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DTR | WTZ002 : Menno Cirk – Sector Two (incl. MM:MS Remixes)

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WTZ002

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Label : writtentozero
CAT# : WTZ002
Artist : Menno Cirk
Title : Sector Two
Released : 20 May 2015 / 03 June 2015
Format : Vinyl & Digital

01. Menno Cirk – Epsilon
02. Menno Cirk – Zeta
03. Menno Cirk – Epsilon (MM:MS Remix)
04. Menno Cirk – Epsilon (MM:MS Total Rebuild)
05. Menno Cirk – Sigma [Digital Exclusive]

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Sometimes the greatest things are when you just stumble upon new quality work absolutely randomly. Here we have a really bolshy and in your face Techno EP from the young Berlin label called writtentozero ran by duo MM:MS who offer their remix services here. Celebrating it’s 1st birthday in June this year, it’s second release is out on vinyl now and digital early next month.

The original artist Menno Cirk hails from Amsterdam, having also spent time in Birmingham before relocating to Berlin and really draws on this spectrum of cultures and influence in the tracks featured here.

With the seemed to be running name theme of their releases, the first track to get into on [Sector Two] is called “Epsilon.” It takes no prisoners and fires off with a frantic rolling tom rhythm and sputtering hat, that makes you instantly realise that he means business, also harnessing a straight up old school feel. On top of the driving drums is an analogue siren sound that is the spine of the whole track that only softens, morphs and cuts towards the middle break. It sharp builds up momentum again before it has a “as you were” moment with clean, punctuated to perfection, cymbals and hats to finish off. What a ride.

Zeta” instantly takes you down to darker territory, with a simple powerful kick lead by a huge whirring, gritty synth that creates an angry atmosphere. Subtle shimmering hats to a somewhat dulled set of shakers soon pick up the pace. Crashing rides hit you just before the break where everything amplifies and it really goes into top gear with a truly sinister feel about it.

MM:MS submit 2 new versions of the Epsilon original with vastly contrasting takes. The first labelled as “Remix” somehow adds even more energy and cements a raw tribal feel. The freshly edited siren pierces through the mix, complimented by another glitchy audio bite and an onslaught of metallic, bell like hits. Damn this is something else, you can really lose your mind on this one.

The second remix titled “Total Rebuild” has a funkier and completely stripped tribal sound that still expertly manages to retain the energy which comes across like a DJ Tool or to be used while building a set. A real classy rework, it could honestly slot into any time of a set, depending on how you want work it as it still possesses ample audio stimulation from faint new textures and a partially hidden groove.

Sigma” is the final offering on this stunning package that is Exclusive to Digital, satisfying another dimension to Techno heads by beginning with a broken beat. Ruthless, it has haunting and hypnotic drive, lead by a frosty, glass like backing note and a synth that tick-tocks steadily in and out of focus. It plunders against the tide with a controlled aggression as some industrial clatters and abrasive sweeps appear in the mix building tension. The beast then turns its head and goes all out four-to-the-floor after the break.

I definitely look forward to hearing more from these guys as they firmly planted a root in my brain. Top stuff.

– Reviewed by Jack! Who? for deathtechno.com

PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – RS1503 – Lakker – Tundra (incl. Q&A)
CLICK HERE – EDR007 – NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (incl. JoeFarr & The Fourth Alarm Remixes)
CLICK HERE – POLEGROUP31 – Oscar Mulero – Muscle And Mind
CLICK HERE – RLPS001LP – Relapso – States Evolution
CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remixes)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)

DTMIXS23 – Uun LIVE [Kansas City, USA]

DTMIXS23

Death Techno - Uun

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Midwest, USA native Uun aka Ryan Malony is an artist you should know about and be looking out for in the future. Having worked with Morgan Tomas’ Reloading, Dystopian Rhythm, Teggno and Eternal Drive to name but a few. He is heavily on the grind with his great productions, already picking up support from the likes of Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, Octave to Gary Beck. This quality live recording is a trip into his mind of smooth and immersive atmospheres with enough edge and toughness to balance out with ease. A superbly thought out set full of complementing mixes that really give your brain a work out.


