The next entry in PoleGroup's mix series is due out in December, shortly after the label launches a new digital platform, AINE.
PoleGroup, the Spanish techno label run by Oscar Mulero, has made Unknown Landscapes an end-of-year tradition. With a key affiliate in charge, each mix is assembled from all exclusive, unreleased tracks, and its CD and digital release is complemented by a vinyl sampler EP. Mulero himself took care of the inaugural set in 2013, and last December Christian Wünsch was given the assignment. At the controls for the third entry is Exium, AKA Héctor Sandoval (solo alias Tensal) and Valentín Corujo (Kessell), a longtime duo with connections to Mulero and his labels PoleGroup, along with its precursor Pole Recordings, and Warm Up, dating back more than a decade. (They put out an album on PoleGroup in 2013.)
Exium have picked 24 tracks for the occasion, which come from a blend of PoleGroup artists and producers new to the label. Mulero and Wünsch appear, as do Exium themselves and label-mates Reeko and Kwartz. A few others on hand include Sleeparchive (who released an EP on Warm Up earlier this year), Vril, Inigo Kennedy, Antigone, Dino Sabatini and UVB.
Refracted, Eric Fetcher and Pulse One are also contributing to the mix, and each of those three have been recruited for EPs on AINE, a new digital offshoot from PoleGroup that focuses on newer artists. To start is Refracted, an increasingly busy purveyor of deep, hypnotic techno, whose pursuits this year have included launching his own label, Mind Express, and releasing his debut album on Silent Season. His two-tracker for AINE, To Gain Your Own Voice, arrives in mid-January. Fetchers's Matrix Of Life EP and Pulse One's All For You EP will follow, though further details for those two releases are still TBA.
Berlin heads can catch Exium, Mulero, Sleeparchive and more in action at a PoleGroup five-year anniversary takeover of Tresor on Tuesday, December 29th.
Listen to "Ascension," Mulero's track on Unknown Landscapes Vol. 3, below.
Unknown Landscapes Vol. 3
01. Edit Select - The Freezing Process
02. Vril - knokOKknok
03. Samuli Kemppi - Bioskop
04. Birth Of Frequency - Cold Spell
05. Refracted - Separate Action
06. Jeroen Search - The Method Differs
07. Echologist - 1968
08. Francois X - Crisp
09. Eric Fetcher - Commender
10. Antigone - Printer’s Devil
11. Mental Resonance - Resonant Object
12. Reeko - Regnum Asturorum
13. Oscar Mulero - Ascension
14. Ribé - Deviation
15. Inigo Kennedy - The Shepard Tones
16. Christian Wünsch - Blazar
17. UVB - Fantastic P
18. Kwartz - Doctrine
19. Sleeparchive - Multicolored Works
20. Dino Sabatini - Enigmatica
21. Pulse One - Estrangements
22. Exium - Bextar
23. Allen - Altered Memory
24. Conrad Van Orton - Nathalie
Unknown Landscapes Selected 3
A1 Antigone - Printer's Devil
A2 Exium - Bextar
B1 Inigo Kennedy - The Shepard Tones
B2 Mental Resonance - Resonant Object
Refracted - To Gain Your Own Voice
02. The Drums
PoleGroup will release Unknown Landscapes Vol. 3 on December 18th, after AINE releases To Gain Your Own Voice on December 1st, 2015.