/ MONAD XVIII [SAM018] Sendai

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Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey’s joint project, Sendai.
The 18th edition of the Monad series finds them in fine form, exploring a rich and detailed sound with limitless freedom. Opening track ‘Isobaric 3′ is thick with atmosphere, crammed with reverberating percussion and masterfully sculpted with 3-dimensional design. ’False Entities’, the EPs most abstract offering, combines machine hiss with unnerving bleeps and metallic perc. In techno terms, ‘Directive’ is an epic. Beginning and ending with washes of ambience, the middle section breaks down into a repeating, tight bass sound. The most obvious dancefloor cut is ‘Martens’ Deficit’. Its drums are more rigidly structured than the other tracks, and pump away below brights synths and an energised high-end. ‘Martens’ Deficit’ is an incredible end to an EP that fully lives up to the high expectations that surround both its makers.

/ MONAD XVII [SAM017] Eomac

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Here, EOMAC, or Ian McDonnell, makes his solo Stroboscopic Artefacts debut, having previously released a remix for Lucy’s ‘Churches Schools and Guns’ album and original material as half of Lakker on the label. Throughout the opening track, ‘Tube’, a thick layer of noise stretches over bass pulses and buried, lumbering drums. ’Moon Obelisk’ is similar in its formula, but swaps the dark drone for relentless chord scales. ’DF4′ is the height of the EPs energy. Flickering breakbeats are pitted against distorted atmosphere and deep sub-bass. The second half of this track showcases what the Monad series is all about. The final track, ‘We Are All Going To Die’, despite its morbid title, balances light and dark profoundly. The refrain – we are all going to die / we are all the same / we need to love not fight – feels oddly upbeat as uplifting chords shine like the sun through pitch black clouds.

  • Resident Advisor Sounds good as ever.
  • Luke Slater Always mind blowing sonics.
  • The Wire These sound great, very into the Eomac album so great to hear more.
  • Tommy Four Seven Dope, full support.
  • Groove Couldn't be a bad one, I guess. His debut LP is one of the best in 2014 so far.
  • Inigo Kennedy Lovely detailed music.
  • BBC Music Impressive sounding work. Looking forward to exploring more.
  • Ø [Phase] Sounds great.
  • Juno Plus Great to see Eomac on Monad.
  • Brendon Moeller Fantastic release
  • / Monad XVI [SAM016] Rrose

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    Opener ‘Onceless’ is a nine-minute coalescence of the aural narrative of Apocalypse Now. Running throughout is an incessant buzzing, more helicopter and plane than the label’s favourite bees. From this mechanical source emerges aneerie tribal drumming, slowly bringing the dissonance to a chilling conclusion. ‘The Stare’ begins as optimistically as ‘Onceless’ seemed pessimistic: a beautiful bass drum induces a whirring repeat. This repeat, however, begins to suffocate, absorbing the drum in a slide towards more mechanical disorientation. ‘Kneeling’ is an amalgam of hi-end loops, the master sampler for a 1980s ‘computer sound’ film stock. The tone is brought back from the electronic precipice by a more verdant perspective in the middle minutes. ‘Wet Silk Will’ has a greater jut than its predecessors, breathing and striding in a human form. Yet while it pursues this more human resolve, it certainly retains the EP’s signature pursuit of determined, electronic force.

    • The Wire Been loving what Rrose has done to date and these sound similarly great.
    • Philip Sherburne Sounding wonderful - I love the way 'The Stare' unravels at the end, and I love the groove of 'Wet Silk Will'.
Will spend some more time with these.
    • Juno Plus Like all that take part in Monad, Rrose delves into the conceptual non-dancefloor aesthetic of the series with the bleepy, low-end ambience of “Kneeling”, while also carving three slabs of the tasteful big room techno in the vein of vintage Plastikman.
    • Groove Another outstanding release from Rrose. Full support.
    • Trax This one sounds quite paranoid as a whole, though I am really into 'Onceless'. 'Wet Silk Will' is very intriguing, strange beats and rhythm, progression is sick. Deep analog.
    • Tommy Four Seven Thanks Rrose exists. One of the best releases this year.
    • RØdhad Super stuff from Rrose. Full support.
    • Norman Nodge Freestyle techno at its best. Not for happy festival floors. Will watch out for the 12".
    • Pfirter Great stuff. 'The Stare' is the one that will get most of the playtime during my sets, but very nice sounds all over, especially on 'Wet Silk Will'. Support.

