Feature: Editor Selects

Welcome to the first instalment of our regular weekly feature; Editor Selects. Each week, The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight will be skimming the cream from releases dropped over the past seven days, starting today!

Saturday always seems like a good time to round up the previous week’s releases and give them a thorough rinsing, so we thought we would help you digest all those electronic nuggets by sorting through them, on your behalf (aren’t we kind?!), and bringing you a nifty little taster of our favourites.

The first of this regular feature contains some absolute corkers, so be aware of the fact that your mind is likely to be blown to smithereens by the wealth of talent on offer. Consider this your health warning! Without further ado, let’s dive into the ocean of music and see what treasures lie in the inky blue…

Maxime Alexander Hurt Me

We may as well kick things off with a dropper full of acid techno from South Africa’s Western Cape. Maxime Alexander‘s influences are easy to recognise in this stormer, as he infuses techno with a touch of rave and that ubiquitous acid squelch. Out now on 1991 Global. (Buy link)

Various Artists The Drip EP

Matthew Herbert‘s Accidental Jnr imprint hit us with a killer EP this week; The Drip. Bringing together four of the label’s favourite artists (including the helmsman, Herbert, himself), we have four diversely different-sounding tracks that all follow one theme…drips. Might sound a bit barmy but we expect nothing less from the forward-thinking Matthew Herbert and his band of merry modulators. Lets get wet. (Buy link)

UNER & Alex Kennon Wonderland

The original mix of Uner & Alex Kennon‘s sumptuous Wonderland production opens with a lilting piano that, initially, instills a sense of melancholy in the listener. As the piano chords chime away throughout the track, though, they are joined by additional elements that take this straight to a euphoric dance-floor track in an instant. Fernando Lagreca and Lower are on re-rub duties, the former serving the original with a side-order of techno, with the latter bringing things back for a more chilled vibe. Not only are you getting a great release on the Solar Distance label, your purchase also goes directly to Bridges for Music. (Buy link)

Harry Axt Lifestyle EP

Irrespective of whatever moniker he might be releasing under at the time, Daniel Steinberg never fails to impress here at Waveform HQ. Releasing Lifestyle EP under his more ‘techno-y’ Harry Axt guise, we are first treated to a slice of stripped back techno that is as hypnotic as it is dance-able, with Daffke. The flip takes us into a more upbeat territory with the title track. Watch out for that wonderful build and release halfway through the production. The EP is available now via the brilliant Arms and Legs records. (Buy link)

Cari Lekebusch & Benjamin Mull Perception

H-Productions are celebrating their 100th release with this collection of three techno rollers from Lekebusch and Mull. This marks the first in a series of releases centred around what the label are describing as ‘sound architecture’. One thing is certain, the pair truly know how to lay the foundations of a track upon which they can add the various building elements to create the whole, and this release is no exception to that rule. (Buy link)

Christopher Coe Let It Go

You know when you hear an album and all you can think throughout its entirety is “Oh my fucking GOD this is good”? Yeah? Well that is what happened when I first heard Christopher Coe‘s blindingly good MNTNSofSLNC. This, Let It Go, is the second EP to be released from the long player, and features Steve Mulder and man-of-the-moment, Saytek, remixing the original. Each permutation showcases the talent of the individual artist, as well as Coe‘s dexterity and the malleability of his productions. Top stuff. (Buy link)

Tommy Holohan Ros Eó

Ireland’s Tommy Holohan swings in with a quadruple slice of up-to-the-minute, rave-infused tracks, which take the breakbeat-y goodness of rave’s days gone by, and brings them bang up to date with some slammin’ tracks inspired by Holohan‘s days growing up in Dublin. This is his first release on the Civil Disobedience imprint and we are looking forward to hearing more from the young producer. (Buy link)

Glaskin Grey Lines

If breakbeat techno is your bag, then you need to get a bit of Glaskin‘s latest release on the immense Hot Flush label. Following up from their debut on the imprint, Debris Disk, the Munich duo have returned with five tracks that wholeheartedly represent the breaksy side of the techno sound. Harking back to early ‘braindance’ days, the EP gives an assured nod toward the early ambient, skittering techno coming out of the likes of Warp, Planet Mu, and R&S back in the nineties. (Buy link)

Mijo & Local Suicide Edo Kai Tora / Ganz Falsch EP

Roam Recordings have picked up a definite winner here, with Mijo and Local Suicide teaming up for some low-slung, electro-tinged house music that combines the talents of all involved into one wonderfully mellifluous sonic soup. The tracks are backed up by remixes from Sascha Funke and Simple City, with the digital edition coming with two exclusive alternative versions. (Buy link)

Join us next Saturday when we will have more Editor Selects. In the meantime, why not check out our playlist series, or our awesome, exclusive mixes? See you in seven!

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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