Pop Booth : Geometries [brq99]

Pop Booth is a our latest discovery, and one which makes our hearts beating faster: the native-born Pole Kamil Labanowicz enchants with an unbelievable debut EP, which embraces the listener with its euphoric melodies and hooks, and at the same time, shows a strong sense for deepness and house history. The title Geometries EP comes not by chance: in his main profession, Kamil works as a car designer for a famously elegant German car brand. His design approach – based on finding the right balance between quirky originality and catchyness – does not work for cars only but is applied in full perfection to the five tracks of his EP. Named after geometric shapes, the tracks combine light-footed melodies with Prescription-era deep vibes, what is best demonstrated by the elegant ‘Edges’. Putting emphasis more on the melodic side, the subtle yet rousing euphoria of ‘Curves’, ‘Lines’ and ‘Surfaces’ even recalls the likes of Rone. Obviously, rougher edges should not be missing in any good design, and hence, are present here through ‘Corners’, a percussive old-school deep house track, pushing straight for the dancefloor. Kamil’s Geometries by no means sound like the disoriented identification process often shown by debut releases, but seems as if they would have been in our ears and hearts already since ages. And one thing is certain: Pop Booth is here to stay.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Oct 2014
Style: Deep House, Tech House

Olkaa : L’heure Bleue [brq97]

L’heure Bleue is not only the french term for the so-called ‘blue hour’, but also the title of our new EP on Broque. And, similar to Ingeborg Bachmann’s poetic depiction of the blue hour in her same-titled poem, Olkaa captures the magic of this short-lived moment where the night meets the day with his debut EP. Julien Combette, as our Lyon-based artist is called when he is not doing music, masters the art of piling layer after layer of melodic synths into a cinematic arc of suspense. No matter how you like to call his sound – shoegaze rave, electronica or even trance – the music entirely speaks for itself and embraces you in a captivating grip from start to end. With its multi-layered approach to build up melodies from simple hooks into a complex walls of sound brimming with harmonies, the EP recalls the music of yet another Frenchman, Erwan Castex alias Rone. At the same time, it shows glimpses of Julien’s history in rock bands, for instance, through simple yet effective trumpet- and guitar snippets contributed by himself. And it also speaks of his love of the border community sound (if there ever was such a thing). These five tracks make you wanna loose control on the dancefloor while at the same time wanting to ly down in the grass to watch soap bubbles and butterflys floating towards the blue sky. And that really is the best state of emotion music can evoke.”

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Released: 1 May 2014
Style: Minimal, Trance

Bastien : Equatorial Connection [brq93]

Bastien is based in Guayaquil, one of the biggest cities in Ecuador, and his reputation spreads already beyond the borders of South America. His accentuated and percussive house tracks underline his long-lasting love affair with club music over the last 15 years. Yet they also demonstrate his profession as mastering engineer through their more than just well-timed snares, hooks and baselines which all fall precisely into their position. The five tracks of the Equatorial Connection-EP combine deepness, highly functional perfectionalism and playful vibes into a soundtrack which wants nothing more than making you move, shake and bang your head. Bastiens tracks wouldn’t be the same though without the support of his buddies Jaramillo, Jose Wated, and Manuel Nuñez, who help to target his output straight at the dancefloor yet flirt with charming melodies. That is probably best documented by ‘Distracciones’ which might be the uncrowned hit of the EP with its rejoicing synths and frisky IDM-influenced house sound. Apparently, Bastien’s sound is good for both body and brain.”

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Released: 1 Oct 2013
Style: Tech House

Defective Units : Sequences [brq90]

“Having already attracted quite some attention with his releases under the Idealist moniker, most notably with his last Broque EP Defective Units, this very EP now also serves as naming patron to kickstart Bernhard Gietz’ new project. That seems just consequent given the unique and coherent sound of this EP and not least its sweeping success. As Defective Units, the Zurich-based producer now presents us with five wonderful tracks which pick up the old school character of his previous Broque EP and bring its sound to its full potential. Old school in this context means above all traditional string-driven house music in between deep house and Chicago roughness. Most importantly, Berni’s love of analogue machines in general and the TB-303 in particular shines through each and every track, where acid lines seem to surface and disappear as we listen and help the tracks to the level of funkyness and character which is so distinctive for the Defective Units sound. Five incredibly charming Sequences which leave no question unanswered and make us wonder if Sequences might eventually become Bernhards next project alias.”

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Released: 1 April 2013
Style: Dub Techno, Deep House, Acid

Werner Niedermeier : Sub Culture [brq83]

“20 years of personal techno history in between London and Berlin left their marks all over the place and make it impossible to figure out where to begin the name dropping when introducing Werner Niedermeier: with his numerous remixes (for the likes of Terry Callier, Robert Owens or Guy Gerber), the uncountable DJ-gigs (from Panoramabar up to his very own residency at Mr C’s The End) or his endless list of productions (for labels like Boxer, Resopal or EFA). A man with a past, that becomes even more apparent when listening to his new Sub Culture EP for Broque. Excessively making use of samples, he generates techno tracks which are both original and full of character. Percussive old-school yet grooving, his tracks demand a well tuned soundsystem as well as a club crowd which closes in on peaktime madness. The significant opener ‘Always Crowded’ can easily be described as playful beat box techno, while the un-contested star of the EP is its title track: ‘Sub Culture’ features a semi-psychedelic atmosphere together with marching beats and somewhat subtle garage references and has the capability to drive any dancefloor into complete hysteria. 20 years club experience, condensed into a 7 minute floor filler. ‘Sub Culture’ Remixes from two of our old mates conclude the package where Granlab’s version leans more towards dub (Granlab) and Praktika applies linear techno efficiency. Fantastic.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 1 Jun 2012
Style: Tech House