    / Monad XV [SAM015] Plaster

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    From the first few bars of opener ‘Quasar’ it is clear that this is a record of certain intensity. ‘Quasar’ moves brusquely through the shadows, strutting on the slabs of its thick kick drum. Waves of dissonance surround an increasingly unsettled patchwork of percussion, before the anxiety grinds to a halt. Second track ‘Uret’ is a cleaner proposition. The layers are less and the drive is more, a hi-hat on the even beats adding a confidence of which other tracks would be envious. ‘Tangle’ follows. It is the uneven beat, the ugly duckling, the most industrial. It rampages forth, with a seemingly innocent echo leading the charge into chaos. Where ‘Tangle’ brings chaos, final track ‘Libra’ brings perspicacity. The combination of metallic shimmer, tribal percussion and odd glint of light lends time and space to reflect. For this is a record of individual tales – but one executed with an encompassing, unifying sound.

    • BBC Music Very direct, very muscular.
    • Juno Plus Monad XV sees the duo of Gianclaudio Moniri and Giuseppe Carlini at their most techno focused – with the one mandatory experimental track “Libra” – after output exploring the harsher ends of ambient and industrial since surfacing on a range of leftfield European labels in 2010.
    • URB Magazine The must-have shifty ectoplasm techno release of the year, one of the best of the Monad series yet.
    • Mosaic Theory Very classic signature SA sound. Great sound design, I love 'Tangle' and 'Libra'. 'Uret' is broken beat is very cool as well, probably most floor-friendly. Thank you.
    • Nowa Muzyka No discussion: highest quality as always.
    • Stray Landings (UK) Brooding and cinematic warehouse sounds, reminiscent of Dadub's work. Excellent stuff. This EP has tonnes to offer, and with such a varied mix of styles, puts it near the top of my personal favorites from the Monad series.
    • Cio d'Or 'Libra' is amazing. The beats and sounds, touching.
    • Phase Very impressive sounds. High quality as always.
    • Truss Excellent EP. 'Quasar' is my pick. I'm a sucker for a good stepper.
    • Shapednoise This release is really great, just in time to try it this Sataurday at Berghain.

    / Monad XIV [SAM014] Lakker

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    The EP opens with ‘Dryad’, a track which starts as a menacing sea and ends as an unforgiving storm. The high-end sounds are but low clouds – rumbling, teetering, encircling. ‘Dryad’ gives way to ‘Nevada’, a track teeming with as much menace as unashamed groove. A heavy and affected bass drum pounds beneath a cheerful arpeggio, eventually overcoming the melody with discordant force. ‘Asvattha’ presents an image for the most ideally haunting night: bitter darkness, laced with rain. Not heavy; not fast; just persistent. It clangs off pipes, it drums on steel roofs. It embeds. To end, it’s ‘Artificial Weather’. What begins as a gentle shower becomes a disorientated swirl, the aural definitions of ambient techno shattered by the sound of machinery and water clashing. This is a determined and disturbed end to a record which pushes sonic limits, combining dramatic meteorological dissonance with bitterly glorious moments of melody.

    • FACT Magazine Strong stuff. The club tracks are as prickly and particulate as Lakker's best, but most interesting is 'Asvattha' which doesn't really sound like any other 'experimental' techno I've heard before.
    • BBC Music This is at its best when he hits a hypnotic groove - I could listen to the first 20 or 30 bars of 'Nevada' for hours, but after that it just gets better through restraint. 
The opening section of 'Asvattha' could be Monolake (and as I'm sure you know, I mean that as a compliment), before turning into something that's Lakker's alone. An impressive EP.
    • Philip Sherburne Lakker keeps doing really interesting stuff. The sound design here is insane. 'Nevada' is my favorite, and 'Asvattha' is pretty killer too.
    • Resident Advisor (UK) Strong rhythm and great layering of fuzz atop.
    • Juno Plus (UK) 'Nevada' is fantastic as is 'Asvattha'. Review on Juno Plus to come.
    • Norman Nodge Advance sound structures, good stuff.
    • AnD Lakker always give you something you don't expect, thanks for sending.
    • Thomas Hessler Hard to pick a favorite. Good stuff. Thank you.
    • Go Hiyama Monad give me something every time. Thank you.

