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BLX—3
JEFF PIETRO
‘STILL’


Play A Still 1
Play B Still 2

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This two-track effort from Chicago’s Jeff Pietro exemplifies the continuing refinement of the BLX aesthetic. The results are polished, but not without sharp edges; brutal, but elegant; functional, but not faceless. The A-side is a hypnotic piece of dance floor techno, featuring cold, martial rhythms and buzzing, almost sitar-like drones — the perfect soundtrack for a dystopian sci-fi film yet to be made. The flip features another example of Pietro’s disregard for genre divisions; the visceral, industrial feel is still prevalent, but a broken-beat structure is introduced along with grimy, rumbling bass.


BLX—2
UNLTD & ISRAEL VINES
‘DISTANCE NO OBJECT’ EP


Play A1 Reclaim
Play A2 Précis
Play B1 Divide
Play B2 Vestige

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Following the superb inaugural 12” from UNLTD, Borrowed Language returns with this incendiary split release from UNLTD and label owner Israel Vines. Reclaim, a collaborative effort from Vines and UNLTD, opens the A-side in fine style; it’s a broken-beat behemoth that’s sure to find favor with those who like their techno dark and atmospheric. A robotic machine-press groove and monotone bass rumbles underpin quasi-gothic synth textures — the effect is truly mesmerizing. UNLTD’s Précis offers a gorgeous respite before the relentless EBM-tinged onslaught that is Divide; its washes of sound recall nothing so much as Zauberberg-era Gas or perhaps Thomas Köner. Vestige, an ambient offering from Vines, closes the EP with a stunning sonic excursion into subzero temperatures reminiscent of Pan Sonic or Monolake.


BLX—1
UNLTD
‘BILLION BLACK’ EP


Play A1 Power Decline
Play A2 Corridors
Play B1 Subversion
Play B2 Key Reasons

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Emphasizing thoughtful sound design and arrangements, UNLTD delivers four tracks of futuristic dubstep–techno hybrids, spacious with depth and scope to spare. Power Decline starts things off with an irresistible ascending ⁄ descending riff and some heavy sub–bass, while Corridors ratchets up the tension with its intense, claustrophobic atmospheres. Subversion’s fractured Autechre–inspired funk and the moody dub–techno textures of Key Reasons finish the EP with the same strength and dexterity with which it begins.

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All music is essentially a borrowed language: indebted to its forebears, but dependent on those who care to expand and perpetuate it. With this in mind, Borrowed Language, a label not based out of any city in particular, seeks to give something of substance back rather than contribute to the morass of disposable lifestyle music.

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‘DISINTEGRATE’
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BLX—5
JEFF PIETRO & ISRAEL VINES
‘DISINTEGRATE’ EP

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Borrowed Language returns with its second release this year, the second collaborative effort to date from Chicago-based producer Jeff Pietro and label owner Israel Vines. Following Pietro’s future classic ‘Still’ (charted by Surgeon, Peter Van Hoesen, Silent Servant, and many others) and Justin Ivey’s exemplary ‘Apparition Bay’ (rated by Rob Hall and DJ Pete), Vines and Pietro prove that they’re more than up to the challenge — delivering perhaps an even stronger statement of intent than their earlier joint effort, ‘Distance No Object’.

As with BLX–2, ‘Disintegrate’ features two collaborative efforts aimed at the dance floor, in addition to two solo ambient pieces by each artist. ‘Oscillate’ might be the most devastating piece their partnership has yielded thus far — an industrial-tinged behemoth that lays waste to everything in its path; once it has you in its grasp, it refuses to let go. ‘Field Image’ closes the first side with Pietro’s solo contribution to the EP, and it’s a quietly meditative marvel — opaque, but indescribably gorgeous. An inchoate form looms and hovers before it vanishes as quickly as it materialized.

Side B opens with ‘Depth’, another joint effort, and as with their other tracks, this is deep, forward-thinking techno at its best, with some surprising melodic elements that appear mid-way through the track. The EP concludes with Vines’ ‘Reveal’, a dark, foreboding chasm of a track that teases with rhythmic elements that never quite develop; full of post-millennial tension, it's a riveting listen from beginning to end.

