Right first up here' an important announcement... Like electronic music? I hope so or you're in the wrong place. Like helping good causes? Who doesn't! Tick both those boxes and boy are you in luck as this month an absolutely fan-fucking-tastic compilation has just been released by record label Balkan Vinyl, with all profits going towards the organisation Médecins Sans Frontiéres.

Called Music Sans Frontiers (see what they did there?), it features 18 tracks of Grade A electronic sounds from the likes of Shadow Dancer, Jokers of the Scene, Radioactive Man, B12, Posthuman and more. It's a pay what you like deal, so don't be an arse, dig deep and chuck a few quid their way, after all MSF are out helping people on the ground in godforsaken hellholes like Syria. Clearly no fun at all.

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Ok, right onto the main part of whatever this thing is supposed to be, lots of familiar names in this month's edition which I feel pretty bad about but obviously not too bad, so to ease my conscience let's start with a few releases by less trumpeted artists and first up we have a new release on a label by two artists that I'd never heard of until last week. Those artists being Helium Robots and Anbuley and the label Wrong Island.

Helium Robots contribution is the kind of greasy, muscle flexing computer disco that late nights and drugs were made for, just a simple synth refrain that slips in and out of the mix and pummels its way into your head over the course of six wonderful minutes, dancefloor lube in all its squelchy glory. On the flip Ambuley delivers another brainscraper, all hypnotic chants, arpeggiated synths and the kind of snappy drums that will have you cossack dancing after 4 or 5 pints of cooking lager. Out now on 12" definitely a label to keep an eye on!

Canadian producer d'Eon is hardly a complete unknown having worked with the likes of Grimes and the on-point Hippos In Tanks label over the past few years. Still his new album, Arc of Fire released under the name Kallisti caught me unawares in the best possible way. Honestly I've probably played the album's title track about 30 times in the past 24 hours and actually stopped meetings to play it to people with a goofy, expectant look on my face, it's that good.

A mix of Hardcore Rave stabs, mid nineties era Moving Shadow'esque Drum'n'Bass, rapid fire percussive Juke tracks, Trancey riffs and much more besides it's just one of the most exciting, and fun, albums I've heard this year, check out the track below (and its fairly NSFW video) and pick it up now from Boomkat.

As well as heading up Fabric's brilliant new Houndstooth label, responsible for some of this year's best releases by the likes of Special Request and House of Black Lanterns, Rob Booth also runs the Electronic Explorations label and podcast. Whilst setting up Houndstooth has understandably been taken up the lion's share of his time this year, EE returns with its second release this time from Irish producer Defekt.

Three tracks of stern and fairly relentless industrial tinged electro and techno with a slightly more chilled coda add up to the kind of EP that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Colin Dale's seminal nineties radio show Abstrakt Dance. There's nothing particularly new about it but it's more like the electronic music equivalent of a crocodile, a sound and style that reached evolutionary perfection some time ago and now just happily trundles along dominating the top of the food chain. When done well it's unstoppable and here it's done very well indeed.

I've banged on about Mark Pritchard at least a couple of times here so it's only fair to give his former partner Tom Middleton some shine and the launch of his new label, Sound of the Cosmos, seems the perfect opportunity. Setup with journalist Joe Muggs and fellow producer Richie Rundle, it's had a bit of a torturous birth, this first EP was uploaded to Soundcloud a year ago and the past months their Facebook page has seemingly been a constant running update of production delays but, blessed be, it looks like the vinyl is now pressed and ready for release.

Kicking things off with a 5 track sampler that veers from acid to ambience and even a spot of atmospheric stripped back, sort-of-drum'n'bass, it's an interesting way to start a label when they could have just plumped for some big room banger from TM. Anyway it bodes well for the future and I'd say is surely worth the price of admission just for Silkie, Distal & Mite's Bassment Jaxx sampling (I think) 'Something Wrong With Daisy' a track that just gets better and better as it goes on.

Now eagle eyed readers of this column will know I've mentioned Ed DMX before but he seems to be releasing about 4 records a month at the moment, and like the proverbial monkey with a miniature cymbal I'm well versed in the joy of repetition so here he is once again with a new album 'Reith Trax'. Recorded on a farm in Austria using just an MPC and old Yamaha Synth Module it skips between Carpenter'esque suspense filled electro to bucolic Braindance and has no doubt already been superseded by about 4 more releases by the time this column gets published. Anyway it's out now on vinyl via Rush Hour sub-label No 'Label' and is well worth buying if you're into that kind of thing.

