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Lee Jones' 'Down Into Light' Is a Minutiae-Scanning Beauty of Minimal Techno

Down Into Light feels like the album Lee Jones was always born to make. He's always had a lightness of touch, but here, his touch is more delicate than ever.

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German Producer Recondite Creates Emotive, Reflective Soundscapes on 'Dwell'

With Dwell, Recondite has once again created a superior set of sensitive, multi-layered compositions full of subtle shades that seem to exist in their own time and place.

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The Field's Formula for Musical Escapism Has Yet to Fail

The sheer repetition of the Field's music on Infinite Moment lures you in, but it's the quality of what's happening in these dense mixes that makes you stay, that allows you see the forest for the tree.

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Chris Liebing Ignites a 'Burn Slow' in the Darkness

On Burn Slow, Chris Liebing creates a dark techno world where the music oozes more than trips out of the speakers. There's a syrupy sense of primal life.

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With Dissolvi Producer Steve Hauschildt Steps Into Minimal Techno

Electronic producer Steve Hauschildt leaves behind his trademark cosmic, electronic sound and builds the impressive Dissolvi through minimal motifs and subtle progressions.

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Gas Supplies Darker Ambient Textures on 'Rausch'

After reviving his Gas project with last year's Narkopop, Wolfgang Voigt experiments with much darker ambient textures on his sixth album.

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The Head Outweighs the Heart on DJ Koze's 'Knock Knock'

DJ Koze's commitment to avoiding easy four-on-the-floor dance music, his unwillingness to whack at synth pads for an hour and call Knock Knock an experimental ambient album, is commendable.

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Ricardo Villalobos: Empirical House

Empirical House transfigures lounge and even elevator music through Villalobos's trademark lens of minimal techno, creating a study of interior space and social contexts.

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Gas: Narkopop

If previous Gas albums were all fog and illusion, Narkopop is striking for its clarity.

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Fur Coat: Mind Over Matter

Of course you can dance to this music. You could also dance to a cheap keyboard left on by accident or a dot matrix printer.

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Robag Wruhme: Olgamikks

If you've ever observed the pressure of silence in a room where someone has just said something really awkward then you know the space between sounds is as much a tool in any producer's toolbox as the beats that punctuate it. This is where minimal techno has its appeal for many.

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System of Survival: Needle and Thread

Phat trax and Apollonian order make for a swell running soundtrack.

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Thomas Brinkmann & Oren Ambarchi: The Mortimer Trap

Having awakened your senses at the same time it tests your patience, The Mortimer Trap leaves you gratefully spent.

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Dominik Eulberg: Diorama

Diorama is elaborate and compelling electronic music, whether or not you're familiar with the flowery context.

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Steffi: Yours & Mine

Come on in, Steffi's house is seductive and warm.

Dominic Umile
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Ryan Davis: Routes of Life

With subtle peaks and micro-sized builds, Ryan Davis has mastered personal techno.

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Apparat: DJ-Kicks

Apparat’s contribution to the !K7 DJ-Kicks series feels quite at home in a car stereo while driving through the city at night.

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Reboot: Shunyata

Shunyata is neatly divided in two halves: one for the dancefloor, and one for the headphones.

Mike Schiller
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Applescal: A Slave's Commitment

Backed by an affinity for the digital tricks dealt by Nathan Fake and Extrawelt, new producer Applescal's techno is vibrant and varied.

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Kleinschmager Audio: Audiology

These ten taut oddball minimal masterpieces will silence all doubts about the quality of Kleinschmager Audio and their up-and-coming label, Rrygular.

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Extrawelt: Schöne Neue Extrawelt

This debut LP strikes down upon thee with great intricacy and furious techno those who would attempt to placate and distract the masses with catalog loops in cookie cutter forms.

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The Mole: As High As The Sky

The universe conspired to force expatriate Vancouverite Colin De La Plante to create his disco informed deep house debut exactly as it is. This is proof of a love greater than ourselves.


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