Granlab : System Error EP [BRQ119]

“The different audio tracks which form the base of Granlab’s new EP have already met enthusiastic reactions on the dancefloor as part of his recent livesets. That might be due to the old-school trance vibe which is one of the common denominators of these five heart-warming tracks between peaktime stompers, bleepy electronica and rave anthems of the kind Bicep has made a reputation with in the past. A combination which has already taken dancefloors by storm and is direct result of the pretty familial affair that is the System Errror EP. In the same way Heiko Schwanz and Dirk Lamprecht trust each other blindly when they go about their joint passion for microbrews, they perfectly complement each other when it comes to producing music. Not only because of this has the new Granlab EP emerged into a fairly collaborative operation: Granlab offers up four new tracks, while Dirk aka DML throws in his own trademark sound in the form of two remixes. Among the best showcases for their joint yet complementary approach is ‘Little Escape’, a confident hands-in-the-air trance anthem which is bound to meet wide-eyed dancefloor euphoria and is reworked to the same effect by DML with the help of subtle breakbeats and 90s nostalgia. Five tracks for all dancefloor romantics and all the rave enthusiasts who got a bit long in the tooth but enjoy squeezing into their Aspiral rave shirts every now and then.”

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Format: 6 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Dez 2017
Style: Minimal, Trance

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Counterfly : The Invisible Journey EP [BRQ117]

“If there is one thing that you wouldn’t expect from our latest Broque EP, then it is the fact that, its producer, Lorenzo Olivieri, reached just his early 20’s. That’s remarkable in particular when considering the ease and confidence with which The Invisible Journey combines jazz, funky bass guitars and exalted beat sections even Jimmy Edgar would be proud of, only to melt all ingredients into a sample-driven yet contemplative sound hybrid which defies all genre boundaries. Counterfly’s six new tracks further develop the ideas of his previous EP (‘Glazed’), yet draws its originality less from melodies rather than from contemplative rhythms and harmonies which are formed out of vocals, pianos, unexpected pan flutes and a somewhat futuristic funkiness. As if this wasn’t already one of the most diverse and original amalgams you’ll hear anytime soon, the last two tracks top it off with some dancefloor tunes which (we are certain) you didn’t see coming. Jointly produced with Counterfly-buddy Ale Pasquali, ‘Trials and Errors’ (in 2 versions) storms onto the dancefloor with untamed energy and immediately wins over dancers’ hearts and minds with their own definition of an honest, old-fashioned and pure trance sound. Not sure how he is ever going to top this: citing Debussy, Jimmy Edgar, Four Tet and 90’s rave anthems within six tracks only.”

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Format: 6 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Oct 2017
Style: House, Trance, Ambient, Experimental

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Gabriel Vitel : New New World [BRQ116]

“Much is remarkable with the new EP by Alec Troniq & Gabriel Vitel, even though remarkability seems a pattern applicable to all their work. ‘Mind Doodles’ had not just been their first collaboration, but also one of the biggest hits for Broque, having been streamed and shared on the Web by the millions. There a plenty of good reasons, why the follow-up EP New New World is bound to become a similar milestone. Let’s start with the obvious ones: after having performed under a plethora of project names, this is their first joint release published under Gabriel’s name only, what puts his distinctive vocals even more into the spotlight, even though it had been the storytelling epicenter and trademark ingredient ever since. Similarly noteworthy is the fact that, Alec and Gabriel connected so well with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker while re-interpreting Dvorak a while ago, that they continued their collaboration, leading up to the New New World EP which features some first joint songs born from this fruitful yet unusual collaboration. These full-bodied songs in particular lift the drama of Vitel’s moving songs onto the big stage and underline the emotional drama present in most of their tracks, only to be gently guided back onto the dancefloor by Tony Casanova’s Remix of ‘Unknown Places’. New New World contains big emotions for both club and concert hall and is a worthy successor of the ‘Mind Mill’ EP. One question remains though: how the two are planning to ever top this one. We are more than curious already.”