Death Techno – DTMIXS23 – Uun LIVE [Kansas City, USA] (320) by Death Techno

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DTR | RS1503 : Lakker – Tundra (incl. Q&A)

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RS1503

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Label : R&S Records
CAT# : RS1503
Artist : Lakker
Title : Tundra
Released : 11 May 2014
Format : Vinyl, CD & Digital

01. Echtrae
02. Milch
03. Mountain Divide
04. Three Songs
05. Ton’neru
06. Halite
07. Tundra
08. Pylon
09. Oktavist
10. Herald



I remember first hearing Lakker‘s work on the 2007 long player “Ruido.” What struck me then (and still does now) was the sheer scope of the influences that the Dublin duo draw on and the huge depth and range of sounds used in their productions. Since then I’ve followed their productions and live performances with a keen interest, and the announcement of “Tundra” back in March (the “Irish Techno wizards” said FACT magazine) was cause for some excitement. The new LP on R&S Records is unlike anything else out there right now – by turns operatic, dark, uplifting and raw, immaculately produced and presented with amazing artwork. It’s very hard to pick a few of the tracks to go into more detail on from such a superb selection. But here are some things that stood out for me.

From the opening strains of “Echtrae” the production values are apparent. Every track on this album sounds a million miles wide. “Milch” uses juxtaposition of choral notes and firing synth stabs as percussion to devastating effect, with a haunting whispering that’s barely heard in the background. Listening to the percussive notes widen and develop into bass and drums as the track progresses is like hearing something coaxed into life by the haunting melody being sung over it.

I can safely say I’ve never heard a track quite like “Three Songs.” A sung choral intro of unsurpassed beauty is brutally cut off by fast kick drums and fizzing, static percussion, with a flat note measuring out the bars. At first listen this is shocking but a few choral notes carry through and lead you to the deep, lilting melody. Skittering hats and increased pressure in the kicks at this point recombine with choral notes and soaring synth notes, then the soundscape unfurls fully. Beauty and power, at once perfectly opposed and combined. Simply an astounding, euphoric piece of music.

The title track “Tundra” starts out as one of the most straight ahead compositions on offer here, with its measured breakbeat to click and rattle, but what grows out of it is anything but. Powerful growling notes slowly take precedence, increasing in volume and intensity and sounding like the birth of stars. Part way in, there’s the briefest touch of lighter notes and again that sense of ethereal euphoria that features throughout the album, before a gradual fading and the reintroduction of the beats. These are slowly eclipsed again, this time by sawing, tearing distortion, overdriving and expanding like a thousand supernovae and then sputtering out to nothing.

To be honest every track here is a highlight. The barely controlled aggression of the notes in “Pylon” and its clicked up beats. The understated menace and melodic chimes of “Oktavist.” The hissing, percussive syncopation of “Herald.” With Tundra, Lakker prove once again that they can continually achieve that oh-so-difficult task in modern electronic music – a sound that’s all their own and completely unique. This album deserves to be counted as a classic alongside works by artists such as Aphex and Autechre. If you go for such concepts as ‘Album of the Year’ (I don’t) then this may very well be it.

Tundra is out soon on the prolific R&S Records and is available in beautiful limited edition “splattered” vinyl as seen below and also CD and Digital formats. A more intriguing and immersive experience in electronic music you are very unlikely to find right now.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

RS1503

Q&A with Lakker
by Stuart Ingram & for deathtechno.com

> 01. The track “Three Songs” is exceptionally varied in its musical content. Was it the intention with this album to seek out and arrange deliberately contrasting sounds?
The intention was to have an honest representation of who we both are as musicians, and contrasting different sounds is something we’ve both always found interesting. We’ve always loved the melding of different styles and different soundworlds coming together to create something new and interesting.
It wasn’t really a conscious decision to do this on the album, it’s more that that’s what felt natural to us when we were making the tracks.

> 02. Can you tell us how the artwork ties in with the music on the album and who produced it?
It was produced by an amazing artist called Eileen Carpio, whose voice also features on a number of tracks. It is an image that she drew, black ink on white paper, while listening to the album, inspired by the tracks, and when she showed it to us it immediately felt right.

