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SATELLITE SELECTS - November 2020: New Music From Pole, Monolake, Kiln, and More

Each monthly Spotify playlist, ordered by premiere date, focuses on showcasing at least one song from forward-thinking electronic music released during that timeframe.

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Welcome to another edition of SATELLITE SELECTS. Following up a music month like this past October is quite the challenge, yet November somehow lived up to it. Though falling short to dethroning last month as the best of 2020, it delivered promising new albums and EPs every week from all edges of the electronic world and continued one of the strongest Q4 release windows we have seen in years.

We were lucky enough to contribute new content to this list with Tsone's "Airmass EP." Our label's fourth release is out now on all major platforms.


Pole - Fading (Mute Records)

Released on November 6th, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


Stefan Betke of Pole has helped cultivate the niche dub techno genre for over two decades now, providing a discography full of mastered minimalism. He now returns five years after his last solo album with a lovely journey through what best describes his work: shy ambiance, woozy downtempo, and glitchy bits scattered around the the stereo space.

Favorite tracks: Tangente, Tölpel, Röschen


Monolake - Archaeopteryx (Self-Released)

Released on November 6th, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


If you have not heard by now, Robert Henke is one of the creators of Ableton Live - and if you have ever wondered how being a main developer of the most popular digital audio workstation translates to making music, dive into the world of Monolake. The German producer is well-known for his demanding take on dark, minimal techno fused with rhythmic influences from jungle and dubstep - his newest album contains over an hour and a half of it.


Favorite tracks: Dirac Onyx, Alu Minimum, Specimen Fractal


Fiesta Soundsystem - Rites Of Passage LP (Shall Not Fade)

Released on November 13th, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


One of the hottest club music labels in recent years has to be Shall Not Fade. Their overall output of high-quality projects is almost overwhelming - just this month, we have four tracks of multiple new releases from them! One that stood out was the debut album of London-based producer Fiesta Soundsystem. The album is packed with nearly an hour of club-ready breakbeat and jungle tracks, all encompassing a familiar vibe of ethereal, atmospheric soundscapes that we have grown to love.


Favorite tracks: Ghyr Habitat, Outskirts, Ornate


KILN - Astral Welder (Ghostly International)

Released on November 20th, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


Neighboring our Chicago HQ is Michigan-based trio KILN, known for their distinct take of fusing guitar with golden-age electronica. Seven years after their last album, they return to Ghostly International to deliver a new record full of nostalgia-inducing beats. Their attention to detail can be heard among every instrument and field recording, continuing their renowned ways of ushering emotion through sound, while progressing as musicians in other aspects.


Favorite tracks: Mud Dauber, Beachglass, Koi


ASC - Isolated Systems (Samurai Music)

Released on November 20th, 2020 - support on Bandcamp here


U.K. born, San Diego-based producer ASC is widely known for the sheer amount of releases he constantly puts out, boasting well over 100 individual releases in his discography. Touching on everything from pure ambient projects to his more profound dark techno tracks, the multi-faceted artist returns with a new full-length jungle album on Berlin label Samurai Music. His aggressive breaks and eerie ambiance are both easily recognizable and well-suited to be dancefloor weapons for the modern DJ.


Favorite tracks: Hostile Intent, Cautionary Tales, Static Charge

We hope you enjoy our selection of new music to discover; a typed list is provided below for archiving purposes as the Spotify playlist is updated each month to showcase new releases.


SATELLITE SELECTS - NOVEMBER 2020: TRACK LIST (ARTIST - TRACK NAME)

  1. D'Arcangelo - Atomik 2

  2. Pole - Tangente

  3. Sachi Kobayashi - Helpless

  4. Suumhow - Encore

  5. Laksa - Fire Kit

  6. Monolake - Specimen Fractal

  7. Interplanetary Criminal - Loss of Self Identity

  8. Martyn & Om Unit - Passenger

  9. Itoa - Glow Coma

  10. Subtle Mind - Glamp

  11. Vellum - Style Wars

  12. Buunshin - No Match

  13. Alix Perez & Halogenix - Unlustrous

  14. Private Caller & Mani Festo - You

  15. Legowelt - Live in Transnistria

  16. Fiesta Soundsystem - Ghyr Habitat

  17. Mark Pritchard - Be Like Water

  18. Joni Void & N NAO - Géométrie Sacrée

  19. Krust - Space Oddity

  20. Richard Devine - Sinscur

  21. Subp Yao - Lost (Floating)

  22. Kiln - Mud Dauber

  23. Thys & Amon Tobin - Ithaca

  24. Tsone - Regelation

  25. ASC - Cautionary Tales

  26. ALYS - where r u heading to?

  27. Biome - Torah

  28. X-Altera - Maximum (Love Eachother)

  29. DJ Crisps - Diamonds

  30. Harrison BDP - The Powerful Play

  31. Earth Trax - Flux

  32. Facta - Doves

  33. Bruit Fantôme - Robert Smith

  34. Etch - Distrust

  35. San - Cleanse

  36. Le Motel - Ay Chica

  37. Fearful - XINF

  38. Batu - SYX

  39. Man From Sol - Gestalt Logic Constellation

  40. Surgeons Girl - Intimate Advance