Having spent much of the past decade playing in the kind of clubs where this happens, let me tell you few things feel me with horror more than seeing something along the line of 'Vaguely Popular Indie Band [DJ Set]' on a flyer. For band members the appeal is obvious, you're not touring, so you're not earning, so why not pop down to Camden, press play a pre-mixed CD and earn a few hundred quid that, best of all, you don't have to share with that twat of a drummer. For everyone else though the appeal is more limited as generally 9.9/10 times it's an unedifying spectacle that benefits no one, least of all the club's resident DJ who has to spend 10 minutes giving them a crash course in using a crossfader and then watch in mounting horror as they red-line the sound system playing some big beat remix of Kasbaian.

Still there are always exceptions to the rule, otherwise nobody would have made up that saying, and Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge and Foals' Edwin Congreave are two perfect examples, both more than handy DJs with a knowledge of electronic music that extends beyond the latest Kitsune compilation. As it turns out they're not too shabby at running a label either and DEEP SHIT, their charmingly named imprint is now onto its third increasingly must-have release. This time it's 4 tracks of sandaper rough house courtesy of Dubinsky (aka Chris Woodward) and Linas Fresh Tee, including a brilliant Primitive World remix that makes the original version sound positively marble smooth, just perfect in other words.

Next up we have New Yorkers Marcos Cabral and Susan Domelsmith with a new EP on Jacques Renault's On The Prowl label. Much like Dubinsky it's fairly abrasive stuff, the kind of thing to perfectly soundtrack the moment at 4am when you know if you pack it in and go home now there still might be something to salvage from Sunday but fuck it, it's just your mum's birthday and she won't mind if you spend lunch falling asleep or being startled by imaginary noises, oh no, not at all.

Anyway remixes come from Permanent Vacation who mellow things out a bit, which to be honest just makes it even more hypnotic, John Selway who goes deeper than East 17 and Ambalance which is ok, but not a patch on the others. All in all though damn good music.

Gomma are one of those consistently great labels that just put out solid release after solid fucking release, relentless really, yet rarely given the 'props' they deserve. Anyway there's always a place for them in my record collection especially when they're chucking out records by the likes of The Deadstock 33s, aka acid house's dapperest gent Mr Justin Robertson.

Raising the sartorial stakes even higher there's, wonder of wonders, an Andrew Weatherall remix on here, it's astonishing the record didn't arrive pressed on Harris Tweed vinyl and boasting an elaborate handlebar moustache. Anyway, where were we, ah yes the music... Justin's original is a chunky slab of analogue synths, think Emperor Machine style Victorian time travel acid and Weatherall (in his Asphodells guise) wisely keeps things pretty much intact, adding some snappy electro drum patterns, a bit of echo and plenty of reverb, job done, pats on backs all round!

Someone who almost certainly needs no 'props' is Erol Alkan, who still manages to be one of the more interesting DJs around despite his success ensuring that he now gets to play to huge rooms full of people who probably have no interest in the kind of obscure psychedelic folk that made his Bugged In mixes two of the best released in recent times.

Amazingly despite everything he's somehow only now getting round to releasing his debut solo EP, fairly slack behaviour really but I guess he's been busy. Anyway here it is, three tracks of solid club sounds from Bang, the kind of release that gets called things like a 'peak time rolling monster', to the almost Luke Vibert'esque acid riffs and breakbeats of 'Check Out Your Mind' and the Inner City on Mogadon vibes of 'A Hold Of Love'. All in all good stuff, let's just not wait 10 years for the next one eh?

Finally unless you've been living under a rock or you're the kind of person who is genuinely distraught at the news that Tribes have split then you'll know that Daniel Avery's debut album, Drone Logic is out, so I won't go into one about it here. Saying that, mentioning Messrs Weatherall, Robertson and Alkan and not at least acknowledging Avery's 'End of Year Best Of' botherer would frankly just be perverse so anyway it's out, it's great, go treat yourself...

Right that's it for this month, go out and play.