> 03. How do you feel your outlook on music and sounds has changed since the early days? What is different about your influences these days?
I think now we have more of an appreciation for the sounds themselves, and also less of a desire to do so much. When we were younger we used to try and do way too much in each track, and layer things too much, create tracks that were too dense. A lot of the time we would use interesting sounds, but they would get lost in the mix. Nowadays we are more careful to not cram the tracks too full of sounds, or ideas. We are not afraid to be more simple, and let things be a bit more, rather than having to make everything chaotic or complex.
Our influences are wider than ever before. In a funny way sometimes. I think we both have an appreciation for things like garage or house music, or even pop music – more accessible things we may have shunned years ago.

> 04. How do you feel your outlook on music and sounds has changed since the early days? What is different about your influences these days?
Yes, and no. In production terms this album is a lot more refined and cleaner than Ruido. More mature. Less crammed full of sounds and ideas, as we mentioned above.
In terms of sound sources we still have a similar approach – we still use a lot of found sound, and still try to find a balance between organic and electronic sounds. But now we try to use them in a more refined way. Letting more of individual sounds have their place in the mix, taking more care with how we use the sounds.
Also nowadays we do a lot more synthesis of our own sounds, whereas Ruido was very much sample based.

> 05. It’s been over 7 years since the last album. Was there a conscious decision to wait until now before producing another, and has it been important for you both to develop musically to this point?
Absolutely. After Ruido came out, we both decided our sound needed to develop, and we wanted a period of just releasing EPs and 12″s to be able to explore that. We always felt an album is a statement, so we did not want to do a second album until we felt we were at the point to we had something to say – something that would hold up in an album format. We didn’t want to put another album out just for the sake of it. And it took until now for us to be happy and confident enough in our sound to do that. That’s what Tundra is and we’re both super happy with it!

PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – EDR007 – NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (incl. JoeFarr & The Fourth Alarm Remixes)
CLICK HERE – POLEGROUP31 – Oscar Mulero – Muscle And Mind
CLICK HERE – RLPS001LP – Relapso – States Evolution
CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remixes)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)

DT:Premiere | Vegim – Shadowlicker [DEAD CERT. Records]

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DEADCERT015



Launching the new DT:Premiere feature on Death Techno, we introduce the leading track from DEAD CERT. Records forthcoming release.

After a few months of hold ups and a now new home based distributor in the UK, DEAD CERT. hits back with another quality underground fuelled various artist release called “Black Mail V.”

It has seen support from the likes of Pfirter, Arnaud Le Texier, Sam Paganini, Luigi Madonna, Industrialyzer, PVS, Axel Karakasis to Dave Ellesmere and Fernanda Martins.

Respected and established Techno pioneer from Southeast Europe, owner of TMM Records, Vegim brings his trademark energy to the opening track with a stabbing lead part and fearsome, thick claps that crack like thunder. The 90’s influenced digital texture and looping FX samples provide a dramatic ambience which could be described as the perfect storm.

DEADCERT015 – Black Mail V

01. Vegim – Shadowlicker
02. Weterra – Vacant
03. LBERT – Flotation
04. Redial Tone – 22:22

Released Wednesday 13 May 2015.

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DTR | EDR007 : NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (incl. JoeFarr & The Fourth Alarm Remixes)

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EDR007

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Label : Eternal Drive Recordings
CAT# : EDR007
Artist : NoizyKnobs
Title : Dissolve (incl. JoeFarr & The Fourth Alarm Remixes)
Released : 22 April 2014

01. NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (Original Mix)
02. NoizyKnobs – Fiji (Original Mix)
03. NoizyKnobs – Lantern (Original Mix)
04. NoizyKnobs – Come To Me (Original Mix)
05. NoizyKnobs – Dissolve (JoeFarr Remix)
06. NoizyKnobs – Come To Me (The Fourth Alarm Remix)

The Turin based NoizyKnobs collective were new to me for this review and once again I’ve been excited and delighted in equal measure by a new artist that I’ll certainly be following in the future. This the seventh EP on Eternal Drive Recordings of Canada and is given over entirely to four originals from NK and remix duties by The Fourth Alarm and the exceptional JoeFarr rounding things out. If varied, melodic and powerful music is your thing then this is for you.

