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Powell

No U Turn

Powell

No U Turn

Diagonal captain grinds a unique synthesis of hardstep, techno and glam swagger like no other

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Cute Heels

Future Dancers Last Rockers

Cute Heels

Future Dancers Last Rockers

Dark, dissonant, swaggering wave pop from Colombia's Victor Lenis aka Cute Heels

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Broken English Club

Casual Sex

Broken English Club

Casual Sex

Oliver Ho (Raudive) indulges a passion for slow, prurient coldwave with shades of TG, The Normal…

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An-i feat. Lee Douglas

Kino-I (Mix)

An-i feat. Lee Douglas

Kino-I (Mix)

A Frankenstein's dancefloor monster outta New York 2014

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SUMERIAN FLEET

Orbiting

SUMERIAN FLEET

Orbiting

Killer EBM 'ardstep from Alden Tyrell, Mr Pauli, and Zarkoff

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Philipp Gorbachev

Europa feat. John Stanier

Philipp Gorbachev

Europa feat. John Stanier

Febrile, trans-continental techno charge from Moscow's Gorbachev and the Battles drummer

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Musumeci

Tag Fur Tag (Traxx Edit)

Musumeci

Tag Fur Tag (Traxx Edit)

Deceptively blunt but deadly edit of an obscure Italian joint from 1985

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Her Needs (1988)

SANDRA PLAYS ELECTRONICS

Her Needs (1988)

Karl O'Connor understands

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Demdike Stare

Past Majesty

Demdike Stare

Past Majesty

Channelling Rapeman, Powell and Mika Vainio inna heads-down, cutthroat fashion

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Perc

Bleeding Colours (Untold Remix)

Perc

Bleeding Colours (Untold Remix)

Untold winks at Powell from behind his new modular racks

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AUTOMAT

Phaze #1

AUTOMAT

Phaze #1

A darkside gem from 2003, still killer in contemporary currency

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AnD

Bow 1 (Russell Haswell Decomposition)

AnD

Bow 1 (Russell Haswell Decomposition)

n0!se legend Haswell systematically reduces AnD to an acrid, boiling pulp

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DJ Punisher

Untitled 1

DJ Punisher

Untitled 1

Delroy Edwards in murder techno mode

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Bronze Teeth

Glass Tooth

Bronze Teeth

Glass Tooth

Visceral Hardware techno funk for the freaks

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Hardwave”

14 crucial cuts of that sound with no name, herein referred to as Hardwave. Bookended by two fierce pieces from Diagonal boss Powell and the Bronze Teeth duo, Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M), this collection stalks ground between red-lit basement and toxic warehouse sounds. There's sleazy slow EBM from Colombia's Cute Heels and Oliver Ho in Broken English Club guise, plus the peakin' NRG razz of An-i's 'Kino-i' and Traxx's ragged edit of an old Italian wave beauty to fire you up. We then track Powell's influence on Demdike Stare in the robotic 'ardstep fizz of 'Past Majesty' and Untold's modular mastication of Perc, before clocking Automat's EBM bullet, 'Phaze #1' and Russell Haswell's destructive decomposition of AnD, beside Delroy Edwards' industrialised DJ Punisher weapon and one of the highlights from Sumerian Fleet's crackshot debut. Of course, it could all be reasonably termed Electronic Body Music, if that makes it easier for you, but for disambiguation's sake Hardwave feels a better term to cover this motley, mongrel gathering of beasts. And, if you know where to look, the worst of 'em are set to blitz a private warehouse in Manchester this August…

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