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  1. Drone – 022: Container – Creamer EP

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    Release date // August 27, 2021
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 022
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Creamer
    A2: Rippler
    B1: Shingles
    B2: Sniffers

    Container is the solo project of American-born, London-based musician Ren Schofield, who has refined a signature sound over the last decade. Combining his background in drumming and lo-fi noise with techno and rhythmic electronics, Container has cemented himself as a distinctive and disorderly force in modern electronic music.

    ‘My intentions and goals for this record were to make it way more ‘rock’ oriented than ‘techno’, almost as if it could be a band or adapted by one (albeit a rather non-traditional one), and I wanted to incorporate some potentially awkward sounding time signatures, but do my best to disguise them as something digestible and not without a groove.’

  2. Drone-021: Shaw & Grossfeldt – Klavier

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    Release date // June 5, 2020
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 021
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Klavier pp
    A2: Klavier mf
    A3: Klavier f
    A4: Klavier fff
    B1: Klavier mp
    B2: Klavier p
    B3: Klavier ppp

    Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw and new talent Bas Grossfeldt present ‘Klavier’ – an album of haunted elegance, graceful poise and cerebral depth, which is centred around the Yamaha Disklavier. Combining the prepared piano minimalism of Hauschka with Basic Channel style dub techno, the pairing is mirrored in the duo, where Shaw’s formidable dance music experience synergises with Grossfeldt’s arts-based appreciation of contemporary composition.

  3. Drone-020: Richard Fearless – Deep Rave Memory

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    Release date // November 22, 2019
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 020
    Purchase // 12″ sold out, buy digital here

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Vision of You
    A2: New Perspective
    B1: Devil on Horseback
    B2: Acid Angels
    C1: Deep Rave Memory
    C2: Atlas of Insanity
    D1: Driving with Roedelius
    D2: Broken Beauty

    A stunningly accomplished work, ‘Deep Rave Memory’ is an insight into Fearless’ worlds – both metaphysical and geographical. Pulsating in unison with the heartbeat of a modern metropolis, it was recorded at the Metal Box’ – his studio located on the peninsula of land where the River Lea meets the Thames.

    The haunting and wistful blue ambient ‘Vision of You’ leads into the bracingly chilly ‘New Perspective’, which evokes a heavy rush where perceptions are blurred and vision is freeze framed, via elements of techno-soul, Sheffield Bleep and Mika Vainio.

    A snarling beast of a track, the relentless machine funk of ‘Devil on Horseback’ perfects the pure cathartic release of dark ‘n’ hot body music, whilst ‘Acid Angels’ is a throbbing low-fi 303 requiem, which encapsulates that perfect dancefloor moment, when the first light breaks through the shutters.

    A future classic and the album’s modus operandi, title track ‘Deep Rave Memory’’s discordant filter passes sweep across a hypnotic melody, communicating a deep sense of warm nostalgia and taking you on an epic journey – stretching out a single riff over 12 minutes – akin to the krautrock greats of which Fearless is so fond.

    ‘Atlas of Insanity’ is big room techno with pounding kicks, death-whip metallic snares and head spinning, spiralling synth lines that drill into your core. This is raw, impulsive and frantic music that sizzles with electric effervescence.

    The Germanic kosmische idyll of ‘Driving with Roedelius’ is a homage to one of Richards’ heroes – Hans-Joachim Roedelius – and was inspired by his experience playing a set consisting solely of the electronic pioneer’s music, at a festival celebrating his life and career.

    On the album’s closer, Fearless recounts, “‘Broken Beauty’ is something I’ve always strived for in my art. It’s inspired by Robert Frank, William Eggleston and the way they could take the most inane object a turn it into something of beauty. It’s equally schooled by the aggressive simplicity of King Tubby’s dubbing and the transcendence of Joy Division’s ‘Decades’. The sparse allure of the best dub and techno is something I’m always striving for; being able to conjure emotion with the fewest possible elements; to not fix what’s broken, but to make it shine.”

  4. Drone-19: Christopher Rau – Beasts / Riggleysz

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    Release date // November 8, 2019
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 019
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Beasts
    B1: Riggleysz

    The ridiculously talented Christopher Rau goes a little harder than his normal sonic spectrum for his debut release on Drone, delivering two fantastic techno excursions with this strong double hitter.

    The tile track is ‘Beasts’: harsh, dripping, and cold. Fans of Pan Sonic won’t be disappointed.

    ‘Riggleysz’ exposes Rau’s Deep House sensibilities with a percussive, dj tool that breaks out into an infectious techno work out.

  5. Drone-018: Richard Fearless – Atlas of Insanity / New Perspective

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    Release date // October 11, 2019
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 018
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Atlas of Insanity
    B1: New Perspective

    ‘Atlas of Insanity’ is reactionary, big room techno from Richard Fearless; a pounding kick, death whip snares, and synth lines that drill into your core. This is raw, impulsive electronic body music made to loose your mind.