Dissolve” sets the tone perfectly with its dubbed out, echoing overtones. Subtle, panning hi-hats roll around your head on the breakdown. An isolated snare fill brings the energy up further as more insistent percussion sees the track out through another breakdown, this one led by a rising synth note, bringing a touch of euphoria. Dubby it may be, but underneath is a hefty kickdrum and some insistent percussion, perfectly complimenting the increasing complexity in the melody.

Fiji” ploughs straight ahead with pacy drums and a fantastically energetic bassline that bounces up and down for the duration with hardly a pause. This solid base allows a platform for experimenting with the dubby lead notes and percussion and this is done with subtle skill. The notes move slowly in and out of the fore and echo and touches of delay are used expertly in one of the most teasing breakdowns I’ve heard in a while. The track becomes pretty heavy as it continues with some emphasis changes in the notes and stomping percussion leading the charge. Well danceable, a very good track indeed!

Come To Me” uses a mixture of fast and slow, open and closed hats, a solid kick and a repetitive looping sample to establish a strong groove, moving the EP in a darker direction. A tense breakdown with a dubbed out siren note and layers of echoing reverb follows, and hits again after a time, accentuating the heads down, deeper nature of this tune. One for the “heads” and late nights for sure.

The JoeFarr interpretation of Dissolve takes the original and adds liberal weight to the kickdrum, keeping the dubby melodic notes in the background initially, and leading with a rattling, machine gun percussion. His creativity shines in the breakdowns which are long and varied, teasing forthcoming elements of the track (of which there are many, too many to list in fact). Funky, powerful and gritty, this is a fine rework.

I haven’t reviewed all the tracks here but they are all extremely good so check them out for yourself! Six slabs of fresh techno full of ideas, from an artist and label that should certainly be on your radar – they are now firmly on mine.

EDR007 Dissolve EP by NoizyKnobs is available digitally at Beatport.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com



PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – POLEGROUP31 – Oscar Mulero – Muscle And Mind
CLICK HERE – RLPS001LP – Relapso – States Evolution
CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remix)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)

DTMIX105 – Kereni [Bristol, ENGLAND]

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Death Techno - Kereni

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Kereni has been doing this thing a while now and DT has long been fans of his work, thus very pleased to invite him into the mix archive. You can discover his music on labels such as Darknet, BCR, Reaktivate, Archetypes to his latest spooky release “Plan 9″ EP on Diego Hostettler and Dave Ellesmere’s Belief System Records. This vinyl only Exclusive set delivers a tough, weird and wonderful ride with tracks from Tadeo, Philippe Petit, Aiken, Raffaele Attanasio, Jeroen Search to Jeff Mills.


Death Techno – DTMIX105 – Kereni [Bristol, ENGLAND] (320) by Death Techno

Tracklist :

01. TADEO : requiem [Token]
02. N.d : Infantry (Kereni Remix) [Trivmvirate]
03. TADEO : the possibility of an encounter [Token]
04. FUTURE 16 : filaments (part 4) [Gynoid LTD]
05. AN-i : kino-i (Dub) [Cititrax/Minimal Wave]
06. PHILIPPE PETIT : venus [EarToGround]
07. AIKEN : hard times [End Of Dayz]
08. OVERALL SEVERITY : backfiring nerves [Key Vinyl]
09. PATRICK BOLTON: revived [Onnset]
10. DELUSIVE MANOEUVRES : dm1.1 (Raffaele Attanasio Remix) [Delusive Manoeuvres]
11. BIRTH OF FREQUENCY : bad tempered [Construct Re-Form]
12. JEROEN SEARCH : elect (Pt. 1) [Search Archives]
13. JEFF MILLS : growth [AXIS]

DTR | POLEGROUP31 : Oscar Mulero – Muscle and Mind

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Label : PoleGroup
CAT# : POLEGROUP31
Artist : Oscar Mulero
Title : Muscle and Mind
Released : 20 April 2015

01. Mind-Body Interaction
02. Dualistic Concept
03. Involuntary Response
04. Anatomical Variation
05. Mentally Induced Action
06. Interrelated
07. Mindful Body
08. 201 Element
09. Mechanical Function
10. Muscle and Mind
11. Mental Causation
12. Unconscious



I’m consistently impressed by the huge variety of the sounds and compositions on electronic albums these days. Especially since you have to concentrate on each track and listen to the whole album to really appreciate it properly, as intended by the artist. After a pretty significant gap of not paying attention to albums at all and even picking out only the most ‘dancefloor’ tracks for DJ use, I now look forward to quality albums more than any other format of release. There’s no cheap hit; you put in some time and you reap the reward.