BLX—4
JUSTIN IVEY
‘APPARITION BAY’ EP

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‘Apparition Bay’ isn’t nearly as abrasive Justin Ivey’s output on his own Low Res imprint, but every track packs a wallop nonetheless. Though firmly rooted in the modern UK Bass style, this is mercifully free of all the usual tired dubstep tropes and will certainly appeal to those who like it deep. From the impressively nuanced ‘Rusted Tanker’ to the rumbling sub-bass of ‘Steamroller’ and the Jack Dangers-inspired ‘Inside’ — this is a stick of sonic dynamite. Label head Israel Vines closes the EP, delivering a remix of ‘Steamroller’ that burns like a fever-dream, dripping with dread and simmering sonic textures. It’s a masterpiece of brooding tension, and is sure to find favor with fans of Scorn, Raime, and the like.


Artists

JEFF PIETRO

Jeff Pietro is a recording artist, musician, producer, and DJ from Chicago. Early experiments with various instruments and analog recording sessions eventually set him on a path towards electronic music. Converging influences pressed upon him during the mid-90s, notably, the various strands of local and international techno, house, and experimental styles. Years of studio interaction have evolved into a varied approach to production — including the merging of analog gear with a digital environment. Perpetually dedicated, Jeff has been involved with underground music for almost two decades.

ISRAEL VINES

In addition to being a talented DJ who understands recontext-ualization as well as the difference between playing records and mixing them, Borrowed Language label-owner Israel Vines is as passionate and enthusiastic about electronic music as anyone you’ll find. Currently based in Los Angeles but a Midwesterner at heart, Israel discovered techno music as so many growing up in Michigan did: via the sounds of the Belleville Three and Underground Resistance. He started DJing soon thereafter, and was later instrumental in throwing the ‘Real-ism’ event in Lansing, which featured Jay Denham, Robert Hood, and Dan Bell. Moves between Chicago and Detroit followed, and included a three-year stint at Gramaphone Records, a Chicago institution where the likes of Derrick Carter and DJ Heather cut their teeth. Like Surgeon and Rob Hall before him, Israel’s approach to DJing is all-inclusive, incorporating classics, house, techno, and dubstep rhythms into the fold to create a sound that’s far from purist — and Borrowed Language’s future releases look set to reflect this open-minded, eclectic aesthetic as well. (Soundcloud)

MIXES

No Future to Win

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SANDWELL DISTRICT Untitled B (Sandwell District)
BASIC CHANNEL Q.1.2 (Basic Channel)
RAIME Retread (Blackest Ever Black)
PETER VAN HOESEN Colony / Return Of The Object (Time To Express)
SURGEON We Are Already Here (Dynamic Tension)
INSTRA:MENTAL Forbidden (Apple Pips)
AUTECHRE Lost (Warp)
SZARE Volya (Idle Hands)
RESOE Piste 07 (Echocord)
THE BLACK DOG Strip Light Hate (Aitcho Airfix Refix) (Dust Science)
SURGEON Muggerscum Out (Perc Remix) (Dust Science)
FORWARD STRATEGY GROUP Token Ring (Perc Trax)
GO HIYAMA Quibble (Huehelix)
TOMOHIKO SAGAE Mental Anguish (Huehelix)
JEFF PIETRO Still 1 (Borrowed Language)
SANDWELL DISTRICT Immolare (Sandwell District)
GO HIYAMA Wa (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
LUCY Lav (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
SURGEON Transparent Radiation (Dynamic Tension)
PATRICK PULSINGER City Lights Pt. 1 (Cheap)
JEFF PIETRO Still 2 (Borrowed Language)
PERC My Head Is Slowly Exploding (Perc Trax)
MILES Flawed (Modern Love)
DREXCIYA Cascading Celestial Giants (Clone)
DEMDIKE STARE Hashshashin Chant (Modern Love)
PWOG Kraak (Coil Remix) (KK Records)
LUSTMORD Heresy Part IV (Soleilmoon Recordings)

