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Trypheme - Aluminia
Trypheme
Aluminia
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Trypheme aka Tiphaine Belin returns to CPU with her highly anticipated follow up to 2017's Online Dating. Aluminia' is six tracks from an artist whose sound has developed exponentially. Taking time out from her busy live schedule Belin delivers an E.P. bursting with her unique and melodic take on electronic music.
Bochum Welt - Seafire
Bochum Welt
Seafire
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
18,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
CPU is proud to release the new studio album from acclaimed artist Bochum Welt - 'Seafire'.
For this new album, Gianluigi Di Costanzo, aka Bochum Welt, devoted himself to the pursuit of creating new sounds, using old monster synthesizers to produce original compositions.
This album is an evolution of the electronic style which characterized Bochum Welt's releases on Aphex Twin's Rephlex label. 'Seafire' collects futuristic electro / ambient tracks, alternated with cinematic soundscapes.
Gianluigi Di Costanzo says of the release:
"Since 'Seafire' is an evolution of the electro sound I worked on in the past, it seemed natural to release it with Central Processing Unit, the very cool British record label which is continuing Sheffield's strong electronic music heritage.
"I've always been inspired by the Sheffield electro scene, many keyboard players I listened to in the past are from Sheffield: Martyn Ware & Ian Marsh (founding members of the Human League), Cabaret Voltaire and Mark White."
96 Back - Issue In Surreal
96 Back
Issue In Surreal
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
96 Back's third outing on CPU 'Issue In Surreal' E.P. is paired with a heavyweight remix E.P. featuring remixes from Jensen Interceptor, Happa & Jabes, Sync 24 and Volruptus.
Four tracks of Majumdar-Swift's signature complex electro each with its respective remix rounds up another fine release for electro's brightest young star.
Mastered by studio genius Rob Gordon ensures the E.P.'s sonic credentials.
Silicon Scally - Cobalt Blue
Silicon Scally
Cobalt Blue
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Carl Finlow aka Silicon Scally, aka Random Factor amongst other aliases, released his first record on Warp in 1993. A prolific producer since then, he's delivered more than 100 releases including 11 albums on labels such as SCSI-AV, Soma and 2020 Vision. Now based in Toulouse, Finlow has showcased his extensive electro and house music performances in Japan, USA, Russia and Europe, including a stint at Sonar in Barcelona in 2000.
Finlow delivers his second E.P. on CPU entitled 'Cobalt Blue' a follow up to his 2018 E.P. 'Projections' This record picks up right where he left us last time; lush melodies with infectious grooves on top of his highly refined electro template.
96 Back - Excitable, Girl
96 Back
Excitable, Girl
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
96 Back, aka Evan Majumdar-Swift, returns to CPU with his debut album 'Excitable, Girl'. Bringing his thoroughbred Sheffield electronic heritage back into the spotlight, this album raises the bar in terms of quality and diversity. DJs and discerning home listeners will find plenty of favourites on this long player with dance floor igniters jostling alongside ambitious ambient moments. Lush Plaid-like melodies throughout will keep you hooked.
Evan firmly established himself in 2018 and is one of the hardest working artists on the scene, this album will only strengthen his presence on the electro grid.
Bochum Welt - Seafire Remixes
Bochum Welt
Seafire Remixes
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder 05.06.2020
The union of Bochum Welt and Central Processing Unit makes perfect sense. Here we have a principal figure from IDM's 90s heyday linking up with an imprint that has brought the sound and spirit of Rephlex Records into the modern day. As such, it is unsurprising that Bochum Welt's label debut, the 2019 LP Seafire, has quickly become one of the most vaunted releases in CPU's extensive catalogue.
A few months on from the release of Seafire, the Italian artist returns to the Sheffield imprint with Seafire Remixes. As well as a pair of new versions from Bochum Welt himself, this five-track set also contains a trio of tunes which rewire Seafire originals - one remix apiece from EOD, James Zabiela and Telefon Tel Aviv.
One can think of Seafire Remixes as chronicling a night at the club in reverse - at least until its final track. 'More Light (Radio Edit)' and 'G1 (Ambient Mix)', the two Bochum Welt originals which kick things off, maintain the heady glow of Seafire. Both are lovely, wistful lilts, full of gently-pattering drums, plumbingpluming synths and keening keyboards. They recall the most cerebral end of Boards Of Canada's output, flushing you with the warm afterglow of the party as you begin to bed down, dawn just starting to break through the window.