    / Monad XIII [SAM013] Tommy Four Seven

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    Tommy Four Seven’s Monad XIII is culled from the creased crevices of our fears and the depths of our desires. Speckled with references to gods of water and air, Sumerian mythology and long forgotten Roman citadels, what emerges is primal, powerful and expressed with utter precision. Pitched-down vocals mumble, broken beats saunter, and bass lines build urgently only to drop euphorically. Created with clarity and curiosity, it slants into your ear drum through the prism of the future as imagined by the past.

    • Resident Advisor This is heavy, entrancing, widespread collected chaos. Served with a heavy froth of scintillating of tapping percussion with a serious circumference. As usual Tommy is delivering the goods, awesome release.
    • URB Enduring and cinematic, Tommy Four Seven exemplifies his dark side onto Monad XIII, extending an intrinsic vibe through a series of releases that are strung together by its mysterious connective sonic tissue.
    • Stray Landings Gargantuan release, blending professionally executed sound design components with earth shaking warehouse rhythms. “Enki” is a particular favorite expanding on the Tommy Four Seven sound I've come to know and love.
    • Halcyon One of my favorite releases from Tommy so far. Definitely more concrete than many in the series but a compelling listen.
    • Different Grooves Are the olympics finished? Because Tommy is going to receive a gold medal for the creation of this release.
    • Cutting Edge I always thought Tommy Four Seven was some easygoing techno-artist. But this skyrockets him to my personal top. Even the spoken word drone of “Vayu” is immense power.
    • Pulse Radio Some incredible techno here.
    • Electronic Explorations Amazing to get T47 on SA. I love his production.

    / Monad XII [SAM012] Dscrd

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    The twelfth chapter of the Monad series comes from Dscrd, a five-strong Parisian collective. From their ten hands four tracks have emerged that explore music’s very building blocks, tracks that are the product of complex ideas having been slowly simmered down to form dub-substrates and ambient-essences. Dscrd’s points of reference are certainly concrete, but somehow it’s impossible to place them, they remain elusively abstract. Amid swung bass lines voices mumble to themselves, dull metallic clangs are heard from far-off and noise fuzzes scruffily at the edges. This is music that revels in the barely perceptible, the half-understood. It’s a bold EP that dares to tug at the very limits of our perception.

    • SlashDotDash Beautifully abstract and forward thinking ep
    • URB Adventurous and advantageous of the format its presented in. Stunner of a debut on SA.
    • Subsekt Solid grooves with amazing sound design and plenty of upfront dirt. Perfect.
    • DoppelpunktMag Great production and the combination between sound and voice fits perfect, very unique. Love it.
    • Different Grooves Lovin' all these industrial sounds, also this Monad release is a quality warranty.
    • Tim Caspar Boehme (Groove/De:bug/Taz) A very unique merging of Basic Channel influences and more out there bass music developments. Impressive.
    • Tea And Techno Fantastic. Very enjoyable listening.

    / Monad XI [SAM011] Kangding Ray

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”
    Kangding Ray’s Monad XI is a fierce exploration of points of origin. With track titles referring to a circle, a stork, a river and a desert, the compositions are filled with abstract references to the four elements. These tropes emerge in the form of dizzying aqueous loops, arid beats, punishingly dark pads, and splintering top lines. This is music which emerges from a sound design process where spontaneity is just as prised as structure. With one ear always attuned to the coincidental,

    • The Wire Absolutely loving all of these dancefloor destroyers.
    • Little White Earbunds The Monad series is always one to look out for. Cutting edge techno the way it should be; futuristic, machine-affected and somehow primitive as well. Kangding Ray makes a fine addendum to the series.
    • MnmlSsg Fantastic to see Kangding Ray have the opportunity to continue to explore the more bass and techno elements of his music. As with his other work, the immaculate sound design really gives tracks serious gravity and force. Strong ep.
    • Electronic Explorations This is bloody good. I bloody love Kangding Ray.
    • Slash Dot Dash Kangding Ray makes a great addition to the Monad series. Superb delivery of the forward thinking concept.
    • Pulse Radio What a combination - one of my favourite artists of recent years seems to have found a natural home in SA.
    • Different Grooves Another unmissable monad ep
    • SeekSickSound New Monad, new success. Metalic techno at his best with Kangding Ray.
    • Subsekt So much depth.Wicked, thumpin' groove.

    / Monad X [SAM010] Lucy

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Lucy’s Monad X plays with Pythagoras’ vision of ‘X’ as the numeral that perfectly envelops the entire nature of numbers. But Monad X is anything but a benign portrait of creation. On ‘Triad’ primal dub erupts into gnarled noise, the undercarriage of ‘Tetrad’ writhes unset – tlingly against the strictures of 4/4 and ‘Pentad’ is underpinned by a decidedly ghostly aesthetic. To close, ‘Decad’ hovers over a vortex and it’s here that from the Monad the Dyad starts to emerge.