Trouble Down

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JEFF MILLS Silence (Axis Records)
EMIKA Count Backwards / Marcel Dettman Vocal Edit (Ninja Tune)
PERC 1909 / Millie’s Darkroom Mix (Perc Trax)
PANGAEA Inna Daze (Hessle Audio)
2562 This Is Hardcore (When In Doubt)
LURKA Stabiliser (Box Clever)
LURKA Return (Box Clever)
LUCY Eon (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
SURGEON Bad Hands Break (Dynamic Tension)
LUCY Bein (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
MONOLAKE Reminiscence (Imbalance Computer Music)
SANDWELL DISTRICT Svar / Live Version (Sandwell District)
O/V/R Post Traumatic Son / DVS1 Pessimist Mix (Blueprint)
SILENT SERVANT Entrada (Modularz)
FRANK MARTINIQ Blast Corps (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
RESOE Minus & Plus / Sigha Remix (Echocord)
FROZEN BORDER 5B (Frozen Border)
DEVELOPER Talking With The Analogs (Modularz)
MILLIE AND ANDREA Gunshot (Daphne)
SHACKLETON Deadman / The Bug’s Crackle Remix (Honest Jon’s)
KARL O’CONNOR & PETER SUTTON Washing My Hands (Tresor)
MALE House Of Ride / Re-process by Anthony Child (Other Electricities)
CABARET VOLTAIRE Fade Crisis (Industrial Records)

Recovery Methods

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SHACKLETON (No More) Negative Thoughts (Perlon)
MILTON BRADLEY Uncontrollable Desire (Do Not Resist The Beat)
TRANSVERSABLE WORMHOLE Superluminal (CLR)
RAIME This Foundry (Regis Mix) (Blackest Ever Black)
KEVIN GORMAN 7am Stepper (Ostgut Ton)
MONOLAKE Avalanche (Imbalance Computer Music)
VEX’D ⁄ S&D End of Line (Planet Mu)
HATE Human Resources (HATE)
BREACH Fatherless (Pattern)
ELEMENTAL Spring Dub (Ring 2009) (Runtime)
FRANK MARTINIQ Lovelane (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
ORPHX Stillpoint (Sonic Groove)
JOEY BELTRAM The Start It Up (Darkroom Mix) (Trax)
LUKE SLATER Boom Tank Shwuck (Ostgut Ton)
THE BLACK DOG Future Delay Thinking (Live) (Web Release)
UNLTD ⁄ ISRAEL VINES Reclaim (Borrowed Language)
ORPHX Burning Flags (Surgeon Remix) (Sonic Groove)
SCORN Falling (Autechre Remix) (Scorn)
ANCIENT METHODS AM-4B1 (Ancient Methods)
UNLTD ⁄ ISRAEL VINES Divide (Borrowed Language)
CASUAL VIOLENCE Dilute To Taste (Aftertaste)
DIABLA DIEZCO Chrystal Meth (Aftertaste)
SURGEON Exhibit (Counterbalance)
GO HIYAMA Chrysalis (AN 2)
HIROAKI IIZUKA Glow (Grovskopa Remix) (Soleil)
REEKO The Silent Citizen (Emphatix)
MODEL 500 OFI (Mad Mike Remix) (R&S)
O/V/R Descending The Left Corner (Blueprint)
GO HIYAMA Residual Set (Bas Mooy Remix) (Audio Assault)
TOMOHIKO SAGAE Sodium Cyanide (Makaton LD50 Mix) (Rodz-Konez)
UNLTD Précis (Borrowed Language)
ROBERT HENKE Lucifer (Fractured)
ISRAEL VINES Vestige (Borrowed Language)

Lineage and Territory

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ALVIN CURRAN Canti Illuminati (Fore)
DAUGHTER OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Nutrient Flush (Cotton Goods)
THE ADVISORY CIRCLE A Clear Yarn Warning (Ghost Box)
MONOLAKE Null Pointer (Imbalance Computer Music)
SHACKLETON You Bring Me Down (Skull Disco)
SCUBA Poppies (Substance Remix) (Hotflush)
MARCEL DETTMANN Home (Ostgut Ton)
T++ Cropped (Honest Jon’s)
MONOLAKE Infinite Snow (Imbalance Computer Music)
T++ Voices No Bodies (Honest Jon’s)
MILLIE Path to Hell (Redemption mix) (Daphne)
AUTECHRE Second Peng (Warp)
FAUST D.I.G. (Surgeon Remix) (Klangbad)
PAN SONIC Jhoto4 (Blast First Petite)
MODERAT Rusty Nails (Shackleton Remix) (Fifty Weapons)
DEMDIKE STARE Ghostly Hardware (Modern Love)
ROBERT HENKE Lucifer (Fractured Recordings)
DEMDIKE STARE Conjoined (Modern Love)