If these opening jams represent the night drawing to a close, the mid-section of Seafire Remixes rewinds to the thrill of the dance. bbbbbb recors mischief-maker EOD and British dancefloor veteran James Zabiela both tackle 'More Light' on their remixes, and each producer makes the same decision to gee-up the track with drums. The former's version plumbs a load of IDM-techno beats into the floaty-light original to give it a buoyant positivity not dissimilar to Andrew Weatherall (RIP). Meanwhile Zabiela's snapping broken-beat electro rework is pure peaktime euphoria, with 303s squirming gleefully under clattering drums and a needle-gun bassline. It's a distillation in sound of some of the very best aspects of dance music culture - rhythm, communality, utopia.
Telefon Tel Aviv's reworking of Seafire's 'Color Me' ends this otherwise-uplifting EP on a more pensive note. Unsurprisingly given the pedigree of the artist, Telefon Tel Aviv's 'Color Me' flip is the most leftfield production on Seafire Remixes. Eerie, spectral synths clatter and churn away atop skittering drums which have a ghost of trap about them. This heady fug sounds very much like the morning after the night before, with Gold Panda, Teebs and TOKiMONSTA all recalled.
Covering a large amount of sonic terrain - electro, IDM, techno, abstract hip-hop, ambient music - Bochum Welt's Seafire Remixes EP is simultaneously one of the most stylistically diverse and most aesthetically unified Central Processing Unit releases to date.
Bit Folder - Silicon Frontier
Bit Folder
Silicon Frontier
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder 15.05.2020
Who is Bit Folder? There have been whispers about the identity of Central Processing Unit's latest signing, and many theories have been presented as to who's behind the project. Some say it's a young upstart fresh on the scene, others insist that this is the work of an old head. Either way, initial investigations have proven inconclusive, and the Bit Folder project remains shrouded in mystery.
There may be a way to untangle the Bit Folder riddle through listening to the artist's new EP Silicon Frontier. There is classic early Warp in here, a dash of Rephlex too. More contemporary styles also come to mind - FireScope, the label helmed by B12's Steven Rutter, and Analogical Force are two of the imprints recalled, and Bit Folder also shares some space with fellow CPU artists Datassette, Noumen and the aforementioned B12.
What's for sure is that Silicon Frontier is a futuro-rave adventure that conjures up the brave new world hinted at by its title. Like the classic 90s techno/IDM that it channels, this record gleams with the sounds of the android future. Keyboards glisten and shimmer, their tones at once stargazing and hallucinogenic; hi-hats open and close like steam valves; synth lines move in and out of each other to create all these lovely little cells of melody. Some tracks even play with tempo itself, beats glitching or slowing down completely as if you've just dropped a dose of (electro-)soma, but Bit Folder always manages to snap them back into place just as they seem to be breaking apart. For an artist's debut release it is very deft production - but then again, could it be that we've heard from Bit Folder before?
Silicon Frontier kicks off with 'Youka', a 150-bpm IDM-techno number that squiggles and squirms like AFX in Analord mode. The title-track follows, its beautiful opening zooming out into a unique melange of wobbling bass and final-frontier keyboards. 'The Tritan Cord' pushes us further out into deep space - there's something very Drexciyan about this track, though rather than pure revivalism 'The Tritan Cord' in fact displays the kind of dense worldbuilding we see in the work of Gerald Donald and James Stinson, its dinky synth lines and whirring drums sliding and out of one another to create a cinematic dancefloor trip. Silicon Frontier closes out with 'Legs Akimbo', a speedy number that injects those same chirruping drums/synths with the playful energy of DMX Krew and Squarepusher.
Even while it channels the sounds of some of electro's most important sites - Detroit, London, CPU's native Sheffield - Bit Folder's debut EP Silicon Frontier still manages to sound fresh and new. Now, if only there was some way to discern the man behind the mask…
RIYL: B12, DMX Krew, Datassette, D'Arcangelo, James Shinra
Annie Hall - Fum
Annie Hall
Fum
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Longtime fans of Sheffield's Central Processing Unit may well remember Annie Hall. When CPU dropped her 2016 EP Tenured Positions it felt like a perfect union of label and artist - the atmospheric take on classic electro that Annie Hall had presented in her previous releases for labels such as Semantica and Detroit Underground was very much in sync with the CPU sound. Sure enough, Tenured Positions was an instant hit with CPU heads old and new, and the record remains highly sought-after to this day.
Now, four years on from Tenured Positions, the Barcelona-based Annie Hall returns to CPSmith's imprint with new EP Fum. Fum picks up where Tenured Positions left off. Snapping broken-beat electro grooves anchor Fum's midsection of 'D'un Altre Planeta' and its title-track. 'D'un Altre Planeta' is the most lively cut on the EP - there is real bite to the drums here which recalls everything from B12 to Star Eyes to early-90s hardcore - while 'Fum's beats are more low-slung and come bolstered by an electro-funk-flavoured bassline. These two tracks are bookended by 'Verd Mar' and 'Promeses De Fusta', joints which straighten out their rhythms into more linear IDM-techno beats.
