the collaborations came about because of a shared musical vision and personal connection rather an effort to stack the lineup. ““All of those involved are good friends of mine and not random choices selected from someTop 100 list,” he says. “These people mean a lot to me – and by that the music we produced together is heart driven and emotionally powered.”

An album highlight is ‘Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen’, built around a vocal sample from a long lost East German band Stern Meissen. “I bought the record because I thought the cover was interesting. Then I heard this one line that fit perfectly to this idea of mine,” says Mayer. “Barnt was the only candidate to make this idea come to life. The trick was to bridge something that sounds sincere and deep with a delicate balance of craziness”. The outcome breathes a groovy spookiness, likened to the Giallo works of Dario Argento, where the borders between reality and fiction are not clear.

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