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EchoDroides
Glowing In The Dark

Nation offshoot Kode (Beau Wanzer, D’Marc Cantu) drop a new 12" from Chicago duo EchoDroides. ‘Glowing In The Dark’ is a cover of the 80’s synth-pop banger by Experimental Products. EchoDroides don’t mess with the original too much - they clean up some of the synth sounds and give the mix more bite, but otherwise they play it straight. It’s no surprise that this sounds like Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder and maybe even Freedom Of Choice-era Devo. Also comes with a handy instrumental version.

D'Marc Cantu / Black Meteoric Star
Split Concept

Traxx’s Nation label is always a sure thing when it comes to odd variations on the blueprint of rugged hardware house music, and the pairing of D’Marc Cantu and Black Meteoric Star on this split release is a prime example. Cantu is actually in a relatively restrained mode here, burrowing into meditative arpeggios and scuffed beatdowns on “RDDS”, while Black Meteoric Star creates a jarring but alluring minimal wave abstraction on the live version of “Me And My Rhythm Box”.
  • Vinyl 12" (KODE02)
  • £15.99 £12.79 (saving: £3.20)
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  • Limited edition
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Transformation / Beau Wanzer
Kozmik / Orbit

This split 12” on Nation offshoot Kode plays two of techno’s more idiosyncratic voices off against each other. Transformation’s offering is a hypnotic slow-mo grind, full of faraway screeches and eerie percussion. Kind of like Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ if Kraftwerk had actually been Fuck Buttons and the record was cut at 33 when it was meant to be cut at 45. On the flip, L.I.E.S./Jealous God bloke Beau Wanzer gives us a track called ‘Oklahoma 3’, which sounds nothing like any of the music from Oklahoma. It actually sounds like a darkwave rendering of Hype Williams.
  • Vinyl 12" (KODE05)
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  • Limited edition