    • Resident Advisor It's like a techno trash compactor munching everything in sight. 
    • FWD This whole release and series is nothing short of amazing. Keep up the great work! 
    • Dance Club Mag Lucy is one of the most talented producers of the moment. 
    • FACT Awesome stuff as always. 
    • Bass Mag The sound design is phenomenal, really hypnotic beats and grooves. 
    • Nowamuzyka Lucy balancing between dub and techno structures with outsdanding effect. Great collection! 
    • Doppelpunkt Mag Again great production! support!!! 
    • Tea And Techno A complete and beautiful release.

    / Monad IX [SAM009] AOKI Takamasa

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    AOKI takamasa’s Monad IX is a stark example of exploring the periphery of contemporary electronic music and yet impressing an artisitc identity upon these fringes. An anonymous voice on ‘mnd-sng-01′ blurts ‘shake everything’: shake not just yourself on the dance floor, but shake your notions of artistic processes. The tracks draw attention to themselves as constructions, they’re not titled but serial numbered from ‘mnd-sng-01′ right through to ‘mnd-sng-04′.

    • Resident Advisor Mind-meldingly awesome. Inventive, rough and sick. 
    • De:bug Very welcome dancefloor explorations and abstractions.'shake everything' indeed. 
    • Dance Club Magazine Classy! One of the best releases of this year so far. 
    • Little White Earbuds Engaging, deadly techno for adventurous DJ's. 
    • Nowamuzyka These tracks needs careful listening. There are a lot of incredible sounds in them. It is something different. Very good. 
    • Pulse Radio Very SA sounding. Love this EP and well done production. Really looking forward to seeing how well it does. Quality Techno. 
    • Slashdotdash Great release. All 4 tracks very strong. 
    • Smoke Machine Those are killer tracks.

    / Monad VIII [SAM008] Dadub

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Dadub built Monad VIII upon the concept of systems. It’s an EP where molecules, hyper-structures, sonic cells shuffle together to form a subaqueous dub landscape. This is a vision of creation as a fluid, self-organizing structure. Dadub have created an experiment into the creative process which has produced four systematically ecstatic results.

    • Resident Advisor Heavy, tribal and bold. Consistent throughout all four tracks 
    • Juno Plus Superb...have to say this is my favourite release in the monad series so far. 
    • Frequencies When sound research meets dark dancefloors! With this magic alchemy it's easy understand why SA is becoming the queen of Techno! 
    • Bass Mag Getting the mail and discovering that dadub is behing this monad made me tell to myself: holy fuck. Conquered from A to Z, proper jaw dropper. 
    • Nowamuzyka Powerful techno with dark edge - intense atmosfphere, fascinating rhythms, sensorround effects. Stroboscopic Artefacts at quantum level! 
    • Cutting Edge This one kicks in heavy. Killer. 
    • Hifly Sweet release with all four tracks reminding me of Surgeon aesthetics and multi-facetted production range. 
    • Machines Are Funky Excellent, otherworldly stuff. Like all tracks here, all of which have a dense, claustraphobic quality. Straddling the techno, ambient divide very nicely.

    / Monad VII [SAM007] Go Hiyama

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Go Hiyama’s Monad VII is a tale of mathematical precision, with titles that translate from the Japanese as ‘Equals’, ‘Multiplication’, ‘Division’ and ‘Subtraction’. It’s a story of origin that seems to sample cells dividing, genetic material splintering and organisms knitting themselves into existence. The palette is raw, the beats broken, the dub blistering and the sum of the EP’s four parts creates a blissfully hybrid whole.

    • The Quietus This is brilliant, as expected - been a fan of Stroboscopic for a while, and it's nice to hear the form continue. 
    • Fact Magazine Subtle and defiantly experiemental, extremely good. An under-rated talent. Excellent. 
    • Frequencies Yin and Yang, body and soul, science and spirit, the research of the harmony. Through the hardest sound Go Hiyama finds out a new exploring space for Techno. We're again in front of an unknowkn future!! 
    • Nowamuzyka Triumphant come back of Monad serie. Great tracks, exotic vibes, pure power! 
    • FWD Entertainment Truly excellent release. Dynamic tense sounds, very raw yet beautiful. 
    • Inverted Audio Another great EP.Great driving rhythm, superb drums and dark as hell. Love it! 
    • Resident Advisor Go Hiyama's 'Monad' is dub dizzy, full of punch and with great recall of illbient. A release warranting heavy inspection. The percussion throughout, alone, is a force to be reckoned with. Balanced witht he softer, fuzzier dub tonalities its the latest revolution in electronica. 
    • Little White Earbuds From the more dance floor friendly 'Wa' to the paint-stripping brutality of 'Kakeru' and Sheffield inspired 'Waru', this is unadulterated techno from Go Hiyama.

