Premiere: Vaghe Stelle – ‘H.O.P.E.’ [EP stream]
Established in 2012, Berlin label Gang of Ducks have a much darker output than you might expect, with a monochromatic aesthetic and releases to date featuring grubby experimental techno from the likes of Shape Worship and My Panda Shall Fly. It's the perfect home for Vaghe Stelle's bold 'H.O.P.E.' EP, which has a sound that veers between mechanical thumps and gauzy synths and vocal samples, with characterful flourishes gliding over pneumatic rhythms like fingerprints smeared on machinery. The basement boom of 8th Hope and its teeth-clenchingly tense G.O.D. remix are particularly worth a spin.