Future Me (FU.ME), Italian imprint responsible for previous releases such as their most recent "The Orbitants 2", featuring Jensen Interceptor and Galaxian along others, not to mention the blinding release by ARP 2200 entitled "Enif", returns here with "Lay Environment" by Moken. A new 5 track vinyl EP full of punishing rhythms and alluring, at times suspenseful and even beautiful moods that traverse the spectrums of Breaks, Techno and moody Electro with just the right amount of balance in between.

Starting off, the vinyl sees "Tuxedo" kick things into gear in a rather invasive form, stomping through the gates with tough mechanical beats and frantic stabs. Fans of Mono-Junk and artists within that vein will appreciate this one. Following, "Lebanon takes a different form, inducing the listener and dancer into a hypnotic trance, as the pulsating 4x4 beats gallop into battle with fierce atmospheres that create an almost apocalyptic feel.

"Ancient prog" concludes the A side with a mystifying journey that at first reminds me of the Stranger Things theme, evolving rather quickly into a menacing, mysterious journey like visiting the most obscure of underground clubs for the first time. Beware!

On the B side we find two final gems to dive into, the first being "Torpedo"; an alluring jam that alternates between 4x4 and broken Electro beats, as the commanding vocals take charge in the fashion of many of the great Industrial classics from the 90's.

Finally, the disc is concluded with the Kluentah remix of the previous, this one perhaps my favorite on the record as it takes me back to the days of being a young Raver, and being exposed to broken beats enriched with just the right amount of funk, soul and psychedelia. The standout thing about this particular version is the delicate, enigmatic stabs that add such a beautiful emotive tone to the song, not before being overpowered by furious bass pads that growl like an angry beast.

Moken - Lay Environment (2020) © Future Me

"Lay Environment" by Moken is out now through the label's Bandcamp, or wherever you buy vinyl music. Cannot recommend this release enough, the disc alone is a beautiful purple that reminds me of the finest red wine! This too shall go down rather complex while finishing off smooth and layered.

Italian "Urban Distortions" label, brainchild of Massimo Luciano (Slaker), has been on fire the past couple years, delivering timeless classics like Riuozami's "Geometric Shapes", or perhaps his very own "The Transition" under his Slaker pseudonym, setting up his unique imprint as one to seriously look for going into the new decade.

Returning with "The Cure" by UK Electro composer and producer TECHcontrol, this 4 track digital EP is a must-have for any devoted fan of dark, driven and brooding Electro Funk.

From the upbeat vibes of "Before The Move" and "Out In Space"; a couple of tunes laced with enigmatic synths and thought-provoking melodies all around, to the sinister, stomping fury of the acidic title track, and perhaps my favorite, "Tropic Run", and it's mysterious aura of enchanting analog stabs that seem to almost bend with a bit of sadness.

"The Cure" by TECHcontrol was released on March 20th through the label's Bandcamp, and can be found anywhere else you buy music digitally. I cannot recommend this release enough for those lovers of deep crafted, melodic and mystifying Electro. Buy it!

Out several days ago on Catalonian Electro imprint Electroclub Records, the 2nd installment in the "Remixing Da Vektah" series continues pays homage to one of the pioneers of the Barcelona Electro scene, Dark Vektor, who is remixed here this time around by fellow comrades Álex Martín, Roid Diodes (half member of Vema Diodes), The Bandit, MMS, and Ctrls303, all injecting their own unique approach to the profound Electro tune "Revolución Del Alma" by the one and only Dark Vektor.

The record starts off with Álex Martín's hyperdrive "Oxident Audios" remix, bringing direct influences from tenacious UK label Battle Trax, turning Dark Vektor's original theme into a malevolent, furious rendition to obliterate dancefloors with rolling bass kicks, and mind-piercing sequencing. Then, MMS, half founder of rising imprint Util Records, delivers what may be my favorite song on this record. With her "Revolution Remix", Maria MMS punctuates this record in a sensual form, with mysterious, seductive vocals and masterfully crafted classic Electro beats, all while fusing it with elements from the original song and bits of her own ingenious and refined electronic compositions. Absolutely incredible!

Carrying on, we find Roid Diodes and the "Antisocial Behaviour" remix, starting off with a funky Detroit step to the rhythms, and diving into a pool of enigmatic stabs and classy, emotive elements from Dark Vektor's original. Overall a powerhouse of futuristic Electro vibes that won't let you down from beginning to end!

Next up, The Bandit's "Arde La Calle" remix is similar in a way to the previous, leaning a bit more towards the new school Electro sound, here graced with skillful edits and intelligent programming that give this tune a bit of an edge. Most of these songs you'll find do not deviate too much from the original theme, but inject just enough ingenuity and originality to make each song unique and have each one stand apart from the others.

Ctrls303 begins to lead us towards the end of the record, contributing the "Electrodub Remix", which to me is a throwback to some of the obscure and fairly innovative Electro coming out of the US West Coast back in the early 2000's, blended together with acidic vibes, and bringing in strong Elements of Detroit's Jit scene and some of the great hits of the 90's like Aaron Carl's "Down".

Dark Vektor's original version of "Revolución Del Alma" will be the last find on this marvel of a remix pack. Here on this new tune, his powerful signature sound comes through in all it's glory: the conscious, gripping vocoders, the alluring and hypnotic sequences that envelope all around you, and those soul-piercing synths that seem to cut right through you with a profound sense of mystique. This is classic Dark Vektor here, fusing elements from his hayday on Fundamental Bass Intelligence, and classic releases on Titan's Halo, Drivecom and beyond. Total masterpiece!

"Remixing Da Vektah" is out now through the label's Bandcamp or wherever you buy music! Don't sleep on this eclectic and powerful bundle of hard-hitting Electro remixes.

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