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Format: 6 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 7 Jul 2017
Style: House, Pop

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Max Cavalerra : Techno Mode EP [BRQ115]

“With his latest Broque EP, Max is getting back to his roots. More precisely, back to his alter ego Max Cavalerra, which he just mothballed recently. After a recent period of personal changes, it’s a good time for Max to remind himself and us of his notorious excellence and his roots, which reach far back into historic techno territory, as proven by his numerous releases on Karmarouge, Harthouse Digital or Broque. His new EP Techno Mode boasts five unreleased tracks, which skip the warmup and head straight for the dancefloor. While ‘Rage’, ‘Devastate The Break’ and ‘Who Cares’ are forceful and overpowering techno monsters, ‘Did You Know’ takes a step back and embraces with lots of deepness and a 90s signature rave vibe. After all this massive dancefloor material, ‘Transversal’ surprises with a dreamy electronica funkiness which brings you back to earth. Hard to say, whether “Techno Mode” is a reboot or a flashback or both at the same time. But with all that energy, who really wants to care?”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Feb 2017
Style: Techno, Breakcore

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DML : The Chemistry Of Boredom [BRQ114]

“Dopamine is an odd kind of thing. While it’s usually meant to stimulate us, sustained exposure, for instance through continuous sensory overload, will have the opposite effect in the longer term. Or in other words: it will be the biochemical reason for feeling tired or bored. Our longstanding buddy DML (aka Dirk Lamprecht) is now fighting The Chemistry of Boredom with his very diverse new EP on Broque, which directly hooks up with the right receptors. Our Munich native of the month has digged very deep into his hard drive to find some hidden gems. As every producer well knows, storage devices turn into gold mines for sketches and ideas, which never were wrapped up and are quickly forgotten, but are full of potential and promises. And, as expected, there’s been material for numerous albums waiting to be discovered. That even can be confirmed just by listening to these five colorful new tracks: here, D’n’B-driven Electronica (‘Stereotyping’) meets slow dance dub techno (‘SFW’) meets Funkstörung-ish funky beats over string drama (‘Past Redemption’) meets Kraftwerk-inspired synth nostalgia (‘Beta Testing’). That’s quiet some diversity for one EP only, all held together by Dirk’s signature chords and sounds. To finish it off, the EP closes with DML’s interpretation of Stefan Tretau’s ‘Just Before Daybreak’, which gets back to the solid foundation of timeless dub techno, on which most of DMLs track are built in one way or another to defy all short-lived hypes and be with you forever. Certainly no chance to get bored. Eat this, dear receptors!”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 11 Nov 2016
Style: House, Drum and Bass, Dub Techno, Techno

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The Hermit : The Gate [brq113]

“While The Hermit’s previous album ‘Liber 3’ still was concerned with the apparent dichotomy between life and death, his latest full-length release Gate picks up where ‘Liber 3’ left off in order to take the next inevitable step. As the music of his new album brings the post-industrial electronica sound of his earlier works to full perfection, the album’s underlying theme and subject is the transition to a whole new spiritual level that has nothing in common anymore with the observable universe. There is one overarching question: what lies behind a symbol such as Ain Soph, the non-sefirot of the kabbalistic tree of life, when consciously climbing the infinite steps of Jacob’s ladder? Starting from C.G. Jung’s contemplation of the mundane ego’s psyche in the intro ‘Gate Keeper’, the album’s eight tracks in between ambient, glitchy electronica and post-industrial proto- and dub techno lead us on a journey which culminates in the final dissolution of the worldly ego, that is perfectly manifested through the album’s closing track ‘Totality’, a marching homage to teutonic EBM- and proto-techno from the likes of DAF. Gate is an album that – like all of The Hermit’s art – will resonate for a long time and will open new emotional and spiritual doors.”

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Format: 8 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Okt 2016
Style: Ambient, Dub Techno, Electro

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Counterfly : Glazed [brq110]

“Lorenzo Olivieri aka Counterfly, the latest member of our Broque family, is just 20 years young but appears to have inhaled music in all its flavors for his entire life, with a specific taste for jazz as well as electronic music. On his debut release he combines these influences in a way which is as multilayered as it is well-balanced, to an extent which you’d expect from experienced and highly talented artist of the likes of Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), but which surprises when shown by newcomer on his debut EP. Glazed, the EP title track neatly summarises the organically swinging sound of Counterfly by bringing together D’n’B-like funkyness, jazzy vibes, vocal snippets and atmospheric deepness and turning it into a timelessly elegant tune. Being a self-educated jazz drummer, guitar and piano player gives all tracks a very natural and organic feel on top of the often broken beat arrangements. But the immaculate timing and sound design is what gives Lorenzo’s tracks a hard-to-find level of maturity and narrative depth, which turns a bag of complex layers into wonderful stories. Stories, which tell of the hustle and bustle of the inner city, emotional rides between London and Berlin or dead squirrels in Italian forests, but also of Lorenzo’s influences in between Debussy, Luke Vibert and Dabrye. And that precisely is Lorenzo’s most significant talent: to weave such disparate atoms into engaging and emotional narratives.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Apr 2016
Style: Downbeat, Deep House

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