    / Monad VI [SAM006] Markus Suckut

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Markus Suckut’s Monad VI is filled with iridescence. This is techno with sub aqueous sensibilities. The bass lines wander into dub territory and deep, nautical techno emerges. With track titles including “Cosmos” and “Wormhole” it’s clear that this EP has ambition. Using a palette that shimmers with a dark brilliance Markus Suckut questions the limits of what the Monad could possibly mean, and in doing so he seamlessly fuses the ecstatic with the esoteric.

    • Len Faki The Monad Series continues with high quality music and getting one of the best of 2010 to me. 
    • Function I'll tell you what you want to hear: wicked tracks! Playing it tonight 
    • Luke Slater Dark, beautiful, cosmic! 
    • Jerome Sydenham Solid deep techno! 
    • Eric Cloutier (The Bunker / Resident Advisor) 5 out of 5! Wow! just...wow! Best one of the series so far! Incredible release 
    • Fact Magazine (Andrew Ryce) Another great entry in the series... amazingly psychedelic, deep dark journeys. 
    • Mnml Ssgs The last cut from Monad VI, 'Cosmos', is very impressive. one of the best tracks to come out on SA so far. 
    • Illectronic Monad VI serves up a liberal helping of dark dread spread across the linear dancefloor minimalism of Parsec and Pulse, through the subdued atmospheric tone of Wormhole, to the eerie (largely) beatless vibes of Cosmos which brings the release to a close and leaves you hungry for more.

    / Monad V [SAM005] Perc

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Perc’s Monad V is suffused with hypnotism. Despite being built upon beats that move in repetitious motions, it refuses to lull you into a sense of security. It’s deep techno with sinister drone sensibilities. The off-key undercarriages swell and the structures strain and swarm. Snatches of vocals appear and fizzle away into white noise. Brutal patterns veer off into elegant angularity. Monad V demands you to expect the unexpected.

    • Par Grindvik Huge!Perc rocks! 
    • Tommy Four Seven 5/5 Perc the bad man, rips it up! On this of course! 
    • Electric indigo Seriously, i just love these series. Kind of raw but elaborated, contemporary, dark yet pumping and very strong. not to forget the beautiful artwork.. 
    • Dustin Zahn Nice strong relesae from Perc! I can appreciate quality when I hear it. 
    • Resident Advisor (Max Bacharach) Properly dark and twisted, this one. Nice to hear 4/4, half-step (Distance, eat your heart out!) and beatless all on the same EP. A great edition to the series 
    • Fwd Entertainment Solid release. 'Rowan' is my favorite but every track is nice. The ambient track on this release is AWESOME. Generally dark grooving super techno with a penance for ass shaking. Good stuff. 
    • Frequencies A night in the dark feeling fear of being taken at the shoulders by a misterious force. Perc manouvres perfectly the darkside of the dance music creating a shining terror sound that steals your breath with a classic 4/4 beat, but it's when it flirts with dubstep (Stoq) that we can test its true biggest power.

    / Monad IV [SAM004] Pfirter

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Pfirter’s Monad IV traverses the possibilities of techno. The sounds fold into themselves and simultaneously spiral outwards. It’s an EP that has architectural and macrocosmic ambitions. Founded on massive bass it clangs out of turn and sprawls crackling and hissing into the ether. Monad IV ends with a serrated slice of drone, perhaps it was recorded underwater or perhaps its sound data from a satellite, what does seem certain though is that it comes from a place that’s very far from terra firma.