This is nowhere more true than on Oscar Mulero‘s recent album on his own imprint PoleGroup titled “Muscle and Mind.” The once Madrid now Gijón based artist rightly needs no introduction here and his third artist album (following “Black Propaganda” in 2012) is bristling with assurance, experimentation, power and beauty. This is an exceptional and mature release from Mulero, full of highlights, just a few of which we cover here.

Dualistic Concept” is a pure techno groove. Variations so subtle they are even hard to catch listening at home but put this on a big, quality system and immerse yourself in the sounds, then the intelligence of this production becomes apparent. Insidious percussion writhes slowly in and out of itself, underpinned with tight, thunderous bass and kicks. A beautifully understated break comes almost out of nowhere and the track builds again in waves of shimmering cymbals. A single missing kickdrum drives the pace onwards – heads down, heavy deepness.

The echoing, chiming notes of “Anatomical Variation” reminds me of Gamelan music – the gentle notes for the first few seconds sounding arrhythmic, and then revealing a cohesive, tight pattern. Is that a rimshot beat lending a dose of funk behind the hi-hats squarely in the forefront? The track builds into an immersive, disorienting soundscape that you could lose yourself in for much longer than the 5.38 runtime.

Then we hit “Interrelated.” I don’t think I’ve heard a tune quite like this before. On the one hand its pulsing, laser cut techno and in the other it’s a jangling, dissonant piano riff, full of lazy hot sunshine. Just as you’re getting used to this surprising and perfectly executed juxtaposition, an extended, wispy synth line introduces another element, with doubled kicks and hissing hats building the crescendos. As with many tracks on this album, the atmosphere and tension is expertly wound up and released. Incredible.



The title track features broad strokes of atmospheric synth, lovely bass drops and a broken beat that can either be taken as downtempo or frenetic depending on your mood. Later tracks on the album explore some esoteric ground – “Unconscious” and “Mental Causation” especially painting lush sonic landscapes that seem rooted in nature rather than electronics. For the rest, you need to go and find out yourself and enjoy your own experience!

If you know Mulero then you won’t need convincing with words to buy this album. If you don’t, then this stands as one of the defining productions of his career, and certainly one of the most significant releases you will see this year. In either case it’s unmissable.

Muscle and Mind” is available from the PoleGroup bandcamp page on vinyl, CD and Digital.

– Reviewed by Stuart Ingram for deathtechno.com

PREVIOUS REVIEWS :

CLICK HERE – RLPS001LP – Relapso – States Evolution
CLICK HERE – EDR006 – Complicit – Drome (incl. Annie Hall & Plane Shifter Remix)
CLICK HERE – MISTRESS05.3 – The Redhead
CLICK HERE – CRG001 – Cleric – Codes of Chaos EP
CLICK HERE – TRP001 – The Deviant Octopus
CLICK HERE – AFK013 – Uncode – Cmtrn EP
CLICK HERE – AD023 – Rommek – 1 View, 100 Versions
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT014 – Bruno Ledesma / Ledd – New Routes of Thought (incl. Subfractal Remix)
CLICK HERE – LIMITEDG006
CLICK HERE – EDR004 – Uun – Chaos Element (incl. DJ ESP Woody McBride & James Kelley Remixes)
CLICK HERE – TOKEN48 – Aphelion
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT013 – Alessan Main – Global Position (incl. Mick Finesse Remix)
CLICK HERE – DEADCERT012 – Black Mail IV
CLICK HERE – EDR003 – JGarrett – Monochrome Pusher EP (incl. Luis Flores & Jay Zoney Remixes)