As she exhibited on Tenured Positions, one of the main strengths of Annie Hall's style is the manner in which she layers up harmony, tone and texture. Reverb- and delay-drenched synths cascade across Annie Hall's tracks and serve to render her music in vivid colour. The combination of evocative atmospherics and grounded, stable beatwork is a technique which Annie Hall has inherited from experimental techno luminaries of the past - Autechre, Mark Bell, The Orb - and also something that she shares with other CPU artists like Tryphème and Nadia Struiwigh.
Annie Hall takes this approach once again on Fum. A fair bit of the record's soundworld tends towards science-fiction - from the whooshing pads of 'Verd Mar' through the zipping synths of 'D'un Altre Planeta' and on to the B-movie keys of 'Promeses De Fusta' there is certainly an alien quality to much of this EP. However, Annie Hall is also sure to ground her astral musings by introducing softer synth sounds like the twinkling chimes in the background of 'Fum' and the gently lilting lead-line of 'Verd Mar'.
For fans of Central Processing Unit, Annie Hall's Fum is the best of both worlds. Here we have a record which brings together the roughneck electro snap of CPU's club weapons with the melodic and textural deftness of its IDM-oriented releases.
Calum Gunn - Addenda
Calum Gunn
Addenda
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Calum Gunn has spent the past few years becoming a key figure in the European electronic avant-garde. As well as releasing his own music through labels like Entr'acte, FLUF and Tsuku Boshi, the Berlin-based Gunn also helms Conditional Records, one of the most forward-thinking computer-music imprints to emerge in recent times.
Gunn's Addenda EP, his debut drop for Central Processing Unit, contains some of his most dynamic work to date. While his commitment to experimentalism remains, these four tracks represent a clear shift in focus for Gunn - namely that, for perhaps the first time in his career, he is making music that is club-friendly. A whole host of dancefloor innovators are recalled when listening to Addenda - particularly Autechre, Analord-era AFX and several of Mark Pritchard's projects as well as Gunn's contemporaries Rian Treanor and Renick Bell.
These tracks never sit still, their rhythms constantly evolving and turning themselves over. Addenda's first two cuts use metronomic hi-hats to keep these ever-changing grooves in check. With its thwacking kicks and snares, opener 'Esephony' enters the fray with the heft of an early Wiley riddim. Atop these drums we find squeaky half-melodies interlocking and breaking apart, meaning that the overall effect is not dissimilar to the tweaking beats that Pritchard came up with as part of Africa Hitech. 'Esephony' is followed by 'Moebu', another track that harks to grime through its fluttering lead synth. The way that this single-note line snakes above a slow, steady drum pulse pitches 'Moebu' halfway between Last Japan and rRoxymore.
Gunn increases the tempo in Addenda's second half. 'Ternenmarz' introduces itself with more blarts of bass, but whereas these were steady on 'Esephony' they now jump around unexpectedly. Gunn holds the erratic kicks in place with twittering hats and snares - indeed, when you factor in its gnarly synth lines, 'Ternenmarz' steers closer than any other cut here to the high-grade electro drops that CPU has made its name with. Closer 'Pins' supercharges the snap of 'Esephony' to 145 bpm before Gunn softens up the track with reverb-drenched synths that nod to the sombre post-grime of Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper Records.
With the Addenda EP, Calum Gunn has achieved something that proves elusive to so many producers - making club tracks that are at once innovative and immediate, their experimental tendencies serving to elevate their dancefloor impact.
RIYL: Rian Treanor, Africa Hitech, Autechre, Renick Bell, Brainwaltzera
Noumen - Obscurium
Noumen
Obscurium
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Following his critically acclaimed 2017 debut album Apeiron, enigmatic artist Noumen, aka Andriy Vezdenko, returns to CPU with his second album 'Obscurium'. Vezdenko demonstrates mastery in the studio again with his signature melodic, uneasy and challenging rhythms. Obscurium travels down a path seldom trod in experimental electronic music; thoroughly enjoyable and brimming with musicality. Quintessential abstract electronics.
If you like Autechre's LP5 or Jega's Geometry you will love this.
Datassette - Kestrel Manoeuvres In The Dark
Datassette
Kestrel Manoeuvres In The Dark
12" | 2019 | UK | Original (Central Processing Unit)
8,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
UK producer, programmer and DJ Datassette aka John Davies lands on CPU with a stunning braindance E.P. entitled 'Kestrel Manoeuvres In The Dark'. Four tracks of intricate analord-esque rhythms and melodies that will satisfy even the most discerning IDM fans.