    • Chris Liebing Just came across that Monad IV Release of Pfirter. What is that??? It' s great!!! 5 out of 5. 
    • Len Faki 5 out of 5. Ice cold techno as its best! It's an amazing track. Love it. will have it in my case for a looong time... 
    • Cio D'Or One great release after the other on this label! Hypnotic, Techno, Dub, Break psychedelic. Music for my Set ! 5 starts. 
    • Xhin 5/5 Killers. Really like his stuffs for the Monad Series. 
    • Resident Advisor Pfirter's aggressive stance marries harmoniously with the label's dystopian aesthetic, continuing the storming monochrome of the Monad series nicely. 
    • Tilllate Magazine It’s the rawness and the edge that makes both these EP’s exciting, giving us a style that we all need to be watching closely over the next few months. 
    • Mnml Ssgs Pfirter's “Monad IV” is very solid, functional techno. 
    • Proton Radio SA does it again with more Berghain Madness... Hard yet Classy... Techno new age has arrived.

    / Monad III [SAM003] Xhin

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Xhin’s Monad III is dark. It’s a veritable master class in the art of techno: not one murmur is superfluous and not one beat drops out of place. The tracks are terrifyingly elegant, unfathomably deep and laced with delicious surprises. Spliced with the knowledge of a geneticist. Cut with the scissors of a master tailor. Analogies fall short. These inexplicable tracks, meticulously crafted from distortion and darkness, seem to somehow have undergone the next stage of evolution.

    • Luke Slater Nothing short of great. 
    • Cio D'Or Another Kick and Soundparadies from Xhin and SA. Also great artwork as usual for this wonderful label! Full respect! 5 out of 5 
    • Len Faki Fantastic ep, love what xhin doin' at the moment! 5 out of 5 
    • Agoria Great! Great! Great! 
    • Andrew Rice (Fact Magazine) From the sound of this one I think I'm going to LOVE it... Xhin is someone who excites me quite a bit. 5 out of 5. 
    • Resident Advisor Four lengthy techno tracks that uncoil themselves into ghostly and transparent strands, shining brightly in a pitch black vacuum. 
    • Rene Passet (Dj Broadcast) A good soundtrack for a Japanese horror movie.

    / Monad II [SAM002] Donor

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Donor’s Monad II is nothing short of bone rattling. He entered the studio with armfuls of field recordings and processed them to the limits of what the descriptors hard, deep and oblique can describe. The range of ideas on show here is impressive, from deep and dub filled to far off and spectral. It’s straight-up techno that’s been pulled inside-out, shaken upside-down. With swung basslines, off-kilter patterns and crunchy white noise, it’s all here and it’s demanding to be heard.

    • Edit Select Love this Monad series on Stroboscopic. 
    • Pfirter 5/5 Amazing release, all the tracks are simply great! 
    • Cio D'Or Oh! Another superbe surprise from SA and Donor. Outstanding perfect futuristic Techno in time. Not too soft. Not too hard. Dark, but not cold and with a Dub and Break flavour! 5 of 5!!! 
    • Perc Solid EP as always and looking forward to hear more on SA. Full support. 
    • DVS1 Wow! Really like this. Portal is my favorite. Thanks for the music...keep it coming! Those field recordings are nice! 
    • Resident Advisor The bassline on Portal is magnifique. Rhetoric is excellent. The best of the 1837 Stroboscopic Artefacts-related labels? So far: Yes. 
    • Tillate Darkness is where it’s at here, with Donor turning the lights off completely and letting a pack of wolves loose to feed of the resulting devastation. 
    • Nightcode Now this is what I call dungeon techno! :-)

    / Monad I [SAM001] Chevel

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    “The generation of number series is related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. From the Monad evolved the Dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up.”

    Chevel’s command of his sound palette is flawless: Monad I seamlessly contorts from elegance to malevolence. The incremental changes, readings, measurements, observations are collected and clustered together. The EP forms a log of four experiments into texture, timbre, tone. It’s geometric techno. It’s violent subaqueous dub. It’s stratospheric ambience tangled amid whispy white noise. Chevel’s just 19 and he’s that moreish combination of low profile and high quality.

    • Len Faki 5 out of 5. Looking very forward to the Monad series, great start!
    • Laurent Garnier Dark, strong and moody Lovin' it.
    • Jonas Kopp 5/5 Excellent, brillant, amazing, awesome! This is what i am looking for to play out.
    • Electric Indigo 5/5 Love it! love the raw techno vibe, and i love toms anyway :-) all tracks are great!
    • Dario Zenker 5/5 Amazing and sweet techno. Love it.
    • Philip Sherburne (The Wire) It's pretty damned sweet! Very focused on a single idea, but really immersive at the same time.
    • Resident Advisor Really hypnotic and grooving. The entire EP is a beast, though. Quite impressive for such a young producer.
    • Illectronic Beautifully simple, balanced and brutal. A nice way to kickstart the new series.