Idealist : Defective Units [brq81]

“Being an idealist is noble and deserves endorsement. That is exactly the belief of our Zurich-based artist Bernhard Gietz (better known as ‘Berni’), who releases wonderful tracks in between dub techno and house under this moniker (Idealist) since a few years on labels such as Deep In Dub or Dreiton. His latest release on Broque, the Defective Units EP, is dedicated to the little flaws, imperfections and surprises one has to face when working with analogue devices such as the ones from the Roland TB family. What leads us to another one of Berni’s big and longstanding passions: Acid. However, Berni’s tracks are far from culminating into wild 303-infernos, but embed acid lines in a very elegant manner into floating dub techno grooves. While some tracks lean more towards their Basic Channel roots, others embrace warm Detroit techno soul, but they always manage to nonchalantly close the gap between contemporary club standards and the retrospective view into dub techno history. In between these explorations, Idealist also sneaked in ‘Bad Times’, a true hymn made of deep after hour nu-disco sounds together with heartwarming and shyly filtered hooklines, which provides the perfect soundtrack for welcoming the sunrise after a good night out. Who would have thought that the courage to embracing imperfectionism could lead to such a perfect release?”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 1 Apr 2012
Style: Acid, Detroit Techno, Dub Techno, Deep House

Landschall : Cake and Communism [brq80]

“The musical history of André Noller, better known as Landschall, dates back far into his past. His childhood sensations when listening to a clock radio while lying in bed with mum and dad left very deep impressions, as did initial pubertal steps as member of a rock band or his early enthusiasm for Fruity Loops and the like. Obviously, a lot of time has passed since then. But André’s excitement didn’t change at all. And that is hard to miss, particularly when listening to his latest EP on Broque, which sparkles with energy, verve and enthusiasm. Five brand-new and jamming tracks on Cake & Communism tell a virtuoso story of house and techno which wins over the hearts and minds of all listeners. With the bleepy yet twinkle-toed ‘Dein Gesicht’ (featuring André’s very own voice) and the funky dubs of ‘Seamless Rolled’, the EP even has two true and unforgettable floor fillers in store. The same amount of commitment and honest passion led to the filter inferno ‘Anas Penelope’, a futuristic Detroit reminiscence (‘Robotic Sex…’) and the hook lines of ‘Silverreuter’ which are as simple as they are effective. Thank you so much André, Broque could not be any more grateful!”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 1 Mar 2012
Style: Deep House, Tech House, Techno

Juno6 : Devils From Darkonia [brq79]

“On his third EP on Broque, Stefan Schultz (alias Juno6) merges his musical influences and roots – ranging from Boards of Canada to the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Jeff Mills – in the most direct and stunning way so far. Stefan is no stranger for most: his releases on Freude am Tanzen, Cargo Edition or Liebe*Detail gained a lot of attention as did his label “Oh!Yeah!” which he runs jointly with Sven Tasnadi and Daniel Stefanik. His new EP on Broque features five new, analogue electronic gems, which are only occasionally grounded on the dancefloor and wander off the beaten track to open up truly mind-bending perspectives. Techno history, personal reference points and state of the art sounds, are all melted into very unique and magical tracks. Devils from Darkonia clearly doesn’t need to adopt established dancefloor stereotypes but simply scores with original personality and character. The five tales on this EP could easily fill entire club nights, but for the moment, we are simply immensely grateful about this fantastic EP.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 1 Feb 2012
Style: Techno, Dub Techno, Ambient

Stefan Tretau : Yesterday You Said Tomorrow [brq77]

“Nope, Yesterday you said tomorrow is not at all a reference to the delayed release of this EP. In fact, Stefan Tretau is a very welcome guest not only on Broque. With several releases on Fortek, NightDriveMusic or Sounderground, Stefan has proven his skills more than
once and gathered a wealth of positive feedback already. His new EP comes with seven versatile gems of brilliant electronic music: ranging from swinging Dub House, chord- and stab-driven cut-up-variants to balearic downbeats. The Ruhr Area-inhabitant tells a story of his very own musical voyage, that started sometime in the 90s in Mühlheim a.d. Ruhr. And one thing is for sure: this journey is far from over just after these fresh new ideas and tracks of his latest EP on Broque.”

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Format: 7 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 1 Nov 2011
Style: Tech House, Dub Techno, Techno, Dub, Ambient

MAX CAVALERRA :: Billones De Rayos Solares E.P. [brq75]

“After a very busy first half of 2011 we were planning to be on a well-earned summer break already. Apparently, we did not take into account these insomniacs who decide spontaneously to have other ideas. Like Max Cavalerra, who – thanks to his wife – digged out an ages old hard drive. On plugging in, some old but beautiful germs surfaced which otherwise were destined to be buried in oblivion. Immediately, we found ourselves in a world of synth melodies and sine waves which couldn’t be more exciting, even after seven years. But raving is timeless anyway, in particular when the summer is just about to start. Kudos also to Al Conti for the Spanish translation of the track titles. With this fantastic and original EP, we are sure that we will make it into a summer break, eventually.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3, 320 kbps
Released: 1 Jul 2011
Style: Techno, Trance