Sdem - Index Hole
Sdem
Index Hole
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
SDEM aka Tom Knapp lands on CPU with a cybernetic electro E.P. entitled 'Index Hole'.
4 tracks of exploratory electronics held together with expertly crafted - hip hop influenced beats. Knapp ran the legendary IDM label ICASEA with Team Doyobi member Alex Peverett and Satoshi Aizawa. Fans of ICASEA, Skam and the Gescom crew don't miss this.
Cygnus - Deep Analysis
Cygnus
Deep Analysis
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
11,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Cygnus aka Phillip Washington returns home to CPU with Deep Analysis. Six tracks of nebulous compositions all containing his signature emotional and melodic electro.
Sheffield Bleep is an ode to CPU Records complete with an old school vocoder rap over CR-78 rhythms. Deep Analysis is an answer to one of Washington's favourite tracks 'Sleep Paralysis' by Mikron. Ultraterrestrial, Her Majesty and Descent of Man are beautiful si-fi electronic music without comparison. The E.P. wraps things up with Hallucinate Data cementing Cygnus as a master of the genre.
Maelstrom - Fragment
Maelstrom
Fragment
12" | 2018 | UK | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Hot on the heels of his ECZO E.P. on like minded Cultivated Electronics, Maelstrom returns to CPU with another essential electro cut. Acid fans be sure to check out USSIDD for some raw bass line action.
Yuri Urano - Autline
Yuri Urano
Autline
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Perhaps CPU's deepest foray into techno, Osaka-based artist Yuri Urano's 'Autline' E.P. draws parallels with the machine-like incremental builds of Sweet Exorcist / Richard H Kirk.
Plenty of variation with minimal down-tempo through to fierce industrial techno.
Urano's industrial sound is gaining a lot of attention in the Japanese techno scene and this E.P. will only galvanise her reputation.
La-4a - Slackline
La-4a
Slackline
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A past affiliate of Richie Hawtin's Minus label, Berlin-based expat Kevin McHugh (aka Ambivalent) joins the ranks at CPU under his more recent alter ego of LA-4A.
McHugh launched his own Delft imprint in 2013, which saw the birth of LA-4A, initially an anonymous production handle.
On Slackline, McHugh delivers 4 tracks of uncompromising techno: you'll find interwoven breaks and refined sampling; and as the track entitled Punishment clearly suggests, only the hardiest of techno fans will survive it's onslaught.
Fleck E.S.C - Discrete Opinion
Fleck E.S.C
Discrete Opinion
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Fleck E.S.C, aka Franck Collin, brings his unique blend of dancefloor electro to the CPU stable. Originally from France and now based in Tokyo, Collin takes us on a musical journey from Akihabara to Motor City via 2097.
96 Back - Provisional Electronics
96 Back
Provisional Electronics
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
We are extremely proud and excited to announce our first Sheffield artist on CPU - 96 Back aka Evan Majumdar-Swift. Swift has delivered a 4 track electro EP with a strong bleep and bass influence. Coming from bleep lineage with Swift being the son of legendary Jive Turkey promoter Matt Swift, these tracks are a cutting-edge interpretation of Sheffield's electronic music heritage. To celebrate this Steel City release on CPU one of the founders of Warp, and Fon studio engineer, Rob Gordon has mastered the tracks.
Secret State - Zero Zero One
Secret State
Zero Zero One
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
From another analogue basement, amidst paranoid conspiracy theories and wild youtube truths, the heat of a Tr-808 and Juno-60, and dreams of forgotten utopias, comes the first Secret State ep, an attempt to rise above the all pervasive, vacuous, decaying culture.
Nadia Struiwigh - Lenticular
Nadia Struiwigh
Lenticular
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Nadia Struiwigh is an electronic music DJ & producer from Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Sitting somewhere between Biosphere and Boards of Canada, Struiwigh's refined downtempo electronica takes you on a journey full of synthesized soundscapes that flirt with ambient techno.
Noumen - White Silence
Noumen
White Silence
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Central Processing Unit)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
We first spotted Noumen in 2012 and alongside Cygnus was one of the first to be asked to join CPU. Over 4 years later he finally delivers an EP and LP that is a true labour of love. Abstract electronics of the highest quality. It's IDM, but with that essential hip hop influence making it immeasurably more addictive and pleasing. With plenty of melody and swing layered over intricate rhythm programming, it leaves listeners stunned.
White Silence is taken from the forthcoming album Apeiron. Remaining 3 tracks are exclusive to this EP.
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