30 July 2012
The Spirits is positioned between white and black. Not the music from dark and humid cellars, but rather from a hidden cabin in the forest, where the streaks of sun are touching dusty spiderwebs. Four meditative synth-based drones with human murmurs, marked by supernatural beauty.
25 July 2012
The best for the start: Bouncing bass rampage makes "Scarborough Harbour" a techno track to beat in 2012. Alienated jabbering reminding of „Male Stripper“ and fast-forward tribal rattle are the ingredients for psyched-out moments on the floor. Hi-hats and fat bass push the compressor funk of "Breathe Them Knees In" and "Grafter Gets A Home“ bites with industrial-tainted programming on repetitive, but in the same dull voice sample. For the end bone-dry „6 To 6 Lick“ with EQ'd machine gun staccato.
20 July 2012
|Release date is August 2012|
11 July 2012
Harmonically built title track, where the vocal sample sounds like republicans, and sugary "Cold Planet" are the highlights in an array of uncomplicated melodies and rhythms. For not leaving a too sweet aftertaste, "Night Freaks" features some cyborg vocals on thriving synth hooks. Solid fuel for all sci-fi and disco nerds out there.
"#11" is like from the minds of a burned-out philharmonic orchestra seeking wilder side of life and having decided to resort to instrumental abstractions for the open-minded.
05 July 2012
The A-side of the wide-hole seven-inch suggests to wear a neon headband for full-bodied 1980’s synth funk titled “Pluto”. On the flip a real mid-tempo power cut called “For The Hook”, a robotic crossover reminding of Robert Hood’s “Rhythm Of Vision”, Syncom Data’s metallic dub funk and Fortran 5’s chopper techno.
To round up the story about Monroe, this site tells the artist has got two birth certificates because he was born on the highway somewhere between Baltimore and Richmond. And the guy keeps traveling on interesting roads.
04 July 2012
Two artists have contributed to a split album. It’s opened by Ekoplekz of Mordant Music fame, who in “Dead Escalator Suite” loads the A-side with dub mash-up in an abandoned dancehall. After stumbling over dead wires on the floor, distortion knobs are found and the rhythm powered by fire-spitting engines. Combining excerpts of urban noise with rusty electronics, the track offers demanding polyrhythmic moments with mechanical hum and roar, occasionally soothed by melancholic synths. The track partly reminds of The KLF's "Chill Out" and, in the case of rhythm parts, of Pan Sonic.
In “Slow Down Your Blood”, Wanda Group presents a collage of loop constructions, velvety bass riffs and deformed electronics. Radio-controlled locusts fall like a pest on the fields, before the night covers a ravine and exhausted hikers struggle to find a way out. About a dozen variations on the theme of repetition for advanced listening experience.
02 July 2012
Especially the A-side's "Index I" goes well beyond the definition of dub techno, if we think of Basic Channel's or Deep Chord's classics. Kicking off with nautical hum and minimalistic beat, it arises into a complex dub construction hammering like a robust hydraulic press throughout entire 10+ minutes. "Index II" on the B-side ups the tempo considerably and adds a set of shimmering dub sequences closer to the end. A really massive experience and it's worth mentioning a remastered version of the record, published some years ago on Monolake's own label.