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Lyra Valenza
Scan, Deliver

Opal Tapes offshoot Black Opal (Metrist, J Albert) drop an excellent debut EP from Denmark’s Lyra Valenza...view item »

Sciahri
Behind The Line

Firenze based producer Sciahri, one half of Producer duo UNKNOT, has previous releases on Ilian tape and now comes to Opal Tapes. Moving on from his Mysterious Love release, his sound has grown into deeper and harder techno territories, replacing straight up 909 kicks for heavy and tape distorted low en...view item »

Persuasion
Quatermass EP

Devon Hanson has recorded under his own name, including collabs with Wanda Group and Karl Fousek, and also as Stefan Jós. His first under this new moniker appears on Opal Tapes’ vinyl offshoot. Four tracks of subtle, dubby, uncluttered and minimal house, made up of ...view item »
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Sciahri
Quiet Witness

Sciahri’s previous EP on Black Opal still gets plenty of spins, so I’ve been proper stoked for this one. As the neighbours car slips out of their driveway, it’s time to crank this mother up… ...view item »
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Personable
Oyster

Tracks released by Ged Gengras under his Personable moniker tend to fizz with fresh energy: probably a consequence of his ‘live-in-the-studio’ production approach. House-garage-techno jams with a bounce and a punch, from a real synth talent. 4 tracks on Oyster, which is released by Black Opa...view item »

Life's Track
Smell of Sanctity

Five tracks-worth of low-down heavy funky sound by Life’s Track on this new 12” EP. Smell of Sanctity bounces along powerfully with thick, irresistible beats that sound like they are kept on a short leash. Only 300 copies of this around, on the Black Opal label, so don’t wait around if you want one. Ha...view item »

Annanan
New Wave Of Nature

Following releases on Forbidden Planet, LL.M. and Pinkman, Annanan lands on Opal Tapes sister label Black Opal with a fine 4-track EP. Opening with the woody stomp, dreamy keys and squelchy bass of the titular cut and onto the lost in the night, melancholy of 'Bomb'. Over on the flipside 'Sphere' thumps with chunky drums, sci-fi electronics...view item »
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DJ S
Neva Done This Before

DJ Slyngshot drops some letters from his name for this stompin’ 4-track EP on Opal Tapes sister label Black Opal. A no-nonsense asses shakin’ guaranteed DJ weapon, opening with ‘Golf One’ pr...view item »

J. Albert
Small Room EP

Super-prolific techno footmover J. Albert comes back for another 2016 12", this time channeling dusty inner city beats for a good 4 tracks. Judging by the quality of A2 cut 'Ting Waan', this will be stomping, keeping bodies warm and limber deep into the winter nights and beyond. While he's just got things moving with his own Exotic Dance label, ...view item »

Cop Envy
Total End

Three funk fueled, highly percussive techno tracks from Melbourne producer Cop Envy backed by a Manse (Lobster Theremin, Opal Tapes) refix. ‘BGFT’ goes first, with spectral synth hovering under a ...view item »

Clouds
DJ Ultra Greatsword

A few years ago I was on a dancefloor, Dave Clarke was spinning and this tune came on that blew my mind. To make sure it’s actually, genuinely a cracker of a tune, you have to do the “listen to it when you’re not off yer nut test”. It took me a while to track it down but in the end, turns...view item »
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Russell E. L. Butler
The First Step

This arrived in stock a coupla weeks ago and managed to evade the review pile because of time restraints but I thought I’d show this EP some well deserved love.‘The First Step’ is the second release from this Oakland producer (aka Black Jeans) under his real name, hot on the heels of last years ‘God Is Change’...view item »

Metrist
This Is For Sore Is Just There

As track titles such as ‘Petrol Arses’, ‘That Prick I Hate’ and ‘Shit Patches’, Metrist’s music neither takes itself too seriously, nor cares if you like it. This Is For Sore Is Just There is rough and nasty, with distort...view item »

Nathan Melja
A​.​C​.​I.

This new 12” from Nathan Melja wastes no damn time at all, cutting straight in with the first track’s stern kick drum; a kick drum so low-pitched that it almost merges with the bassline. A.C.I. has three more tracks just as heavy up its sleeve as well, so watch yourselves. Edition of 300 on Black Opal....view item »
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J. Albert
Untitled

A prolific machine, J. Albert returns with a brand new 12” on Black Opal. Kiss The Ground opens the record with a vocal sample and a simple 4/4 beat that gradually morphs into the sporadic crackling sound of a bonfire before smashing back into a thumping 4/4 handclap. Simple but effective house music. Out on vinyl...view item »
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Cloudface
Untitled

Here we have the second wax offering from Opal Tapes sub-label Black Opal. This is the first I've heard of Cloudface so if you want a more informed read about the artist check our customer review as that chap seems to know what he's talking ab...view item »
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XOSAR
Let Go

You better get your shovel out to dig into this density from Xosar. BOP004 is the eight tracker from the San Franciscan, now Berlin based, producer. On this one she isn't holding back at all, with the low end rumbling through and destroying all in its path at various tempos. There is peak time a...view item »
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Patricia
Body Issues

Here is the inaugural release on Stephen Bishop’s (Basic House) Opal Tapes vinyl offshoot label Black Opal. Patricia’s ‘Body Issues’ was originally released on Opal Tapes as a cassette...view item »
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Naka Naka
Mundo Harsh

The third release on Opal Tapes sister label Black Opal comes from Naka Naka whom I know nothing about other than having a his/ her/ their ‘Juan Pestanas’ tape on Opal Tapes. Folks have been beggi...view item »
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