    With ‘New Perspective’ Fearless delivers pure techno soul. With sonic leanings towards the North’s Bleep scene and minimalist techno pioneer Mika Vainio’s Philius and Ø alias.

  6. DRONE-017: Tommy Vicari Jnr – Kept In / Closing In

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    Release date // July 19, 2019
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 017
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Kept In
    B1: Closing In

    Sheffield’s Tommy Vicari Jnr delivers a study in contrasts for his first release on Drone. ‘Kept In’ is a concordant, synthetic techno pop excursion that bursts into your head like a thought and ricochets throughout. The static and reverb harnessed by Vicari to create ‘Closing In’ is a dub/techno assault, and inverse to the propulsive and glitchy rhythm of the A side.

  7. Drone-016: PSSU – 307309 / Fabricated from Steel

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    Release date // December 7, 2018
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 016
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: 307309
    B1: Fabricated from Steel

    PSSU are Richard Fearless and Daniel Avery. Long time friends, they first formed their relationship whilst working out of Andrew Weatherall’s legendary ‘Rotters Golf Club’ where Fearless made Trans-Love Energies and Avery did a lot of Drone Logic. The two are now studio neighbours in Leamouth on the River Thames. They were drawn to the collaboration by a mutual appreciation of the other’s music.

    ‘307309’ is pure electro soul and, with ‘Fabricated from Steel’, PSSU deliver a techno monster. Both tracks were forged at the Metal Box, Drone’s studio in East London.

    Limited edition release of 500 in a black sleeve, each with a unique, experimental numbered screen print, 30 cm x 60 cm, in collaboration with Studio Heretic.

  8. Drone-015: Death in Vegas – Honey / Witchdance Dub

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    Release date // June 15, 2018
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 015
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: Honey
    B1: Witchdance Dub

    Death in Vegas return with the single Honey, its second collaboration with Sasha Grey. ‘Honey’ is a slow, seductive serenade, with an organic, psychedelic tone: dreamy and dripping with intensity. 

    The B side features ‘Witchdance Dub’, Richard Fearless’ long-held remix of ‘Witchdance’ off Trans-Love Energies, featuring the haunting vocals of Katie Stelmanis from Austra. Fearless cut three dubplates of ‘Witchdance Dub’ after he mixed this track. Dj Harvey has one, Prosumer the other, and Fearless kept the 3rd: delicate acetates that have been played out sparingly but with electric effect. This track is effortless, minimal dance music imbued with Fearless’ unique production sound- it’s not one to miss. 

  9. Drone-014: Death in Vegas – You Disco I Freak Remixes / Metal Box Rework

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    Release date // April 20, 2018
    Format // 12″, digital
    Catalog Nr // Drone 014
    Purchase // 12″, digital

    Tracklisting:
    A1: You Disco I Freak (Silent Servant Remix)
    A2: You Disco I Freak (Silent Servant Version)
    B1: Metal Box (Rudolf Klorzeiger’s Mercury Box Rework)

    Coming off Transmission, Death in Vegas’ critically acclaimed 6th album which saw the band collaborating with Sasha Grey, are three unique remixes by Silent Servant and Rudolf Klorzeiger.

    Silent Servant delivers two stunning mixes of ‘You Disco I Freak’. In his first remix he elevates the discordant melody in ‘You Disco I Freak’ and adds a sense of menace with a new sequence, taking the track in a more sinister direction. With his second version, he takes the heat up a notch with a brutal workout synonymous with his signature abrasive sound.

    Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Arpanet, Der Zyklus, Japanese Telecom, Heinrich Mueller, Rudolf Klorzeiger: Death in Vegas are huge fans of Gerald Donald in all his forms. He choose to ‘reproduce’ ‘Metal Box’, keeping certain elements of the original field recordings; the sounds of the Steel Factory opposite Drone’s studio, the incessant drones from the planes landing at City Airport and the dial tones of the studio’s VHF radio and layered over these with his own sonic tapestry.

  10. DRONE-013: RICHARD FEARLESS – NIGHT BLIND / CANCAN

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    Release date // December 7, 2017
    Format // 12″
    Catalog Nr // Drone 013
    Purchase // 12″

    Tracklisting:
    A1. Night Blind
    B1. Cancan

    Night Blind is Richard Fearless’ second release on Drone’s white label series. The title track coalesced in the early hours of the morning as diffuse, Turneresque lights glimmered across the Thames and the studio (Drone’s shipping container studio at Trinity Bouy Wharf) was pounded by a storm. Unnerving and melancholic yet with a glimmer of light, this is Fearless at his best.
    On the B side is ‘Cancan’. With Xavier’s spiritual acid head, Kenichi Iwasa, on percussion duties, this is one for peak time body shaking.