3x12 vinyl (100 in limited edition white vinyl)
A 12-track triple album, featuring new and previously unreleased material by artists including - Mysteron, Common Factor, Arne Weinberg, ADJ, Matt Chester & Jacen Solo.
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"There is so much excellent music on this album that it would be impossible to give adequate feedback without writing lengthy reviews of every track! In short every single track is memorable in its own way. It is clear that each of these artists have put their best foot forward and presented the crème de la crème of what melodic/Detroit influenced techno has to offer in 2006. Whether or not these tracks were actually made this year doesnt really matter because they are truly classic and timeless. Respect is due to the artists and label for not slacking one bit and giving us 100% quality over the entire compilation." - Dan Curtin
|audio previews :|
|A1: erell ranson - a quiet day in summer||A2: matt chester - never see us|
|B1: in2minds - the beginning||B2: reporter - k for cars|
|C1: jacen solo - sculptor||C2: arne weinberg - obtained|
|D1: common factor - sleeping thoughts||D2: mysteron - heat|
|E1: vlf - ground wave A)||E2: adj - spaceman|
|F1: ben browning - ubik's cube||F2: junkmale - void|
Chris mysteron Hartley is best known for his work as part of a series of now classic releases from insync vs mysteron during the 1990s on labels such as peacefrog, plink plonk, and their own imprint 10th planet. Chris has been away from the scene for some years but after a fruitful studio session digging out old DAT's and audio cassettes came the featured track Heat. Heat is a nostalgic slice of classic techno, created around a decade ago but still sounding fresh and relevant for todays fans of both the genre and the era.
factor (usa) www.commonfactor.net
Nick common factor Calingaert first came onto the scene in 1995 based out of Chicago, but it was his work with Carl Craigs 'planet e' label that propelled him into the spotlight. Nowadays Nick is back in the studio after some well deserved time out, with a new album being planned as well as numerous remix projects and tour dates. Sleeping Thoughts stays true to Nicks take on the original house sound, combining analogue synth ryhthms with a groove that proves difficult to ignore.
chester (uk) www.11-hour.com
Founder of 11th hour recordings, canadian born Matt Chester has made his mark on the electronic scene with his Detroit-esque style of techno and electro. Matt has had a variety of shows worldwide and his work as a label boss has certainly kept him busy over the past few years. 2006 sees Matt setting out more time to concentrate on his personal music projects. Never See Us sits nicely between techno and electro, driven by the kind of rolling bassline that works equally on the dancefloor as it does for home listening. Overlapped with dreamy synths this looks set to be another timeless piece of electronic music.
weinberg (de) www.arneweinberg.de
2001 saw the German producer Arne Weinberg's debut release and since that time he has proved himself as an electronic music producer and dj to take note of. Arne has had releases on respected labels such as headspace, technoir audio, starbaby, and now on his own imprint aw recordings. Arnes sound is melodic techno that makes you feel as well as move, and obtained is no exception. Reminicent of tracks from the bioryhthm compilation series of the mid-90s, obtained is a fitting addition to the life works compilation.
Andy Jaggers aka adj is undoubtedly one of the most respected electro djs on the scene today. As well as touring the globe dropping dark and twisted electroness from the likes of bitstream and labels such as touchin bass, Andy has kept up a steady flow of quality releases over the past decade. Former record shop boss and co-running pyramid transmissions, Andys discography includes releases with labels such as touchin bass, ai, and district six, and his featured track spaceman is true to his sound and a welcome addition to the series. It's electro, but has a beat pattern and shuffle that somewhat defies the trademark electro sound. Squelchy synths accompany deep subs before finally being treated with almost sinister strings.
Since signing with ai records and releasing his debut ep forbidden medicine Doug jacen solo Adamson has been working hard to make his mark on the electronic scene. His debut lp virgo was widely praised for both production and emotive effect which has allowed him to take his sound on tour traveling to 6 countries in the past 12 months. As founder of the 'Lifeworks' series Doug has searched wide and far for the right music for the compilation and his personal addition is sculptor. sculptor is a chord laced piece of dancefloor techno with an eeriely familiar theme. Warm yet driving sculptor is music that will almost certainly demand movement.
ranson (fr) www.myspace.com/erellranson
Nicholas Petit-Jean, aka erell ranson is set to burst onto the scene in 2006. His influences are from producers such as fabrice lig, dan curtin, and carl craig, and this is almost immediately apparent upon hearing his music. With just the one release to date, erell has a string of high quality tracks set for release as the year progresses and 'Lifeworks' is pleased to set the ball rolling with his featured track a quiet day in summer. As the trackname suggests the sound is warm, wrapped up in soothing pads with an analogue heartbeat.
Latvian born Viktor reporter Margevich moved to London looking for new music inspiration and a new haircut (his words!). As well as making music he is the co-founder of promo group kautchuk and is a regular guest at the respected aftermath parties. Vics sound is eclectic, but it was his form of electro that grabbed the attention of the Lifeworks' team. His featured track k for cars is deep electro of the highest order. Simple in pattern but emotive in content k for cars combines a distorted bass driven groove with free flowing synth lines that are indicative of the life works series goals. Electronic music that you can feel.
The in2minds duo comprises Doug Adamson and long term collaborator and friend Rob Piper. Rob was instrumental technically in Dougs early attempts at programming and finally they have found some time to create again, and the featured track the beginning will be the pairs debut release as production partners. the beginning was created in an attempt to relive the early emotive power shown in tracks by such artists as kenny larkin and carl craig and fuses together vocoded melodies with analogue rhythms. The longest track on the compilation the beginning takes you on a journey that will make you listen, with emotionally charged changes that would suit the twighlight hours.
browning (uk) www.benbrowning.com
Ben Browning is a welcome discovery for the 'Lifeworks' series. One of the many producers that stockpile music, Bens release history is somewhat limited, but we know that this will soon change. After producing on and off for the last 5 years Ben is now set to make a serious impact on the scene with his debut 'Lifeworks' addition being no exception. ubiks cube is hardware created, danceloor techno at its finest. Simple in form but not lacking in effect, ubiks cube flirts somewhat with what was the original house feeling with a melody that is both infectious and extremely dancefloor friendly.
vlf is Emile Facey (aka plant43 ai records) and Jo Johnson. They began writing electronic music together in 1999, and although they have colloborated on many tracks, groundwave a) is the first to be committed to vinyl. The track is taken from a live set that they produced using only an analogue drum machine and two hardware samplers. Jo and Emile are long-standing members of London crew bleep43. They design and contribute to bleep43.com and help to organise events with artists such as convextion, hieroglyphic being, cim, max duley and dez williams.
Published poet & sometime guitarist with a motley assortment of punk-esque garage bands, Sam Allen aka junkmale discovered the joys of techno primarily through Colin Favers early 90s late night radio shows and the seminal Lost parties. It wasnt until the late 90s that Sam started experimenting with electronic sound, and the last few years have seen her honing both production skills and dj sets with gigs throughout the UK and the Czech republic. void is junkmales first outing on vinyl, a dark blend of electro and techno influenced brokenbeats that we think augurs well for the future.