JUSTIN IVEY

A true iconoclast more interested in subversion and confounding expectations rather than catering to them, Low Res label head Justin ‘DJ Adjust’ Ivey is unquestionably one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit techno scene, and his influence on the more fractured and intense variations of the techno theme are evident on a global scale. A lifelong music fanatic with an astonishingly eclectic and historically relevant collection of records, Justin started his own label in the summer of 1998, seeking to create an outlet for his own material as well as that of like-minded artists. As the label head of Low Res, he has always favored the abstract and unconventional — the imprint was among the first to champion breakcore, and the first to release the music of Davros and Abelcain, singlehandedly (and perhaps accidentally) birthing the midwest breakcore scene. As with his releases on Low Res, Justin’s debut EP for Borrowed Language nods to the past while looking to the future, eschewing genre clichés for a sound that is unmistakably his own. (Low Res)

MIXES

Monitoring You Like Machines Do

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LUMP Freeze Dried Bully (Sud Electronic)
MODESELEKTOR Kill Gates (TUPTI Version) (BPitch Control)
SWAYZAK Voice Of The Mysterons (Swayzak)
UR Bass Camp Alpha 808 (Underground Resistance)
TIMO MAAS Schieber 1 (Kinetic)
KIKI Run With Me (BPitch Control)
BARADA BioFeedback (Definitive)
FRANKIE Rush (John Tejada Remix) (Frankie)
LARS SOMMERGELD The Next Step (Fumakilla)
ELTING LIEB Pacemaker (D. Diggler Easy Tiger Remix) (Konvex)
RICHARD BARTZ Untitled (Kanzleramt)
SMASH TV Electronic Boy (BPitch Control)
DIRK SCHNEIDER Watch Out Boy (Television)
QUESH Candy Girl (Dub Mix) (Television)
CHARLESSEN 55 (Safari Electronique)
CAJMERE Only 4 U (Derrick Carter’s Mix) (Cajual)
ESROTNEL/PUCHER Catalyst (Onitor)
ADAM KROLL Galopp (Traum Schallplatten)
AGARIC Untitiled (We Are)
SMASH TV I Love You Now (BPitch Control)
UR Hardlife (Aaron Carl Remix) (Underground Resistance)
DK Murder Was The Bass (Remix 2) (ELP Medien & Verlage)
BASS-O-MATIC The Realm Of The Senses (UFO O.D.Mix) (Virgin)

The Hundreds

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BOSS Progress of Elimination (Adjust Remix) (Unreleased)
BLACK MILK Losing Out (feat. Royce Da 5'9") (Fat Beats)
SUBVERT Size Matters (Muti Music)
MR.OIZO Stunt (Flying Lotus Remix) (Unofficial Release)
ADJUST Irreversible (Unreleased)
OFRA HAZA Galbi (Emilio Pasquez Remix) (Teldec)
THE D.O.C. It’s Funky Enough (Ruthless)
DJ SHADOW Walkie Talkie (Universal Island)
EXPLOSION ROBINSON Glass Packs (Slabco)
AUDIOVOID Tears Of The Blind (Midtempo Re-edit) (Robot)
FAITH EVANS Love Like This (Arista)
JURASSIC 5 What’s Golden (Interscope)
MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO Return To Bass (Planet Mu)
ADJUST Theme (Upgrade) (Unreleased)
APACHE Gangsta Bitch (Tommy Boy)
KLONE Metamorphosis (Muti Music)
CYPRESS HILL How I Could Just Kill a Man (Ruffhouse)
BORETA Bubblin’ In the Cut (Glitch Mob Unlimited)
MOCHIPET Banana Split (Fliami Vice Rmx) (Creaked)
KELPE Shipwreck Glue (D.C.)
EPMD You’re a Customer (Fresh)
THE JD’S Come See Goat (Pretension)

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